Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine (20 – 26 April 2017)

20 – 26 April 2017 – Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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

(20 – 26 April 2017)

 

 

  • 15 Palestinian civilians, including an Israeli peace activist, were wounded in the West Bank.
  • Among the wounded were 5 children and 2 women. The 2 women were wounded in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces conducted 54 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 8 ones in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 47 civilians, including 10 children, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 7 of them, including a child, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • 5 commercial facilities at the western entrance to Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, were demolished.
  • Settlers set fire to 3 cars in Hawarah village, south of Nablus, and attacked a family in the same village.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 10 civilians, including 4 children and a woman, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (20 – 26 April 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 15 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli peace activist. Among the wounded were 5 children while 2 women were wounded in occupied Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to pursuit the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and open fire at Palestinian farmers at the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, on 21 April 2017, 5 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli peace activist were wounded during Kufor Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilya. Among the wounded was journalist Anal al-Jada’ (26), who was hit by a gas canister to the right leg.

 

On 22 April 2017, So’ad Abu Romoz (43) sustained shrapnel wound to the leg during a peaceful protest in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails. The protest was organized in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

On the same day also, Fatima Obaid (52) sustained a bullet wound to the left eye when Israeli forces moved into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, following a dispute between 2 families in the village. The aforementioned woman was wounded when she was in the balcony of her house on the 5th floor.

 

On the same day, 2 Palestinian civilians sustained bullet wounds when a group of settlers under the protection of Israeli forces  moved into the outskirts of Ourif village, south of Nablus. When Palestinians confronted them, Israeli soldier opened fire wounding the 2 aforementioned persons.

 

On 23 April 2017, 4 protestors, including 3 children, were wounded to the lower limbs when Israeli forces opened fire at dozens of Palestinian protesting in support of the Palestinian prisoners at the northern entrance to al-Bireh.

 

On the same day also, 3 children were wounded, one of them was arrested, when Israeli forces moved into Kufor Malek village, northeast of Ramallah.

 

On 25 April 2017, Amjad Maher Saleh (17), from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, sustained serious bullet wounds when Israeli forces stationed at Hawara checkpoint, south of the city, opened fire at him. Israeli soldiers claimed that he “attempted to stab 2 Israeli soldiers guarding a bust stop near the checkpoint.”

 

On 26 April 2017, Saleh Ali Saleh (16), from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, was wounded when Israeli forces stationed at Hawara checkpoint, south of the city, opened fire at him. Israeli soldiers claimed that he “attempted to stab the Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint.” Israeli soldiers arrested him and he was then taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel.

 

In the Gaza Strip, concerning Israeli attacks on fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea, on 25 April 2017, Israeli navy forces opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, west of Beit Lahia shore, north of the Gaza Strip. A similar attack recurred in the same area on 26 April 2017. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 26 April 2017, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence, east of Beit Hanoun village, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at the area, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 54 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 47 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children. Seven of them, including a child, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem, while another was arrested while participating in a protest supporting the Palestinian prisoners.

 

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.

 

Settlement activities

 

On 23 April 2017, Israeli forces handed Ismail and Elayan Hassan Awad notices to halt works in 2 agricultural barracks in al-Masafer area, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron.

 

On 25 April 2017, Israeli forces demolished 5 facilities used for commercial purposes, west of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. The targeted facilities were built of wood and roofed with tin plates.

 

In a similar context, on 22 April 2017, a group of settlers moved into the outskirts of Ourif village, south of Nablus. They damaged the glass of 2 cars and attempted to burn one of them.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers attacked Mohammed Ouda from Hawara village, south of Nablus, and his mother-in-law and his brother with stones. As a result, they sustained bruises and were then taken to Rafidiya hospital in Nablus. Moreover, the settlers damaged the windows of Ouda’s house and his neighbour’s.

 

On 26 April 2017, settlers set fire to a care in Hawara village, south of Nablus. In the early morning, the Israeli liaison officers came and inspected the scene. They also took the video recorded by surveillance cameras of a nearby restaurant.

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in the eastern side of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Obadah Jamal Duwaikat (21) from Balatet al-Balad and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saji Mohammed Abdul Latif Abu ‘Ethbah (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Abdul Qader al-‘Omari (63), Director of Beit Ommar Orphans’ Care Society, and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces moved into Marj Naa’jah village, north of Jericho,. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fayez Fawaz ‘Ayed (33) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah; Sa’ir, al-Shyoukh, al-Burj and Beit al-Roush villages.

 

Friday, 21 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Taqi Eden Jamal al-Hour (23) and then arrested him. After that, the Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to Baraa’ Husain Hmaidat (24) and then arrested him as well.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hebron; Bani Na’im and Howarah villages, south of Nablus.

 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Sahour and stationed in Wad Abu Farihah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Tareq Mousa ‘Obayat (28) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Burin village, south of Nablus; Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliyah and al-Samou’i and al- Hadab villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 3 civilians namely Mohammed Ja’far Taqatqah (19), Mahmoud Abdullah ‘Ali (19) and ‘Alaa’ Marwan Taqatqah (19). They also handed summonses to 3 other civilians namely As’ad Ahmed Thawabtah (28), ‘Ali Mustafa Taqatqah (27) and ‘Alaa’ Khalid Sammour (27) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Kfar Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Ismail Jamil Hamamrah (48).

