Exactly who is it that is in ‘Denial’?

February 16, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

A somewhat biased film review

By Gilad Atzmon

In her book Denying the Holocaust (1993), Deborah Lipstadt confessed that it was David Irving’s considerable reputation as an historian that made him “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial.” “Familiar with historical evidence,” she wrote, “he bends it until it conforms with his ideological leanings and political agenda.” Irving responded by claiming that Lipstadt’s words were libellous and filed a legal case against her and her publisher Penguin Books.

Was Irving brave or naïve in putting the Holocaust on trial? Probably both. Back in 1996, was Irving a hero or just grossly miscalculating in believing he stood a chance in taking on the Holocaust, still the most popular Jewish religion? Again, probably both.

The other day, I watched Mick Jackson’s ‘Denial’. The film tells the story of Irving’s 2000 defeat in court – a disaster he voluntarily brought upon himself and indeed, Irving has clearly made some mistakes in his life. Yet, in 2017 it is impossible to deny that, back in 2000, Irving was well ahead of most of us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYcx43AmAyY

Watching the film in the aftermath of Brexit, the Trump victory and the surge of Right Wing consciousness in the West in general, it is clear that Irving, undoubtedly one of the greatest living biographer of Hitler, understood human nature better than the British judge, Lipstadt’s legal team, the BBC and probably the rest of us altogether.

Back in 2000, the Holocaust narrative was as solid as a rock. The Jews were perceived as the ultimate victims and their plight at the time of World War II was unquestionable.  No one dared ask how is it is possible that, three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the newly-born Jewish state ethnically cleansed Palestine of its indigenous population? At the time of the trial, no one dared ask why is the Jewish past just a chain of holocausts – that is, no one except David Irving (and a few others).

At the time of the trial, I read an interview with David Irving that opened my eyes to the idea that history is a revisionist adventure, an attempt to narrate the past as we move along. I realised then that the past is subject to changes. It morphs along with humanity.

In that interview, Irving was quoted as‘ blaming the victims.’

“If I were a Jew,” he said, “I would ask myself why it always happens to us?”

At the time, I was a still Jew but I took up Irving’s challenge. I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw so I decided to leave the tribe and I stopped being a Jew.

But Irving is no longer a lone voice. Two weeks ago, on Holocaust Memorial Day, it was actually the American president himself who managed to universalize the Holocaust by omitting to mention the Jews or their shoah. As we Westerns obliterate country after country with our immoral interventionism, the Holocaust is no longer a Jews-only domain and all the time more and more people grasp that it is actually Israel and its affiliated Jewish lobbies that are pushing us into more and more unnecessary global conflicts.

‘Denial’ was made to sustain a ‘progressive’ vision of the past. In this progressive but misguided universe, people ‘move forward’ but their past remains fixed, often sacred and always untouched. Nationalists, on the other hand, often see the past as a dynamic, vibrant reality. For them, nostalgia, is the way forward.

But some Jews are tormented by this nostalgia. They want their own past to be compartmentalized and sealed, otherwise, they are fearful that some people may decide to examine Jewish history in the light of Israeli crimes.

In the film, Irving is an old style British gent who sticks to his guns and refuses to change his narrative just to fit in with any notions of correctness. Irving states what he believes in and stands firmly behind it.

For Irving, one of the most damaging pieces of evidenced presented to the court was a little ditty he wrote to his daughter when she was just a few months old, and conceived by the court as the ultimate in crude misanthropy.

 

“I am a Baby Aryan,

Not Jewish or Sectarian.

I have no plans to marry-an

Ape or Rastafarian.”

 

On the day of the verdict, Irving visited the BBC Newsnight studio to be grilled by Jeremy Paxman who read the little ditty to Irving.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anx4ZRgpQbY&t=23m7s

“What’s racist about that?” Irving wondered. “You are not being serious,” was Paxman’s  reply. Paxman, one of Britain’s best TV journalists, was, like the rest of us, trained to react to soundbites. “Aryan is a racial categorisation” he insisted.

Back in 2000, Paxman probably failed to see that,

if Jews are entitled to identify politically as a race, as a biology or as set of cultural symptoms then Whites, Muslims and everyone else must surely be entitled to do the same.

Back in 2000, Irving understood this potential Identitarian shift. Sixteen years later, Donald Trump and Nigel Farage translated this Identitarian shift into a victory. The Clintons, the Soros’ and the Deborah Lipstadts of this world are still struggling to make sense of it.

‘Denial’, is actually a film about righteousness, exceptionalism and victimhood.  It is about the condition of being consumed by self-love, that blind belief that justice is always on your side, that you are the eternal victim and the other, namely the ‘Goy’ is always the murderous aggressor.

But this type of ‘denial’ can be dealt with easily and here is just one example: The Jewish press in Britain  complains constantly that antisemitism is soaring. The more funds the British government dedicates to fighting antisemitsm, the more antisemitic incidents are recorded. I guess the time is ripe for Jews to listen to David Irving and ask themselves why?

If Jews want anti-Semitism to come to an end once and for all, all they need do is to self-reflect. However, my personal experience suggests that once you do that, you may stop being a Jew.

Note: It is worth mentioning that, since the 2000 trial, Irving is on record on numerous occasions as revising his views on the Holocaust and on the destruction of European Jews. Certainly, as he moves along, David Irving at least is able to revise the past.

 

Palestinian Mayor Resigns After Israelis Demolish 10 Homes in His Town

[ Ed. note – Qalansawe is an Arab town located within pre-1967 Israel, though adjacent to the Green Line ]

Ma’an News

QALANSAWE (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities demolished 10 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel on Tuesday morning, prompting a defeated mayor to resign after Israeli authorities refused for decades to approve the city’s master plan.

Local sources told Ma’an the devastating demolition campaign sparked clashes between Israeli police and residents.

Mayor Abd al-Basit Mansour visited the area along with members of the municipal council and announced he would resign from his post, as Israeli bulldozers razed the homes to ground.

Mansour told reporters that, “We have been waiting for approval of a master plan for twenty years, but our request fell on deaf ears.”

“As head of Qalansawe municipality, who doesn’t have the power to change anything, I decided to send my resignation to the ministry of interior.”

Dozens of locals crowded in the area in an attempt to prevent bulldozers from demolishing the structures, but Israeli police officers dispersed them.

