Who is afraid of the (non-existent) Iranian bomb?

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Iranian flag as a jigsaw puzzle

By Uri Avnery

I hate self-evident truths.

Ideals may be self-evident. Political statements are not. When I hear about a self-evident political truth, I immediately doubt it.

The most self-evident political truth at this moment concerns Iran. Iran is our [Israel’s] deadly enemy. Iran wants to destroy us. We must destroy its capabilities first.

Since this is self-evident, the anti-nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the five Security Council members (plus Germany) is terrible. Just terrible. We should have ordered the Americans long ago to bomb Iran to smithereens. In the unlikely event that they would have disobeyed us, we should have nuclear-bombed Iran ourselves, before their crazy fanatical leaders have the opportunity to annihilate us first.

All these are self-evident truths. To my mind, all of them are utter nonsense. There is nothing self-evident about them. Indeed, they have no logical basis at all. They lack any geopolitical, historical or factual foundation.

Napoleon once said that if one wants to understand the behaviour of a country, one has to look at the map.

Geography is more important than ideology, however fanatical. Ideologies change with time. Geography doesn’t. The most fanatically ideological country in the 20th century was the Soviet Union. It abhorred its predecessor, Czarist Russia. It would have abhorred its successor, Putin’s Russia. But lo and behold – the Czars, Stalin and Putin conduct more or less the same foreign policy. Karl Marx must be turning in his grave.

When the Biblical Israelite people was born, Persia was already a civilised country. King Cyrus of Persia sent the “Jews” to Jerusalem and founded what can be called the “Jewish people”. He is remembered in Jewish history as a great benefactor.

When the state of Israel was founded in 1948, David Ben-Gurion saw in Iran a natural ally. It may now sound strange, but not so long ago Iran was indeed the most pro-Israeli country in the Middle East.

Ben-Gurion was an out-and-out realist. Since he had no intention whatsoever to make peace with the Arabs, a peace which would have prevented the original small state of Israel expanding without boundaries, he looked for allies beyond the Arab world.

Looking at the map (yes, he believed in the map) he saw that the Muslim Arabs were surrounded by a number of non-Arab or non-Muslim entities. There were the Maronite Christians in Lebanon (not Muslims), the Turks (Muslims, but not Arabs), the Kurds (Muslims but not Arabs), Iran (Muslim, but not Arab), Ethiopia (neither Muslim nor Arab) and more.

The “King of Kings” was a brutal dictator, hated by most of his people. But for many Israelis, Iran became a second home. Tehran became a Mecca for Israeli businessmen, some of whom became very rich.

Seeing this, Ben-Gurion devised a grand plan: a “partnership of the periphery”, an alliance of all these entities surrounding the Arab world and which felt threatened by the emerging pan-Arab nationalism of Gamal Abd-al-Nasser and other Sunni-Muslim-Arab states.

One of the greatest enthusiasts for this idea was the Shah of Iran, who became Israel’s most ardent friend.

The “King of Kings” was a brutal dictator, hated by most of his people. But for many Israelis, Iran became a second home. Tehran became a Mecca for Israeli businessmen, some of whom became very rich. Experts of the Israeli Security Service, called Shabak (Hebrew initials of General Security Service) trained the Shah’s detested secret police, called Savak

High-ranking Israeli army commanders travelled freely through Iran to Iraqi Kurdistan, where they trained the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in their fight against Saddam Hussein’s regime. (The Shah, of course, did not dream of giving freedom to his own Kurdish minority.)

This paradise came to a sudden end when the Shah made a deal with Saddam Hussein, in order to save his throne. To no avail. Radical Shia clerics, who were very popular, overthrew the Shah and established the Shia Islamic republic. Israel was out.

By the way, another element of the “Periphery” broke away too. In 1954 Ben-Gurion and his army chief, Moshe Dayan, hatched a plan to attack Lebanon and establish a pro-Israeli Maronite dictator there. The then prime minister, Moshe Sharet, who knew something about the Arab world, nixed this adventure, which he considered stupid. Thirty years later Ariel Sharon, another ignoramus, implemented the same plan, with disastrous results.

In 1982, the Israeli army invaded Lebanon. It duly installed a Maronite dictator, Basheer Jumayil, who signed a peace agreement with Israel and was soon assassinated. The Shia, who populate the south of Lebanon, welcomed the Israeli army enthusiastically, believing that it would help them against the Sunni Muslims and withdraw. I was an eye-witness: driving alone in my civilian car from Metullah in Israel to Sidon on the Lebanon coast, I passed several Shia villages and could hardly extricate myself (physically) from the embraces of the inhabitants.

However, when the Shia realised that the Israelis had no intention of leaving, they started a guerrilla war against them. Thus, Hezbollah was born and became one of Israel’s most effective enemies – and an ally of the Shia regime in Iran.

But is the Shia Iranian regime such a deadly enemy of Israel? I rather doubt it.

… when it served their practical purposes, the ayatollahs had no qualms at all about making deals with Israel, the “little Satan”.

Indeed, when the religious fanaticism of the new regime in Iran was at its height, a curious business occurred. It became known as “Iran-Contra” affair. Some conservatives in Washington DC wanted to arm rightist insurgents in leftist Nicaragua. American laws prevented them from doing so openly, so they turned to – who else? – Israel.

Israel sold arms to the Iranian ayatollahs (yes, indeed!) and gave the proceeds to our Washington friends, who transferred them illegally to the Nicaraguan rightist terrorists, called “Contras”.

The moral of the story: when it served their practical purposes, the ayatollahs had no qualms at all about making deals with Israel, the “little Satan”.

Iran needed the weapons Israel sent them because they were fighting a war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. It was not the first one. For many centuries, Iraq served the Arab world as a bulwark against Iran. Iraq has a large Shia population, but the Iraqi Shia were Arabs and had no real sympathy for their fellow Shia in Iran. They still have little.

Israel helped Iran in that war because it feared Saddam Hussein. Therefore, Israel helped to convince the US to invade Iraq. The invasion was highly successful: Iraq was destroyed, and the historic bulwark against Iran disappeared. So it was Israel which helped to remove the main obstacle to Iran’s hegemony over the Middle East.

Sounds crazy? Is crazy. Ben-Gurion’s grand design has been stood on its head. At present, the “periphery” of Lebanon and Iran, supported by Turkey, is our mortal enemy, and the Sunni bloc of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and Egypt are our open or half-secret allies.

Here I hear the impatient reader shout: “Cut the bullshit, what about the nuclear danger? What about the mad ayatollahs obtaining atomic bombs and annihilating us?”

Well, I am not afraid. Even if Iran obtains nuclear bombs, I shall sleep well.

The current Iranian rulers may be fanatics (I doubt it) but they are not suicidal… On the contrary, they seem eminently practical people.

Why, for God’s (or Allah’s) sake? Because Israel is well provided with nuclear weapons and a second-strike capability.

Bombing Israel would mean the annihilation of Iran, the multi-millennial civilisation, the proud heritage of innumerable philosophers, artists, poets and scientists. (The very word “algorithm” is derived from the name of the Persian mathematician Al-Khawarizmi).

