Israelis Demolish Kindergarten

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Times of Israel

Israeli Civil Administration officials and security forces on Monday demolished a temporary structure built without a permit that was to house a kindergarten in a Jerusalem-area Bedouin village.

The room, built of wood and metal paneling in the Bedouin village of Jabal al-Baba adjacent to al-Azariya, in the West Bank and just east of Jerusalem, was slated to open next month as a schoolroom for 25 four- to six-year-olds.

According to a statement from Israeli rights group B’Tselem, the kindergarten was to be the primary childcare facility for some two dozen Palestinian families from the Bedouin encampment at the site who otherwise have no access to either the Israeli or Palestinian education systems.

A picture of the demolition order circulated by B’Tselem showed the official reason for the demolition was the listing of the structure as “illegal construction,” meaning that it was built without a permit from Israeli authorities.

In a statement, the group said the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration also confiscated classroom equipment including desks, chairs, cabinets and blackboards worth some NIS 10,000 ($2,765).

A number of traditionally nomadic Bedouin communities are based in the hills east of Jerusalem. Activists have long criticized Israel for neglecting their development needs and seeking to move them from sprawling encampments to urban residential areas. Palestinians fear this is to enable the expansion of settlements in the area, which could further isolate the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem from other Palestinian population centers.

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Israel Demolishes Kindergarten in Bedouin Community Near Jerusalem

Ma’an News

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have reportedly demolished a kindergarten in the Bedouin community of Jabal al-Baba in the outskirts of al-Eizariya in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported Monday that the Israeli Civil Administration is threatening to destroy a number of homes in Jabal al-Baba and the nearby Bir al-Maskub area, despite an order by the Israeli Supreme Court forbidding the demolitions until the court determines whether the communities, which have been living there for decades, can be “legalized” in the eyes of the Israeli state.

Bedouin communities such as Jabal al-Baba have been settled in Jerusalem’s outskirts, now within the so-called E1 corridor near the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, since they were forcibly displaced from their villages in Beersheba during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

According to a report from Jerusalem-based al-Quds News and corroborated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the kindergarten in Jabal al-Baba was dismantled early Monday morning.

Large numbers of Israeli soldiers and forces from the Israeli Civil Administration raided the community as Israeli bulldozers began to raze the school to the ground.

According to al-Quds, Israeli forces confiscated property from inside the kindergarten before the demolition and ripped apart European Union flags that were posted in the building — an indication that the structure had been built with EU funds.

In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for COGAT, the larger Israeli entity of which the Civil Administration is part, told Ma’an: “Today an illegal tin and wood shed was caught in Eizaria, that was established over the past two weeks without receiving the required permits. The shed was confiscated by virtue of the procedure to confiscate caravans and in accordance to the law. We would like to emphasize that the construction was not in use.”

In addition to reports from al-Quds and OCHA, Palestinian Authority-owned Wafa news agency also cited witnesses as saying the structure demolished was a kindergarten. Due to being continuously targeted with demolitions and suffering from high poverty rates, most shelter in Bedouin communities are makeshift, informal structures.

Meanwhile, according to Israeli news daily Haaretz, the Israeli Supreme Court issued interim restraining orders against the demolition of a number of homes in Jabal al-Baba and Bir al-Maskub in February.

Despite this, a subcommittee of the Civil Administration threatened to carry out the demolition immediately if the residents didn’t return certain documents to defend their case within one week. The Bedouins then submitted a request last Thursday to declare the Civil Administration in contempt of court.

Israeli forces have demolished dozens of homes in Jabal al-Baba area, many of them built with assistance from the EU and humanitarian organizations, over the past few years. The hill is populated by some 55 Bedouin families (around 300 people) who have inhabited the area for 65 years, and face constant threat of being expelled from their homes.

Some 90 Palestinian Bedouins, the majority of them children, were left homeless when Israeli forces disassembled EU-donated mobile homes in the Jabal al-Baba in May 2016.

Jabal al-Baba, like other Bedouin communities in the region, is under threat of forcible transfer by Israel for being located in the contentious “E1 corridor” set up by the Israeli government to link annexed East Jerusalem with the mega settlement of Maale Adumim.

Israeli authorities plan to build thousands of homes for Jewish-only settlements in E1, which would effectively divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state — as envisaged by the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict — almost impossible.

Rights groups and Bedouin community members have sharply criticized Israel’s relocation plans for the Bedouin residing near the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, claiming that the removal would displace indigenous Palestinians for the sake of expanding Israeli settlements across the occupied West Bank in violation of international law.

Two weeks ago, Israeli authorities seized solar panels that powered an elementary and preschool in the Bedouin community of Abu Nuwwar, located in the E1 area, despite a petition against the seizure having been filed to the Israeli Supreme court, which issued a restraining order against the confiscation an hour after the panels were taken.

An elementary school in the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, which is also within the so-called E1 corridor, has also long been slated for demolition by Israel.

