The real reasons Trump is quitting UNESCO

The real reasons Trump is quitting UNESCO

Trump the Israel puppet

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalise a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights?

Washington’s claim that the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the agency has committed in US eyes.

Palestinian self-determination

The first is that in 2011 UNESCO became the first UN agency to accept Palestine as a member. That set the Palestinians on the path to upgrading their status at the General Assembly a year later.

It should be recalled that in 1993, as Israel and the Palestinians signed the Oslo accords on the White House lawn, the watching world assumed the aim was to create a Palestinian state.

But it seems most US politicians never received that memo. Under pressure from Israel’s powerful lobbyists, the US Congress hurriedly passed legislation to pre-empt the peace process. One such law compels the United States to cancel funding to any UN body that admits the Palestinians.

Six years on, the US is $550 million in arrears and without voting rights at UNESCO. Its departure is little more than a formality.

Preserving Palestinian heritage

The agency’s second crime relates to its role selecting world heritage sites. That power has proved more than an irritant to Israel and the US.

The occupied territories, supposedly the locus of a future Palestinian state, are packed with such sites. Hellenistic, Roman, Jewish, Christian and Muslim relics promise not only the economic rewards of tourism, but also the chance to control the historic narrative.

Israeli archaeologists, effectively the occupation’s scientific wing, are chiefly interested in excavating, preserving and highlighting Jewish layers of the Holy Land’s past. Those ties have then been used to justify driving out Palestinians and building Jewish settlements.

UNESCO, by contrast, values all of the region’s heritage, and aims to protect the rights of living Palestinians, not just the ruins of long-dead civilisations.

Nowhere has the difference in agendas proved starker than in occupied Hebron, where tens of thousands of Palestinians live under the boot of a few hundred Jewish settlers and the soldiers who watch over them. In July, UNESCO enraged Israel and the US by listing Hebron as one of a handful of world heritage sites “in danger”. Israel called the resolution “fake history”.

Combating “memoricide”

The third crime is the priority UNESCO gives to the Palestinian names of heritage sites under belligerent occupation.

Much hangs on how sites are identified, as Israel understands. Names influence the collective memory, giving meaning and significance to places.

The Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has coined the term “memoricide” for Israel’s erasure of most traces of the Palestinians’ past after it dispossessed them of four-fifths of their homeland in 1948 – what Palestinians term their Nakba, or Catastrophe.

Israel did more than just raze 500 Palestinian towns and villages. In their place it planted new Jewish communities with Hebracaised names intended to usurp the former Arabic names. Saffuriya became Tzipori; Hittin was supplanted by Hittim; Muyjadil was transformed into Migdal.

A similar process of what Israel calls “Judaisation” is under way in the occupied territories. The settlers of Beitar Ilit threaten the Palestinians of Battir. Nearby, the Palestinians of Sussiya have been dislodged by a Jewish settlement of exactly the same name.

The stakes are highest in Jerusalem. The vast Western Wall plaza below Al Aqsa mosque was created in 1967 after more than 1,000 Palestinians were evicted and their quarter demolished. Millions of visitors each year amble across the plaza, oblivious to this act of ethnic cleansing.

Settlers, aided by the Israeli state, continue to encircle Christian and Muslim sites in the hope of taking them over.

That is the context for recent UNESCO reports highlighting the threats to Jerusalem’s Old City, including Israel’s denial for most Palestinians of the right to worship at Al-Aqsa.

Israel has lobbied to have Jerusalem removed from the list of endangered heritage sites. Alongside the US, it has whipped up a frenzy of moral outrage, berating UNESCO for failing to prioritise the Hebrew names used by the occupation authorities.

Upholding international law

UNESCO’s responsibility, however, is not to safeguard the occupation or bolster Israel’s efforts at Judaisation. It is there to uphold international law and prevent Palestinians from being disappeared by Israel.

Trump’s decision to quit UNESCO is far from his alone. His predecessors have been scuffling with the agency since the 1970s, often over its refusal to cave in to Israeli pressure.

Now, Washington has a pressing additional reason to punish UNESCO for allowing Palestine to become a member. It needs to make an example of the cultural body to dissuade other agencies from following suit.

Trump’s confected indignation at UNESCO, and his shrugging off of its vital global programmes, serve as a reminder that the US is not an “honest broker” of a Middle East peace. Rather it is the biggest obstacle to its realisation.


A version of this article first appeared in The National, Abu Dhabi. The version here is published by permission of Jonathan Cook.