One homeowner described the demolition as part of Israel’s policy of “oppression, injustices, and displacement.”

Qalansawe resident Ashraf Abu Ali criticized leaders of Palestinian communities in Israel. “What have they done to prevent demolitions in the Arab communities?” he asked, asserting that Palestinian citizens of Israel will “remain under threat as long as master plans and allocating land for construction are dealt with so recklessly.”

Another owner of one of the demolished houses Hassuna Makhlouf said he held Qalansawe’s mayor responsible, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He told Ma’an that Israeli police officers treated homeowners “violently” during the demolition raid.

Continued here

First week of 2017: israel demolishes homes of 151 Palestinians, almost four times last year’s average

First week of 2017: Israel demolishes homes of 151 Palestinians, almost four times last year’s average

The IDF’s Civil Administration is carrying out Netanyahu’s vow to demolish the homes of Arabs with a vengeance.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise to settlers from the unauthorized outpost of Amona to enforce the law “equally” by demolishing the homes of Arabs is being strictly fulfilled.

The number of Palestinian buildings demolished in the first week of January 2017 is almost four times as high as the weekly average for 2016: 20 structures. In 2015, the average was 10 structures a week, according to the records of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In Area C, which is under full Israeli civil and security control, between Monday and Thursday the Israel Defense Forces’ Civil Administration demolished 65 structures in Palestinian communities, and seven rainwater cisterns. The Jerusalem Municipality demolished another two homes in East Jerusalem. Some 151 people, including 90 children, lived in the buildings that were demolished.

On Monday, the day on which the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee discussed a proposal to annex the city of Ma’aleh Adumim (east of Jerusalem) to Israel, the Civil Administration and IDF forces demolished 12 tin and wood shacks – including eight used for living purposes – in two Bedouin communities from the Jahalin tribe south of the settlement; three shacks in Bir al-Maskub; and nine in Wadi Sneysel. In total, 84 people, 68 of whom are children, lost the roofs over their heads within just a few hours.

Last August, the Civil Administration demolished structures in these communities. But the residents have nowhere else to live and were forced to build new shacks. In the 1990s, dozens of families from the Jahalin tribe were expelled from the area in order to allow the expansion of the settlement.

On Tuesday, the Civil Administration demolished 49 structures in Khirbet Tana in the northwestern part of the Jordan Valley: 13 residential structures, 9 portable toilets and the rest various agricultural buildings. Twenty-eight adults and 22 children lost their homes because of the demolitions. Another 71 people were affected by the destruction of the agricultural structures.

Some 40 families (250 men and women) live in this ancient village of caves, east of the village of Beit Furik. In four previous raids last year, the Civil Administration demolished 150 shacks, sheep pens, tents and various sanitary structures – as well as a school that had been built thanks to European contributions. During the raid on Tuesday, a work stoppage order was also presented for the new school, which is again being constructed with European donations. The High Court of Justice had dismissed a petition of the residents of Khirbet Tana against the order to permanently evacuate their homes, but the residents have built simple new dwellings and a school because they refuse to leave the village where their families lived long before 1948, and before the IDF declared the area a firing zone.

On Wednesday, a large army force raided the lands of the village of Tekoa, southeast of Bethlehem. Here, the Civil Administration bulldozers demolished seven rainwater cisterns and another three sheds used for agricultural purposes. The head of the village council told Haaretz that one of the cisterns was dug some 25 years ago, while the others were dug more recently. Some 180 people depend on these cisterns for their livelihood. And Thursday morning, the Civil Administration demolished an agricultural structure in the village of Jinsafut, east of Qalqilyah in the West Bank.

In mid-December, the Civil Administration told Haaretz that it was holding 11 agricultural machines, mostly tractors, that were confiscated from Palestinian farmers after the IDF turned their lands in the northern Jordan Valley into a firing zone.

The Palestinians must pay the Civil Administration a ransom of a few thousand shekels to release each tractor, and make a commitment not to commit the “offense” a second time. In 2016, only two tractors were released after payment was made. In addition to their agricultural uses, the tractors also aid in transporting water to the residents and their livestock, from the springs that are located a few kilometers away from the sheds. Israel does not allow the Palestinian communities in areas under its control to connect to the water infrastructure.

Another tractor was confiscated from farmers in the northern Jordan Valley on December 21, after they tried to reach their lands on the east side of Highway 90 (named after that preacher of Palestinian population transfer, former Minister Rehavam Ze’evi).

In the final three months of 2016, the IDF conducted 20 live-fire training drills on the land of the Palestinian communities in the northern Jordan Valley. According to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, these drills meant about 220 people – including some 100 minors from the communities of Al-Ras al-Ahmar, Khirbet Khumsa and Abzik – were ordered to temporarily leave their homes on 19 different occasions.

In the village of Al-Farisiyah, which was not evacuated, the army forbade the residents to graze their sheep on the nearby lands, then trained on the cultivated fields and even placed mobile toilets on them, B’Tselem reported. In addition, the troops cleared part of the land in the area to make it easier for military vehicles to pass, and in doing so caused additional damage to the agricultural lands.

The IDF Spokesman’s Office told Haaretz that the “firing zones in the Jordan Valley in particular, and in the area of Judea and Samaria in general, were declared firing zones with an order under the authority of the military commander of the region back in the 1970s, based on security needs. Residents found in these firing zones are doing so in violation of the law.

“Before every military drill, actions are taken whose purpose is to prevent bodily harm or damage to property, such as conducting lookouts, patrols, placing security and dialoguing with the residents of the area through the Civil Administration. During the drills, the residents are requested to leave the exercise area. The actions mentioned in response were approved through the Supreme Court in petitions that were filed in similar matters,” said the IDF Spokesman’s Office.

Dafna Banai of Machsom Watch reported on Tuesday, December 20, 2016: “All tracks connecting the Palestinian Jordan Valley with the West Bank localities of Aqraba, Beit Furik and Tubas are now blocked with earth mounds, ditches, huge boulders and locked gates. Even those opened in the past few years have now been blocked again.”

