Congresswoman Betty McCollum tells Netanyahu to end abuse of Palestinian children

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Palestinian children protest to show solidarity with child prisoners in Israeli jails, Gaza city, January 2015.

Mohammed Asad APA images

 

A member of Congress said she had “a clear message” for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in Washington on Wednesday: he must respect the rights of Palestinian children.

As US President Donald Trump and the Israeli leader held a joint press conference at the White House, Representative Betty McCollum of Minnesota challenged Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinian children in a post on Facebook.

“Israel’s military detention system arrests, interrogates and prosecutes as many as 700 Palestinian children – as young as 11 years old – every year,” McCollum says. “Abuse is rampant and children often have no lawyer or parent present during detention and interrogation.”

“Israel must end the abusive military detention of Palestinian children,” she adds. “Israeli children, Palestinian children – all children – should be able to live free of systematic, state-sponsored human rights abuses! Respecting the human rights of children is the only path to peace and security in the Middle East.”

McCollum also took to Twitter to demand accountability from Netanyahu:

     Rep. Betty McCollum

 @BettyMcCollum04

As @netanyahu visits today, Israel must respect human rights & end abusive military detention of Palestinian children. 

Breaking silence

McCollum continues to break with the vast majority of US lawmakers who refuse to challenge Israeli policy.

In June 2015, the Democrat authored a letter, co-signed by 18 other members of Congress, demanding that the Obama adminstration push Israel to end its abuses of Palestinian children.

Two months later, the lawmaker called for sanctions on the Israeli Border Police unit responsible for killing Palestinian teenagers Nadim Nuwara and Muhammad Abu al-Thahir on 15 May 2014.

The boys were shot in cold blood at a Nakba Day protest – their killings caught on video – near the Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank village of Beitunia.

McCollum initiated another push in June 2016 urging Obama to appoint a special envoy to protect the rights of Palestinian children under Israeli occupation. Lawmakers who signed McCollum’s letter condemned Israel’s rampant use of administrative detention – incarceration without charge or trial – against Palestinian children in Israeli military jails.

Grassroots activists with the No Way to Treat a Child campaign – a joint initiative of Defense for Children International – Palestine and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – have been working closely with lawmakers on the issue of Palestinian children in detention.

“Congresswoman McCollum’s leadership and integrity inspires us,” AFSC’s Jennifer Bing told The Electronic Intifada.

“Her voice is among a growing number of Congress members who are speaking up for the human rights of Palestinian children – children who face systematic oppression and denial of rights by the Israeli army,” Bing added.

Inspired by the No Way to Treat a Child campaign in the US, activists in Australia gathered the support of 49 members of Parliament last November on a letter calling for Israel to end its abuses of Palestinian children

Netanyahu cheated US taxpayers under four different IDs when he was studying in United States

Pastor Baldwin: Why I hate Netanyahu

bomb3[1]When American horror books author Stephen King wrote: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us” – being a Christian Zionist, I’m sure he was not talking about Benjamin Netanyahu.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been fooling Americans before joining politics. He cheated US taxpayers under four different IDs when he was studying in United States. He inherited this and many other immoral characteristics from his father Benzion Netanyahu (d. 2012) – a Jew terrorist.

The Israeli weekly Ha’ir reports that four requests for credit approval appear in the US social security file number 020-36-4537. Under each request one finds a different name: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benjamin Nitai, John Jay Sullivan and John Jay Sullivan Jr. – one man, four names (here).

Charles (Chuck) Baldwin, 64, American pastor, politician, radio host, and blogger posted an article on February 9, entitled, Is Netanyahu Finished?. In the article the good pastor claims that people around world are finding out that Netanyahu is a serial liar – he lied about Muslim threat to the US, and Syria, Iran, and Iraq are threat to American interests in the region. currently, he is being investigated at home for corruption.

The removal of Netanyahu from office would be a very good thing for the entire world. The problem is the State of Israel is controlled by about 20 mega-rich Zionist families. To think that these power-brokers would replace Bibi with a truly honest man is as likely as the sun rising in the west tomorrow morning,” pastor said.

