NGO: Palestinian Territories Facing Worsening Child Protection Crisis

NGO: Palestinian Territories Facing Worsening Child Protection Crisis

Hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested and face ill-treatment by Israeli forces each year. (Photo: via Alarabiya)

Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, to be marked on August 19th, as the United Nations (UN) prepares a global awareness campaign on the impact of conflict on humanitarian aid workers and the broader civil society, including children and families, the occupied Palestinian territory is facing a “worsening child protection crisis” brought on by 50 years of Israel’s military occupation, according to Jennifer Moorehead, director of Save the Children – Palestine.

“Today, there are more than 2 million Palestinian children who face increasing violations of their rights: displacement and forcible transfer, the demolition and destruction of homes and schools, arbitrary arrest and detention, harassment at checkpoints, and frequent violence and intimidation when they are simply trying to reach school, as well as when they are at school,” Moorehead said in a statement Thursday.

According to Save the Children, in 2016 alone, there were “256 education-related violations” documented by UNICEF and Save the Children, affecting the education of 29,230 Palestinian students.

Between January and March 2017, the group documented 24 cases of “direct attacks” against Palestinian schools; many Palestinian students often come under fire from tear gas canisters and sound bombs on their way to school.

In 2016, more than 20,000 pupils lost important school time due to obstructions,such as delays at checkpoints or areas declared closed for Israeli military use, as well as the arrest and detention of children in and around schools, Moorehead said.

In the case of Gaza, where more than two million Palestinians suffer under a crippling Israeli siege, the humanitarian crisis has been exacerbated by an ongoing electricity crisis, that has left Gazans with little more than three to four hours of electricity a day.

“The education sector is facing a crisis of its own,” Moorehead noted, highlighting that 70.4 percent of UNRWA schools and 62.8 percent of schools run by the Ministry of Education operate on a double or triple shift system and are struggling to accommodate such a high number of students.

Moorehead said that as the start of the new school year is just weeks away, the energy shortages “will have a devastating impact on the ability of schools to operate and provide a safe environment for children to learn.”

“Save the Children, along with other agencies and partners, calls upon world leaders to take action to protect children’s inalienable right to safe access to a quality education and to guarantee the special protection afforded to children in areas of conflict,” she said.

In a June report, the Palestinian Ministry of Information said that some 12,000 Palestinian children were detained by Israel in the span of 17 years, adding that the overwhelming majority of them were beaten or tortured while in Israeli custody, handcuffed, blindfolded, and forced to confess to charges in the absence of a lawyer or guardian

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (10 – 16 August 2017)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10th to 16th August 2017 )

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

(10 – 16 August 2017)

 

  • 17 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • 10 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank and 7 others were wounded, including 5 children, in the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 46 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the central Gaza Strip.
  • 65 civilians, including 11 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • Twenty five of them, including 7 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued to carry out the collective punishment policy.
  • 4 houses were demolished and a fifth one was closed in Deir Abu Mesh’al, Silwad and Kobar in Ramallah.
  • Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem.
  • Four houses were demolished and 3 civilian facilities in Jerusalem and its suburbs.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • 3 houses and a sheep barn built of tin plates were demolished in Khasham al-Daraj village, south of Hebron, rendering 12 individuals homeless, including 4 children and 7 women.
  • Two Coal manufacturing facilities were demolished, and 30 tons of coal were confiscated in Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Two fishermen, who are aslo brothers, were arrested and then released after questioning them in Ashdod Seaport and confiscating their boat.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 7 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were arrested at the checkpoints in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces confiscated a bus belonging to al-Tamimi Company at Za’atarah checkpoint, south of Nablus.

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (10 – 16 August 2017).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 17 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Ten of them, including 2 children, were in the West Bank, and the 7 others were wounded in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

 

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 10 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children.  Eight of them, including a child, were wounded with metal bullets when Israeli forces moved into Abu Shkheidem village, northwest of Ramallah.  A child was also wounded with a live bullet during Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqiliya, while another one was wounded with a live bullet in Beit Safafa village, south of occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the Gaza Strip, border areas witnessed protests against the unjust closure imposed on the Gaza population.  During these protests, Israeli forces used force against the protestors, particularly when dispersing them.  As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were wounded.  Two of them, including a child, were wounded with live bullets while 5 of them, including 4 children, were wounded with tear gas canisters and sound bombs hit directly at them.

 

Concerning attacks on fishermen, on 11 August 2017, Israeli gunboats sporadically opened fire at and chased the Palestinian fishing boats, northwest of Beit Lahia village, north of the Gaza Strip. An Israeli gunboat surrounded a fishing boat manned by ‘Oday al-Sultan (26) and his brother Saddam (24) from al-Salatin neighborhood in Beit Lahia.  The Israeli navy soldiers then arrested both fishermen and took them to Ashdod Seaport after confiscating their boat.  The two fishermen were questioned and later released while their boat is still under custody.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 46 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 10 ones in Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 56 Palestinian civilians, including 11 children and 2 women. Twenty five of them, including 7 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 14 August 2017, Israeli forces moved into East of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.  Israeli forces levelled and combed the lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  They later redeployed along the border fence.

 

Collective Punishment Policy:

 

As part of the Israeli forces’ collective punishment policy against the families of Palestinian civilians who are accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli soldiers or/and settlers.  On 10 August 2017, Israeli forces demolished 2 houses and closed a third one with compact cork in Deir Abu Mesh’al village, northwest of Ramallah, while they demolished another house in Silwad, northeast of the city, rendering the residents homeless.  It should be mentioned that on 16 June 2017, the Israeli forces killed sons of the three families from Deir Abu Mesh’al when the former opened fire at the 3 Palestinians after carrying out a stab and shooting attack on al-Sultan Street and at the northern entrance to al-‘Amoud Gate in East Jerusalem.  They also arrested Malek Hamed from Silwan village after accusing him of running over 2 soldiers on 06 April 2017 in the vicinity of ‘Ofra settlement established on the abovementioned village lands.

 

On 16 August 2017, Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to ‘Omer ‘Abdel Jalil Al-‘Abed in Kobar village, northwest of Ramallah, who has been arrested since 21 July 2017 on grounds of carrying out a stab attack in “Helmish” Settlement, northwest of the city.

 

Efforts to create Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

 

In the context of house demolitions, on 16 August 2017, Israeli forces demolished 4 houses and 3 civil facilities in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of non-licensing.  In al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of the city, Israeli forces demolished a 2-storey house belonging to Ahmed and ‘Abdullah Hamdan and two commercial stores belonging to Farouq Mustafa.  In Silwan village, south of the city, Israeli forces demolished two houses belonging to ‘Abdul Karim Abu Isneinah and rented by the families of Nejem and Zaitoun. In al-Sal’ah neighbourhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, Israeli vehicles demolished a tent belonging to Um ‘Issa Ja’afrah in Beit Hanina, north of the city.  They also demolished a car showroom belonging to Soliman al-Muthafar.

 

Settlement activities and settler attacks

 

In the context of house demolitions and notices, on 14 August 2017, Israeli forces demolished 3 houses and a sheep barn built of tin plates in Khashm al-Daraj village, southeast of Yata, south of Hebron.  Those houses built of tin plates sheltered 3 families of 12 members, including 4 children and 7 women.  It should be mentioned that those facilities were donated by GVC after the abovementioned families’ houses had been demolished.

 

On 16 august 2017, Israeli forces demolished two coal manufacturing facilities, and more than 20 tons of coal, which were still in the manufacturing process, and 30 tons of wood and coal were seized in Ya’abod village, southwest of Jenin.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Kahel village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Haitham ‘Ezzat Mahmoud ‘Asafrah (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Boq’ah village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa’ed Mohammed Jaber (46) and then withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliyah, Halhoul, Beit Ummer, Sa’ir and al-Surah villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 11 August 2017

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. An Israeli gunboat surrounded a Palestinian fishing boat sailing 300 meters offshore. The boat was manned by ‘Odai Abdul Bari Mohammed al-Sultan (26) and his brother Saddam (24), form al-Salatin neighbourhood in Beit Lahia village. The soldiers ordered them to take off their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards the gunboat. They then arrested the two fishermen and took them to Ashdod port after confiscating the boat. ‘Odai and Sadam were questioned and kept under arrest until they were released via Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing at approximately 15:00 on the same day. However, their boat is still under custody.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (2) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Samou’ and al-Burj villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah; Surif, Beit Ummer and Hadab villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Kober village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ibtisam al-‘Abed, mother of prisoner ‘Omer al-‘Abed, who carried out the attack in “Halmish” settlement, in addition to arresting his brother Khaled. It should be noted that this the second time Ibtisam is arrested following the attack carried out by her son, ‘Omer, on 21 July 2017. She was released few weeks ago on bail of around NIS 10000.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mousa Mohammed al-‘Amour (15) and Riyad Talal al-‘Amour (16).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafer al-Deek and al-Zawiyah villages, west of Salfit; Dura, Ethna and Beit Ummer villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 14 August 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, 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 Ahmed Nathmi Qawar (24) and then arrested him. Following that, the Israeli forces moved into al-Saf Street in the center of the city. They raided and searched several houses after which they handed summonses to 3 civilians to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city. Those civilians were identified as Hamzah Husain al-Kamel (29), Khalid Jamal Slahab (35) and Khalil Jamal al-Haremi (21).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Masha’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khaled Mohammed Dar Taha (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Atil village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Baraa’ Mahmoud Abu Eslaih (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ibrahim ‘Awad (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Muthalath al-‘Aqabah area. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Noor ‘Ayesh Talahmah (19), Zeyad Mohammed al-Shahateet (28) and Mahmoud ‘Emad Shahateet (19). The soldiers took them to the Muthalath area near an Israeli military watchtower that was established a week ago on a land belonging to al-Shahateet. In the meantime, another Israeli force arrested ‘Essa Walid ‘Amr (20) from his house in al-‘Abaher area in the northern neighborhood in Dura. The Israeli forces then took the arrested civilians via a military vehicle to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 bulldozers moved about 100 meters into the east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. The bulldozers leveled and combed the lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The incursion continued until at approximately 17:30 on the same day. The Israeli forces later redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kharsa, Sa’ir and al-Shyoukh villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 15 August  2017

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians, including a child, namely Ahmed Mohammed Mousa Qar’aan (24), Kamal Ibrahim al-Baz (47) and his son Baraa’ Kamal al-Baz (17).

