Nasrallah’s Timing

September 18, 2021

Nasrallah’s Timing

By Ahmed Fouad

In the past, present, and future, timing is everything in both life and politics. When an actor is good at choosing the appropriate timing for his decision, success is all but guaranteed. This applies to the vast ocean of politics, and relates to every human act, even the most ordinary ones.

There is greatness in choosing the right timing to revolt against a far-reaching siege – a choice made and implemented by the master of the resistance and the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

It broke the cycle of the siege on Lebanon and Syria forever and threw all the plans of the United States and the Zionist entity to isolate the two countries in the dustbin of history. It was a divine timing; it came during one of the manifestations of the meeting between heaven and earth – Ashura, the memory of ideals and unique heroism throughout history.

Sayyed crowned the most pivotal event during the last decade with his resounding historical speech about the arrival of fuel tankers from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Lebanon via sister Syria. The arrival comes on a memory that also carries many noble meanings – the martyrdom anniversary of Sayyed Hadi. This sends a dual message to friends, close ones, and the enemies.

The first, and loudest, truth about the convoys breaking the siege on Lebanon is that they are coming from those who led the liberation of the land. They are repeating that, but this time, by liberating the ordinary citizen from neediness and crises and giving every Arab a sign for the only way to a solution. Hezbollah did not resort to the IMF, nor did it borrow from the West. Rather, it brought production and mobilization tools from the East. This is one.

As for the other, it was achieved by the long-term sacrifices of the Islamic Republic, Syria, and Hezbollah together, in a region already in crisis. Finally, you find an example of achievement and success, completely outside the American sphere, which opens the door to a further shattering of dependency on the US and loosening the American collar around the necks of everyone in the Arab region.

 The American equation that was presented to the rulers of Arab countries has existed since the mid-1970s. It is as follows: Sign a peace agreement with the Zionist entity, and American investments would guarantee you prosperity and growth; unlimited American support would provide you with all the leadership roles you desire.

This was the first thing that was said to Sadat, for example, about the milk and honey that were waiting for him as soon as he signs the Camp David Accords. When the game ended, Sadat took a piece of paper in exchange for giving away his entire country to the Americans and Zionists. Right before he was killed by the hero Khalid Al-Islambouli, he realized that he fell for the trick in a barren desert and all that he wished for was a mirage.

Only now, the solution came from outside in a fully cooperative manner that enhances the value of the local currencies of the three countries and deprives the American giant of its absolute ability to act, punish, and move; thus, breaking the prestige of the Zionist entity and the American power to the same degree.

In the end, the Iranian solution presented something greater than the spectacle of diesel and gasoline convoys and better than just meeting the needs of a country that was already suffocating. The Iranians did so by using a method chosen by Hezbollah in its jihad work since its glorious first day on the Arab land.

With all faith, Sayyed restored Ashura to our daily reality. It became an approach not an epitaph, a renewed victory over the enemy, blood that never goes to waste, and a firm commitment to the slogan “Zainab will not be taken captive twice.” Let everyone see the transfer of the party’s slogans from the arena of jihad against the enemy to the jihad of building, serving, and cutting the continuous and long chain of suffering against the citizens of Lebanon.

Perhaps one of the most important points in Sayyed’s remarks about the muted media coverage regarding the arrival of Iranian ships to Syria is to set a new rule that achieving the greatest possible success is linked to doing the least amount of talking possible.

The multiple speeches only reveal locations and goals. Therefore, a lot of words narrow the possibility of movement, freedom of action, and most importantly, the flexibility required in a troubled area, which is as effervescent as the hopes of the actors or those who are greedy.

Sayyed’s speech, which is actually historic and not descriptive, was not a dedication to celebration or joy in the achievement of an unparalleled glory for the entire Arab nation. Rather, it was a new promise to continue the opposite approach to the submissive Arab march during recent decades and to turn the page on the old, dull, and impotent policies. Sayyed painted his speech with a victorious, confident smile after succeeding in presenting a new integrated solution away from the poor imagination that drives all our miserable rulers.

American Pravda: Seeking 9/11 Truth After Twenty Years

September 14, 2021

American Pravda: Seeking 9/11 Truth After Twenty Years

by Ron Unz, reposted with permission

The twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks is almost upon us, and although their immediacy has been somewhat reduced by the events of the last eighteen months, we must recognize that they have drastically shaped the world history of the last two decades, greatly changing the daily lives and liberties of most ordinary Americans.

The widespread doubts about the reality of the official story provided by our government and almost universally promoted by our media has severely diminished popular faith in the credibility of those two crucial institutions, with consequences that are still very apparent in today’s highest profile issues.

Over the years, diligent researchers and courageous journalists have largely demolished the original narrative of those events, and have made a strong, perhaps even overwhelming case that the Israeli Mossad together with its American collaborators played the central role. My own reconstruction, substantially relying upon such accumulated evidence, came to such conclusions, and I am therefore republishing it below, drawn from my previous articles which had appeared in late 2018 and early 2020, with the later material making heavy use of Ronen Bergman’s authoritative 2018 history of the Mossad, which ran more than 750 pages.

Immediately following my own analysis is a link to a particularly noteworthy article along the same lines by French writer Laurent Guyénot, which we had originally released simultaneously with my own, then followed by more than a dozen other significant articles of the previous decade, all published or republished on this website. In coming days, some of these may also be separately featured as part of the twenty-year commemoration.

The 9/11 Attacks – What Happened?

Although somewhat related, political assassinations and terrorist attacks are distinct topics, and Bergman’s comprehensive volume explicitly focuses on the former, so we cannot fault him for providing only slight coverage of the latter. But the historical pattern of Israeli activity, especially with regard to false-flag attacks, is really quite remarkable, as I noted in a 2018 article:

One of history’s largest terrorist attacks prior to 9/11 was the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by Zionist militants dressed as Arabs, which killed 91 people and largely destroyed the structure. In the famous Lavon Affair of 1954, Israeli agents launched a wave of terrorist attacks against Western targets in Egypt, intending to have those blamed on anti-Western Arab groups. There are strong claims that in 1950 Israeli Mossad agents began a series of false-flag terrorist bombings against Jewish targets in Baghdad, successfully using those violent methods to help persuade Iraq’s thousand-year-old Jewish community to emigrate to the Jewish state. In 1967, Israel launched a deliberate air and sea attack against the U.S.S. Liberty, intending to leave no survivors, killing or wounding over 200 American servicemen before word of the attack reached our Sixth Fleet and the Israelis withdrew.

The enormous extent of pro-Israel influence in world political and media circles meant that none of these brutal attacks ever drew serious retaliation, and in nearly all cases, they were quickly thrown down the memory hole, so that today probably no more than one in a hundred Americans is even aware of them. Furthermore, most of these incidents came to light due to chance circumstances, so we may easily suspect that many other attacks of a similar nature have never become part of the historical record.

Of these famous incidents, Bergman only includes mention of the King David Hotel bombing. But much later in his narrative, he describes the huge wave of false-flag terrorist attacks unleashed in 1981 by Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, who recruited a former high-ranking Mossad official to manage the project.

Under Israeli direction, large car bombs began exploding in the Palestinian neighborhoods of Beirut and other Lebanese cities, killing or injuring enormous numbers of civilians. A single attack in October inflicted nearly 400 casualties, and by December, there were eighteen bombings per month, with their effectiveness greatly enhanced by the use of innovative new Israeli drone technology. Official responsibility for all the attacks was claimed by a previously unknown Lebanese organization, but the intent was to provoke the PLO into military retaliation against Israel, thereby justifying Sharon’s planned invasion of the neighboring country.

Since the PLO stubbornly refused to take the bait, plans were put into motion for the huge bombing of an entire Beirut sports stadium using tons of explosives during a January 1st political ceremony, with the death and destruction expected to be “of unprecedented proportions, even in terms of Lebanon.” But Sharon’s political enemies learned of the plot and emphasized that many foreign diplomats including the Soviet ambassador were expected to be present and probably would be killed, so after a bitter debate, Prime Minister Begin ordered the attack aborted. A future Mossad chief mentions the major headaches they then faced in removing the large quantity of explosives that they had already planted within the structure.

I think that this thoroughly documented history of major Israeli false-flag terrorist attacks, including those against American and other Western targets, should be carefully kept in mind when we consider the 9/11 attacks, whose aftermath has massively transformed our society and cost us so many trillions of dollars. I analyzed the strange circumstances of the attacks and their likely nature at considerable length in my 2018 article:

Oddly enough, for many years after 9/11, I paid very little attention to the details of the attacks themselves. I was entirely preoccupied with building my content-archiving software system, and with the little time I could spare for public policy matters, I was totally focused on the ongoing Iraq War disaster, as well as my terrible fears that Bush might at any moment suddenly extend the conflict to Iran. Despite Neocon lies shamelessly echoed by our corrupt media, neither Iraq nor Iran had had anything whatsoever to do with the 9/11 attacks, so those events gradually faded in my consciousness, and I suspect the same was true for most other Americans. Al Qaeda had largely disappeared and Bin Laden was supposedly hiding in a cave somewhere. Despite endless Homeland Security “threat alerts,” there had been no further Islamic terrorism on American soil, and relatively little anywhere else outside of the Iraq charnel house. So the precise details of the 9/11 plots had become almost irrelevant to me.

Others I knew seemed to feel the same way. Virtually all the exchanges I had with my old friend Bill Odom, the three-star general who had run the NSA for Ronald Reagan, had concerned the Iraq War and risk it might spread to Iran, as well as the bitter anger he felt toward Bush’s perversion of his beloved NSA into an extra-constitutional tool of domestic espionage. When the New York Times broke the story of the massive extent of domestic NSA spying, Gen. Odom declared that President Bush should be impeached and NSA Director Michael Hayden court-martialed. But in all the years prior to his untimely passing in 2008, I don’t recall the 9/11 attacks themselves even once coming up as a topic in our discussions.

Admittedly, I’d occasionally heard of some considerable oddities regarding the 9/11 attacks here and there, and these certainly raised some suspicions. Most days I would glance at the Antiwar.com front page, and it seemed that some Israeli Mossad agents had been caught while filming the plane attacks in NYC, while a much larger Mossad “art student” spy operation around the country had also been broken up around the same time. Apparently, FoxNews had even broadcast a multi-part series on the latter topic before that expose was scuttled and “disappeared” under ADL pressure.

Although I wasn’t entirely sure about the credibility of those claims, it did seem plausible that Mossad had known of the attacks in advance and allowed them to proceed, recognizing the huge benefits that Israel would derive from the anti-Arab backlash. I think I was vaguely aware that Antiwar.com editorial director Justin Raimondo had published The Terror Enigma, a short book about some of those strange facts, bearing the provocative subtitle “9/11 and the Israeli Connection,” but I never considered reading it. In 2007, Counterpunch itself published a fascinating follow-up story about the arrest of that group of Israeli Mossad agents in NYC, who were caught filming and apparently celebrating the plane attacks on that fateful day, and the Mossad activity seemed to be far larger than I had previously realized. But all these details remained a little fuzzy in my mind next to my overriding concerns about wars in Iraq and Iran.

However, by the end of 2008 my focus had begun to change. Bush was leaving office without having started an Iranian war, and America had successfully dodged the bullet of an even more dangerous John McCain administration. I assumed that Barack Obama would be a terrible president and he proved worse than my expectations, but I still breathed a huge sigh of relief every day that he was in the White House.

Moreover, around that same time I’d stumbled across an astonishing detail of the 9/11 attacks that demonstrated the remarkable depths of my own ignorance. In a Counterpunch article, I’d discovered that immediately following the attacks, the supposed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had publicly denied any involvement, even declaring that no good Muslim would have committed such deeds.

Once I checked around a little and fully confirmed that fact, I was flabbergasted. 9/11 was not only the most successful terrorist attack in the history of the world, but may have been greater in its physical magnitude than all past terrorist operations combined. The entire purpose of terrorism is to allow a small organization to show the world that it can inflict serious losses upon a powerful state, and I had never previously heard of any terrorist leader denying his role in a successful operation, let alone the greatest in history. Something seemed extremely wrong in the media-generated narrative that I had previously accepted. I began to wonder if I had been as deluded as the tens of millions of Americans in 2003 and 2004 who naively believed that Saddam had been the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks. We live in a world of illusions generated by our media, and I suddenly felt that I had noticed a tear in the paper-mache mountains displayed in the background of a Hollywood sound-stage. If Osama was probably not the author of 9/11, what other huge falsehoods had I blindly accepted?

A couple of years later, I came across a very interesting column by Eric Margolis, a prominent Canadian foreign policy journalist purged from the broadcast media for his strong opposition to the Iraq War. He had long published a weekly column in the Toronto Sun and when that tenure ended, he used his closing appearance to run a double-length piece expressing his very strong doubts about the official 9/11 story, even noting that the former director of Pakistani Intelligence insisted that Israel had been behind the attacks.

I eventually discovered that in 2003 former German Cabinet Minister Andreas von Bülow had published a best-selling book strongly suggesting that the CIA rather than Bin Laden was behind the attacks, while in 2007 former Italian President Francesco Cossiga had similarly argued that the CIA and the Israeli Mossad had been responsible, claiming that fact was well known among Western intelligence agencies.

Over the years, all these discordant claims had gradually raised my suspicions about the official 9/11 story to rather strong levels, but it was only very recently that I finally found the time to begin to seriously investigate the subject and read eight or ten of the main 9/11 Truther books, mostly those by Prof. David Ray Griffin, the widely acknowledged leader in that field. And his books, together with the writings of his numerous colleagues and allies, revealed all sorts of very telling details, most of which had previously been unknown to me. I was also greatly impressed by the sheer number of seemingly reputable individuals of no apparent ideological bent who had become adherents of the 9/11 Truth movement over the years.

When utterly astonishing claims of an extremely controversial nature are made over a period of many years by numerous seemingly reputable academics and other experts, and they are entirely ignored or suppressed but never effectively rebutted, reasonable conclusions seem to point in an obvious direction. Based on my very recent readings in this topic, the total number of huge flaws in the official 9/11 story has now grown extremely long, probably numbering in the many dozens. Most of these individual items seem reasonably likely and if we decide that even just two or three of them are correct, we must totally reject the official narrative that so many of us have believed for so long.

Now I am merely just an amateur in the complex intelligence craft of extracting nuggets of truth from a mountain of manufactured falsehood. Although the arguments of the 9/11 Truth Movement seem quite persuasive to me, I would obviously have felt much more comfortable if they were seconded by an experienced professional, such as a top CIA analyst. A few years ago, I was shocked to discover that was indeed the case.

William Christison had spent 29 years at the CIA, rising to become one of its senior figures as Director of its Office of Regional and Political Analysis, with 200 research analysts serving under him. In August 2006, he published a remarkable 2,700 word article explaining why he no longer believed the official 9/11 story and felt sure that the 9/11 Commission Report constituted a cover-up, with the truth being quite different. The following year, he provided a forceful endorsement to one of Griffin’s books, writing that “[There’s] a strong body of evidence showing the official U.S. Government story of what happened on September 11, 2001 to be almost certainly a monstrous series of lies.” And Christison’s extreme 9/11 skepticism was seconded by that of many other highly regarded former US intelligence professionals.

We might expect that if a former CIA intelligence officer of Christison’s rank were to denounce the official 9/11 report as a fraud and a cover-up, such a story would constitute front-page news. But it was never reported anywhere in our mainstream media, and I only stumbled upon it a decade later.

Even our supposed “alternative” media outlets were nearly as silent. Throughout the 2000s, Christison and his wife Kathleen, also a former CIA analyst, had been regular contributors to Counterpunch, publishing many dozens of articles there and certainly being its most highly credentialed writers on intelligence and national security matters. But editor Alexander Cockburn refused to publish any of their 9/11 skepticism, so it never came to my attention at the time. Indeed, when I mentioned Christison’s views to current Counterpunch editor Jeffrey St. Clair a couple of years ago, he was stunned to discover that the friend he had regarded so very highly had actually become a “9/11 Truther.” When media organs serve as ideological gatekeepers, a condition of widespread ignorance becomes unavoidable.

With so many gaping holes in the official story of the events of seventeen years ago, each of us is free to choose to focus on those we personally consider most persuasive, and I have several of my own. Danish Chemistry professor Niels Harrit was one of the scientists who analyzed the debris of the destroyed buildings and detected the residual presence of nano-thermite, a military-grade explosive compound, and I found him quite credible during his hour-long interview on Red Ice Radio. The notion that an undamaged hijacker passport was found on an NYC street after the massive, fiery destruction of the skyscrapers is totally absurd, as was the claim that the top hijacker conveniently lost his luggage at one of the airports and it was found to contain a large mass of incriminating information. The testimonies of the dozens of firefighters who heard explosions just before the collapse of the buildings seems totally inexplicable under the official account. The sudden total collapse of Building Seven, never hit by any jetliners is also extremely implausible.

The 9/11 Attacks – Who Did It?

Let us now suppose that the overwhelming weight of evidence is correct, and concur with high-ranking former CIA intelligence analysts, distinguished academics, and experienced professionals that the 9/11 attacks were not what they appeared to be. We recognize the extreme implausibility that three huge skyscrapers in New York City suddenly collapsed at free-fall velocity into their own footprints after just two of them were hit by airplanes, and also that a large civilian jetliner probably did not strike the Pentagon leaving behind absolutely no wreckage and only a small hole. What actually did happen, and more importantly, who was responsible?

The first question is obviously impossible to answer without an honest and thorough official investigation of the evidence. Until that occurs, we should not be surprised that numerous, somewhat conflicting hypotheses have been advanced and debated within the confines of the 9/11 Truth community. But the second question is probably the more important and relevant one, and I think it has always represented a source of extreme vulnerability to 9/11 Truthers.

The most typical approach, as generally followed in the numerous Griffin books, is to avoid the issue entirely and focus solely on the gaping flaws in the official narrative. This is a perfectly acceptable position but leaves all sorts of serious doubts. What organized group would have been sufficiently powerful and daring to carry off an attack of such vast scale against the central heart of the world’s sole superpower? And how were they possibly able to orchestrate such a massively effective media and political cover-up, even enlisting the participation of the U.S. government itself?

The much smaller fraction of 9/11 Truthers who choose to address this “whodunit” question seem to be overwhelmingly concentrated among rank-and-file grassroots activists rather than the prestigious experts, and they usually answer “inside job!” Their widespread belief seems to be that the top political leadership of the Bush Administration, probably including Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, had organized the terrorist attacks, either with or without the knowledge of their ignorant nominal superior, President George W. Bush. The suggested motives included justifying military attacks against various countries, supporting the financial interests of the powerful oil industry and military-industrial complex, and enabling the destruction of traditional American civil liberties. Since the vast majority of politically-active Truthers seem to come from the far left of the ideological spectrum, they regard these notions as logical and almost self-evident.

Although not explicitly endorsing those Truther conspiracies, filmmaker Michael Moore’s leftist box office hit Fahrenheit 9/11 seemed to raise such similar suspicions. His small budget documentary earned an astonishing $220 million by suggesting that the very close business ties between the Bush family, Cheney, the oil companies, and the Saudis were responsible for the Iraq War aftermath of the terrorist attacks, as well as the domestic crackdown on civil liberties, which was part-and-parcel of the right-wing Republican agenda.

Unfortunately, this apparently plausible picture seems to have almost no basis in reality. During the drive to the Iraq War, I read Times articles interviewing numerous top oil men in Texas who expressed total puzzlement at why America was planning to attack Saddam, saying that they could only assume that President Bush knew something that they themselves did not. Saudi Arabian leaders were adamantly opposed to an American attack on Iraq, and made every effort to prevent it. Prior to his joining the Bush Administration, Cheney had served as CEO of Halliburton, an oil services giant, and his firm had heavily lobbied for the lifting of U.S. economic sanctions against Iraq. Prof. James Petras, a scholar of strong Marxist leanings, published an excellent 2008 book entitled Zionism, Militarism, and the Decline of US Power in which he conclusively demonstrated that Zionist interests rather than those of the oil industry had dominated the Bush Administration in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and promoted the Iraq War.

As for the Michael Moore film, I remember at the time sharing a laugh with a (Jewish) friend of mine, both of us finding it ridiculous that a government so overwhelmingly permeated by fanatically pro-Israel Neocons was being portrayed as being in thrall to the Saudis. Not only did the plotline of Moore’s film demonstrate the fearsome power of Jewish Hollywood, but its huge success suggested that most of the American public had apparently never heard of the Neocons.

Bush critics properly ridiculed the president for his tongue-tied statement that the 9/11 terrorists had attacked America “for its freedoms” and Truthers have reasonably branded as implausible the claims that the massive attacks were organized by a cave-dwelling Islamic preacher. But the suggestion that they were led and organized by the top figures of the Bush Administration seems even more preposterous.