Is Baldwin anti-Israel? Nope. He believes that Israel has enough military power to wipe out any country in the Middle East, and it doesn’t need Washington’s permission to do that. However, Baldwin believes that Israeli interests are not necessarily American interests, therefore, American should stop pampering the Zionist regime. How Baldwin knows about Israel’s military strength? It could be judged by his knowledge of the Middle East from the following statement:

America continues to furnish Israel’s enemies with three times more aid and assistance than it does Israel. Three times. Is that being a blessing to Israel? America gives unflinching and magnanimous support to militant Muslim governments such as Saudi Arabia. There is no nation in the Middle East that has harbored, trained, supplied, and supported more terrorists than Saudi Arabia. Is that being a blessing to Israel? In addition, every time an American President wants to meddle in Middle Eastern affairs, he insists that Israel give up land for peace,” wrote Baldwin on his blog on January 15, 2008 while endorsing Congressman Ron Paul.

Professor Melvin A. Goodman, former CIA analyst and author claimed in July 2013 that Israel receives 46% of total annual USAID.

On February 15, 2017, American Jewish journalist, author, academic, and contributing editor at The Atlantic, and The Daily Jewish Forward, professor Peter Alexander Beinart penned an article, entitled, “How Benjamin Netanyahu Played Us On The Iran Deal – And We Let him“.

The political barriers that Netanyahu faced two years ago are gone. He and Trump are now free to renounce the Iran nuclear deal, and thus, by Netanyahu’s logic, prevent a second Shoah. Or, failing that, Netanyahu could take matters into his own hands and bomb Iran’s nuclear sites himself, secure in the knowledge that Trump is less likely than Obama to object,” Beinart said.

Netanyahu may kiss Trump for ‘tearing Iran nuclear agreement’, but that wouldn’t effect Iran because it signed the agreement with UN’s five permanent members and Germany – not just United States. Russia, China, Germany, and France would refuse to follow Trump’s decision because they all need Iranian oil money ($410 billion/year). Even Pentagon’s to gun Gen. James Mattis supports the agreement.

Netanyahu, for all his thunderous emotion, wasn’t being honest when he railed against the nuclear agreement. He wasn’t actually worried that the deal paves Iran’s path to the bomb. His real concern was that it would improve relations between Washington and Tehran, thus empowering Israel’s greatest regional foe, and reducing America’s dependence on Israel. Now that the chances of a US-Iranian détente have diminished (thanks to the Zionist shill in the White House), so have Netanyahu’s fears about the nuclear deal. In speaking to Americans, Netanyahu emphasized the nuclear issue because it allowed him to invoke the specter of the Holocaust, which is what he’s been doing his entire career,” Beinart said.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

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

(09 – 15 February 2016)

 

  • A Palestinian Civilian succumbed to his wounds in the West Bank
  • Four Palestinian civilians were wounded, including 2 journalists, in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces conducted 60 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and one limited incursion in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • 51 civilians, including 4 children, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 9 of them were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Settlers took over a room, store and yard in Silwan village.
  • 3 houses and sheep barn were destroyed in al-‘Issawiya village, while a civilian was forced to self-demolish a store in Silwan.
  • Two under-construction houses, part of an inhabited house and shop were levelled in Hezma village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.
  • 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.
  • 9 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a girl, were arrested at military checkpoints.
  • Israeli forces arrested Director of Tika Agency at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (09 – 15 February 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, A Palestinian civilian succumbed to his wounded while Israeli forces wounded 4 others, including 2 journalists, in the West Bank.  In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces also continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, On 10 February 2017, the family of Mohammed ‘Amer Jallad (23) from Tulkarm received the news of his death in Belinison Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel after succumbing to his wounds.  According to PCHR’s investigations, on 09 November 2016, Israeli soldiers who were patrolling in the streets of Howarah village, south of Nablus, opened fire at the aforementioned civilian.  As a result, he was hit with a bullet to the back and another to the right hand.  The Israeli forces claimed that Jallad attempted to stab an Israeli soldier before being shot.  After Jallad was wounded and arrested, he stayed in Belinison Hospital in Petah Tikva until he died.

 

On the same day noon, Nidal Ishtaya (48), a photojournalist in the Xinhua – China News Agency, and Ayman al-Nobani (32), a reporter in the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA), were both wounded while covering the weekly protest in Kafr Qodoum, northeast of Qalqilya.

 

On the same day afternoon, Israeli forces wounded two Palestinian civilians from Madma village, south of Nablus when a number of civilians hurried to rescue volunteer journalist in B’Tselem Center, Ahmed Ziyadah (26).  The latter was arrested and beaten up by the Israeli soldiers when he was taking photos of the lands seized and planted with grapes.by settlers, south of his village.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, on 12 February 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and chased them.  The shooting recurred on 14 February 2017, but neither causalities nor damages were reported.