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Many people in the West claim to oppose racism but easily accept israel’s race-based system of ethnic cleansing

Zionism from the Diaspora: infinity.0

By Eve Mykytyn | October 16, 2107

I have noticed a distinct shift in the focus of the Zionist narrative in the US. For the last forty years or so, Israel has been sold to Americans as a necessary palliative for the Jewish people following the total destruction of the Holocaust. Now, the primary argument advanced is that the Jewish people have been a people tied to the land on which their state is located for a mythically uninterrupted period of time variously described as between 2,000 and 4,000 years.

Tom Segev reports in his book, The Seventh Million, that Holocaust refugees were looked down upon when they arrived in Israel. In the United States the holocaust didn’t become a major part of the Zionist dialogue until the 1970s and  we are now suffused with memorials (wikipedia lists 63) to a tragedy that occurred on another continent. While there are certainly groups that commemorate the Irish Famine, the Armenian Genocide and other such tragedies, no tragedy receives the kind of attention that the Holocaust has garnered. Our own complicity in genocide receives relatively scant attention. This is despite the estimated two to four million Africans who died while being transported to be forced into slavery and the multiple genocidal wars with native peoples.

But while the magnificent horrors of the Holocaust have been infinitely portrayed  and the movies and books continue to flow, the focus of the narrative has shifted back to a variant to that employed by Zionism’s founders. The basic tenets are that the Jews have ties to the land of Israel that are stronger and somehow more legitimate than that of the Palestinians.

The Palestinians are first scorned for not using that term for themselves until their land was ‘cleansed’ of their presence. This was of course, common everywhere before the rise of nationalism. Before emancipation, Jews themselves identified as a religion and not as a nation. Certainly they were not Israelis before they established Israel. As Shlomo Sand has explored in The Invention of the Jewish People, Jews went through a process of inventing themselves as a nation, and that definition was probably a necessary precursor to ‘finding’ themselves a country. (Maybe as a result of this, Jews now have a unique identity. They are not one race, not all of them are religious and not all claim a right to Palestinian land. As Gilad Atzmon has explored it is the tripart nature of that identity, i.e., religion, race and politics that leave you criticized as racist or anti Semitic if you criticize the politics of Israel.)

But whatever the facts of who called themselves what, the concept that the Palestinians by not calling themselves Palestinians should not be entitled to the land they lived on makes no real sense. Why would my self-proclaimed identity affect my ability to own land? I can own land in California without thinking of myself as a Californian. In fact, some Israelis own land in the US and I presume that they expect the US to make sure they retain their rights as owners.

The next step of this fantastic narrative is that the Palestinians gave up the land by leaving it at some point during the establishment of the state of Israel. By this narrative, the Palestinians gave up all rights to the land either by becoming refugees fleeing from ethnic cleansing and the destruction of their towns or by fighting to keep their land. This is tortured reasoning, but I guess that the idea is that if you don’t submit willingly to your own destruction and somehow survive, then you lose your property and assets.

I don’t know why the primary thrust of the myth has altered but I have a guess. In its initial stages, Israel needed citizens. Nationalism and blood privilege are attractive concepts. Then it seems for a long period Israel was more interested in donations, political capital and investment. As long as Jews supported Israel, Israel did not need them to move there. That has changed. With the full support of President Trump and the tacit support of most of western Europe’s leaders, Israel has been expanding by increasing its so-called settler movement of occupation, approving 12,000 new units in 2017 up from about 3000 in 2016. Netanyahu has announced he will annex the settlements, effectively increasing the size of the State of Israel. Instead of a Nakba there has been an endless stream of mini-Nakbas, just small enough to fall under the indulgent radar of the press.

Israel’s free ‘birthright’ (the name itself proclaims blood privilege) program promotional videos now emphasize coming home to young people who are citizens of other countries. It could be that Israel is working to neutralize the population advantage of the Palestinians.

It is clear that in the new narrative, citizenship is biologically and not geographically determined. It seems odd that so many in the West who claim to oppose racism, so easily accept a race-based system of ethnic cleansing.

Israel was founded on theft, theft of land, housing, mineral resources & even olive harvests

Israeli settlers steal olive harvest, attack Palestinian farmers in West Bank

Photo of settlers stealing olives on Oct. 15
LAST YEAR Palestinian farmers accuse Israeli settlers of stealing harvest from 400 Olive Trees

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Sunday stole olive pickings from dozens of trees belonging to Palestinian farmers from the occupied West Bank districts of Ramallah and Nablus.Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlements activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that dozens of Israeli settlers raided Palestinian lands in Ramallah and Nablus under protection of armed Israeli forces, and stole olives from dozens of Palestinian trees.