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm and stationed on al-Hadadeen Street and Thanabah Intersection on Nablus Road. They raided and searched a workshop belonging to Raed Fasisi on Nablus Street after breaking the doors. Following that, the Israeli forces raided and searched a workshop belonging to Eyad Fouad al-Bal’aawi on al-Hadadin Street. They later withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asirah northern village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 4 civilians, including 2 children, namely Muhanad Mustafa Jawabrah (38), Qais Ehsan ‘Arab (29), Osama Mohammed Jawad Sawalmah (29) and ‘Ali Nour Eden Sawalhah (35).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Na’im As’aad ‘Essa (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Um al-Dalia neighborhood in the southern area in Hebron, and Abu Katila neighborhood in the western side of the city. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 2 civilians, including a child, namely Abdul Halim Ibrahim Qafishah (16) and Saleh Raed Abu Markhiyah (30).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely ‘Essa Hasan ‘Essa ‘Adi (28), Mo’ath Wael Mohammed Ekhleil (24) and Fawzi Mohammed ‘Awad (20).

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Alaa’ Mohammed Damen Zedat (30) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus and Sebstia village, northwest of the city; and Howarah village, south of the city.

 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Haninah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasim Nayef ‘Awawdah (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Abu Eshkhedem village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets Concurrently with the incursion into nearby Kobar village to demolish the house of prisoner Omer al-Abed (review the Collective Punishment). Dozens of young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 8 civilians, including a child, sustained metal bullets wounds.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Bassam and his brother, Hamoudah Ibrahim al-Salhi. They also handed a summons to Shadi ‘Essa Ma’ali to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Taha Dar Taha (40) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Burj village, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Murad Taiseer ‘Amr and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Thaheriyah, Deir Samet villages and Halhoul in Hebron.

 

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the same Friday prayer on 11 August 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized protests in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protesters, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and between the houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 12 August 2017, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a protest in the center of Qalqiliyah. They made their way to “Eyal” crossing, northeast of Qalqiliyah. When the protesters approached the crossing, the Israeli forces fired live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, Khalil Majdi Abu Samrah (17) sustained live bullet wound to the right leg and was arrested. Israeli forces also arrested Shukri Rasem Abdullah Shana’ah (14). They took the 2 children to an unknown destination.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 11 August 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests against the Israeli imposed closure on the Gaza Strip. A number of them set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers sporadically fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at them until 20:00 on the same day. As a result, a 17-year-old child was hit with a bullet to the lower right knee while a 27-year-old civilian sustained shrapnel wound to the right hand.  The two wounded persons were then taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where their condition was described as minor.  Both of them then left the hospital.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. A number of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers sporadically fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them until at approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 5 civilians, including 4 children, were hit with tear gas canisters, and then taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. One of the children’s injury was classified as serious as the canister made a hole in the head, causing skull fracture. He was then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza to receive medical treatment.

 

(PCHR keeps the name of the wounded civilians)

 

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, Today at dawn, 10 August 2017, Israeli forces demolished two houses and closed a third with compact cork in Deir Abu Mesh’al village, northwest of Ramallah, while demolished another house in Silwad village, northeast of the city, rendering their occupants homeless.

 

According to PCHR’s investigations, today at dawn, the Israeli forces backed by about 50 military vehicles and a number of bulldozers moved into Deir Abu Mesh’al village, northwest of Ramallah, while a drone was soaring. The Israeli forces cordoned off the village and surrounded 3 houses. The military vehicles demolished two houses and closed a third with compact cork as the latter was hard to demolish because it is attached to other houses. The demolitions were as follows:

 

  1. A 2-storey house belonging to Ahmed Dahdouh Ata built on 150 square meters and sheltering a 6-member family. It was completely destroyed;
  2. A 2-storey house belonging to Ibrahim Saleh Ata built on 140 square meters and sheltering a 6-member family. It was completely destroyed; and
  3. A 1-storey house belonging to Hassan Ahmed Ankoush built on 110 square meters and sheltering a 10-member family. It was closed with compact cork.

 

It should be noted that the Israeli forces killed the sons of the three families on 16 June 2017, after they carried out stab and shooting attacks on al-Sultan Suleiman Street, at the northern entrance to Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) in East Jerusalem. The killed young men were identified as:

 

  1. Osama Ahmed ‘Ata (18);
  2. Bara’ Ibrahim Ata (18); and
  3. ‘Adel Hassan ‘Ankoush (19).

 

  • In the same context, at approximately 01:30, Israeli forces accompanied with several military vehicles and a digger moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They surrounded a house belonging to Ahmed Mousa Hamed and totally demolished it. The 2-stoery house is built on an area of 150 square meters and sheltered 6 individuals, including an 11-year-old child. It should be noted that the abovementioned civilian is father of Malek Hamed (22), who was accused of carrying out a run-over attack against 2 soldiers on 06 April 2017, in “Ofra”settlement established on lands of the abovementioned village.

 

  • At approximately 01:30 on Wednesday, 16 August 2017, Israeli forces backed by 20 military vehicles and accompanied with a digger and bulldozer moved into Kobar village, northwest of Ramallah. They then surrounded a 2-storey house belonging to the family of ‘Omer ‘Abdel Jalil al-‘Abed.  The house was built on an area of 180 square meters, sheltering 7 members, including a girl with special needs.  The Israeli vehicles immediately destroyed the walls of the ground floor, which was inhabited, while the second floor, which was under-construction, sustained severe damage.  Meanwhile, the Palestine TV crew was covering the house demolition, so the Israeli soldiers deliberately fired rubber-coated metal bullets at the Palestine TV photographer, Mohammed Radi.  As a result, he was hit with a bullet to the nose and then taken by an ambulance belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for medical treatment.  Local sources in the Complex said that the bullet fractured his nose.  It should be mentioned that the abovementioned civilian has been arrested by the Israeli forces since 21 July 2017 on grounds of carrying out a stab attack in “Helmish” settlement, northwest of Ramallah that resulted in the killing of 3 settlers.  The Israeli forces have also arrested his parents; 2 brothers, Munir and Khalid; and his uncle, Ibrahim al-‘Abed, accusing them of having prior knowledge of the attack.

 

  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.

 

Note: PCHR apologizes for not publishing the table of Karm Abu Salem due to not being prepared by the competent authorities in the crossing.

 

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

(08-14 August 2017)

 

Category 08 August 09 August 10 August 11 August 12 August  13August  14August
Patients 45 31 33 5 56 40
Companions 40 25 27 5 55 34
Personal needs 43 48 50 31 30 24
Familiesof prisoners 3
Arabs fromIsrael 5 10 11 21 14 8
Diplomats 1
International journalists
International workers 29 27 72 4 11 15
Travelersabroad 61 6
Business people 126 130 110 2 175 118
Business meetings 3
Security interviews 4 7 1 8 2
VIPs 1 1
Ambulances to Israel 2 2 5 2 7
Patients’ Companions 2 1 5 2 7

 

Note:

 

  • On Wednesday, 09 August 2017, Israeli authorities allowed a person to return to the West Bank.
  • On Thursday, 10 August 2017, Israeli authorities allowed a dead body.
  • On Sunday, 13 August 2017, Israeli authorities allowed an international worker to renew his permit, and 3 persons to return to the West Bank.

 

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

 

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

 

On Thursday, 10 August 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Kharsa and Bani Na’iem villages.

 

On Friday, 11 August 2017, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to al-Shayyoukh and al-Burj villages.

On Saturday, 12 August 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Karmah village and on the road between Samou’a and Yatta villages.

 

On Sunday, 13 August 2017, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp, at the entrances to Sa’ir and Ethna villages and at the southern entrance to Hebron.

 

On Momday, 14 August 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummer and Sa’ir villages.

 

On Wednesday, 16 August 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Ethna village and at the entrance to Wad Shajnah road.

 

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

 

On Thursday, 10 August 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qlqiliyia and at the entrance to ‘Ezbit al-Tabeeb village, east of the city.

 

On Friday, 11 August 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qlaqilyia and at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of the city.

