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”

Following Stabbing and Shooting Attack in Occupied Jerusalem, Israeli Forces Impose Collective Punishment Measures Against the City and Deir Abu Mash’al Village

June 18, 2017 3:44 PM

18 JUN  3:44 PM

Following a stabbing and shooting attack in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, 16 June 2017, that resulted in the killing of three Palestinian youngsters and an Israeli female soldier, the Israeli forces imposed additional collective punishment measures against the Palestinian civilians in occupied Jerusalem and later in Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, from which the three youngsters come.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns these measures and stresses they fall within the collective punishment policy which is prohibited

he Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns these measures and stresses they fall within the collective punishment policy which is prohibited in the international human rights law. PCHR further calls upon the international community to work on protecting the Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and ensure its application.

According to PCHR’s investigations, after the abovementioned attack, the Israeli forces completely closed Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, Sultan Suleiman Street and all gates of Jerusalem, excluding Bab al-Asbat (Lions Gate).

They banned the Palestinians from entering and exiting the Old City and obliged the commercial stores’ owners to shut down otherwise they would pay a fine of over NIS 40,000.

The Israeli forces also erupted metal barriers in the streets leading to Bab al-Amoud and prevented vehicles from using these streets. The Israeli officers chased the civilians who were at Bab al-

The Israeli officers chased the civilians who were at Bab al-Sahera (Herod’s Gate), al-Mesrara and Nablus Street and fired sound bombs at them. Moreover, they assaulted some civilians and pushed the journalists away from the scene.

The Israeli forces mobilized all over Jerusalem, mainly the streets of Nablus, Bab al-Sahera, Sultan Suleiman and al-Mesrara. Israeli forces stopped the by-passers and checked their IDs and then deported the West Bank residents by buses distributed throughout the city. The Israeli police declared they “Deported over 350 Palestinians, who entered Jerusalem without permits, and returned them to the Palestinian territories”.

In the same context, after the identities of the three Palestinian youngsters, who carried out the stabbing and shooting attack, were disclosed, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, from which the youngster come. They closed the main entrance by establishing an iron gate and closed the roads with sand and rocks, isolating the village from the world.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 05:30 on Saturday, 17 June 2017, Israeli forces moved into the said village and imposed a curfew.

The Israeli soldiers accompanied by an engineering team raided the houses belonging to the families of the three attackers and surveyed them. Before

The Israeli soldiers accompanied by an engineering team raided the houses belonging to the families of the three attackers and surveyed them. Before withdrawal, the Israeli forces handed over the owners of the houses decisions to demolish the houses without mentioning the date. The killed youngsters, whose family houses were raided, were identified as:

  1. Osama Ahmed Dahdouh ‘Ata (18). The area of his family house is 150 square meters and his family members are 6;
  2. ‘Adel Hassan ‘Ankoush (19). The area of his family house is 110 square meters and his family members are 10; and
  3. Bara’ Ibrahim Saleh Ata (18). The area of his family house is 140 square meters and his family members are 6.

Furthermore, Israeli forces raided, searched and damaged the contents of dozens of houses belonging to relatives of the attackers and confiscated permits they had to Israel.

In the meanwhile, a number of youngsters gathered in the center of the village and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately opened fire in response.

As a result, two Palestinian civilians were wounded. The first sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg and the other sustained a rubber-coated metal bullet wound to the right hand. They were both taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive the necessary medical treatment.

PCHR condemns the Israeli government’s measures against the Palestinian civilians in occupied East Jerusalem and Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah, which fall within the collective punishment policy that is internationally prohibited, especially under article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and:

  1. Demands the United Nations to work on protecting the civilians in the oPt;
  2. Calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to ensure Israel’s commitment as a State Party to the Conventions to apply them in the oPt; and
  3. Demands States Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under these Conventions by exercising their Universal Jurisdiction to hold the war criminals accountable regardless of the criminals’ nationalities and the place where the crimes were committed and put an end to the impunity they enjoy for decades.

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Israel do not want  the world to see the old Pictures about Palestine  هذه الصور عن فلسطين لا تريد إسرائيل أن يراها العالم

31 Unbelievable Photographs Israel Doesn’t Want You To See!

Images of Palestinians being all Palestinian, doing Palestinian things and wearing Palestinian clothing in a ‘land without a people for a people without a land’. Or as the people who lived there liked to call it before being displaced and occupied: Palestine.

