theduran.com: Gilad Atzmon on politics in music, Roger Waters, Palestine and humanitarianism

by Adam Garrie

http://theduran.com

Jazz musician, author and philosopher Gilad Atzmon spoke with The Duran about Roger Waters verses the Israel lobby, the place of politics in music, freedom versus dogma and Palestinian freedom in the 21st century.

Recently, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has been in the news, not for his North America musical tour but for his politics. As an outspoken supporter of Palestine, he has come up against the Israel lobby in many western countries.

Recently, various pro-Israel activists have financed the making of a film against Waters called Wish You Weren’t Here,a mockery of the Pink Floyd album and song Wish You Were Here.

Even among politically minded musicians, few talk about the Israel/Palestine issue. I recently spoke with acclaimed jazz musician, philosopher, social commentator and pro-Palestine thinker Gilad Atzmon about his reaction to the latest attempt to smear Roger Waters over his advocacy of Palestinian justice.

Adam Garrie: As someone who started life as a musician, I have a special affection for music and I would personally never judge my emotive experience at listening to a piece of music based on the politics of the composers and/or performers. At the same time, I am deeply political and am consequently always attentive when musicians decide to get political.

It is nothing new. From Beethoven’s 9th symphony, to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture and Strauss’s 4 Last Songs, musicians have always been immersed in world events. People look to the revolutionary attributes of jazz heroes like Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Roland Kirk and Miles Davis to the folk, pop and rock music of Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Pink Floyd as a source of meaning that ties the political into the emotional and dare I say the spiritual also.

What do you think the connection is and ought to be between music and politics?

 Gilad Atzmon: To start with, although historically musicians and artist have been highly involved in politics, I am not so sure that this is the case anymore.  The culture industry has evolved into a subservient operation. First it reduced beauty into a commodity and  then utilized it as a propaganda tool. Our (music) festivals are funded by banks and politically oriented cultural institutes.

There is no doubt, for instance,  that Jazz, the voice of the oppressed, has lost touch with its original poignant revolutionary impetus. It has been mostly reduced into emotionless scholarly noise verging on academic masturbation.

While politicians operate within a giving symbolic order, artists question conventions and re-invent symbolism. At present, the domineering aspect of the industry reduces the artist into a propagator of accepted conventions utilizing acceptable symbolism. I rebel against all of it. I prefer to dig and to seek the truth, I don’t claim to know the truth but I love excavating.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcYy1L67S-I

 AG: When it comes to the issue of Palestinian freedom and dignity, three people who can justifiably be called music legends stand out as  artists who have used both their music and their voices to speak out, there is yourself, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine). Are these artists different than others who talk about political issues, people who tend to flirt with the establishment for example like Bono?

GA:  First, thank you for considering me a ‘legend.’ Supporting Palestine is no doubt a noble cause. Moreover, since the music industry is largely an extended Jewish syndicate, opposition to the Jewish State is a self-inflicted death sentence. As you would expect, not many reasonable people choose to sentence themselves to death.

Robert Wyatt has been supporting Palestine because he is the most authentic mench around. Waters performed in Israel a few years ago, he witnessed the oppression, he was moved by it. He joined the solidarity movement. My case is a bit different.

I was born in Israel. It took me many years to grasp that Israel was Palestine and I was living on someone else’s land. When I understood this, I immigrated to London where I found that Diaspora Jews who operate politically as Jews (Zionist as well as ‘anti’) are far more obnoxious and even dangerous than Israel is. The Lobby (AIPAC, LFI, CFI, CRIFF) dominates USA, UK and French foreign affairs. It pushes us into wars. Unfortunately,  a similar Jewish lobby dominates the Palestinian solidarity movement and has managed to reduce the Palestinian call for a ‘Right of Return’ into an internal Jewish debate about the ‘Right to BDS’ (Boycott, Divest & Sanction Israeli goods).  I started to ask myself questions relating to Jewish power and the Jewish past. I realised that Palestinians are just the Goyim du jour. If we want to help Palestine, we have to understand that by now we are all Palestinians.

Bono, is an interesting case. I would love to believe that he is a genuine and empathetic human being. But too often his activity somehow coincides with neocon interests, colonial imperialism and mammonism in general. Whether Bono is informed enough or not is beyond me. I have never looked into his case in a scholarly manner.

 

 AG: Have you ever personally feared that your musical career could be harmed because of your philosophical, sociological and political statements even though you’re an ardent advocate of peace and human dignity for all?

GA: Assaults against my artistic activity occur daily. Promoters and presenters of my work are subject to a constant barrage of pressure and even threats. Very rarely they succeed in having a gig of mine cancelled.

However, this is crucial. In Europe there are broad hate speech prohibitions. Despite the endless attempts to silence me, not once have I been questioned by a law enforcement body anywhere around the world about anything I said or wrote.

AG: Imagine you are the child in a secular Jewish/Zionist home. You like listening to Pink Floyd’s records as almost all young people have done since the 1960s. Your parents then tell you not to listen anymore because of Roger Waters’ views on Palestine. What might you feel? Would listening to Roger’s music become an act of youthful rebellion decades after The Dark Side of The Moon and The Wall were recorded?