 

On Saturday, 12 August 2017, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the eastern entrance to the city ( was established twice), at the entrance to Kafur Qaddoum village, and between Hijah and al-Fondouq villages, east of the city.

 

On Sunday, 13 August 2017, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qalqilyia; at the entrance to Jeet village, north of the city; at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of the city; and under the bridge of ‘Azoun village between Qalqilyia and Tulkarm ( was established twice).

 

At approximately 13:40 on Monday, 14 August 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of the city.

 

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

 

On Sunday, 13 August 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Salfit; at the entrance to Deir Balout village, west of the city; at the entrance to Dersityia village, northwest of the city; and between Kaful Hares and Hares villages, north of the city.

 

On Monday, 14 August 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Rafat village, west of Salfit; and under the bridge of Askaka village, east of the city.

 

Confiscating a bus belonging to al-Tamimi Company at Za’tarah Checkpoint, South of Nablus

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Sunday, 13 August 2017, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, confiscated a bus belonging to al-Tamimi Transportation Company. The bus holds number (7012130) and is licensed to transport 50 passengers. The Israeli forces claimed that the bus was carrying rioters to the Israeli military checkpoints.

 

The bus driver, Mohamed Mahmoud Jazi (52), from al-Sawiya village, south of Nablus, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

 

I am a driver at al-Tamimi Transportation Company. At approximately 14:30 on Sunday, 13 August 2017, I was in Nablus and then headed to al-Sawiyia village, where there was a wedding, in order to drive passengers back from the wedding to Sinjel village, north of Ramallah. When I arrived at the Za’tarah checkpoint and the bus was completely empty, two Israeli soldiers stopped me and then asked me to turn the bus off and step out of it. I obeyed their orders, during which, an Israeli soldier got into the bus and fully searched it. He then asked me to give him my ID card and to close the bus’ doors. An hour later, I told them that I want to go to a wedding. Only minutes later, a Toyota car with an Israeli registration plate arrived in the area travelled by two Israeli Civil Administration officers. One of the officers asked me if the bus belongs to al-Tamimi Company, and I said yes. The officer then told me that the bus is now under custody. I asked him why? He replied: because the bus is used to drive rioters to the Israeli checkpoints. Meanwhile, the Israeli officer ordered me to get into the bus and drive the bus to the Israeli Military Liaison in Hewarah, where the bus was detained and I was released.

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 11 August 2017, Israeli forces arrested ‘Oday Iyad Bassam Za’aqeeq (15) and Raied Moqbil Moqbil (16), while they were in the vicinity of “Karmei Tsur” settlement, south of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron.

 

  • On Monday, 14 August 2017, Israeli forces beat up and arrested a Palestinian civilian, along with his daughter, from al-Zawiyia village, west of Salfit. The arrested persons were identified as Yaser ‘Asi al-Ghazawi (47) and his daughter Sojoud (17). Eyewitnesses said to PCHR’s fieldworker that at approximately 16:30, Palestinian young men, from al-Zawiyia village, saw Israeli soldiers on ‘Aber al-Samera Street beating up Sojoud with their feet and she was lying into the ground. The Eyewitnesses added that they saw Sojoud’s father running towards her, attempting to rescue her. However, the Israeli soldiers beat him up as well without allowing him to explain his daughter’s mental disorder. The Israeli forces then took Yasir and his daughter Sojoud to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Sojoud suffers from a mental disorder.

 

  • At approximately 16:15 on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Zawiyia village, west of Salfit. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked civilians’ IDs. After that, the Israeli forces arrested Mazen Rebhi al-‘At’out (25), from al-Zawiyia village.

 

  • On Wednesday, 16 August 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection between al-Naqoura village and “Shavei Shomron” settlement on Nablus-Jenin Road. The Israeli forces stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked passengers’ IDs. They also arrested Haytham Fayiq Yousef (22), from Beir Basha village, south of Jenin.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 16 August 2017, Israeli forces deploying in Hebron’s Old City neighborhoods arrested Mohamed Kayid Idreas (19), claiming he had a knife. Mohamed was then taken to a police station in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of the city.

 

Efforts to Create Jewish majority

 

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

 

  • Shooting Incidents:

 

  • At approximately 16:20 on Sunday, 13 August 2017, Israeli forces opened fire at Sabri Kashour (53) while he was in Beit Safafa village, south of occupied Jerusalem. As a result, Sabri was hit with a live bullet to the leg and then taken to “Shaare Zedek” Hospital in west Jerusalem, to receive medical treatment while being under arrest. Luba al-Samri, the Israeli police spokesperson, said that the Israeli police, along with the Israeli Security Agency “Shabak” arrested a Jerusalemite suspect, from al-Thawri neighborhood. She added that while arresting Sabri, the Israeli officers opened fire at him. As a result, he sustained minor wounds to the foot and then taken to the hospital, while he was under arrest.

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 00:30 on Thursday, 10 August 2017, Israeli forces arrested 4 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, while they were walking on al-Wad Street in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces searched the abovementioned civilians and checked their IDs. After that, the Israeli forces took the arrested civilians to an investigation center to question them. The arrested civilians were identified as Yousef Raghib Hazinah (17), ‘Alaa Monther Najeeb (16), Mahmoud Idreis (21) and Yousef Ahmed Yousef (20).

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour neighborhood, east of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suliman al-Sayiad and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Sho’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Soweilem (23) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 23:00 on Thursday, a group of Israeli undercover units, who are dressed like Palestinian civilians, attacked Palestinian young men when they were in their private vehicles in Beit Haninah neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli undercover units beat up the Palestinian young men and then arrested them. Among the arrested civilians were Rohi al-Kalghasi and Mohamed al-Hashlamoun.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 11 August 2017, Israeli forces moved into Sho’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Nour al-Deen al-Bayya’ and Mousa Hmaid.

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Friday, Israeli forces moved into Qutnah village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Majdi Shamasnah (27) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 11:40 on Saturday, 12 August 2017, Israeli forces arrested Fadwa Hamada (30), from al-‘Amoud Gate area in occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli forces closed with metal barriers al-‘Amoud Gate area and prevented civilians from entering and leaving the area. Moreover, a large number of Israeli soldiers deployed on the vicinity of Sultan Suliman Street and in al-Mosrarah area. The Israeli forces claimed in a statement that a Palestinian woman stabbed a guard to his shoulder, so the Israeli soldiers, who were in the area, arrested and took her for investigation. At approximately 16:00, the Israeli forces raided and searched Fadwa’s house in Sur Baher village, southeast of the city. They damaged its contents and confiscated a PC. After that, the Israeli forces summoned Fadwa’s husband, Monther Hamadah, to interrogate him in the police station.

 

  • At approximately 00:00 on Monday, 14 August 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aizariyia village, east of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ashraf Mohamed al-Yasiniy (17) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Naji Mohamed ‘Odah (17), Majd Kamal al-A’war (17), Bahha Sami ‘Odah (26) and Mahmoud Abu Nab (24).

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, 14 August 2017, Israeli forces moved into Abu Tayieh area in Wad Helwa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses and then arrested Mohamed Ali Abu al-Hamam (17). They also handed Ayman Abu Tayieh a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service.

 

  • At approximately 04:30 on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, Israeli forces moved into Kroum Qammar neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Amjad Hani al-Showaiki (19) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 19:00 on Tuesday, Israeli forces moved into al-Zaytoun Mount’s Club on the Main Street of al-Tour neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem. They arrested ‘Alaa Abu Jum’a (15) and then took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 16 August 2017, Israeli forces moved into Abu Deaid village, east of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested 4 Palestinian civilians. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohamed Saleh Muhsin, Anas Abu Hilal, Raied Rabie’ and Huthifah Bader.

 

House Demolitions:

 

  • On Tuesday, 16 August 2017, Israeli bulldozers demolished 4 houses and 3 civilian facilities in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of non-licensing.

 

In al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of the city, Israeli vehicles demolished a 2-storey building built on an area of 110 square meters. The building belongs to two brothers Ahmed and Abdullah Hamdan. Mohamed Abu al-Humus, Member of Follow-up Committee in the village, stated that at dawn, over 400 Israeli soldiers moved into the village and forced the building’s residents and shops’ tenants in the ground floor to vacate their property. He added that the Israeli forces used heavy vehicles while demolishing the building, which includes a residential apartment and 2 shops. Abu al-Humus said that the abovementioned building was built 10 years ago in an area where construction is allowed and is surrounded by other buildings in the area; some of which were built from 80 years. Abu al-Humus pointed out that the Israeli Municipality refuses to issue structural maps of the village that enable residents to obtain construction licenses.

 

  • Moreover, Israeli bulldozers demolished 2 commercial stores belonging to Farouq Mostafa in the eastern area of al-‘Issawiyia village. The 2 stores’ owner stated that a large force of Israeli soldiers accompanied with an Israeli Municipality bulldozer raided his land and then demolished two stores there. He added that the Israeli forces did not allow him to vacate the stores’ contents. Mustafa explained that the two 24-square- meter stores were built 7 years ago. He added that the Israeli forces demolished an agricultural facility belonging to him 2 years ago, which was built near the abovementioned two stores. It should be noted that since the beginning of this year, the Israeli forces demolished around 16 residential and commercial facilities in al-‘Issawiya village and there was around 200 houses threatened to be demolished as the Israeli forces handed the residents administrative demolition notices.