Cheney and Rumsfeld had both spent decades as stalwarts of the moderate pro-business wing of the Republican Party, each serving in top government positions and also as CEOs of major corporations. The notion that they capped their careers by joining a new Republican administration in early 2001 and almost immediately set about organizing a gigantic false-flag terrorist attack upon the proudest towers of our largest city together with our own national military headquarters, intending to kill many thousands of Americans in the process, is too ridiculous to even be part of a leftist political satire.

Let’s step back a bit. In the entire history of the world, I can think of no documented case in which the top political leadership of a country has launched a major false-flag attack upon its own centers of power and finance and tried to kill large numbers of its own people. The America of 2001 was a peaceful and prosperous country run by relatively bland political leaders focused upon the traditional Republican goals of enacting tax-cuts for the rich and reducing environmental regulations. Too many Truther activists have apparently drawn their understanding of the world from the caricatures of leftist comic-books in which corporate Republicans are all diabolical Dr. Evils, seeking to kill Americans out of sheer malevolence, and Alexander Cockburn was absolutely correct to ridicule them at least on that particular score.

Consider also the simple practicalities of the situation. The gigantic nature of the 9/11 attacks as postulated by the Truth movement would have clearly required enormous planning and probably involved the work of many dozens or even hundreds of skilled agents. Ordering CIA operatives or special military units to organize secret attacks against civilian targets in Venezuela or Yemen is one thing, but directing them to mount attacks against the Pentagon and the heart of New York City would be fraught with stupendous risk.

Bush had lost the popular vote in November 2000 and had only reached the White House because of a few dangling chads in Florida and the controversial decision of a deeply divided Supreme Court. As a consequence, most of the American media regarded his new administration with enormous hostility. If the first act of such a newly-sworn presidential team had been ordering the CIA or the military to prepare attacks against New York City and the Pentagon, surely those orders would have been regarded as issued by a group of lunatics, and immediately leaked to the hostile national press.

The whole scenario of top American leaders being the masterminds behind 9/11 is beyond ridiculous, and those 9/11 Truthers who make or imply such claims—doing so without a single shred of solid evidence—have unfortunately played a major role in discrediting their entire movement. In fact, the common meaning of the “inside job” scenario is so patently absurd and self-defeating that one might even suspect that the claim was encouraged by those seeking to discredit the entire 9/11 Truth movement as a consequence.

The focus on Cheney and Rumsfeld seems particularly ill-directed. Although I’ve never met nor had any dealings with either of those individuals, I was quite actively involved in DC politics during the 1990s, and can say with some assurance that prior to 9/11, neither of them were regarded as Neocons. Instead, they were the archetypical examples of moderate business-type mainstream Republicans, stretching all the way back to their years at the top of the Ford Administration during the mid-1970s.

Skeptics of this claim may note that they signed the 1997 declaration issued by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a leading Neocon foreign policy manifesto organized by Bill Kristol, but I would regard that as something of a red herring. In DC circles, individuals are always recruiting their friends to sign various declarations, which may or may not be indicative of anything, and I remember Kristol trying to get me to sign the PNAC statement as well. Since my private views on that issue were absolutely 100% contrary to the Neocon position, which I regarded as foreign policy lunacy, I deflected his request and very politely turned him down. But I was quite friendly with him at the time, so if I had been someone without strong opinions in that area, I probably would have agreed.

This raises a larger point. By 2000, the Neocons had gained almost total control of all the major conservative/Republican media outlets and the foreign policy wings of nearly all the similarly aligned thinktanks in DC, successfully purging most of their traditional opponents. So although Cheney and Rumsfeld were not themselves Neocons, they were swimming in a Neocon sea, with a very large fraction of all the information they received coming from such sources and with their top aides such as “Scooter” Libby, Paul Wolfowitz, and Douglas Feith being Neocons. Rumsfeld was already somewhat elderly while Cheney had suffered several heart-attacks starting at age 37, so under those circumstances it may have been relatively easy for them to be shifted toward certain policy positions.

Indeed, the entire demonization of Cheney and Rumsfeld in anti-Iraq War circles has seemed somewhat suspicious to me. I always wondered whether the heavily Jewish liberal media had focused its wrath upon those two individuals in order to deflect culpability from the Jewish Neocons who were the obvious originators of that disastrous policy; and the same may be true of the 9/11 Truthers, who probably feared accusations of anti-Semitism. Regarding that former issue, a prominent Israeli columnist was characteristically blunt on the matter in 2003, strongly suggesting that 25 Neocon intellectuals, nearly all of them Jewish, were primarily responsible for the war. Under normal circumstances, the president himself would have surely been portrayed as the evil mastermind behind the 9/11 plot, but “W” was too widely known for his ignorance for such accusations to be credible.

It does seem entirely plausible that Cheney, Rumsfeld, and other top Bush leaders may have been manipulated into taking certain actions that inadvertently fostered the 9/11 plot, while a few lower-level Bush appointees might have been more directly involved, perhaps even as outright conspirators. But I do not think this is the usual meaning of the “inside job” accusation.

So where do we now stand? It seems very likely that the 9/11 attacks were the work of an organization far more powerful and professionally-skilled than a rag-tag band of nineteen random Arabs armed with box-cutters, but also that the attacks were very unlikely to have been the work of the American government itself. So who actually attacked our country on that fateful day seventeen years ago, killing thousands of our fellow citizens?

Effective intelligence operations are concealed in a hall of mirrors, often extremely difficult for outsiders to penetrate, and false-flag terrorist attacks certainly fall into this category. But if we apply a different metaphor, the complexities of such events may be seen as a Gordian Knot, almost impossible to disentangle, but vulnerable to the sword-stroke of asking the simple question “Who benefited?”

America and most of the world certainly did not, and the disastrous legacies of that fateful day have transformed our own society and wrecked many other countries. The endless American wars soon unleashed have already cost us many trillions of dollars and set our nation on the road to bankruptcy while killing or displacing many millions of innocent Middle Easterners. Most recently, that resulting flood of desperate refugees has begun engulfing Europe, and the peace and prosperity of that ancient continent is now under severe threat.

Our traditional civil liberties and constitutional protections have been drastically eroded, with our society having taken long steps toward becoming an outright police state. American citizens now passively accept unimaginable infringements on their personal freedoms, all originally begun under the guise of preventing terrorism.

I find it difficult to think of any country in the world that clearly gained as a result of the 9/11 attacks and America’s military reaction, with one single, solitary exception.

During 2000 and most of 2001, America was a peaceful prosperous country, but a certain small Middle Eastern nation had found itself in an increasingly desperate situation. Israel then seemed to be fighting for its life against the massive waves of domestic terrorism that constituted the Second Palestinian Intifada.

Ariel Sharon was widely believed to have deliberately provoked that uprising in September 2000 by marching to the Temple Mount backed by a thousand armed police, and the resulting violence and polarization of Israeli society had successfully installed him as Prime Minister in early 2001. But once in office, his brutal measures failed to end the wave of continuing attacks, which increasingly took the form of suicide-bombings against civilian targets. Many believed that the violence might soon trigger a huge outflow of Israeli citizens, perhaps producing a death-spiral for the Jewish state. Iraq, Iran, Libya, and other major Muslim powers were supporting the Palestinians with money, rhetoric, and sometimes weaponry, and Israeli society seemed close to crumbling. I remember hearing from some of my DC friends that numerous Israeli policy experts were suddenly seeking berths at Neocon thinktanks so that they could relocate to America.

Sharon was a notoriously bloody and reckless leader, with a long history of undertaking strategic gambles of astonishing boldness, sometimes betting everything on a single roll of the dice. He had spent decades seeking the Prime Ministership, but having finally obtained it, he now had his back to the wall, with no obvious source of rescue in sight.

The 9/11 attacks changed everything. Suddenly the world’s sole superpower was fully mobilized against Arab and Muslim terrorist movements, especially those connected with the Middle East. Sharon’s close Neocon political allies in America used the unexpected crisis as an opportunity to seize control of America’s foreign policy and national security apparatus, with an NSA staffer later reporting that Israeli generals freely roamed the halls of the Pentagon without any security controls. Meanwhile, the excuse of preventing domestic terrorism was used to implement newly centralized American police controls that were soon employed to harass or even shut down various anti-Zionist political organizations. One of the Israeli Mossad agents arrested by the police in New York City as he and his fellows were celebrating the 9/11 attacks and producing a souvenir film of the burning World Trade Center towers told the officers that “We are Israelis…Your problems are our problems.” And so they immediately became.

General Wesley Clark reported that soon after the 9/11 attacks he was informed that a secret military plan had somehow come into being under which America would attack and destroy seven major Muslim countries over the next few years, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Libya, which coincidentally were all of Israel’s strongest regional adversaries and the leading supporters of the Palestinians. As America began to expend enormous oceans of blood and treasure attacking all of Israel’s enemies after 9/11, Israel itself no longer needed to do so. Partly as a consequence, almost no other nation in the world has so enormously improved its strategic and economic situation during the last seventeen years, even while a large fraction of the American population has become completely impoverished during that same period and our national debt has grown to insurmountable levels. A parasite can often grow fat even as its host suffers and declines.

I have emphasized that for many years after the 9/11 attacks I paid little attention to the details and had only the vaguest notion that there even existed an organized 9/11 Truth movement. But if someone had ever convinced me that the terrorist attacks had been false-flag operations and someone other than Osama had been responsible, my immediate guess would have been Israel and its Mossad.

Certainly no other nation in the world can remotely match Israel’s track-record of remarkably bold high-level assassinations and false-flag attacks, terrorist and otherwise, against other countries, even including America and its military. Furthermore, the enormous dominance of Jewish and pro-Israel elements in the American establishment media and increasingly that of many other major countries in the West has long ensured that even when the solid evidence of such attacks was discovered, very few ordinary Americans would ever hear those facts.

Once we accept that the 9/11 attacks were probably a false-flag operation, a central clue to the likely perpetrators has been their extraordinary success in ensuring that such a wealth of enormously suspicious evidence has been totally ignored by virtually the entire American media, whether liberal or conservative, left-wing or right-wing.

In the particular case at hand, the considerable number of zealously pro-Israel Neocons situated just beneath the public surface of the Bush Administration in 2001 could have greatly facilitated both the successful organization of the attacks and their effective cover-up and concealment, with Libby, Wolfowitz, Feith, and Richard Perle being merely the most obvious names. Whether such individuals were knowing conspirators or merely had personal ties allowing them to be exploited in furthering the plot is entirely unclear.

Most of this information must surely have long been apparent to knowledgeable observers, and I strongly suspect that many individuals who had paid much greater attention than myself to the details of the 9/11 attacks may have quickly formed a tentative conclusion along these same lines. But for obvious social and political reasons, there is a great reluctance to publicly point the finger of blame towards Israel on a matter of such enormous magnitude. Hence, except for a few fringe activists here and there, such dark suspicions remained private.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the 9/11 Truth movement probably feared they would be destroyed by media accusations of deranged anti-Semitism if they had ever expressed even a hint of such ideas. This political strategy may have been necessary, but by failing to name any plausible culprit, they created a vacuum that was soon filled by “useful idiots” who shouted “inside job!” while pointing an accusing finger toward Cheney and Rumsfeld, and thereby did so much to discredit the entire 9/11 Truth movement.

This unfortunate conspiracy of silence finally ended in 2009 when Dr. Alan Sabrosky, former Director of Studies at the US Army War College, stepped forward and publicly declared that the Israeli Mossad had very likely been responsible for the 9/11 attacks, writing a series of columns on the subject, and eventually presenting his views in a number of media interviews, along with additional analyses.

Obviously, such explosive charges never reached the pages of my morning Times, but they did receive considerable if transitory coverage in portions of the alternative media, and I remember seeing the links very prominently featured at Antiwar.com and widely discussed elsewhere. I had never previously heard of Sabrosky, so I consulted my archiving system and immediately discovered that he had a perfectly respectable record of publication on military affairs in mainstream foreign policy periodicals and had also held a series of academic appointments at prestigious institutions. Reading one or two of his articles on 9/11, I felt he made a rather persuasive case for Mossad involvement, with some of his information already known to me but much of it not.

Since I was very busy with my software work and had never spent any time investigating 9/11 or reading any of the books on the topic, my belief in his claims back then was obviously quite tentative. But now that I have finally looked into the subject in much greater detail and done a great deal of reading, I think it seems quite likely that his 2009 analysis was entirely correct.

I would particularly recommend his long 2011 interview on Iranian Press TV, which I first watched just a couple of days ago. He came across as highly credible and forthright in his claims:

https://www.bitchute.com/embed/tpYjyFbJzPZh/

He also provided a pugnacious conclusion in a much longer 2010 radio interview:

https://www.bitchute.com/embed/BigWEQyw6Cb7/

Sabrosky focused much of his attention upon a particular segment of a Dutch documentary film on the 9/11 attacks produced several years earlier. In that fascinating interview, a professional demolition expert named Danny Jowenko who was largely ignorant of the 9/11 attacks immediately identified the filmed collapse of WTC Building 7 as a controlled-demolition, and the remarkable clip was broadcast worldwide on Press TV and widely discussed across the Internet.https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sl2RIqT-4bk?feature=oembed

And by a very strange coincidence, just three days after Jowenko’s broadcast video interview had received such heavy attention, he had the misfortune to die in a frontal collision with a tree in Holland. I’d suspect that the community of professional demolition experts is a small one, and Jowenko’s surviving industry colleagues may have quickly concluded that serious misfortune might visit those who rendered controversial expert opinions on the collapse of the three World Trade Center towers.

Meanwhile, the ADL soon mounted a huge and largely successful effort to have Press TV banned in the West for promoting “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” even persuading YouTube to entirely eliminate the huge video archive of those past shows, notably including Sabrosky’s long interview.

Most recently, Sabrosky provided an hour-long presentation at this June’s Deep Truth video panel conference, during which he expressed considerable pessimism about America’s political predicament, and suggested that the Zionist control over our politics and media had grown even stronger over the last decade.

His discussion was soon rebroadcast by Guns & Butter, a prominent progressive radio program, which as a consequence was soon purged from its home station after seventeen years of great national popularity and strong listener support.

The late Alan Hart, a very distinguished British broadcast journalist and foreign correspondent, also broke his silence in 2010 and similarly pointed to the Israelis as the likely culprits behind the 9/11 attacks. Those interested may wish to listen to his extended interview.

Journalist Christopher Bollyn was one of the first writers to explore the possible Israeli links to the 9/11 attacks, and the details contained in his long series of newspaper articles are often quoted by other researchers. In 2012, he gathered together this material and published it in the form of a book entitled Solving 9-11, thereby making his information on the possible role of the Israeli Mossad available to a much wider audience, with a version being available online. Unfortunately his printed volume severely suffers from the typical lack of resources available to the writers on the political fringe, with poor organization and frequent repetition of the same points due to its origins in a set of individual articles, and this may diminish its credibility among some readers. So those who purchase it should be forewarned about these serious stylistic weaknesses.

Probably a much better compendium of the very extensive evidence pointing to the Israeli hand behind the 9/11 attacks has been more recently provided by French writer Laurent Guyénot, both in his 2017 book JFK-9/11: 50 Years of the Deep State and also his 8,500 word article “9/11 was an Israeli Job”, published concurrently with this one and providing a far greater wealth of detail than is contained here. While I would not necessarily endorse all of his claims and arguments, his overall analysis seems fully consistent with my own.

These writers have provided a great deal of material in support of the Israeli Mossad Hypothesis, but I would focus attention on just one important point. We would normally expect that terrorist attacks resulting in the complete destruction of three gigantic office buildings in New York City and an aerial assault on the Pentagon would be an operation of enormous size and scale, involving very considerable organizational infrastructure and manpower. In the aftermath of the attacks, the US government undertook great efforts to locate and arrest the surviving Islamic conspirators, but scarcely managed to find a single one. Apparently, they had all died in the attacks themselves or otherwise simply vanished into thin air.

But without making much effort at all, the American government did quickly round up and arrest some 200 Israeli Mossad agents, many of whom had been based in exactly the same geographical locations as the purported 19 Arab hijackers. Furthermore, NYC police arrested some of these agents while they were publicly celebrating the 9/11 attacks, and others were caught driving vans in the New York area containing explosives or their residual traces. Most of these Mossad agents refused to answer any questions, and many of those who did failed polygraph tests, but under massive political pressure all were eventually released and deported back to Israel. A couple of years ago, much of this information was very effectively presented in a short video available on YouTube.

There is another fascinating tidbit that I have very rarely seen mentioned. Just a month after the 9/11 attacks, two Israelis were caught sneaking weapons and explosives into the Mexican Parliament building, a story that naturally produced several banner-headlines in leading Mexican newspapers at the time but which was greeted by total silence in the American media. Eventually, under massive political pressure, all charges were dropped and the Israeli agents were deported back home. This remarkable incident was only reported on a small Hispanic-activist website, and discussed in a few other places. Some years ago I easily found the scanned front pages of the Mexican newspapers reporting those dramatic events on the Internet, but I can no longer easily locate them. The details are obviously somewhat fragmentary and possibly garbled, but certainly quite intriguing.

One might speculate that if supposed Islamic terrorists had followed up their 9/11 attacks by attacking and destroying the Mexican parliament building a month later, Latin American support for America’s military invasions in the Middle East would have been greatly magnified. Furthermore, any scenes of such massive destruction in the Mexican capital by Arab terrorists would surely have been broadcast non-stop on Univision, America’s dominant Spanish-language network, fully solidifying Hispanic support for President Bush’s military endeavors.

Although my growing suspicions about the 9/11 attacks stretch back a decade or more, my serious investigation of the topic is quite recent, so I am certainly a newcomer to the field. But sometimes an outsider can notice things that may escape the attention of those who have spent so many years deeply immersed in a given topic.

From my perspective, a huge fraction of the 9/11 Truth community spends far too much of its time absorbed in the particular details of the attacks, debating the precise method by which the World Trade Center towers in New York were brought down or what actually struck the Pentagon. But these sorts of issues seem of little ultimate significance.

I would argue that the only important aspect of such technical issues is whether the overall evidence is sufficiently strong to establish the falsehood of the official 9/11 narrative and also demonstrate that the attacks must have been the work of a highly sophisticated organization with access to advanced military technology rather than a rag-tag band of 19 Arabs armed with box-cutters. Beyond that, none of those details matter.

In that regard, I believe that the volume of factual material collected by determined researchers over the last seventeen years has easily met that requirement, perhaps even ten or twenty times over. For example, even agreeing upon a single particular item such as the clear presence of nano-thermite, a military-grade explosive compound, would immediately satisfy those two criteria. So I see little point in endless debates over whether nano-thermite was used, or nano-thermite plus something else, or just something else entirely. And such complex technical debates may serve to obscure the larger picture, while confusing and intimidating any casually-interested onlookers, thereby being quite counter-productive to the overall goals of the 9/11 Truth movement.

Once we have concluded that the culprits were part of a highly sophisticated organization, we can then focus on the Who and the Why, which surely would be of greater importance than the particular details of the How. Yet currently all the endless debate over the How tends to crowd out the Who and the Why, and I wonder whether this unfortunate situation might even be intentional.

Perhaps one reason is that once sincere 9/11 Truthers do focus on those more important questions, the vast weight of the evidence clearly points in a single direction, implicating Israel and its Mossad intelligence service, with the case being overwhelmingly strong in motive, means, and opportunity. And leveling accusations of blame at Israel and its domestic collaborators for the greatest attack ever launched against America on our own soil entails enormous social and political risks.

But such difficulties must be weighed against the reality of three thousand American civilian lives and the subsequent seventeen years of our multi-trillion-dollar wars, which have produced tens of thousands of dead or wounded American servicemen and the death or displacement of many millions of innocent Middle Easterners.

The members of the 9/11 Truth movement must therefore ask themselves whether or not “Truth” is indeed the central goal of their efforts.

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In support of Gilboa Prisoners, Spoons Thrown at the Israeli Embassy in Washington

September 13, 2021

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Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

Hundreds of spoons were thrown in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, in support of the Gilboa prisoners.

Spoons, a symbol of support for Gilboa Prisoners

A number of demonstrators threw dozens of spoons in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, conveying a message of solidarity with the Gilboa prisoners.

Social media activists circulated a picture of the demonstration, which shows hundreds of spoons lying at the entrance of the embassy, in a symbolic reference to the Gilboa prison operation in which the six prisoners dug a tunnel from under the prison using a spoon to snatch away their freedom from their jailers. 

This step comes to mock the Israeli enemy, after the six prisoners managed to escape from prison, despite the severe security fortifications of Israeli prisons.

It is noteworthy that the Israeli occupation had announced re-arresting 4 of the 6 prisoners, Yaqoub Qadri, Mahmoud al-Arida, Zakaria Zubeidi, and Mohammed al-Arida.

