Why JERUSALEM is So Important to the Apocalypse Fantasists

Why JERUSALEM is So Important to the Apocalypse Fantasists

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Jerusalem is regarded as an international city, under a world body protectorate.

That is its prevailing status.

The United Nations has affirmed in a number of resolutions that continued Zionist colonisation of Jerusalem is illegal under international law. Every Zionist settlement in illegally occupied East Jerusalem is a direct contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids an occupying power from transferring colonists into the areas it occupies.

The UN Partition Plan in 1947 – which divided Palestine between Jewish and Arab states – was clear to grant Jerusalem special status, placing it under international sovereignty and control. To some, this situation isn’t ideal – but to most, it’s the situation that works.

This special status was based on the historic city’s cultural and religious importance to Muslims, Christians and Jews, meaning that no one party should have control over it. Jerusalem houses some of the most important buildings or locations in all three religions and has always been a melting pot of all three – and other – communities.

Apart from Donald Trumpno leader or country in the world recognises Israeli claims to Jerusalem – and no country has its embassy in Jerusalem (including, at this time, the United States).

Juan Cole does a good job of laying out the case here way back in 2010 for why East Jerusalem doesn’t belong to Israel.

It is generally understood that Israel has no legally recognised claim to Jerusalem, that annexation of Jerusalem was never part of any internationally-recognised agreement, that every Zionist settlement or house in occupied Jerusalem is illegal, and that any Israeli move to annex Jerusalem will have dire consequences.

Zionist agents in various countries, however, have been openly pushing for the annexation of Jerusalem in recent years. In fact, various political figures or parties (the Austrian Far-Right, for example) have gone to Israel and made “the Jerusalem Declaration”.

Trump isn’t the only one. Geert “What We Need is Zionism For Europe” Wilders was calling for complete Israeli annexation during his bid to win the recent Dutch election, while Trump has previously expressed support for the Zionist claim to seize Jerusalem and make it the Israeli state capital and Jewish national capital – in keeping with Biblical Prophecy and evangelical ‘End Times’ agenda.

An alternate title for this article could be ‘Armageddon – an organised event starring the fanatical zealots of all three Abrahamic religions’. And, of course, it has to center on Jerusalem. Where else?

And that’s what’s scary. Even Donald Trump, in all his cluelessness, surely understands that there’s nothing non-dangerous or non-loaded about making toxic and unnecessary statements about that city.  It’s as if the cheerleaders for the apocalypse are all getting geared up for the big event, doing whatever they now can to push it into motion.

The underlying reason for the longstanding Zionist/nationalist agenda for occupying Jerusalem is to seize the Temple Mount and rebuild Solomon’s Temple – an event that relates to the coming of the Jewish Messiah (and for Christian Zionists, to the Second Coming of Christ).

What is extraordinarily stupid about this is that those two ideas or expectations – the coming of the Jewish Messiah and the Second Coming of Jesus – are fundamentally contradictory.

Nonetheless, for a good understanding of the true nature of this Zionist/American agenda for the ‘Holy Land’, see Grace Halsell’s article here, or seek out his book Forcing God’s Hand, which exposes the strange alliance between millions of ‘born again’ American Christians who long for the ‘Rapture’ and ‘Armageddon’ and believe it all hinges on the land of Israel.

The main problem with this idea of rebuilding Solomon’s Temple is of course that it will require the demolition of the Al-Aqsa mosque – an act that could potentially set off a religious/sectarian conflict like nothing seen in recent times.

That’s kind of the point, however.

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Victoria Clark’s 2007 book, Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism, is also a good resource for understanding the apocalyptic/religious dynamics of the Zionist/US alliance in regard to the Holy Land.

Again, in this context, we should remind ourselves that President Trump (backed by the Zionist propagandist and apocalypse-enthusiast Steve Bannon) did express his support for Jerusalem being seized and made the Israeli capital quite some time ago. This isn’t some new, shocking thing – as the MSM seems to think it is – but has always been a stated part of the Trump/Bannon/Kushner agenda.

Which is why it is no surprise that both Bannon and Kushner fund illegal Zionist demolition of Palestinian homes and colonisation of occupied territory.

So after all these years, is the Zionist movement finally maneuvering to seize the Temple Mount and begin the prophesied rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple?

The answer is most likely yes. It has been planned by certain elements in Israel for a long time; but it was waiting for the right sets of circumstances to be in place.

It has long been regarded as an event that – as inevitable as it might be – would probably trigger off a major conflict. From even when I was a child, I remember being told by someone older than me that Israel would never go that far because it would set off a Holy War.

However, those were simpler times.

There is already holy war in some form or another going on across virtually the entire Middle East; and with both the regional and the Western powers fully distracted with jihadists, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Iran/Saudi proxy war, now is the perfect time for the extreme right-wing government in Israel to move on the Temple Mount.

With everything else going on in the Middle East, the plight of the Palestinian people has been pushed into the background of regional concerns, and moreover the across-the-board demonisation and mistrust of ‘Muslims’ and of Islamic militancy in the West that has occurred in the last 10 – 15 years has eroded a lot of the international sympathy for the Palestinians (even though Palestinians are also Christian).

I am increasingly convinced all of that has been by design.

And that it goes as far back as the assassination of the moderate and peace-seeking Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1994 (by Zionist-Jewish extremists) and the later assassination of PLO figurehead Yasser Arafat (via pollonium poisoning and almost certainly by Mossad).

Just to say something else here, before we carry on: every government or country is entitled to (or, more accurately, expected to) look out for its own self-interests, sometimes even via nefarious, convoluted means. Most countries do it, especially powerful countries.

But there does come a point where you’re just taking the piss.

I wrote in a very long article early this year about the warning that had been issued from *within* Israel about an extremist take-over that had occurred within the Israeli government; including a warning by a former Israeli Prime Minister (Ehud Barak) about the “seeds of fascism” that were present in what others were calling “the most extreme government in Israeli history”.

I argued in that same article that a lot of the crises going on elsewhere – that we think are entirely unrelated to the situation in Israel – might in fact be entirely connected to the agenda of that extreme government in Israel. And I concluded in that piece that the central purpose of all of this was to place Israel in a position to be able to make a play for Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

Interestingly, although the right-wing nationalists in Israel have sought annexation of Jerusalem for a long time – along with seizure of the Temple Mount; they have never been in a position to do so, due to international opposition (as well as domestic opposition within Israel) and the political make-up of (1) a Western world-order mostly dominated by liberal political parties that, despite their general support for Israel as a state, would not support forceful annexation of Jerusalem, and (2) an Arab world dominated by strong, independent states and leaders who (until relatively recently) generally supported the Palestinians and were a threat to Israeli military ambitions.

More interestingly, as I argued in this older article, Neo-Con-led geopolitics from the PNAC-orchestrated 9/11 onward have already ensured that the key regional states that might’ve intervened militarily against Israel in the event of full annexation of the Holy Land (or whose military power and strong, independent nature might’ve acted as a deterrent) – specifically the Pan-Arabists (like Gaddafi) and the Ba’athists (like Syria and pre-war Iraq) – are no longer in a position to do so.

In fact, every one of those regimes has either been toppled by the Neo-Cons or collapsed from the so-called Arab Spring (leaving now only Iran, Lebanon and whatever’s left of Syria).

4578                                                                                                                   In effect, something that no Israeli government could’ve really done twenty years ago is now wholly possible, because the way has been cleared: from the removal of Arafat and perceived de-legitimisation of Palestinian organisations/authorities to the proxy warfare waged on neighbouring Arab states to weaken them, the widespread encouragement of Islamophobia and demonisation of Muslims, the psychological warfare of the Islamist terror wave in Europe and the West (so that Palestinian terrorism can be equated in the popular mind with the virus of broader Islamist extremism – even the methods of all terror attacks in Europe seem to mimick older Palestinian attacks), and, finally, the conditions – and propaganda arrangements – being right for pro-Zionist nationalist-populists like Trump and Wilders to come into place to advocate for militant Zionism and to work to legitimise actions that are wholly illegitimate.

Quite simply, the time is finally right – and having true Zionist supporters or agents in the White House (as opposed to a reluctant ally like an Obama) is arguably the final piece of the equation.