 

1. BEDOUIN WOMAN  1 – امرأة بدوية

2. WOMEN FROM NAZARETH 2 – امرأة من الناصرة

3. RAMALLAH FATHER AND SONS  3 – أب وأطفاله في رام الله

4. RAMALLAH WOMAN 4 – امرأة من رام الله

5. JAFFA WOMAN, 1889  5 – صورة من عام 1889 لامرأة من يافا

 

 


6. BETHLEHEM GIRL  6 – فتاة من بيت لحم



7. BETHLEHEM WOMAN  7 – امرأة بزي تقليدي من بيت لحم


8. BETHLEHEM WOMEN  8 – نساء من أجيال مختلفة في بيت لحم


9. BETHLEHEM SISTERS  9 – شقيقتان من بيت لحم


10. BETHLEHEM WOMAN 10 – فلسطينية من بيت لحم تحمل جرة الماء


11. JERUSALEM MAN  11 – شيخ مقدسي 

12. GAZAN MEN 12 – رجال من غزة (كتب أسفلها سكان غزة الأصليين – فلسطين)

 

13. RAMALLAH WOMAN

 


14. RAMALLAH FAMILY 14 – عائلة من رام الله


15. RAMALLAH WOMAN 15 – امرأة من رام الله


16. BEERSHEBA BEDOUIN 16 – بدو من بئر سبع


17. WOMAN & CHILD FLEEING PALESTINE DURING THE NAKBA 17 – نساء وأطفال فلسطين يهربون خلال النكبة – 1948

 


18. 100 YEAR OLD MAN 18 – فلسطيني يبلغ 100 عام

 19. BETHLEHEM WOMAN, 1940 19 – امرأة من بيت لحم عام 1940 تنظر لأرضها

 

20. JERUSALEM  20 – القدس 

21. DEMONSTRATION AGAINST ZIONIST COLONIZATION/BRITISH RULE, 1920  21 – مظاهرات ضد الاستيطان الإسرائيلي خلال الاحتلال البريطاني عام 1920

22. DOME OF THE ROCK, JERUSALEM  22 – قبة الصخرة في القدس

23. SEA OF GALILEE FISHERMAN, 1930  23 – صيادون في بحر الجليل عام 1930

 

24. EARLY 1900 DEMONSTRATION IN JAFFA 24 – احتجاجات في 1900 في يافا


 25. JERUSALEM BETWEEN 1898 AND 1914  25 – القدس بين 1898 و 1914

 


26. JERUSALEM 26 – القدس

 


27. JERUSALEM GRAIN MARKET  27– سوق القدس للحبوب


28. NABLUS 28 – نابلس

 

29. BETHLEHEM 29 – بيت لحم

 


30. THE GREEK PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM, 1940 30 – البطريرك اليوناني في القدس عام 1940

 


31. JERUSALEM POTTER, 1934  31 – صانع فخار مقدسي عام 1934

 


Thomas Surez’s State of Terror reviewed by Eve Mykytyn

June 16, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

Thomas Surez’s “State of Terror” is a meticulously documented history of Zionism from its early stages in Israel until 1956.  It is the story ofhow a number of secular Jews successfully installed a religious state located on the land of another nation.

The established myth is that after centuries of antisemitism culminating in the Holocaust, the Jews ‘deserved’ Israel, the ‘land without a people for people without a land.’  Historical accounts often deepen and are refined with time and study. Suarez’s book (along with a few others such as Alison Weir’s “Against Our Better Judgement”) convincingly refutes the generally accepted history entirely.

Suarez points out that in 1897 an early Zionist cabled the news to his coconspirators that Palestine was already densely populated. What followed was a terrorist conspiracy to take that land that is shocking in its scope and violence.

Starting around 1918, in what is now Israel, the Irgun, the Lehi (Stern Gang) the Hagana and the Jewish Agency operated at various times as competing and cooperating gangs of thugs. They raised money by robbery and extortion, extracting ‘tributes’ from local businesses, bombing those who failed to pay. The Zionist gangs assassinated Palestinians, police, the British, and Jews whose opinions diverged from theirs.

The war did not temper their violence. When the British consolidated three boats of refugees onto the ship Patria in Haifa with the intention of taking them to a displaced persons camp in Mauritus, the Hagana bombed the ship of refugees.  Over 267 people died, among them 200 Jews. Zionists spun the story as a reenactment of the biblical story of Masada, claiming that the passengers of the Patria heroically committed mass suicide by bombing their own ship when they failed to reach Israel.