After a visit by the EU Heads of Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah to Khan al-Ahmar in March, the EU missions reminded Israel that demolishing the school would not only have a severe negative impact on Palestinian children’s right to education, but would also represent a violation of international humanitarian law.

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Israeli Settler Makes Chicken Noises…plus Hebron Under Lockdown

Came across this on Twitter and couldn’t resist posting it. Quite a performance by an Israeli settler in the West Bank. A “flower” indeed.

Meet one of the flowers that grew up in the Illegal Colonizers outpost in the Occupied West Bank..

Also, the West Bank city of Hebron has basically been under lockdown for the entire week as the city’s Jewish population celebrates Passover. Here are a couple of articles.

In Pictures…Al-Khalil on Lockdown as Israeli Settlers and Tourists Celebrate Pesach

Since the evening of April 10th, 2017, Israeli forces have imposed increased restrictions on the Palestinians of al-Khalil as colonial settlers and Israeli tourists celebrate Pesach – or Passover – across the city. So far, homes have been occupied, checkpoints closed, and Palestinian children attacked with teargas during the week-long holiday. Preparations for the festival began early in the week as an increasing number of Israeli soldiers and military vehicles arrived in Hebron.

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Israeli Soldiers Occupy Home of Palestinian Family During Pesach, Al-Khalil

A Palestinian family living in the Old City of al-Khalil were subject to nightly home intrusions by Israeli forces throughout the week leading up to Pesach, or Passover. On Wednesday 12th April, ISM activists visited the home on Shalallah Street before staying with the family overnight to monitor the situation.

The father of the family told ISM activists how six soldiers would arrive at the house at roughly 2 am, banging aggressively on the door with their M16 rifles before forcibly making their way up to the roof of the family home. These incursions occurred several times throughout the week as the same soldiers would arrive in the middle of the night to access and occupy the roof where they would sit for just one hour before leaving again through the family home.

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Alliel – A Window Into Tribal Arrogance

March 16, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

This video is a spectacular glimpse into Jewish Identity Politics. In the music clip, Alliel, an  arrogant yeshiva boy is subject to a historical continuum of harassment.   Seemingly, Alliel didn’t bother to ask himself why is he chased and abused time after time by so many people in so many places.  Humanity, for him, is a pictorial remote entity united by Jew hatred. For him the only thing that matters is that Am Israel Chai The Jew always prevail. But then, if this is the case, if the Jews see themselves as omnipotent superheroes why do they expect the rest of humanity to regard them as hopeless victims?

Millions of Israelis will be displaced in next war with Hezbollah

The fire that broke out in the oil refineries in the Gulf city of Haifa, and neutralized a number of oil storage tanks was renewed.

Zionist police closed all roads leading to the place, while enemy media reported citing officials stating that the fire is difficult to be controlled, amid growing fears of its expansion to other tanks full of oil.

Occupation mayor in Haifa said the incident can be considered as a rehearsal of what might happen in case those oil containers would be hit in any future war.

In future war, Hezbollah will fire 1,000 rockets a day, IDF predicts

Outgoing Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg said that a future war between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah group will include hundreds or even thousands of rockets raining down on the country every day.

Eisenberg spoke during an event Tuesday marking his stepping down from the post and handing it over to Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick.

The citizens of Israel, he said, should be prepared for significant challenges. According to estimates by the Home Front Command conducted during Eisenberg’s tenure, Israel must be prepared for a “blitz of attacks,” including 1,000-1,500 rockets falling on Israel’s home front every day.

But despite the grim scenario, Eisenberg remained upbeat as to Israel’s ability to weather a possible assault from Hezbollah. “Will it be hard? Can we stand up to them? Definitely; we have no choice,” he said.

Outgoing head of the Home Front Command, Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg (Photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90)

Outgoing head of the Home Front Command, Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg (Photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90)

The outgoing commander’s warning echoed information in leaflets distributed recently by the IDF’s Home Front Command to local authorities in which the army warned of the serious threat that Hezbollah poses to the country’s civilian population, and predicted that hundreds could be killed in a future conflict with Lebanon.

The army said that correct defensive procedures by civilians, such as retreating into stairwells during an attack, can significantly improve protection. The IDF has also been looking at plans that would see the evacuation of border communities and provide temporary housing for thousands of people at army bases and other sites.

The estimIsraeli explosives experts inspect a Hezbollah rocket after it landed in the northern Israeli city of Haifa August 9, 2006. (photo credit: Max Yelinson /Flash90) ates of what the Shiite-aligned Hezbollah can do with its arsenal of rockets, which could number as many as 100,000, were not new; however, in light of regional tensions and recent clashes on the northern border there is concern of an increased possibility of war. Hezbollah’s arsenal of rockets is said to cover the entirety of Israel.

Security pundits cited in Hebrew-language media suggested that a key aspect of the awareness campaign by the IDF is to keep civilian expectations of Israel’s anti-missile capabilities realistic. During the 2014 summer conflict between the IDF and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians fired over 4,000 rockets at Israeli towns and cities. The Iron Dome anti-rocket system knocked out of the sky many of the projectiles, preventing them from hitting population centers, but Hezbollah’s far greater ability to rain down massive barrages of larger, more accurate rockets, could overwhelm it.