 

  • In Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, at approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, Israeli bulldozers demolished 2 houses belonging to ‘Abed al-Kareem Abu Isneinah and rented by Najem and Zaytoun families. Mansour Nejem, one of the tenants, said that the Israeli forces forced him to leave his house without allowing him to get the contents out. Mansour said that his house was built on an area of 80 square meters, sheltering his wife and 6 children. He also said that he does not have another house to stay in it, so he will stay on the street until he finds another one. The two houses’ owner, Abed al-Kareem Abu Isneinah, said that he will rebuild the two houses as a challenge to the Israeli forces.

 

  • In al-Sal’ah neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied Jerusalem, at approximately 11:00, Israeli bulldozers demolished a tent that shelters an elderly woman, Um ‘Isaa Ja’afrah. The tent was built 9 months ago after the Israeli forces demolished Ja’afrah’s house under the pretext of non-licensing.

 

  • In Beit Haninah neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem, Israeli bulldozers demolished a car showroom belonging to Suliman al-Mudafar. Suliman stated that the Israeli forces raided his car showroom and forced him to vacate all cars and then starting the demolition. He said that last week, the Israeli Municipality handed him a demolition notice under the pretext of non-licensing. He added that this was the second time within 2 years that the Israeli forces demolish his car showroom which was built 15 years ago.

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property

 

  • On Tuesday, 08 August 2017, the Israeli authorities notified many residential, industrial and commercial facilities in Silwad village, east of Ramallah, under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that the abovementioned facilities is located in (B) areas according to the 1993 Oslo Accords.  The Chairman of Silwad village Municipality, ‘Abed al-Rahman Saleh, stated that Israeli forces accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Silwad village. They handed 14 administrative demolition notices to owners of houses, facilities and a private school. He added that among the notified facilities, there was a private school located within Silwad village municipality. He also said that this school is the only school for the villages in the eastern side of Ramallah.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 14 August 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles, a bulldozer, digger and vehicle of Israeli Civil Administration moved into Khashim al-Daraj village, southeast of Yatta village, south of Hebron. They stationed between Palestinian civilians houses while a number of Israeli Civil Administration officers raided 3 houses and a livestock barn built of tin plates (a caravan.) They vacated all contents before starting the demolition. The facilities demolished were as follows:
  1. A 70-square-meter dwelling donated by (GVC) and built of tine plates. The dwelling belongs to Salma Suliman Husain Tabnah (85), who lives in the house, along with her 3 daughters after demolishing her house 2 years ago.
  2. A 70-square-meter dwelling donated by (GVC) and built of tine plates. The dwelling belongs to Mousa Ahmed ‘Awaad al-Tebnah (49), who lives in the house along with his wife and their 3 children.
  3. A 70-square-meter dwelling donated by (GVC) and built of tine plates. The dwelling belongs to the sons of the late Salem Ahmed Tabnah, whose sons; Ibrahim (17); Khitam (20) and Hanan (19) live in it.
  4. A 40-square-meter livestock barn built of tin plates and belongs to Abdullah Ahmed ‘Awaad Tabnah (51).

 

It should be noted that the abovementioned facilities were demolished by the Israeli authorities under the pretext of being located out of the village structural plan, which was announced in 2008. Furthermore, in 2000, the village residents prepared a cadastral plan of their lands to prove owning them. In 2007, the Israeli authorities accepted to grant the residents land of (2000 dunums) within the abovementioned plan, but the residents rejected this offer in order to obtain more lands than the offered ones. In 2008, the lawyer Qamar Mashreqi obtained the approval on this plan with an area of (2500 dunums).

 

  • On Wednesday, 16 August 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles and a bulldozer moved into al-Mashajer area in Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin. The bulldozer demolished 2 facilities for coal manufacturing and seized a large amount of coal and wood. The General Director of Ya’bod Municipality, Yousef ‘Atatrah, said that the Israeli forces moved into the area and demolished 2 facilities for coal manufacturing belonging to Waleed al-‘Abadi and Subhi Zaid. Moreover, they damaged over 20 tons of coal in the manufacturing stage, in addition to seizing 30 tons of wood.

 

Recommendations to the International Community

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

 

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

 

Zionism as a master-race ideology

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Zionist Invention of Iran Threat – An Interview with Prof. Yakov Rabkin

July 26, 2015

Good evening from the Editorial Team of ProMosaik e.V.

We have already talked about Iran in the last days, after the historical Iran Deal in Vienna, achieved after 12 years’ of work this 14th of July 2015. The only State opposing to this deal is Israel which talks about how dangerous Iran is for the Zionist State.

We have talked to Prof. Yakov Rabkin of the University of Montreal about this invention and culture of fear on which Zionism is based. We thank him a lot for his time.

We had already published his great article about Iran before the deal, when Netanyahu spoke in front of the US-Congress about the so called “Iranic threat”.´

Dr. Milena Rampoldi: How has Israel invented the Iranian threat and with which means does Israel try to keep it for ever?

Prof. Yakov Rabkin: In an earlier article I outlined the history of that invention. Israel used its allies and agents to promote it and make it into an international issue. Thus Israel was able to distract world attention from the Palestinians, and deal with them with impunity.

No less importantly, this fabrication offered Israeli society another “existential threat”. Apparently, the non-existent Iranian bomb has now been replaced by another “existential threat”  – BDS, international peaceful campaign to apply boycott, divestment and economic sanctions to make Israel change its policy toward the Palestinians. Some Israelis believe that their society would implode without these existential threats. Fear is what holds it together.

MR: How are the real relations between Jews and Iranian people in Iran which has a big Jewish community?

Prof. Yakov Rabkin:While I have no direct knowledge of the situation of Jews in Iran, it appears they are doing no worse than other Iranians. There have been no violence or specific repressive measures reported.

MR: How can a refusal of Zionist ideology help us today to promote the friendship between the Jews and the Muslim peoples in general and Iran in particular?

It is important to emphasize that Zionism has been a rupture and a rebellion against Judaism. Most Jews opposed it when it emerged in the late 19th century. One must reject antisemitic conspiracy theories and understand that Jews around the world, whatever their vocal support Israel, have no influence on Israeli policies. They should not be held responsible for what Israel is and does. Then one could see that Judaism and Islam are the two closest religions to each other, that Jews lived a lot better in Islamic than Christian realms and that many classical works of Judaism are written in Arabic. Moreover, Jews with their experience of antisemitism in Christian countries can help Muslim to cope with the growing Islamophobia.

MR: What would you say to the German Chief of the Zentralrat der Juden, Dr. Schuster, who said  the Iranian deal is dangerous for Israel and for the stability of the whole Middle East?

Israel fans around the world repeat whatever they are told to say by their Israeli masters. With all due respect to functionaries of Jewish organizations in Germany, they may be less well informed than their government that signed the Vienna agreement. This kind of support for Israel is not innocent. Recently it was revealed that Jewish organizations were covertly used by the Israeli army to spread its message during the attack on Gaza in 2014. Obviously, those Jewish functionaries who agreed to do this expose rank-and-file members of their organizations to reprisals, including violence. This is particularly grievous since most Jews, at least in the United States, support the Vienna agreement with Iran. Moreover, American Jews support it more than the average Americans.

This shows the growing estrangement of American Jews from Israel, which only strengthens the point I made in my answer to your prec[v?]ious question. In view of this, one wonders who exactly represent functionaries of Jewish organizations: Jews in their countries or the State of Israel.

MR: How long will people take to understand that Netanyahu’s position is wrong. What can we explain to these people to change their position?

Netanyahu relies on support from one of the main donors to the Republican Party. One can expect the Prime Minister’s credibility to remain sterling in those circles and their media. Elsewhere, he appears a lot less credible. But at issue is not his personality. Israel’s political mainstream is behind Netanyahu in denouncing the Vienna agreement. This is part of the inexorable shift of the Israeli public to the right. And this leads to Israel’s growing isolation in the world, including isolation from Jews in major countries.

Prof. Rabkin, photo from his publisher, Fernwood.



Yakov Rabkin’s devastating critique of Zionism: it is opposed to Jewish tradition and liberalism

By Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss
June 27, 2017

Last year one of the most important books on Zionism, ever, was published in English by Pluto: What Is Modern Israel? by Yakov Rabkin, a professor of history at the University of Montreal. The central theme of the book is how Zionists have exploited Judaism and western traditions to offer Israel as a liberal democracy when it is actually a nationalist colonialists project hanging on by its paranoid fingernails.

Rabkin has expertise. He is a religious academic, and it is his Judaism that has brought him to embrace universalist cosmopolitanism when it comes to interpreting history in our century. Given his background, he has been able to defy what he calls the “climate of intellectual terror that surrounds the Question of Israel.”

Published on 20 May 2016, Pluto Press, pb, £16.99

In reading his book, it struck me that the greatest service I could provide to a reader is to roll out Rabkin’s deadly insights about the nature of the “Jewish state,” and the essential antagonism of Judaism and Zionism. What follows is a long sequence of Rabkin’s observations and findings, all of which aim to end that climate of terror and allow westerners to speak freely about the Zionist era. Let’s go.

Zionism has four essential goals, Rabkin says.