GA: If Zionism was a promise to make Jews people like all other people, then stopping your children from listening to Pink Floyd guarantees that they won’t be people like other people.

AG: In addition to speaking out against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, Roger Waters encourages all musicians to boycott Israel. What are your views on this and if you were invited to Israel to perform your music would you go? If you went would you feel that you would be at risk of violence due to your philosophy and statements?

GA: Yesterday in Prague I met two Israeli musicians who used to work with me in the 1980s. We ended up talking about Roger Waters. They weren’t politically oriented people however, they suggested that Waters is on shaky moral ground because Waters mounts pressure on artists to join BDS and boycott Israel. Let me shock you, I am also troubled by that. The fact that Palestinian solidarity activists can’t differentiate between a tomato and a poet or between an avocado and a historian troubles me.  I am an avid advocate of freedom of speech and expression. I want beauty and ideas to travel freely.

Every discourse is a set of boundaries.  I was invited last year to participate in the 30th Red Sea Festival. My personal boundary is that I will not visit the Jewish State or any other state that is set to serve the interest of one race. I vowed not to visit Israel unless it is a state of its citizens and by that I mean that it is Palestine from River to the Sea.

AG: Roger Waters often pens open letters to fellow artists. Here is your opportunity to do the same. What would you write to Roger?

GA:  Dear Roger:

As a hero of humanity and freedom who made the prospect of a bright future into a song, I urge you to distinguish between Athens and Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the city of revelation and commandments, it provides us with a set of laws that define right and wrong. Athens, on the other hand, is the symbol of philosophy, beauty, science and reason.  Activists belong to Jerusalem, philosophers are from Athens. You cannot fight Jerusalem while being a Jerusalemite. Athens is where you belong. Let’s enable people to think for themselves and learn to make ethical judgements. Let us choose Athens rather than setting a different tyranny of correctness.

AG: Roger Waters is now 73. His musical statement has been very much ingrained on the world and that won’t be taken away. If there was a young man of 17 with the musical talents of for example yourself or Roger and the political views of either yourself or Roger, would you advise them to hold their tongue for the sake of their career assuming you were asked with sincerity and respect?

GA: I guess that I pay a price for being outspoken, but I am very happy. I am a free agent. As I said above, I am not an activist, I don’t advise people what to do or what to say, I endeavor to help people form their own thoughts as they move along. The same rule applies to me, my thoughts are shaped and reshaped constantly. For me this is what Being in Time is all about.

 

AG: Gilad, you recently played on Pink Floyd’s ‘final’ record, The Endless River featuring the line-up of David Gilmour, Nick Mason with archived recordings from the late Richard Wright. If you are able to do so, can you disclose if your politics were discussed during the recording sessions given that the elephant in the room would have been the fact that your politics are most similar to the ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters who was not on that particular album?

GA: We didn’t touch upon politics, we were there for music. What fascinated me was that I initially experimented with my tenor sax. It wasn’t easy, I am not the ideal Pink Floyd saxophonist. Then I went into the control room and told David Gilmour and Phil Manzanera that in my mind, I  heard something completely different—a Turkish clarinet. I played one take, there was silence. David said that it was beautiful but totally foreign to Pink Floyd’s sound.  I agreed, he was correct. But I told him that this was what I heard. I didn’t think that my clarinet would make it into the Album, but it did. The explanation is simple: through art, beauty reveals  itself as an authenticity.

 

 AG: Do you think condemnation of artists like yourself, Roger Waters, Robert Wyatt and others from the Israel lobby has any negative effect on how your music is perceived and enjoyed? On the contrary does it have a positive effect or is it immaterial to most music lovers?

 GA: If anything, the attacks provide humanity with a glimpse into the vindictiveness that is unfortunately embedded in Jewish Identity politics, both Zionist and anti. My response; the more they attack, the faster and louder I play. Still, there is something I fail to understand. If the lobby is upset by my criticism of Jewish Identity politics, all they have to do is make sure that the saxophone is constantly shoved into my mouth. They should insure that I play 24/7, they should book my gigs rather than try to cancel them.

Gilad Atzmon’s book Being In Time: A Post Political Manifesto is available now on: Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com and gilad.co.uk.   

israel’s Endless Fake Victimhood

by Uri Avnery

The whole thing could have been a huge practical joke, if it had not been real.

All of Israel was taken in. Left, right and center. All the newspapers and TV networks, without exception.

There it was: UNESCO has declared that the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron is a Palestinian heritage site.

I admit that I was taken in, too. The news was so clear and so simple, its acceptance so uniform, that I too accepted it unthinkingly. True, it was a bit strange, but stranger things happen.

The “Cave of Machpelah” is no cave at all. It is a large building, which the Arabs call al-Haram al-Ibrahim, the Mosque of Ibrahim, in the center of Hebron, the town the Arabs call al-Khalil, the Friend of God (meaning Abraham).