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عالم متحوّل… «إسرائيل» مجرد حاجز طيار وكيانات البترودولار ستختفي قريباً

 محمد صادق الحسيني

الخبر الآن هو سحب واشنطن لبطاريات پاتريوت من السعودية على رغم تزايد هجومات أنصار الله عليها.

‏ وأنّ الأميركيين يغادرون المنطقة نهائياً وإن بالتدريج على رغم خطورة التحولات.

ويقولون للعرب كما لليهود:

‏دبّروا حالكم بأنفسكم وكل واحد يقلع شوكه بأظافره…

البداية من أفغانستان والأمر سارٍ على سائر البلدان، وكذلك لبنان.

‏هذا هو لسان حال الدوائر الأميركية لمن يقرأ جيداً، الموازين في الميدان والتقارير في الكواليس.

والتي تقول :لن يطول الزمان الذي ستصبح فيه حتى القاعدة الأميركية المتقدمة المقامة على اليابسة الفلسطينية والتي اسمها «إسرائيل»، إلا وتكون على جدول الإغلاق مثلها مثل مئات القواعد الأميركية المنتشرة في العالم، وذلك في إطار تطبيق برنامج أو خطة أميركا أولاً..!

‏الكيان إلى زوال إذن ولو بعد لأي.

 وإمارات النفط والغاز والبنزين تختفي قريباً من خريطة الوطن العربي، بخاصة بعد تقرير اقتصادي للأمم المتحدة يتوقع إفلاسها في عام 2024.

وما سيسرع في ذلك انتهاء وظيفتها الكيانية التي استحدثت من أجلها.

باختصار مكثف: أميركا إذن تقرر تغيير عقيدتها العسكرية للمرة الأولى منذ الحرب العالمية الثانية. وتأخذ قرارها النهائي بسحب عديدها وعتادها من مراكز الانتشار العالمي لإعادة الحياة إلى دورة الاقتصاد الأميركي الداخلية الكاسدة.

والصين في المقابل تتقدّم بخطى حثيثة بناء على رؤية استراتيجية ثاقبة لوصل شرق الصين بشرق المتوسط بطريق سريع يمرّ عبر أفغانستان وإيران من دون وجود عسكري غربي.

في هذه الأثناء نشرت وكالة «أسوشيتد برس»: صوراً فضائية قبل أيام تظهر سحب واشنطن منظومات «باتريوت» من السعودية على رغم تواصل الهجمات من اليمن كما أشرنا.

من جهة أخرى فقد علم من مصادر أوروبية استخبارية رفيعة، بأن واشنطن أبلغت الدوحة قبل أيام عبر وزير خارجيتها بلينكن، بأنّ ملف أفغانستان سيتمّ نقله بالكامل إلى ألمانيا، وأنّ دور الدوحة سيتحول إلى دور لوجيستي محض.

واشنطن هذه كانت قد أبلغت تل أبيب عبر وزير خارجيتها بينيت وغيره بأنها لم تعد مهتمة في أي خطط قد تفكر بها تل أبيب ضد طهران أو سورية أو حتى لبنان، فهي لديها ما يكفيها من مشاكل داخلية ودولية، وتتجه بقوة نحو مضيق «مالاقا» وبحر الصين.

إن أسباب ما ذكر أعلاه يمكن وضعه في تقدير الموقف الذي يستنتجه كل من يطالع بدقة التقارير التي يتم تداولها في الكواليس والأروقة الخلفية على المستوى الدولي والتي تؤكد ما يلي:

1 ـ كان قرار القوى الخفية، التي قررت أن ترشح ترامب إلى الرئاسه يتلخص في استخدامه لإنهاء الوجود العسكري الأميركي في أفغانستان و»الشرق الأوسط» أولاً ومن مناطق أخرى في العالم لاحقاً بعد هزيمتها في كل الحروب التي شنتها منذ ما بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية.

2 ـ فشل ترامب في ذلك بسبب ضغوط مجموعات الضغط اليهوديه في أميركا، ومنعه من ذلك بحجة الخوف على أمن «اسرائيل».

3 ـ لكنه بقي مصراً على تنفيذ الانسحابات وهو يسألهم عما تريده «إسرائيل» لضمان أمنها ؟ فجاء الجواب: تطبيع مع الدول العربية/ اعتراف أميركا بيهودية الدولة/ نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس/ الاعتراف بضم الجولان.

4 ـ تمّ ذلك ولكن القوى الخفية لم تتراجع عن قرار تصفية الوجود العسكري الأميركي تدريجياً في «الشرق الأوسط»/ غرب آسيا.

من هنا جاء تنفيذ قرار الانسحاب من أفغانستان على يد بايدن، الذي وصل إلى الحكم بموافقة نفس القوى الخفية التي جاءت بترامب.

5 ـ لا تراجع عن هذا القرار لأسباب استراتيجية تتعلق بالأمن القومي الأميركي على صعيد الصراع الدولي بين القوى العظمى.

6 ـ إذ إنّ الصراع لم يعد يقتصر على النواحي العسكرية وإنما اتخذ شكلاً اقتصادياً أكثر أهمية من الفترات السابقة.

فالصراع أصلاً اقتصادياً ينتج منه الصراع السياسي الذي يتحول، عند استحالة حسمه سياسياً إلى صراع عسكري…

هذا ما عرفه الجنرال الألماني كارل فون كلاوسيڤيتس بالقول «إنّ الحرب هي استمرار للسياسة بأدوات أخرى».

7 ـ إذن الصراع الاقتصادي الدائر بين روسيا والصين هو صراع وجودي بالنسبة لواشنطن. إذ لا يمكن لأميركا منافسة الصين اقتصادياً، على الصعيد الدولي بسبب شحّ الأموال الأميركية (النقدية) وتوفرها مع الذهب لدى الصين وروسيا والجزائر وإيران.

أي أن القوة العسكرية الأميركية لم تعد قادرة على تأمين المصالح الأميركيه من دون استثمارات أميركية ضخمة، كتلك التي قامت بها واشنطن بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية، أي خطة مارشال لإعادة إعمار أوروبا، والتي أدّت إلى استحواذ رأس المال الأميركي على ما يقارب 40 في المئة من الاقتصاد الأوروبي. وهذا هو سر سيطرة واشنطن على قرار أوروبا/ بواجهة حلف شمال الأطلسي.

8 ـ إذن لا بدّ لأميركا من إعادة بناء البنى التحتية الأميركية، بما في ذلك البنى التحتية العلمية والتكنولوجية، حتى تتمكن من الصمود، إلى حد ما، أمام التحدي الروسي الصيني الذي بات يفوقها بمراتب، والذي ستنضمّ إليه الهند، مضطرةً، في القريب من السنوات. وهذا يتطلب تقليص الوجود العسكري الأميركي في العالم.

 إنّ مجموع هذه التحولات الكبرى هي من سيسرّع في ضمور دور الحاجز الإسرائيلي الطيار، المقام على أرض فلسطين أولاً ومن ثم زواله في أقرب الآجال.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

9/11 twenty years later and cheap & ubiquitous cellphones

September 11, 2021

9/11 twenty years later and cheap & ubiquitous cellphones

by Andrei for the Saker blog

Twenty years have passed since 9/11, so where do we stand today?  I will give my short answers as bullet points and then let you post your own conclusions.  Here are mine:

  1. Numerous engineers, architects, chemists, researchers and others have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that 9/11 was a controlled demolition.
  2. There is very strong, albeit indirect, preponderance of evidence that the Israelis were deeply involved and that they had accomplices inside the USA.
  3. From the two above I think that it is reasonable to assume that the Israelis were working with the US Neocons on a common project.
  4. Al-Qaeda (which is a CIA creation in the first place!) had some parts of it activated by the US/Israeli deep states (which are trying run the Takfiris everywhere), but only to play the role of a patsy (there were a few Saudis and there were real aircraft, but they did not bring down any buildings in NY).
  5. It remains unclear to me what really happened at the Pentagon, but I think that we can take the notion that the aircraft over DC and NY were remotely piloted as a pretty good working hypothesis (which still needs to be proven).
  6. Directed energy weapons, Russian naval nuclear cruise missiles, mini-nukes and the like are crude disinformation responses to the 9/11 Truth movement by the US deep state.  These were only moderately effective and only convinced a, shall we say, specific type of “truthers” which are all rejected as idiots (at best) by the mainstream 9/11 movement.
  7. The truth about 9/11 is now slowly getting “JFK status” which is “everybody either suspects/knows, but nobody really cares anymore”.  It’s old news, especially in a society with an attention span somewhere between 2 mins and 2 days.
  8. The real goal of 9/11 was to create a “patriotic pretext” to launch the GWOT and change the entire Middle-East into a compliant entity à la Jordan.
  9. The GWOT was a total failure and one of the worst military campaign in military history.
  10. The plan to create a “new” Middle-East have totally failed and, if anything, created a stronger anti-Israeli environment than before 9/11.  The fact that GWOT medals are handed out by the ton means nothing: after the Grenada faceplant Uncle Shmuel gave out more medals than participants took place in the entire operation.
  11. The AngloZionost Empire died on January 8th, 2020 and the USA, as we knew it, died on January 6th 2021 (see here for a detailed discussion of these dates and context), almost exactly one year later.
  12. By being murdered by the USA, General Soleimani won the biggest victory in his life.
  13. The US will have to leave both Iraq and Syria sooner rather than later.
  14. The Zionist entity calling itself “Israel” is now in a major political and even existential crisis and is now on the ropes and desperate.  But they hide it a lot better than the US propagandists.  But the Palestinians “feel” that, as do quite a few Israelis too.
  15. Both Biden and “Biden” are now fighting for their political lives not only due to “Kabul” but also due to the way Biden has just declared war on those who refuse vaccines.
  16. Anti-vaxxers might be many things, but nobody can deny them the following qualities: they are very strongly driven, for them the entire issue is not medical, but one of self-image, of identity and resistance to tyranny.  Okay, some will quietly cave in, but many will not.  That is why I strongly believe that Biden’s “declaration of war” against the unvaccinated “deplorables” (he did not use the word, but his contempt and hate was obvious) is a huge mistake.  At least in the USA, I believe that there are plenty of anti-vaxxers who will rather die in a firefight than being vaxxed (which they sincerely believe will either chip them, or kill them in a couple of years).  In other words, I do not believe that “Biden” has the means to force 80M+ anti-vaxxers to get the jab, in fact, if anything, his entire speech was a highly divisive slap in the face of millions of US Americans.  Violence is almost inevitable by now.  First isolated incidents, but possibly something bigger too.
  17. The US economy is not growing or recovery.  That is just playing with numbers or, “statistics” in Churchill’s sense of the word.  The truth is that the country is breaking apart and slowly going “3rd world” (okay, there are already plenty of “3rd world” areas of the USA, but these are now expanding).  The real Chinese economy is about 1.5 times larger than the real US one.  Point, set, game and match China.  By the way, the real Russian economy is comparable or bigger to the real German one, and the Russian economy has pretty much recovered from the COVID crisis (but it is not over, cases are still rising in some areas of Russia).
  18. The US military has totally lost its ability to function as a real military.  Ditto for NATO.  They were publicly humiliated pretty much everywhere they set foot.  This process is now irreversible. Point, set, game and match Russia, China and Iran.
  19. Internally, the USA losing its cohesion and that centrifugal process is being accelerated by the truly insane internal policies of “Biden” (just Woke and Covid are a declaration of war against millions of US Americans).  I am not at all confident that “Biden” can bring states like Florida or Texas to heel.  I won’t comment any further on the internal US situation, but that needed to be mentioned.

Conclusions:

  1. As with all Neocon type policies, they initially look “brilliant” only to end up in an abject clusterbleep and the Neocons hated by pretty much everybody else.
  2. The Taliban won the GWOT (even at its best, Uncle Shmuel “controlled” about 40% of the country, max!).
  3. The entire Zone B and a big part of Zone A now realize that (whether they openly admit it or not).
  4. There is a good chance that the very public disaster in Afghanistan will now force the Europeans to distance themselves from a clearly senile, demented and weak Big Brother.
  5. The core Anglosphere (UK/CA/NZ/AUS) seems to be consolidating around the “Biden USA” which might put them on a collision course with the EU.  We are not quite there yet, but that’s were we are heading.
  6. The COVID pandemic effectively “exploded” all the societies in Zone A which are now all in a low-level “brewing” pre-civil war condition.  I do not see what anybody could do to change that.
  7. The COVID pandemic will only get worse, which will only trigger more attempts by Zone A government to try force their population to “obey” and that, in turn, will only further destabilize all, repeat, ALL the regimes in power in Zone A.

The bottom line is this: 9/11 and the GWOT were initial, very short lived, tactical successes which resulted in a strategic disaster or, better, in a strategic collapse of both the AngloZionist Empire and the USA.

And, finally, this.  I cannot prove it, but my reading of modern history and regime collapses brings me to believe the following:

I have always said that US policies, internal and external, are not really the result of careful planning as they are the result of various interests/entities using their influence and power to “pull” US policies in the way they want.  And since there are A LOT of various interests/entities, especially in important cases, what we see is not a “policy outcome” but only a “sum vector”, an “outcome” which is the sum of all the different pulling and the relative strength of the folks doing that pulling.

I believe that this process has only been magnified but by an order of magnitude.  What we see today in the US ruling elites is a huge “cover your ass”, “run for your life”, “protect yourself and your future” and even “grab it while you still can” and NOT, repeat, NOT “real” policies.  Those who believe in a grand conspiracy fail to realize that what happened in Kabul is not the exception, it is the rule!  Kabul was a giant spotlight which finally showed the true face of the US military to the entire planet: not the Tom Clancy kind of patriotic delusional hallucinations or Hollywood, but the “real reality” filmed “on the ground” on cheap but ubiquitous cellphones, by both Afghani and even US/NATO servicemen’s!

The problem for the delusional patriots is this: far from being “Putin agents” or anything like that, the million of folks out there who have cellphones with cameras (no matter how old or cheap) produce such a raw volume of data which makes it impossible to suppress.  The exact same goes for the Israelis, by the way, who have paid a huge price in terms of “losing the propaganda war” since the Palestinians (and quite a few Israelis too!!) now use their cellphones more effectively than any Palestinian rocket or suicide-bomber ever would.  That is also what really screwed up the recent US elections: ubiquitous cellphones (well, and CCTV cameras).

If we imagine the US/Israeli propaganda machine as a huge powerful animal (BILLIONS are invested into this) you can think of poor, oppressed people with cheapo cellphones as fire ants.  Let’s just conclude by saying that time is not on the side of the big powerful heavy animal, but on the fire ants’ side.

Andrei

PS: yes, I mentioned the POLITICAL aspects of the COVID pandemic.  I get to set the rules, since this is my blog.  The COVID topic remains banned on the entire Saker blog (Cafe included), EVEN if I get to mention it if/when it is part of my political analyses (I won’t touch the medicals aspects of COVID anymore, I have said all I have to say on this topic already anyway).  Do do NOT, repeat, NOT try to “sneak in” some COVID comments or you will be banned.  For the alternatively gifted: the article above is NOT about vaccines or the dangers of mRNA, it is about the political evaluation of 9/11 and the GWOT.  Stay on topic or else…

العودة إلى الاتفاق النووي… بلا شروط

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  رغم الكلام الفارغ الصادر عن المسؤولين الأميركيين، تحت عنوان أنّ واشنطن لن تواصل التفاوض حول الملف النووي الإيراني إلى ما لا نهاية، وعن خيار التخلي عن الاتفاق النووي، أو عن وجود بدائل للعودة إلى الاتفاق، يعرف كل مسؤول في واشنطن وتل أبيب والرياض وباريس ولندن وبرلين أن ليس في جعبتهم شيء غير العودة إلى الاتفاق، وأنّ كلّ الطلبات الإضافية كأثمان للعودة، سواء في الملفات الإقليمية أو ملف الصواريخ أو إبقاء بعض العقوبات، سيعني عدم العودة، كما يعرفون أنه عندما تقول إيران إنها لن تواصل التفاوض إلى ما لا نهاية وإن لديها بدائل للاتفاق، فيجب أن يأخذوا كلامها على محمل الجد، ذلك أن الزمن يفعل لصالح إيران، وفقاً لما يقوله الأميركيون والإسرائيليون وما قاله بالأمس مدير عام الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية، عن أنّ إيران تستثمر الوقت لمراكمة المزيد من اليورانيوم المخصّب بنسب عالية يجعلها أقرب لما يسمّونه بالحظة النووية الحرجة، وهي لحظة امتلاك ما يكفي لإنتاج قنبلة نووية.

بالتوازي لا يملك الأميركيون والأوروبيون سوى إغواء رفع العقوبات لتحفيز إيران لقبول العودة، والالتزام بموجباتها المنصوص عليها في الاتفاق، خصوصاً أن إيران التزمت منفردة لسنتين بالاتفاق في ظل الانسحاب الأميركي بلا سبب أو مبرّر كما يقول جميع الشركاء الآخرين بمن فيهم الأوروبيون ووكالة الطاقة الذرية والأمم المتحدة عدا عن الصين وروسيا، والعودة عن العقوبات اليوم هي إعلان العودة إلى الاتفاق من الجانب الأميركي لامتلاك مشروعية مطالبة إيران بالعودة المماثلة، ووفقاً لما يقوله الأميركيون و»الإسرائيليون» أيضاً فإنّ رفع العقوبات عن إيران لم يعد يملك ذات السحر الذي كان يملكه قبل ست سنوات يوم توقيع الاتفاق في مثل هذه الأيام، حيث كانت العقوبات صادرة عن الأمم المتحدة، وهذا قد سقط إلى غير رجعة، وفتح أمام إيران الطريق لحلول اقتصادية ومالية عديدة، لم تنجح العقوبات الأميركية بتعطيلها، فالمتاجرة بين إيران وروسيا والصين وتركيا وباكستان واليابان وكوريا الجنوبية والعراق  وسواها من الدول، بقيت تجد بدائل لها تتفادى العقوبات الأميركية، فيما نجحت إيران بتطوير صناعات نفطية أضعفت حاجتها لتصدير النفط الخام، كما نجحت بتطوير اقتصادها لتفادي حجم الاقتصاد الاستهلاكي والريعي لحساب الإنتاج.

عندما تقول واشنطن إنها تستعجل العودة إلى الاتفاق النووي تسهيلاً للتفرغ لمواجهة الصين، فهل تنتظر من الصين أن تقف مكتوفة الأيدي، وهي تعلم وتقول إنها تعلم، أن الاتفاق الاستراتيجي الاقتصادي بين الصين وإيران أفقد العقوبات الأميركية فعاليتها، وأسقط قيمة العودة للاتفاق النووي بالنسبة لإيران، وجعل عائداته مجرد مكاسب إضافية لا يجوز إضاعتها، لكنها لا تستحق القتال من أجلها، فيما تعرف واشنطن أن الضفة الدولية الموازية للاهتمام الأميركي بالمواجهة التي تمثلها موسكو باتت شريكاً استراتيجياً لطهران في العديد من السياسات الإقليمية، التي تجعل الحفاظ على إيران قوية موضع اهتمام صيني- روسي، لا يمكن للأميركي تبديله لا بالإغراءات ولا بالتهديدات لكل من الصين وروسيا.

الكلام الأميركي عن بدائل يعني شيئاً واحداً هو العودة إلى خطة الرئيس السابق دونالد ترامب التي صعد الرئيس جو بايدن على قاعدة القول بأنها خطأ جسيم، وأنه في ظلها طوّرت إيران نظام الصواريخ وطوّرت قوى المقاومة مزيداً من الحضور، وتمّ اختصار المسافة عن اللحظة النووية الحرجة من سنة إلى بضعة أسابيع كما قال كل من وزير الخارجية الأميركية أنتوني بلينكن ومستشار الأمن القومي الأميركي جايك سوليفان والمبعوث الأميركي الخاص روبرت مالي مراراً، أما الرهان على الخيار العسكري، فهل من عاقل يتخيّل أنّ أحداً يأخذه على محمل الجد في ضوء المشهد الأفغاني، والتلويح بالاعتماد على ضربات «إسرائيلية» يبدو مجرد مزحة سمجة في ضوء الكلام «الإسرائيلي» والمؤيد أميركياً بأن إيران وقوى المقاومة في وضع تفوّق استراتيجي، وفائض قوة يتيح تحويل أي تحرش «إسرائيلي» جدي إلى مبرر لمواجهة شاملة لن تكون نهايتها في صالح «إسرائيل».

مرة أخرى كما كانت الحال عليه قبل ست سنوات، لا بديل للاتفاق مع إيران إلا الاتفاق مع إيران، ومضمون الاتفاق عودة غير مشروطة عن العقوبات، على قاعدة الالتزام المتبادل بالاتفاق الأصلي من دون الرهان على متغيرات وتحوّلات، هي في غير صالح الثنائي الأميركي «الإسرائيلي».