“Only Gokhia Gate, which separates the Jordan Valley from Nablus and Tubas, is open today [since Sunday, according to local residents]. All of a sudden, there are no ‘security grounds,’ no ‘danger to Palestinians because the area is used for maneuvers’ – of all times, when the maneuvers are on, the gate is open (to enable war machines free passage without delay every time it has to be opened and closed). Near the gate, three armored vehicles and bored soldiers are seen. A military exercise is taking place again in the Palestinian Jordan Valley. We entered Al-Ras al-Ahmar, but couldn’t get through beyond the first encampment because of the thick mud. It was raining heavily this morning and the entire region turned into one big swamp,” she wrote.

“From 12 noon until 4:30 P.M., the road ascending to Tyassir and the rest of the West Bank was blocked because of the army’s maneuvers. Long lines of Palestinian vehicles were seen from Al-Malih, where two bored soldiers were stopping traffic. The soldiers had no idea when the road would be open again,” reported Banai.

“The Palestinians, mostly men, day workers on their way home from their work in the settlements – were loafing around on the road, smoking. Some asked us to ask the soldiers to let them get home – here, there, 200 meters away in Al-Burj. But the soldiers claimed they had orders not to let anyone through, no exceptions. We were also in phone contact with Mahdi, who was on the other [western] side of the blockage, and he spoke of long waiting lines there as well. Worst of all – school and kindergarten children (like 5-year-old Rina) had to wait on the road for 4.5 hours! They roamed around among the APCs, begging the soldiers for some food; they hadn’t had anything to eat since morning,” she wrote

Theresa May trying to stifle criticism of apartheid israel

Letter, The Guardian

Fears new definition of antisemitism will stifle criticism of Israel

December 16, 2016

You report that the government is going to adopt a “new definition” of antisemitism in order to prevent an “over-sweeping condemnation of Israel” (Britain to pioneer new antisemitism definition, 12 December). The new definition has nothing to do with opposing antisemitism, it is merely designed to silence public debate on Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians. Antisemitic incidents comprise about 2% of all hate crime. Why then the concentration on antisemitism and not on Islamophobia, which is far more widespread? The suspicion must be that the real concern is not with antisemitism but with Britain’s support for Israel.

Israel claims to be “the only democracy in the Middle East.” Palestinians who live under Israeli occupation are governed by a wholly different set of laws than Jewish settlers. This makes Israel the world’s only apartheid state and thus deserving of strong condemnation and the target of boycott, divestment and sanctions. We agree that it is antisemitic to associate Jews with the actions of the Israeli state. Unfortunately this is precisely what the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition will achieve through perpetuating the stereotype that all Jews support the Israeli state. The IHRA will strengthen not weaken antisemitism. There is a very simple definition of antisemitism from Oxford University’s Brian Klug. Antisemitism is “a form of hostility towards Jews as ‘Jews’.” The IHRA definition smuggles in anti-Zionism, in the guise of antisemitism, as a means of protecting the Israeli state and thus western foreign policy.

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Israeli Pine Forests were planted to hide the plunder of Palestine!

November 28, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

The Village Under the Forest

The Village Under The Forest explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.

The documentary explores themes related to the erasure and persistence of memory and dares to imagine a future in which dignity, acknowledgement and co-habitation become shared possibilities in Israel/Palestine.

The Village Under The Forest is co-directed by Emmy-winner Mark Kaplan and scholar and poet Heidi Grunebaum. If the music sounds familiar to you, it is because you may recognise me in it.

“An Open Letter to American Jews”

Originally published in Counterpunch November 25, 2016

“An Open Letter to American Jews”

by Stanley Cohen

Proud Jews are those that can look others in the face who commit or support crimes against humanity in Palestine and, with no hesitation whatsoever, shout-out “J’accuse” … the self hating ones are those that commit the crimes or simply walk away in boneless silence.

Israel and its sightless, obedient supporters have now come full circle in absolute perverse denial. For years they’ve successfully packaged and sold the fairy-tale that Zionism and Judaism were one in the same… an historic enlightened conflation of shared purpose and belief which, in reality, was born of little more than vicious political convenience (or is it connivance?) in eastern Europe.

Like Malcolm said, the proverbial chickens have come home to roost. It’s finally backfired. It’s about time.

Through massacre after massacre, outrage after outage, whenever anyone dares to condemn Israel’s systematic brutality of millions of Palestinians the indictment always comes down the same… “anti-Semite”.

Challenge the illegal occupation… you’re a Jew hater. Confront Israeli apartheid… you’re a Jew hater. Battle ethnic cleansing… you’re a Jew hater. Support BDS… you’re a Jew hater. And if you’re Jewish and hold Israel accountable for the grand obscenity it’s proven to be since day one, you are worst of all…a self hater. On and on and on the crafted diversion goes and long has, fleeing the very public reality of Israel’s enduring inhumanity to millions of stateless people.

Of course, when hundreds of Holocaust survivors who live in Israel called the most recent high tech carnage in Gaza in 2014 “genocide”, it drew the line. Even the Zionist state was not so crass or politically craven as to publicly label them Jew haters because they had the principled audacity to call it to task for the slaughter of thousands of defenseless women, children and elders. No, that would be exploiting the exploitation called the Holocaust that Zionist cheerleaders have employed for 70 years as so much cover for one of Israel’s own making… as it thumbs its nose at the world and commits unspeakable mayhem against Palestinians. To Zionists, survivors who screamed out with dignity and honor… “genocide,” were pathetic… just old and feeble.

For years, with little more than sleight of hand and a large Western rubber stamp, Zionists have been able to package and vend, with brazen bully success, the message that one cannot attack deadly and criminal Israeli policies without mechanically crossing the line into the hinterland of antisemitism. Well… those days are gone… as team Israel has finally foisted itself upon its own petard.

One need not have surgical precision in their view of the political universe to observe that as the world has become increasingly educated and, thus, more sympathetic to the desperate plight of Palestinians, Zionists have raced to develop new, even more brutish, strategies to recast a narrative based on little more than pure Hollywood fiction. Sorry… Exodus is very much an obsolete illusion, today, with all of its heroic figures long since passed on to old age.

The hallway of Zionist hard-sell is today very public. In its most glaring form it includes intimidating Western countries such as the UK, Canada, France, and Netherlands who shudder at the mere thought of being called “anti-Semitic” for the audacity of permitting their citizens to speak their minds openly and freely about the malevolence that is Israel. To them, and other states that seek to silence those who support BDS as a peaceful grassroots means of expressing opposition to a tyrannical state, Israel owes a great debt of thanks. After all it’s not easy to welcome, indeed embrace, conspicuous ignorance as you draw a deep cloud of denial around the object lesson of the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. No matter what your flag, war crimes are still war crimes whether carried out against or by you.