According to the Bible, Abraham, the forefather of the Jews, bought the place from its local owner as a burial plot for his wife, Sarah. When his time came, he was also buried there, as were his son Isaac with his wife Rivka and his grandson, Jacob, with his wife Leah. (His other wife, Rachel, is supposed to be buried on the way to Bethlehem.)

And here comes UNESCO, the anti-Semitic cultural branch of the anti-Semitic UN, and declares that this is a Palestinian holy site!

Is there no limit to Jew-baiting?

A tsunami of emotions surged over Israel. Jews were united in protest. Everybody vented their anger as loudly as possible. Rarely was such unanimity seen here.

If I had stopped to think for a moment, I would have realized that the whole thing was nonsense. UNESCO does not assign places to nations. World Heritage sites are – well – the heritage of the entire world. As a detail, these declarations mention in which country each World Heritage site is located.

The holy church in Nazareth is located in Israel, but it does not “belong” to Israel. The graves of holy Jewish rabbis in Russia or Egypt do not belong to Israel. UNESCO did not say that the Machpelah-al-Haram al-Ibrahim site belongs to the Palestinians. It said that it is located in Palestine.

Why Palestine? Because, according to international law, the town of Hebron is part of Palestine, which was recognized by the UN as a state under occupation. Under Israeli law, too, Hebron is not a part of Israel proper but under military occupation.

I am grateful to an ex-Israeli called Idan Landau who lives in the US. He took the trouble to read the original text and sent us emails to correct our impression. The moment I read it, I hit myself on the brow. How could I have been so stupid!

The UNESCO resolution is fair and correct. It remarks that the site is holy to the three monotheistic religions, as indeed it is. Because of this, a Jewish fanatic – a settler from America – once murdered dozens of praying Muslims there. Jewish fanatics have settled nearby.

Is the place really holy? That is a silly question. A place is as holy as people believe it to be.

Are Abraham and his progeny really buried there?

Even that is irrelevant. Many people – myself included – believe that the entire first part of the Bible, up to the Assyrian era, is fictitious. That does not make the Bible less wonderful. It is the most beautiful work of literature on earth. At least the (original) Hebrew version.

If one believes that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were real persons, it would still be doubtful that they are buried there. An entire school of archaeologists believes that the burial place is somewhere else in Hebron, not the building now known as the Cave of Machpelah. The graves there are those of Muslim sheikhs.

Be that as it may, millions believe that the Biblical forefathers are buried in the Cave. For them, the place is holy, and it is located in occupied Palestine.

But if you take the Bible so literally, you should also read verse 9 of chapter 25 of Genesis: “And Abraham gave up the ghost and died in a good old age… And his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the cave of Machpelah.”

When I pointed this out to people who had attended Israeli schools, they were deeply shocked. Because this verse is never mentioned in any Israeli school. It does not exist.

Why? Because Ishmael is the forefather of the Arabs, as Isaac is the forefather of the Jews. We learned that Sarah, our foremother, who is described in the Bible as a real bitch, induced her obedient spouse, Abraham, to send his concubine Hagar and their son, Ishmael, into the desert, there to die of thirst. But an angel saved them, and they disappeared, though the Bible gives a long list of his progeny.

The revelation that the Bible in fact says the opposite is shocking. So Ishmael did not disappear, but somewhere along the line made his peace with Isaac. The two sons buried their father together.

This changes the story completely. It means that the Bible makes the Arabs, too, rightful heirs of the Cave of Machpelah, side by side with the Jews and the Christians.

I do not believe that Binyamin Netanyahu ever read this verse. He knows only what every Israeli pupil knows. The strict Orthodox line.

This week, at the height of the UNESCO hysteria, Netanyahu did something bizarre: in the middle of a formal cabinet meeting he pulled a kippah from his pocket, put it on and started to read from the Bible (not the aforementioned verse, of course). He looked positively happy. He was showing the bloody Goyim up for what they are: anti-Semites all.

Does Netanyahu really believe (as I think he does) that this part of Biblical legend is history? If so, he has the mind of a 10 year old. If he does not, he is a cheat. In any case, he is a very able demagogue.

But he is not alone. Far from it. The President of Israel, a very nice gentleman, reiterated Netanyahu’s accusations against UNESCO. So did the speaker of the Knesset, an immigrant from the Soviet Union.

It took about four days for some Israeli commentators to cite the true text of the UNESCO resolution. They did not apologize, of course, but at least they started to quote the actual text. Shyly and quietly some other commentators joined them. Most of their colleagues did not.

Special mention is due to Carmel Shama Hacohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO. He is not known as a pillar of wisdom. Indeed, he was only sent to UNESCO in order to allow a protégé of the foreign minister to take over his place in the Knesset.

During the UNESCO meeting, Shama-Hacohen – (his real name was just Shama, but that sounds too Arab, so he added the very Jewish Hacohen) – got very excited. He started a shouting match with the Palestinian ambassador, rushed to the dais and shouted at the chairman, too.

William Shakespeare might have called all this “much ado about nothing”, except for two points.