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Will Afghanistan turn out to be US imperialism’s “Last Gleaming”?

August 26, 2021

The Saker

[this analysis was written for the Unz Review]

In October of last year I wrote a column entitled “When Exactly Did The AngloZionist Empire Collapse” in which I presented my thesis that the Empire died on 8 January 2020 when the Iranians attacked US bases with missiles and the US did absolutely nothing. Yes, this was the correct decision, but also one which, at least to me, marked the death of the Empire as we knew it.

In that article I made reference to a brilliant book by J.M. Greer’s “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” which I later reviewed here. The main plot of the book is that the US will collapse following a completely unpredictable external military defeat (read the book, it is very well written!).

So my question today is whether the debacle in Afghanistan (not only Kabul!) is such an event or not. Afghanistan is often called the graveyard of empires, but might it even become the graveyard of the last empire?

I will try to answer it below.

First, we are now all bombarded by information from, and about, Afghanistan. Issues like the failure of “country building” are mixed in with bodies falling off US transporters, US Marines sharing one (!) bottle of water with severely dehydrated kids with street whippings. None of that is analytically helpful and it conflates completely different issues. I want to offer a different set of questions which, I hope, might be more helpful:

  • Why has the US decided to leave Afghanistan?
  • Was that the correct decision?
  • Why did Kabul fall so fast?
  • Why did such a truly colossal failure in intelligence happen?
  • How was the evacuation of US forces actually executed?

These are just a few questions, there are many others, especially about what will happen to Afghanistan next, but that is one I think is too early to tackle and an entirely separate issue anyway.

Let’s take these questions one by one next.

Why has the US decided to leave Afghanistan?

I don’t know why or how this decision was taken. But my best guess is that it is due to combination of the following factors:

  • “Biden” came to power while waving the Woke/BLM/CRT/Homo/etc. agenda which I would sum up as the “Wakanda worldview” and not liberalism. But at least officially, Biden is a true, peace loving liberal. Since his policies all prove the exact opposite, he tried to “play nice” and do something “liberal”, at least in appearence (and, no, a woke-freak is not really a liberal at all! And neither is a Neocon “conservative” – these are all lies for the dull).
  • “Biden” also knew that a large part of the Trump base wanted to stop all the wars started by Obama and Co.
  • “Biden” probably thought that if the operation was a stunning success, he would get all the credit, and if it was an abject failure, he would dump it all on Trump (which is exactly what “Biden” did).
  • As for Biden himself, let’s just kindly assume that he has “the right political instincts” to maybe smell an opportunity here and bless what might have looked to him as a “good plan”.

Was the decision to leave correct?

Here, I will catch a lot of flak, but I believe that yes, it absolutely was. In his (actually very bad) speech about the withdrawal, Biden said one very true thing (quoting by memory, so don’t quote this) “those who say that 2 or 5 more years will bring us victory are lying to you” (or something pretty close). Here I agree with him 100% (as far as I can tell, only a real, hardcore Neocon ideologue would openly disagree with this; at least I hope so…).

Not only does the US (or any other country) not have any kind of mandate or responsibility to police the planet, the US is certainly the least competent imperial power ever, in spite of a lot of help from the Five Eyes and its EU lackeys. If you are bad at something, but very good at something else, why persist? The US is a true virtuoso in things like bribing, subverting, economically hurting, politically demonizing, killing undesirable leaders, etc… That is really how the Europeans eventually defeated the North American Native Indians.

[Sidebar: for those whom this thesis might throw into a patriotic rage, I highly recommend the book “The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607–1814” written by Dr. John Grenier. That book won him the Society for Military History’s Outstanding Book Award in American History in 2007; Grenier himself is a retired USAF Lieutenant-Colonel and a United States Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO, associate professor of history. His next book is announced as a “biography of Major Robert Rogers, the “Father of American Special Operations.” Hate me all you want, but read this book anyway!]

The US was founded by and for thugs. Calling them explorers, immigrants, robber-barons or founding fathers makes no difference to their true worldview, their ethos – the seizure of the North American continent was an act of international thuggery on every level. That is, of course, NOT to say good people did not exist then or did not live righteously or, even less so, that anybody in the modern USA has any kind of personal guilt over any of this. Only God can judge them! But unless we forget the true roots of the “American Dream”, we will end up with a “US Nightmare”.

Of course, some US immigrants at the same time did try to create a truly free society, protected from the kind of vicious abuses so prevalent in the Old World! The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights (aka the “the Charters of Freedom“) are a monument to both the genius and the worldview of some of the founders of the United States. But good intentions and proclamations are only credible when everybody upholds them for everybody and in each case (not the kind “but this is different, we are democracies after all!” western politicians repeat every time they are accused of hypocrisy)

In the USA, generation after generation of the thugs strengthened their grip power while pushing decent people out of the way (even more so after JFK and 9/11 and other recent events). But that was just a show, a mob “going legal” if you wish.

Thugs have guns, of course, and they can beat the crap out of any civilian. But they can’t fight a military. That is why thugs have gangs, not battalion tactical groups in the first place. Furthermore, as soon as they grow in size, the gangs of thugs try to look more respectable (by purchasing PR campaigns about their “philanthropy” is typical) and less violent. Pretty soon they outsource the violence to others, expandable, lower, gangs.

Sound familiar?

If it does – it’s because it is!

All the US “country-building exercises”, “humanitarian interventions” and other “freedom of something [fill the blank here] defense” truly are: the acts of an international conspiracy of thugs to seize the resources of our entire planet or, failing that, at the very least, destroying any country, nation, tribe or leader that would dare disobey the World Hegemon. (“We will destroy your country and bring it back to the stone age” is how Secretary Baker famously put it to Foreign Minister Aziz)

[Sidebar: as somebody who, for my sins, had a short stint in the field of “humanitarian operations” I can personally testify that the rank and file sincere humanitarians never know the true intentions, and even true affiliations(!) of their bosses. I know that for a fact. So I am not calling all US military personnel thugs. Only their bosses. Besides, I did not invent anything very new, I am just only paraphrasing (cached version) the most decorated Marine in U.S. history, Smedley Butler, wrote anyway.]

This entire invasion of Afghanistan has been one colossal drain on US resources, including human, intellectual, diplomatic and, definitely not least, financial ones (while the US taxpayers’ money flowed into Afghanistan. That money then always magically “disappeared”, for one reason or another, but some few locals got very rich. Go figure….). So, while I don’t have any pollyannaish illusions about how peace and freedom-loving the leaders of the USA really are, I think that they had enough streetsmarts (or cleverness? guile?) to figure out that getting out was necessary. Blaming any possible problems on Trump was, of course, the magic wand which, apparently, settled any discussions. (I am still assuming that at least some professional discussions took place; more accurately, I hope that they still do, and with at least some real specialists included; please don’t tell me all the real professionals have been “diversified-out” or otherwise “canceled”; that is a truly scary thought!).

Why did Kabul fall so fast?

First, what did the US actually do in Kabul? Paid some folks, trained others, gave them tons of weapons, etc. That is the usual stuff US Special Forces and a few others do a lot. While some politicians (in that category I include all officers above colonel rank) clearly saw Afghanistan as their next El Dorado, honest, if naive, servicemen probably believed that this kind of “assistance” will somehow give birth to a peaceful, happy, democratic (read “woke”), prosperous and grateful nation. Of course, it never does. As for the actual ratio of greedy “dogs of war”, assorted “intelligence operatives” or “sincere idealists” in Afghanistan, it has absolutely no military relevance to the outcome as these motives are all equally misguided, even if some are at least more naive/sincere/stupid than truly evil.

Remember the Georgian attack on Tskhinval in 08.08.08? Remember that kind of truly galactic nonsense “Analysis: Georgian Army May Be Tough Nut for Russia to Crack” posted by no less than Deutsche Welle (you know, “made for minds”!)? If not, please do read it; it will make you laugh to tears and wonder what “area specialist” wrote this “analysis” (a rebranded wet dream, really, yet somebody got paid, probably well, to do just that)! Truth is that this five-day war really lasted only three days. The Russians had plenty of problems, yet they obliterated the entire Georgian military in 3 days of actual combat. Three! This is all which the concept what “US/NATO-trained” means: a total, and always ineffective, scam.

That mentality, typical of the modern West, apparently believes that that kind of “assistance/training” can yield good results. The entire history of Latin America and all the US failures in Asia irrefutably prove the opposite, but nevermind that. An even worse mistake made by western decision-makers is that their opponents are basically and fundamentally “like all humans”, or “like everybody else”. The issue here is that these elites consider themselves as SO much superior to everybody else (narcissism is at the core of both British imperialism and Judaic exceptionalism; think Churchill or Epstein here and their real bosses!) that they only refer to those as corruptible, hypocritical, cowardly and terminally unprincipled like themselves. It’s a pure projection, of course.

In reality, US decision makers are utterly clueless about the supposed “others” who are “like everybody else” when they inadvertently tangle with any “true believers” of any kind, from saints to demons. Examples include:

  • All nations with a strong martial culture (Russia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc.)
  • Truly religious opponents (Iran, Hezbollah)
  • Truly sincere/determined political leaders (Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, China)
  • “Rabid dogs” – by that I mean the harcore, Interahamwe-like, nutcase terrorists which the US initially tries to use, only to eventually and inevitably “get bitten” back (neo-Deobandi and/or Takfiri groups, Ukie Nazis, Israeli Zionists).

In theory, of course, the US has always known that; hence, the British expression about “winning the hearts and minds”. But here is the difference: the Brits were always excellent (I did not say “ethical or kind”) diplomats, and superb intelligence officers (same caveat as before). Finally, you can call the Brits many things, but not “poor soldiers” either. In other words, the British Empire had the means of its foreign policies.

The US does not. No?

Then please tell me when was the last time that the US truly inspired somebody? West Europeans after WWII, and that was nothing but a more or less “friendly” takeover of the continent and the creation of a servile comprador ruling elite).

[Sidebar: those who would “cleverly” retort “Prague 68”, Tiananmen square, the Maidan, Poland or the Baltic pretend-states etc. should immediately stop reading at this point, dismiss all of the above as utter quackery (“Kremlin Propaganda” works too) and go watch some TV. Same advice for those saying “if the entire planet hates us, why do they all – including you – want to come here”? I apologize to the adults in the room]

NASA, Jazz, Rock, Hollywood, US writers, artists and simply kind and sincere US Americans did truly inspire millions worldwide. And the official values of the USA, the Charters of Freedom, truly did inspire millions worldwide. But I have to say that after decades of abominably incompetent Presidents (all after Bush Sr. imho) there is very little left from all this.

NASA? It turned into the current “private space” farce cum embezzlements of billions by smug billionaires getting billions from the state in a supposedly “private” venture.

Jazz and Rock have been effectively replaced by MTV and YT and their insipid woke-ideology (especially for the young – old guys like myself are mostly and happily “stuck” in the 70s and 80s or foreign, non-corporate music).

Hollywood? Peuh-leeeze! Anybody not blind (or brainwashed) already knows that this is just a crude propaganda machine which will put blacks (aka “minorities”) everywhere and anywhere. I think of it as the “Snow Black” mental disorder.

Writers? Okay, yes, there are still a lot of those around in the USA. This has probably something to do with the fact that the target audience of writers is composed of readers, not unblinking screen-gazers. But the problem here is most people read very little, and what they read is mostly worthless intellectual prolefeed anyway.

And in much of the rest of the planet, people are often too poor to read, in English or otherwise. So what I am saying is that while US writers may be very talented, they are either uncontroversial (authors like Stephen King or John Grisham) or they will only appeal to a rather small elite of, shall we say, “daring” people (authors like Stephen Cohen or Charles Murray). Thought-criminals, in Orwell’s brilliant lexicon.

Which leaves “sincere US Americans”. Do they exist? Absolutely, in the millions, all over the USA and all over the planet. The latter often go completely native and are loved by the locals. Also, millions of expats come home and see their own country in a totally different way

[Sidebar: during my college years in the USA – 1986-1991 – I observed something curious: US ex-expats preferred spending time with foreign students (officially called “legal” aliens) than from their non-travelling compatriots whom they often found quite “alien” to their own identity. That even included a few (admittedly not very many) US Americans whose only trip abroad was in uniform and to some US base! And while I initially defined my Zone A from Zone B geographically, I now think of it more as a difference in general awareness and worldview. In other words, something primarily mental]

But the problem is very simple: the US elites are doing a rather effective job silencing people, including US nationals. So what most people in Zone B experience is often very kind, friendly and otherwise great personal relations and even friendships with US Americans, but a belief that these wonderful US Americans either can’t do anything about it, or don’t really know what their leaders are really doing.

It is extremely difficult for any “not in my name” type of voices to be heard when the trans-national US propaganda machine is investing billions into silencing these voices!

Did the voices of Smedley Butler or Stephen Cohen make *any* difference to the US ruling classes other than convincing them to spend even more on imperialistic and messianc (the former always implies the latter) propaganda? This is why I have always maintained that the anti-imperialist struggle is not “just” a national liberation struggle for oppressed nations, but it is also a national liberation struggle for all the peoples (plural) of the USA.

And we all know that most of the people of the USA never had much say into what their so-called “leaders” did, no more than any other Middle-Ages’ serf. Every time they get to vote they get the opposite. I will leave it at that.

Now, coming back to our topic, in 2021 the US truly inspires nobody. Absolutely nobody. That is a sad, but undeniable fact. And that is the main reason why Kabul fell so fast: the “defenses” of Kabul were like the fists of a man with advanced osteoporosis – they lacked a crucial element: faith. No matter how good, effective or otherwise powerful those “fists” really were, or thought/pretended to be, it made no difference: one crucial element was missing and that decided it all.

Any force not moved by true/sincere faith always will end up having a “Saigon embassy” or “Berezina” or “Stalingrad” or “Kursk” moment. The preferred term or historical reference doesn’t really matter here.

As for the US armed forces, most of the (reading) public already knows the truth about why people sign up for the military: some truly go waving the flag and holding their breast, especially after the 9/11 false flag, but most simply want to survive. Yes, and while PMCs are typically motivated by pure greed, the regular US soldier only wants to survive at home and get a job (the other options are becoming a cop (less now!) prison guard or a criminal) or in the frontline trenches. And, as we all know, survival instincts go a long way and make it possible for people to do that which they thought was impossible. But there is a much stronger instinct out there, also forged over time by about 1000 of existential warfare: the spirit of self-sacrifice will always defeat any survival instinct, be it inside a warrior’s heart or on the battlefield.

[Sidebar: those US Americans who today wonder why the US could not win a war since WWII can thank General Patton and his truly silly “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his”. When he declared that, he basically made sure that the US military would never win a war again. BTW – if Zhukov, or any other Soviet marshall general had dared to publicly say such a thing, he would have been immediately accused of sabotage, subversion, collusion with the enemy, treason and summarily executed. In fact, that is exactly what Stalin did with Marshal Tukhachevskii (for other, nonetheless, equally valid reasons). Ditto for Nazi Germany. Or Imperial Japan. No need to approve of these regimes to admit that they knew more about warfare than cigar-smoking megalomaniacs].

So, short answer: Kabul fell because belief always defeats unbelief.

Next, my tiny bit longer answer: Kabul fell because the Empire’s “fists” have crumbled.

Finally, my longer answer will be in the form of a freely translated Russian joke I recently heard (can anybody guess the context? begins with “C”): “People who learn from the mistakes of other are called “smart”; people who only learn by their own mistakes are called “dumb”; and people who do not learn from their own mistakes are called “(US) Americans”.

We can now look at the last two, comparatively simpler questions, together:

Why did such a truly colossal failure in intelligence happen and how was the operation executed?

The failure in intelligence is due to the fact that political conformity is now vital for the bloated US “intelligence community”. I can see that dialog happening everywhere inside and around the beltway:

  • Sir, I am so sorry, but we cannot do that, we simply can’t!!!!
  • What, are you a hidden Trump supporter?!?!?!?!

What the actual order was matters little. Demonizing the opposition is much more important. Hiring unskilled people solely for their ideological purity is also a top priority. Who cares about abilities, which we all know are “equal”, whatever that means, even down to the individual level? Procrustes in his most insane dreams could not have dreamt-up the woke-freaks and their CRT!

That is the kind of paranoia-induced witch-hunts which all actively collapsing regimes undergo. The current collective US insanity is very reminiscent of what, first, Trotskiysts and, later, Stalinists did to the Soviet Union or the Red Guards to China.

It is also true that the US intelligence community was inevitably infected with “Patton’s logic”, and is run by politicians with zero true patriotism.

Take away a country’s intelligence community and you just shot its brains out.

Take away a country’s armed forces, and you just cut off its arms.

And there you have it: the “evacuation” of Kabul/Afghanistan is the only kind of “evacuation” you can expect from a former superpower which has lost both its brains and fists.

By the way, there are strong signs that the US has also lost its “legs”, hence the chaos and the need to suddenly resort to the use of civilian airlines. To clarify – there is nothing wrong with civil augmentation of military assets at all, quite to the contrary! The key word here is “suddenly”, not “civilian”. One of two options is true:

  • The plan, whatever it was, failed
  • There was no plan

In theory, there is a third option: “this is the plan”, but theoretical options are only relevant when they are backed with at least some empirical evidence which in this case it is not. Also, some vaguely stated intention, however sincere, also does not qualify as “plan”. For comparison’s sake, it took the Soviets about 18 months (!) to prepare their withdrawal from Afghanistan. The difference in outcomes is now self-evident.

That is not to say that the Empire will necessarily totally lose all influence in Afghanistan, or anywhere else for that matter. Wrecking a place requires very little skills. Actually, re-building anything typically requires a lot of skills.

As Che Guevara once pointed out, “the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love”. Alas, the word “revolutionary” has been terminally stained with blood; as for “love” and “truth”, they have long lost their true meanings ago (at least in the West). But let me rephrase that this way: “true change requires true, loving, faith”. Better?

The ugly truth is that as long as the United States and Europe are ruled by the current international gang of thugs, the Empire will retain a very significant capability to threaten and attack almost everybody else. And if you count their nukes, they can murder us all.

So yes, the Empire did die on January 8th 2020, and the US died almost an exact year later, on January 6th 2021. But there is plenty of momentum left in both of these two cadavers to keep deep nails inserted into the flesh of most nations out there. However, Not Russia. Not China, and not Iran. Not anymore. The US is also losing control of Central Asia and the Middle-East. That possibility is now even discussed with great concern in Israel and the CENTCOM-occupied countries of the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula.

Now is the time for the US military to get its act together and seriously and carefully prepare more evacuation plans for the entire Middle-East, if not these “evacuation plans” will quickly turn into “extraction plans”, followed by more rooftop/runway nonsense the US is famous for. Does anybody still remember how the US forces left from, say, Somalia, or, maybe, Lebanon? These “evacuations” turned into a panicked “run for your dear life operations”.

Will somebody replace the USA? Please?!

It appears that just like “Biden” farmed-out the Ukraine to the Germans, “he” is now farming-out Afghanistan to the Brits. If so, this is a rather clever intention (the devil will be in the details, in this case, in the planning and execution.) Keep in mind that the Talibans do not control large parts of Afghanistan and that the traditional opposition to the Taliban rule in northern Afghanistan (Panjshir Valley) very much exists and is combat-capable (at least by local standards). As for the son of Ahmad Shah Masoud, just like his father, seems to have strong ties to Britain. Ahmad Masoud Jr. looks very much like his father and has some of his charisma. Does that not all sound familiar too?

In the meantime, a motley pack of rabid EU politicians with imperial phantom pains are also making some noises but can do nothing at all. Putin once referred to these noises as “oinking backing vocals”!

As for the AngloZionist legacy press, it is mostly wailing in despair and horror just at the mention of the possibility that Russia and/or China might actually have some influence, however tiny, in Afghanistan. (Remember “these ragheads/russkuies/goooks/niggers/sand-niggers/injuns/etc. live on OUR land and OUR resources!”). This is what “Manifest Destiny” really is. Or Germany’s “civilizational mission in the East” was. Or the “White Man’s burden”, or the French Mason’s “Universal Values” etc.. Ditto for the Papacy’s splitting of the planet in its now long forgotten (but not by its victims!) 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas) into separate control/exploitation/pillaging sectors, ad majorem Dei gloriam, of course. Modern ecologists, woke activists and militant homosexuals all very much share in that mindset.

The sad but undeniable truth is that the true roots of modern Europe are not in Rome, even less so Athens, but in the Latin Crusades and the subsequent Middle-Ages. The Reform and Renaissance changed nothing, or even made things worse. Neither did 1789 or WWII. The spiritual and philosophical roots of the West are neither Roman, nor Greek, but found amongst those who destroyed Rome and severed it off from the truly civilized world, not only in the Christian East, but worldwide: the Franks.