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Eyad Bassam al-Farahin (21) and Ismail Najib Faraj (23).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Saleh Rezeq Mousa (18).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Saf Street. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Samer Sameer Shanteer (18).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Ibrahim Yasir Suleiman Fahmawi (24), Mahmoud Fawaz Qasem Abu Srais (20) and Naser Ahmed Suleiman al-Khatib (22).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Handazah Mount area, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Ismail Nowarah (23) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into Kufur Malek village, northeast of Ramallah, and patrolled in the streets. A number of youngsters gathered and threw stones at the Israeli jeeps. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in response. As a result, 3 children sustained wounds. Mahmoud Ibrahim Mubarak (15) was injured and then arrested. The Israeli forces took him to a hospital in Israel. The nature of his wound was not identified because of his arrest. As for the 2 other children, a 15-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the left shoulder and a 17-year-old child was hit with a live bullet that entered the lower back and exited the belly. The 2 injured civilians were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. Their wounds were classified as moderate.

 

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

 

Monday, 24 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Masaken al-Sha’biyah neighborhood, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Emad Darar al-Aghbar (20) claiming that he carried out a stab attack in Tel Aviv on the previous day. They questioned his family on the spot and then searched the house. The Israeli forces withdrew later, but no arrests were reported. It should be noted that al-Aghbar is a student in the Sport Faculty in An-Najah National University in Nablus.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses then arrested 6 civilians, including 3 children, namely Mohammed Fadel al-Tamimi (14), Ahmed Shaker al-Tamimi (14), his Mahmoud (19), Ahmed Sami al-Tamimi (17), Basel Abdul Elah al-Tamimi (19) and ‘Asem Samih al-Tamimi (18).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Thaher area. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Husain Mustafa Abu Mariyah (18) and Ahmed ‘Adel al-Za’aqiq (18) and handed them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. At approximately 09:00, al-Za’aqiq’s family received a call from the Israeli police informing them their son was arrested.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Karmel area, west of Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched  3 houses belonging to Sami ‘Essa al-‘Adrah, Mohammed ‘Ayed Abu ‘Aram and Mohammed Abu ‘Aram. They then withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hebron, Tarqumiya, Sa’ir, Beit Oula, Jayyous and Kufur Qaddoum villages, northeast of Qalqiliyah.

 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 5 civilians namely Mahmoud Abdullah al-Jabji (28), Mohammed Sameer al-Asmer (20), Jameel Salah Eden al-Aqraa’ 922), his brother Ezz Eden (19) and Ahmed Khaled Ahmed Rezq (30).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eyad al-Masri and then arrested his son Mohammed (13).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. they raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Khaled Husain Deriyah (17) and Sanad Amjad Taqatqa (15) and then handed Ahmed Majed Deriyah (18) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etizion” settlement complex, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Am’aari refugee camp, south of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eslam Nemer Rommanah (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:45, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces stationed in Howarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, opened fire at Amjad Maher Ja’far ‘Ali Saleh (17) from Balata refugee camp, east of the city. Eyewitnesses said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the abovementioned child stepped out of a taxi coming from Nablus and was 100 meters away from the abovementioned checkpoint, so the soldiers fired live bullets at him and then arrested him. They claimed that he attempted to stab 2 Golani Brigade officers guarding a bus station near the abovementioned checkpoint, so the Israeli soldiers opened fire at him causing him serious wounds to the upper part of the body. The wounded child was transferred to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel. His injury was classified as serious. It should be noted that none of the Israeli soldiers was injured.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kufur Qadoum and Jeet villages, northeast of Qalqiliyah, Ethna, Beit Oula and Bani Na’im villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sami Ismail ‘Elyan (18) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to the arrested child Amjad Maher Ja’far ‘Ali Salah, who was accused of carrying out a stab attack at Howarah checkpoint on the previous day. The soldiers questioned his family members and then withdrew.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Mohammed al-Najjar (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 06:45, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting continued until about 11:00. As a  result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces stationed in military watchtowers along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area, al-Ahmer area and east of al-Burah area. As a result, Palestinian farmers, bird hunters and shepherds, who were in the area, were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 13:40, Israeli forces stationed at Howarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, opened fire at Saleh ‘Ali Ja’far ‘Ali Saleh (16) from Balata refugee camp, east of the city, causing him moderate wounds. They claimed that he attempted to carry out a stab attack against the soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint. They arrested him and took him by an Israeli ambulance to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel. It should be noted that Seleh is Amjad’s cousin, who was injured on the previous day in the same area for the same reason.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Fawar refugee camp and Kharas village in Hebron; Howarah village, south of Nablus.

 

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

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Thursday, 20 April 2017, a number of young men organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, who went on a hunger strike, near the entrance of “Ofer” military camp in Betounia and Rafat villages, west of Ramallah. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in response and chased them. As a result, a number of the civilian sustained tear gas inhalation and were fainted. They received medical treatment on the spot.