One is that it shows how easy it is to send all of (Jewish) Israel – all without exception! – into a holy rage. Politicians and commentators from left and right, east and west, religious and secular, unite into one raging mass, even when the pretext is false.

Such an eruption can have very serious consequences. It disables all inner brakes.

The other aspect is even more dangerous.

At the height of the tsunami, it suddenly hit me that everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves hugely. And then I realized why.

For hundreds of years, Jews in Europe were persecuted, deported, tortured and killed. It was a part of reality. They were used to it. Anti-Semitism of all kinds, including the murderous one, was a part of reality. The sadism of the goyim was met with the masochism of the Jews.

(As I have suggested in the past, this is a part of Western Christian culture, emanating from the crucifixion story in the New Testament. It does not exist as such in Islam, since the prophet admonished his believers to protect the two other “peoples of the book” – Jews and Christians.)

Since World War II and the Holocaust, the old vicious European anti-Semitism has disappeared, or gone underground. But Jews have not got used to that. They are sure that it is lurking somewhere, that it can return any minute. When it does, or when it seems to, Jews are apt to feel “I told you so!”

In Israel, this is even more complex. Zionism hoped to rid Jews of their “exilic” complexes. To turn us into a normal people, “a people like other peoples”.

It seems that this has not been quite successful. Or that the success is receding under the stewardship of Netanyahu and his ilk.

This episode has made many Jews happy. They say to themselves: “We were right! All the Goyim are anti-Semites!”

Uri Avnery is a peace activist, journalist, writer, and former member of the Israeli Knesset

My most interesting Q & A session to date (LA May 8th, 2017)

May 15, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

We spoke about history revisionism (holocaust, Nakba etc.), Jewish controlled opposition, 911 and the truth movement,  Breitbart’s duplicity, Teds being Jerusalemites,  JVP, Mondoweiss & the Jewish solidarity spin, Jewish mothers and many other hot topics.

https://youtu.be/wqpUGUqa0X4

Filmed and edited by Fritz Heede   http://fritzheede.com/ (who also plays guitar at the end).

LA Talk:   https://youtu.be/x0n0DBhg5uk

To order Being in Time:

The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

The book is now available on my site

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (oPt) (04 – 10 May 2017)

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

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

(04 – 10 May 2017)

 

  • Israeli forces executed a Palestinian girl in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 24 Palestinian civilians were wounded during peaceful protests in the West Bank.
  • Among the wounded were 2 children and 5 photojournalists.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • An Israeli agricultural aircraft spray fertilizers over agricultural lands along the border fence, south of the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 64 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.
  • 58 civilians, including 12 children, were arrested. Nine of them, including 4 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces stormed Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah and opened fire inside.
  • Israeli forces continued measures to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 5 houses and 2 commercial facilities located within the Israeli municipality boundaries were demolished.
  • Settlers wrote curses against prophet Mohammed (pbuh) on the walls and punctured tires of 17 cars in Shu’fat neighbourhood.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • A house and a livestock barn in al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho, were demolished.
  • 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.
  • 7 civilians, including a child, 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 (04 – 10 May 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian girl in occupied Jerusalem and wounded 24 others, including 2 children and 5 photojournalists, in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to pursuit the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and open fire at Palestinian farmers at the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, as part of the Israeli policy to use excessive and lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who are suspected by Israeli soldiers of intending to carry out stab attacks against the soldiers, on 07 May 2017, Israeli forces killed Fatima Hjeiji (16), from Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah, at the southern entrance to the Damascus Gate “al-‘Amoud” in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Luba al-Samri, the Israeli police spokesperson, published a statement claiming that “According to the preliminary information available, it was an attempt to a stab attack carried out by a girl that was neutralized without injuries among the police officers.”

 

In the same context, the majority of the West Bank cities witnessed protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. Israeli forces used force against these protests in addition to weekly protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities. The Israeli attacks resulted in the injury of 24 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and 5 photojournalists. Six of them sustained live bullet wounds, 11 sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds and 6 were hit by sound bombs. The cases of injury were as follows:

 

  • Protests in solidarity with the prisoners: 17 civilians were wounded, including 5 photojournalists. Two of them were wounded by live ammunition, 10 others were wounded by metal bullets and 5 were hit by gas canisters.
  • Weekly protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities: 6 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Four of them were wounded by live ammunition, a civilian was wounded by metal bullets and another was hit by a sound bomb.
  • Incursions: a civilian was wounded by metal bullets.

 

In the Gaza Strip, concerning Israeli attacks on fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea, on 04 May 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed area, west of al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. Other attacks recurred in the same area on 05 and 06 May 2017. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

On 06 May 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing within the allowed area off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

On 07 May 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing within the allowed area off Beit Lahia shore, north of the Gaza Strip. Similar attacks were carried out on 08, 09 and 10 May 2017. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 09 May 2017, an Israeli aircraft sprayed pesticides over agricultural lands 400 meters to the west of the border fence, north of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. It should be noted since the beginning of 2017, Israeli aircrafts spray pesticides over that area under the pretext of burning the bushes for security reasons. However, the pesticides cause damage to the farmers’ crops.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 64 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 58 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children. Nine of them, including 4 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem, while 4 others, including a child, were arrested while participating in a protest supporting the Palestinian prisoners.