The current Iranian rulers may be fanatics (I doubt it) but they are not suicidal. There is not a single indication in that direction. On the contrary, they seem eminently practical people.

So why do they clamour against Israel? Because their aim is to become the dominant force in the Muslim world, and cursing Israel is the obvious way. As long as Israel does not make peace with the Palestinians, the Arab and Muslim masses everywhere hate Israel. Iran’s current leaders are very good at cursing the Little Satan.

Experts report that Islam has recently been losing strength as the main force in Iran, while Iranian nationalism has been gaining. The cult of Cyrus, who preceded Muhammad by more than 1,200 years, is gaining ground.

Since the nuclear bomb was invented, no nuclear-armed country has ever been attacked. Attacking a nuclear-armed country simply means suicide. Even the mighty USA (the “Big Satan”) does not dare to attack little North Korea, whose endeavour to obtain a nuclear strike force is far from irrational.

So, I shall sleep soundly even if Iran goes nuclear. Though perhaps with one eye half open.

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Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (05 – 11 October 2017)

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

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

(05 – 11 October 2017)

 

  • 5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 68 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.
  • 46 civilians, including 7 children and a woman, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 3 of them were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.
  • Israeli forces continue to target the Gaza Strip border areas.
  • A watchtower belonging to the Palestinian armed groups sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli authorities continue to make a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Hundreds of settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque and performed their prayers in its yards to mark the Jewish Sukkot Holiday.
  • Israeli forces continue settlement activities in the West Bank
  • Settlers attacked a civilian car on Nablus-Ramallah Road and seriously wounded one of its passengers.
  • A girl was wounded in Hebron in a similar attack.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • 4 Shooting incidents were documented against Palestinian fishing boats in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at the checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (05 – 11 October 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  In the Gaza Strip, Israeli naval forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Sea and open fire at farmers and houses in the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, 05 October 2017, a Palestinian child was wounded when Israeli soldiers who established a checkpoint in al-Sweitat area, south of Jenin, opened fire at civilians in the vicinity of the checkpoint.  The child was hit with a bullet to the right thigh and then arrested along with two other civilians.  They were taken to al-Jalamah checkpoint, north of the city. The child was then transferred via a Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance.

 

On 10 October 2017, a 14-year-ld child was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet to his right foot when Israeli forces opened fire at youngsters protesting against the soldiers’ incursion into al-Thaher area near “Karmei Tzur” settlement, south of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron.

 

On 11 October 2017, an 18-year-old civilian, from ‘Askar al-Jadid refugee camp, northeast of Nablus, was hit with 3 rubber-coated metal bullets to the back, left shoulder and right leg.  He was wounded when Israeli forces moved into the city to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying settlers to Josef’s Tomb in Balatet al-Balad, so dozens of children and youngsters protested against them.

 

In the Gaza Strip, the border areas witnessed protests against the on-going unjust closure on the Gaza population.  During the protests, the Israeli forces used force against the protestors and opened fire in order to disperse them.  As a result, 2 children were wounded; one of them in al-Brueij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip with a bullet to the right thigh and the other in eastern Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip with a bullet to the right leg.

 

In the pretext of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Sea, on 05 October 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip and chased them.  The shooting recurred in the same area on 07 October 2017.

 

On 06 October 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats, west of al-Soudaniya, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, and chased them.  The shooting recurred in the same area on 07 October 2017.  The shooting forced the fishermen to flee for fear of being wounded.  However, neither casualties nor damage to the boats were reported.

 

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 07 October 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, north of Um al-Nasser “Bedouni Village” in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the border area.  However, neither casualties nor damage to property were reported.

 

On 09 October 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at the lands and houses, east of al-Bureij and Gaza Valley village in the central Gaza Strip.  Neither casualties nor damage to the property were reported.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired 2 artillery shells at a watchtower belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip.  As a result, the watchtower sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.  Israeli forces re-shelled the abovmentioned watchtower on 11 October 2017.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 68 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 46 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and a woman. Three of those were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 10 October 2017, Israeli forces moved into the southeastern side of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza Strip.  They patrolled to the south and stationed off Abu Safiyah Military Site, east of Jabalia.  They levelled and combed vacant lands previously levelled amist Israeli sporadic shooting.  They later redeployed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

Measures to Make Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

In the context of Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, hundreds of settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque and is yards in East Jerusalem’s Old City while prayers and demonstrations were held in al-Buraq Wall yard and Silwan village, south of the mosque, to mark the Jewish Sukkot Holiday.  As a result, the Israeli police closed the roads to the area, and a helicopter was hovering over the city.

 

Settlement Activities and Settlers’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their property:

 

As part of settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 05 October 2017, 3 settlers near “Shilo” settlement on Ramallah-Nablus Road threw stones at a Palestinian civilian car carrying 3 civilians.  As a result, its window was broken and one of the passengers was hit with a stone to the right side of his head.  The wounded civilian was taken to Istishari Hospital in al-Rihan Suburb, north of Ramallah.  Following medical check-up, it was found out that he suffered from a skull fracture and severe bleeding in his head, so he is in the ICU now due to his serious condition.

 

On 06 October 2017, Israeli settlers gathered on Bypass Road 60 near the sub-road leading to Kherbet al-Boq’ah, east of Hebron, to throw stones at the Palestinian vehicles traveling on the road.  As a result, the window of a car belonging to Nemer Jaber (40) was broken, and his daughter, Yafa, sustained glass shrapnel wounds.  She was taken to the Hebron Governmental Hospital to receive medical treatment.

 

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 2 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 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate 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, 05 October 2017

 

  • At approximately 19:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles. They also fired flare bombs and chased the boats. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Salfit, al-Mawreq, and Taffuh villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 06 October 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Khalid Abu Zaineh “Kamil” (22) and Mohammed Zeyad Abu al-Rab (23). The Israeli forces later withdrew from the house, and no arrests were reported. It should be noted that the Israeli forces arrested the abovementioned civilians at a checkpoint established in al-Suwaitat neighborhood in Jenin few hours before they moved into the village. (See Arrests at Military Checkpoints.)

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Aboud Herzallah (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:35, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Ezbet Shufa village, southeast of Tulkarm; Dura, al-Thaheriyah, Deir al-‘Asal and Beit al-Roush villages in Hebron; and Beit Fajjar village, west of Bethlehem.

 

Saturday 07 October  2017:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas ‘Adnan Hamarshah (17) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Wad Rahal village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Noor Eden Ibrahim al-Faghuri (17) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Saf Street in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Emad ‘Ali al-Shuweiki (45) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:40, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 20:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:25, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, north of Um al-Naser Bedouin village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area. They also fired flare bombs in the sky. As a result, civilians, whose houses are near the area, panicked, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Samou’, Bani Na’im, Sa’ir and al-jalajel villages in Hebron; Bedia and Mashah villages, west of Salfit.