Imperialism originates in our heads, it is a worldview, a mindset, and that is where it must be eradicated for it to finally vanish.

The mind is where imperialism begins but also where it will end, just like any other human phenomenon. And while I do fear the inevitable chaos before some “future West” or “future Europe” can replace the current ones, I also do believe that, when shown the true cost of their mistakes, all nations will reject imperialism in all its forms.

By creating an instrument of total control (the Internet) the Empire also created the first global resistance to empire community in world history! Not only that, but the US ruling classes turned US schools and admired US academia into both an imbecile/serfs-producing machine and the laughingstock of much of the planet (even in Zone A!). But what the US ruling elites failed to do is to prevent regular, mainstream, US Americans from wanting to know, to learn, to explore and, eventually, to fight for justice. True, as political indoctrination goes, Uncle Shmuel can run circles around the Nazis or the Soviets, but no Uncle Shmuel will ever “fix” our fallen nature or the universe, so our resistance runs deep, even the US and Israel. Yes, it is mostly silenced, but in the depths, it is very much still there.

I don’t believe in any Grand Replacement plans, at least not one focused on “race”. But I do believe in a cultural/civilizational “grand replacement”, which I see as inevitable and already well under way, even in the USA and the EU!

Of course, I don’t know what the future collective West will be like, assuming there ever is one again. But I am confident that the type of imperialism which has its roots in the medieval Papacy (which even Hitler admitted with some admiration) is coming to an end.

Think of it: dreams about becoming the “next Mongol empire” must have been sexy. Or being the next East Roman (aka “Byzantine Empire”) too. And to my infinite regret, sadness and pain, (and location of my own place of birth) most of the rulers of imperial Russia fell for such temptations. And this is also the true, core, reason why the Russian monarch fell in February of 1917.

As for what actually followed this supposed “wonderful” and even supposedly “bloodless” revolution was the worst centuries of mass murder and atrocities in human history. Bravo and thank you, Kerensky (and his western masonic “sponsors”!). The Ukies did not invent their ridiculous “Maidan”! Kerensky and his supporters did. (Gene Sharp – you can see his pietistic quasi-hagiography here (Wikipedia on politics, as usual) – only systematized the study of this field). Thinking Russians can add up and realize that imperialism in any and all its forms, even call it “Capitalism with a human face” if you prefer, is a mortal danger to humanity itself.

In the Soviet times, Russians were promised “Communism” (aka the end of history and heaven on earth, “just” without God); then they were promised “democracy”. Had Russia better elites, all these delusions would not have been replaced with total horror. (Think of the monolog about true horror by Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in the brilliant allegorical movie Apocalypse Now!). The immense costs of WWII for both China and Russia truly brought the reality of imperialism to the Russians and the Chinese people, and they want none of it again. No matter how “pious” the latest pretext may be.

In other words, an overwhelming majority of Russians reject not just the execution but the very principle of imperialism (or the optional use of military force), even if Russia wins! The fact that other nations, experts, pundits either fail to realize this, or try hard to ignore this, has no bearing on that reality (at least amongst Zone B types in Russia, about 95% or more of the total). The “real reality” in 2021 is that actual imperialist delusions in Russia are only held by a small, aging and quickly shrinking group of ignoramuses and/or nutcases. This is not because Russians are somehow “better” than US Americans, Brits, Spaniards or any other imperialists. The difference is that Russians now know, personally, the true costs of Empire.

Awareness of the true costs of empire is a formidable empire-killer (as seen recently in Afghanistan between the clueless GIs and the Afghan warlords). This is why the Empire will do everything it can to deny, obfuscate or otherwise conceal these costs!

Furthermore, once the costs of empire become known by a critical mass of sincerely patriotic people (whatever the country or their political system), the core ideology needed by the empire to justify itself and simply operate becomes gravely endangered.

How bad does it get?

I have an example:

The Soviet “defeat” in Afghanistan: the USSR was never militarily or even economically defeated. Not in Afghanistan. Not by Reagan and his “freedom fighters” (currently declared “evil terrorists”, as opposed to the “good ones” from the Axis of Kindness). Not by SDI. The famous “we won” of the US CIA really should have been “they lost”. Big, big difference.

The USSR was defeated by the CPSU Party Nomenklatura who basically destroyed an entire country to rule over its many leftover chunks, almost none of which actually managed to become a viable state. Put it simply: the Soviet regime died because of its own lies, hypocrisy, inhumanity and, frankly, frequent sheer stupidity. Initially, many soldiers sincerely believed in their alleged “internationalist duty” to “fight US imperialism in Afghanistan” which was quite real. Some were not even informed that they were being sent abroad (the abbreviation “TurkVO2” was used. It meant “the “second” Turkestan military district suggesting a domestic extension/creation of a second TMD. Not a foreign military operation.

Eventually, over time, the painful truth began seeping into the Russian mind. That is how and why the Soviet forces had to be withdrawn. Not because of any particularly intrepid and CIA-run “freedom fighters” or the Stingers (devastating initially, but effective countermeasures were quickly developed and successfully practiced). Again, the US won nothing, the Soviets are the one who lost – they did it to themselves, really!

Again, does it sound familiar? It’s because it is! It just happened with the “Afghan democratic government”, as it will eventually happen to the “Ukrainian democratic government”.

To be unambiguously clear: I think that the Soviet decision to enter Afghanistan was both deeply misguided and inherently immoral (my personal interactions with Soviet officers and participating in a very interesting discussion between a representative of the Northern Alliance and Russian exiles, convinced me of that). The figure of dead, wounded, oppressed or exiled “civilians” is terrible. But the following facts are also undeniable:

  • The Soviets tried hard to stem the influence of those Takfirs which the USA had federated and the KSA paid for. In this battle, the Soviets were first.
  • The Soviets did build a lot of critical civilian infrastructure facilities, they also tried to develop the country economically and educate its people (in the Soviet mold, of course, but better than nothing at all).

Compared to what the US brought to Afghanistan, the Soviets look like both true warriors and true humanitarians. And, remember, we are talking mostly about conscripts here, many poorly trained, poorly supported and even poorly commanded. Yet they did so much better than the supposed “pros” of the “greatest military in history”.

As for what the Russians can do now, they should remember that Afghans will remember both the bad and the good (there is a large Afghan community in Russia) and they can promise to themselves that in the future all Russians will treat all the people of Afghanistan with true, informed respect and extend a sincere hand of friendship. Whether, or which, Afghans will accept that extended hand is their decision to make, nobody else’s (not even Kamala Harris!)

So all that nonsense peddled by Zbigniew Brzezinski (“Russia needs the Ukraine to be a superpower!”) and Hillary Clinton (“Putin wants to rebuild the USSR”) is solely and only an expression of the true phobia which the Western elites, especially in northern Europe, feel towards Putin, Russia, Russians and anything Russian. Makes perfect sense that the European invaders never succeeded in controlling Russia, imperial, Soviet, even “democratic” and least of all, modern Russia

As for the putatively invincible and “superior” western militaries (Sandhust! West Point! Saint-Cyr!), they completely lack the kind of experience Russians have learned for about 1000 years now: ten centuries of warfare, with no geographical boundaries, with expanses more reminiscent of the high seas than central Europe, and with no hope of mercy from their foes (most Russian attackers were hell-bent on exterminate the Russian nation, or culture or religion, mostly all three at the same time). Western ruling classes are terrified of the fact that they cannot defeat Russia militarily, so they pretend the “real Russia” doesn’t even exist.

Instead, there is a “resurgent” Russian-Soviet “Mordor” filled with noble and “diversity” loving “dissidents” who are slowly dying in “Putin’s Gulag!”, the Russian economy is ‘“in shambles” and Russia is just “a gas station masquerading as a country”. These Russkies can’t build shit and they drink vodka all day. Russians might even be an inferior race, since they are so evil and stupid! Most importantly, unless they are “contained” and “deterred” by the West (what a joke!), these Russians hell-bent on war and will invade us and the rest of the “civilized world”

This type of delusional coping mechanism is well known to modern psychology and is really quite common. It is really just a stage of grief, not an analysis of anything real.

The truth is that even the popular Putin had to work hard to defend his personal decision to engage a small, relatively weak military task force into Syria. Even a loyal Putinist like myself initially feared that this might be a huge mistake. It was not, and Putin and his generals were even smarter than I thought at the time (the entire operation is a masterpiece for future military textbooks!).

Had that operation failed, and it was both daring and very risky (in the early phases especially), there would have been hell to pay for Putin, Shoigu and all those who put their moral weight behind it. If somebody in the Kremlin ever thinks again of invading another country, he/she would be reprimanded and demoted, possibly fired or, failing that, “retired up”.

Of course, there are plenty of Russians condemning Putin for not moving forces into the Donbass (besides a few special forces, artillery spotters, forward air controllers and one very effective artillery strike across the border), but these people would have unanimously considered such a Russian military intervention, had it happened, as self-evidently purely defensive strategically (but not operationally or tactically, of course).

Frankly, the Balts and Poles look ridiculous in their narcissistic paranoia. On Russian TV, the western propaganda is immediately translated and aired, to the greatest laughter of the audience! As for the Ukronazis, they only inspire disgust and a firm determination to never allow another attack on Russia coming from the West, or elsewhere for that matter.

But there is no desire for war with any of these guys, even for a war Russia would win in a week or two. In fact, in its current shape, the Ukraine is potentially a deadly toxin for Russia, especially if the Russians ever put their guard down. The very last thing modern Russia needs is to get poisoned/infected by the many Ukrainian toxins…

Conclusions:

  • The Empire has been dead for a while
  • The USA as we have known it is dead too
  • The AngloZionists still have more than enough power to threaten or actually attack any country on earth (with the exception of Russia, China and Iran or/and without committing nuclear suicide; yes, Iran has no nukes, they banned them long ago, but they have a formidable military nonetheless.
  • For the very first time ever, the true costs of empire are slowly “seeping back” into the USA (Marx, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been happy to see that) and that has already fundamentally changed the USA as a country.
  • Dead, the old USA is currently rotting in the mogue for all to smell. The old Soviet joke about “capitalism rotting” but the smell of that “rot” smelling “oh so sweet!” is finally proven true. It took longer than expected, but like everything inevitable, it eventually happened in 2021. Now that this stench is impossible to conceal and, boy, does it stink!
  • In spite of that, I fully expect the USA to survive and even prosper with time! Maybe the US will re-emerge as a de-facto confederacy, with a minimal central power and high degree of independence for the states? Pretty much what the Confederates wanted most, but adapted to modern times and their now universally accepted norms (well, except in Israel, of course).
  • No other power (or coalition of powers) will “replace” the USA globally. Why would they? Remember, Russians and Chinese are not only theologians or philosophers culturally, but their national ethos has been deeply affected/infected with Marxism and dialectics which, for all other criticisms of them, were at least taught in Communist schools, however poorly, basically and even wrongly! So, unlike the clueless leaders of the Empire, the Russians and the Chinese fully realize that the Empire was never really defeated, but rather that it defeated itself. Most importantly, the Russians and Chinese understand that if they “replace” the USA, they will end up like the USA. They are far more ambitious, in reality!
  • Regarding Afghanistan, there are numerous local powers already deeply embedded inside the Afghan society, including indigenous ones, which, while not “replacing” anybody will most likely act like they have always in the past (“the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior” and “the thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” point to the same reality). That means violence, chaos, bigotry, cruelty, and other horrors will continue to take place, maybe not as much or as visibly as before.
  • Currently I see no combination of local or even foreign powers which can bring true, lasting, peace to Afghanistan. But a combo of Iran+Russia+China would be the most effective in providing aid and some measure of control.
  • Logically, this is both a major risk but also a huge opportunity for all the neighbors of Afghanistan which include at least four countries with deep ties with, and knowledge of, Afghanistan: Pakistan, Iran, Russia and China. Of course, unlike some “spokespersons” at DoS, I know that Russia has no border with Afghanistan. I even know that Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan do (even China does!). These countries even have some very good special units which are quite combat capable. But the “stans” all depend on Russia for their survival anyway, and they know it. I fully expect and hope that at least the Russians, Iranians and Chinese get as involved in Afghanistan as soon as possible, if only because of the formidable “cultural intelligence” of their sophisticated intelligence community including operatives and analysts (no, a few words of Pashto combined with a bundle of dollars does not qualify as “intelligence work” – that mindset is only good for bribing). As for the Turks, they have strong “cultural intel” too, enough money and guns to wave around, they are Muslims (albeit not of the Deobandi persuasion) and they will most definitely try hard. I predict that they will fail simply because they are too far geographically and culturally. Also, Turkey does not have the means for a serious, prolonged, operation in Afghanistan.
  • It sure looks to me that the Brits have figured this one first, at least the main elements. No real surprise here (they remain the most skilled intelligence officials in the EU!), hence their Foreign Secretary Raab having to extend a very humiliating (and wholly ineffective) “olive branch” to Russia and China (all while clamoring that Russia wants to invade Europe and China all of Asia). Russia made some noises back, and maybe the Chinese too, but these are simply good diplomatic manners. Neither country will ever accept AngloZionists as a relevant force in Afghanistan. And neither will the Afghans.
  • At this point in time, nobody can truly control, nevermind bring peace to Afghanistan. If the main actors at least stopped running the country on the ground and did absolutely nothing, this would be a great improvement: not doing harm would probably be the best anybody can do. Finally, just like the Ukrainians, let the Afghan choose if they even want a unified country and, if yes, of what type? How could the people of Afghanistan best express their opinion? Let them figure it out.
  • The so-called “Afghan problem” cannot be solved under the current international system and international law. Just like the Ukraine, Afghanistan is widely recognized as a totally artificial country. But how do you fix this? You can’t as long as those who created that international system still control it. A set of new institutions will have to come first before peace comes to Afghanistan. Tragic, revolting, but true.

Will that ever happen? Will Zone B nations be strong, wise and determined enough to create new international institutions? I don’t know.

But if it does not, then our planet is indeed lost until the Second Coming.

The Saker

Activists Occupy ‘Israeli’ Arms Factory in UK, Halt Its Operations

August 23, 2021 

Activists Occupy ‘Israeli’ Arms Factory in UK, Halt Its Operations

By Staff, Agencies

As part of their nationwide campaign against an ‘Israeli’ arms manufacturer, pro-Palestine activists in the United Kingdom have staged a protest outside the company’s plant in the borough of Oldham.

Palestine Action, a London-based pro-Palestine advocacy group, shared a series of tweets showing masked activists standing on the roof of the Zionist arms factory on Monday, holding ‘Shut down Elbit’ banners.

They announced that they had taken to the roof of the Zionist arms factory in Oldham “once more,” spraying it with fire extinguishers, and “laying bare the profits of a military occupation and extinguishing Elbit through direct action.”

In another tweet, the group said they had “blockaded” the gates of the ‘Israeli’ arms factory in Oldham by vehicles, and halted its “deadly production line.”

“The roof’s ours,” it declared.

One of the pictures showed an activist sitting on the roof, with clenched fist. The caption read: “They may try to lock us up in chains but we’ll always keep coming back and taking the fight to Elbit to tear apart their links in ‘Israel’s’ killer supply chain.”

In a statement published on its website, Palestine Action said the move comes “as ‘Israel’ continues to raid Palestinian communities in Gaza and the West Bank while brutalizing civilians, using UK-manufactured weapons and technologies produced by firms such as Elbit Systems.”

It said the Oldham arms factory is used for the “production of a range of specialist weapons technologies, including components for ‘Israeli’ drones and battle tanks.”

“The activists currently occupying the Elbit Ferranti factory have once again shown the power of direct action against ‘Israeli’ oppression. While Western governments continue to side with the oppressors, and while media attention in Palestinian suffering has dwindled, Palestinians are still exposed to daily brutality, starvation, apartheid and death. These activists are bravely standing against this injustice – and we will continue to do so until Elbit is shut down,” the statement quoted the spokesman as saying.

It is the second time in three months that pro-Palestine activists in UK have scaled the roof of an ‘Israeli’ arms factory. In May, the week-long protest in Leicester, a city in the English Midlands, had resulted in court action.

The group has been vigorously campaigning against Elbit, the Zionist regime’s largest arms producer, across the UK since last year, targeting a number of sites owned by the arms company.

Lebanon to Prevail Despite US-‘Israeli’ Efforts to Sabotage Its Resistance

 July 27, 2021

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By Mohammad Youssef

Lebanon is a country which is crisis-bred. The state is plagued with a series of Isms; sectarianism, confessionalism, and nepotism. This has brought the whole political system into complete paralysis. Ever since its establishment under the French mandate Lebanon has suffered from deep structural dilemmas.

The elite or the founding fathers of the state has prescribed a recipe that rendered it vulnerable to all kinds of problems and calamities.

The country of the elite that was introduced once as Switzerland of the orient is suffering now from a myriad of very serious problems; political, economic, social, financial and monetary ones. Researchers and scholars have designated Lebanon crisis as one of the worst in the world in the last 150 years.

Lebanon imports everything and rarely exports any. The budget deficit is immense. The price of basics whether food, medication and fuel is skyrocketing. The value of the Lebanese lira to dollar is dwindling dramatically; hence most of the consumed materials come from abroad, dollars should be paid at a time when the country is running out of the hard currency. As the value of the dollar is going up, the Majority of the Lebanese families cannot afford the basics. More segments of the society are joining the poverty underline.

On the state level, most of the governmental sectors are on the verge of collapse.

The state as earlier mentioned has been established as a corporate business investment to serve a very limited elite and few families. People has no value or any worth to them, they could simply lock down their business without any consideration to the sufferings of the people.

What is worth mentioning is that the structural ailments of the Lebanese political system that has been created and shepherd by the Western countries are not the only cause for its ominous crisis; what exacerbated the situation is the continuous American siege against Lebanon which was culminated by the sanctions against Lebanon and Syria.

The US administration has a single goal; guaranteeing the Zionist entity security and eliminating any threat or obstacle to its settlement expansionist occupation plots. Because of its triumphant resistance, Lebanon nowadays represents an existential threat to US-‘Israeli’ plots against Lebanon and the region. As the US and ‘Israel’ tried every aspect possible to eliminate this threat to no avail, they are trying now to weaken it by pressuring the people on every level in an attempt to plans a wedge between the resistance and its supporters.

Once again be assured, the US-‘Israeli’ efforts to sabotage the resistance strength will not work.

Indeed, the situation is very difficult, and the hardships are many, nonetheless the resolve and determination to confront is very willful obstinate. A new stage of challenges are on the run but we will not run out of faith. No threats without opportunities. We will face and resist, and we will definitely get the best. They will fail, we will prevail, God willing.

Sayyed Nasrallah: US Has Major Role in Destroying Lebanon, Its Economy

06/07/2021

By Zeinab Essa

Beirut – Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Monday a speech in the opening session of “Palestine Emerges Victorious” Conference, held by the National Media Gathering.

Sayyed Nasrallah: US Has Major Role in Destroying Lebanon, Its Economy

In his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted the role of the media rhetoric behind displaying and conveying the ongoing events.

“The advancement of media confrontation is a must, just like the advancement of the military confrontation,” His Eminence stressed, noting that “Had it not been for the victory of the resistance, one of the black strife’s goals was to make the Palestinian cause a forgotten matter.”

He further underscored the importance of confronting the US-“Israeli” front by saying: “When confronting the ‘Israeli’ occupation and the American hegemony, we cannot divide this confrontation.”

“The US hegemony turned all resources in the region to serve the ‘Israeli’ enemy’s interests,” Sayyed Nasrallah clarified, pointing out that “The Zionist entity’s both existence and arrogance rely on the US support.”

According to the Resistance Leader, “We’re facing the US hegemony and its occupation of Iraq, its attacks against the Hashd Al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] and its occupation of eastern Syria.”

“The media rhetoric of the Axis of Resistance is based on the right of the Palestinian people in their land, and the Syrian people in the occupied Golan Heights,” His Eminence mentioned.

Hailing the efforts of the Resistance’s media, he underlined that “We find the standards of righteousness in the Palestinian Cause and in the media rhetoric of the Axis of Resistance.”

“The resistance media relies on the victories of the Axis of Resistance and this axis’ imposing the rules of engagement on ‘Israel’ and the US,” Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized, praising the fact that “The resistance’s media contributed to making victory by relying on facts, studies and researches.”

To the enemy, His Eminence said: “We’re fully aware of the points of the enemy’s weakness, from which we can triumph against it.”

On this level, he stressed that “In our psychological warfare, we didn’t rely on illusions or lies as one of the most important elements of the resistance’s strength is not exaggerating the goals.”

“Among the most important points of strength the Axis of Resistance possesses is honesty in reporting news and facts,” His Eminence elaborated, pointing out that “There is a great development in the capabilities of the axis of resistance.”