 

In violation of the international humanitarian law, Israeli forces stormed on 04 May 2017, Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. They opened fire randomly, due to which a number of patients, including children, suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 07 May 2017, Israeli forces conducted an incursion into the east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence for few hours and withdrew later. On the same day, Israeli forces moved into the east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. They levelled lands as well and then withdrew.

 

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.

 

Jewish majority

 

Concerning demolitions, on 04 May 2017, Israeli forces demolished 3 houses in al-Walaj village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of “building without license within the Israeli municipality boundaries.”

 

On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished an under-construction building in al-Tour village, east of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

On the same day as well, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Ashraf Fawaqa in Sour Baher village, south of the city.

 

On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished 2 commercial facilities in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the context of Israeli settler attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property, on 09 May 2017, settlers wrote curses against prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and racist slogans. They punctured also the tires of 17 cars in Shu’fat neighbourhood, north of occupied Jerusalem. The neighbourhood residents said the slogans were signed by the Israeli “Price Tag” organization.

 

Settlement activities

 

On 09 May 2017, Israeli forces demolished a house and a livestock barrack in al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. It should be noted the livestock barrack belongs to Najeh Ka’abna (48) while the house belongs to his son Ouda (20).

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 04 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah ‘Atiyah al-‘Amour (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Nasim Zaqqout (20) and Ahmed Khalil Nabhan (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mustafa ‘Asidah (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • 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 Mohammed Jamal Abu Maria (22) and Husain Ramzi al-‘Alami (21).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Howarah village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Khalid Saleh Namer ‘Oudah (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved into Ramallah, patrolled the area, surrounded Palestine Medical Complex in the city and stationed inside its yards. The soldiers randomly fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the sections of the abovementioned complex. As a result, a number of patients, including children, sustained tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment in the emergency department, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Bal’aa village, northeast of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ahmed ‘Aref Yusuf Zuriqi (25).

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli Border Guard officers stationed at “Mafia” checkpoint established at the western entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City opened fire at Mohammed Zakariya al-Salaimah (22) from Khelat al-Natshah area in the southern area of the city. Mohammed was shot after he was detained near the abovementioned checkpoint. He sustained several live bullet wounds and then fell to the ground. Two Israeli ambulances arrived at the area and stayed there for half an hour. They did not offer first aid to the abovementioned civilian, who stayed on the ground for a while. An ambulance later transferred him to an unknown destination. The Israeli authorities claimed that Mohammed was carrying a weapon and attempted to attack the soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint. Following that, Israeli forces raided and searched the house of the abovementioned civilian an informed his wife that he was admitted to “Hadassah” Hospital in occupied Jerusalem and his injury was classified as minor. According to a video clip that was posted on social media, there was a soldier, who was 3 meters away from Mohammed and holding his ID. It should be noted that the 3-meter distance is designated by the Israeli forces to be in between the soldiers and Palestinian civilians when checking their IDs. However, no weapon or a knife appeared in the video near Mohammed. After that, a number of civilians gathered around the abovementioned checkpoint and talked to an officer known as Amal. He said that he regretted not killing him and threatened to close the whole area in the evening. The Israeli forces installed cement cubes and barbed wire fence in the vicinity of the abovementioned checkpoint. They also closed Gheith neighborhood, which is inhabited by more than 200 families, and opened a gate for their movement.

 

  • At approximately 19:15, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fired sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 5 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Jalqamous village, east of Jenin; Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliyah; ‘Ein Qeniya village, northwest of Ramallah; Hebron; al-Fawar refugee camp and Surif village in Hebron.

 

Friday, 05 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 2 civilians, including a child namely Mustafa Jamal al-Badan (17), and Zaid Taleb al-Badan (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Sameh Fares Abu Keshek (31) Abdul Rahman ‘Emad al-Asmer (21) and Khalil Ibrahim Hamzawi (28).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 workshops belonging to Mohammed Sofian ‘Adwan and Baker Sa’id Abu Haniyah and then confiscated some equipment. They also raided and searched a shop for car spare parts belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Howari. They threatened to close the shop if his cooperation with “terrorists” is proven. At approximately 05:00, the Israeli forces withdrew from the village, but neither raids nor arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Hamid Husain Hamed (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved into al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah. A number of young men gathered and threw stones an empty bottles at the soldiers, who fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullet, sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. They also closed the eastern entrance with sand barriers causing traffic jam, but neither arrests nor casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 18:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles. The shooting continued until around 21:30. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit; Dura; al-Kume and al-Shyoukh villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 06 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in Kuroum ‘Ashour area in Ras al-‘Ein neighborhood, south of the city. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed Naser Ma’lawani (18).

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jaftalak village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anwar Mahmoud Abu Joudah and then confiscated his bulldozer used for establishing water networks for agricultural

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore opened fire around Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 miles 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 damages were reported.