 

Sunday, 08 October 2017:

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Birah and stationed in Um al-Sharayet Suburb, west of the city. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Rami ‘Abdou and ‘Ali Abu Musallam and then arrested them. Following that, the Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Jamal Mohammed Farah al-Tawil, Hamas Leader and former prisoner,. The soldiers detained the family members in one room while searching the house. They then handed a summons to al-Tawil to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Ofer” military camp, west of Ramallah on 10 October 2017.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Shaheen Valley area in the centre of the city. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Hamzah Nawawrah (20) and Edrees Suleiman ‘Obaiyat (19).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit al-Roush al-Fuqa village, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Matar Abu Sharar (60) and then arrested his sons Abdul Hamid (28) and Amin (27).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Jerusalem and stationed in al-Dowarah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hejazi Rawhi Jaradat (23) and the arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, north of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Majd Jawad ‘Ajouri (19), Arqam Khalid Ahmed Qar’an (18), both from ‘Asker al-Jadeed refugee camp, and Sanad Fathi Abu Za’bal (22) from ‘Aker al-Qadeem refugee camp.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Moneer Nakhlah and Hamzah Mohammed Abu al-Jalil and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Walid ‘Ezzat Deriyah (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Semiyah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nidal Malouh Masalmah (56). They detained the family members in one room and then arrested Nidal’s son Mohammed (22).

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at Palestinian lands and houses, east of al-Buraij and Gaza Valley village in the centre of the city. As a result, the civilians living in the area panicked, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired 2 artillery shells at a military training site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. The shelling caused damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Deir Samet and al-Shuyoukh villages in Hebron, and Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm.

 

Monday, 09 October 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Talal Ahmed Thyab al-Husari (22), Ahmed ‘Azmi Huwail (22) and Tareq Abu Tbaikh (21)

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bedia village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Radi Kamel Kan’an (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 4 civilians, including a child, namely Ibrahim Tumar Ekhleil (24), Muhanad ‘Ali Mohammed Abu ‘Ayash (20), ‘Odai Eyad Bassam Za’aqiq (16), and Khalid Mahmoud Safi Salebi (15).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anabus village, south of Nablus. They raided and a house belonging to Hamzah Abdul Latif Hamad (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Ezzah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Maher Mahmoud Abu Tarboush(43) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Arbakan Mohammed Tabsiyah (24), and ‘Ezz Eden Mustafa Nofel (19) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Masharqah al-Tahtah neighborhood in the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Foad ‘Ata Hamed al-Rajbi (37), who was released a month ago after serving 14 years in prison. The Israeli forces handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. Meanwhile, another Israeli force raided and searched houses belonging to Mohammed Hasan al-Ja’bari (40), Foad Rashid Eskafi (34), and Mohammed Hazem Salim Qafishah (32) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron market in Bab al-Zawiyah area, al-Sa’ah intersection, and Beir al-Sabe’i Street and closed the market with several military vehicles. The soldiers topped the houses’ roofs and deployed in shops to guard dozens of settlers coming from “Hebron Mount” settlements to perform religious rituals in an archeological site, which they claim is a site for an ancient Jew called “Otniel Tomb”. Meanwhile, a number of young men threw stones at the soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and the shoppers. The soldiers then moved into al-Sa’ah Intersection area as one of them fired several rubber-coated metal bullets at a bus that was leaving the area. As a result, the bus’s windshield was broken and the glass scattered on the women who were in the bus.

Mustafa Shabanah, the bus driver, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that;

 

“I turned on the bus after the 7 women along with their children got into it. A number of the Israeli soldiers, who were in the area, fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the shoppers after the soldiers were stoned by a number of young men. A soldier, who was standing about 10 meters away from me, fired 3 rubber-coated metal bullets at the bus. As a result, the windshield of the bus was broken and scattered on the women in the bus. The women then shouted and cried out of fear, but none of them was hurt. I stepped out of the bus and spoke with the soldier, who opened fire at my vehicle. However, the soldier shouted at me and ordered me to leave the area while the soldiers’ pointing their guns at me. In the next day, I changed the broken windshield, which cost me NIS 1100.”

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura, Beit al-Roush al-Tahta, al-Samou’ and Beit Kahel villages in Hebron; and Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm.

 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul ‘Aziz Sha’ban al-Hendi in al-Tarbiqah neighborhood and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Azmi Mansour (28) in Sheikh Mo’nes neighborhood in Nablus’s Old City. They then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:50, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Abdul Latif Zaid (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Marada village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Noor Eden Ahmed ‘Ayash (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in Roq’ah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Taysir Mousa Rab’ei and then arrested his wife Khadijah Jebril al-‘amour (30).

 

  • At approximately 03:50, Israeli forces moved into Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yazan Eyad Abu ‘Eishah (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Shaheen Valley area in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Hafeth Jabrin (17) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 tanks and 2 bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the southeastern side of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza Strip, and stationed near Abu Safiyah military site, east of Jabalia. They then combed and leveled empty lands that were previously leveled amidst shooting. However, neither casualties nor material damage was reported. Few hours later, the Israeli forces redeployed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bier al-Basha village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to the prisoners Husain Sharif Ghawadrah and Mo’ammer Murshed Ghawadrah, who are sentenced to life imprisonment. The soldiers confiscated the 16-month visit permit from ‘Arafat Sharif Ghawadrah and banned him from visiting his prisoned brother Mo’ammer.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military vehicles moved into al-Thaher area near “Carmi Tsur” settlement, south of Beit Ummer village in the northern Gaza Strip, and stationed in the vicinity of the residential houses. A number of youngsters gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. A number of the soldiers then topped the houses’ roofs and fired rubber-coated metal bullets at the youngsters. As a result, a 14-year-old child sustained a metal bullet wound to the right foot. The Israeli forces later withdrew, and no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Tulkarm and Shuweikah Suburb, northeast of the city; ‘Anabtah and Kafer al-Labad villages, east of the city; Kherbet Tarousah, al-Thaheriyah and Ethna villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in the eastern side to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying settlers to Joseph’s Tomb in Balatet al-Balad. The settlers performed their religious rituals and Talmudic prayers until early morning. Meanwhile, dozens of youngsters gathered, set fire to tires, and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs to disperse the youngsters. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian, from ‘Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp, north of the city, was hit with 3 metal bullets to the back, left shoulder, and right leg. The wounded child was transferred to Rafidiya Hospital to receive medical treatment. His wounds were classified as minor. He then left the hospital.

(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded child)

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Ibrahim Abdul Fattah Naifah (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Bal’a village, northeast of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mazen Mohammed Abu Ghali (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired around 2 artillery shells at a military watchtower belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. The shelling caused damage to the site, but no casualties were reported. It should be noted that the same site was shelled on 08 October 2017.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces moved into Zeta village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and stationed in front of Zeta Secondary School for Boys. The soldiers stopped several students and questioned them on the spot. They then arrested Nafeth Ehab Nafeth Masourah (12).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Traqumiya, Surif, Sa’ir villages and Khelet al-Mayyah area in Hebron.