During and after World War II, the Zionists demanded with remarkable if not complete success that Jews be segregated from other soldiers and then segregated within displaced persons camps. Suarez cites pro-Zionist Churchill’s discomfort with such segregation, Churchill wrote that nearly every race in Europe had been shipped to concentration camps and “there appears to be very little difference in the amount of torture they endured.” (page 120).  Jews who wanted to stay in their home lands or who successfully negotiated the resettlement of European Jews anywhere but Israel were denounced and thwarted.

How did the Zionists succeed in insisting that they spoke for all Jews when it is clear that they did not? What gave them the right, as murderers of Jewish refugees, to speak for displaced Jews after the war?

Zionists consistently claimed to speak for all Jews. No wonder the Zionists insisted on the use of Hebrew (a number of early German and Yiddish language newspapers were bombed). Suarez points out that the settlers spoke the language of the biblical era because they claimed to be its people (page 25).  Ben Gurian claimed that the “Bible is our mandate.”

Israeli’s official birth in 1948 purged a million Palestinians and destroyed 400 of their villages. The UN had established Israel’s borders, but Israel already stretched beyond the borders and claimed sovereignty over all the land it held. Both England and the United States knew that Israel would not give back any land.  Reuven Shiloah, thefirst director of the Mossad, not only told them so but declared Israel’s right to take more land as necessary (page 277).

Israel’s theft of Palestinian land and assets was not simply a result of claiming land Israel was granted by the UN.  Suarez makes the point that:  “economic analysis… illustrates that the Israeli state owes its very existence to its wholesale theft of Palestinians’ worldly possessions… Despite the massive infusion of foreign capital into Israel and its claims of modern efficiency, it was the end of the Palestinians [assets] that saved the Israeli state from stillbirth” (page 288).

Israel’s treatment of its Palestinian benefactors after 1948 was atrocious. It is painful to read through Suarez’s partial listing of atrocities: rape, torture, murder and robbery. Arab villages, Christian and Muslim, friendly and not, were destroyed.  In one instance, Arab villagers were murdered by being forced to stay in their homes as they were bombed. (page 309).

At the time, Israel itself was the site of “alarming proportions” of murder, rape and robbery within its own citizenship. One Israeli speculated that this arose from a   “general and contemptuous disregard for law” (page 298).  A British report stated: “intolerance explodes into violence with appalling ease in Israel.”

Israel reached into Iraq (with false flag operations against Iraqi Jews to prompt immigration) and into North Africa to obtain citizens for its new settler state. The Iraqi and North African Jews were kept in miserable conditions until they were deployed as place holders to live on newly acquired land.

In 1954 Israelis planted bombs in Egypt in a false flag operation intended to convey that Egypt was unstable. When the plan was exposed in 1955, the United States and the United Kingdom considered military action against Israel to stop its murderous seizure of land. In a cold war series of events detailed by Suarez, France and England ended up siding with Israel againstEgypt in the Suez Crisis, ending any chance that England and the United States wouldconduct any action against Israel.

So far in his book Suarez has delivered a careful, albeit painful, history.

And then Suarez delivers his indictment, “with the conclusion of Suez,… Israel had fully established its techniques of expansion and racial cleansing that continue to serve it today: its maintenance of an existential threat, both as a natural consequence of its aggression and of provocation for the purpose; its expropriation and squandering of the moral weight of historic anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; its dehumanization of the Palestinians; its presence as the prophet-state of the Jews; and its seduction of its Jewish population with the perks of blood privilege.”

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (01 – 07 June 2017)

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

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

(01 – 07 June 2017)

 

  • In 2 crimes of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a girl in the West Bank and another civilian in the Gaza Strip.
  • 12 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.
  • 33 civilians, including 7 children, were arrested.
  • 12 of them, including 4 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • The settlers set up a new settlement outpost, west of Deir Estya village in Salfit.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • 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.
  • 3 civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

  

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (01-07 June 2017).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, in two separate crimes of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian girl in the West Bank and a civilian in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 12 others, including 2 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to chase and open fire at the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea and open fire at farmers at the border areas.

In the West Bank, in a new crime of excessive use of force, on 01 June 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to “Mavi Dutan” settlement, north of Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, opened fire at a Palestinian girl causing her serious wounds. The girl was transported to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. The girl was pronounced dead the following day. Israeli forces claimed that the girl attempted to carry out a stabbing attack against the Israeli soldiers, who opened fire in response.

In the same context, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded. Two of them sustained bullet wounds on 04 June 2017 while participating in a protest at the entrance to al-Mughaiar village, northeast of Ramallah. The third one sustained a bullet wound to the right leg when Israeli forces opened fire at a number of youngsters protesting in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, on 06 June 2017.