 

  • at approximately 19:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 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 21:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military jeeps moved into al-Tabaqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled in al-Baid neighbourhood amidst firing tear gas canisters and sound bombs in the bystreets, but no clashes erupted in the area. As a result, a number of civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. In meanwhile, the soldiers were shouting and ordering the young men to go out and confront them. The Israeli forces stayed in the village until around 23:00, but no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah; ‘Azoun village, east of the city; al-Thaheriyah, Sa’ir, Taffuh, Abu al-‘Asja villages in Hebron and ‘Ein Yabrud village, northeast of Ramallah.

 

Sunday, 07 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces move into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omer Tawfiq Abu Hlayel (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omer Tawfiq Abu Hlayel (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Ma’sarah village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jehad Mohammed Zawahrah (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses after which they handed summonses to Mahmoud Riyad Abu Sorour (29) and Motaz Mahmoud al-Debes (19) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically 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 not material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved about 100 meters into the east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They levelled the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel heading northwards. The incursion continued for hours before the Israeli forces redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the west of the border fence, east of al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. The bulldozers levelled the lands adjacent to the abovementioned border fence. The incursion continued for 4 hours after which the bulldozers moved into the north of the eastern borders of al-Maghazi refugee camp. They then redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beta village, southeast of Nablus; al-‘Aroub refugee camp and Beit Ummer village in Hebron.

 

Monday, 08 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nedal and Mostafa As’ad Suwaidan in the eastern area of the village. They then withdrew from the area, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Hejjah village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yasser Mahmoud Rabe’ and a barber salon belonging to Khader Mohammed Masalhah and then confiscated 2 surveillance devices from them. The Israeli forces fired metal bullet, sound bombs and tear gas canisters while withdrawing, claiming that they were stoned. However, no more incidents were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Barahish, al-Bayadah and al-Tarbiqah neighbourhoods. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (50) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. The soldiers also confiscated the ID of Ahmed’s son Mohammed (22). In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Rami Bassam Khalil Za’aqiq (38) and handed him a similar summons.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into several neighbourhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Saif al-Eslam Khamis Qafishah (25), Malek Abed al-Natshah (24) and Monjed Nader al-Qawasmah (27), who was released a week ago after serving a 9-month imprisonment in the Israeli jails.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Jamil Mohammed Jamil Abdul Rahman (27), a Palestinian Civil Defence officer, and Mos’ab Ma’zouz Ahmed Dalal (26). After that, the Israeli soldiers arrested them. At approximately 06:10, the Israeli forces withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians, including a child, namely Mahmoud ‘Ali al-Sabbah (16), Ja’far (22) and his brother Yusuf al-Sabbah (18).

 

  • At approximately 06:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, al-Shyoukh, al-Tabaqah and Kharsa villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 09 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to As’ad Abul Latif Thawabtah (28) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces move into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Jehad Sobhi Kharishah (20) and ‘Amr Jehad Salim (17) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Dowar area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Halim al-Talahmah (55) and then arrested his son Jamal (19).

 

  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses in Huneinah and Karisah neighborhoods and then arrested 6 civilians, including a child. The arrested civilians were identified as Moneer Mustafa Abu Sharar (33), Ja’far Taha Abu ‘Arqoub (44), his son Osama (16), Rezeq Abdullah Moslem al-Rajoub (57), Emad Mohammed Jadallah (35) and Husam Yusuf ‘Amayrah (27). Moreover, the Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to journalist Mohammed Adeeb Ahmed al-Qeeq in Naqet Nouh area, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa’id ‘Abed Maskawi (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, including a child, namely Mousa Mohammed al-‘Amour (18), Riyad ‘Aref al-‘Amour (14) and Jom’ah Mohammed Abdul Jalil ‘Amour (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in ‘Amman Street in the eastern side of the city. They surrounded a 3-storey building in the abovementioned street and then raided a metal workshop on the ground floor belonging to the heirs of Omer Sab’i Jamous. The heirs were identified as ‘Ammar, ‘Azmi, Ashraf and ‘Alaa’ Jamous. The Israeli forces confiscated 2 lathes, 2 scrapers and 2 drills. The workshop owners learnt about the raid through a call from the building residents. They hurried to the workshop, but they were detained in ‘Amman Street until the Israeli forces finished at approximately 05:00 in the morning. They claimed that the workshop manufactures primitive weapons. It should be noted 5 families make their living from the abovementioned workshop. The workshop was built in 1963 and consists of 4 shops.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting continued until approximately 09:00. 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 Nour Shams refugee camp, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Muhanad ‘Adnan Tawfiq Abdullah (18).

 

  • At approximately 06:50, Israeli aircrafts sprayed pesticides on the agricultural lands within 400 meters into the west of the abovementioned border fence between the Gaza Strip an Israel, northeast of al-Qararah village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Farmers there emphasized that they saw small planes flying low in the area. The farmers added that those planes started spraying pesticides on an area 400 meters to the west of the abovementioned border fence. The spraying continued for hours along the abovementioned border fence. It should be noted that since the begging of this year, that Israeli forces sprayed pesticides on the area under the pretext of burning bushes in the buffer zone, west of the border fence, for security reasons. However, the pesticides affect agricultural lands and damage large areas of them.