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • On Friday, 06 October 2017, dozens of Palestinians and supporters organized the Friday Prayer at the entrance to Kherbet Qalqas, south of Hebron, in protest against closing the main and sole road leading to the Kherbah and the Bypass Street (60). At the end of the prayer, the protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans. Meanwhile, a large number of Israeli forces arrived at the area. They fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors and press crews that arrived to cover the peaceful protest. As a result, a number of journalists suffered tear gas inhalation, while some of them were prevented from taking photos. It should be noted that Kherbet Qalqas is inhabited by 2000 people and the Israeli forces continue to close its entrance from the southern side with sand and rocks for 17 years. As a result, the civilians are forced to walk through an alternative long road crossing Kherbet al-Samn Valley and Khelet al-Dar. In the same time, the Israeli forces are expanding “Beit Hagai” settlement established on the al-Kherbah lands from the southern side.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized protests 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. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protesters, firing live and rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and between the houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on Friday, 06 October 2017, about 30 Palestinian youngsters made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij refugee in the central Gaza Strip, in protest against the Israeli closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. The youngsters gathered near the security fence and set fire to tires. They also raised banners and flags and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence. The soldiers sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors and agricultural lands located to the west of the abovementioned border fence. As a result, a 17-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the thigh while others suffered tear gas inhalation. The wounded child was transferred to Shuhadaa’ al-Aqsa hospital in Deir el-Balah to receive medical treatment. His wounds were classified as moderate.

 

(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded child)

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian youngsters made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhada’a Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, protesting against the Israeli closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. The youngsters approached the security fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers along the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 14-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the right foot. His injury was classified as minor.

 

(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded child)

 

  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.

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, is designated for the movement of goods

 

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
03 October Various goods 3601
Humanitarian aid 14045
Cooking gas 275,190
Benzene 75,991
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 520,00576.000
Construction aggregates 10000
Cement 3000
Construction steel 240
08 October

 

 

Various goods 5243
Humanitarian aid 11404
Cooking gas 300,650
Benzene 151.998
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 600.96776,000
Construction aggregates 8000
Cement 2160
Construction steel 194
09 October Various goods 3258
Humanitarian aid 13541
Cooking gas 296,160
Benzene 75,994
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 676,99076,000
Construction aggregates 8800
Cement 3480
Construction steel 577

 

Exports:

 

  • On Tuesday, 03 October 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 8 tons of clothes.
  • On Sunday, 08 October 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 8 truckloads of vegetables.
  • On Monday, 09 October 2017, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 45.1 tons of tomatoes; 0.6 tons of fish; 20.4 7 tons of cucumbers; 2 tons of eggplants; 440 pieces of animal skin; and 5.2 tons of sweet peppers.

 

 Note: Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing was closed on Wednesday and Thursday, 04 and 05 October 2017, due to Jewish holidays.

 

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

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(04-10 October 2017)

 

Category 04 October 05 October 06  October 07  October 08  October  09 October 01  October
Patients 31 3 64 21 42
Companions 28 3 57 18 37
Personal needs 32 4 4 1
Familiesof prisoners
Arabs fromIsrael 4 4 3 6 8
Diplomats
International journalists
International workers 20 10 17 13 32
Travelersabroad 1 1 1
Business people 1 6 2
Business meetings
Security interviews 1 1 1
VIPs 1 1
Ambulances to Israel 2 1 4 9
Patients’ Companions 1 3 1 3 9

 

Note:

  • On Wednesday 04 October 2017, the Israeli authorities closed Erez crossing and prevented all categories from traveling, except the humanitarian cases “Heart and cancer patients and children”.
  • On Thursday, 05 October 2017, the crossing was completely closed and all categories were prevented from travelling.
  • On Friday, 06 October 2017, the crossing was opened until 12:00, during which limited categories were allowed to travel.
  • On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 08, 09 and 10 October 2017, the crossing was partially opened for all categories until 13:00, due to the Jewish Sukkot Holiday.

 

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 (21) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Thursday 05 October 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Tarama, Raboud- Abu al-‘Asjah, and Ethna villages; on Beit ‘Awaa village road, at the northern entrance to Hebron.

 

On Friday, 06 October 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints on ‘Ayoun Abu Seif road and at the entrances to Beit Ummer and Sa’ir villages.

 

On Saturday, 07 October 2017, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Halhoul and al-Dahiriyia villages.

 

On Sunday, 08 October 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummer, Ethna, al-Shayyoukh and al-Moureq villages.

 

On Monday, 09 October 2017, 2 checkpoints were established at the entrances to Beit ‘Awaa and Beit Ummer villages.

 

On Tuesday, 10 October 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Halhoul and Yatta villages and on Kharsa village road.

 

On Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Beit ‘Awaa and Ethna villages and on al-Karmel village road, east of Yatta.

 

  • Qalqiliyia: Israeli forces established (12) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Thursday, 05 October 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints under the bridge of ‘Azoun village, on the road between Qalqiliyia and Tulkarm, at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia, and on road No.55 between Qalqiliyia and Nablus.

 

On Friday, 06 October 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints between Jayyous and ‘Azoun villages, east of Qalqiliyia; at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia; and at the entrance to Heblah village, south of the city.

 

On Saturday, 07 October 2017, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia, under the bridge of ‘Azoun village, on the road between Qalqiliyia and Tulkarm, at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, and between ‘Azoun and ‘Ezbit al-Tabeeb village, east of the city.

 

At approximately 17:25 on Monday, 09 October 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia.

 

At approximately 20:20, a similar checkpoint was established on the main street between Qalqiliyia and Nablus near “Kedumim “settlement.

 

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

 

On Thursday, 05 October 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit; under the bridge of Askaka village, east of the city; and between Kaful Hares and Hares village, north of the city.

At approximately 16:30 on Friday, 06 October 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of Askaka village, east of Salfit.

 

On Saturday, 07 October 2017, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the northern entrance to Salfit; under the bridge of Askaka village, east of the city; and at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of the city.

 

Jenin: Israeli forces established (3) checkpoints all over the city.

 

At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 08 October 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Zaboubah village, west of Jenin.

 

At approximately 19:00 on the same day, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Ya’boud village, southwest of the city.

 

At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Zaboubah village, west of Jenin.

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on Thursday, 05 October 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in al-Zaytounah area in al-Sweitat neighbourhood, south of Jenin. They stopped a Palestinian vehicle carrying Yousef Khaled Abu Zinah “ Kmail” (22), and Mohamed Ziyad Abu al-Rub (23). Both of them are from Qabatia village, southeast of the village. The Israeli forces checked Yousef and Mohamed’s IDs before arresting them. The Israeli forces claimed that the abovementioned persons killed an Israeli in Kafur Qasem village 3 days before their arrest. When the Israeli forces established the checkpoint, they opened fire at Palestinian young men in the vicinity of the checkpoint. As a result, Adham Mostafa Ibrahim Abu Kharj (17) was hit with a live bullet to the right thigh. The Israeli forces arrested Adham and took him along with Yousef and Mohamed to al-Jamlah checkpoint, north of Jenin. Adham was then taken by a PRCS ambulance to Khalil Suliman Hospital in Jenin to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 19:30 on Friday, 06 October 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of ‘Azoun village on the road between Qalqiliyia and Tulkarm. They searched Palestinian civilians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. In the meantime, they arrested Islam Zaher Saleh Hasaneen Dawoud (17), from Qalqiliyia.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 07 October 2017, Israeli forces arrested Naser Nassar Ali al-Jundi (44), from Yatta village, south of Hebron. Naser was arrested at a checkpoint established at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Saturday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Ramallah-Nablus Road. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked their IDs. In the meantime, they arrested Sanad Mohamed Mahmoud Khadir Istiti (25), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin.