In other ways, demonstrably racist activity has moved Israel into a leading role in the effort to stage-manage 21st Century cyberspace. For example, under the autocratic shine of national honor, it has inspired, if not empowered, Zionist hackers to attack pro Palestinian web sites worldwide spewing forth Islamaphobic rage at those with the temerity to seek an alternative view about unfolding events in Palestine otherwise largely ignored or censored by Western media.

So, too, it has employed an army of social media activists skilled enough to read jejune slogans but completely at a loss when confronted with the dark, fact-based truth that is Israel. After-all, how many times can a cue card equate Muslim with Jew hater before a mindless 18 year old paid $10.00 an hour finally says enough and saunters off to the beach?

Likewise, during its last two onslaughts upon Gaza, Israel moved quickly to shut down all of its internet passage-ways in an unmistakable effort to prevent the world from learning in real-time about the nature and extent of its brutal assault upon the enclave’s two million defenseless residents.

While these are but a few of the most recent public moves by Israel to intimidate or silence political or social opposition, with alarming frequency its policy has been to break bread with some of the most hateful, supremacist groups and activists in the world.

How long ago was it that neo-Nazis sought to march in Skokie Illinois, in Nazi uniforms screaming out zeig-heil while they carried placards that read “White Free Speech” and “Free Speech for the White Man” to a community with a population of thousands of stunned Holocaust survivors? And in that same year, the KKK sought to hold, in the same town, a rally for its brand of racist ideology.

Yet, today, Zionists seem to have no problem whatsoever sitting down strategizing with proud supporters of the Klan and other white supremacist groups. Indeed, the Zionist Organization of America will fete, this weekend, noted white supremacy and antisemitism promoter, Steven Bannon, at its yearly hate fest.

This celebration of religious and racial supremacy and intolerance should come as no surprise given the organization has signed onto the Trump plan of profiling Muslims, calls Black Lives Matter a “hate group” and has warned college students against inviting such notables as Noam Chomsky and former President Jimmy Carter to speak at campus assemblies lest they spread their “dangerous messages.”

Make no mistake about it Bannon and his fellow purveyors of hate have never been shy in exploiting abhorrence of Jews and a host of other minorities based upon race, religion, sexual identity or immigrant status. Nor have they been timid at all when it comes to exalting calls for violence to sweep clean an America they perceive as being too black, too immigrant, too Jewish, too Muslim and too soft.

Indeed Bannon is a member of a Facebook page that has openly featured explicit racist and violent material replete with overtures for deadly criminal activity. Thus, for example, their posts feature an image of the president dressed as an SS officer. In other places they celebrate the Confederate flag and urge a military coup in the United States. Elsewhere, they highlight a photo shopped picture of Obama with a watermelon and praise a police officer who called the President a “Fucking Nigger”… that ought to be “executed as a traitor.” This is the message that inspires the President’s chief advisor.

Yet, today, Zionists celebrate Bannon as he and his Klan buddies have finally figured out it doesn’t take much to get a free pass for their palpable hatred of Jews… all they need do is to offer up their much in demand backing of an Israeli state driven by the same treacherous supremacist views.

It seems to Zionists a healthy dose of unabashed antisemitism… directed at Jews… is suitable today as long as it’s dressed up in obedient support for Israel… especially when it comes from the mouth of the top advisor of the President-elect and his inner circle of friends.

Bannon has long been denounced by democrats, republicans and civil and human rights organizations, alike, for having made the Breitbart website a welcome forum for neo-nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites. Nevertheless, his appointment was welcomed by the Israeli Ambassador to the United States who noted that “… we look forward to working with the Trump administration… including Steve Bannon, in making the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever.”

There is nothing at all new about the selective application of the all too expedient brand “anti-Semite”. Indeed, it is the mark of Cain quickly applied to principled students and faculty who support the peaceful effort of BDS to bring about justice for Palestine, yet is completely ignored when confronted by classic anti-Semitic vitriol coming from the mouths of pro Israel patrons.

Indeed, the net balance affect has long been a significant driving force in determining when blatant sign-posts of antisemitism were to be over-looked for the broader “good” of Israel; where those who challenge Israeli policies were to be vilified and those who praise them applauded no matter how much or long their distaste for Jews.

The late “Christian Zionist”, Jerry Falwell, is one such prime example. Denounced by Jewish critics for having said that he believed the “Antichrist” would be a Jew, despite this, and other like anti-Semitic statements, Falwell was ultimately resurrected by Zionists who found greater benefit in his overall political support of Israel than his marked distaste for Jews as a whole.

There is nothing remarkable about today’s Zionist reach to build hate fueled bonds with supremacist groups both in and outside of the United States. Zionists have shown a willingness, if not an ease, throughout their 130 plus year history of working with classic anti-Semitic governments and groups to further their revisionist self-centered view of history. There is abundant precedent.

Beginning long ago in Czarist Russia, the Zionist marriage of political convenience went on to flourish with some in the Axis powers during World War II. It later found comfort with its Balfour friends in Palestine, and has reached new heights in the West through an apparently unbreakable bond with the bigoted evangelical right.

Thus, parliamentary votes throughout the member states of the EU to recognize the sovereignty of the State of Palestine have been opposed by a unique marriage of Zionist and local neo-Nazi interests. This coalition of convenience and hatred should come as no surprise however given a joint effort to target a wave of desperate Muslim refugees and a shared aversion to any semblance of Justice for Palestinians.

In Ukraine, Israel abandoned the safety of its shrinking Jewish population to the political expedience it reaped from its support of the neo-Nazi putsch that ousted its elected pro-Russian president. In France, the National Front, with proud age old roots in French fascism has once again risen to significant power. Not at all shy about its racist and anti-Semitic image, the Front has found support nonetheless from Israel which paid one of its leaders a warm welcome when he traveled to the Holy Land to curry votes from French Jews who now call it home. Sound familiar?

There is nothing remarkable or new about Israel’s recent rapport with some of the worlds most repressive … indeed totalitarian and racist regimes. It has never shied from a march down a long passage way filled with the painful screams of political prisoners, dissidents, or those perceived by virtue of their race, religion or activism to pose a threat to the autocratic rule of the state, be it in Israel or elsewhere.