This has all been building for some time, step by step. Two years ago, when groups of extreme Jewish-nationalists – backed by paramilitary – were violating the mosque area, with Palestinian access to the Old City being more and more restricted and illegal Zionist colonists seizing more and more Palestinian homes, Mazin Qumsiyeh wrote ‘It is now clear that there is an orchestrated campaign to destroy the indigenous presence here. The Israeli military occupiers have decided to close down the Old City of Jerusalem to Palestinians while allowing Israeli Jews to rampage, taunt and attack the native Jerusalemites, Christians and Muslims…’

Indeed, that crisis at that time – which included multiple Palestinian knife attacks on Israelis and  instances of some Jewish/Zionist settlers setting fire to Palestinians in Jerusalem and calling for “shoah” against the non-Jewish population – might well have been a partly (or wholly) manufactured situation to act as a dry-run for what might need to happen in the future.

Some even then were claiming it was a manufactured situation: if it was (and I don’t know if it was or wasn’t), it might’ve been to see what would happen if Zionist zealots began to act more aggressively in Jerusalem.

On a similar note, if Trump genuinely moves towards Jerusalem being made Israeli capital, it is liable to provoke a resurgence in Palestinian attacks – which, in turn, will give the Israeli military all the justification it needs to take harsh, sweeping actions (witnessOperation Protective Edge‘ in 2014). The day afyer Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, there was already talk from some quarters of “a new intifada”.

Likewise, it seems likely that Trump’s announcement was also designed to provoke further backlash or inflame further anger across the Middle East, allowing a further escalation of the much sought-after ‘clash of civilisations’ scenario that many of the key players (including apocalypticist Steve Bannon, who has spoken at length about wanting an apocalyptic showdown between – in his mind – a Judaeo/Christian Crusader-style West and Radical Islam) seem to believe in.

Of course, it gets worse.

Zionist Jewish nationalists want to ‘rebuild the Temple’; as in what they perceive to be Solomon’s ancient temple, destroyed by Vespasian and the Romans in AD 79.

The only way to do this is to demolish the Al-Aqsa mosque. And the only people who want this to happen more than Jewish nationalists are the Christian/American Zionists, specifically right-wing evangelicals who fully back ultra-nationalist Jewish activity in Jerusalem, simply because they want to trigger a Third World War and, more importantly, the Biblical ‘Armageddon’ and subsequent Second Coming of Christ.

Why? Because they believe they – as pure, ‘Born Again’ Christians – will survive the ‘rapture’ and be raised by Jesus, while the rest of the world burns.

Israeli Zionist extremists in Jerusalem are fully backed and funded by American Christian zealots who want the Second Coming and the ‘rapture’ (despite the fact that Jewish lore insists the rebuilding of the Temple will mean the arrival of the Jewish Messiah and not the Christian version of Jesus – as pointed out earlier, it’s completely contradictory).

It’s also fair to say that the Christan evangelical Zionists don’t care at all about the traditional Christians of Jerusalem and Palestine – you know, the proper Christians who pre-date modern evangelical McChristianity by a few dozen centuries?

To make matters even more perverse, Muslims also believe that a ‘Second Coming’ of the Christian Jesus is to occur, but the fundamentalist Islamic view/prophecy has it that whoever the so-called Jewish ‘Messiah’ is (whose arrival is meant to be foreshadowed by the rebuilding of the temple), he is to be regarded as ‘the Anti Christ’.

In other words, the moment the Al-Aqsa is demolished and the Temple of Solomon is ‘restored’, we are probably looking at a Holy War to end all Holy Wars.

Even more perversely, as I’ve explored before (see here), some of this has already been playing out with the ‘Islamic State’ group in Iraq and Syria, with the so-called ISIS ‘Caliph’ – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – being fabricated to play into Islamic prophecies about the End of the World and to convince would-be jihadist recruits that the End-of-the-World struggle between Good and Evil was in play.

For the record, there have long been claims that Baghdadi was an Israeli Mossad agent named Shimon Elliot. I’ve never particularly subscribed to that theory – my own belief, based on various sources, is that the so-called ‘caliph’ Baghdadi never really existed and was a fictional figurehead crafted to help all of those events gather momentum.

A key part of the ISIS psy-op was to bewitch or frighten people – both those in the terror group and those civilians in areas or towns that ISIS was taking over – with the idea that what was playing out was the Islamic ‘End-Times’ prophecy.

One wonders then if much of what is intended to play out over Jerusalem is also intended to excite or bewitch those who subsribe to Christian End-Times theology or Jewish Messianic expectations. Clearly that is what’s driving most of this: my question is whether those at the top of the agenda genuinely believe in all this stuff or whether it is simply a vehicle for bringing about some other objective or desired state of affairs.

But the point is that, across the board – whether it’s in the camps of extreme Islamism or in the camps of zealous Zionists or ‘End-Times’ Christians – we appear to be looking at deluded, zealous lunatics and apocalypse-fantasists.

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Can you imagine if someone said “jews aren’t wanted here”. Why do we let them get away with it?

‘They Aren’t Wanted Here’: Israeli Defense Minister Calls for Boycott of Arabs

Sputnik – 10.12.2017

According to the Israeli defense minister, residents of the Jewish state’s area populated mostly by Arabs “have no connection with this country.”

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated that the Arabs residing in the Wadi Ara region “do not belong” to the Jewish state and called for a boycott.

They should understand that they are not wanted here, they are not part of us,” the minister told the Army Radio.

Commenting on Saturday’s protests in the region over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital, Lieberman said that Wadi Ara residents “have no connection with this country,” adding that the riots are “intolerable.”

“So I am calling for a boycott of Wadi Ara. Don’t go there and don’t buy there. They need to understand that it is impossible to demonstrate with Hezbollah flags, Palestinian flags and pictures of [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah. To accept billions from the National Insurance [Institute] and to also destroy us from within,” he said.

Echoing Lieberman’s statement, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has stated that “Israeli Arabs should not test our patience.”

The statements referred to protests along Route 65, when demonstrators threw rocks at car and a bus, injuring three, while about 200 people blocked the main highway in the Wadi Ara, an area in Israel populated mainly by Arab citizens of Israel.

READ MORE: Palestinian FM Believes US Can No Longer Be Mediator in Peace Settlement

Saturday also saw protests in eastern Jerusalem, Bethlehem and areas on the Israeli-Palestinian border, with at least 140 Palestinians being injured in clashes with Israeli police, according to the Red Crescent.The protests followed the so-called “day of rage” mass rallies on Friday that have resulted in two deaths and injured over 1,000 others.

Following Trump’s controversial announcement generally criticized by the international community, a number of protests were held in Muslim countries that have slammed the move as destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.

US and israel ‘Isolated’ at UN Security Council Meeting on Jerusalem

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teleSUR | December 8, 2017

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations Security Council on December 8, 2017. | Photo: AFP
teleSUR | December 8, 2017

In an emergency meeting convened by the United Nations Security Council on the crisis prompted by President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.S. stood isolated as other members unanimously condemned the decision.

The meeting was called by Bolivia, Uruguay, Italy, Senegal, Egypt, France and the United Kingdom on Friday.

Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Llorenti offered the strongest words of condemnation. Llorenti is known for his outspoken support of the Palestinian people, having debated the issue at the U.N. wearing a Keffiyah: a black-and-white scarf that has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance.

“While there are two parties in this conflict, they are not on a level playing field,” Llorenti said. “One is an occupying power, the other is an occupied people.

“One party builds illegal settlements… One party puts a seige on Gaza… One party takes over the water resources and farmlands of the other …. One of the parties engages in forced displacement. Bolivia opposes the unilateral decision of the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Other representatives, including France, Japan, Russia, and Sweden, expressed their dismay at the decision, saying that it would lead to violence and potentially ruin chances at the peace process that President Trump claims to favor.

Egyptian Ambassador Amr Aboulatta said he expected the decision to have a “grave” impact on peace.

The U.N. special coordinator for the peace process, Nickolay Mladenov said: “The United Nations has repeatedly declared that any unilateral decision that seeks to alter the character and status of Jerusalem… could seriously undermine current peace efforts and may have repercussions across the region.”

Despite resounding criticism from the rest of the international community, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley maintained that Trump’s move was “simple common sense,” and that the president remains “committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement.” She also accused the U.N. of being “hostile” towards Israel.

Israel’s ambassador was the only other party who praised the decision, calling it “courageous” and demonstrating a “true understanding of justice.”