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that “The enemy today trusts the media of the resistance more than it believes its leaders, this is thanks to the credibility of our media.”

Listing some aspects of the Resistance’s media honesty, His Eminence stated: “The Resistance promised to liberate the land and fulfilled its promise, and promised to release the detainees and so it did. The Resistance in Palestine promised to defend al-Quds and so it did.”

He went on to say: “The popular basis of the Axis of Resistance are ideologically and religiously diverse, but they are united by al-Quds, the sanctities and the unjustness against the Palestinian people.”

“Within the Resistance media, there are experts and innovations despite the lack of the suitable [resources] the other media outlets are being provided with,” Sayyed Nasrallah underscored, noting that “The achievements made by the Resistance media in the last decades is a major thing upon which things should be based to develop more.”

According to His Eminence: “The popular base of the Resistance needs a media rhetoric that interacts with them wherever they are, and with which they can also interact.”

“Social media participated in making the resistance’s victories,” he viewed, noting that “The enemy can take down satellite channels, but not social media platforms, so we must take advantage of them.”

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah predicted that “‘Israel’ will reconsider its calculations when it gets convinced that its threatening of Islamic and Christian holy sites will lead to a regional war.”

“When the Palestinians were displaying the victories in Operation al-Quds Sword, which were admitted by the world and the Zionist, some Arab satellite channels were concentrating on the images of sorrow and sufferings,” he added.

In response, the Resistance Leader underlined that “The resistance’s rhetoric and strategy of the new deterrence equation must be adopted and established, which is that al-Quds is in exchange for the entire region.”

Urging the resistance media to exchange experiences and expertise so that they take advantage of social media platforms, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that “The enemy bans some satellite channels and blocks some websites due to its influence.”

“The enemy could ban some satellite channels, but it could not stop social media platforms; this is why we should take advantage of them,” he said, noting that “There is a media warfare against the Resistance, for which billions of dollars are dedicated to distort the image of the Resistance.”

According to His Eminence, “There should be a media plan to confront fabrications and fake news being published by some sides, especially regarding the cause of Palestine and al-Quds.”

“Developing the media rhetoric of the Resistance must be convenient with the regional transformations and threats,” he stated, advising the resistance axis to “revise the language of our rhetoric and literature based on the major achievements.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that “Those setting conspiracies for the region aim at keeping people busy making their living, and this is happening indeed. The reason behind the ongoing conspiracies is to remain busy from supporting Palestine.”

Moving to the internal front, His Eminence explained that “The governmental crisis in Lebanon is a result of the regime crisis.”

“We have to work on two parallel tracks; the first is to work upon Lebanon’s crises, and the second is not to stay busy from what is happening to the nation,” he said.

As His Eminence reiterated that “The US bans any aid to solve the crisis in Lebanon; this is to serve the ‘Israeli’ enemy,” he wondered: “Isn’t the US administration the side behind banning Lebanese banks from bringing their cash from outside the country?”

Sayyed Nasrallah also slammed some Lebanese people who fear being blacklisted by the US: “The fear being blacklisted by the US while the entire country is heading to death.”

“The goal behind the American blockade is to provoke the Lebanese people and the people of Resistance against it,” he said, pointing out that “The US Embassy in Lebanon is partner in the collapse of the Lebanese currency.”

On this level, His Eminence emphasized that “Wrong policies are among the reasons behind the crisis in Lebanon, but the US is the main reason because it is a partner of the corrupt.”

Denouncing the US ambassador “who is shedding crocodile tears over the Lebanese,” Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that “Major companies want to invest in Lebanon without costing the Lebanese state anything, but they are being told “No” because some are afraid of the Americans.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah lamented the fact that the defendants in the Beirut Port Blast issue learned their names in the case through media outlets

Rejecting the political blackmail in Beirut port blast case, he wondered whether the investigation is a true judicial work or a political targeting. “Justice is still distant and the truth is still concealed,” he said, announcing that the coming days are decisive regarding the new government.

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How will US disengagement shape the Middle East? “ميدل إيست آي”: “محور المقاومة” هو المؤهل لملء الفراغ بعد الانسحاب الأميركي

Iranians destroy a US flag during a demonstration in Tehran in January 2020 (AFP)

24 June 2021 10:54 UTC

Marco Carnelos

So far, the entity best positioned to fill the power vacuum is the ‘axis of resistance’ led by Iran

The Middle East has always proudly claimed its own culture and, above all, a certain resistance to so-called western modernity. But over the past two decades, reading its tea leaves has become increasingly difficult.

The past two decades have been cataclysmic, and those to come could be even more worrisome. A power vacuum is looming, especially amid multiple signals of a US political and military disengagement from the region. With the notable exception of Israel, it is not certain that Washington’s other local partners will be able to adjust to the new strategic environment.

In the summer of 2000, the Clinton administration believed for a moment that the circle of the historical Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be squared – only to discover, just months later, that this was not on the cards.

The so-called US-led peace process has become essentially an international PR strategy for managing the conflict

At the time, the Americans and Israelis concluded that, no matter how effective their marketing strategies, a bantustan could not be sold to the Palestinians as the state they had claimed and sought for decades to fulfil their unquestionable right to self-determination. Since then, the so-called US-led peace process has become essentially an international PR strategy for managing the conflict. It has given breath and time to a creeping Israeli annexation of the sliver of historical Palestine not yet under Israel’s control.

The Trump administration – more honestly, or less hypocritically, if you prefer – tried to solve the issue by siding openly with Israel, aiming to impose a “bantustan solution” under a different name: the Abraham Accords. To succeed, the formula required the formal adhesion of certain Arab countries, primarily Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Yet, while some Arab states quickly established diplomatic relations with Israel, the absence of Riyadh has left an aura of uncertainty around the ambitious project.

Turmoil in Israel-Palestine

The latest conflict in the streets of Jerusalem, inside Palestinian communities of Israel, and in the Gaza Strip, has likely buried the viability of such a “solution”. Most certainly, it has shown that the Palestinian question is still alive and kicking.

Israel is now in the paradoxical situation of being the strongest regional military and technological power, while facing a highly polarised political framework and a somewhat crumbling internal front. In order to finally remove former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power, Israeli politicians cobbled together the most heterogeneous coalition in the country’s history. The most extremist prime minister ever, Naftali Bennett, had to rely on the support an Arab party with Islamist roots in order to narrowly win power.

Palestinians protest in the occupied West Bank village of Salem on 15 May 2021 (AFP)
Palestinians protest in the occupied West Bank village of Salem on 15 May 2021 (AFP)

Meanwhile, Palestinians are mired between an increasingly ineffective official leadership in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority, and an increasingly popular but “terrorist”-designated leadership in Gaza, Hamas.

After 9/11, the main western political driver for the region changed. The US-led “war on terrorism” aimed to impose, once and for all, a Pax Americana in the region, focusing on Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen.

Two decades later, this strategy is crumbling. The US is withdrawing from Afghanistan without accomplishing anything significant, and after spending trillions in Iraq, the US has been asked by Baghdad’s parliament to leave. A tiny enclave in eastern Syria remains under US control, but all the “useful” parts of the country are again under the control of President Bashar al-Assad.

Spreading anxiety

US disengagement from the region, whether real or perceived, is spreading anxiety, with the sense of an incoming power vacuum that needs to be filled. So far, the only entity sufficiently organised and determined to do so appears to be the “axis of resistance”: Iran and its regional allies, including Syria, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Yemen’s Houthis and Shia militias in Iraq.

Since its 1979 revolution, Iran has been the main opponent of western modernity and, particularly, a Pax Americana in the region. Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and regional activities have been a constant source of concern for Washington and its regional allies, both Arab and Israeli.

A temporary and partial truce, the 2015 nuclear deal, was quickly removed from the strategic equation in 2018. A heavy sanctions campaign, the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” strategy, did not achieve its claimed objectives: Iran has changed neither its regime nor its behaviour.America Last: Coming to terms with the new world order

As another US administration now attempts to rejoin the nuclear deal, hoping to improve some of its clauses, Iran – with the recent election of Ebrahim Raisi as the country’s next president – is firmly under the control of conservatives, while also seeking a deal with the US and regional rivals. While Major-General Qassem Soleimani might have been eliminated, his regional master plan was not.

There are also other spoilers keen to take their slice of the cake. Turkey seems to be rediscovering its Ottoman past, and combined with its links to the Muslim Brotherhood, it is still viewed as an existential threat to many Arab ruling families.

Russia’s policy has been smarter and more effective, relying on diplomacy reinforced by military power – contrary to Washington’s approach, which used diplomacy only to justify the use of military force. Moscow has held its ground in Syria, obtained important leverage in Libya, and maintained good relations with all regional actors. Two decades ago, Russia was barely relevant in the area; now it is a player. It holds poor cards, but can use them far more effectively than others.

China, as usual, is approaching the region pragmatically, not ideologically. It aspires to leverage the power vacuum to smoothly build up the southern leg of its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, aiming to create the world’s biggest economic and trading bloc outside of US political and financial control.

Looming pressures

On a regional scale, the so-called Arab Spring, an overdue and legitimate rallying cry by ordinary people exhausted by a systemic lack of governance, basic services and political rights, turned quickly into an Islamic awakening. It fuelled bloody civil wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen, while achieving only a single, partially accomplished political transition in Tunisia. The rest was an autocratic counter-spring, resembling the concert of powers mustered at the Congress of Vienna after the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

The Middle East during the past two decades of American unilateralism has been a mess. Could it be even worse without it?

While the US seems engaged in naively challenging both China and Russia, Europe, as usual, is torn by the dilemma over how to position itself. The Middle East may descend further into chaos, with Covid-19, migration and environmental pressures presenting just a few of the challenges that lie ahead.

One self-proclaimed enabler of the vaguely defined “rules-based world order”, the G7, has again failed to display the necessary leadership, which requires not only power, but also intellectual honesty and self-criticism. Its latest communique outlines no inspirational vision for the Middle East, failing to address the bombs that have already exploded (in Israel-Palestine) or the ones still ticking (the forthcoming collapse of Lebanon).

The Middle East during the past two decades of American unilateralism has been a mess. Could it be even worse without it? That’s doubtful, but it would be best to fasten your seatbelts anyway.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye.Marco CarnelosMarco Carnelos is a former Italian diplomat. He has been assigned to Somalia, Australia and the United Nations. He has served in the foreign policy staff of three Italian prime ministers between 1995 and 2011. More recently he has been Middle East Peace Process Coordinator Special Envoy for Syria for the Italian government and, until November 2017, ambassador of Italy to Iraq.

“ميدل إيست آي”: “محور المقاومة” هو المؤهل لملء الفراغ بعد الانسحاب الأميركي

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الكاتب: ماركو كارنيلوس

المصدر: ميدل إيست آي


كتب الدبلوماسي الإيطالي السابق ماركو كارنيلوس مقالة في موقع “ميدل إيست آي” البريطانيا قال فيها إن الشرق الأوسط كان دوماً يدعي بفخر أنه يمتلك ثقافته الخاصة، وقبل كل شيء، أنه لديه مقاومة ما لما يسمّى بالحداثة الغربية. لكن العقدين الماضيين، كانا كارثيين، ويمكن للعقدين المقبلين أن يكونوا أكثر إثارة للقلق. 

وأوضح الكاتب سبب ذلك بأنه يلوح في الأفق فراغ في السلطة، خاصة وسط إشارات متعددة لفك الولايات المتحدة الأميركية ارتباطها السياسي والعسكري بالمنطقة. فباستثناء “إسرائيل”، ليس من المؤكد أن شركاء واشنطن المحليين الآخرين سيكونون قادرين على التكيّف مع البيئة الاستراتيجية الجديدة.

في صيف عام 2000، اعتقدت إدارة الرئيس الأميركي بيل كلينتون للحظة أنه يمكن تربيع دائرة الصراع الإسرائيلي الفلسطيني التاريخي، كي تكتشف، بعد أشهر فقط، أن هذا لم يكن مطروحاً على الورق. فقد خلص الأميركيون والإسرائيليون أنذاك إلى أنه، بغض النظر عن مدى فعالية استراتيجياتهم التسويقية، لا يمكن بيع “البانتوستان” للفلسطينيين كدولة طالبوا بها وسعى لعقود من الزمان لتحقيق حقهم غير المشكوك فيه في تقرير المصير. منذ ذلك الحين، أصبحت عملية السلام المزعومة، بقيادة الولايات المتحدة، استراتيجية علاقات عامة دولية لإدارة الصراع. لقد منحت هذه العملية نفساً ووقتاً لقيام “إسرائيل” بضم زاحف لبقية فلسطين التاريخية التي لم تخضع بعد لسيطرة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي.

وأضاف كارنيلوس: حاولت إدارة الرئيس الأميركي السابق دونالد ترامب – بصراحة أكثر، أو أقل نفاقاً – حل المشكلة بالانحياز صراحة إلى “إسرائيل”، بهدف فرض “حل البانتوستان” تحت اسم مختلف: اتفاقات أبراهام. ولتحقيق النجاح، تطلبت الصيغة الانضمام الرسمي لبعض الدول العربية، وفي مقدمتها السعودية والإمارات العربية المتحدة. ومع ذلك، في حين أن بعض الدول العربية أقامت بسرعة علاقات دبلوماسية مع “إسرائيل”، فإن غياب الرياض ترك هالة من عدم اليقين حول المشروع الطموح.

هبة القدس

وأشار الكاتب إلى أن الصراع الأخير في شوارع القدس، وداخل التجمعات السكانية الفلسطينية في الكيان الإسرائيلي، ومع قطاع غزة، قد يكون قد دفن جدوى مثل هذا “الحل”. لكنه بالطبع، أظهر أن القضية الفلسطينية لا تزال حية وتنطلق. فـ”إسرائيل” اليوم في وضع متناقض لكونها أقوى قوة عسكرية وتكنولوجية إقليمية، لكنها تواجه إطاراً سياسياً شديد الاستقطاب وجبهة داخلية متداعية إلى حد ما. فمن أجل الإطاحة برئيس الوزراء السابق بنيامين نتنياهو أخيراً، قام السياسيون الإسرائيليون بتجميع أكثر تحالف غير متجانس في تاريخ الكيان. كان على رئيس الوزراء الأكثر تطرفاً، نفتالي بينيت، الاعتماد على دعم حزب فلسطيني ذي جذور إسلامية من أجل الفوز بالسلطة بفارق ضئيل.

واعتبر الدبلوماسي الإيطالي أنه في المقابل، فإن الفلسطينيين غارقون بين قيادة رسمية غير فعالة في رام الله، هي السلطة الفلسطينية، وقيادة شعبية ولكنها مصنفة “إرهابية” في غزة، هي حركة حماس. وقال إنه بعد 11 أيلول / سبتمبر 2001، تغير المحرك السياسي الغربي الرئيسي للمنطقة، إذ هدفت “الحرب على الإرهاب” بقيادة الولايات المتحدة إلى فرض “السلام الطويل المدى” الأميركي في المنطقة لمرة واحدة وأخيرة، مع التركيز على لبنان وسوريا والعراق وإيران واليمن.

لكن بعد عقدين من الزمن، هذه الاستراتيجية تنهار. إذ تنسحب الولايات المتحدة من أفغانستان من دون تحقيق أي شيء مهم، وبعد إنفاق تريليونات الدولارات في العراق، طلب البرلمان العراقي من الولايات المتحدة المغادرة. لا يزال جيب صغير في شرق سوريا تحت سيطرة الولايات المتحدة، لكن جميع الأجزاء “المفيدة” من البلاد أصبحت مرة أخرى تحت سيطرة الرئيس بشار الأسد.

ورأى الكاتب “أن فك ارتباط الولايات المتحدة بالمنطقة، سواء كان حقيقياً أو متصوراً، ينشر القلق، مع إحساس بفراغ القوة الذي سيأتي والذي يجب ملؤه. حتى الآن، يبدو أن الكيان الوحيد المنظم والمصمم على القيام بذلك هو “محور المقاومة”: إيران وحلفاؤها الإقليميون، بما في ذلك سوريا وحزب الله اللبناني والحوثيين والميليشيات الشيعية في العراق”.

منذ ثورة 1979، كانت إيران الخصم الرئيسي للحداثة الغربية، وعلى وجه الخصوص الهيمنة الأميركية في المنطقة. لطالما كانت طموحات طهران النووية وأنشطتها الإقليمية مصدر قلق دائم لواشنطن وحلفائها الإقليميين، العرب والإسرائيليين.

وقد تم إلغاء الهدنة المؤقتة والجزئية، الاتفاق النووي لعام 2015، بسرعة من المعادلة الاستراتيجية في عام 2018. ولم تحقق حملة العقوبات الأميركية الشديدة، استراتيجية “الضغط الأقصى” لإدارة ترامب، أهدافها المعلنة حيث أن إيران لم تغيّر لا نظامها ولا سلوكها.

وقال الكاتب إنه بينما تحاول إدارة أميركية أخرى الآن الانضمام إلى الاتفاق النووي، على أمل تحسين بعض بنوده، فإن إيران – مع انتخاب إبراهيم رئيسي كرئيس مقبل للبلاد – تخضع بشدة لسيطرة المحافظين، بينما تسعى في الوقت نفسه إلى إبرام اتفاق مع المنافسين الأميركيين والإقليميين. وفي حين أن اللواء قاسم سليماني قد اغتيل، إلا أن خطته الرئيسية الإقليمية لم تتم الإطاحة بها.

وقال الكاتب إن تركيا تعيد اكتشاف ماضيها العثماني، وإلى جانب صلاتها بجماعة الإخوان المسلمين، لا يزال يُنظر إليها على أنها تهديد وجودي للعديد من العائلات العربية الحاكمة.

وأضاف: كانت سياسة روسيا أكثر ذكاءً وفاعلية، حيث اعتمدت على الدبلوماسية التي تعززها القوة العسكرية، على عكس نهج واشنطن، الذي استخدم الدبلوماسية فقط لتبرير استخدام القوة العسكرية. احتفظت موسكو بموقفها في سوريا، وحصلت على نفوذ مهم في ليبيا، وحافظت على علاقات جيدة مع جميع الأطراف الإقليميين. فقبل عقدين من الزمن، كانت روسيا بالكاد ذات صلة بالمنطقة. الآن هي لاعب، تحمل بطاقات رديئة، ولكن يمكنها استخدامها بشكل أكثر فاعلية من غيرها.

أما الصين، فهي كالعادة تقترب من المنطقة بطريقة براغماتية وليس أيديولوجية. وتطمح للاستفادة من فراغ السلطة لبناء بسلاسة الجزء الجنوبي من “مبادرة الحزام والطريق” الطموحة، والتي تهدف إلى إنشاء أكبر كتلة اقتصادية وتجارية في العالم خارج السيطرة السياسية والمالية الأميركية.

ضغوط تلوح في الأفق

وقال الكاتب: بينما يبدو أن الولايات المتحدة منخرطة في تحدي كل من الصين وروسيا بسذاجة، فإن أوروبا، كعادتها، ممزقة بسبب معضلة كيفية التمركز. قد ينزلق الشرق الأوسط إلى مزيد من الفوضى، حيث يمثل فيروس كورونا والضغوط البيئية والهجرة عدداً قليلاً من التحديات التي تنتظر الأوروبيين.

وأضاف: لقد أخفقت مجموعة الدول السبع، التي نصبت نفسها بنفسها في تمكين “النظام العالمي القائم على القواعد” المحددة بشكل غامض، في إظهار القيادة اللازمة، والتي لا تتطلب القوة فحسب، بل تتطلب كذلك الصدق الفكري والنقد الذاتي. لا يحدد بيانها الأخير أي رؤية ملهمة للشرق الأوسط، وقد فشلت في معالجة القنابل التي انفجرت بالفعل (بين “إسرائيل” وفلسطين) أو التي قد تنفجر (الانهيار الوشيك للبنان).

وختم بالقول: كان الشرق الأوسط خلال العقدين الماضيين من هيمنة الأحادية الأميركية في حالة من الفوضى. فهل يمكن أن يكون أسوأ من دونها؟ هذا مشكوك فيه، ولكن سيكون من الأفضل ربط أحزمة الأمان على أي حال.

*ماركو كارنيلوس دبلوماسي إيطالي سابق. تم تكليفه بالعمل في الصومال وأستراليا والأمم المتحدة. وقد عمل في فريق السياسة الخارجية لثلاثة رؤساء وزراء إيطاليين بين عامي 1995 و2011. وشغل أخيراً منصب مبعوث الحكومة الإيطالية الخاص لعملية السلام في الشرق الأوسط إلى سوريا، وحتى تشرين الثاني / نوفمبر 2017، سفيراً لإيطاليا في العراق.