Israel’s support for South African apartheid, ’til literally its very end, is well known, providing materials for the building of its nuclear weapons. Long after UN-imposed sanctions against apartheid Rhodesia, it continued to provide Uzis and helicopters. In more than a dozen other African countries Israel funded and trained military repression of anti-colonial uprisings and/or dictatorship. It sold arms and provided training to Rwandan military and Hutu militia that carried out genocide against the Tutsis.

In South America, Israel armed Guatemalan death squads, Nicaraguan Contras, Pinochet’s Chile, and the military junta in Argentina which resulted in the “disappearance” of thousands of opponents of a regime which not only openly espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric, but specifically targeted and disappeared numerous Jewish civilians.

In Southeast Asia, Israel provided aid to the Suharto dictatorship in Indonesia and, in the Pacific Region, funded the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. In Iran, during the rule of the Shah, the secret death squad (SAVAK) received training from Israel and purchased over 150 million dollars in arms from it. Never known for its selfless virtue, Israel was to benefit… the Shah was one of the first leaders in the region to recognize it as a state.

These are but a few glaring examples of dozens of instances where Israel has supported, if not propped up, supremacist and racist regimes… many known for their utter and extreme anti-Semitic vitriol and manifest hatred of Jews. But, with remarkable agility, if not indifference, it has become practiced… indeed expert… at balancing the self interest of its own rapacious agenda with the reality of the often anti-Semitic neo-fascist regimes and movements its supports throughout the world.

With this practiced experience it seems that Zionists are eminently equipped to handle the emerging face of antisemitism, nay, overt odium for Jews which, with Steve Bannon and company, will soon move from the inner sanctum of Trump Towers to the inner circle of the White House.

Given its history of support for anti-Semitic allies it comes as no surprise that Zionists believe they will be able to stage manage overt hatred for Jews and other minorities from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. What is, however, stunning is that, for the first time in recent memory, they appear perfectly willing to abandon the false conflation of Zionism and Judaism by supporting a collective of white ethnocentric supremacists who support the Zionist agenda in Israel yet hate Jews in whose name it is claimed that agenda has been built.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (17 – 24 November 2016)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 

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

(17 – 23 November 2016)

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  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt
  • Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 58 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 ones in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 52 civilians, including 13 children and 3 women, were arrested.
  • Eighteen of them, including 12 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Ateret Cohanim settlement organization hands over evacuation notices to 10 residential apartments belonging to Palestinian families in Silwan village.
  • Israeli forces raided al-Quds (Abu Dees) University and confiscated belongings of students unions.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces issued more demolition notices.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 2 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (17 – 23 November 2016).

 

Shooting:

Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Moreover, they wounded 3 others, including 2 in the Gaza Strip.

In the Gaza Strip, in new crime of excessive force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 2 others during peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

On the same day, a Palestinian civilian was wounded during a peaceful protest near the border fence, east of al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.

In context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 18 November 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, northwest of al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. Similar attacks happened in the same area on 19, 20 and 21 November 2016. It should be noted the fishing boats were sailing within 2-3 nautical miles and no casualties were reported.

In the West Bank, in excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces stationed at Qalandya checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem shot a Palestinian civilian dead. Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to stab an Israeli security officer.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 others in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 52 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children and 3 women. Eighteen of them, including 12 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

Creating Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

In the context of seizing houses in favour of settlement activities, on 17 November 2016, Ateret Cohanim handed over Ghaithand Shehada families in Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the city, notices claiming the land on which the houses of the two families were built.

Concerning targeting educational institutions in the city, on 19 November 2016, Israeli forces raided the campus of al-Quds (Abu Dees) University, east of occupied Jerusalem. They damaged some contents and confiscated belongings of student unions during a student fair that is annually held by the Islamic Bloc in the university.

 

Settlement activities and settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:

 

On 20 November 2016, Israeli forces distributed 12 notices to halt construction works for Palestinian families in Kherbet Um al-Khair, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron, under the pretext of building without a license from the Israeli authorities.

 

Restrictions on movement:

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

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

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

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Husam Eden Farah al-Hajouj (50). They then arrested his daughter Alaa’ (27) and later withdrew taking her to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved Za’tarah and Taqou’ villages, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Seif Mohammed Abu Ameriyah (38), Fahed Mohammed Abu Ameriyah (27) and Ali Thiab Dabah (20).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Yata, south of Hebron and stationed in al-Berkah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Oudah Abu al-Fanar and then arrested his son Hatem (25).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron and stationed in al-Simiyah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Khader Theeb Awad (25). They then arrested him and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately, 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Madbasah neighborhood in the central city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sarah Hmaid (21) and then arrested her.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses. At approximately 04:30, they arrested Khalid Burhan Abed Raboh (28).
  • At approximately 18:10, Israeli forces moved into Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They patrolled the village streets and then fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters, claiming that they were stoned. In the meanwhile, they detained Ashraf Ghaleb Abbas Badwan (17) in the eastern side of the village. At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces released Ashraf and then withdrew from the village.
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Oula, Sa’ir, Beit al-Roush and Emrish villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 18 November 2016

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Qablan village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bilal Sharif al-‘Omlah (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Talfit village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched two houses belonging to prisoners Ahmed Haj Mohammed and Mahmud Haj Mohammed. They then withdrew and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then handed summonses to Hamzah Ibrahim Zarinah (28) and Thaer Salamah Jawarish (23) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Wadi Shaheen area, east of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ayman Amin al-Khatib (28) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded and no casualties were reported.
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura and al-Hawouz area and Bani Na’im village in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in the central city. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ahmed Mohammed ‘Ayad Awad (20) and Khalid Khalil Sabarnah (22). They handed summonses to the abovementioned civilians to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.
  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded and no casualties were reported

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hebron, al-Fawar refugee camp, and Hawarah village, south of Nablus.