Since Trump’s announcement, Palestinians have resolutely condemned the decision and erupted in mass “days of rage” protests. Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has called for a “new intifada,” or uprising, against Israeli occupation, a plea backed by Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.

Protests in various parts of occupied Palestine have met with violence by Israeli armed forces. At least two Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more injured. On Friday, the Red Crescent said they have so far attended 767 injuries in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.

Next Year in Jerusalem

December 06, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

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By Eve Mykytyn

Why has President Trump decided to move the  US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem?  His son in law and special envoy to the middle east, Jared Kushner, is a family friend of Netanyahu, and perhaps this is Kushner’s doing. But Kushner is on Robert Mueller’s radar in part because of his not very kosher ties to Israel.

Jerusalem has been divided since 1948 and has been a negotiation point in peace talks ever since. President Truman refused to send a US ambassador to Jerusalem in the new state of Israel so as not to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the city. Israel took control over all of  Jerusalem in 1967, a move that right wing  Zionists refer to as  a ‘retaking’ based upon their supposed Biblical heritage. In 1995, Congress passed a law requiring the US embassy to move to Jerusalem and US presidents since then have signed waivers of the law every six months. Trump has refused to sign the latest waiver, if the embassy does not move, the law provides for sanctions against the State Department that presumably will now take effect. A detailed history can be found here.

While right wing groups in the US have long supported the move, this effort seems to be pushed by Netanyahu and a few right wing Jewish American donors like Sheldon Adelson. Netanyahu is facing corruption charges in Israel. Perhaps Netanyahu wants to point to this ‘victory’ in his own defense.

Apparently Netanyahu believes that boasting about his ability to control American political decisions is good for Israel, or at least for Netanyahu. Israel has publicized its efforts to delay a UN sanctions vote through Kushner and then president-elect Trump (an effort involving contacting foreign governments that Kushner failed to disclose as required). An anonymous Israeli official told CNN  that Israel had ‘implored the [Obama] White House not to go ahead and told them that if they did, we would have no choice but to reach out to President-elect Trump…We did reach out to the President-elect and are deeply appreciative that he weighed in, which was not a simple thing to do.”

Kushner’s subsequent half hearted efforts to solve the  conflict appear to be going nowhere. The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman is, like Kushner, a donor to Israeli right wing settlement groups  and Friedman has called any Jew willing to make peace with Palestinians  “no better than the [Jewish] Kapos”  who assisted the Nazis. These men charged with negotiating peace in the Middle East for the United States are unlikely to try to restrain Trump’s reward to his crony.

Israel has increased its takeover of former Palestinian lands through settlements, approving 6500 settlements in 2017 in the West Bank alone compared to 2628 in 2016. Israel has annexed the lands occupied by settlers and Netanyahu has vowed to continue this policy. So far this land grab has occurred without much international condemnation.  I wonder if Netanyahu is overplaying his hand. Those middle eastern countries that have overlooked the continuing and growing crises for Palestinians may find it more difficult to do so if the US moves its embassy to Jerusalem, effectively approving Israel’s permanent takeover of land gained in the 67 war and after.

S. Nasrallah Says Trump Quds Decision Blatant Aggression, Calls for Mass Rally in Dahiyeh

Marwa Haidar

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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah sounded alarm on Thursday over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Al-Quds as Israeli capital, calling for a mass rally in Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh) next week in solidarity with the holy city.

During a televised speech via Al-Manar, Sayyed Nasrallah said that Hezbollah supports Palestinian resistance movements’ calls for a new Intifada in response Trump’s move.

His eminence said Israeli officials expect that all reactions to Trump’s decision by Arabs and Muslims are futile, but stressed that all Arabs and Muslims bear responsibility regarding the latest move by the US administration.

Hezbollah S.G. called on Palestinian factions to announce that the so-called peace talks with the Zionist entity are over, stressing that ending all aspects of normalization between Arab states and the Zionist regime is the least reactions to what he described “blatant aggression” against Palestine, its people, holy sites and identity.

Dangers of Trump Decision

Sayyed Nasrallah started his speech by talking about the dangers posed by Donald Trump decision to recognized Al-Quds as Israeli capital and his order to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

“After a hundred years, we feel that we are before another Balfour Declaration,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that the Zionist regime doesn’t respects international resolutions.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed to the US stance towards the Israeli rush to implement its plot to Judaize Al-Quds.

“The Zionist entity pays no attention to all international condemnations, it cares only about the US stance,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that throughout years, the US stance tactically prevented such Israeli rush to judaize Al-Quds.

However, he noted that this “US barrier” has gone now through Trump’s move to recognize Al-Quds as an Israeli capital.

“Trump told the Israelis: This Al-Quds is for you,” his eminence said, adding that the Zionist entity after Trump decision “got a green light to go ahead with its plot.”

Sayyed Nasrallah here elaborated on the dangers of the US move, wondering about the fate of Al-Quds residents and their lands.

“What will happen to their properties? Will they be demolished or seized?”

“The holy sites in Al-Quds are at real risk, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque which may be demolished at any time,” Sayyed Nasrallah warned.

“The fate of the Palestinian cause as whole is at stake. When Al-Quds is out of the equation, then what is left for the Palestinian cause?”

Significance

Turning to talk about significance of Trump’s decision, Sayyed Nasrallah said most of the countries across the world voiced opposition to the US move.

“Trump doesn’t listen to anyone. He doesn’t respect anyone, neither his allies, nor the international community.”

“Trump knows that his decision to give Al-Quds to an artificial state represents an insult to millions of Muslim and Christian people.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the US president has violated international resolutions and accords.

On the other hand,  the Lebanese resistance leader  wondered about the the value of the US-Arab alliance.

“Arab states have to know that they mean nothing to Trump and to the US,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

“We are before a blatant aggression that targets Al-Quds, its people, its holy sites and identity.”

Stances

On the other hand, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that the situation is critical and requires all sides in the Muslim and Arab Ummah (nation) to bear their responsibilities.

His eminence cited Israeli officials who expected that whatever Muslim and Arab reactions were they would be futile, especially that all Arab countries have been busy with their own internal problems.

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the US stance took these givens into consideration and based on them Trump recognized Al-Quds as an Israeli capital.

“We don’t say (to Arab states) cut ties with the US… Trump said that what he did is for the sake of the so-called peace process. Then prove the opposite. The least reaction here is to expel Israeli ambassadors and to stop all aspects of normalization with the Zionist entity.”

“Of the normal and least reactions to Trump’s move also is an announcement by Palestinian factions that the peace process is dead now until the nullification of the decision to recognize Al-Quds as the Israeli capital.”

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah called on Arab leaders to hold an Arab summit and issue a resolution that binds all Arab League members to announce that Al-Quds is an everlasting capital of Palestine.

“The most important reaction also what Palestinian resistance movements have called for, which is a new Intifada.”

“I think that such measures will prompt Trump to mollify his decision or at least freeze the validity of his order.

Sayyed Nasrallah also called on Arab governments to halt wars and infightings and unite for Al-Quds.

His eminence meanwhile, hailed the Lebanese stance towards Al-Quds issue announced by President Michel Aoun, Premier Saad Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri.

Talking more about Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah called for a mass rally next Monday in Dahiyeh in order to voice opposition to the US decision.

“I call on all Lebanese to take part in a mass rally to denounce the US aggression and to voice solidarity with the Palestinian people.”

“This is the least of what we have to do, and I salute the Palestinians who took to streets because they are our number one defensive line.”

Sayyed Nasrallah concluded his speech as saying: “All what our enemy has done were mere dump and would backfire against it. And we have the power to turn the threat into an opportunity.”

Source: Al-Manar

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

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

(29 November – 06 December 2017)

 

  • A Civilian was killed by Israeli settlers in Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus.
  • A child Succumbed to his wounds he sustained in the 2014 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  • 6 civilians, including a child, were wounded in protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli warplanes carried out several air strikes in the Gaza Strip.
  • 2 civilians, including a girl, were wounded, and roofs of houses and greenhouses sustained material damage.
  • Israeli forces continued to apply the collective punishment policy.
  • A house belonging to a prisoner’s family was demolished in Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin.
  • Israeli forces conducted 75 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 12 similar incursions in Jerusalem.
  • 94 civilians, including 20 children and a woman, were arrested.
  • 25 of them, including 11 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.
  • Israeli forces continue to target the border areas in the Gaza Strip
  • They opened fire 10 times at the border area, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli authorities continue to make a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • An under-construction building and a parking in Shu’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, were demolished.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • 14 shooting incidents targeting the Palestinian fishing boats occurred in the Northern Gaza Strip.
  • 5 fishermen were arrested, but later released, and their boat were confiscated,
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians 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 (29 November – 06 December 2017).