In the Gaza Strip, on 06 June 2017, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 2 others, including a child, when dozens of youngsters gathered in a protest near the border fence, east of Khuza’a village, south of the Gaza Strip.

In the same context, the border area witnessed protests against the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip. They used force against the protestors, due to which 7 civilians, including a child, were wounded (excluding the 2 abovementioned)

In the context of Israeli attacks on fishermen in the sea, on 02 June 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. On 04 June 2017, the gunboats targeted the fishing boats sailing off Deir al-Balah and Khan Yunis shores, in the center and south of the Gaza Strip. On 05 June 2017, the Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing off Beit Lahia and al-Sudaniya shores, north of the Gaza Strip. On 06 and 07 June 2017, the Israeli gunboats targeted the fishing boats sailing off Beit Lahia shore, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 40 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 7 others into Jerusalem and its suburbs  During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 33 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children. Twelve of them, including 4 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

In the Gaza Strip, on 01 June 2017, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They combed lands and withdrew later.

On 05 June 2017, Israeli forces moved about 200 meters into the east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands while firing sporadically and withdrew later. On the same day, Israeli forces moved into the east of Johr al-Deek area and levelled lands as well.

 

Settlement activities

 

On 02 June 2017, a number of settlers from “Novim” settlement seized lands belonging to Palestinians in Deir Estiya, northwest of Salfit. They set up tents and caravans in Kherbet Shehada, west of the said village.

On 06 June 2017, settlers from “Emmanuel” settlement levelled a dunum[1] of land in Imatin village, northeast of Qalqilya, adjacent to the Israeli industrial zone.

 

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, 01 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Abu Falah village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mozher Nazal (20) and then arrested him.
  • In early hours of the same day, Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance to “Mevo Dotan” settlement established on Palestinian confiscated lands, north of Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin, opened fire at Palestinian child causing her serious wounds. The child was taken to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Israel. On Friday, 02 June 2017, medical sources announced the death of the child. The Israeli forces claimed that a Palestinian female child attempted to carry out a stab attack against the soldier, so they shot her causing her serious wounds.

According to PCHR’s investigations and statements of an eyewitness Mohammed Yusuf Rushdi Zaid (33), at approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 01 June 2016, Nouf ‘Eqab Enfe’at (16) stepped into his own car, which he uses for transportation, and asked him to drive her to Abu Sa’ed area, which is about 300 meters away from the abovementioned settlement. Nouf stepped out of the car and informed the driver she was going to visit her father’s relatives, who live in the area. Mohammed said that an hour later, he heard about a wounded child in the abovementioned settlement. Soon after, he received a call form an Israeli Intelligence officer, who ordered him to go to Barta’ah checkpoint, south of Ya’bud. Mohammed was detained there for more than 4 hours during which the officer interrogated him about the abovementioned child. The Israeli forces claimed that Nouf attempted to carry out a stab attack against the soldiers, who guard the entrance to “Mevo Dotan” settlement, so they opened fire at her causing her serious wounds, but none of the soldiers was hurt. The child was transferred to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Java. On Friday morning, 02 June 2017, medical sources announced the death of the child. At approximately 18:30 on the same day, the Israeli forces handed Nouf’s body to the PRCS crews from Salem military camp, west of Jenin. The body was taken then to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital. On Saturday afternoon, 03 June 2017, the funeral procession of Nouf  was carried out in Ya’bud village.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of military jeeps and bulldozers moved about 100 meters into al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza strip. The bulldozers leveled and combed the area and then redeployed along the border fence at approximately 13:30.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Awla and al-Majd villages in Hebron and Howarah village, south of Nablus.

 

Friday, 02 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Abdul Salam Jom’ah (21) and then arrested him. At approximately 06:00 on the same day, Ahmed was released. No more incidents were reported.
  • At approximately 20:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

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

 

Saturday, 03 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Morouj area, west of Jayous village northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of agricultural facilities belonging to Ghassan Abdullah ‘Anan and his brothers. The soldiers broke the outdoors, poured the pesticides inside the rooms and then fired flare bombs in the area. As a result, a greenhouse planted with cucumber belonging to Ahmed Yusuf Khalid was burnt.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah, Halhoul and Beta village, south of Nablus.

 

Sunday, 04 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area off Deir al-Balah shore, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Obeidiyah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided an searched a number of houses after which they arrested Qutaibah Mousa Khalifah (18) and Mo’ath Ramadan al-‘Asa (22).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Wa’ad Kamal Za’oul (26). They also handed Mohammed Namer Sebatin (23) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area off Khan Yunis shore in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir and al-Kume villages in Hebron and Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus.