 

  • At approximately 12:40 on Friday, 21 April 2017, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a demonstration in the center of Kufur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way towards the eastern entrance to the village in protest against closing that entrance since al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces heavily fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, 5 civilians, including an Israeli activist sustained wounds. Among the protestors was Anal al-Jadaa’ (26), Palestinian journalist, who was hit with tear gas canister to the right leg. (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians)

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah, and in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protestors, fired live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses. As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation as they received medical treatment on the spot. The Israeli soldiers also attacked and beat Mohammed Nathmi Qawar (31) and then arrested him.

 

  • Following the same Friday prayer, hundreds of Palestinians organized a demonstration in solidarity with prisoners in the Israeli jails marking the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and prisoners starting a hunger strike. The demonstration was organized by the factions and organizations in Bethlehem along with school and university students. The protestors made their way towards the northern entrance to Bethlehem as they raised flags and slogans supporting the prisoners in their hunger strike and calling upon the international community to support prisoners in their fair demands. When the protestors arrived at Checkpoint (300), north of the city, the soldiers fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, many civilians sustained tear gas inhalation and fainted. They received medical treatment on the spot.

 

  • On Friday afternoon, hundreds of Palestinian civilians performed prayers at Beta village entrance, southeast of Nablus. The protest was organized by the national and Islamic powers in the village and the nearby villages to perform prayers in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners, who went on a hunger strike in the Israeli prisons. Following the prayers, the civilians sat fire on rubber tires expressing their disapproval of what the prisoners conditions in the Israeli jails. Several Israeli military jeeps rushed to the area as the soldiers fired tear gas canisters to disperse the civilians. As a result, dozens of the civilians sustained tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot.

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on Sunday, 23 April 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails at the northern entrance of al-Birah. The protestors threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers stationed at “al-Mahkamah” checkpoint established near “Beit Eil” settlement, north of the city. When the protestors approached the abovementioned checkpoint, the soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, 4 civilians, including 3 children, sustained live bullet wounds to the lower limbs of their bodies. The wounded civilians were transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. Their injuries were classified as moderate. (PCHR keeps the names of the other wounded civilians).

 

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

(12 – 24 April 2017)

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
12 April Various goods 4258
Humanitarian aid 21957
Cooking gas 230.760
Benzene 152,013
DieselDiesel for UNRWA

 

1,017,95476,000
Industrial fuel 567,935
Construction aggregates 16000
Cement 4120
Construction steel 1009
13 April

 

 

Various goods 4824
Humanitarian aid 22649
Cooking gas 227.550
Benzene 303,971
Diesel 980,930
Construction aggregates 16000
Cement 4840
Construction steel 1039
Benzene 225,023
Diesel 637,983
Cooking gas 132,460
 

 

Various goods 3572
Humanitarian aid 21548
Cooking gas 253.530
Benzene 297,029
18 April DieselDiesel for UNRWA 1,070,02076,000
Construction aggregates 15000
Cement 4640
Construction steel 1084
19 April

 

 

Various goods 5632
Humanitarian aid 21368
Cooking gas 252.990
Benzene 402,974
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 1,315,46138,000
Construction aggregates 16000
Cement 3886
Construction steel 399
20 April

 

 

Various goods 5622
Humanitarian aid 21819
Cooking gas 232.400
Benzene 307,967
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 956,95776,000
Construction aggregates 16000
Cement 4044
Construction steel 590
23 April

 

 

Various goods 4912
Humanitarian aid 20810
Cooking gas 254.150
BenzeneBenzene for UNRW 376,96638,000
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 942,940378,940
Construction aggregates 16000
Cement 3886
Construction steel 188
24 April

 

 

Various goods 3753
Humanitarian aid 20512
Cooking gas 267.040
Benzene 156,013
DieselDiesel for UNRWA 489,99576,000
Construction aggregates 16000
Cement 3756
Construction steel 264

 

Note:

 

On Wednesday, 12 April 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 24 truckloads of vegetables.

On Thursday, 13 April 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 12 truckloads of vegetables and a truckload of clothes.

On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 21 truckloads of vegetables; 2 truckloads of aluminum scrap; a truckload of furniture and a truckload of mint and garlic.

On Sunday, 23 April 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 15 truckloads of vegetables.

On Monday, 24 April 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 13 truckloads of vegetables; a truckload of fish and 3 truckloads of aluminum scrap.

 

Note: the Israeli authorities closed the abovementioned crossing on 10, 11, 16 and 17 April 2017 due to Jewish holidays.

 

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

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(12-18 April 2017)

 

Note: PCHR apologizes for not publishing the Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing table this week and will publish it next week due to technical reasons

 

 

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 (16) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 20 April 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Samou’i and Beit ‘Awaa villages.

On Friday, 21 April 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Halhoul and Karma villages.

On Saturday, 22 April 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Samet, al-Moreq villages, Abu Risha road, west of Ethna and al-Ramadeen road.

On Sunday, 23 April 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrances to Yatta village and al-Nabi Yunis road.