1, “to transform the transnational Jewish identity centred on the Torah into a national identity like that of other European nations.”

2, “To develop a new vernacular language.”

3, “To displace the Jews from their countries of origin to Palestine”.

4, “To establish political and economic control over Palestine.”

Thus, Zionism is a case of “imposed modernization typical of western colonialism,” a policy rejected by both Arab and traditional Jewish populations.

Israel’s self-ascribed identity as a ‘Jewish state’ brings  legitimacy to the renewal of ethnicity as the criterion for belonging

Politically, Israel has been able to rely on the solid support of the elites of Western nations, in part due to Zionism’s colonialist aims:

“The essentially European character of this recently established settler colony, which resembles in many ways the United Kingdom’s former colonies throughout the world, also explains Western support of Israel. Its self-ascribed identity as a ‘Jewish state’ brings de facto legitimacy to the renewal of ethnicity as the criterion for belonging.”

Rabkin notes the popular trend we’ve been chronicling:

“Western partiality toward Israel suffers from a democratic deficit: contrary to their elites, the majority of the citizens of the Western nations consider the state of Israel as a threat to world peace.”

The distinction between left and right wings of Zionism is far less meaningful than is Zionism’s hostility to liberalism:

[I]t would surely be more useful to speak of a division between liberal cosmopolitanism and ethnic nationalism. Zionism, meanwhile, is fundamentally hostile to liberal cosmopolitanism, which explains why the Zionist “left,” in Israel and elsewhere, has gone largely over to the “right.” What unites the two camps—their conviction of the legitimacy of Zionism—is more substantial than the stylistic or tactical differences that divide them.

Rabkin links the rise of Zionism with the secularization of Jewish identity in modernity, and the Jewish aspiration to normal experience among the nations:

Jewish secular identity acquired a socio-cultural dimension: those who consciously rejected Judaism could preserve, at least for a while, a specific language (Yiddish), and a few cultural markers. This new identity was conjugated in a wide range of political options, often of socialist or nationalist inspiration. By consummating the break with tradition, the concept of the secular Jew, at variance with the traditional Jewish vision, made it possible to redefine the Jews as a “normal people” and thus became the cornerstone of Zionism.

But it was a special definition of peoplehood.

The concept of the Jewish people that Zionism relied on had little in common with traditional definitions of the term. Religious scholars know that: “the Torah, and only the Torah, makes of the Jews a collective identity.”

Jewish tradition has long put exile at the centre of Jewish existence. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch:

Torah… obliges us, until God shall call us back to the Holy Land, to live and to work as patriots wherever He has placed us, to collect all the physical, material and spiritual forces and all that is noble in Israel to further the wealth of nations which have given us shelter.

But the new secular Jewish identity gained popularity in Eastern Europe and especially Russia, and it “eliminated the religious—and thus normative—dimension of Jewish identity and retained only its biological and cultural dimensions.”

At the same time as it countered Jewish religion, Zionism also countered liberalism: “Zionists consider a liberal, multicultural society as a major obstacle to the expansion of a Jewish national conscience.”

Zeev Sternhell:

 

“To accept the liberal concept of society would mean [for Jewish nationalist intelligentsia] the end of the Jewish people as an autonomous unit.”

Thus, Rabkin says: “The main threat to Zionism is European liberalism, which offers Jews an individual choice but, according to many Zionists, denies them the opportunity to live a true national life.”

Zionism is at root a response to challenges of liberalism: “far more Israelis take up residence in the world’s liberal democracies than citizens of those countries immigrate to Israel.” That goes for Russian Jews too:

“Out of the 1.2 million Jews who emigrated from Russia at the turn of the 20th century, a mere 30,000 made Palestine their destination, and of those, only a quarter remained there.”

The Jewish tradition of exile is so strong that when Soviet Jewry was allowed to emigrate, Israel was required to carry out “a full scale diplomatic campaign in an effort to prevail upon its allies (primarily the United States and Germany) to limit immigration to their countries of Soviet Jews.”

Rabkin says Zionism was pioneered by assimilated, secular Jews who felt that emancipation had freed them to penetrate the highest levels of European society, and found they were rejected, so they sought a nation like other nations out of this frustration. Torah had been the basis of Jewish unity till Zionism. But when they went back to the land of Israel, “they would no longer need to follow [Torah’s] precepts, for their national consciousness, as experienced in the land of Israel, would be sufficient to sustain that unity.”

Israel allowed these Jews to forgive themselves assimilation: because they were assimilating into “normal” history:

“Only the state of Israel offers the Jews the ultimate freedom to reject totally their spiritual heritage and become a ‘normal people.’ The new Israeli identity appears to facilitate collective assimilation while sparing those who adopt it the feeling of guilt often linked to assimilation on an individual basis.”

Rabkin quotes Rabbi Amram Blau saying that Zionism brought greater injury to the Jews than to the Arabs:

“The Arabs may have lost their land and their homes, but by accepting Zionism, the Jews lost their historic identity.”

And he quotes Meron Benvenisti, former deputy mayor of Jerusalem, characterizing the two-tier system of rights for Jews and occupied Palestinians as “Herrenvolk [master race] democracy.”

The elevation by Zionists of the volk [a superior people with a special destiny] as the exclusive subject of Jewish history led rabbis to denounce this “cardinal element” of Zionist ideology, Rabkin says. He quotes Robert Wistrich.

“There is no Jewish nation… [Jews] should cultivate the ancient Hebrew language, study their rich literature, know their history, cherish their faith, and make the greatest sacrifices for it; they should hope and trust in the wisdom of divine providence.”

Zionism depends on antisemitism, and it also fosters it.

“Political Zionism intentionally stirs up anti-Semitism,” I. M. Rabinowitch wrote in 1974. “From the very beginning, it has been the policy to deliberately incite hatred of the Jew and, then, in feigned horror, point to it to justify a Jewish state.”

Rabinowitch said that Zionism contains the “most fertile seeds for proliferation of antisemitism” – an element of dual loyalty. Rabkin then quotes a former Israeli diplomat describing the role of Jews in the west as “an Israel-vassalized diaspora.”

Here Rabkin is unintimidated by the climate of intellectual terror. The vassalizing of the diaspora goes beyond double allegiance to “a form of exclusive allegiance to the state of Israel.” (Remember Dennis Ross calling on U.S. Jews to be “advocates” for Israel, not for Palestinians.) Rakin says:

“The unconditional defence of Israel into which certain community leaders have dragooned the Jews tends to expose them to criticism, which in turn justifies Zionism and makes the state of Israel indispensable as an insurance policy. Even proudly secular Israelis find this policy suicidal for the future of the diaspora…

“The denigration of Jewish life outside of Israel has long been a feature of Zionist thought and practice. The mobilization of the diaspora to justify whatever political or military action Israel might undertake constitutes its critical element.”

Not that Zionists knew how to deal with Palestinians. The Zionist activists in Europe never knew the “tolerant variety of nationalism” that arose in the US and Canada that distinguishes between nation, religion, society and state. Rather, the two slogans adopted by the Zionist pioneers clearly illustrated their intentions: “conquest through labour” and hafrada (separation).

“In other words, the Zionist movement adopted a policy of separate development that remains in force up to the present, and explains in large measure the perpetuation of the conflict with the Palestinians and the isolation of the state of Israel in the region.”

These undertakings have led to great Israeli insecurity. Today the term “security” has replaced the concept of self-defence that was widely employed before the creation of the state.

“Israel, often held up as a place of refuge, and even as the ultimate refuge, may well have become the most precarious place of all for the Jews… Now, in contrast to the early years of Zionism, the sense of victimhood has become, over the last few decades, an integral part of Israeli Jewish identity.

“Some of those who have persisted in seeing themselves as victims have come to realize that they are actually victims of the Zionist enterprise, which has subjected them to interminable wars and, in the case of the Arab Jews, chronic social and economic inferiority.”

These conditions generate paranoia, which Rabkin traces to a biblical curse: “you shall flee though none pursues” (Leviticus).

Israeli Jews are aware at some level that their country is based on unstable foundations:

The sense of fragility is fed by awareness of Palestinian hostility, and of the hostility of the region’s population as a whole, a hostility often attributed to so-called “essentialist” causes—Islamic religion and irrational Jew-hatred—rather than to perfectly understandable social and political ones, such as the anger generated by discrimination, dispossession, and deportation of the indigenous population.

Israeli leaders’ demand that others recognize Israel as a Jewish state “testifies to the fragility of the Israeli state, for all its power and prosperity, as felt by many Zionists.” While Zionist fears of becoming a minority cause them to encourage discriminatory immigration policies that only exacerbate the problem.

“Jewish self-hatred” has been a hallmark of the Zionist ideology of national revival. And this too undermines any sense of Israeli permanence.

“Jewish tradition teaches that the Jews must take into account the impression they may make on others, even those who have persecuted them in the past… But the Zionist education system from its inception has promoted the use of force, self-affirmation, and combativeness. The Zionists looked upon the requirement to behave as moral exemplars with scorn and ridicule, caring little for the impression they, and later their state, make upon the world, and above all upon its immediate neighbors. Ben-Gurion formulated the proposition thus: ‘What matters is what the Jews do, not what the goyim think.’”