 

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During the reporting period, Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian civilian in Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus. Moreover, a child succumbed to his wounds he sustained in the 2014 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank while wounded 3 civilians, including a child and a woman, in the Gaza Strip.  In the Gaze Strip, the Israeli warplanes carried out several airstrikes at military training sites of the Palestinian armed groups. As a result, Palestinian civilians sustained wounds in addition to material damage in the sites. The Israeli forces also continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Sea.

 

In the same context, a civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the back after Israeli forces moved into Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin, to demolish a house belonging to Mohammed Abu al-Rab, who is accused of carrying out a stab attack in Kafer Qasem in Israel on 04 October 2017.

 

On 04 December 2017, 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded when dozens of Israeli settlers gathered at the eastern entrance to Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus, to raid a cave in Ras al-Nakhil Mount. Dozens of Palestinians gathered to prevent the settlers from raiding the cave, so the Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinians. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded.

 

In the Gaza Strip, medical sources in the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Yunis announced on 06 December 2017, the death of Mohammed Abu Haddaf  (9) from al-Qararah, northeast of the city. Mohammed’s Family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that on 08 August 2014, Mohammed sustained severe wounds after an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a gathering of civilians in Abu Haddaf neighbourhood in the village. As a result, 9 civilians, most of them were children, were killed and wounded. Mohammed was hit with shrapnel throughout his body and in his bone marrow, causing paralysation to Mohammed. His medical health condition was very bad since he had been wounded until he died.

 

In the same context, the border areas with Israeli witnessed protests against the ongoing and unjust Israeli closured against the Gaza population.  During those protests, the Israeli forces used force against the protesters.  As a result, a child was wounded, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

As part of Israeli air strikes, the Israeli warplanes carried out several airstrikes that targeted several military sites affiliated to Palestinian armed groups. As a result, 2 civilians, including a girl, were wounded and a number of roofs of houses and greenhouses sustained material damage.

 

In the Gaza Strip, as part of targeting fishermen in the sea, PCHR monitored the Israeli naval forces’ escalation against fishermen in the Gaza Sea although it was announced that the Gaza fishermen are allowed to sail to 9 nautical miles instead of 6.  This proves that the Israeli forces continue their policy of targeting fishermen in their livelihoods. During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats chased fishing boats and opened fire at them 14 times; 8 of them in the north-western Beit Lahia, 5 of them in the western Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, and one in the Gaza City Sea. As a result, 5 fishermen, including a child, were arrested but later released while their boat was confiscated.

 

As part of targeting the border area, PCHR monitored the Israeli forces firing 10 shells and opening fire along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The Israeli forces carried out one incident in the northern Gaza Strip, 2 incidents in Gaza City, 5 incidents in the central Gaza Strip, and 2 incidents in Khan Yunis.

 

Collective Punishment:

 

As part of the collective punishment policy applied by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian families of those accused of carrying out attacks against the Israeli forces and/or settlers, early on Friday, 01 December 2017, Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to Mohammed Zeyad Abu al- Rab in Qabatyah, southeast of Jenin. The one-story house established on an area of 140 square meters sheltered 5 individuals, including 3 children. It should be noted that, the Israeli forces accused Mohammed of carrying out a stab attack in Kafer Qasem in Israel on 04 October 2017 and killing an Israeli.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 75 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank while they conducted 15 incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 94 Palestinian civilians, including 20 children and a woman, in the West Bank.  Twenty four of them, including 11 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

Measures to Make a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

As part of the house demolitions, on 05 December 2017, Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished an under-construction building and a parking in Ras Shehadah area in Shu’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a licence. The first floor of the building was supposed to be a garage for engineer ‘Essam Mohammed while the building would have sheltered About 50 persons. The residents of the area said that the Israeli forces intend to demolish 3 residential under-construction buildings in the abovementioned neighbourhood near the annexation wall.

 

On 06 December 2017, Israeli Municipality crews accompanied with the Israeli police moved into Beir Ayoub, Wadi al-Helweh, and al-‘Abasiyah neighborhoods in Silwan village, south of the Jerusalem’s Old City. The municipality crews also fixed demolition order to a number of residential buildings.

 

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 30 November 2017, Israeli settlers attacked Asma’a Shoyoukhi (53) and her daughter Raghad (17) when they were in al-al-Sharaf neighborhood in Jerusalem’s Old City. As a result, they sustained bruises. Asma’a said to PCHR’s fieldworker that a number of settlers attacked her and her daughter and beat them with belts and a metal pole and verbally insulted them. The Israeli police arrested the abovementioned civilians on claims of attacking settlers. During their detention in al-Qeshlah police station, Asma’a asked the interrogator to check the surveillance cameras in the scene. After checking the cameras, it showed that Asma’a and her daughter are the ones who were attacked by the settlers.

 

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

 

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 30 November 2017, a group of Israeli settlers, some of them were armed, moved into Ras al-Nakhil area, east of Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus. One of them opened fire at a civilian, who was working in his land and shot him dead. Following this crime, the village residents detained the settlers in a cave in the area before the Israeli forces intervened and took them out. On 04 December 2017, a number of settlers gathered at the eastern entrance to the village, in response to calls from settlement organizations to be in the cave. Thus, dozens of the village residents gathered to prevent them from entering the cave. A number of Israeli soldiers stepped out of their vehicles and opened fire at the Palestinian civilians. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded and their wounds were classified as serious.

(See Item: Incursions into Palestinian Areas and shootings)

 

On 30 November 2017, a group of settlers from (Pay Tag) groups from “Yitzhar” settlement protected by the Israeli forces attacked the south-eastern outskirts in ‘Asirah al-Qabliyah village, south of Nablus.

 

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

 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker Old refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed ‘Esam Darwish (15) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker New refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ahmed Rami ‘Ouda (18) and ‘Odai Ahmed Rawash (15) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Harmalah village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians, including 2 brothers, namely Yasin (46) and his brother Ibrahim Salim l-Zair (43) and Hani Khalil al-Zair (44).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Darwish Mustafa Nufal (20) and Mohammed Saleh Khadrawi (20) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Ibrahim Mahmoud Jawabrah (19), Sa’ed Theeb Banat (20) and ‘Ammar Jawabrah (19).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Barqah village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Talal Khalid Talal Saif (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omer Raja ‘Arar (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Arourah village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Omer Mustafa Khasib (21) and Noor Eden Abdul Rahim ‘Arouri (24).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Hilal Hasan Taher Daraghmeh (25) and Hammam Burhan Lafi Daraghmeh (27).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 3 civilians, namely Isamil Hasan Hamamrah (24), Mohammed Fayez al-Debes (23) and Yazan Khalid Shushah (23).

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then handed summonses to Mohammed Mahmoud Saleh (13) and Mohammed Sa’oud Nasim (15) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 09:15, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Surif, al-Shoyoukh and Taffuh villages and in Hebron; and Tal village, southwest of Nablus.

 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Ma’ali Valley and al-Mawaleh Mount areas in the center of the city. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Jamal al-Haremi (20) and Salah ‘Emad Jawarish (20) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal Ma’ien area, northeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. The soldiers surrounded a number of farmers while they were planting winter seeds. The soldiers ordered the farmers to evacuate their lands, but the farmers refused. The soldiers then arrested 10 farmers, including a child, and transferred them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as ‘Ali Yusuf Hasan Jabrin (59), Mohammed Yusuf Hasan Jabrin (55), Jaser Yusuf Hasan Jabrin (45), Anwar ‘Ali Jabrin (35), Basem ‘Ali Jabrin (30), ‘Emad ‘Ali Yusuf Jabrin (28), Yasser ‘Ali Yusuf Jabrin (15), Amjad Mohammed Jabrin (35), Yusuf Mohammed Jabrin (25) and ‘Ali Mohammed Jabrin (20).