On Monday, 24 April 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawar refugee camp and Sa’ir village.

On Tuesday, 25 April 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, Beit Kahel, al-Shyoukh villages and the entrance to Dura city.

 

 

Qalqiliyia: Israeli forces established (17) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Thursday, 20 April 2017, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Azoun (established twice), Hejah, Kafur Thulth, and ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb villages’, east of Qalqilyia.

At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 21 April 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqilyia.

On Saturday, 22 April 2017, two similar checkpoints were established on the main street that links between Qalqiliyia and Nablus, near the entrance to “Kedumim” settlement; and at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia.

On Sunday, 23 April 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints on the main street that links between Qalqiliyia and Nablus, near the entrance to “Kedumim” settlement; at the entrance to Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliya; the entrance to Heblah village, south of the city; and at the entrance to Kafur Laqef village, east of the city.

On Monday, 24 April 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliyia, ‘Azoun, Imateen and ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb villages, east of the city.

At approximately 01:40 on Tuesday, 25 April 2017, a similar checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 18:45 on Thursday, 20 April 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jeet village, northeast of Qalqiliya. They searched Palestinian vehicles and checked their ID’s. They also arrested Mo’tasem Kamel Samarah, from Tulkarm.

 

  • At approximately 17:30 on Friday, 21 April 2017, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Foreek checkpoint, east of Nablus, arrested Hamad Saleem Abu Jaish (20), from Beit Dajan village, east of the city. Eyewitness said that the Israeli forces stopped the vehicle travelled by Abu Jaish , checked the passengers’ IDs and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 23 April 2017, Israeli forces deployed in Hebron’s Old City, arrested 3 Palestinian children near “Beit Romano” settlement outpost established on the rubbles of Osama Bin al-Munkiz School in the Old City. Israeli forces claimed that those children had sharp tools with them. The children were then transferred at gunpoint into the outpost. The children were identified as Mohamed Majed Abed al-Majeed al-Ashqar (17), Bahaa Mujahid (17) and Malek Raied Talib Maraqah (17).

 

  • At approximately 17:20 on Sunday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint between Jayyous and ‘Azoun villages, east of Qalqilyia. They searched Palestinian vehicles and checked their IDs. They then arrested Jawad Fareed Abed al-Hafeez Barghout (46), from Baqet al-Hatab village, east of Qalqiliyia, under the pretext that he had a hunting rifle.

 

  • At approximately 07: 00 on Monday, Israeli forces arrested Asia al-Ka’abnah (39), a mother of 9 children from Duma village, northeast of Nablus, and tok her to an unknown destination. The Israeli forces claimed that Asia stabbed and wounded an Israeli female soldier while the latter was crossing the Qalandia checkpoint, north of occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 22:10 on Monday, 24 April 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilyia. They searched Palestinian civilians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. After that, they arrested Khalid Jalal Ahmed Hamadah (31), from Beit Lid village, east of Tulkarm; and Mostafa Ali Abdullah ‘Assaf (30), from Kaf Laqef village, east of Qalqilyia, under the pretext that they had a knife in their vehicle. At approximately 00:00, Mustafa ‘Asaf was released while Khalid is so far under arrest.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, Israeli forces arrested ‘Abdul Naser Mohammed ‘Abdul Nabi al-Lahham (15) from al-Dheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. The child was arrested when he was on his way back from the school near al-‘Ezzah refugee camp, north 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 16:00 on Saturday, 22 April 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in solidarity with the prisoners in the Israeli jails in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. The protest made their way from a sit-in tent established in al-Bustan neighbourhood to ‘Ain al-Louza neighbourhood. The participants chanted slogans that support the prisoners in their hunger strike and raised the slogans that call upon the international community to stand with them to obtain their fair demands. When the protesters arrived at ‘Ain al-Louza neighbourhood, Israeli forces chased them and fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, sound bombs and metal bullets at them. As a result, So’ad Abu Remuz (43) sustained shrapnel wounds to her left leg and was taken to a health center in the village.

 

  • At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, due to a family dispute erupted in the village. The Israeli forces indiscriminately fired rubber-coated metal bullets in the area. As a result, Fatmah Mahmoud ‘Obaid (52) was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to her left eye. She was then taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment. Fatma’s husband, Rajab ‘Obaid, said that his wife was in the balcony with her daughter and son-in-law when the Israeli soldiers were indiscriminately firing rubber-coated metal bullets in the area. His wife suddenly shouted and then fainted as she was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to her face and was then taken to Hadassah al-‘Issawiyia Hospital, where she received first aid. After that, Fatmah was taken to Hadassah ‘Ein Karem Hospital, where doctors told her husband that Fatmah lost her left eye. Moreover, she sustains internal fractures in the skull and needs an urgent surgery.

 

  • Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 20 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into Abu Dis village, east of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Ali Nawaflah (18) and arrested him. Israeli forces later withdrew taking the abovementioned young man to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 21 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mohamed Jamal ‘Atiyia (19) and Mohamed Mahmoud (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Sunday, 23 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-Harah al-Wista in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah al-Zaghal and arrested his son, Mohamed (16).