Thus Zionism produced a state that rejected “Judaism and its humility.” The new Zionist/Israeli culture sees itself as resolutely European. “So it was that dozens of songs, nursery rhymes, and children’s stories were translated from Russian into Hebrew during the early years of Zionist settlement.” But not Arab songs!

Zionists used violence to strip Jews from their religious tradition:

“Many of the founders of Jewish armed groups, in both Russia and Palestine, also recognized that the use of force was a way of tearing the Jews from Jewish tradition.”

Rabkin is not afraid of the Nazi analogy. Israel and Nazi Germany are “powerful states that scorn individual morality, practice racial discrimination, and commit crimes against humanity.” Civic spaces in Israel have become associated above all with “death for the fatherland,” a linkage going back to the beginning of Zionist colonization.

Hannah Arendt’s warning about Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann’s not being guilty of “crimes against the Jewish people,” but of his being a normal response to an evil bureaucratic system carries “a universal meaning, which should stand as a warning to any state that adopts ethnic discrimination as state policy,” Rabkin says.

Israel’s behaviour, the incarnation of the principle ‘might makes right’ has undermined the very bases of international public law

“There can be little doubt that after the Nazi genocide, the use of force became an article of faith for a large number of Jews. To cast doubt upon the legitimacy and efficacy of force is, in Zionist circles, tantamount to treason.”

That article of faith has caused Israel to abrogate international law:

“Since the proclamation of the state, Israeli policy has remained constant. It reflects the imperative to perpetuate a state established against the will of the native Arab population and situated predominantly on lands that had once belonged to that population….Israel’s behaviour, the incarnation of the principle ‘might makes right’ has undermined the very bases of international public law conceived to reduce conflict and promote peace.”

Rabkin is clear about the racist character of such Israeli institutions as the Jewish National Fund:

“This institution has played a crucial role in the development of the Zionist state. In response to an anti discrimination action brought against the JNF in 2004, the organization confirmed that ‘the loyalty of the JNF is given to the Jewish people and only to them is the JNF obligated. The JNF, as the owner of the JNF land, does not have a duty to practice equality towards all citizens of the state.’”

Among Haredi Jews, the criticism of Zionism is alive:

“While the respected Israeli intellectual Boaz Evron argues that ‘Zionism is indeed the negation of Judaism,’ the words that, for decades, have been inscribed on the walls of the Haredi quarter of Meah Shearim in Jerusalem echo this basic position: ‘Judaism and Zionism are diametrically opposed to each other.’”

And of course, Zionism’s international reputation has been transformed:

“Zionism as a symbol of the struggle against racism and for human rights has acquired the characteristics of an ideology that produces Jewish racism and an institutional system that has much in common with South African-style apartheid.

“The Zionist state, which was to have been an instrument of national liberation, has in reality become a skilled manipulator that has attempted to monopolize control of the land, the water, and the country’s other resources.”

Many Zionists have become disaffected:

“Emigration affects primarily the best-educated strata of the population. An estimated 25 percent of Israeli academics work in the United States.”

They understand that Zionism is out of step with history:

“[T]he post-modernist trend presages the collapse of Zionism, in which nationalism is perceived as a form of oppression that must give way to the affirmation of otherness and multiculturalism.”

Rabkin sees Israeli political culture as growing more and more authoritarian:

[T]he totalitarian current gives no sign of abating. If probing questions about certain Israeli policies are sometimes tolerated, not only are all fundamental critiques of Zionism delegitimized, but likewise any individual who might have dared to formulate such criticisms in the past. Such people are systematically excluded from community activities…

Let us recall that the leaders of socialist Zionism made the decision to assassinate Jacob de Haan [in 1924] above all because he “spoke ill of the movement to the outside world.”

This totalitarian culture has special implications for American Jews, those who uphold Zionist doctrine, and those who don’t:

[S]ensitivity to any criticism of Israel can easily be explained by the fact that for many people allegiance to Israel has long replaced Judaism as the anchoring principle of Jewish identity. But in the diaspora, this allegiance extends to an ideal, even imaginary, state rather than to the real and existing state of Israel, that economic and military power that dominates the region. Still, there also exists a Jewish identity whose sole content is to criticize and even to denounce the state of Israel…

The author shares in the hope for Israel to transform itself:

A former speaker of the Knesset, Avraham Burg, believes that converting Israel into a state of its citizens, and erasing its Jewish nature, is “our only hope for survival.” Prominent poet and intellectual Yitzhak Laor argues, “We don’t have to leave this place or give up our lives… we have to get rid of Zionism.”

Rabkin quotes other Jewish anti-Zionists on the urgency of this idea:

We must stop treating Israel as a romantic dream and learn to see her as a heterogeneous country

In accepting the idea that the structures of Zionism could simply be dismantled, Rabbi Moshe Sober emphasizes its psychological aspect—and expresses guarded optimism about its practicality: “A solution is not impossible; it is not even particularly costly. But it will never be achieved unless we can allow ourselves to forget for a moment our cherished beliefs for which we have sacrificed so many lives, and look instead at the actual realities of the situation. We must stop treating Israel as a romantic dream and learn to see her as a heterogeneous country in which two fiercely proud ethnic populations of similar size are struggling for control….”

Sober’s understanding leads to the acknowledgment of apartheid: “All discussion of the occupation simply conceals another reality, [Sober] concludes. Israel has in fact become a binational state that denies political rights to one of those nations.”

Rabkin is also critical of Israel’s need for geo-political supremacy in its region. Here too he sees racism:

Although both Israel and the United States possess nuclear weapons, they deny Iran the right to acquire similar weapons, arguing that its rulers are irrational religious fanatics. Clearly the principle of double standards is at work, reflecting the revival of the concept of so-called civilized countries that, against empirical evidence, are claimed to possess a monopoly on rationality in international politics.

The sense of superiority has nothing to do with Judaism or antisemitism. It is inherent to Zionism, which is opposed to liberalism.

References to Judaism and to Jewish tradition are of little help in understanding the contemporary Israel; quite the contrary, they are more likely to mislead, for Zionism and the state that incarnates it are revolutionary phenomena. It is easier, in fact, to understand that state’s politics, structure and laws without reference to either the Jews or their history…. It is thus imprecise to speak of a “Jewish state” or a “Jewish lobby”: “Zionist state” and “Zionist lobby” would be more appropriate.

Israel has… succeeded in making the Zionist outlook—by definition anti-liberal—acceptable to the general public as well as in the media and the academic world, even in countries with a long liberal tradition where the state, rather than confessional or “tribal” loyalty, theoretically ensures the rights of the citizen…. [T]he JNF, which for a century has been establishing segregated settlements that are out of bounds to Arabs, enjoys not only Canadian fiscal benefits, but the personal participation of top federal officials in the organization’s fundraising efforts.

The overt transformation of Jewish organizations around the world into Israeli vassals

We must criticize U.S. Jewish leaders for being such willing servants of this ideology, damaging both U.S. and Israeli notions of citizenship:

The leaders of major Jewish organizations in the United States and elsewhere routinely act on behalf of Israel… Those leaders appear to have bypassed the limits of the “double loyalty” Jews are often accused of harbouring, insisting that loyalty to the state of Israel must prevail over all others, including that toward their own country.

This leads to the increasingly overt transformation of Jewish organizations around the world into Israeli vassals. Moreover, by emphasizing the primacy of an ethnically and denominationally defined “Jewish nationality,” the state of Israel turns its back on the idea of an “Israeli nationality” that would reflect that multicultural society that has taken shape on this land in the Eastern Mediterranean over the last century…

Israeli leaders ignore borders, intervening in the political process of other countries, particularly in the United States where Israel often plays Congress against he White House. In the Middle East, the IDF pays no heed to borders, striking targets in its neighboring countries, interventions carried out with impunity…

Rabkin’s conclusion is that Zionism is itself a prescription for unending conflict:

“Israel, for all its embrace of modernity, remains bound by the Zionist ideology, which ensures that in spite of its respectable age it remains a daring frontier experience rife with conflict within and without.”

For those who want more of Rabkin’s sharp insights, here is a great youtube of him taking apart a Zionist ideologue, Dennis Prager.

NOTE

In an interview in 2016, Haaretz’s left/liberal publisher, Amos Schocken explained why Haaretz was a Zionist publication:

“Zionism is a viewpoint that sees the national home in the Land of Israel as a solution for the Jewish people in the framework of a democratic, Jewish state. That has been Haaretz’s view since its establishment, and throughout the years it has been my view too.

Zionism’s purpose was to establish a safe haven for the Jews where they would be responsible for their own fate and no longer be a minority among other peoples dependent on the decisions of others. In light of the Jewish experience throughout history, this goal is entirely justified.

israel was founded & is maintained by theft and it continues today

Israel confiscates EU aid from Palestinian Bedouin community

MEMO | August 11, 2017

The Israeli occupation’s forces have recently seized electricity-producing solar panels at the Bedouin community camp of Abu Al-Nawar, according to local sources.

Abu Al-Nawar’s representative and local community leader, Abu Emad al-Jahalin, told Quds Press yesterday that the occupation authorities violated a decision issued by the Israeli Supreme Court to stop confiscating solar panels.

He said that the solar panels were used for a school, kindergarten and a community organisation in Abu Al-Nawar and were confiscated by the Israeli military’s Civil Administration unit.