 

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Sunday, 08 October 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the intersection of “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, arrested Nasri Yousef Abu Jouda (25).
  • At approximately 17:00 on Monday, 09 October 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Faqou’a village road, southeast of Jenin. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked their IDs. In the meantime, the Israeli forces arrested Sufian Rizeq Fares (36), from Kafreet village, southwest of the city.

 

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:

 

  • Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 09 October 2017, Israeli forces moved into Beit Sorik village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yazan Mohamed Yaser (23) and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Ahmed Mohamed Derbas (26) and Mohamed Ali Naser (22).

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property

 

  • On Sunday, 08 October 2017, hundreds of Israeli settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Moreover, they performed prayers and organized demonstrations in al-Buraq Wall yard and Silwan village due to the Jewish Sukkot holiday. The Islamic Endowment Department (Awqaf) stated that around 524 Israeli settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning and afternoon; around 366 settlers raided the mosque in the morning while 158 others in the afternoon via al-Magharebah Gate. The Israeli settlers wandered the mosque’s yards while the Israeli soldiers were heavily deployed in the area. During the storming, many Israeli settlers performed prayers in the al-Aqsa Mosque while other settlers wandered and performed their rituals at the gates outside. Moreover, Member of Israeli Knesset Yehuda Glick, performed prayers at al-Qataneen Gate outside. Furthermore, thousands of Israeli settlers performed prayers of Jewish Sukkot holiday in al Buraq Wall yard, and the Israeli police closed all roads leading to the area. Moreover, a helicopter hovered over the city. The Israeli forces also closed all roads leading to Silwan village in conjunction with the Israelis’ arrival at the village to perform their rituals and prayers in al-Tantour Fer’oun and ‘Ain Silwan areas.

 

  • On Monday, 09 October 2017, Israeli settlers continued to raid al-Aqsa Mosque for the 2nd consecutive day. The Islamic Endowment Department (Awqaf) stated that hundreds of Israeli settlers raided al Aqsa Mosque in the morning and afternoon via al-Magharebah Gate. The raiders were 612 Israeli settlers, including 150 Israeli students.

 

  • On Tuesday, 10 October 2017, hundreds of Israeli settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque for the 3rd consecutive day under the Israeli forces protection. The Islamic Endowment Department (Awqaf) stated that around 628 Israeli settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning and afternoon via al-Magharebah Gate and wandered the mosque yards. Moreover, the Israeli police checked the Palestinian worshipers’ IDs before entering the mosque, especially in the morning. In the morning, hundreds of Israeli settlers moved into occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and headed towards al-Buraq Wall. They were holding palm fronds to perform their prayers due to Jewish Sukkot holiday. They also wandered and performed prayers outside at al-Aqsa Mosque Gates.

 

  • Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks:

 

  • At approximately 21:45 on Thursday, 05 October 2017, 3 Israeli settlers who were on the right side of street near “Shilo” settlement on Ramallah-Nablus Road attacked a Palestinian car carrying 3 Palestinian National Security officers. The Israeli settlers threw stones at the vehicle, breaking its windshield. As a result, Mohamed Mahmoud Jarar’ah (26), from ‘Asira village, north of Nablus, was hit with a stone to the right side of thehead. Mohamed was then taken to hospital in al-Rihan suburb, north of Ramallah. Medical tests showed that Mohamed suffers from a skull fracture and severe bleeding in the head. He is so far in the intensive care unit (ICU) due to his serious health condition.

 

Abed Yousef al-‘Obaidy, one of the vehicle’s passengers, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that,

 

At approximately 20:30 on Thursday, 05 October 2017, my friends, Mohamed Jara’rah (26), from ‘Asira village, north of Nablus; and Ghassan Qasrawi, from Masliya village, southeast of Jenin; and I were heading to our work from Nablus to Bethlehem via a car driven by Ghassan as we are officers at the Palestinian National Security Service. While we were on our way near “Shilo” settlement, we saw 3 Israeli settlers on the right side of Ramallah-Nablus Main Road. One of the settlers had a torch and sporadically pointing it towards us.  I said to Ghassan: slow down. I think this is the Israeli police. We were around 100 meter away from them. Ghassan slowly drove and when we approached them, we then knew they were Israeli settlers. In the meantime, one of them threw stones at the right window, which was closed, and broke it. Another settler threw stone at the right rear window next to Mohammed, so he was hit with the stone to the head. Mohamed shouted and was bleeding. I quickly told Ghassan to head to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Mohamed received medical treatment and underwent a CT scan, which showed that he suffers from a skull fractur and severe bleeding in the head. He was then transferred to the Isitishari Hospital in al-Rihan suburb.”

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 06 October 2017, dozens of Israeli settlers from “Kiryat ‘Arba’” and Kharsina” settlements gathered on Bypass Road (60) near a sub-road leading to Khirbet al-Boq’a, east of the city, where many Palestinian families live. The Israeli settlers threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles. When Nimer Jaber (40) traveling his car arrived on the sub-road leading to Khirbet al-Boq’a, the Israeli settler threw stones at his vehicle. As a result, the vehcile’s windows were broken, and his daughter Yaffa sustained glass shrapnel She was then taken to Hebron Hospital to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 23:20 on Saturday, 07 October 2017, hundreds of Israeli settlers moved into ‘Awerta village, south of Nablus, under the Israeli forces protection. They performed their Talmudic rituals around Jewish historical tombs as they claim. In the next day morning, 08 October 2017, the Israeli settlers and soldiers withdrew from the village, and no further incidents were reported.

Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 10 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

 

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC in 2017 to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Abby Martin – Israel Started Palestinian Genocide Right From the Beginning !

Israeli Court Upholds Soldier’s 18-Month Sentence; House Arrest to Continue for Now

An Israeli appeals court has upheld the manslaughter conviction of Elor Azarya, the Israeli soldier whose brutal execution-style slaying of a wounded Palestinian was captured live on video. The court reportedly also has upheld his 18-month sentence.

The ruling was handed down on Sunday. According to Ma’an News:

The judges voted three to two in favor of upholding the sentence.“The punishment is on the lower edge of appropriate sentencing,” the judges noted, while lamenting that “such an excelling soldier committed such a terrible error.”