 

  • At approximately 09:40, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia 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 14:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza city, opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands in the area. However, neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza city, opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands in the area. However, neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli war planes fired 5 missiles at al-Buraq military training site of al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) near al-Shuhada’a intersection (adjacent to Tourist Al-Noor Resort), south of Gaza city. As a result, 2 Palestinians, including a girl, were wounded while they were at the abovementioned resort. The wounded were transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza to receive medical treatment. Their wounds were classified as minor. The wounded civilians were identified as:
  1. Tasnim Ahmed Mahmoud Zaqout (18) was hit with a shrapnel to the feet; and
  2. Ghassan Abdul Mo’ti Abu ‘Ayad (33) was hit with a shrapnel throughout the body.

 

  • At approximately 17:12, Israeli war planes fired 6 missiles at Muhajer military training site of al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), west of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, there was a huge damage at the site. Civilian Khalid Kamel Salim Basalah (37), from ‘Ezbet al-Nada in al-Mawasi area near the targeted site, said that one of the missiles blown up in the sky and its shrapnel spread over a number of houses and green houses. As a result, the houses and greenhouses sustained minor damage as the residents panicked. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli war planes fired one missile at an agricultural land in al-Shawkah village, southeast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer, Sa’ir, Surif villages and ‘Aziz Valley area, west of Ethna village in Hebron; Tulkarm refugee camp, east of Tulkarm; and Kafer Thulth village, east of Qalqiliyah.

 

Friday, 01 December 2017

 

  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Jala and stationed in al-Sahel Street in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’ath Nader Jararish (24). The soldiers then handed a summons to Mo’ath to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Ezzah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’ath Abdul Jabbar Abu Tarboush (35) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 06:40, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting recurred at approximately 07:35 on the same day. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 06:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of Gaza city, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats 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 07:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Nasser Badawneh (19) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Hendazah Mount area in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Hasan Nawawrah (31) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 09:45, Israeli forces stationed in military watchtowers along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, north of Buret Abu Samrah in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area. However, neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israeli, opened fire at Palestinian farmers into the east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the farmers were forced to leave their work and flee from the area fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 20:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles. They also fired a number of flare bombs in the sky 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.

 

Saturday 02 December  2017:

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Zabuba village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rabe’i Kamel Suleiman (48) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire at Palestinian farmers into the east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to leave their work and flee from the area fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting recurred at approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:50, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire at Palestinian farmers into the east of Gaza Valley (Johr al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired a number of flare bombs in the sky of the area, which is adjacent to the abovementioned border fence, east of al-Qararah village. They also sporadically opened fire at the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 22:20, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, fired several flare bombs into the east of Gaza Valley (Johr al-Deek), south east of Gaza city, and no other incidents were reported.

 

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

 

Sunday, 03 December 2017:

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Abu Katilah neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Akram al-Zaghir (17) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun ‘Etmah village, southeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mahdi ‘Ali Fawzi al-Sheikh (22) and Isamil Fa’eq Hasan Ahmed (23) and then arrested them. They also confiscated 2 vehicles.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Rantees village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mos’ab ‘Ayed al-Khatib (22) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence service on Monday, 11 December 2017.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Amin village, southeast of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Rashid Abdullah Omer (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:05, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyah shore, 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 14:50, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire at an empty land into the east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:40, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. The gunboats surrounded a fishing boat belonging to Khamis Salim Taher Abu al-Sadeq (60). The boat was manned by 5 fishermen namely Sayed Nasser Sayed al-Halabi (27), Sami Nabil Salim Abu al-Sadeq (30), Mohammed Ahmed Amin Abu al-Sadeq (25), Ayman Ahmed Khalil Talba (35), and his brother Ehab (16), all from al-Shati’ refugee camp. The boat was sailing within 4 nautical miles offshore. The Israeli soldiers ordered the 5 fishermen to take off their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards the gunboat. The soldiers then arrested the fishermen and confiscated their boat.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hebron, Yatta, al-Samou’ and Beit Awla villages in Hebron; ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; and ‘Asalah village, southeast of the city.

 

Monday, 04 December  2017

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fundoq village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of commercial shops and then confiscated DVR devices of the surveillance cameras. At approximately 01:20, the Israeli force withdrew from the village, and no other raids or arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ra’fat Omer Duweiri (22) and Bashar Amin Abdul Rahim Dawoud Ja’idi (24) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron and stationed in al-Bayadah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shadi Ibrahim Bahar (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Abdul Ghani Nasif al- Suqi (33), from Abu Theher Mount, west of the city, and Omer Ahmed al-Bulbol (26) in the eastern neighborhood, and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Yusuf Suhail Abu Zant (28).

 

  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Ma’ali Valley area in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Essa Mohammed al-Haremi (17) and then arrested him. Following that, the Israeli forces moved into al-Karkafah Street. They raided and searched a house of former prisoner Mustafa ‘Essa al-‘Arouj (55) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Husni ‘Emad Husni al-‘Amoudi (28) from his house in Ras al-‘Ein neighborhood, south of the city, and Rashid Zuhair Rashid Labadah (25) from his house in al-Tuffah Valley neighborhood, west of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 3 military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron and stationed in Zeif area, north of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamil Haitham ‘Awad (35) and the arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Abdul Rahman ‘Amr ‘Essa (14) and Bilal Omer Abu al-Lahem (14).

 

  • At approximately 03:40, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Zaid Nakhlah (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Birah and stationed in al-Jenan. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Emad ‘Awadallah (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 06:50, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily 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 17:50, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. They also fired flare bombs in the sky and chased them. The shooting continued until approximately 21:00. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported

 

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Netham village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided an searched 2 houses belonging to Na’im Abdul Hafith Mathher (15) and Khalid Walid Suleiman (27) and then arrested them.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Seneriya village, southeast of Qalqiliyah; al-Rasha village, south of the city; and ‘Azzoun village, east of the city.

 

Tuesday, 05 December  2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron and stationed in al-Boq’ah and al-Jeldah neighborhoods. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Jalal Ahmed Abdul Hamid Breghith (39) and Jalal Qasem al-Ra’ei (35). The Israeli forces claimed to search for money belonging to Palestinian factions. The soldiers then arrested Ahmed and Jalal.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Seris village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Sefah Fawzi Qatit (34).

 

  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into Jalqamous village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Moti’e Jamil al-Haj (22).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Barqah village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses belonging and then arrested Amir Mahmoud Amin Daghlas (23) and Ahmed Eyad ‘Ezz Eden Abu Omer (23).

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyah shore, 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 (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Taffuh and al-Thaheriyah villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Obaidah Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Anbusi (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Anas Yusuf Sabarneh (20).

 

  • At approximately 01:20, Israeli forces moved into Nahallin village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘ali Khalid Najajrah (14) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kherbet Kharsa in the northern Valleys, east of Tubas. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wadi’e ‘Ellan Lafi Daraghmah (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Rayan (35).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Oseid Mohammed al-Haremi (23).

 

  • At approximately 21:55, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at dozens of Palestinian young men, who gathered into the east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, in protest against the declaration of American President Donald Trump that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel. The Israeli forces also fired flare bombs in the sky of the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron; Howrah village, south of Nablus; Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.

 

Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Settlers and Two Others Wounded by Israeli Forces:

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 30 November 2017, a group of armed Israeli settlers moved into Ras al-Nakhil area, east of Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus. A settler opened fire at Mahmoud Ahmed Za’al ‘Oudah (48), who was working in his land. As a result, Mohammed sustained a live bullet wound to the right armpit. The bullet penetrated his heart and exited the left armpit. A number of the village residents rushed to the crime scene and attempted to save Mohammed’s life, but he died. Following that, clashes erupted between the settlers and the outraged residents. Thus, an Israeli force moved into the area to protect the settlers and opened fire at the residents. As a result, Fayez Fathi Darwish (47) was hit with shrapnel to the right knee. He was taken to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment.’Ouda’s dead body was evacuated by an ambulance of Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to one of the City’s hospitals. However, the Israeli forces stationed at Howarah checkpoint at the southern entrance to the city stopped the ambulance. The soldiers called for an Israeli ambulance that came and took the dead body to the Forensic Medicine Institute in Israel for anatomy. At approximately 17:00, a number of settlers protected by the Israeli forces gathered at the entrance to Qasrah eastern village, and provoked the residents. After that, a number of youngsters threw stones and empty bottles at the settlers and soldiers, who immediately opened fire at them. As a result, Amir Mo’tasem Mahmoud ‘Oudah (22) sustained a live bullet wound that settled in the pelvis. Amir was transferred via a PRCS ambulance to Rafidiya Hospital. When the ambulance left the village, the settlers threw stones at it. As a result, the glass of the left window broke down. At approximately 18:30 on Friday, 01 December 2017, the Israeli forces handed ‘Ouda’s dead body to a Palestinian ambulance at the intersection of Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. ‘Ouda was buried on Saturday, 02 December 2017, in the village cemetery.