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Top Rabbi: America is Collapsing, Israel must Step Up as new World Superpower

Rabbi Eliyahu

June 30, 2021

https://www.israel365news.com/164050/top-rabbi-america-is-collapsing-israel-must-step-up-as-new-world-superpower/

One of Israel’s most respected rabbis, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, has released a statement on the status of America as a waning world superpower and a message of hope for Israel to fill the void. Rabbi Eliyahu is the Chief Rabbi of Safed and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council

The big crisis that is currently happening in America

Regarding the outcome of the US elections, Rabbi Eliyahu explains that the schism is deeper than last week’s incident on Capitol Hill saying: “The big crisis that is currently happening in America didn’t start with the storming of Capitol Hill. It started with the Democratic party’s’ lack of confidence in Trump’s presidency expressed in fiery protests across the United States, and his being labeled in every possible derogatory manner.”

The rabbi added that the lack of Republican trust in America’s election process also contributes to the crisis.

“With tremendous sorrow we can recall this event as part of the process of the US descending from the stage of world history. It’s a sad moment, but it’s happening.”

Pharaoh fell too

Recalling the fall of ancient Egypt, the rabbi uses historic precedent to back up his claim saying: “This is not the first time a superpower fell because of a crisis of values and returns to being an ordinary country among other nations. That is what happened to Egypt and Rome in the old days. That is what happened to the Ottoman Empire approximately a century ago, all the way to the Russian Empire that collapsed 30 years ago, both of whom collapsed due to a failure of values that led to their demise as well as a decline in their great power as world leaders.”

Rabbi Eliyahu also recalled the collapse of France and Great Britain who were once “considered part of the four powers that rule the world,” He added that they collapsed just as Europe as a whole is collapsing because of values…or lack thereof.

Values of political correctness

“The values ​​of justice were replaced with those of political correctness. The family values have been replaced with those ​​of hedonism. The birthrate that fell below the red line caused European leaders to open the floodgates to mass Muslim migration that would fill the void, and Europe started to totally lose its character.”

Rabbi Eliyahu sees the developments unfolding as an opportunity for Israel to step up and take America’s place as the world superpower. He supports his proposition by calling Israel a world leader in family values saying: “We’ve been called upon to fill this vacuum. There are problems inside the State of Israel as well, but unlike Europe, Israel leads the world in the stability of family values. The average amount of children per Israeli woman is double the average of the Western world, and this is what propels Israel’s economy and creativity forward. Israel also leads the globe in the least amount of children from single mothers.”

Regarding a potential insurrection, Rabbi Eliyahu refers to the destruction of the second Temple as evidence that a similar situation cannot reoccur saying “As far as governmental stability is concerned, we are not similar in any way. There cannot be an antigovernmental revolution in Israel. With all the allegations we have regarding this and that corruption in the system of government, none of us have aspirations of a military revolt. We all recall the heavy price of the destruction of the 2nd Temple and it can’t be repeated.”

The rabbi also said that because Israel trails the western world in alcohol and drug consumption.

Not Pretentious, but Torah

Acknowledging that his proclamation could come across as condescending, the rabbi explains that it’s all part of God’s plan saying:  “Israel is stable and is called upon to take its place as a world leader in values. I realize that to many people this sounds very pretentious, but this is the template that G-d promised our forefather Abraham.”

And all the families of the earth Shall bless themselves by you (Genesis 12:3)

Reflecting on the Jewish people who he says don’t recognize the opportunity, the Rabbi notes: “The only ones who do not see this is us, and the time has come for us to recall our destiny. We need to prepare for it so that we can fulfill it with all the necessary responsibilities and not make the mistakes that they made.”

Will the Russians sink a British ship the next time around?

June 28, 2021

To begin, let’s recap what just happened in the Crimean waters. First, the HMS Defender deliberately entered the Russian waters under the pretext that the Brits don’t recognize what they call the “annexation” of Crimea. The Brits deny it, but after seeing 4 bombs explode ahead of the HMS Defender, they altered their course as the Russians demanded.

Next, before looking into this deeper, let’s also keep in mind the following fact: the entire Black Sea is a de facto “Russian lake” meaning that Russia has the full military control of the Black Sea. For those alternatively gifted, let me explain what this means:

  • The Bal and Bastion coastal defense missiles can sink any ship in the Black Sea in minutes.
  • The Black Sea Fleet has seven advanced diesel-electric attack submarines, arguably the most advanced on the planet.
  • The HMS Defender was operating without any air cover but detected over 20 Russian military aircraft overflying it.

For a more detailed discussion of this reality, please see these four (hereherehere and here) articles by Andrei Martyanov. For a more detailed discussion of the laws of the sea, please see this discussion by Nat South.

In other words, the HMS Defender was a sitting duck with no chance of survival had the Russians decided to fire in anger. General Konashenkov, who is in charge of contacts with the media, had this to say about the outcome of the British provocation: (emphasis added)

“The epic fiasco of the provocation of the British destroyer Defender in the Black Sea, which abruptly changed course from Russian territorial waters after the warning shots of the patrol ship, will remain a fragrant stain on the reputation of the Royal Navy for a long time”

(-: Thereby suggesting that the Brits soiled their pants and ran for their lives 

Speaking of anger: I have been parsing the Russian media over the past couple of days and I will only say that there are A LOT of commentators who are mad at the Kremlin for NOT opening fire in earnest and sinking the Defender.

Furthermore, several Russian officials have now indicated that the next time around, the intruders would be destroyed.

Did I mention that the British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice declared in an interview that the Brits plan to repeat such operations in the future?

This now begs the question: would the Kremlin really risk WWIII by sinking a British Navy Ship trying to, to use a British expression, “poke the Russian bear”?

Interestingly, the Brits deny that the Russians fired any munitions ahead of the Defender. Why would they do that? My personal explanation is that the British government does not want to freak out the British and European public opinion. But if they are hiding the truth, it means that this is a truth which makes them uncomfortable. What do you think they might be hiding?

Still, the two UK reporters who were on the Defender (by total coincidence, I am sure), both reported hearing explosions and seeing Russian combat aircraft. The Russian FSB also released video footage taken from the Russian border patrol ships which were shadowing the HMS Defender. You can clearly see the Russian firing their guns ahead of the HMS Defender:

The Russians also have radar footage from many sources and it has been really easy for them to prove that the Defender changed course and left after four bombs exploded ahead on its course.

The reason for all this? “We don’t recognize the annexation of Crimea”. Which makes no sense because EVEN if the UK does not recognize the Russian “annexation” of Crimea (and, along with that, the democratic will of the people of Crimea), they should still recognize the indisputable fact that Russia is the “occupying power” which, therefore, has the legal right to deny any ship “innocent passage” if it believes that this ship is a threat, collecting intelligence or used for propaganda purposes (again, read Nat South’s superb discussion on the applicability of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to this situation). As usual, the Brits are lying about everything, including what the UNCLOS really says…

Now let’s look at this from the Russian point of view.

First, the Russians remember how the Brits declared a 200 miles zone around the Malvinas Islands (“Falklands” in UK parlance) and immediately sunk the cruiser General Belgrano as soon as it entered this zone. The Russians also remember how the Turks shot down a Russian SU-24 over Syria because it had penetrated in Turkish air space for exactly 6 seconds. The HMS Defender spent about 30 minutes in Russian waters.

Can you really blame them for feeling that “some are more equal than others”?

The Brits, being the superior race which only they think they are, declared that they only changed course because a slower Russian vessel was ahead of them and they decided to pass it from the open waters side. In fact, the Brits are so superior to the mongoloid Russian hordes and their dictator that they refused to even reply to the Russian coast guard vessel when it threatened to open fire if the Brits did not change course.

NOT talking to Russia, ever, seems to be the latest fad with NATOThe same goes for the EU which is now hostage to the 3B+PU nutcases.

(I wonder, does anybody still believe this crap? Does anybody still believe that Great Britain is, well, great? In Russia the expression “мелкобритания” is increasingly used. Translated into English this would be something like “Tiny Britain”)

Anyways, all of the above clearly shows one of two things:

  • The Brits do not believe that Russia could sink a UK warship
  • The Brits are willing to risk a major military incident possibly leading to war in order to maintain tensions between Russia and the collective West (aka the AngloZionist Empire).

This begs the question: are the Brits correct, or are they delusional?

First, we need to understand the purpose of this provocation: to disrupt the planned summit between the EU and Russia which France and Germany seemed to support, and which the 3B+PU and the Netherlands and the Czech Republic (iirc) categorically opposed (the Ukraine is not member of the EU, but they sure acted as if they had some kind of moral veto power over EU decisions). Sure, the UK has Brexited and should therefore not have any say in EU decisions, but the Anglosphere has enough power over the EU to make this completely irrelevant. We also know that Boris Johnson personally gave the order to the HMS Defender to enter Russian waters. Obviously, that kind of high level decision could not have been taken without Uncle Shmuel’s approval, thus we are dealing with a very deliberately calculated action. If this was the goal, it has been a total success and the Brits just screwed over Macron and Merkel.

Second, this is really largely irrelevant for Russia. If the EU cannot muster enough political courage to talk to Russia, then Russia will directly talk with those countries which want to talk to Russia. To put it bluntly, Russia does not give a damn about the 3B+PU. As for the Netherlands, they are a big investor in the Russian economy and Russians don’t care about what the Dutch might or might not say, as long as they keep investing (in Euros, by the way!), which, so far, they still are. Besides, considering the economic size of Holland, even if they stopped investing this would only be a minor nuisance for Russia. In fact, Merkel has even declared that if the EU cannot agree to have a dialog with Russia, Germany would seek other venues for this purpose.

Third, what just happened is yet another clear sign that the EU is profoundly dysfunctional. After the end of the USSR in 1991, russophobic Neocons in the West decided to make the Russians “pay” by incorporating ex WTO and ex Soviet Republics into NATO. At first, it looked great, but now it has become clear that the blowback from this truly idiotic policy has many unexpected benefits for Russia and major problems for the Empire. They include:

  • Russia got rid of all the Soviet periphery which was bleeding the Soviet Union dry.
  • None of the newly created states has become a viable, successful state.
  • The Empire spent many billions trying to prop up these newly independent states (ex USSR and eastern Europe) and tried to turn them into some anti-Russia showcase. They totally and comprehensively failed.
  • Now the UK and, even more so, the 3B+PU have taken the EU hostage and are preventing the countries which matter from, well, mattering anymore.
  • Countries bordering Russia are now all demanding NATO troops, which puts the latter in the worst possible position, right across the Russian border and, therefore, within range of too many Russian weapons to list here.
  • Last, but not least, the stupid and, frankly, totally irresponsible actions of countries like the UK and the Ukraine risk involving all of Europe in a most dangerous and devastating war.

Bottom line is this: the leaders of the AngloZionist thought they had scored big with the expansion of the EU and NATO. Now they are screwed in a major way and with no solution in sight.

This all is hardly big news, but yet another confirmation of the advanced state of collapse of both NATO and the EU. Conversely, the more EU countries decide to hold bilateral talks with Russia, the better for the future of the European continent.

As for the Brits, they are clearly suffering from phantom pains for their lost empire. Think of it, in less than one century the British Empire went from being the empire upon which the sun never sets, (Britannia rules the waves, etc.) to being the USA’s poodle which nobody respects or takes seriously. Bojo is desperate to prove that he is a “new Churchill” which will teach the damn Russians (and Chinese!) to kowtow to the UK or, failing that, at least kowtow to the Anglosphere. And, as a typical western politician, Bojo is both too ignorant and too narcissistic to understand the risks he is taking.

The Brits seemed to be combining imperialist arrogance (and delusion!) with a truly shocking lack of PR skills. Not only did they deny that the Russians opened warning fire ahead of them, only to have the FSB prove this denial false by publishing the video of the Russian coast guard vessel firing ahead of the Defender, but now they came up with a truly clumsy piece of nonsense about how a “super dooper secret” dossier on the British plans was somehow apparently found by a passer-by in a heap of trash behind a bus stop in Kent (you think I am joking, then see here). Needless to say, the Russians openly made fun of the Brits saying that “007 agents agents aren’t what they used to be”. Furthermore, it now appears that some top UK officials were very much opposed to this move which was demanded by Johnson personally (see here and here).

What about the British military?

We know that their actual capabilities are laughable. But what about their understanding of the situation?

I am not a mind reader and I don’t know what the British sailors (and their bosses) were thinking, but there is one thing which I am sure of: the next time around (and, there will be a next time according to UK ministers), the Russians will use force. If possible, they will try to ram the intruding vessel; if not, they might strike at the intruding vessel’s engines/props to disable it and, possibly, tow it. Should the intruding vessel try to fire back, the Russians would probably fire a torpedo and disable it. That is my best guess. I also decided to ask Andrei Martyanov (a former Soviet Navy officer) what he thinks will happen the next time around. Here is his reply:

“Most likely, they will open fire, but first only with small-caliber naval artillery (30-mm from the Russian border patrol ship or even 76-mm), and that fire will be aimed at the propeller-steering group (i.e. at the stern) to begin with. At the same time, the coastal defense batteries will actively track the intruder with their targeting radar, plus the Russian will “hang” 15-20 Su-24 and SU-30SM in immediate readiness to use more serious means – for example, the supersonic (M = 3.5) anti-radiation X-31 and take out the mast with its radar. That is just for starters. Next, the Russians will gage the reaction of the intruder: if they try to shoot at any Russian target, they will be sunk. But this would only happen inside Russian territorial waters. Outside Russian waters the Russians will only monitor their moves. Lastly, do not forget – there are anywhere between 4 and 7 Project 636 submarines at any one time patrolling the Black Sea, each capable of firing 6 3M54 anti-ship missiles in one salvo.”

The British paratroopers also recently engaged in a major airdrop in Jordan. The Brits see that as, quote “as show of force to ISIS and Russia”. Russia’s reaction? The Russian Aerospace Forces dispatched two MiG-31K carrying the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to the Russian Aerospace base in Khmeimim, thus showing the Brits that their ships in the Mediterranean and Black Sea sail at the pleasure of Russia. Again, this won’t be reported by the western legacy ziomedia in order to keep the public opinion totally unaware of the risks Bojo and his gang are taking in the name of their phantom pains about empire. Russian Aerospace Forces Tu-22M3M were also recently deployed to Khmeimim.

Here is a short video of the Russian MoD Zvezda channel to give you an idea of how this all looks (in Russian, but no translation needed) and which quite openly shows whom the Russians consider their likely target.

Here is a Zerohedge article discussing some of this.

Does anybody still remember what happened when the “invincible” British Navy tried to participate in Trump’s (totally failed) cruise missile attack on Syria? The British subs in the Mediterranean were shadowed by not one, but apparently two Russian submarines. That convinced the British sub commander that firing its missiles would be suicidal. The Brits gave up and left the area.

There is a pattern here: western politicians make a lot of very loud statements; the Russians simply take whatever actions they deem necessary, which frees them from the need to make threats of roaring statements in the first place.

This approach has a problem: only highly specialized people in the West are fully aware of what the Russians are doing and even less people fully understand the implications of the Russian actions. Add to this a western media which lies for a living, and this results in a population in Europe which is almost totally unaware of the very real risks the reckless actions of their (supposed) representative governments engage in. How many Brits will realize that a grinning and apparently happy Boris Johnson has almost stumbled into a war with Russia? Very few I bet. If anything, the common folk in the West are told that (a) their military is the best and (b) that the Russian military is much weaker and the Russians understand that. Ergo: there is no risk.

Then there is the fact that while the general population is kept in total ignorance, western political elites are mostly composed of folks with very strong narcissistic tendencies combined with a total inability to learn from mistakes (both theirs and those of others). Needless to say, history does not inform these people either. Finally, since these folks can never admit a mistake, however minor or serious, they cannot change course; doubling down over and over is pretty much all they are capable of.

Conclusion:

There is no doubt that the Biden Administration has taken a very different course towards Russia (and Iran, by the way!) than the one favored by the Trump administration. I attribute this change of policy to the likely realization by top Pentagon officials that the US desperately needs to “catch its breath” and that the US military is in no condition to take on any other halfway competent military. Even if this is a ploy to win time for reorganizing, I welcome this as, by definition, anything is preferable to war, especially a full-scale war. However, there are clearly interests in both the US and Europe which are desperately opposed to any form of detente with Russia and who want to maintain an atmosphere of crisis and tensions just short of war. Of course, I don’t believe in any meaningful differences between the various factions competing for power on a strategic level: they all want to destroy, submit, break up and otherwise devastate Russia. This 1000 year old dream of the western ruling elites (pretty much all of them) still remains the strategic target of the West. But on a tactical level there appear to be two factions, one which understands that the Empire desperately needs a break to regroup and refine its strategy and another one which still seems to believe that the Empire is invincible and appears to be hell-bent on triggering as many conflicts/wars as it deems necessary to restore Uncle Shmuel’s worldwide hegemony.

That second group, clearly strong, has ties with the UK and the 3B+PU gang who are desperate to remain relevant and who understands that should there ever be any type detente (or even a tense modus vivendi) agreed upon between Russia and the West, that group would become comprehensively irrelevant to the future of our planet. While we can disagree with this logic, we have to remain aware that for countries like the UK or the 3B+PU this is truly an existential issue and that they see a continuation of tensions as the only path to political survival. On this specific point, I happen to agree with them.

I mentioned that ever since Dubya, all the US Presidents who came to the White House were extremely weak, which resulted in the breakup of any single US foreign policy into many different, and often contradictory, “mini foreign policies” by various branches of the government (Congress vs White House, plus a Pentagon foreign policy, a CIA foreign policy, a Foggy Bottom policy, a DoE policy, etc. etc. etc.). Hence, for example, the recent seizure by Uncle Shmuel of the PressTV domain name. (BTW – the domain name https://www.presstv.ir/ still works!).

This all makes for a very dangerous brew. Especially since the Russians clearly and sincerely believe that they cannot back down any further.

I therefore conclude that a future military incident, with the use of fire in anger, and possibly resulting in a real war, remains not only possible, but even likely, unless the factions in the West which want a time-out to regroup manage to get the russophobic nutcases under control.

Will that happen? I doubt it very much. Biden is not only weak and senile, his Administration has been organized with wokeness and (pseudo) “diversity” as opposed to competence or expertise. Thus, the collective Biden (which I designate as “Biden” as opposed to the real Biden) is probably too weak to get the crazies under control, even for a short time.

And here is the really scary thing: from the Russian point of view (and Russians all understand all of the above), sinking a British ship might well be the best solution. Why? Because once this happens, it will be impossible to conceal from the western public opinion that its so-called “leaders” are reckless, incompetant, delusional and simply dangerous narcissists who are now willing to risk a continental war (possibly nuclear!) just in order to keep denying the reality of their irrelevance. If Russia wanted to invade the UK, I believe that most Brits would be willing to risk it all to defend their motherland. But I very much doubt that a majority/plurality of Brits would support the notion of dying for Crimea even if they believe that Russia “annexed” the peninsula and is now “oppressing the Ukrainian people of Crimea”. Nor would they want to die over MH17, Skripal, Syria, Navalnyi or the oppressed homos in Chechnia.

There is one more thing I think Putin could do: make a solemn speech and directly address the people of the West telling them the truth about what the western political leaders are doing. He could honestly tell the people in the West that Russia has retreated as far as she could. He can tell the people of the West that Russia did what she so often did in history, she traded space for time and that the four years break of the Trump Administration has allowed Russia to fully rearm, retrain and reorganize her armed forces which are now quite capable of taking on both the US and NATO and prevail.

Yes, I know, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi tried to appeal to the people of the West and, in both cases, the democratic and free western media completely obfuscated these admittedly naive and clumsy attempts. But if Putin speaks directly to the people of the West, and explains to them what a war (even a conventional one) would mean for Europe, they would have to listen. Putin could clearly indicate to the people of the West which actions of the Empire Russia could never and would never tolerate. Finally, he could clearly spell out why the Russian people would prefer war to any surrender to the Empire. And, just to make sure that the message gets through, the Russian Navy might want to have one of its Yasen-M class SSGN surface somewhere in the Channel or the Tu-160 practice a cruise missile release on London (only electronically, of course). Hussein and Gaddafi did not have such capabilities. Russia does, and she should make use of them.

Fear, especially existential fear, might well be the only thing which could break through the wall of silence and disinformation which the western media has been feeding the people for decades.

How much hope do I place in the Biden Administration taking control of the nutcases or for Putin to directly address the people of the West? Not much at all. And the next best outcome is for Russia to sink a US/UK warship (or shoot down an aircraft) without triggering a continental war. Is that even possible? Yes, I think so. Very dangerous, but possible.

Does Russia have any other choice? If so, I don’t see it. Do you?