The decision is being widely reported in the mainstream media. The New York Times, CNN, and others are carrying stories on it, and one might suppose Zionist trolls may start posting thousands of comments on websites touting it as proof that Israel is “the only democracy in the Middle East” with a model justice system fair to one and all and second to none.

But of course, what the video shows would probably not be viewed as an act of “manslaughter” by most of us. And oh yes, by the way, manslaughter is defined as:

the unlawful killing of another person without premeditation or so-called “malice aforethought” (an evil intent prior to the killing). It is distinguished from murder (which brings greater penalties) by lack of any prior intention to kill anyone or create a deadly situation.

The presumed absence of premeditation and “malice aforethought” would seem to be almost ludicrously undermined by the testimony of witnesses, for as we read in the Ma’an report:

Al-Sharif was shot and seriously wounded after allegedly stabbing another Israeli soldier, and after he was left bleeding on the ground for some ten minutes, Azarya shot him in the head, with a number of witnesses quoting him as saying “This dog is still alive,” and “This terrorist deserves to die” before he pulled the trigger.

Do such statements as “the dog is still alive” and “the terrorist deserves to die” really point to a lack of malice? Hardly. And indeed, the report goes on to note that some people, including human rights groups, have described the killing as an “extrajudicial execution.”

Moreover, the comment by the judges that “the punishment is on the lower edge of appropriate sentencing” would thus seem to be an almost phantasmal understatement.

But of course, the Israeli court system only found Azarya guilty of manslaughter, so I guess we can’t legally call him a murderer. Technically speaking, he’s only a “manslaughterer.”

Is it possible the “lower edge of appropriate sentencing” and the conclusion that the defendant had committed nothing more than a “terrible error” had anything to do with the fact that Azarya is Jewish and his victim was Palestinian? Perish the thought, the trolls will probably tell us.

The manslaughterer’s lethal bullet was fired directly into the head of 21-year-old Abdul Sharif. On the day in question, Sharif and a companion, Ramsi Qasrawi, also 21, allegedly stabbed another Israeli soldier, causing minor injury. Both were shot on the spot. Qasrawi died instantly, but Sharif was left alive, though lying in the street in a pool of blood. It was at this point that Azaria stepped forward, cocked his weapon, and fired.

The New York Times article on the court ruling quotes one of the judges, a Major-General Doron Piles.

“The I.D.F. is the organized military of a country that operates according to law,” Piles said. “Soldiers must not settle accounts with terrorists after the danger from them has passed.”

The major-general obviously believes Sharif and Qasrawi were “terrorists,” and that’s probably the consensus of most Israelis, the New York Times, and much of the rest of the media as well. But of course, we should keep in mind that this shooting took place in Hebron.

Hebron is located in the West Bank, which is internationally recognized as occupied territory.

Under international law, people have a right to resist occupation. So is it “terrorism” when two young men living under an illegal occupation carry out a stabbing of an occupation soldier–or is it an act of resistance? Don’t ask the Israeli court system, the New York Times, or the trolls for that matter. I doubt any of them are capable of giving an impartial and judicious ruling on that matter.

Several days ago, I put up a post reporting that Azarya was to be transferred to house arrest. Under the terms of this transfer he he would be “required to remain at his parents’ home in Ramle in central Israel and can attend Shabbat services in a synagogue on Friday night and Saturday if he is accompanied by a family member,” as a news report I quoted put it.

A little bit more on the house arrest can also be found in the Ma’an News report:

The court highlighted that Azarya, who was transferred to house arrest earlier this month to wait out the appeals process, had “never expressed remorse or questioned his actions” as one of the main reasons for not lowering his sentence.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that Azarya, who has only served nine days behind bars and has spent most of his detention confined to a military base, was expected to be transferred to military prison if the sentence was upheld.

However, Haaretz reported that Azarya’s legal team could take a number of further steps to seek to evade the sentencing.

Azarya’s lawyers could take the case to the Israeli Supreme Court to request that the former soldier’s sentence be postponed for a second time, seek a sentence reduction from the Israeli army chief of staff — a move which would only be available if Azarya publicly took responsibility for his actions, or request a pardon from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

So in other words, the manslaughterer will presumably remain under house arrest until the appeals process is exhausted.

Additionally, the New York Times informs us that a pardon may be in the offing as well:

Mr. Azaria could try to pursue a further appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court.

But Israel’s hard-line defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, urged the Azaria family instead to request a pardon from the chief of staff of the military, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, “in order to bring this episode to an end as quickly as possible for the good of Elor, the family and Israel.”

General Eisenkot said Sunday that if Mr. Azaria chose to file a request to lighten his sentence, he would give it “careful consideration.”

Perhaps Eisenkot, in giving “careful consideration” to the matter, will reach the conclusion that the law, perhaps because of the release of the video, was selectively enforced in Azarya’s case. Interestingly, the defense put forward just that argument–that Azarya had been unfairly targeted and as a result he had become a victim of “selective enforcement of the law.” It would seem to be a true statement. Many have of course talked of a “culture of impunity” that seems to pervade the Israeli forces, and Ma’an notes that in the year 2016, Azarya was the only Israeli soldier to be charged with killing a Palestinian–a year in which 109 Palestinians were killed by either Israeli forces or settlers.

Whatever else may be its deficiencies, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of manslaughterers in the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

I’ll close here with an assortment of tweets that have been posted in the last 24 hours or so. WYSIWYG. I can’t offer much information about them other than that, but some of the videos are rather interesting, and I most assuredly doremember Huda, the young Palestinian girl whose father and other members of her family were killed on a Gaza beach a number of years ago.

 forces attack demonstrators with live ammo in , assault children/journalists. Full video: http://bit.ly/2u9ABa5 

IOF deliberately shot a gas grande at a 3-yr-old Palestinian boy eating watermelon on balcony b/c ‘he was collecting intelligence on us”

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 Israeli Jewish activist are in Jordan Valley helping Palestinian Villagers clean & restore wells that were destroyed by Squatters & Israel

Dutch activist says: Israel will never stop its cruelty towards Palestinians til the world says: enough is enough

The Price of israeli State Terror

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

According to West Bank Palestinian journalists, Israeli-instigated violence from July 14 – 28 caused 15 deaths, about 1,400 others injured, some seriously.

Clashes resulted from unacceptable Israeli security measures imposed on the Al-Aqsa mosque and compound, mostly in Jerusalem’s Old City, elsewhere in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel continues holding bodies of 13 Palestinians killed during this period – so far refusing to return them to families for proper Muslim burials.

On Friday, Israel lifted security measures and other restrictions imposed on the Al-Aksa mosque and compound.

The Islamic Endowment in charge of running the holy site confirmed all gates are open, Palestinian men and women of all ages free to enter the mosque and compound for prayers.

Over 100 detained Palestinians were released on Thursday and Friday on these conditions. Old City residents were banned from entering Al-Aqsa for two weeks, other Jerusalem residents banned from the Old City for two weeks, other Palestinians banned from the city for two weeks.

Palestinian victories are rare and nearly always short-lived. It’s just a matter of time before large-scale Israeli-instigated violence again occurs.