 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Saf Street in the central city. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ali Mohammed Hasan (30) and Moath Mohammed Suman (27).
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Abu Katilah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ja’far Yosri Eskafi (22) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately, 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Nabil Ahmed Bader Taqatqah (40) and Wedad Mazen Shushah (28).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Ouja village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched a house belonging to Husain Fehmi Nujoum (24) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ematin village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rashad Lutfi Suwan (25). They handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services. They also detained Moath Ahmed Deeb Obaid (28) on the main street and then released him before they withdrew from the village.
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, Sebastiyah and al-Naqurah villages, northwest of the city, Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, and Beit Ummer and Tarqumiah villages in Hebron.

Monday, 21 November 2016

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir al-Ghusoon village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses. At approximately 04:00, they arrested Fouad Mohammed Farhan Saleh (45).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses. At approximately 04:00, they arrested Mohammed Mahmud Sammar (25).
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Saidah village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses. At approximately 05:00, they arrested Fadi Monther Radad (37) and Loai Sa’ed al-Ashqer (39).
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Sharaf village, northwest of Nablus and stationed at the main entrance to the village. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Mohammed Hasan Nofel (22) and took him to the nearby Shavei Shomron” settlement and then transported him to Hawarah Detention Centre, south of the city. After Investigating him, the Israeli forces released Ibrahim at approximately 10:30.
  • At approximately 15:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded and no casualties were reported
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qabtiyah village, south of Jenin; Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, al-Shayoukh, al-Thaheriyah and al-Tabaqah villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Wazan village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Saleh Hamdan (21) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Balatah refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jaber Attah Ouais (50) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Rantis village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Abdul Latif Essa Balut (22) and Mohammed Abdul Rahim Salem Ghanam (29). They arrested them and confiscated money and electric devices in addition to destroying the main doors of the houses.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in Fatayer Street in the Southern Mount. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anwar Ahed Fouad Hejah (26) and then arrested him.
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dora, Ethna and al-Thaheriyah villages in Hebron; Turmus’ayya village, north of Ramallah and al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city.

 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Samet village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Mohammed al-Haroub (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in al-Salam neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yahiya Mohammed Sulhab (23) and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Oreef village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Moahmed al-Saqqa (25) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed Abu Sal (23), ruined the house furniture and then arrested Mohammed. In the meanwhile, an Israeli infantry unit raided 2 houses belonging to Sa’ed Theeb Banat (27) and Shadi Ali Abu ‘Afifah (25) and then arrested them. At approximately 05:00, they withdrew from the camp and took the arrested civilians to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm and its camp. They raided and searched several houses. At approximately 05:00, they arrested Fakhri Haitham al-Shalabi (27), a former prisoner who served 4 years and half in the Israeli jails, and Mohammed Salamah Damiri (43), who was also a former prisoner for 4 years in the Israeli jails.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir and Beit Ummer villages in Hebron and Hawarah village, south of Nablus.

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

West Bank:

  • Following the Friday prayer on Friday, 18 November 2016, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city and Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and houses.  As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Gaza Strip:

  • In a new crime of using lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian while 2 others sustained moderate wounds. That happened when those civilians were participating in a peaceful demonstration, east of al-Buraij, in the central Gaza Strip, protesting against the Israeli violations in the West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR’s fieldworker, at approximately 14:30 on Friday, 18 November 2016, dozens of youngsters made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the youngster in response. As a result, Mohammed Mohammed Moahmmed Abu Sa’ad (25), from al-Nuseirat, sustained a live bullet wound to the chest (the bullet entered and exited the chest) and immediately died. Moreover, 2 other civilians were wounded namely Mohammed Subhi Arafah (28), who sustained a live bullet wound to the left hand, and Ali Suhail Mansour (25), who was hit with a tear gas canister to the head. Israeli forces also arrested Ahmed Mohammed al-Esawi (25) and released him the next day.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al- Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza, fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at dozens of civilian young men, who made their way to Nahal Oz area, east of al- Nahal Oz, to participate in activities supporting Jerusalem. As a result, Hashem Adel Mesbah Suaidan (27) was hit with a live bullet to the feet. Hashem was transported via a Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance to al-Shiaa’ Hospital to receive medical treatment. Doctors classified his wound as minor.

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

(13 – 19 November 2016)

 

Date 13 November 14 November 15 November 16 November 17 November 18 November 19 November
Total Imports 609 531 453 491 641
Various goods truckloads 231 222 143 170 286
Humanitarian aid truckloads 143 111 109 152 145
Cooking gas liters 206.230 259.920 263.806 262.320 258.000
Benzene liters 110,991 146,012 297,030 759,87 111,007
Diesel liters 100,4425 670,022 901,473 478,967 735,005
Industrial fuel liters 300,278 255,966 259,969 299,010
Cement  Tons 100 62 85 98 82
Bulk cement Tons 6 2 2 7 8
Construction aggregates Tons 13329 11008 11287 10261 12031
Construction steel truckloads 5 10 6 13 22

 

Note:

  • On Sunday, 13 November 2016, the Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 35.280 tons of tomatoes; 27 tons of onions; 2 tons of eggplants; 6 tons of sweet peppers; 3.072 tons of palms; 4.500 tons of cabbages; 1.280 tons of squash; 33.920 tons of cucumbers; and 41.600 tons of tomatoes.
  • On Monday, 14 November 2016, the Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 28.400 tons of tomatoes; 36 tons of scrap; 19 tons of aluminum scrap; 27 tons of onions; 9 tons of clothes; 1.200 tons of eggplants; 4.400 tons of sweet peppers; 11.570 tons of palms; and 2.560 tons of cucumbers.
  • On Wednesday, 16 November 2016, the Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 115 tons of scrap.
  • On Thursday, 17 November 2016, the Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 254.88 tons of tomatoes; 27 tons of onions; 19.900 tons of cucumbers; 2.800 tons of eggplants; 6.320 tons of sweet peppers; 2.400 tons peppers; 21.500 tons of palms; and 450 tons of animal skin.

 

 

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

 

Note: the table is not available and will be published next week because it was not prepared by the Palestinian competent authority at the crossing.

 

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

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (20) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 17 November 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Taramah village and al-Fawar refugee camp.

 

On Friday, 18 November 2016, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Yatta, al-Karmel and Kharsa villages in Hebron and al-‘Aroub refugee camp; and 3 other checkpoints on Saturday, 19 November 2016, at the entrances to al-Jalajil, Tawous and Beit ‘Awaa villages.

 

On Sunday, 20 November 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Koum and Sa’ir villages.