 

On the same day, the Israeli gunboats opened fire at the fishing boats sailing off Rafah shore, south of the Gaza Strip.  Neither casualties nor damages were reported.

 

In the context of targeting border areas, on 15 February 2017, Israeli forces sporadically opened fire at the border area, north of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza Strip.  Neither casualties nor damages were reported.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 60 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 51 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children. Nine of them were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces carried out a limited incursion into the northern side of the Agricultural School, north of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, and levelled lands.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

In the context of house demolitions and notices, On 12 February 2017, the family of ‘Amamr Qara’in self-demolish their store in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, implementing the Israeli Municipality’s decision and avoiding to pay financial fines.  The 12-square-meter store was built of bricks and cardboard sheets two years ago

 

On 14 February 2017, the Israeli authorities demolished a house in al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, belonging to the family of Saleh Turk.  The house used to shelter a family of 11 members, including 6 children.

 

On the Same say, the Israeli authorities demolished an under-construction house comprised of two apartments in al-‘Issawiyah village as well belonging to Hasan Yasin Mustafa in addition to a sheep barn in the same area.  The demolition was under the pretext of building without a license.

 

On 15 February 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with Israeli Municipality crews and bulldozers moved into the area adjacent to the annexation wall, which separates Hezma village from Jerusalem.  The Israeli bulldozers immediately demolished two under-construction houses, part of an inhabited house and a shop under the pretext of building without a license.

 

In the same context, the Israeli municipality handed 17 families in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City, administrative and judicial house demolition notices and orders.  Those houses are located in the neighbourhoods of al-Bustan, ‘Ein al-Lozah and Wadi Helweh.  Those families were identified as al-Roweidi, al-Qadi, al-Shaloudi, al-‘Abasi, Hamdan and Qara’in, and their members are around 120, most of whom were children and women.

 

In the context of settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 10 February 2017, Israeli settlers seized an uninhabited estate in Wadi Helweh neighbourhood in Silwan village.  The estate is comprised of a residential room, store and yard.

 

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, 09 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir al-‘Asal village, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nafeth Rasmi al-Shawamrah (34) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Kamel Eqtil and then arrested his son Jaser (26). Following that, the Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to Montaser Abdul Majid Shadeed (27) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Mazare’i al-Nubani village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to ‘Odah Ahmed ‘Odah al-Qadi (50) and Mustafa ‘Oudah Ahmed al-Qadi (16) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces moved into Beta village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sadeq Nasser ‘Ouaidah (19), who carried out a stab attack in Petah Tikva, and questioned the family members, but no arrests were reported. The Israeli forces also raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Hamzah Abdul Raouf al-Jaghoub (19) and Adham Lutfi Ghazi (19), Sadeq’s friends, and then arrested them.

 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Ethna, al-Samou’a and al-Koum villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 10 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Oasrin village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Samer Rawhi ‘Adili (28), confiscated his car and then arrested him. They claimed that Samer transferred Sadeq ‘Ouaidah, who carried out a stab attack in Petah Tikva, by his car to ‘Azzoun Etmah village, southeast of Qalqiliyah. It should be noted that Palestinian workers, who did not obtaine work permits in Israel, usually cross the abovementioned village to their work places in Israel.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saleem Suleiman Mohammed al-‘Akah (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into N’ilin village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to former prisoner Morad Reda Mohammed Hamdiah (33) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:15, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun Etmah village, southeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 8 civilians (PCHR keeps the names of the arrested civilians). The Israeli forces claimed that the arrested civilians transfer by their own cars the Palestinian workers, who did not obtain work permits in Israel. They were arrested after a Palestinian young man carried out a stab attack in Petah Tikva a day before.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, the family of Mohammed ‘Amer Thabet Ibrahim Jallad (23) from Tulkarm were informed of his death in Belinison Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel. Mohammed was arrested after being wounded by Israeli soldiers.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 08:15 on Wednesday, 09 November 2016, one of the Israeli soldiers, who were patrolling the main street in Howrah village, south of Nablus, opened fire at Mohammed Jallad. As a result, he was hit with a bullet to the back, causing laceration, and another to the waist as his intestines came out of his waist. He was also hit with a bullet to the right hand, cutting the main hand artery according to the PRCS officer, who offered him first aid before a Magen David Adom’s (MDA) ambulance arrived and took him to an unknown destination. The Israeli forces claimed that Jallad attempted to stab an Israeli soldier before the latter shoot him. It was later found out that the abovementioned civilian had a sebaceous cyst in the lymph glands and was receiving medical treatment in the Hospital of al-Najah National University in Nablus. He was on his way to the abovementioned hospital to complete his medical treatment. After Jallad was wounded and arrested, he stayed in Belinison Hospital in Petah Tikva until he was announced dead.