 

  • At approximately, 20:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Laiha village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically 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.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah; Hares and Kafel Hares villages, north of Salfit; Yatta and Taffouh village in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mousa Mohammed al-‘Amour (17) and Husain Khaled al-Badan (21).
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Birzeit village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched the students accommodation of Birzeit University. They then arrested 3 students namely Ahmed Tayseer al-‘Ayesh (26), ‘Amer Mohammed al-Remawi (24) and Ahmed Qasem Farah (21).

 

  • At approximately 06:50, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved about 100 meters into al-Fukhari village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military vehicles leveled lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel for few hours before re-deploying along the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 06:40, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. The shooting continued until approximately 11:00. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • 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

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 05 May 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration at the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in protests against the confiscation of Palestinian’s lands and in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers stationed at the abovementioned entrance. The soldiers fired live bullets, sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them in response. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, sustained live bullet wounds to the lower limbs of their bodies and were transferred to Yasser Arafat Hospital in Salfit to receive medical treatment. Medical sources classified their injury as moderate. (PCHR keeps the names of the arrested civilians)

 

  • Following the Friday prayer also, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international activists organized a demonstration in the center of Kufur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way towards the eastern entrance to the village in protest against closing that entrance since al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces heavily fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a 17-year-old civilian was hit by a tear gas canister to the head.

 

  • 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, 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 protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 06 May 2017, Palestinian civilians and international activists organized a demonstration in the center of Kufur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way towards the eastern entrance to the village in protest against closing that entrance since al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces heavily fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the hand.

 

Demonstrations in Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails

 

  • On Thursday, 04 May 2017, Palestinian civilians organized demonstrations in several areas in Bethlehem. They made their way to the northern entrance to the city in solidarity with the prisoners, who have been on hunger strike. When the protestors arrived at the military checkpoint established at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them and particularly targeted the journalists. As a result, 5 journalists, including a woman, sustained wounds. The wounded civilians were identified as:

 

  1. Abdul Hafith al-Hashlamoun, who works at the European Agency, was hit by sound bomb to the left leg.
  2. Safiya Omer Qawar (30), who works at Baladna  Radio in Bethlehem, was hit by  sound bomb to the abdomen.
  3. Eyad Hamad, who works at the Associated Press Agency, was hit by sound bomb shrapnel.
  4. Mousa al-Sha’er, who works at the Agence France-Presse, was hit by sound bomb shrapnel.
  5. Samer Hamad, who works at Pal Media Agency, was hit by sound bomb shrapnel.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on the same Thursday, dozens of journalists organized a peaceful protest demanding the release of the journalists in the Israeli jails and in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, near the entrance of “Ofer” military camp established in Betounia and Rafat villages, west of Ramallah. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. However, no casualties were reported among the journalists.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 05 May 2017, hundreds of Palestinian civilians performed prayers at the crossroad of Beta village, south of Nablus. The prayers were called for by the National Committee to Support the Prisoners in the confrontation areas with the Israeli forces to support the prisoners’ legitimate demands. At the end of the prayers, the civilians threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces, who fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 9 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds according to estimations of Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) as they received medical treatment in the spot. However PCHR’s fieldworker was not able to obtain information about the civilians because they come from different areas and no one of them was transferred to any hospital.

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. They made their way towards the entrance of “Ofer” military camp established in Betounia and Rafat villages, west of Ramallah. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned camp, the Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. However, no casualties were reported among the civilians.

 

  • Following the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered at the eastern entrance to Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, to organize a demonstration in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The protestors made their way towards the military watchtower established at the village entrance as there was an Israeli infantry unit stationed in the main road. The protestors threw stones at the soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and chased them between the houses. The soldier also fired live bullets at the protestors while chasing them. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the leg and was then transferred to Hebron Governmental Hospital to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the entrance to ‘Azmout village, northeast of Nablus. The protestors approached the abovementioned entrance, Israeli forces fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canister at them and chased them. They then arrested Mo’ez Rezeq ‘Amer (17) and took him to an unknown destination

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 06 May 2017, Israeli forces intercepted a demonstration organized by dozens of Palestinian civilians in Jouret al-Sham’ah village, south of Bethlehem, in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. They stopped the protest and attacked the civilians after they forced them to step out of their cars. The Israeli forces then arrested Ahmed Zawahrah and his sons: Mohammed (21) and Ibrahim (18). Mohammed Barijah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the demonstration moved from the center of al-Ma’sarah village and passed through Jouret al-Sham’ah village, south of Bethlehem. He added that Israeli forces intercepted the demonstration when it arrived at the main entrance to Jouret al-Sham’ah village and then attacked the civilians.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Saturday, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the entrance to Beta village, south of Nablus. When the protestors approached the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a civilian sustained  a metal bullet wound and received medical treatment on the spot by PRCS crews.
  • At approximately 15:30 on Monday, 08 May 2017, a number of Palestinian young men gathered at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, near the military watchtower established there. The Palestinian youngsters threw stones at the watchtower, due to which Israeli soldiers fired metal bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, an 18-year-old male from Beit Rima village sustained a bullet wound to the belly. He was then taken to Yasser Arafat hospital in Salfit, where doctors classified his injury 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.