 

On Monday, 21 November 2016, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp; at the entrance to Deir al-‘Asal and Beit Olaa villages; the southern entrance to Hebron (al-Fahs); and the western Tawous road in Dura.

On Tuesday, 22 November 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Abu ‘Asja and Kharsa villages.

 

On Wednesday, 23 November 2016, Israeli forces established similar checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Dura and the southern entrance to Hebron (al-Fahs).

 

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

 

At approximately 19:40, on Thursday 17 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Burqa village, east of Ramallah. Around the same time, a similar checkpoint was established under the bridge of Deir Debwan, east of the city.

 

On Friday, 18 November 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the intersection of ‘Ain Sinaa village; at the entrance to Senjil village, north of Ramallah; at the entrance to Beit ‘Our village, west of the city.

 

On Saturday, 19 November 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to ‘Ain Yabroud village, northeast of Ramallah; and at the intersection of Deir Bazeigh village, west of the city.

 

On Sunday, 20 November 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints in ‘Ain Ayoub and Ras Karkar villages, northwest of Ramallah; at ‘Ain Sinaa intersection and ‘Atara Bridge, north of the city.

At approximately 18:00, on Monday 21 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near ‘Atara village’s bridge, north of Birzet, north of Ramallah.

At approximately 23:00, on Tuesday 22 November 2016, Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint between ‘Arora and ‘Aboween villages, northwest of the city.

 

  • Qalqiliyah: Israeli forces established (7) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Saturday, 19 November 2016, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints between ‘Azoun and ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb villages, east of Qalqilyia; at the eastern entrance to Qalqilyia; and under the bridge of ‘Azoun village ( on the main road between Qalqiliya and Tulkarm).

 

On Monday, 21 November 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya; at the intersection of Amateen village, northeast of the city; and Kherbit Sair village, northeast of Qalqiliya.

 

Nablus:

At approximately 15:30, on Saturday, 19 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on al-Quds Street, near Kia Company, southeast of Nablus.

 

At approximately 20:30, On Monday 21 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of Bita village, on Nablus- Ramallah street, south of Nablus.

 

  • Salfit: Israeli forces established (6) checkpoints all over the city.

 

At approximately 11:05, on Thursday 18 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kaful Hares village, north of Salfitl; while at approximately 11:10, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to Hares village, northwest of the city.

At approximately 16:30, on Friday 18 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit, while at approximately 22:10, a similar checkpoint was established on the main street, west of the city.

At approximately 13:50, on Saturday 19 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint between Burqeen and Kafur al-Deek villages, west of Salfit. At approximately 19:45, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Marda village, north of the city.

 

  • Jenin:

At approximately 10:00, on Thursday 17 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Ya’boud village, southwest of Jenin.

At approximately 20:00, on Saturday 19 November 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near Zabobah village, west of Jenin. Israeli forces prevented civilians from entering and exiting the village until 22:00.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 17:30, on Thursday 17 November 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Mohamed Ibrahim al-Nabresi (23), from al-Fare’a camp, south of Tubas. Eyewitnesses stated that Israeli forces stopped Mohamed’s private car and checked his ID, during which they asked him to step out of his car and detained him for few hours.
  • At approximately 17:30, on Saturday 19 November 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested ‘Awni Mazen al-Shakhsheir (26), from Nablus, while passing through the checkpoint. Eyewitnesses stated that Israeli forces stopped ‘Awni’s private car and checked his ID, during which they asked him to step out of his car and detained him for few hours. It should be noted that ‘Awni is a student at al-Najah National University in Nablus.

 

  1. Efforts to Create Jewish majority

 

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

 

Shooting Incidents:

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces stationed at Qalandiya checkpoint, at the northern entrance to east Occupied Jerusalem, opened fire at a Palestinian civilian and left him bleeding until he succumbed to his wounds. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 10:20, on Tuesday 22 November 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Qalandiya checkpoint, north of Occupied Jerusalem, opened fire at Jihad Mohamed Sa’ied Khalil (48), from Beit Wazan village, west of Nablus. As a result, Jihad was hit with several live bullets throughout his body and was left bleeding at the checkpoint for over an hour. Moreover, Israeli forces prevented the PRCS crews from offering any help for him until he succumbed to his wounds. After that, Israeli forces detained Jihad’s corpse. They also claimed that Jihad attempted to stab one of the Israeli security guards when he was passing in the area, where Israeli soldiers were searching the Palestinians’ vehicles and checking their IDs.

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, on Thursday 17 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aisawyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Ahmed Abed al-Ra’ouf Mahmoud (14), Sameer Akram ‘Atiya (14), Ma’moun Basel Mahmoud (16), Nour al-Deen Maher Muhasin (16) and Tareq Firas Mohamed (14).
  • At approximately 02:00, on Thursday, Israeli forces moved into al-Mokaber Mount, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shadi Wadee’ ‘Aliyan (31) and arrested him.
  • At approximately 21:00, on Friday 18 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-Bustan neighbourhood in Selwan village, south of the East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Sameer Showaki (12) and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, on Saturday 19 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into Bab Hatta neighbourhood in East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abed al-Fatah al-Fakhori (31) and arrested him. It should be noted that Abed al-Fatah was preparing himself to his wedding which was scheduled on the same day evening.
  • On Saturday, Israeli forces moved into al-Quds University’s campus, east of Occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a student exhibition in the university presidency building. Moreover, they confiscated the students’ belongings after locking the Palestinian security officers in one room and preventing them from getting out. The deputy director of university, Prof. Hassan Doweek, said that Israeli forces raided al-Quds University and assaulted a student exhibition while preparing for its opening. They confiscated its content and damaged others. Moreover, they raided the College of Engineering building and student activity rooms and damaged them as well. It should be noted that the student exhibition is an annual activity for the Islamic Bloc in the University.
  • At approximately 02:00, on Sunday 20 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour neighbourhood, east of Occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Faiysal Waheed Shabanah (17) and Mohamed Dawoud al-Hidrah (15).
  • At approximately 03:00. Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aisawiya village, northeast of Occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mahmoud Omar Ghareeb(29) and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:00, Baker Mahmoud ‘Abasi (16) and Omar Dawoud ‘Abasi (16) surrendered to the Israeli police to spend their sentences for 12 months. It should be noted that the abovementioned persons were arrested by the end of July 2015 by Israeli undercover units. Moreover, they were severely beaten and released two weeks later on condition that they are placed under house arrest and pay a bail. In addition, they have been accused of throwing Molotov Cocktails at Israeli forces. It should be noted that they served 15 months in the house arrest and were then sentenced to actual imprisonment.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces arrested Shadia Na’iem (34), when she was present near al-Qatateen Gate, one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, in Occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, claiming that she had a knife. After that, Israeli forces took her to “Eliyahu” police station to question her. It should be noted that Shadia is from Kafur Qanna village in Israel.
  • At approximately 14:30, on Sunday, Israeli forces moved into Selwan village, south of Occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jihad Jawad Abu Ramouz (13) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service.
  • At approximately 03:00, on Monday 21 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-Bostan neighbourhood, south of Occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalid Mohamed Zaytoun (11) and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces arrested Mostafa Jamil al- Hashlamoun when he was in Occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They then took him to an Israeli Detention Center.
  • At approximately 02:00, on Tuesday 22 November 2016, Israeli forces moved into Selwan village, south of Occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mostafa Baydoun (15) and Mohamed Baydoun (19).