Besieged Gazans endure horrendous Israeli mistreatment, struggling to survive under dire conditions.

Elsewhere in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israeli persecution continued on Saturday, numerous Palestinians assaulted, many detained, including disabled ones in Hebron and Bethlehem.

Multiple raids happen daily in Palestinian communities. Hundreds are administratively detained uncharged without trials.

Separately, Netanyahu threatened to expel Al-Jazeera from Israel, claiming it’s “inciting” violence in Jerusalem’s Old City, especially around the Al-Aqsa mosque and compound.

“I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several times to close the Al-Jazeera office in Jerusalem,” he blustered.

“If this does not happen because of legal reasons, I will work to legislate the laws required to remove Al Jazeera from Israel.”

Israel rejects criticism of its policies – by media, groups and individuals, including bloggers freely expressing their views.

Repressive Knesset legislation targets speech, assembly, association and the right to dissent, Palestinians especially vulnerable.

Military censorship prohibits information published about its high crimes against peace. willfully suppressing what Israelis need to know, claiming national security priorities.

Discussing anything Israel considers classified information risks prosecution. Protests are prohibited for political reasons. Nonviolent resistance is suppressed, academic freedom endangered.

The Palestinian Center for Development & Media Freedoms (MADA) reported “51 violations of media freedoms in Palestine during June by Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

Palestine is illegally occupied territory, the entire population threatened by brutal Israeli repression – ongoing daily.

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The Myth Of Jewish Refugees From Arab Land

The Myth Of Jewish Refugees From Arab Land By Dr. Elias Akleh

Victimizing the Jews has been the successful old political trick Zionists have been using to gain international political sympathy for the Israeli cause, and to justify all aggression and terror the Israeli army perpetrates on Palestinians and on the neighboring Arab countries. Whenever the international views turn against Israel, due to its aggression, a new Jewish victimizing story pops up.

One such late story I happened to come across on page 106 of March 19th. 2007 issue of U.S. News Magazine, was titled “You deserve a factual look at… The Forgotten Refugees. Why does nobody care about the Jewish refugees from Arab lands?” The article was published as an advertisement by FLAME (Facts and Logic About the Middle East), who claims to “publish the truth about Israel and the Middle East conflict in advertisements and letters to editors nationwide.”

The advertisement claims that there exist what it called Jewish refugees from Arab countries, and makes some comparison between these Jewish refugees and Arab refugees in an attempt to point to alleged international injustice when the UN spends “… many billions of dollars” on the Arab refugees while forgetting the Jewish refugees. The advertisement tries to avoid calling the Arab refugees by their true name: Palestinian refugees, in an attempt to deny any moral and legal responsibility of Zionist Israel in violating Palestinians’ human rights and creating Palestinian refugee problem.

The advertisement attempts to refute “A myth that Jews had an easy life in Muslim/Arab countries”. It claims that Jews under Islam were treated worse than second class citizens “governed by a system of discrimination intended to reduce Jews … to conditions of humiliation, segregation and violence”.

The truth is that Jews were treated, under Islam in the Arab World, better than any other place they had lived in the whole world at the time. They were treated like any other ethnic groups, e.g. Christians, with full citizenship that included freedom and rights like the rest of the citizens. They were allowed to live and worship freely in Jerusalem, where they were barred entrance by ancient Romans and European Christian Crusaders. When European Jews faced persecution since the start of Crusaders campaigns, they did not find any safe haven for themselves except in Islamic and Arab countries in North Africa and in the Middle East. Many of those Jews fought along side Muslim and Christian Arabs against the Crusaders, who called for the slaughter of every Jew for crucifying Jesus. In his book “Bitter Harvest” Palestinian scholar Sami Hadawi described this Jewish haven as follows:

“During the Middle Ages, North Africa and the Arab Middle East became places of refuge and a haven for the persecuted Jews of Spain and elsewhere… In the Holy Land they lived together in harmony, a harmony only disrupted when the Zionists began to claim that Palestine was the ‘rightful’ possession of the ‘Jewish people’ to the exclusion of its Moslem and Christian inhabitants”

The Jewish writer Dan Peretz described this situation in his book “The Arab Israeli Dispute” as follows: “Most Jews in Palestine belonged to old Yishuv, or community, that had settled there more for religious than for political reasons. There was little of any conflict between them and the Arab population. Tension began after first Zionist settlers arrived in the 1880’s”

Although given freedom like any other citizens a group of the Jews, believing themselves to be the elite God’s chosen people, who should not mix and mingle with the others, “Goyims”, as been taught by their prophets, had isolated themselves into ghettos the same way they had lived throughout Europe. Those, who had the courage to venture out of the ghettos, had flourished and reached high employment positions in Arabic governments and societies. Many had become the financial and trade centers of the Arab World. This fact contradicts the advertisement claims that Jews “… were excluded from society, from government, and from most professions … They were barely tolerated and often… were victimized by vicious violence” Some extremist fundamentalist Jews, who had their noses up in the sky believing themselves to be the chosen people and better than all other nations, had invited rejection and intolerance from all nations, not just from Arabs, to such snobby racist attitudes.

The advertisement goes on further to claim that Jews in the Arab World were subjected to systematic violence and persecution after the establishment of Israel in 1948 and after Six Days War in 1967. “When Israel declared its statehood in 1948, programs broke out across the entire Arab/Muslim world. Thousands died in this violence… The vast majority of those Jews fled from where they had lived for centuries. They had to leave everything behind. Most of those who were able to escape found their way to the just-created state of Israel”

The programs, the advertisement does not clarify, were terrorist acts perpetrated by Zionists against Jewish communities in the Arab World, as well as throughout European countries to coerce the Jews to immigrate to Palestine to establish the alleged safe haven; Israel, on usurped Palestinian land. Zionist zealots and some mercenaries had fire-bombed Jewish synagogues and shops, damaged Jewish cemeteries, and painted hate graffiti to create anti-Jewish climate. Zionist offer of free transportation, free housing, and free salaries had encouraged a lot of Jews to surrender their fate to the Zionist plan. Those, who immigrated, had plenty of time to sell their properties before leaving.

The Arabs, contrary to the claims, did not subject their long-time neighboring Jews to violence since they distinguished between a Jew and a Zionist. Yet those Jews, who were disillusioned by Zionism and became “enemy combatants” and spies within the Arab World, had to be dealt with as such.

The advertisement brags about “Israel received every one of those Jewish refugees from Arab countries with brotherly open arms; it housed, fed and quickly integrated them into Israeli society”. It is true that Zionist Israel had received immigrant Jews, paid all expenses including transportation, rent, and monthly salaries until they were integrated in Israeli society. Yet this reception was not out of brotherly love. Those immigrant Jews were, deliberately, drowned into financial debt so that they could not leave Israel, after discovering the trap set for them, without repaying all the expenses plus interests. Young Jewish immigrants, and every new generation of their offsprings, have been conscripted into the Israeli terrorist army to kill and to be killed for the interests of rich pro-Zionist corporations of the West.