 Daghlas told Ma’an that Israeli settlers stole the pickings of more than 65 olive trees in the Nablus-area village of al-Sawiyeh and the Ramallah-area village of al-Janiyeh.

Meanwhile, NGO Rabbis For Human Rights (RHR) released a statement saying that the settlers, from the illegal Zayit Raanan outpost, were arrested by Israeli security forces “following the swift intervention of the head of the field department of Rabbis for Human Rights, Zakaria Sadah, who informed the security forces.”In another incident, also on Sunday, Palestinian farmers from the Nablus-area village of Qaryut were attacked by settlers. RHR said that Israeli security forces arrived at the scene and apprehended the assailants. “It is a relatively unusual day where the security forces manage to arrest extremist Israeli lawbreakers in two incidents against West Bank Palestinians,” RHR said, adding that “violations against Palestinian farmers are not properly addressed by the Israeli security and/or law enforcement authorities.”
“The arrests on October 15th demonstrate that the Israeli security forces do indeed should they want to – have the capacity to act against hate crimes,” the statement concluded.
A spokesperson for COGAT, the agency responsible for enforcing the Israeli government’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Ma’an they were looking into the reports.
  The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.
The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.
Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction, while 95.6 percent of investigations of damage to olive trees are closed due to failures of Israeli police, according to the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din.
Yesh Din, along with Israeli rights group B’Tselem, have previously condemned Israeli authorities for failing to protect Palestinians from settlers violence or investigate attacks, particularly during olive harvest season, when incidents of attacks on harvesters and their olive groves have been a near daily occurrence in past years.

 

EU Offers Support to Reunite Gaza Strip and West Bank

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Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and PA’s Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: WAFA, file)

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday that the EU is ready to help the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to reunite under “one single and legitimate Palestinian Authority.” Mogherini made her comment after the main Palestinian factions – Fatah and Hamas – announced an agreement ending the 11-year-old political division.

“The agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas in Cairo on 12 October can become an important step towards a full return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza, and for making genuine progress on intra-Palestinian reconciliation,” explained the EU official, noting that the union “will closely study” details of the agreement.

“We welcome the continuing engagement of Egypt, and we expect all Palestinian factions to move forward in good faith in further process, in order to enable the legitimate Palestinian Authority to resume full control in Gaza,” she added.

Meanwhile, Mogherini stressed that it “is essential that the agreement delivers on the ground and that the situation of the people of Gaza is improved as a matter of urgency.”

She reiterated that having Gaza and the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority is critical for reaching a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“We will continue to liaise with Egypt, our interlocutors on the ground and our international partners, including in the Quartet, in order to help this process to succeed,” Mogherini concluded.

On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized the continuing need to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza urgently, particularly with regard to the electricity crisis, and improved access to and from the territory.

He reiterated that the UN “stands ready to continue working with the Palestinian authorities and the region in support of the Government in assuming its responsibilities in Gaza.”

israel’s war on Palestine’s food supplies: israeli Navy Abducts Four Fishermen In Gaza

Israeli Navy Abducts Four Fishermen In Gaza

15 Oct  8:55 AM

Israeli navy ships attacked, on Sunday morning, several Palestinian fishing boats, in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza City, fired many live rounds at them, and abducted four fishermen.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the navy fired dozens of live rounds at the boats, while were fishing less than four nautical miles from the shore, and boarded two.

It added that the navy abducted four fishermen, who were on the boarded boats, and took them to Ashdod port.

The attack is part of frequent Israeli violations against the Palestinians in the impoverished and besieged Gaza Strip.

Such attacks have led to dozens of casualties, including many fatalities, in addition to resulting in scores of injuries, the destruction of boats and property, and the illegal confiscation on fishing boats.

In May of this year, a fisherman, identified as Mohammad Majed Bakr, 25, was killed by live Israeli navy fire, after  the navy ships fired dozens of rounds at fishing boats less than four nautical miles from the Gaza shore.