 

Monday, 05 June 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asirah northern village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested the brothers Hazem (21) and ‘Asem Taleb Hamadnah (24).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron, and stationed in Wad ‘Ali area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Maher Qaisiyah (28) and then arrested him. In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’ath Mahmoud Qaisiyah and then arrested him.      
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rateb al-‘Amour and then arrested his son Mo’men (17).
  • At approximately 03:00, moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Abdul Majid Salah (17) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:45, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military jeeps moved about 200 meters into the east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. They levelled and combed empty lands that were leveled before amidst opening fire sporadically. At approximately 12:00, the Israeli forces redeployed  along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported. It should be noted that the incursion caused fear among farmers, who were at their agricultural lands, so they were forced to flee for fear of their lives.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of military bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the east of Johr al-Deek area. The bulldozers levelled and combed the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and headed to the south, east of al-Buraij refugee camp. They then redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.
  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around  Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles off al-Sudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia village, in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forces to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Beit Kahel, al-Shyoukh, Deir Razeh and Beit Awa villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 06 June  2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafer al-Deek village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Karam Saber Rateb al-Deek (19) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, 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 Saleem Mohammed Nowarah (22) and then arrested him. Following that, the Israeli forces moved into Ma’ali Valley area in the center of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fadi Samir Ghazawi (22) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed behind the Grand Mosque in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to the sons of the late ‘Essa Safi Salibi. They detained the family members in a room and searched the house until the morning. In the meantime, the soldiers caused damage to the house contents as they used a robot while searching the house claiming to look for weapons. They then arrested Khaled (15), ‘Alaa’ (25) and Mohammed and handed their brother Ahmed (19) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. In the same time, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Husain Mahmoud Bahar and then arrested his son Zain (19). Before the soldiers withdrew, they handed summonses to Bilal Hamdi Zamel Abu Maria (30) and Karim Ibrahim Abu Maria (17) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex. In the morning hours, when the summoned civilians went to the Intelligence Service, the Israeli forces arrested one of them namely Ahmed Salibi.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them in response. As a result, a 21-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the right leg. He received medical treatment on the spot by first aid crews in the village.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Bani Na’im and Sa’ir villages in Hebron and Selwad , northeast of Ramallah.

 

Tuesday, 06 June  2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore heavily opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in al-Makhfiyah neighborhood, west of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Adnan ‘Asfour (21) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Jehad Isam’il Tawfiq Daraghmah (23).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with a bulldozer moved into Qeshdah area, south of Tubas. The bulldozers bridged a water well used in irritating belonging to Fakhri Mohammed ‘Ali Abdul Razeq.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Qaa’ al-Harah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Khalil Abu Hasem (50). They detained his family members in a room and searched the house for 2 hours. They also handed summonses to his sons Yusuf (24), Mohammed (21) and Qusai (17) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in ” Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adel Motleq Za’aqiq (45) and then arrested his son Ahmed (18), a high school student.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Taffuh village and Dura in Hebron.

 

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

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 02 June 2017, 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 Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, in protest 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 protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.
  • At approximately 12:40 on Sunday, 04 June 2017, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in the vicinity of the main entrance to al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah. They threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, were wounded. An 18-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the right knee and a 15-year-old child was hit with a live bullet to the left thigh. The wounded civilians were transferred by a PRCS ambulance to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. Their injuries were classified as moderate.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on the same Friday, 02 June 017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij, in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza strip. The young men gathered near the security fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and then threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a civilian from al- Buraij sustained live bullet wound to the right leg (PCHR keeps his name) while other civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. The wounded civilian was taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah and later transferred al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. His injury was classified as moderate.
  • At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 04 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip. The young men gathered near the security fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and then threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg (PCHR keeps his name). He was taken to Gaza European Hospital. Moreover, other civilians sustained tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot.
  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. When a number of the protestors made their way to the border fence, the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live bullets at them. As a result, Haitham Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Suneidah (25) sustained a live bullet wound to the abdomen. He was transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and his injury was classified ad serious.
  • At approximately 14:30 on Monday, 05 June 017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, 2 civilians from Jabalia were hit with tear gas canisters.
  • At approximately 17:00 on the same Monday, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip. The young men gathered near the security fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and then threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the border fence. The soldiers sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them for an hour and a half in order to disperse the protestors. However, no casualties were reported.
  • Around the same time, dozens of civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. When a number of the protestors made their way to the border fence, the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live bullets at them. As a result, Haitham Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Suneinah (25) sustained a live bullet wound to the abdomen. He was taken to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and his injury was classified ad serious.
  • At approximately 14:30 on Thursday, 06 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, a 25-year-old civilian was directly hit with a tear gas canister.
  • At approximately 17:00, on 06 June 2017, dozens of youngsters gathered near the border fence, east of Khuza’a village, south of the Gaza Strip. Some of them set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at protestors who were about 50 meters away from the fence. As a result, 3 civilian were wounded, including a child. They were taken to the European Gaza Hospital where one of the wounded persons named Fadi Ibrahim al-Najjar (32), from Bani Suhaila village, succumbed to his wounds in the right side 2 hours after he was admitted to the hospital. The 2 other wounded were identified as:
  1. Hamza Fawaz Abu Erjaila (15). He sustained a shrapnel wound to the chest; and
  2. Nizar Rasmi Qudaih (25). He sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh.
  • At approximately 14:30 on Wednesday, 07 June 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the protestors approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left leg. He was taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia and transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza to continue his medical treatment. His injury was classified as moderate. 