 

  • At approximately 05:00 on Sunday, 23 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into Baten al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nimer ‘Ashwa and handed his child, Mohamed (15), a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in al-Maskobiyia investigation centre in occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on the same Sunday, Israeli forces moved into Surbaher village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, after two Israeli settlers entered the village traveling a car in high speed. The two Israeli settlers then ran over two Palestinian children, who were with their mother. The settlers’ car also hit other cars in the area.

An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that there was a black Ford car carrying two Israeli settlers entered the village while the Israeli police was chasing them as the vehicle was illegally loaded with eggs.  Meanwhile, the settlers’ car ran over two Palestinian children namely Mohamed and his sister Nada ‘Atoun. They also hit other cars in the area. In the meantime, village residents gathered and stopped the Israeli settlers’ car, which fled to a health centre in the village. Dozens from the village residents gathered around the health centre damaged the settlers’ car and threw stones at the Israeli forces. Few minutes later, many Israeli military vehicles moved into the village and fired sound bombs towards the village residents in order to disperse them. The Israeli soldiers then helped the Israeli settlers to get out of the village.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 24 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into Abu Dis village, east of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hakem al-A’raj (21) and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Sawahrah village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Jalal al-A’war (20) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 25 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein al-Lozah neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Jalal al-A’war (20). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

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

 

  • Israeli forces:

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 23 April 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with two military vehicles and a vehicle belonging to the Civil Administration moved into Safi area, southeast of Yatta village, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration’s staff handed Isma’il Hasan ‘Awad and his brother ‘Aliyan two notices to stop construction works in 2 agricultural barracks built on an area of 50 square meter, under the pretext of non-licensing.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 On Tuesday, 25 April 2017, Israeli forces moved into Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. They stationed on the main road leading to the western village entrance, which is established 100 meters away from the Israeli military checkpoint established in the aforementioned area.  Israeli forces levelled 5 commercial facilities built of wood and roofed with tin plates on an area of 15 square meters.  Those facilities were used for selling hot and cold drinks and snacks for Palestinian workers in Israel.  Those facilities belong to Hamdan Samour Srour (42); Mohammed Khawaja (26); ‘Abdullah Rashid al-Khawaja (44); Samer ‘Abdel Ghaffar ‘Amirah (32) and Khaled Hasan Nafe’a (46).  All of them are from the abovementioned village.

 

  • Israeli Settlers:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Saturday, 22 April 2017, around 15 Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement attacked ‘Oreef village, south of Nablus, under the protection of 3 Israeli soldiers. They broke glass of two cars parked in front of the house belonging to Munir Hasan Ahmed Suleiman and attempted to burn one of the abovementioned cars, but the village residents stopped them. In the meantime, the Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, two civilians sustained wounds. The first one (35) was hit with a tear gas canister and metal bullet to the right leg and the second one (27) was hit with a metal bullet to the right leg.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on the same Saturday, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement attacked Mohamed Yousef Jameel ‘Oudah (42), from Hawarah village, south of Nablus, under the protection of the settlement guards. The settlers threw stones at Mohamed, so he sustained bruises to the left side of his body. They also attacked Mohamed’s mother- in- law, Badi’ah Mohamed ‘Atah ‘Oudah (73), who was in his house. She was hit with a stone to the head. Furthermore, Mohamed’s brother, Ahmed (38), was hit with a stone to the head. The three wounded civilians were taken by a PRCS ambulance to Rafidya Governmental Hospital in Nablus, to receive medical treatment. The attack also resulted in breaking the windows of ‘Oudah’s house and the windows of his neighbour, Mohamed Abdullah Shadi Khamous.

 

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

Former israeli Defense Minister Confirms israeli Collaboration With ISIS In Syria

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By Richard Silverstein

وزير الدفاع الاسرائيلي السابق يعلون يقر لاول مرة بوجود قناة اتصال بين بلاده وداعش في سوريا

שר הביטחון לשעבר יעלון מאשר לראשונה את קיומו של ערוץ תקשורת בין ישראל ודאעש בסוריה

In the midst of complaining about the Islamist threat to Israel and the world, Bibi Netanyahu conveniently forgets that his own country enjoys a tacit alliance with ISIS in Syria.  It is an alliance of convenience to be sure and one that’s not boasted about by either party.  But is not terribly different from one than Israel enjoys with its other Muslim allies like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

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Yaalon acknowledges preference for ISIS in 2016 Newsweek headline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bogie Yaalon served as defence minister in the current government till he had a falling out with Netanyahu.  Now Yaalon plans to form his own party and run against his former boss.  Unfortunately for him, he’s not polling well and doesn’t appear to be much of a political threat.

So Yaalon enjoys the position of having little to lose.  He can speak more candidly than the average politician.  In this context, he spoke at length on security matters at a public event in Afula.  There is always much that I disagree with whenever I read Yaalon’s views.  For example, while warning about the danger of favoring too heavily one side over the other, he essentially justifies Israel’s interventionist approach, which largely has favored Assad’s opponents.  Nor do I like his choice of political allies–from Pam Geller to Meir Kahane’s grandson.