It All Stays In The Family

By Gilad Atzmon

In this Jewish educational video, rabbi Moishe Zeldman elaborates on the meaning of being a Jew. What is that thing that binds the Jews together? Is it religion? Is it race? The blood? Zeldman’s answer is that Jews are the children of Israel and they are one family. Yet, I am left perplexed. What kind of a family are the Jews? And if the Jews are a family, as Zeldman claims, shouldn’t we expect that family to take responsibility for the crimes committed by the Jewish State? If Jews are a family, should we not expect this family to take responsibility for the global wars inflicted on us by their Jewish Lobbies (AIPAC, CFI, LFI, CRIF etc)? If the Jews are a family, shouldn’t we expect its leaders to restrain their reckless Wall Street mammonites?

Shockingly enough, this is exactly how the Jewish family operates. It forms Sanhedrin Courts that are there to sustain Jewish autonomy over Jewish affairs. The crimes of Israel are opposed by a few family members who insist on conveying a humanist image (JVP, Mondoweiss etc.) AIPAC’s crude interference with American politics is not really criticised by the American people. The fight against AIPAC has been reduced into an internal family battleground. Similarly, the crimes of Wall Street are debated by some pseudo-socialist tribal agents.

If the Jews are a family, ‘it all stays in the family’ is their survival code. Yet the family is far from being “dysfunctional” as rabbi Zeldman suggests. So far, this family has been overwhelmingly productive in maintaining its hegemony while dominating the opposition. However, some dissident voices, myself included, do believe that this celebration is now coming to an end. This family business has become too transparent.

Jewish Labour Movement Just won’t give up

April 06, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

Below is a sickening open letter issued by The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM).

The JLM is asking former and current Labour members and supporters, from across the Jewish community to sign for publication in a major newspaper.

I added my reflections on the letter along the text.

“Dear Editor,

We are former and current Labour members and supporters, from across the Jewish community and all sides of the party. We may disagree on policy, both domestic and international, but we are united by our unwavering commitment to anti-racism.”

GA: Surely what they really mean is ‘antisemitsm.’ You want to ask yourself how a political body that is defined by race can be ‘anti-racist’?  Needless to mention that we are yet to see the JLM ‘united’ against Israeli racism.

“Last night we collectively felt a sense of disgust and frustration at the decision by the NCC to not expel Ken Livingstone from the party.”

GA: I tend to agree. It is in indeed disturbing that hero socialist Livingstone is allowed to maintain his Labour party membership despite telling the truth.

“Livingstone’s comments betray a party that was founded on the values of equality and inclusivity. His history of inflammatory remarks against our community, be it his suggestions that our community’s ‘wealth’ determines our vote, or his recent smears of victims of the Holocaust, surely have no place in a progressive party.”

GA: Needless to mention that Livingstone told the absolute truth: The bond between Jewish donors and the Labour party has been disclosed by Michael Foster. Telling the truth about Zionism collaboration with Hitler’s regime is not a ‘smear’ unless being ‘progressive’ means lying compulsively and institutionally. 

Last night’s decision to allow him to remain a member presents us with an immediate dilemma about our future in the party. Despite pledges of ‘zero tolerance’ on anti-Semitism, Labour has been found wanting when it truly mattered.

GA: I tend to agree. Here is the ‘immediate dilemma.’ British Jews can either buy the Labour Party and expel the Goyim or, instead, form a new Bund party so they can celebrate their unique form of socialism that cares for one tribe only.

 

The Jewish community has a proud history with Labour, but this decision has thrown its future into jeopardy. We are sick of the complacency shown towards the prejudice we face. Enough is enough.

GA: What is it they have enough of? Prioritizing truthfulness over tribal political interests?

We fully support the Jewish Labour Movement’s proposal to initiate a debate at Labour Party Conference in September 2017 promoting the expulsion of Mr Livingstone from the Labour Party.

G: No kidding

We also support calls for an immediate review of the decision by the NEC.

GA: The people who initiated this letter seem to believe that the Labour Party is an internal Jewish affair. Sadly enough, Jeremy Corbyn, doesn’t really go out of his way to prove them wrong.

Lastly, we would like to thank those in the Labour Party who have offered us messages of solidarity, and would urge those who disagree with this decision to call on their representatives to speak out against it publicly.

G: for those who don’t understand British-Yiddish dialect, I will offer a brief translation. The JLM basically offers to look after its Sabbos Goyim within the party and in general.

British Academia Faces Zionist Hooliganism (must watch)

March 31, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

With Jonathan Hoffman in the Train- An expose of Zionist hooliganism at the heart of British academia. What you are about to see is disturbing, it is violent, it is vile, it is totally foreign to Western culture. Beware…

 

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