He explained that the occupation dismantled 10 solar panels and storage batteries worth 50,000 shekels ($12,000). The equipment was provided by the European Union to serve institutions in the Palestinian Bedouin community.

Read: Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 115th time

Some 105 Palestinian families live in an area of approximately 389 dunams (0.9 square kilometres) and have done so since the 1950s. They rely on agriculture and herding sheep for their livelihood. The Israeli occupation authorities plan to displace Abu Al-Nawar’s inhabitants for the controversial settlement project E1 which would separate the southern occupied West Bank from the north and tighten Israel’s control of Jerusalem.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (03– 09 August 2017)

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

Ten Palestinian were wounded, including 9 civilians, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

  • Five of them were wounded in the West Bank and 5 others in the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli warplanes targeted two military sites in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 64 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the Gaza Strip.
  • 106 civilians, including 21 children and 4 women, were arrested.
  • Thirty-six of them, including 8 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem
  • Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem.
  • A house was demolished in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of the city in addition to an under-construction room in Beit Hanina, north of the city.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces issued 14 demolition notices against facilities, including a private school, in Silwad village, east of Ramallah.
  • Dozens of settlers attacked Palestinian houses in Jaber neighbourhood in Hebron.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Israeli navy forces opened fire 6 times at fishing boats in the northern Gaza Strip. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • Three Palestinian civilians were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (03 -09 August 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 10 Palestinian civilians, including 9 civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Five of them were in the West Bank while the 5 others were wounded in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the sea.  Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes against military training sites belonging to the Palestinian armed groups.

 

In the West Bank, on 28 July 2017, Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians. Three of them were hit with metal bullets during Kafr Qaddoum weekly demonstration, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest against the closure of the eastern entrance to the village with an iron gate.  The 2 others were hit with bullets when the Israeli forces raided Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, to arrest them.

 

In the Gaza Strip, border areas witnessed protests against the continued and unjust closures imposed on the Gaza population.  The Israeli forces used force against the participants.  Due to the shooting used to disperse the protestors, 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded; 2 of them with live bullets while the other 2 with tear gas canisters and sound bombs that directly hit them.

In the context of airstrikes, on 09 august 2017, Israeli warplanes targeted in separate air strikes a military training site and checkpoint belonging to Al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas Movement) in the northern Gaza Strip.  The first airstrike resulted in the injury of a Member of Palestinian armed groups with shrapnel to the head.  The 2 airstrikes caused damage to the site and checkpoint.

Concerning attacks on fishermen, on 04 August 2017, Israeli gunboats sporadically opened fire at the Palestinian fishermen, northwest of Beit Lahia village, north of the Gaza Strip, and chased them. Similar attacks recurred against the Palestinian fishing boats in the same area on 05, 07 and 08 August 2017.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 64 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 710 ones in Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 106 Palestinian civilians, including 21 children and 4 women. Thirty-six of them, including 8 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

In the Gaza Strip, on 03 August 2017, Israeli forces moved into east of Khuza’ah village, northeast of Khan Younis.  They levelled lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Efforts to create Jewish Majority

 

In the context of house demolitions, on 08 August 2017, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a house belonging to Hamzah al-Shaloudi in al-Rabay’ah neighbourhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of no licensing.  The wife of the house’s owner said that she lived with her husband and 2 children for 3 months in the 65-square-meter house.  She added that the Israeli Municipality demolished the house without any prior warning.  When the Municipality staff arrived to demolish the house, she called the lawyer who headed to the Municipality and managed to get a decision to delay the demolition.  However, the bulldozers had already demolished the house.

On 09 August 2017, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished an under-construction room belonging to Siyam family in Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of no licensing.  The family said that the 45-square-meter room was built of wood as the family started building it 2 months ago.

 

Settlement activities and settler attacks

 

In the context of demolition notices and house demolitions, the Israeli authorities notified 14 residential, commercial and industrial facilities in Silwad village, east of Ramallah, to be demolished under the pretext of no licensing although the facilities are located within Area B according to Oslo Accords.  The Head of the municipality said that among those notified facilities is a private school located within Silwad Municipality.  This school was built 10 years ago and is the only private school in the eastern Ramallah villages.

Concerning settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 04 August 2017, dozens of settlers from “Karayat Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron, attacked Palestinian houses in Jaber neighbourhood to the east of al-Ibrahimi Mosque with stones.  They also attacked Palestinian civilians under the protection of the Israeli police and forces, who did not lift a finger to prevent them.  As a result, Tariq Rebi’ie Tamimi (40) was wounded to the left hand and sustained fracture in the palm of his hand.  Moreover, Menwer Jaber (40) was wounded to the head and transferred to Hebron Governmental Hospital to receive medical treatment.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

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

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

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

 

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 03 August 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Anan ‘Ali Zaquot (18) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Jabal Street in the center of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Rebhi al-Rafati and then arrested him. Following that, the Israeli forces moved to al-Saf Street. They raided and searched a house belonging to Riyad Ibrahim Abu ‘Aahour (36). They handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion“, south of the city.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 2 civilians namely Qusai As’ad Fahel (19) and Nawras Mohammed al-Barguthi (19).
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein Beit al-Maa’ refugee camp, west of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nidal Mohammed Shattawi (26) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Soheib Mohammed al-‘Amour (15)

 

  • At approximately 02:45, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Salem Abu Shehab as they were looking for his son Eyad (14). After the Israeli forces did not found him, they handed his parents a notice to turn him into “Kadomim” settlement, north of the city. Meanwhile, another Israeli force raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Othman Ahmed Da’as  (37) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Emrees village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saqer Mahmoud al-Sha’arawi (25) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fare’ah refugee camp, south of Tubas. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Hasan Mahmoud Tayeh (30) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces accompanied with heavy military vehicles moved about 80 meters into the east of Khuza’ah village, northeast of Khan Yunis. They leveled and combed the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The incursion continued for several hours after which the Israeli forces redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.
  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah for the second time. They raided and searched a house belonging to Do’aa Fares Zamawi (24) and confiscated a PC and a cell phone and then arrested Doaa’

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta, al-Samou’ and al-Thaheriyah villages; Kharsa and al-Surrah in Hebron; al-Ma’ajeen neighbourhood, northeast of Nablus; ‘Asker al-Jaeed refugee camp, northeast of the city and Rujeeb village, east of Hebron.

 

Friday, 04 August  2017

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at and chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Saturday, 05 August  2017

 

  • At approximately 14:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at and chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer, Sa’ir, Bani Na’im and Beit Marsam villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 06 August  2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Ibrahim Abu Kharmah, Mohammed Ramadan ‘Elyan and Karam Makhlouf Nakhlah. The Israeli forces claimed that they arrested the cell that opened fire yesterday at a military checkpoint at the entrance to “Beit Eil” settlement, north of Ramallah. They added that one of the arrested civilians handed over the weapon used in the attack.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Ali Suleiman Abu ‘Ayash and then arrested his grandchild ‘Alaa’ Anwar al-Bal’awi (22) from al-Dheisheh refugee camp, west of Bethlehem. It should be noted that ‘Alaa’ was visiting his grandfather’s house when he was arrested.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Ali ‘Essa (19) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces move into Nahalin, southwest of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mousa Gayathah (25) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Aminah ‘Ali Abtali (24), the wife of prisoner Adeeb al-Ghalban, who was arrested few weeks ago. They then arrested her and took her to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces moved into the northern entrance to ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and stationed in al-Muftah area in the camp. They arrested 3 children namely Mohammed Rami ‘Ouwais (10), Abdul Hamid Hamam Abu Surour (10) and ‘Amr Ahmed Abu Surour (11)

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sebastia, northwest of Nablus; Dura and al-Shyoukh village in Hebron.

 

Monday, 07 August  2017

 

  • At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dawhah village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nader ‘Essa al-Khatib (28) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Eztion” settlement complex, south of the city.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 4 children namely Marwan Kamal al-‘Amour (15), Mohyee Ahmed al-‘Amour (15), Moayad Abdullah al-‘Amour (15) and Ma’moun Ibrahim al-‘Amour (15).
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 2 civilians, including a child, namely Nour Abdul ‘Aziz al-As’aad (20) and Mohammed Abdullah Husni Shaqour (17).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Baraa’ Mousa al-Kawaziyah (22) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at and chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported. The shooting recurred at approximately 16:20 and 22:20 on the same day and in the same area.

 

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

 

Tuesday, 08 August  2017

  • At approximately 01:45, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Mohammed Mahmoud Balashmeh (27) and then arrested him. They also raided and searched a house belonging to Muhsen Mahmoud Shraim (53) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service. No more incidents were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Maithaloun village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Na’im Rabay’ah and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafer Raa’i village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shadi Nasser Sawalheh and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Thaer Mohammed al-Aghbar (26) and Abdul Rahim Mohammed Radi al-Hanbali (77).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Howarah village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mohammed Ghassan ‘Oudah (20).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 7 civilians, including 3 brothers namely Anwar, his brothers Amir and Ahmed Mohammed Yusuf Salamah; Qais al-Ghoul, Qusai al-‘Orsan, ‘Alaa’ al-Fayed and Hamoudah Frehat.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qablan village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses, arrested 6 civilians, took them to al-Amir Hall and questioned them on the spot. The arrested civilians were identified as Jehad Saleh Nashatah, Saleh Netham, Mahmoud Qasem Joudah, ‘Obadah Mahmoud, Walid Yusuf Zeyadah and Ahmed Sultan Aqraa’.
  • At approximately 03:40, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at ad chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces moved into the southern area in Hebron, and stationed in front of Hebron Governorate’s Inspection Building, which is a security department established by the governorate to follow up the public life in the area that is not under the Palestinian security control. The building was searched and its contents were confiscated. The Israeli forces also arrested 4 employees namely Rabah Abu Suneinah, Mohammed Ghazi Abu Suneinah , ‘Aziz Abu ‘Afifah and ‘Obaidah Abu Suneinah.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Koum and Ethna villages  in Hebron and Beta village, southeast of Nablus.