But he did reveal how closely tied Israel is to ISIS in Syria. I’ve documented, along with other journalists, Israeli collaboration with al-Nusra, an affiliate of al-Qaeda.  But no Israeli till now has admitted it has forged an alliance with ISIS as well.  Below Yaalon implicitly confirms this below:

…Within Syria there are many factions: the regime, Iran, the Russians, and even al-Qaeda and ISIS.  In such circumstances, one must develop a responsible, carefully-balanced policy by which you protect your own interests on the one hand, and on the other hand you don’t intervene.  Because if Israel does intervene on behalf of one side, it will serve the interests of the other; which is why we’ve established red lines.  Anyone who violates our sovereignty will immediately feel the full weight of our power.  On most occasions, firing comes from regions under the control of the regime.  But once the firing came from ISIS positions–and it immediately apologized.

The attack he refers to was never reported in Israeli media.  Either the information was placed under gag order or under military censorship.  It was suppressed most certainly because both the firing by an Israeli Islamist ally on Israeli territory and ISIS’ apology would embarrass both Israel and the Islamists.

Keep in mind, this is the same ISIS which beheaded a Jewish-American who’d lived in Israel: Steven Sotloff.  The same ISIS which raped Yazidi women and threw gay men off buildings.  The same ISIS which has rampaged through the Middle East sowing havoc and rivers of blood wherever it goes.  The same ISIS which Netanyahu routinely excoriates as being the root of all evil in the world.  Like here, for example:

“Iran and the Islamic State want to destroy us, and a hatred for Jews is being directed towards the Jewish state today,” said Netanyahu, adding, “those who threaten to destroy us risk being destroyed themselves.”

It’s common knowledge that Israeli foreign policy going back to the days of Ben Gurion has been exceedingly opportunistic and amoral.  So I suppose one shouldn’t be surprised at this new development.  But still it does momentarily take one’s breath away to contemplate just how sleazy Israel’s motives and choices can often be.

Wave of settler (Jewish terrorist) violence hits Palestinian villages in West Bank

Wave of settler violence hits Palestinian villages in West Bank

Settlers from the radical Yitzhar settlement attack Palestinians in Urif and Huwwara, just one day after Israeli activists were assaulted by masked settlers in the Jordan Valley.

By Yael Marom

A Palestinian women is stretchered away with a head injury after settlers attacked the village of Huwwara, West Bank, April 22, 2017. (Yesh Din)

A Palestinian women is stretchered away with a head injury after settlers attacked the village of Huwwara, West Bank, April 22, 2017. (Yesh Din)

Dozens of Jewish settlers assaulted Palestinians in two separate West Bank villages on Saturday, just one day after settlers attacked and injured left-wing Israelis in the Jordan Valley.

Israelis from the radical Yitzhar settlement carried out two waves of attacks on the village of Urif, near Nablus. Four Palestinians were injured in the initial assault, and although residents of the village alerted Israeli security forces about the violence, the soldiers and police who arrived on the scene simply ordered the attackers away and did not arrest anyone.

Shortly after, an even bigger group of settlers returned to Urif and started attacking again. A building in the village was damaged and car windshields smashed. This time round, the army entered the village, only to fire rubber bullets at Palestinians who were trying to drive the settlers back by throwing stones at them. According to witnesses, the settlers then started uprooting olive trees, even starting a fire.

A few hours later, Israelis from Yitzhar set out for a further round of violence, this time in the village of Huwwara, also close to Nablus. They threw stones, smashed windows and attacked Palestinians, injuring three — including a woman who received a head wound. According to B’Tselem, her injury was serious, although not life-threatening.

Settlers stand atop a hill near the Palestinian village of Urif, which was attacked twice on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Urif Council)

Settlers stand atop a hill near the Palestinian village of Urif, which was attacked twice on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Urif Council)

Zacharia Sadeh, of Rabbis for Human Rights, told Local Call that the settlers who attacked Huwwara passed an IDF outpost on their way to the village.

“They should have reported the settlers heading down [to the village], and they could have prevented three people from being hurt,” he said. “The security forces make no effort to stop these attacks on Palestinians, and do nothing to protect the lives of Palestinians.”

On Friday, a group of Israeli activists with Ta’ayush were attacked by masked settlers from the Baladim outpost, also known for its extremism. The activists, who were in the Jordan Valley in order to assist Palestinian shepherds who were under threat of violence from the settlers, were attacked with stones and clubs, leaving five injured.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman commented on the violence on Sunday, but only condemned the fact that an Israeli army officer had been attacked by settlers, and ignored the assault on Palestinians. Rabbis for Human Rights, responding to Liberman’s statement, said that while “attacking an IDF officer is indeed serious,” failing to mention the heart of the matter — violence against dozens of Palestinians — “sends the implicit message that attacking Palestinians isn’t no big deal provided [Israeli] security forces aren’t assaulted at the same time.”

Indeed, as is customary in the face of settler violence, the Israeli forces who arrived on the scene felt no obligation to open fire on the Israeli stone throwers, had apparently left their tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at home, and suddenly knew how to restrain themselves.