 

House demolitions and demolition notices:

  • On Monday morning, 21 November 2016, Israeli municipality crews handed a decision to close a restaurant belonging to Mousa Na’im Fataftah in Silwan, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of working without a license. Mousa said to PCHR’s fieldworker that he opened the restaurant shortly earlier, but he was surprised when he received a summons to the municipality under the pretext of working without a license. Mousa worked on obtaining a license for the restaurant in the last period. However, the requirements were almost impossible. The Israeli municipality issued a final decision to close the restaurant and imposed a financial fine. Mousa added that the restaurant was 20 square meters as 4 families make their living out of it.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 22 November 2016, Israeli municipality crews moved into al-Isawiyah village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They handed demolition notices for several residential facilities. Mohammed Abu al-Humus, member of the Follow-up Committee in al-Isawiyah village, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the municipality crews accompanied with Israeli forces moved into the south-eastern area of the village, in particular the area overlooking “Maale Adumim” They handed demolition notices for several residential facilities. Mohammed added that the demolition notices were randomly hanged as the name of the facility owner was not mentioned. He mentioned that most of the facilities were built 20 to 40 years ago and most of them obtained licenses from the municipality.
  • In the context of seizing lands in favour of settlement organizations, on Thursday morning, 17 November 2016,  ‘Ateret Cohanim’ association handed Ghaith and Shehada families in Selwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, judicial notices asking them to leave their lands. Zuhair al-Rujbi, head of Baten al-Hawa committee, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the abovementioned association handed Shehada family 6 judicial notices claiming that the land on which the building consisting of 6 apartments is built. It should be noted that 40 persons live in the building. Moreover, Zuhair stated that the association also handed Ghaith family 4 similar judicial notices claiming the land on which the building consisting of 2 floors. It should be noted that 20 persons live in the abovementioned building. Al-Rujbi added that Ghaith and Shehada families live in Baten al-Hawa neighbourhood since sixties of the last century. Houses belonging to the Shehadah and Ghaith families are located within the project of “Ateret Cohanim” organization to confiscate 5 dunums and 200 square meters from the central neighborhood in Batn al-Hawa in Silwan village.  The organization claimed that the Israeli Supreme Court decided those lands belonge to Jews from Yemen since 1881. It should be mentioned that around 30-35 residential buildings sheltering 80 families comprising of 436 persons are established on the whole plot of land threatened by the organization.  All residents have been living in the neighborhood for tens of years after buying lands and property from their former owners with official papers.  Moreover, 71 families from Batn al-Hawa neighborhood were handed notices by the aforementioned organization, which started to deliver notices in September 2015.  The residents appealed the case filed against them, and at the end of this November, a hearing will be held to discuss both parties’ claims.

 

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

 

Israeli Settlers Attacks:

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 20 November 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Kherbet Um al-Khair, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. The soldiers patrolled between the houses while an officer of the Civil Administration took photos of the houses and tents. The officer also handed notices to halt the work for 12 civilians under the pretext of building without a license. The notices were as follows:

 

  1. Israeli forces demolished a 30-sqaure-meter residential caravan belonging to Khalil Mohammed Hathalin (28) where he and his family comprising of 3 members, including a child, used to live in;
  2. Israeli forces a 60-square-meter sheep barn belonging to Aziz Mohammed Khalil Hathalin (33);
  3. Israeli forces demolished a 45-square-meter house built of bricks belonging to Khadrah Dawoud Mohammed Hathalin (60), where she and her family comprising of 5 members, including a child, used to live in;
  4. Israeli forces demolished a 20-square-meter kitchen built of tin plates belonging to Nawal Shueib al-Hathalin (41), where she and her family comprising of 3 members, including a child, used to live in;
  5. Israeli forces demolished a 30-square-meter residential tent belonging to Ekhlas Ali Hamdan Hathalin (57), where she and her family comprising of 7 members, including 5 children, used to live in;
  6. Israeli forces demolished a 50-square-meter residential tent belonging to Sheikha Hamdan Salamah Hathalin (60), where she and her family comprising of 4 members, including 2 children, used to live in;
  7. Israeli forces demolished a 20-sqaure-meter dwelling built of bricks belonging to Khalil Shueib Khalil Hathalin (20), where he and his family comprising of 6 members, including 4 children, used to live in.
  8. Israeli forces demolished a 40-sqaure-meter sheep barn belonging to Mahmud Shueib Salamah Hathalin (29);
  9. Israeli forces demolished a 40-square-meter residential tent belonging to Shueib Khalil Salamah Hathalin (67), where he used to live in;
  10. Israeli forces demolished a 40-square-meter dwelling built of bricks belonging to Fatmah Ali Hamdan al-Hathalin (48),where he and his family comprising of 10 members, including 7 children, used to live in. They also demolished a 20-sqaure-meter kitchen and a 2-sqaure-meter bathroom;
  11. Israeli forces demolished a10-sqaure-meter residential barrack belonging to Mohammed Shueib al-Hathalin (27), where he and his wife used to live in; and
  12. Israeli forces demolished a 10-sqaure-meter chicken barrack belonging to Majed Sheib al-Hathalin (35).

 

 Recommendations to the International Community

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

 

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

 

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