Earlier this month the UN Security Council warned that recent violence along Lebanon’s border with Israel and the presence of unauthorized weapons in a UN buffer zone pose a risk of a new conflict.

An Israeli woman walks in front of a building destroyed by a Katyusha rocket in the town of Haifa on August Monday 07.2006. (photo credit: Max Yelinson /Flash90)

In January, two IDF soldiers were killed when an Israeli army patrol came under anti-tank fire from Hezbollah operatives in the northern Mount Dov region near the border with Lebanon.

Regarding that attack, Hezbollah said in a statement that a squad from the “fallen martyrs of the Quneitra brigade” had attacked the Israeli convoy in retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrike near Quneitra, just over the border in Syria, a week earlier that had killed at least seven, including an Iranian general and a senior commander in the organization. The statement said it was a “first announcement,” alluding to the possibility of further attacks.

In October 2014, Hezbollah claimed a bomb attack against Israeli troops along the border that wounded two soldiers. Hours later, a second bomb went off along the border in the area, but did not result in any casualties. The clash came two days after a Lebanese soldier was lightly wounded by Israeli forces in the same area.

The last major conflict between Israel and Hebollah was in 2006 and began after the group killed five IDF soldiers and snatched the bodies of two — Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev — sparking a bloody, month-long war. The fighting resulted in the deaths of 43 Israeli civilians and 119 IDF soldiers, and over 1,700 dead on the Lebanese side, including 600 to 800 Hezbollah combatants, according to IDF figures.

During the 34 days of fighting, Hezbollah launched over 4,000 rockets at Israel, an average of over 100 a day.

The bodies of Regev and Goldwasser were returned to Israel in 2008 in exchange for Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, four Hezbollah members and the remains of some 200 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners.

Times of Israel staff and AP contributed to this report.

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Huge Fire Broke out in Haifa Oil Refinery, 40 Fire Trucks Trying to Control the Fire

December 25, 2016

Huge Fire Broke out in Haifa Oil Refinery, 40 Fire Trucks Trying to Control the Fire

A fire broke out Sunday morning at an oil refinery in the occupied Palestinian city of Haifa, containing huge amounts of fuel.

A spokesman for the Zionist fire-fighting unit pointed out that the fire broke out in one fuel tank, noting that the fire crews are on their way to the place before the fire expands to other tanks.

Sources said later that more than 40 Zionist fire-fighting vehicles are trying to extinguish the fire, but has so far failed to control the blaze.

Reuters news agency reported that the fire broke out in one of the fuel tanks of the “Oil Ravinaraz” company, but there were no reports of injuries. It showed pictures posted on Zionist news websites showing flames and smoke rising from the tank.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Israel is the second poorest state in the OECD*

December 15, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

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The Israeli annual poverty report revealed today that the percentage of the population living under the official poverty line stands on 21.7%. In practice every fifth family in Israel is poor.

Israeli Arabs poverty grew to 53.3%. Four out of five East Jerusalemites (Palestinians) live in poverty, a sharp rise over past years.

Zionism, promised to ‘civilise’ the Diaspora Jews and establish an ethical productive society. What we see instead is a gross amplification of the Jewish ghetto condition-a gross divide between rich and poor.   And the Palestinians are just ‘Goyim du jour.’

*The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

“Israel” is burning..

Ynet Reports:  For the third straight day, firecrews are working around the clock to contain and extinguish a series of massive brush fires that broke out earlier this week; A state of emergency has been declared in Haifa, with all firefighting aircraft being scrambled to control the blaze that has forced the evacuation of thousands.

According to Haaretz, Tens of thousands were called to immediately evacuate as fires raged throughout Israel.

In case you wonder whether this development is a result of divine intervention or a new form of Palestinian resistance,  Israel’s security establishment believes that several of the fires were the result of “politically motivated arson”, though most of the fires have been caused by extreme wind gusts and drought. I guess that a ‘mixture’ is the official answer momentarily. This may change soon…

The Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that ‘Israel’ will deal with Haifa arson as a ‘terrorist’ operation and severely punish the ‘culprits’.

Zionist media accused the Palestinians of being responsible for Haifa fires, according to Al-Manar reporter who added that the Israeli outlets described the incineration as “Fire Intifada”.

In the latest developments, the Zionist authorities closed Ben Gurion Airport and Haifa port and evacuate Damon and Carmiel prisons due to the fire.

At least 132 were injured in Haifa fire, according to Haaretz

The Israeli army soldiers won’t be allowed to go home for the weekend as usual due to the fires spreading across the entity, the Zionist military has announced.

Earlier, around 50 thousands of Zionist settlers were evacuated as bushfires neared the residential areas in the occupied Haifa.

The incident exposed clearly that the entity failed to address the fire challenge despite its consecutive drills aimed to prepare the Zionists to face wars.

A viral twitter hachtag “Israel Burning” was marked as tweeters posted the photos of the fire.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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