The fact that settlers are allowed to continue their attacks undisturbed reveals, over and over, the shared interests of the landlords of the West Bank’s hilltops, and the armed forces who serve them.

Yael Marom is Just Vision’s public engagement manager in Israel and a co-editor of Local Call, where this article was originally published in Hebrew

Palestine: Settler attack showcases impunity of Jewish extremists

Settler attack showcases impunity of Jewish extremists

In all my years as of activism, I have never seen or experienced such hatred as I did last Friday, when masked settlers attacked a group of Ta’ayush volunteers with clubs and stones.

By Guy Hircefeld

Masked settlers attack Ta'ayush activists near al-Auja, West Bank, April 21, 2017. (Screenshot)

Masked settlers attack Ta’ayush activists near al-Auja, West Bank, April 21, 2017. (Screenshot)

It’s been almost 10 years since I became involved in activism, much of it with Ta’ayush. I very quickly understood that my country is governed by a group of messianic, extreme and violent people whose aim is the establishment of a Jewish state — and that the entire “democratic” system is at their service, no questions asked.

Ta’ayush activists have, over the years, been detained, arrested and harassed. We’ve suffered from varying levels of violence. I thought I’d seen it all in terms of the collaboration between the “democratic” establishment and the messianic radical right, until last Friday, when we were attacked by a group of Jewish terrorists from the Baladim outpost.

Palestinian shepherds living in the al-Auja village have taken their herds to graze on the nearby hill for decades. But physical violence and theft of their sheep began almost immediately after the re-establishment around a year ago of the Baladim outpost, next to the Kochav HaShachar settlement. The Israeli police did nothing in response to complaints submitted by Palestinians, while the shepherds were forced to stop taking their herds to graze on the hill.

So the shepherds from al-Auja approached Ta’ayush to see if we could accompany them when they took their cattle out. We had already been in contact with the police to inform them we’d be in the al-Auja area that Friday to escort Palestinian shepherds, because there was no legal reason that they shouldn’t be able to take their herds out to graze. In response, a member of the security forces visited the village to tell the families they shouldn’t work with Ta’ayush. (It’s worth pointing out that if the police and army did their job, there’d be no need for us to accompany Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the West Bank.)

Nonetheless, we took our first trip out with the al-Auja residents two Fridays ago. After we’d been out for a while, we realized at that we were being watched by seven settlers from the Baladim outpost. We notified the police, telling them we feared there would be violence and asking them to come to the area.

About an hour later we spotted 15 masked Jews armed with clubs running towards us. We again contacted the police and stood facing the settlers, who were around 200 meters away. Half an hour later, we heard a shout of “police!” coming from the outpost, and the gang scattered. What happened next is already well-known — the settlers threw stones at the soldiers who had arrived on the scene.

Government cooperation with the attackers

The same sequence repeated itself last Friday, except that this time the settlers — again around 15 of them, masked and armed with clubs and stones — charged at us, yelling, and started attacking us with their weapons. In all my years as an activist I have never seen or experienced such crazed hatred. And to think — these people come from an outpost of the Kochav HaShachar settlement, which is considered mainstream, and is the former home of Israel’s police commissioner, Roni Alsheikh.

It could have ended far worse than it did. No one arrested the attackers. Several activists were injured in the assault, and we called an ambulance before starting to climb back down the hill. One activist needed stitches in his head. Another had a broken hand from trying to protect the head of the former. A third needed stitches in his hand, and several others were injured as well.

Masked settlers attack Ta'ayush activists near al-Auja, West Bank, April 21, 2017. (Screenshot)

Masked settlers attack Ta’ayush activists near al-Auja, West Bank, April 21, 2017. (Screenshot)

But the saga of the police’s failure to intervene didn’t end there. At one point a police officer announced to the injured activists, who didn’t want to immediately go and complain at the police station, that they were being detained. The police eventually backed off, but demanded that we go and submit a complaint straightaway, claiming that they’d made arrests. In spite of the injuries, and despite medics on the scene recommending that the wounded receive treatment before anything else, we all went to the police station.

When we got there we discovered — wonder of wonders — that no one there had any idea what we were talking about. We left without filing a complaint.

There’s nothing I can say about the conduct of the Israeli security forces. They knew what was happening and did nothing, or perhaps were under instructions not to do anything. As for what happens next, we will go back next week, and the week after, and the week after that, until the police do their job and the shepherds can take their cattle out to graze in peace.

This battle is an important part of the struggle over the character of this country, and it’s one we need help with from all who believe in non-violent struggle. The settlers from the Baladim outpost are linked to other acts of violence, vandalism and arson. These are the people who live by and believe in the King’s Torah. It’s regrettable that this weekend the state chose to support and cooperate with this terror group.

Guy Hircefeld is a resident of Jerusalem and an activist with Ta’ayush. This article was originally published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here. Translated by Natasha Roth. 

 

A terrorist state, israel, helping a terrorist entity, ISIL, Al-Qaeda

With ISIL, Al-Qaeda on its border, Israel chooses to attack the Syrian Army

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Israeli Air Force carried out its second attack against the Syrian government forces this month, yesterday, striking a group of Golan Regiment fighters that were positioned in the Golan Heights.