The advertisement repeats the old myth, that had been told and refuted so many times, that Palestinians had fled from Palestine after the Israeli occupation “… following the strident invocations of their leaders …so as to make room for invading Arab armies”, who according the advertisement will kill all the Jews so that Palestinians “could return to reclaim their properties and that of the Jews, all of whom would have been killed …” by Arab armies.

Palestinians, like any other people, would never leave their homes voluntarily, and Arab leaders had never invoked them to leave. Sami Hadawi refuted this claim in his book “Bitter Harvest” stating the fact that “British Broadcasting Corporation monitored all Middle Eastern broadcasts throughout 1948. The records, and companion ones by a US monitoring unit, can be seen at the British Museum. There was not a single order or appeal, or suggestion about evacuation from Palestine from any Arab radio station, inside or outside Palestine in 1948. There is a repeated monitored record of Arab appeals, even flat orders, to the civilians of Palestine to stay put”.

This myth aims to erase guilt and moral responsibilities off Jewish shoulders for perpetrating the cruelest and ugliest massacres against mostly unarmed Palestinian villagers, and parading their women and children in the streets of Jerusalem to terrorize the rest of the Palestinians into fleeing out of their villages for their lives and for their honor when Zionist terror organizations, such as Irgun and Hagana, spread the rumors of their plans to attack Palestinian villages. Jewish historian Ilan Pappe, in his book “The Link”, mentions this fact: “The Israeli forces expelled the Palestinians from every village and town they occupied. In some cases, this expulsion was accompanied by massacres of civilians as was the case in Lydda, Ramleh, Dawimiyya, Sa’sa, Ein Zietun and other places. Expulsion also accompanied by rape, looting and confiscation”.

During wars people panic and flee their homes searching for safety. Yet they have always been able to return to their homes when danger subsides. Military conquest does not abolish private rights to property, nor does it entitle the victor to confiscate properties of civilian population. Even if the claims were true that Palestinians left their homes on the commands of their leaders, they still have the right to return to their homes and properties that had been stolen by Zionist immigrants. This right is protected by international law as noted by the noted Jewish writer and thinker Professor Erich Fromm “In international law, the principle holds true that no citizen loses his property or his right of citizenship; and the citizenship right is de facto a right to which the Arabs in Israel have much more legitimacy than the Jews”.
Israel’s rejection of Palestinians’ right of return has been on the top of their political agenda, which led them to break all UN resolutions regarding this matter, break all international laws, violate Palestinians’ human rights, and reject all Arab peace initiatives.

The advertisement continues with its allegations “… the Arab countries resolutely refused to accept Arab refugees into their societies. They confined them into so-called refugee camps …to keep them as a festering sore and to make solution of the Arab/Israel conflict impossible. These refugees, whose number has by now miraculously increased from their original 650 thousands to 5 millions, are seething with hatred toward Israel, and provide the cadres for terrorists and suicide bombers”

The Arab countries, mainly Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon, had received the majority of Palestinian refugees, who became a burden on the already impoverished economy of these countries, who, unlike Israel, were not receiving three billions of Dollars annually from the US. The majority of these refugees (now numbers about 7.5 million and not only 5 million) want to go back to their own homeland and their homes that were illegally occupied by terrorist Israelis. They fight to regain what is rightfully theirs, unlike the terrorist Israeli army, who fight to usurp lands of other people.

As for the solution of the Arab/Israeli conflict, the Arabs had offered Israel many peaceful solutions, yet Israelis categorically rejected them because without the conflict they could not keep usurping more lands to build “Greater Israel”. The latest Arab peace initiative of last month, March 2007, offered Israel to keep 78% of Palestine for permanent peace and normalization of diplomatic relationships with all Arab countries. Yet Israel, as usual, rejected this offer.

The advertisement acknowledges that “since 1947 there have been over 100 UN resolutions concerning Palestinian refugees, but there has not been one single resolution addressing the horrible injustice done to the nearly one million Jewish refugees from the Arab states”

This paragraph refutes the advertisement’s claim by showing that the international community has recognized and acknowledged the existence of a genuine Palestinian refugee problem, and the non existence of the false called-for Jewish refugees from Arab countries. That is why “a special branch of the United Nation (UNRWA) exists for the maintenance of those refugees” (created by Israelis) as the article notices. Israel, backed by successive American administrations, had ignored those UN resolutions that aimed to solve the Palestinian refugees’ problem, rather than spending billion of Dollars “contributed by the US” as the advertisement objects. It, also, totally ignores the attention the world had focused on the issue of the Holocaust, the compensation in hundreds of billions of Dollars to Israeli Jews, making even the study of the Holocaust an international crime, and sentencing, fining and imprisoning all the renowned historians, who questioned some of its details.

The advertisement criticizes the Arab’s justifiable right to ask for compensations, and the Palestinian refugees’ legitimate right to return to their homeland, “what has been Israel for almost 60 years”, where Palestinian tribes had lived for over than three thousand years. It concludes by stating “But if there is to be any compensation, those forgotten Jewish refugees are certainly entitled to such compensation as much as the Arab refugees. Anything else would be an outrage and a great injustice”

The advertisement neglected to mention the most important point in this refugee issue, namely that the Palestinian refugees were forcefully ejected from their homes according to the Zionist ideology that is based on the idea of “people substitution”; the expulsion ‘transfer’ of Palestinians out of Palestine, and the implanting of Jews in their place. The idiom of “Jewish state is unthinkable without compulsory transfer of the Arabs to the Arab states” had been adopted since the first Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897, and had been repeated by notorious Zionist leaders such as British Zionist Israel Zangwill, Haim Weisman, Theodor Herzl, Nahman Syrkin (founder of Social Zionism), Selig Soskin (director of Jewish National Fund), and many others.

On the other hand the so-called Jewish refugees (Zionist Jews) from Arab countries had plenty of time to plan their leave and to liquidate all their properties, and to be fed, resettled and compensated directly by American tax money, where the annual three billion Dollars financial aid pays almost $3,000.00 monthly for every Israeli, not mentioning all the economic aid and tons and tons of military equipment that are given freely to the terrorist Israeli army to inflict terror on Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis and Iranians.

Finally the advertisement gives a comparison between bogus numbers of the Jews in some Arab countries before and after 1948; countries where Zionists had successfully transferred their Jewish population to occupied Palestine (Israel). It ignores to mention the large number of Jews, who are still living, flourishingly, in Northern African Muslim Arab countries, in Turkey, and even in Iran (the so-called extremist Islamic and terrorist supporting country), that houses the largest Jewish population, 25,000 of them, in the Middle East outside Israel, and are represented by a Jewish MP, Maurice Mohtamed.

The publishing organization (FLAME) of this so-called “factual look”, whose claimed purpose is the research, publication of facts, and exposing false propaganda about the Middle East, seems to do the exact opposite; it distorts the facts and spreads false propaganda instead.

The simple truth of the Arab/Israeli conflict had been reflected by Indian leader and peace teacher Mahatma Ghandi when he stated: “Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English and France belongs to the French”

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