 

  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into Fahmah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Moneer Khamis al-Batran (30). At approximately 15:30, they withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • In the evening, Israeli forces injured 2 Palestinian civilians from Madama, south of Nablus. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 17:00, journalist Ahmed Abdul Ghani Salim Ziyadah (26) from Madama, south of Nablus, was taking photos of the lands seized and planted with vineyards by Israeli settlers, south of his village. The Israeli soldiers from “Yitzhar” settlement moved into the area and stopped him as three soldiers heavily beat and kicked his head though Ahmed showed them his press card in addition to his volunteer card in the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories B’Tselem. They then arrested him and handcuffed him while he was lying on the ground. Ahmed’s brothers and residents of the village heard the news, so they rushed to the place to save him. His brother Mahmoud (25) was the first to arrive, and when he attempted to approach him, the soldiers drove him out. When he was moving back, a soldier fired a metal bullet directly to his left foot, wounding his knee. A civilian car took him to nearby Burin village, from which he was transferred via a PRCS ambulance to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Following that, the Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters at the crowd to force them to leave the area. As a result, Mohammed Na’im Mohammed Nassar (35) was hit with a tear gas canister to the head after which he was as well transferred to Rafidia Hospital. The Israeli forces then arrested the abovementioned journalist and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta and Sa’ir villages in Hebron; Dura al-Qare’i village, north of Ramallah.

 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura, Bani Na’im, Deir al-‘asal and Deir Samet villages in Hebron; Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus; Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliyah; Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit and Kuber village, north of Ramallah.

 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in al-Karmel neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Haitham Jamil ‘Awad (30) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Qusai Mohammed Kamel Abu Maria (14) and then arrested him. At the meantime, anther Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Arafat ‘Essa al-Za’aqiq, whose son ‘Arafat was killed on 27 November 2015 by the Israeli forces in Abu al-Tawq area, east of the village. They claimed that ‘Arafat carried out a run-over attack against the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers took the family members outside the house to search it. They also raided a house belonging to the ‘Arafat’s uncles: Mohammed, Ghazi and Bashar and took the names of their family members and phone numbers in addition to taking photos of them. However, no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 09:10, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Omer Ahmed Abdullah Saleem (20), Osama Ahmed Abdullah Saleem (19) and Laith Rabi Ahmed Rabi (20).

 

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli gunboats opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boats sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Ourta village, southeast of Nablus; Betunia village, west of Ramallah and Beit Awa and al-Mawreq villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 13 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Khalid ‘Ali Mustafa Suwailem (23) and his cousin ‘Esam ‘Ali Salah Suwailem (21) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Emad Hamdi Abu Khalaf (25), Yusuf Khairi Abu Suneinah (23) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Bit Lahia 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 for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jaftalak village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mustafa Bani ‘Oudah (37) and then arrested him.

 

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

 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Shayoukh village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Rahim Abdul Jawad Halaiqah (55) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer and al-Thaheriyah villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camps in Hebron.

 

 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Shajenah Valley village, east of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Noor Ahmed al-Bastanji (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They patrolled in the streets and deployed in the area. They then raided and searched 4 houses belonging to Feras Mahmoud Shehadah (20), Zaid ‘Ali abdul Hafez Edwan (22), Nedal Safwan Mansour Saleem (15) and Hamed Jamal Abu Haniah (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, including a child. The arrested civilians were identified as Raed Mohammed Mahmoud Ekhleil (4), who was injured by the Israeli forces to the pelvis two months ago and is not able to move; Mohammed Ghazi Essa Za’aqiq (20) and Mohammed Mahmoud Abdullah ‘Awad (16).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bil’in village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Waqqas Hasan Mansour (14) and then arrested him. They also raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Malek Radi Yaseen (19) and then handed his family a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Emrish village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Ibrahim Shaheen (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Faqou’ah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested teacher Abdullah ‘Ali Enkhaili (28).