 

  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

Gilad Atzmon Physically Attacked by Antifa

June 01, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

https://youtu.be/Gcxdxtvkf4Y

On May 30th I was attacked from behind by 3 Antifa activists on my way to a literature event in Edinburgh  with political commentator David Scott.  Police was informed and as you can see we posses photos of two of the overwhelmingly enthusiastic ‘anarchists.’

for more background: 

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2017/5/30/radical-zionist-book-burner-more-likely

israel is the mother of terrorism in the Middle East

Source

The state of Israel was established by Zionist terror organizations such as Irgun (or Etzel), Hagana, and Stern, who used to plant bombs in crowded Palestinian markets, cafes, shops, and buses. What was called Israeli military intelligence then had carried out a bombing campaign in Egypt in 1954, and had hijacked a Syrian civilian airliner in the same year in order to obtain hostages to trade for captured Zionist spies.

Even before the establishment of the Zionist Israeli state, all of its leaders up to the present had committed savage massacres and war crimes against innocent unarmed Palestinian civilians; starting with the massacre of Dir Yasin, Kufr Qasim, Tantura, Sabra and Shatila, Quana, Jenin, and up to the present genocidal financial and economical siege and blockade of the whole Palestinian people. The Geneva Convention defines genocide, among others, as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, including deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”.

Israeli prime ministers are the most notorious terrorists. The first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion had established the Israeli state on the total destruction and obliteration of at least 500 Palestinian towns and villages. Menachem Begin, commanded the terrorist organization Irgun, praised the massacre of Dir Yasin calling it a “miracle”. Begin’s Irgun had committed many terrorist attacks against Palestinian and British civilians, that led Ben Gurion to refer to the Irgun as “Jewish Nazis” and compared Begin to Hitler. Yitzhak Shamir masterminded the murder of hundreds of Palestinian and British civilians, and was responsible for the bombing of King David Hotel in Jerusalem. His Lehi terrorist gang was responsible for the assassination of the British minister in the Middle East, Lord Moyne, in Cairo in November 1944, and the assassination of UN mediator Count Folke Bernadotte in September 1948

Yitzhak Rabin carried the massacres in Palestinian towns of Lud and Ramleh and ordered his soldiers to break the bones of Palestinian youngsters’ bones during the Intifada. Ehud Barak orchestrated the assassination of three Palestinian leaders in Lebanon in 1970. Ariel Sharon, hailed by Israelis as “king of Israel”, was the most notorious butcher of them all. His whole career was filled with massacres of Palestinian, Egyptian, and Lebanese civilians. All the Israeli Prime Ministers had committed racial and religious cleansing on a very large scale and this cleansing is still going on until today.

After the establishment of the Israeli state on the usurped Palestinian land all the Zionist terror organizations had united together in one organization to become the Israeli army. This Israeli army became a terrorist organization for hire. This was clear when Israel joined Britain and France in their war against Egypt in 1956 after Egyptian President Naser had nationalized the Suez Canal. Among the payments Israel received was Dimona nuclear reactor built by France, and heavy water for nuclear material from Britain.

Terrorism is embodied in the Israeli army, who had invaded all the neighboring Arab states; Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The army committed many massacres and war crimes murdering unarmed innocent civilians, demolishing civilian homes, razing agricultural lands, and indiscriminately bombing and destroying whole Arab cities.

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