 

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Abdul Jalil al-‘Abed, attacker of “Halmish” attack, and his uncle Ibrahim al-‘Abed.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Madama village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Wajih Qut (28) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Qatibah Abdul Karim ‘Azem (26) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli warplanes fired 4 missiles at a military site of al-Qassam Brigades (the Armed Wing of Hamas Movement). The site is located to the southwest of Jabalia village in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, a member of a Palestinian armed group sustained a shrapnel wound to the head. He was transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza to receive medical treatment. Dr. Ayman al-Sahbani, Director of Emergency Department in al-Shifa Hospital, classified his injury as moderate. The shelling also resulted in a serious material damage in the site and left huge crater in it. Moreover, The airstrikes caused strong explosions that rocked large areas in the north of Gaza city and in Gaza city too, so civilians, especially women and children, were terrified.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched dozens of houses after which they arrested 5 civilians, including 4 children, namely Theeb Mahmoud al-‘Amour (43), his son Mahmoud (15), Nezar Khalil al-‘Amour (16), Mahmoud Zeyad al-‘Amour (15) and Amir Wahid al-‘Amour (15).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Farsh al-Hawa area, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Badran Bader Jaber (70) Leader at the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) in Hebron. They then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:35, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a military checkpoint of al-Qassam Brigades (the Armed Wing of Hamas Movement). The checkpoint is located in the northeast of Um al-Nasser village in the northern Gaza Strip and about 250 meters to the west of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The shelling resulted in serious material damage in the checkpoint, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 2 civilians namely Ahmed Mohammed Bashir al-Jyousi (26) and Baker Mohammed Saleem Kharbush (27).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ektaba Suburb in Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ashraf Abdul Hafeth Khaled Thaher (26) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ektaba Suburb in Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ashraf Abdul Hafeth Khaled Thaher (26) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Mousa Makhamrah (37) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Adnan Shukri Abu Baker (26) and then arrested him. They also raided and searched “Masaia” Library and confiscated fireworks.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eslam Ahmed Shalaldah (23) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Hamdan Halaiqah (40) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces move into al-Mughir Valley, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Amjad Ahmed Fathallah Salhab (21) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa’ad Ibrahim al-Salhi in order to arrest his son Ra’ed (22). When the soldiers raided the house, Ra’ed immediately left the house via a balcony and jumped over the fence surrounding their house. The soldiers opened fire at him and wounded him to the back, so he fell on the ground. Ra’ed’s brother Bassam rushed to help him, but the soldiers opened fire at him. However, he was able to reach his brother and carried him to a yard of a house that was near the camp entrance. After that, the soldiers headed to the house where Bassam and Ra’ed were present. They moved Bassam away and took Ra’ed out of the house. The soldiers left him on the ground for 20 minutes without offering him first aid. They later took him to a military vehicle and moved him to an unknown destination. Meanwhile, another Israeli force opened fire at Abdul ‘Aziz Ahmed ‘Arafah (22) from the abovementioned camp after he attempted to run away from his house for the soldiers attempted to arrest him. When he left the house towards the street, a soldier opened fire at him. Abdul ‘Aziz was wounded to the feet and then arrested. Later, the Israeli forces withdrew from the camp taking the arrested civilians to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura and al-Hadab villages in Hebron, an Zabuba village in Jenin.

 

Demonstrations Against Israeli Measures in al-Aqsa Mosque:

 

West Bank:

  •  Following Friday prayers on 04 August 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians from Dura organized a protest and made their way to Muthalath Kharsa area, south of the city, southwest of Hebron, in rejection to the Israeli policy of confiscating a 500-square-meter land belonging to al-Shahatit family as the soldiers transferred it to a military watchtower. The land is located in area (A) that is under the Palestinian control according to 1993 Oslo Accords near the bypass road (60) and “Negohot” settlement. At the end of the prayer, the protestors raised the Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans condemning the Israeli policy of confiscating lands. Large Israeli forces patrolled the area and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. A number of young men threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers and set fire to tires. Meanwhile, a wastewater pumping vehicle arrived to the area and sprayed the main road and shops with wastewater. Clashes continued until the evening hours, but neither injuries nor arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 13:45 on Friday afternoon, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way to the eastern entrance to the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, the Israeli forces fired metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, a 36-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the Back.

 

  • At approximately 13:45 on Saturday afternoon, 05 August 2017, Palestinian civilians and international activists organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way to the eastern entrance to the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, the Israeli forces fired metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, a 26-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the right hand and a 39-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the back.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 04 August 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli measures in occupied Jerusalem. A number of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 4 civilians were wounded. Two civilians sustained live bullet wounds while the 2 others were hit with tear gas canisters.

 

  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

 

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters hits out at musicians for crossing israel ‘picket line’

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters hits out at musicians for crossing Israel ‘picket line’

Rock legend Roger Waters has spoken to RT America’s Anya Parampil in a wide-ranging interview that airs on Thursday. Ahead of that, we have a clip of Waters criticizing fellow musicians Radiohead for not boycotting Israel.

In addition to discussing President Donald Trump, ongoing tensions between the US and Russia, and the Israel lobby, Waters called out Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for refusing to participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, in an interview that broadcasts on RT America on Thursday, August 10 at 5pm Eastern (21:00 GMT).

Waters and other BDS supporters recently asked Radiohead to join the cultural boycott of Israel and cancel a gig scheduled in Tel Aviv last month. The band rejected the call, but Waters still hopes to speak with the frontman personally.

Yorke explained that his band doesn’t endorse the Israeli government or its occupation of Palestine. He added, however, that the band also doesn’t support President Trump, but that it doesn’t prevent Radiohead from playing in the US.

For Yorke, the separation of performance and politics is clear, but in the case of Israel, that’s something Waters takes issue with. “Thom Yorke is wrong about not endorsing the policies of the Israeli government by playing there,” Waters told RT America’s Parampil.

“Spokespersons of that government have said how excited they are, that this is the best thing that’s happened for their hasbara, which is the explaining to the rest of the world what a wonderful and precious democracy Israel is.”

Waters likened the BDS movement to a striking “picket line,” which, once crossed, ultimately serves the Israeli government’s purposes, no matter what an artist’s intentions may be.

“They are making a public statement that they do endorse the policies of the government, whatever they say, because that is what will be reported in Israel, and that is what gets reported around the world,” Waters told RT.

“That’s why Radiohead are being so soundly criticized by anybody with progressive ideas about human rights, because they have taken that step.”

Waters also addressed Yorke’s other point about performing in the US.

“The people of the United States have not got together as a civil society and asked performers from the rest of the world not to come and perform in the United States.”

Palestinians, on the other hand, “are an occupied people, and there is an organized resistance against the occupying army,” Waters says.

Parampil asked Waters why his BDS message isn’t being heard in the US media or even on nighttime talk shows.

“We’re not quite sure, but it comes from above,” Waters said, relaying what he alleges a producer for PBS reporter Charlie Rose told him. “So, you can figure it out for yourself. It’s not rocket science,” Waters said.

The full interview airs on RT America at 5:00pm Eastern, Thursday, August 10.

israeli border police: World’s Cruelest Force

Israeli border police: World’s Cruelest Force

 

 I got to admit, I agree with Israel’s veteran journalist Amira Hass giving the Israeli border police that AWARD in her column at Israeli daily Ha’aretz on July 24, 2017.

I bet the award will pay Israeli border police handsomely. It is already training police forces in the United States, Britain, India, France, Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, etc. Donald Trump has contracted an Israeli company to built the US-Mexico border wall modeled on Israel’s separation wall.

Amira Hass shows her disgust over Israeli police actions during the recent banning of Muslim worshippers to enter Islam’s third  most sacred place – the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound which the Zionist Jews wrongfully claim to be their so-called Temple Mount (Temple of Solomon).

And maybe even more appalling than the sight of the police and the Border Police – and their arrogant, alienated and hostile sneers at the Palestinians – is Israelis’ delight at their attractiveness, heroism and sweetness,” Hass said.

The real heroes are of course the Palestinians. It’s heroism to constantly live in the shadow of people in gray uniforms and ammunition belts aiming their rifles (and the army of expropriating officials and settlers, whom the police are protecting). On Friday, before noon, these heroes once again came en masse to pray, despite the aimed rifles and the knowledge they might easily find themselves in areas where stun grenades, tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets would be fired at them,” Haas added.

Since 1920s, Zionist Jews have been feed their next generations hatred towards Muslims and Arabs based on their Babylonian Talmud against non-Jews.

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