 

Child Died Succumbing to Wounds He Sustained in the 2014 Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 06 December 2017, medical sources at the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Yunis announced the death of Mohammed Saleh ‘Ayesh Abu Haddaf (9) from al-Qararah, northeast of the city, succumbing to wounds he sustained during the 2014 Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Mohammed’s Family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that on 08 August 2014, Mohammed sustained severe wounds after an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a gathering of civilians in Abu Haddaf neighborhood in al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis. As a result, 9 civilians, most of them were children, were killed and wounded. Mohammed sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body and hit with shrapnel to his bone marrow causing penalization to him. He was referred abroad to receive medical treatment and then returned to the Gaza Strip. Each now and then, Mohammed was transferred from a hospital to another. His medical condition was bad since he was wounded until he died on Wednesday.

 

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following Friday Prayer on 01 December 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians, international human rights defenders and Israelis organized protests in Ni’lin and Bil’in villages, west of Ramallah, al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city and Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah; in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protestors into the olive fields and between houses. As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by the Israeli soldiers
  • Following the same Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinians from Kherbet Qalqas, east of Hebron organized a protest at the southern entrance to the village, which has been closed by the Israeli forces for 17 years, restricting the movement of the village residents. Large force of Israeli soldiers arrived at the area. When civilians attempted to move towards the sand barriers which close the road while raising the Palestinian flags and banners, the Israeli soldiers threatened to fire tear gas canisters at them if they did not leave the area that was announced as a closed military zone. Moreover, the Israeli forces detained press crews and prevented them from covering the incident until the end of the protest. However, no other incidents were reported.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 01 December 2017, 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, in protest against the Israeli closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. The youngsters approached the security fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 16-year-old child from al-Sheja’eya neighborhood was hit with a live bullet that entered and exited the right foot. He was transferred by a PRCS ambulance to the Indonesian Hospital. His injury was classified as moderate.

 

(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded child)

 

Collective Punishment:

 

  • As part of the collective punishment policy applied by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian families of those accused of carrying out attacks against the Israeli forces and/or settlers, early on Friday, 01 December 2017, Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to Mohammed Zeyad Abu al- Rab in Qabatyah, southeast of Jenin.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 01:30 on Friday, Israeli forces accompanied with several military vehicles and 3 bulldozers moved into Qabatyah village, southeast of Jenin, and stationed in the vicinity of a house belonging to prisoner Mohammed Zeyad abu al-Rab, who carried out a stab attack in Kafer Qasem village in Israel on 04 October 2017. The bulldozers demolished the one-story house established on an area of 140 square meters. The house sheltered 5 individuals, including 3 children. During the demolition, a number of youngsters gathered around the house and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, a 25-year-old civilain sustained a metal bullet wound to the back and was transferred to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin for medical treatment. The Israeli forces also arrested Saleh Amjad Lubani (22) and Qusai Mohammed Kamil (20) and took them to Salem military camp, west of the city. At approximately 07:00 on the same day, the arrestees were released in front of the abovementioned camp.

 

  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

22 November – 05 December 2017

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number of Truckloads Liters
22 November Various goods 193
Humanitarian Aid 13
Cooking Gas 260,190
Diesel 450,700
Benzene 76,000
Construction aggregate 151
Cement 58
Construction Steel 17
Exports of vegetables, fish, clothes and aluminum scrap 14
23 November 

 

 

Various goods 199
Humanitarian Aid 15
Cooking Gas 255,260
Diesel 336,300
Benzene 113,550
Kerosene 75,992
Construction aggregate 149
Cement 67
Construction Steel 3
Exports of vegetables, strawberry and clothes 11
26 November

 

 

Various goods 176
Humanitarian Aid 16
Cooking Gas 258,130 
Diesel 863,150
Benzene 153,850
Construction aggregate 161
Cement 43
Construction Steel 5
Exports of vegetables, strawberry and clothes 18
 

27 November

Various goods 190
Humanitarian Aid 15
Cooking gas 254,840
Benzene  75,700
Diesel 712,250
Construction aggregate 157
Cement 53
Construction steel 11
Exports of vegetables, strawberry and fish 15
 

28 November

Various goods 181
Humanterian Aid 15
Cooking gas 257,310
Benzene 75,200
Diesel 7,705,850
Construction aggregate 140
Cement 69
Construction steel 5
 

29 November

Various goods 152
Humanitarian Aid 15
Cooking gas 256,190
Benzene  72,950
Diesel  16 truckloads 1,391,450
Construction aggregate 154
Cement 40
Construction steel 9
Exports of vegetables and clothes 12
 

 

 

30 November

Various goods 168
Humanitarian aid 2
Cooking gas 166,430
Benzene 114,300
Diesel  522,990 
Construction aggregate 89
Cement 46
Construction steel 5
Exports of Vegetables 9
04 December Various goods 259
Humanitarian Aid 20
Cooking gas 251,150
Benzene 229,800
Diesel 862,550
Kerosene 38,000
Construction aggregate 165
Cement 78
Construction steel 9
Exports of vegetables, strawberry, fish, clothes and cowhides 19
05 December Various goods 181
Humanitarian aid 15
Cooking gas 255,860
Benzene 113,350
Diesel 452,700
Construction aggregate 187
Cement 74
Construction steel 5

 

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

(28 November – 05 December 2017)

 

Category 28 November 29 November 30 November 01 December 02 December 03 December 04 December 05 December
Patients 59 47 34 1 81 67 42
Companions 50 43 29 2 68 61 41
Personal needs 45 152 76 8 26 26 44
Familiesof prisoners 46
Arabs fromIsrael 11 6 9 9 18 5 10
Diplomats 2 1
Meeting in Erez Crossing 3 2
International workers 39 63 67 2 36 15 37
Travelersabroad 65 3 1 90
Business people 66 85 55 2 8 141 66
Business meetings
Security interviews 1 11 9 3 7 9
VIPs 1 2 2 2 5 2
Ambulances to Israel 6 2 1 1 1 5 4
Patients’ Companions 7 2 1 1 1 5 4

 

Notes:

 

  • On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, the Israeli authorities allowed 1 person; on Thursday, 30 November 2017, 12 persons; and on Monday, 04 December 2017, one person to return to the West Bank.
  • On Tuesday, 05 December 2017, the Israeli authorities allowed 3 persons, who work at the General Authority of Civil Affairs (GACA), and internationals to renew their permits.
  • On Thursday, 30 November 2017, the Israeli authorities allowed a person to testify before the Israeli courts.

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:

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:

 

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

At approximately 08:30 on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, the Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah and on the bridge of ‘Atarah village, north of the city.

On Thursday, 30 November 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Kufor Ne’amah and Beit ‘Ur al-Foqah villages, west of Ramallah; and on ‘Atara village bridge, north of the city.

On Saturday, 02 November 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the main entrance to Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah; at the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city; and on ‘Atara village bridge, north of the city

On Sunday, 03 December 2017, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah; at the entrance to Senjil village, at the entrance to ‘Ain Sinah village, north of the city; and at the entrance to Deir Jareer village, northeast of the city.

 

Hebron:  Israeli forces established (14) checkpoints all over the city.

On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to al-Koum village.

On Thursday, 30 November 2017, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the southern entrance to Halhoul village, at the entrance to Taramah village, and on Western Beit ‘Awaa village Road.

On Saturday, 02 December 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Halhoul village.

On Sunday, 03 December 2017, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to Halhoul village and at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp.

On Monday, 04 December 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Northern Yata and ‘Oyoun Abu Seif Road.

On Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to villages of Raboud, al-Samou’a and Ethna.

On Wednesday, 06 December 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Taramah village and southern and northern entrances to Hebron.

 

Qalqiliya: Israeli forces established (15) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 30 November 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia, at the entrances to ‘Azoun village, east of the city, and Jayous village.