Why the Israeli military chooses to target the only force in southern Syria that is fighting both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIL) is often debated by all parties in this six year long conflict.

However, to the Syrian government, Israel’s actions are clear; they are providing air support to the groups fighting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies, such as Hezbollah and Harakat Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary).

Israeli officials have often spoken about the greater threat Hezbollah poses to their country than terrorist groups like the Islamic State and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate); this is meant to justify their monthly attacks on the Syrian government forces in western Syria.

Israel’s actions have even led Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to label the Israeli Air Force as “Al-Qaeda’s Air Force,” something the Knesset has yet to contest.

This latest attack by Israel once again begs the question “why is it necessary to target the Syrian military as they prepare to attack Al-Qaeda?”

Perhaps, the thought of the Syrian government stabilizing the Golan Heights is not aligned with the Israeli regime’s contingency to prolong this war and keep Hezbollah busy in another theater of battle…

As the Syrian Arab Army moves forward with their Golan Heights offensive in the coming weeks, they are expecting more attacks from the Israeli military; especially, as they push closer to the occupied areas.

There’s no place for israel in a civilised world

Bethlehem: Israeli Soldiers Detain Three Palestinian Children

Report: Israeli Soldiers Open Fire at Mentally Disabled Palestinian Women

Racist Israelis Taunt Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in Israel. (Photo: via Mint Press. file)

Israeli soldiers detained, on Thursday evening, three Palestinian children from the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank,International Middle East Media Center reported.

“The army is alleging that the three children threw Molotov cocktails at the military base, in the Gush Etzion Settlement Bloc, south of Bethlehem,” the website noted.

On Friday morning, the soldiers invaded Surif town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, detaining two young men and taking over buildings.

Some 300 Palestinian children are currently held in Israeli jails. The Israeli occupation army accuses most of these children of throwing stones at military posts and Israeli Jewish settlers.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have launched a mass hunger strike on April 17, which marks Palestinian Prisoner Day, to improve their imprisonment conditions.

A Jewish settler in the occupied city of al-Khalil (Hebron) harasses a Palestinian woman. (Photo: File)

Israeli occupation soldiers opened fire at a disabled Palestinian young woman though she posed no threat to them, a human rights report revealed on Friday.

Legal adviser on Israeli violations, lawyer Naela Atiya, urged the Israeli Internal Security Minister “to launch an immediate probe into a shooting attack targeting the disabled Palestinian girl Manar Mujahed, aged 30, that left her paralyzed,” PIC noted.

According to Atiyeh, Israeli border cops opened fire at mentally disabled Manar, from Occupied Jerusalem, on February 27, 2017, leaving her bleeding and crying for help as she rushed to her father to save her, PIC reported.

“Her father, a bus driver, was parking near the military checkpoint where Manar was shot. He saw her from afar and did not recognize her at first sight,” the lawyer said.

According to the lawyer, moments later, “the Israeli soldiers handcuffed the bleeding girl with iron chains at the hospital, where they found out that she was mentally disabled.”

“Manar went back home on a wheelchair, after her health condition had taken a turn for the worse. She has become physically disabled and cannot stand on her feet as a result of the bullets that penetrated her thigh and hip,” noted the lawyer.

New israeli Attack on Syria’s Quneitra in support of their Al Qaeda Terrorists friends

Breaking: Israeli Air Force Missile Strikes Syrian Army Positions, Israel Comes to the Rescue of Al Qaeda TerroristsBy Sophie Mangal

New Israeli Attack on Syria’s Quneitra: 3 Fighters of National Defense Forces killed

Strikes in Quneitra Governorate

The details of the Israeli Air Force attack on the position of the Syrian Arab army (SAA) in the in Quneitra Governorate have been disclosed.

As it turned out, Israeli aviation attacked Syrian government troops with unmanned aerial vehicles. The soldiers of SAA’s 90th Infantry Brigade were under fire.

The Israeli Air Force planes struck a missile attack at the positions of the Syrian army in the Khan Arnabeh district of Quneitra Governorate. It was also reported earlier the blow was carried out to the east of the village of Ein Ayshaa.

Two missiles were fired at 06.45 p.m. when government forces were repulsing  Al-Qaeda’s attacks in the vicinity of the city of Quneitra.

The remnants of an Israeli missile that hit SAA Golan regiment’s tank.

The incident led to heavy losses of equipment and material in the Syrian Arab Army.

There are reports that Al-Qaeda terrorists infiltrated Quneitra from the Golan Heights occupied by Israel with the aim to strengthen the front in Madinat al-Ba’ath.

Al-Qaeda terrorists infiltrated

Apparently, Israel had prepared and launched a missile strike in order to provide artillery support to Al-Qaeda terrorists. The Israeli drones recorded in the province of Quneitra make it possible to conclude that Al-Qaeda is provided with reconnaissance information from the battlefields with Israel help too.

Sophie Mangal is a co-editor at Inside Syria Media Center.

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