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafer ‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to former prisoner Rami Rebhi al-Barghuthi (35) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 10:50, Israeli forces stationed in the military watchtowers, north of al-Zera’ah School, north of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area. As a result, the farmers and shepherds were panicked, so they left the area for fear of their lives.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafer Ne’mah and N’ilin villages, west of Ramallah ; Beta village, southeast of Nablus.

 

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

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 10 February 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a peaceful protest in the eastern Mosque in Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, and then headed to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, the Israeli forces fired live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, Nedal Shafiq Taher Ehstiyah (48), journalist at Xinhua Chinese News Agency, sustained a metal bullet wound to the left foot as he was directly shot while covering the protest along with a group of journalists. He was transferred to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Moreover, Ayman Amin al-Nubani (32), a reporter at Wafa News Agency, was hit with a metal bullet to the right shoulder and received medical treatment at the spot.

 

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

 

 

  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

 

israel demolished record number of homes in 2016

Israel demolished record number of homes in 2016

The Israeli organisation accused Israeli government of using demolition policies to steal the Palestinian lands

Israeli occupation demolished a “record number of Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2016,” Israeli rights group B’Tselem announced on Tuesday.
“The scale of demolitions documented by B’Tselem this year is the most extensive since we began systematically documenting demolitions in 2004,” the report pointed out.

Israeli occupation demolished a “record number of Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2016,” Israeli rights group B’Tselem announced on Tuesday.

Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) said in a report that the Israeli occupation authorities carry out the demolition of Palestinian homes under the pretext that they are “lacking building permits.”

“The scale of demolitions documented by B’Tselem this year is the most extensive since we began systematically documenting demolitions in 2004,” the report pointed out.

It noted that “in East Jerusalem, the authorities demolished 88 residential buildings and 48 other structures. Elsewhere in the West Bank, the authorities demolished 274 residential buildings and 372 non-residential ones.”

The Israeli organisation said that these demolitions are indicative of Israel’s efforts to limit Palestinian presence in the areas it seeks to take over, taking advantage of planning and administrative tools to that end.

“The state is forcing tens of thousands of people to live in inhuman conditions, without basic living conditions and with no hope or possibility of bettering their situation,” B’Tselem concluded.

“This policy, implemented on the ground for years, is unlawful and immoral. It constitutes the forcible transfer of protected Palestinian residents within the occupied territory, whether directly, through the demolition of their homes, or indirectly, through the creation of impossible living conditions.”

B’Tselem added that this policy offers decisive evidence that Israel has long-term plans to continue controlling the area, while oppressing and dispossessing its residents.

israel’s ethnic cleansing by destroying homes

People clearance by home wreckage

Residents of Badiw a-Mu’arrajat whose home was demolished. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 1 Sept. 2016

2016 sees Israel demolish record number of West Bank homes

Demolishes 274 homes in West Bank, leaving 1,134 Palestinians – half of them minors – homeless.

By B’Tselem
February 14, 2017

2016 saw a marked increase in the number of homes Israeli authorities demolished throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, citing lack of building permits as a pretext. The scale of demolitions documented by B’Tselem this year is the most extensive since we began systematically documenting demolitions in 2004. In East Jerusalem, authorities demolished 88 residential buildings and 48 other structures. Elsewhere in the West Bank, authorities demolished 274 residential buildings and 372 non-residential ones. These demolitions are indicative of Israel’s efforts to limit Palestinian presence in the areas it seeks to take over, taking advantage of planning and administrative tools to that end.

The West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem):

In August 2015, Israeli authorities waged an unprecedented demolition campaign across the West Bank, destroying some 100 structures, half of them residential, which were home to over 200 people, including roughly 100 minors. The wave of demolitions, considered at the time as unusually extensive, was unofficially halted in late 2015 due to the Jewish and Muslim holidays. Authorities resumed the demolitions in early 2016. As the months went by, what had seemed in late 2015 as exceptionally extensive demolitions became the norm and part of official Israeli policy throughout Area C.

As part of this policy, in 2016, Israel demolished 274 homes in the West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem), thereby rendering homeless 1,134 individuals, including 591 minors. The extent of devastation Israel wreaked in 2016 outstripped the number of homes it demolished in 2014 and 2015 combined.