On Friday, 01 December 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya, and the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of the city (the checkpoint was established twice).

On Saturday, 02 December 2017, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliya between the villages of Jayous and Kafr Jamal, northeast of the city and between the villages of ‘Azoun and ‘Ezbet al-Tabib, east of the city.

On Sunday, 03 December 2017, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliya; entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of the city (the checkpoint was established twice); between the villages of Jayous and ‘Azoun, northeast of the city; the entrance to Heblah village tunnel; and at the southern entrance to the city.

At approximately 16:50 on Monday, 04 December 2017, a similar checkpoint was established between the villages of ‘Azoun and ‘Asalah, east of the city.

 

Tulkarm:

At approximately 11:55 on Thursday, 30 November 2017, Israeli forces tightened it measures at ‘Inab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm and restricted Palestinian civilians’ movement until 13:30. At approximately 20:20 on the same day, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Beit Lid village, east of the city.

At approximately 10:10 and 19:50 on Sunday, 03 December 2017, the Israeli forces recurred their arbitrary measures at ‘Inab checkpoint and obstructed the Palestinian civilians’ movement.

 

Jenin:

At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 02 December 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Abu Da’ief village, northwest of Jenin.

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 03 December 2017, when Muhanned Mohammed ‘Alian ‘Awad (18) was grazing his sheep in al-Faw area in ‘Ein al-Helweh, where he lives, near “Maskiot” settlement in the Northern Jordan Valley, the settlement’s guard namely Rami saw him. The guard called the Israeli forces, who arrived in a military jeep and arrested ‘Awad leaving his sheep behind.  The Israeli soldiers took him to al-Hamra Checkpoint in the Central Jordan Valley, east of Nablus, and detained him for 6 hours before releasing him at the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 22:40 on Monday, 04 December 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the main entrance to al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. The Israeli forces searched Palestinian civilian vehicles and checked the passengers’ ID Cards. The Israeli soldiers arrested Ahmed Mahmoud Demrah (25), from al-Nobani Farms Village, northwest of the city, when he was on his way to visit a friend in the above-mentioned Camp.  The Israeli soldiers removed the checkpoint and took Demrah with them.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 05 December 2017, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Yousif al-Haroub (22) from Deir Samit village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron, at a checkpoint in the vicinity of Ramallah and was taken to an unknown destination.

 

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 00:30 on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein al-Lozah neighborhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a number of houses, from which they arrested ‘Alaa’ Tawfiq Abu Tayeh (19) and Tariq Sa’adah ‘Abbasi (26).  Israeli forces later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour Mount, east of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Khalil Ayman Abu al-Hawa (15).  Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned child and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Ali Mohammed Muheisen (19).  They arrested the abovementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces arrested Qosay Wasim Abu Romouz (14) from Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood when he was on his way back from his school in al-Tour Mount, east of occupied Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud (14) when he was on the main street in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 03 December 2017, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Zain Mahran Showiki (08) and arrested him. Zain was then taken to Salah al-Deen Police Station.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Abu Dis village, east of occupied Jerusalem. They raided Al-Quds University Student Dormitory, from which they arrested Mohamed Raied Misk (21), from Hebron.
  • At approximately 22:30 on Sunday, Israeli forces moved into Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Ali Hijazi Da’nah (16). They then arrested Da’nah and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 00:30 on Monday, 04 December 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour Mount, east of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalid Wael Abu Sbitan (14). They then arrested Sbitan and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafur ‘Aqab village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the General Director of the Legal Department in the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Ministry, Iyad Misk (37), and arrested him. The Ministry clarified in a statement that the Israeli forces took Iyad to “Petach Tikva” investigation center without identifying the arrest reasons.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, Israeli forces arrested 4 guards of al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and took them to the detention and interrogation facilities in the village when the guards were near al-Qataneen Gate and then taken to detention centers in the village. The arrested persons were identified as Loai Abu al-Sa’d, Fadi Mohamed Abu Mizer, Qasem Kamal, and Ahmed Abu ‘Alyia. The media coordinator of the Islamic Endowment (Awqaf) Department, Firas al-Debes, said that the four guards in the previous day participated in confronting the settlers who headed to the Dome of the Rock Mosque yard accompanied with a number of Israeli senior officers; adding this was unprecedented and warns- according to the Jerusalem institutes- of more escalations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Later, the Israeli forces released the guards: Ahmed Abu Alia, Qassem Kamal and Fadi Abu Mizer after they were threatened not to approach the settlers groups who storm al-Aqsa Mosque, while Loai Abu al-Sa’d is so far under arrest.
  • At approximately 00:30 on Tuesday, 05 December 2017, Israeli forces moved into Badou village, northwest of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of former prisoner Ahmed Ibrahim Zahran (34).  They arrested him and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a number of houses, from which 3 children were arrested.  Israeli forces later withdrew taking the the 3 children with them.  The arrested children were idneitifed as Khaled Fawaz Abu Qalbein (14); Mohammed Hani al-Haymouni (12) and ‘Abdullah Ramez al-‘Abbasi (13).At approximately 00:00 on Wednesday, 06 December 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour Mount, east of occupied Jerusalem.  They raided and searched a number of houses, from which they arrested Mohammed Yasin Abu al-Hawa (14) and Nader Abu Laban (19).
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Hanina village, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Secretary of Fatah movement in Jerusalem, Shadi al-Mattour.  They arrested the abovmentioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.  Mofid al-Haji, Lawyer at Palestinian Prisoner Club, said that the Israeli court accused Mattour of planning for an uprising “Intifada”  in light of the American President’s Declaration of moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem.

 

  • House demolitions and notices:

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 05 December 2017, the Israeli Municipality using its heavy vehicles leveled Foundations of a building and a parking in Ras Shehadah area in Sho’afat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, without prior warning under the pretext of building without a license. Eyewitnesses said that a large force of Israeli soldiers along with bulldozers moved into Sho’afat refugee camp from the military checkpoint side.  The Israeli forces deployed on the main street, surrounded many buildings and topped their roofs.  The Israeli forces then started leveling a parking in the vicinity of 3 buildings and foundations of an under-construction building, where a car garage belonging to Engineer Issam Mohammed ‘Ali was to be established. Moroever, the building was supposed to shelter 50 persons.  The residents of Ras Shehadah area said that the Israeli forces intend to demolish 3 under-construction buildings in the abovementioned neighborhood near the annexation wall.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 06 December 2017, Israeli Municipality crews along with the Israeli police moved into neighborhoods of Beir Ayoub, Wadi al-Helweh and al-‘Abasiyah in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, and fixed demolition orders to a number of residential facilities. According to the residents of Silwan village, the Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in the village and distributed the demolition orders.  In Wadi al-Helweh, the Israeli municipality gave Wadi al-Hilweh Information Center 48 hours to remove its iron gate and threatened to cut it off if they do not remove it themselves.  The Israeli municipality also gave an order to one of the neighborhood residents to remove agricultural buckets in front of his house.  In Beit Ayoub neighborhood, the Israeli municipality crews fixed an order for the Siyam family to demolish a room built of wooden plates.  Moreover, the Nature Authority crews along with the Israeli police stormed a land belonging to Khaled al-Zir in al-‘Abasiyah neighborhood, surveyed it and took photos of it.

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in Occupied Jerusalem:

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on Thursday, 30 November 2017, Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian woman and her daughter who were both walking in al-Sharaf neighborhood in East Jerusalem’s Old City. As a result, the mother and her daughter sustained various bruises.  Asmaa’ Shyoukhi (53) said that settlers beat up her and her daughter Raghad (17) using belts and a metal pole in addition to shouting insults at them.  She said that she was walking in al-Sharaf neighborhood heading to her house in Silwan village with her daughter when she was surprised with 15 setters between 14 and 16 years old stopping her and shouting insults.  They then threw stones at the mother and daughter and beat them up with belts.  One of the settlers also ran over her with a bike, causing her to fall on the ground.  Another settler then attacked the mother and her daughter with a metal pole and threw garbage on them. Asmaa’ said: “there was a group of settlers and internationals in the area, and then one of the internationals called the police that arrived in the area.  The police arrested me and my daughter while all the settlers managed to flee away.  During our detention in al-Qashlah police station in Jerusalem’s Old City on grounds of attacking settlers, I asked the interrogator to check the surveillance cameras in the scene, and indeed he did so and found that we who were attacked.  Thus, we filed a complaint against the attackers.”  Shyoukhi family took the mother and her daughter to the hospital, where doctors said they sustain bruises.