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

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

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

(05 – 11 October 2017)

 

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

 

 

Summary

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

 

Shooting:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Incursions:

 

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

 

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

 

Measures to Make Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

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

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

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

 

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 05 October 2017

 

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

 

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

 

Friday, 06 October 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Saturday 07 October  2017:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sunday, 08 October 2017:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Monday, 09 October 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

 

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

(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded child)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

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

 

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

 

Gaza Strip:

 

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

 

(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded child)

 

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

 

(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded child)

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Exports:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(04-10 October 2017)

 

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

 

Note:

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

 

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

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (21) checkpoints all over the city.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Efforts to Create Jewish majority

 

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

 

  • Arrests and Incursions:

 

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

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Recommendations to the International Community

 

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

 

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

Pot Calling the Kettle Black: israel opposed to any Palestinian reconciliation with Hamas ‘mass murderers’ – Netanyahu

Israel opposed to any Palestinian reconciliation with Hamas ‘mass murderers’ – Netanyahu

RT | October 13, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out against the reconciliation deal reached between rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, claiming that peace between Israelis and Palestinians will now be “much harder to achieve.”

“There is nothing we want more than peace with all our neighbors, but reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas makes this peace much more difficult to achieve,” Netanyahu said in a statement published on his official Hebrew and English Facebook accounts.

Palestine’s civil discord started in 2007 when Hamas won the elections and obtained power in Gaza while the West Bank territories fell under Fatah’s control. Since then, all attempts to reconcile the two groups and form a Palestinian power-sharing government have stalled.

In 2014, the rival faction managed to briefly negotiate a deal, which also angered Tel Aviv. Israel swiftly suspended US-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians, refusing to deal with Hamas, which Tel Aviv considers a terrorist organization with the sole aim of destroying the State of Israel.

On Thursday, after intense negotiations, Hamas and Fatah reached a new reconciliation deal, which Israel once again immediately rejected.

“Israel is opposed to any form of reconciliation in which the terrorist organization of Hamas does not disarm and does not stop fighting for the destruction of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

Tel Aviv, the Israeli PM said, will never accept Hamas’ strive to destroy Israel and will not deal with an organization that “advocates genocide” and launches “thousands” of rockets and tunnel incursions into Israel.

Netanyahu also accused Hamas of murdering children, oppressing the LGBT community and holding Israelis hostage. He believes Hamas is also guilty of “mourning” the death of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, as well as “torturing” the opposition.

 

“Reconciliation with mass murderers makes you part of the problem and not the solution,” Netanyahu wrote. “Say yes to peace and not to collaboration with Hamas.”

While the Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas reached a preliminary reconciliation agreement that the parties hope to implement in stages, they still seek to work out differences.

According to the agreement, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is to assume all governing rolls in Gaza no later than December 1. The PA will also take over the responsibility for Gaza’s border crossings no later than November 1. Yet the key issues such as the fate of Hamas’ military wing and wider political strategies are to be discussed at a later date, Haaretz reported.

Palestinian unity is necessary in order to have meaningful discussions with Israel on a two-state solution. Yet Israel refuses to have militant Hamas be part of the government. Before any two-state solution negotiations can resume, Tel Aviv advised the Palestinians to disarm Hamas and force the organization to honor international law.

“Any reconciliation between [Hamas and Fatah] must include honoring [international] agreements [and] Quartet conditions, firstly [by] recognizing Israel [and] disarming Hamas,” spokesperson to the Arab media in the Israel Prime Minister’s Office, Ofir Gendelman‏, tweeted. He added that digging tunnels, manufacturing missiles and initiating terror attacks are “incompatible” Quartet conditions and US efforts to renew the Middle East peace process.

The Israeli spokesman called on Fatah to assume responsibility for any militant action in Gaza, after a PA takeover of the region in December.

“The PA mustn’t allow any base whatsoever for Hamas terrorist actions from PA areas or from Gaza,” Ofir tweeted. “As long as Hamas does not disarm [and] continues to call for our destruction, Israel holds it responsible for all terrorism originating in Gaza.”

Hamas’ original charter in 1988 called for the reclaiming of all of Mandatory Palestine, which includes present-day Israel. The PA instead has been trying to negotiate the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

Reconciliation efforts between Palestinians and the Israelis have been supervised by the so-called Middle East Quartet – comprising the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union – which advocates a two-state solution along the 1967 divide.

As long as the reconciliation process between the rival Palestinian faction proceeds, Israel will do all in its power to sabotage the process, political commentator Doctor Asa’ad Abusharekh from Gaza has told RT.

“Israel wants to see the Palestinian people all the time divided. I think Israel will try to torpedo and sabotage this reconciliation,” Abusharekh said. “We do not expect Israel to lift the siege of Gaza. Israel will probably put more obstacles simply because Israel is wary about this agreement.”

 

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