The demolition in Badu al-Baba community, 26 January 2017. Photo by Hussam Abed, B’Tselem

Demolition operations by the Israeli authorities focused primarily on three major regions: The South Hebron Hills, the Maale Adumim area and the Jordan Valley. Efforts to drive dozens of small shepherding and farming communities out of Area C are particularly palpable in these areas. In the Maale Aumim area, which includes land that Israel refers to as Area E1, authorities demolished 49 dwellings; 224 people, including 115 minors, were rendered homeless. In the South Hebron Hills, in communities facing the threat of expulsion, authorities demolished 34 residences; 166 people, including 87 minors, were rendered homeless. Demolitions were particularly extensive in Jordan Valley communities: 551 people, including 291 minors were left homeless after authorities demolished 123 residences there.

East Jerusalem:


Jerusalem Municipality bulldozer en route to demolish a home in al-‘Esawiyah, East Jerusalem. Photo by Hussam ‘Abed, B’Tselem, 8 Nov. 2016

Israeli authorities continued their discriminatory policies against East Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents as part of an overall policy designed to cause Palestinians to leave the city. Their actions are also part of efforts to achieve a demographic and geographic reality that would frustrate any future attempt to question Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem.

In 2016, Israeli authorities demolished 73 homes in East Jerusalem. Fifteen others were demolished by their owners after receiving demolition orders from the municipality. They demolished their own homes in order to avoid being charged by the municipality for the cost of the demolition and hefty municipal fines. All told, authorities rendered homeless 295 people, including 160 minors. This is the largest number of home demolitions recorded in a single year since B’Tselem began documenting home demolitions in East Jerusalem in 2004. Authorities also demolished 48 non-residential structures. These figures reflect a sharp increase in the number of demolitions in East Jerusalem. In contrast, authorities demolished 47 homes in East Jerusalem in 2015.


Zahrah Mahmoud Ayub, 68, from Khirbet al-Himma, next to fresh ruins in the community. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem, 27 Sept. 2016

To sum up, despite the differences between Area C and East Jerusalem in terms of which authorities operate in each area and the laws applied by Israel, the policy Israel pursues in the two areas is similar, and designed to minimize the number of Palestinians in as much land as possible. Authorities cynically cite illegal construction as a pretext for the demolitions, while at the same time authorities are the ones that prohibit legal construction by Palestinians. They avoid promoting or approving development and construction plans for Palestinians and then say they cannot issue building permits because there are no plans.

Figures recently provided by the Civil Administration to Israeli NGO Bimkom would seem to indicate that in the first six months of 2016 the Civil Administration issued 37 building permits for Palestinians in Area C. This number not only falls far short of meeting the needs of the population, inquiries by Bimkom revealed that the Civil Administration neglected to mention that virtually all the permits (35 permits) were issued at its own request for lots in the al-Jabal West site, where the Civil Administration plans to forcibly move Bedouin communities currently living east of Maale Adumim. This means the number of construction permits in Area C issued in response to applications by Palestinians is practically non-existent.

Israel pursues this demolition policy while wilfully ignoring the reality it creates for Palestinian residents, treating this reality as if state authorities bear no responsibility for it having come about. With no avenue available to them to build legally, Palestinians are left with no choice but to build their homes without permits, and then live in constant fear of losing them and their sources of livelihood to demolition.

The state is forcing tens of thousands of people to live in inhuman conditions, without basic living conditions and with no hope or possibility of bettering their situation. This policy, implemented on the ground for years, is unlawful and immoral. It constitutes the forcible transfer of protected Palestinian residents within the occupied territory, whether directly, through the demolition of their homes, or indirectly, through the creation of impossible living conditions. This policy, which all authorities work to uphold, severely and directly violates the most fundamental human rights of tens of thousands of Palestinians, and indirectly those of hundreds of thousands more. At the same time, the policy also offers decisive evidence that Israel has long-term plans to continue controlling the area, while oppressing and dispossessing its residents.

No evidence of course but it’s what israel wants: Trump accuses Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons

Trump accuses Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons

Press TV

US President Donald Trump has once again accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, arguing that he would prevent Tehran from ever gaining nukes.

“I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing, I mean ever, a nuclear weapon,” Trump said on Wednesday during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.  

He also called Iran’s atomic program a threat to Israel, which is believed to possess the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East.

“The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which I’ve talked a lot about,” he said.

Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric comes as the longstanding Western dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program was settled after the conclusion of a landmark nuclear agreement in 2015. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 also endorsed the nuclear deal, which went into effect in January 2016.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also confirmed Iran’s commitment to the terms of the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Trump also called the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen,” saying that his administration has already introduced fresh sanctions against Tehran over its missile tests.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — plus Germany started implementing the JCPOA on January 16, 2016.

The deal limited parts of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the complete removal of all sanctions against the country.

Earlier this month, however, Trump undermined the multilateral deal by introducing a new round of sanctions against Iran following the country’s successful test-launch of a ballistic missile, which Washington said was a breach of the JCPOA. Iran rejected the US claim, reiterating the right to develop its defense capabilities.

Israel welcomed the sanctions, calling on the US and its allies to form a “united front” against Iran to ensure Israel’s security.

Underscoring Washington and Tel Aviv’s “unbreakable” bond, Trump promised Netanyahu that his country was committed to Israel’s security.

Netanyahu traveled to Washington on Wednesday for talks with Trump and an opportunity to improve US-Israeli ties after a frequently combative relationship with Trump’s Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

“With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel,” Trump said.

The United States and Israel agreed in September on a record new package of at least $38 billion in US military aid over a 10 year period.

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II. America’s military assistance to Israel has amounted to $124.3 billion since it began in 1962, according to a US congressional report last year.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/02/15/510723/US-Trump-Iran-Israel-Netanyhau-JCPOA

Palestinian teens detail their torture at the hands of israeli authorities

Palestinian teens detail their torture at the hands of Israeli authorities

 


Two Palestinian teenagers held in Israel’s Ofer detention center have been shot, abused, and tortured during their detention and interrogation by Israeli authorities, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs.

Lawyer for the committee Hussein al-Araj said that 17-year-old Musab Muhammad Ghuneimat from Surif in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron and 16-year-old Ayid Amr from Dura in the Hebron district told him they were tortured in Israeli custody.

Ghneimat was was shot and injured in the foot by Israeli forces on Oct. 23, 2015, after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier.

He told the lawyer that after soldiers claimed he carried out a stabbing attack, they chased after him and shot him in the foot, immobilizing him. After he stopped, an Israeli soldier fired two rounds on the ground near him and a third at his wounded foot from point-blank range.

Minutes later, he added, an Israeli ambulance arrived to evacuate him. “I almost fainted, but the soldiers kept hitting me on the shoulder to keep me awake.”

He said that he was then taken to Israel’s Hadassah Hospital where he was held for 18 days, saying he was interrogated before receiving treatment for his injuries.

The interrogator, he said, kept “shouting at me and treating me badly.” He was then moved to a prison hospital at the Ramla detention center, before being transferred to Ofer detention center.
Similarly, 16-year-old Ayid Amr told al-Araj he was detained on Jan. 1 this year after Israeli soldiers broke into and ransacked his house during a predawn raid.
He said he was handcuffed and blindfolded before Israeli forces “dragged” him into a military truck, with soldiers cursing him using “immoral phrases” as they drove to the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, where he was interrogated.
After two hours of interrogation, when he said the Israeli officer shouted and cursed at him, he was taken to Gush Etzion detention center for a few hours, then taken to the Russian Compound in occupied East Jerusalem where he was interrogated at length as well.
Four hours later, he was finally moved to Ofer detention center.
Ofer detention center is one of the most common sites used by Israel for the interrogation of Palestinian children. Last October, the committee reported that the “overwhelming majority” of Palestinian minors held in Israel’s Megiddo and Ofer prisons are tortured during their detention and interrogation.
 
Last week, a video was shared on social media documenting the violent detention of 14-year-old Ali Jawarish while he was walking home from school in Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp, which shows soldiers aggressively throwing the boy into the back of the jeep. Witnesses told Ma’an they saw the soldiers continue to beat the boy while he was inside the vehicle, before he was taken to the Russian Compound and ultimately to Ofer.
The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs also reported on Monday that 15-year-old Ahmad al-Khadour has been medically neglected while being held inside Ofer detention center, and that the child has been suffering from leukemia for the past three years and has also suffered from a stroke, feet problems, intense dizziness, and muscle contractions in his fingers.
Rights groups have also widely documented the mistreatment, neglect, abuse, and torture of Palestinian minors in detention, and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.
Defense for Children International – Palestine has said their research showed that almost two-thirds of Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces had endured physical violence after their arrest
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