 

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

 

  • Israeli forces attacks:
  • At approximately 14:00 on Wedneaday, 06 December 2017, Israei forces backed by a military vehciles and a behciles belonging to the Israeli Civil Adminstration moved into al-Naqah Valley area, west of Ethna, west of Hebron. The Israeli forces stationed in the center of the ara and the Civil Adminsitration Officer threw 3 notices to stop the construction works under the pretext that the contruction is not licensed.  The notices include the following:
  1. An under-construction house built on an area of 150 square meters ‘Alaa’ ‘Eid al-Batran (34);
  2. An under-construction house built on an area of 100 square meters Khalil Hussein al-Batran (36); and
  3. A barrack built of tin plates on an area of 200 square meters and used for grazing sheep. The barrack belongs to Ashraf Mohammed al-Batran (50).
  • Israeli settlers’ attacks:
  • At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 30 November 2017, a group of settlers from the “Price Tag” groups in “Yitsahar” settlement under the Israeli forces’ protection attacked the south-eastern outskirts of ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyah village, south of Nablus. The settlers attempted to attack the Palestinian houses in the area, but families gathered to throw stones at them to distance them.  The Israeli forces immediately protected setters by standing in front of them and then intensively fired tear gas canisters at the Palestinian families.  As a result, dozens of civilians suffer tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 04 December 2017, dozens of settlers gathered at the eastern entrance to Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus, upon calls from the Israeli settlement organizations to gather in a cave in Ras al-Nakhil Mountain. It should be mentioned that on 30 November 2017, Palestinian civilians detained a number of settlers in the cave after it was declared that settlers killed Mohammed ‘Odah.  At approximately 10:50, around 13 Israeli military jeeps carrying soldiers and police officers arrived in the area to provide protection for settlers.  Dozens of families from the village gathered around 700 meters away from the Israeli soldiers and settler’s whereabouts to prevent them from reaching the cave.  At approximately 11:00, a number of Israeli soldiers stepped out of their jeeps and moved along with 3 jeeps towards the Palestinian civilians’ gathering.  At approximately 11:10, Israeli soldiers heavily fired tear gas canisters and opened fire at the Palestinian civilians.  As a result, Ahmed Fayez Darwish Hasan (22) was hit with a bullet, which entered his back and settled in the left side of his chest.  The Israeli soldiers detained the wounded person for a while before allowing a Palestinian ambulance to transfer him to Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus.  He was immediately admitted to the OR, and his condition was described as serious. Moreover, a 20-year-old civilian sustained bullet shrapnel wounds while ‘Allan Sayel Hasan (25) was arrested and taken to an unknown destination.

 

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 11 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.

Jerusalem An illegitimate capital for a state without legitimacy, israel

An illegitimate capital for a state without legitimacy

By Ibrahim Hewitt | MEMO | December 7, 2017

It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump has declared that the US is recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. For seasoned US-Israel watchers, it merely confirms what we have been saying for decades: Washington is no honest broker in negotiations to end the Palestine-Israel conflict. Quite the opposite, in fact; it has ensured that the odds have been stacked in Israel’s favour and turned a blind eye to its contempt for international law — which Trump clearly shares — even while its brutal military occupation has stolen ever more Palestinian land throughout the seven decades since 1948.

US recognition of Israel’s self-declared capital has no legal basis. The 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine, upon which Israel largely bases its international legitimacy, had three components: “Independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem”. Only one of these has come into being, primarily because Israel and its backers haven’t allowed the others to happen. What’s more, although the borders of the “Arab and Jewish States” were set out clearly by the UN, Israel took possession of more than its allocation, including West Jerusalem. It took the rest of the city in 1967 along with the remaining land designated for the “Arab State”, and went on to annex the Holy City; this has never been recognised by the rest of the world and, legally, Jerusalem remains “occupied territory”, as do the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Hence, if we are to be accurate, whenever we discuss the Israeli occupation, this should refer to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and other land now accepted to be part of Israel which it has occupied since the 1949 Armistice. While paying lip-service to the UN Partition Plan for its own legitimacy, Israel continues to ignore the terms of the resolution in almost every respect. A glance at the “Disappearing Palestine” maps confirms this unpleasant fact on the ground.

Ignoring the UN is the norm for Israel; it has violated 28 UN Security Council Resolutions — which are supposed to be binding on UN member states — and ignored at least 40 non-binding General Assembly Resolutions. There is a strong case for throwing Israel out of the UN, given such a record and the fact that its membership in the first place was dependent on allowing Palestinian refugees to return to their homes. This has never been permitted by Israel, and the UN has been unable or unwilling to enforce the will of the international community.

In part, of course, this is because of the diplomatic protection given to Israel by the United States, which has used its veto in the Security Council to block resolutions critical of Israel at least 40 times since 1972. It also reflects the impotence of Europe in the face of whatever power the pro-Israel lobby has over its politicians. European guilt over the Holocaust, perhaps? Or something more mundane, such as electoral influence and donations? Or maybe a combination of the two.

Whatever it is, we can’t pin the blame entirely on Trump and the US; European complicity has also played a role in allowing Israel to act with impunity, as has the collaboration of the Palestinian Authority in what President Mahmoud Abbas has called its “sacred” security cooperation with the occupying state. Indeed, as is now becoming clear, it seems as if major Arab countries have been involved in their own, under the radar, collaboration with Israel by establishing now very open links with the Zionist state.

It is hard to know at the moment if Trump actually understands what impact his move on Jerusalem will have on the people in the region. None of us knows for certain, of course, but it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the prospects for a just peace are now even more remote. A peace of sorts could be imposed by brute force, no doubt, but it would never be based on justice; and it would never last.

Do the US President and his right-wing supporters care about this? Probably not. America’s Christian Zionists largely back him to the hilt, and they aren’t interested in peace; they see the establishment of the state of Israel and the “incoming of the exiles” (the Jews) as an essential prelude to the second coming of Jesus and “the rapture”; ultimately, in fact, the end of the world. The late Grace Halsell explained this thinking in her 1999 book “Forcing God’s Hand”. Israel exploits this through its lobby groups around the world to gain political, military and economic support.

What effect will Trump’s declaration have on the Palestinians for whom Jerusalem is home? Will Israel complete the ethnic cleansing of the city by forcing them out and bringing their complete ethnic cleansing a step closer? With the US watching its back, it is perfectly feasible that the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu will feel emboldened enough to do this.

Another option would be for the Jerusalemite Palestinians to be offered Israeli citizenship, but that would upset those who already see Israel’s 20 per cent non-Jewish citizens as a democratic threat to the “Jewish State”. The likelihood, therefore, is that Israeli Apartheid will simply be entrenched further and those Palestinians left in occupied Jerusalem will face yet more discrimination at the hands of an overtly racist government.

Pro-Israel lobbyists are forever bleating that the campaign for justice for and by the Palestinians seeks to “de-legitimise” the state, but they have yet to explain with any credibility the validity of its credentials; in truth, there is none. Israel’s latest poodle in Washington has now recognised an illegitimate capital for a state without legitimacy.

Moreover, Israel has become a rogue state par excellence; not only is its star rising— for now — but it has also been incredibly successful in convincing the major powers in the world that it is the innocent victim in all of this. However, it is no longer surrounded by hostile states; the “self-defence and security” excuse for its vile occupation and military offensives against Palestinian civilians is unravelling as Saudi Arabia and the UAE join Jordan and Egypt in tying their camels and putting their trust in Tel Aviv.

Israel is ticking the boxes on its wish list. The battle for Jerusalem appears to have been won. After incessant Jewish colonial-settler incursions into the Noble Sanctuary — which will be viewed in the future as its initial skirmishes — the battle for Al-Aqsa Mosque, the heart of the Palestinian and Muslim presence in the Holy Land, may well be about to start in earnest. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is just the beginning. The next target will be to occupy and demolish Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock Mosques and build a temple in their place. The blueprints for this are already prepared.

With the villain of the piece portrayed as the victim — poor little Israel — and those with international law and justice on their side demonised as wrongdoers, the days of the False Messiah may well be upon us. Anyone for Armageddon?

@ibrahimhewitt56

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