Post scriptum: this just in – the USS Ross (DDG-71), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy, has just entered to Black Sea on her way to Odessa where the Ukies are preparing monoevers if their “mosquito fleet” in the latest “Sea Breeze” NATO maneuvers (the biggest ones to date – 30 countries participate!). The Ukies have also declared that the Ross plans to follow the exact same course as the Defender did. The Russians? They announced that the USS Ross is now a “fat target” on their coastal defense missiles Bal and Bastion. As for Foreign Minister Lavrov, he just authored a seminal article entitled “The Law, the Rights and the Rules” which, still using diplomatic language, shows the utter disgust even Russian diplomats feel for the incompetence and hypocrisy of the West.

“More of the same” seems to be the trend of the day…

Atlas of the World Proves it again: It’s Palestine, Not ‘Israel’ (Video)

28/06/2021

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It’s Palestine, Not ‘Israel’

Palestine has been and will remain the motherland of Palestinians, despite all falsifications and piracy launched by the Zionist entity’s and its backer, the United States.

The video below shows an Atlas of the World that was issued in 1926, referring to the territories between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River as Palestine and not ‘Israel’.

https://english.almanar.com.lb/ajax/video_check.php?id=106361

Labeling Palestine on the world map has been for years an issue of dispute, with many western sides referring to the occupied territories as ‘Israel’.

For example, there has never been a label of Palestine on Google Maps. Instead, there have been labels of West Bank’ and Gaza Strip.

Source: Websites

Palestine: Hamas defeats Israel

THE SAKER • MAY 25, 2021

Just like in 2006, when both Ehud Olmert and George Bush declared that the “invincible IDF” had, yet again, achieved a “glorious victory” and the entire Middle-East almost died laughing hearing this ridiculous claim, today both the US and Israeli propaganda machine have declared another “glorious” victory for the “Jewish state of Israel” cum “sole democracy in the Middle-East”. And, just like in 2006, everybody in the region (and in Zone B) knows that the truth is that the Zionist entity suffered a huge, humiliated, defeat. Let’s try to unpack this.

First, a few numbers. The combat operations lasted two weeks. All other missile numbers are in dispute. Rather than trust this or that source, I will simply say that Hamas fired many thousands of missiles into Israel. Some, probably less than 50%, were truly intercepted by the Israeli air defenses, others hit in no man’s land, and some actually landed and caused plenty of destruction and at least 12 deaths. The Israelis executed hundreds of artillery and airstrikes causing massive destruction in the Gaza strip and killing about 250 Palestinians. Again, these numbers are guesstimates and they don’t really tell the full story. To understand the story, we need to forget about these numbers and look at what each side was hoping for and what each side achieved. Let’s begin with the Israelis:

The Israeli scorecard

To understand Israel’s goals in this war, we first need to place this latest war in its context, and that context is that Israel was comprehensively defeated in Syria. To substantiate this thesis, let’s remember the goals of the Zionists when they unleashed a major international war against Syria. These objectives, as listed in my July 2019 article “Debunking the Rumors About Russia Caving in to Israel” were:

The initial AngloZionist plan was to overthrow Assad and replace him with the Takfiri crazies (Daesh, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS – call them whatever you want). Doing this would achieve the following goals:

  1. Bring down a strong secular Arab state along with its political structure, armed forces, and security services.
  2. Create total chaos and horror in Syria justifying the creation of a “security zone” by Israel not only in the Golan but further north.
  3. Trigger a civil war in Lebanon by unleashing the Takfiri crazies against Hezbollah.
  4. Let the Takfiris and Hezbollah bleed each other to death, then create a “security zone,” but this time in Lebanon.
  5. Prevent the creation of a Shia axis Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon.
  6. Break up Syria along ethnic and religious lines.
  7. Create a Kurdistan which could then be used against Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
  8. Make it possible for Israel to become the uncontested power broker in the Middle-East and force the KSA, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and all others to have to go to Israel for any gas or oil pipeline project.
  9. Gradually isolate, threaten, subvert, and eventually attack Iran with a broad regional coalition of forces.
  10. Eliminate all centers of Shia power in the Middle-East.

As we all know, this is what actually happened:

  1. The Syrian state has survived, and its armed and security forces are now far more capable than they were before the war started (remember how they almost lost the war initially? The Syrians bounced back while learning some very hard lessons. By all reports, they improved tremendously, while at critical moments Iran and Hezbollah were literally “plugging holes” in the Syrian frontlines and “extinguishing fires” on local flashpoints. Now the Syrians are doing a very good job of liberating large chunks of their country, including every single city in Syria).
  2. Not only is Syria stronger, but the Iranians and Hezbollah are all over the country now, which is driving the Israelis into a state of panic and rage.
  3. Lebanon is rock solid; even the latest Saudi attempt to kidnap Hariri is backfiring. (2021 update: in spite of the explosion in Beirut, Hezbollah is still in charge)
  4. Syria will remain unitary, and Kurdistan is not happening. Millions of displaced refugees are returning home.
  5. Israel and the US look like total idiots and, even worse, as losers with no credibility left.

Seeing their defeat in Syria, the Zionists did what they always do: they used their propaganda machine to list an apparently neverending victorious strikes on supposed “Iranian targets” in Syria. While a few civilian simpletons with zero military experience did buy into this nonsense, the truth about Israeli operations in Syria is simple: the Syrian air defenses have successfully prevented the Israelis from striking at important, sensitive, targets, and they Israelis have been forced to declare as major victories the destruction of empty barns as “destruction of important IRGC headquarters” thereby “proving” to a few naive folks in Zone A and to themselves (!) that the IDF is still as “invincible” as it “always was”. As for the Neocons, they doubled-up on that and declared that 1) Russian air defenses are useless 2) that Russia and Israel work hand in hand and 3) that the Israelis are still invincible. Yet if any of that was true, why has Israel failed to achieve a single one of its goals? And why are both the Russians and the Iranians still in Syria were the Russians just finished a 2nd runway at Khmeimim and they have just deployed a group of Tu-22M3 at that air base from where they can now threaten any ship sailing in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. In their otherwise “free time” they can deliver tons of bombs and missiles to the remaining Takfiri forces in Syria.

As I have been saying for many years now, the truth is that the IDF is a poor fighting force. Why? First, they have the exact same problem as the USA (and the KSA, for that matter): they rely on expensive technology, but don’t have good combat-capable “boots on the ground”. That is now how modern wars are won (see here for a list of popular misconceptions about modern wars).

In its recent history, the entire gamut of Israeli “elite” forces (including the air force, the navy, the artillery and even the Golani Brigade) got its collective butt handed to them by about 1000 and only lightly armed regular Hezbollah fighters in 2006: keep in mind that the elite Hezbollah forces were deployed only north of the Litani river to protect Beirut against a possible land invasion by Israel. Instead of taking Beirut or “disarming Hezbollah” (that was an official goal!), the Israelis could not even control the small town of Bint Jbeil located right across the official Israeli border! So much for being “invincible”!

What the IDF is very experienced at is terrorising Palestinian civilians and executing what could be called a slow-motion genocide of the Palestinian people. The problem with Gaza now is the same that the failed invasion of Lebanon in 2006 has revealed: just like the Lebanese in 2006, the Palestinians of 2021 are not afraid of the Zionists anymore. Furthermore, with a great deal of help from Iran and others, Hamas in Gaza is now much, much better armed than in the past. True, some of its missiles are decidedly low tech and not very effective (low accuracy, small warheads, simple trajectory, limited range), but Hamas also has shown some pretty decent UAVs too. Most importantly, from now on for Hamas it is only one way: up the “quality ladder” (just like the Houthis did in Yemen, starting with modest drones but eventually getting very capable ones).

The other major goal of the Israelis in this war was to prove to the world (and, even more importantly for the always narcissistic self-worshipping Israeli cowards, to themselves!) that their “Iron Dome” air defense network was the “super-dooper most bestest” in the world (no doubt, due to the famed “Jewish genius”!). It now appears that at best, the Israelis intercepted somewhere around 30-40% of the Hamas missiles. The way the Israeli hid this is by claiming that their fancy shmancy Iron Drone did not even try to engage missiles which were not deemed dangerous. But in the age of the ubiquitous smartphone, that kind of silly nonsense can easily be debunked (including by showing the total chaos in the Israeli skies or, for that matter, the missile strikes on Israeli military objectives). While the full Iron Dome air defense system probably works marginally better than the quasi-useless US Patriot, the Israeli air defenses are clearly at least a generation behind the Russian ones, including the S-300s the Russians sold to Syria (again, in the age of of the ubiquitous smartphone, this is not hard to prove).

It is crucial to remember that Hamas’ missiles are much inferior to those of the Houthis and the Syrians, and even more inferior when compared to Hezbollah or Iranian drones and missiles! In other words, the “invincible” IDF can’t deal with even its weakest, least sophisticated enemies (Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad) and the grotesquely expensive Iron Done cannot protect the Zionists from any determined missile attacks by the Resistance coalition (Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Hezbollah, Iran and Russia).

In their utter despair, the Zionist entity did what the AngloZionists always do when they fail to defeat a military forces: they will turn their wrath on the civilian infrastructure and murder as many as they can. They will also strike highly symbolic targets such as the International Press Center in Gaza or a Red Crescent hospital (under the pretext that Hamas, which is the democratically elected local government) has offices there (this is clearly a F-you to those who condemn Israel for violating international law). To a normal human being, this sounds both obscene and ridiculous. But remember, the Israelis are first and foremost narcissists and they have no means of imagining how normal human beings think or feel. All these guys can feel is self-worship and hatred for all “others”.

We could say that in this war, the Palestinians defeated both military high tech and truly medieval type of genocidal hatred.

In other words, far from showing how “invincible” the Zionist entity is, this latest war against the Palestinians has shown beyond reasonable doubt that the IDF cannot deal with any of its enemies.

Besides missiles and bombs, the Israelis love to use terror, as their ideology has convinced them of two things: the Arabs only understand force and we, the Israelis, are invincible. But this begs the question of why the Israelis did not dare to move into Gaza, not even symbolically. Yeah, I know, the official doxa of Zone A is that “Biden called Netanyahu and told him to stop”. As if “Biden” could give orders to the Israelis!

The truth is that even with a casualty rate of 10:1 in the IDF’s advantage and no armor or artillery, the Palestinians are much more willing to engage in street battles than the IDF. Would the IDF eventually win a ground battle against Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad? Maybe, probably, the objective advantages in everything (except courage!) for the Israelis is so huge that no amount of skills and courage can forever negate the immense superiority in means of the Israelis.

However, as most people in the West tend to forget, wars are but means towards a political goal. If the IDF decided to basically flatten Gaza and kill many thousands of Palestinians at the cost of casualties probably in the hundereds, then this would be politically suicidal for the Zionist regime. This is why I offer this very basic conclusion:

During the latest Gaza war, deterrence did work. But only in the sense that the Palestinians successfully deterred the Israelis from launching a ground attack against Gaza.

There is another crucial political development which should also be noted: while both Iran and Hezbollah did give their full political support to Hamas+Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the latter did not request any assistance. In other words, not only did the Palestinians defeat the Israelis, but they did so absolutely alone, with no help from the other Resistance members.

Again, those Zone A civilians who believe that Israel is scoring huge victories in Syria on a quasi daily basis won’t get it, which is par for the course. But you can be darn sure that at least most of the IDF top commanders know the true score and for them it is yet another huge disaster.

There is also a political factor to consider. While there have been coordination resistance actions by the Palestinians in Israel (proper, as defined by the UN), this is the first time when the Palestinians from Gaza, those from the Occupied Territories and those in “Israel” truly fought, if not side by side (yet!), then at least at the same time and in a common cause. This is a major political victory for Hamas+Palestinian Islamic Jihad and a major problem for Fatah and the Zionists. Now let’s look at the rest of the Palestinian scorecard:

The Palestinian scorecard:

Let’s start by the obvious one: the Palestinians were not defeated. This victory can be further subdivided in the following:

  • The Palestinian leadership has mostly physically survived, it still exists as a local authority. Plenty of Palestinians were murdered, but that did not affect the operational capabilities of the Palestinian forces (any more than the IDF succeeded in affecting Iranian operational capabilities in Syria).
  • The Palestinian leadership has also survived politically. It was not blamed by the “Palestinian street” for starting the war, nor was it blamed for how it executed it. As for Fatah, it is now, by all accounts, lost somewhere in a political no man’s land which, admittedly, it richly deserves for its incompetence, corruption and subservience to Israel and the USA.
  • Militarily speaking, the Palestinian missile strikes were not nearly as effective than, say, Hezbollah (nevermind Iranian!) strikes would have been, but, hey, they made huge progress and we can all rest assured that the Palestinians of Gaza will, sooner or later, catch up with the Houthis and, further down the road, maybe even Hezbollah.
  • By many accounts, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have made major political inroads into the Palestinian political scene outside Gaza. Even in spite of a truly immense hasbara effort by the Israelis, the international public opinion was blaming Israel for the orgy of violence.

It is interesting to note here that the famous Israeli journalist Gideon Levy has written an article for Ha’aretz entitled “Israeli Propaganda Isn’t Fooling Anyone – Except Israelis” which was further subtitled “’Hasbara’ is the Israeli euphemism for propaganda, and there are some things, said the late ambassador Yohanan Meroz, that are not ‘hasbarable.’ One of them is Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.” This is how Levy’s article began:

And propaganda shall cover for everything. We’ll say terrorism, we’ll shout anti-Semitism, we’ll scream delegitimation, we’ll cite the Holocaust; we’ll say Jewish state, gay-friendly, drip irrigation, cherry tomatoes, aid to Nepal, Nobel Prizes for Jews, look what’s happening in Syria, the only democracy, the greatest army. We’ll say the Palestinians are making unilateral moves, we’ll propose negotiations on the “settlement bloc borders,” we’ll demand recognition of a Jewish state and we’ll complain that “there’s no one to talk to.” We’ll wail that the whole world is against us and wants to destroy us, no less.

Now comes the best part: Levy wrote this on Jun. 4, 2015 and updated it on Apr. 10, 2018 – years before the current disaster! Since then, things have only gone south for the IDF and the Israelis in general. Just the blowback from the war in Syria is, for the IDF, a true disaster.

Of course, “Israel” is still worshipped and faithfully served by many ruling classes worldwide (that is one of the functions of the Empire, to enforce this), but that officially lauded Israel is viewed with disgust and revulsion on most of the planet. Hence the inevitable failure of the truly galactic PR effort to brainwash the regular people into believing that Israeli is a polyyanish country, a “place without people for a people without country”, etc. etc. etc. This “Ziolatry”, if you wish, was effective when the PLO was blowing up Jewish grade schools in Western Europe, but today it has lost almost all of its traction, especially amongst thinking people.

The sad and disgusting reality about the Zionist entity is truly coming out, seeping under the propaganda walls of the Empire, and slowly but inevitably resulting in a common reaction of outrage and utter disgust for what is nothing else but the last officially racist country on the planet, the only country with an open air concentration camp it surrounds on all sides, the only country which truly, openly and sincerely does not give a damn about international law or about the lives of non-Jews (while calling their own lives sacred, of course!). This is a state which constantly repeats the mantra about the supposedly “sacred” blood of Jews while, at the same time, committing a slow motion (but very real) genocide of the Palestinian people while using non-stop terrorist attacks against any country daring to defy the order of the latest, and hopefully last, wannabe “superior race” in human history. This is also why the “crime of crimes” for politically correct and successfully brainwashed people is to declare that Israel has no right to exist. This is such a major crimethink that I want to conclude by committing it right now and asking others to join me in this “crimethink”!

Israel has no right to exist whatsoever first and foremost because it is an artificial creation of West European imperialist powers. Second, it is a country which has always engaged in atrocities and massive violations of international laws and norms. Instead, Israel is based on a racist ideology which is, for all practical purpose, indistinguishable from Hitler’s Nazi ideology (both National Socialism and Zionism have the same roots in both time, space and culture, both being products of European secularism and nationalism). For these reasons, Israel, and the Zionist ideology which supports it, are both a clear and present danger for international peace and stability (for details on Zionism as an ideology and its toxicity, please see here). Furthermore, the only possibly way for the Palestinian people to ever recover their land and their rights under international law is for the Zionist “regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time” (to quote the often mistranslated sentence by Ayatollah Komenei). By the way, this awareness also presupposes a clear understanding that the so-called “Two State Solution” (2SS) is an impossibility. Yes, I know, the 2SS is currently the only one under international law, but that is hardly surprising since the state of Israel was created with not only many of the trappings of “being an internationally recognized state” but also with the shameful complicity of the country which won WWII. There is one thing which Israel has in common with the so-called “Republic of Kosovo”: they will be the very first to be liberated as soon as the AngloZionist Empire finally crashes visibly (of course, it has already crashed, hence the many disastrous outcomes for the USA and Israel on the international scene, but that is still denied officially in Zone A and,of course, by the AngloZionist propaganda and those who pay attention to it.

In truth, there is only one true “solution” to this war: the so-called “One State Solution”, meaning that those who live in this land will get to choose their leaders and lifestyles according to the old “one person, one vote” principle. All other “solutions” simply perpetuate the current genocide!

As for those Jews who still want an ethnically pure state of Israel, they can either grow up and get real, or they can choose to colonize some other planet. As long as they don’t persecute local lifeforms, that might work. But if they do this will all happen again, over and over.

Conclusion: “Gaza” and the future of the Zionist entity

I want to end here with what I believe is a glance at the future (or lack thereof!) of Israel. The website Islamic World News Analysis Group (which I highly recommend!) recently posted what it claims to be a video of a new Iranian combat drone named “Gaza” described as so: “The Gaza drone, capable of carrying 13 bombs and 500 kilograms of equipment, as well as 35 hours of flight up to a radius of 2,000 kilometers, is capable of carrying out a variety of combat and intelligence operations. According to the published images, it seems that the Gaza drone uses the Rotary Bomb Launcher mechanism under its fuselage, which can carry up to 5 bombs. This is the first Iranian drone to use this mechanism. 8 bombs are also installed under the wings and in total this drone is capable of carrying 13 bombs”. Here is the footage of this new drone. Take a look for yourself and imagine what the next round of this campaign to liberate Palestine might look like.

The Geneva Summit: Nothingburger or Watershed?

THE SAKER • JUNE 17, 2021 

The long awaited summit between Presidents Putin and Biden has finally taken place, but was it a success? Will it change anything? The answer to this question very much depends on one’s expectations. Let’s take a closer look beginning with the context.

Context of the summit

Just about the only thing which both US and Russian observers agree on is that the state of the Russian-US relations is about as bad as can be (in my personal opinion, it is even much worse than during the Cuban Missile Crisis or any other time in the Cold War). As I have mentioned many times, I believe that the AngloZionist Empire and Russia have been at war at least since 2013. Remember Obama with his “Russian economy in “in tatters”? That was the outcome Obama promised the people of the USA (Quick factcheck: the company Deloitte recently polled the CEOs of major Russian corporations and only 4% of them felt “pessimistic” about their financial perspectives as “negative”, 40% replied “same as before” and 56% replied “optimistic”). Of course, this was was not a conventional war, it was about 80% informational, 15% economic and only 5% kinetic. This, however, does not change the fact that this war was an existential war for both sides, one in which only one side could prevail while the other would, if not quite disappear, then at least totally lose its superpower status. This is a civilizational war, which pitted western and Russian civilizational (cultural, social and even religious) models against each other roughly along the following lines:

The US/Anglo-Zionist worldview: we are the “city upon a hill”, the beacon of light and hope for mankind. Our “manifest destiny” is to “expand the area of freedom” worldwide. We have the best armed forces in history, the strongest economy, the best everything. We are the “leaders of the free world” whose “responsibility” is to lead the world. This is not imperialism, this is the “duty” and “responsibility” placed upon us by history. Our values are universal values and must be universally accepted by all. Those refusing to join our model are authoritarian “rogue states”. Russia must accept that because she lost the Cold War and that western values have prevailed. Those who refuse to accept this are “revanchists” who want to overturn the outcome of the Cold War and rebuild the Soviet Union. The US had to expand NATO to the East to protect Europe from “Russian aggression”. Now “America” is back and, with our allies and friends, we will create a “rules based” international order which we will benevolently enforce to the immense gratitude of all of mankind.

Russian worldview:

Russia rejects any form of imperialism, for herself and for others. Russia wants a multilateral world order, based on international law and the full sovereignty of nations. Each nation should have the right to pursue its own cultural, economic, spiritual and civilizational model without being threatened, sanctioned, bombed, subverted or invaded. Russia rejects the so-called “western values” (turbocapitalism, imperialism, wokeness, multiculturalism, militant atheism, critical race theory, gender fluidity, etc.). The US is welcome to fly homo-flags on its embassies, but it has no business telling others how to live. In fact, the US has to accept two closely related realities: first, the US does not have the means to impose its ideology on the rest of the planet and, second, the rest of the planet sees the total hypocrisy of a country claiming to stand for values which itself gets to violate as much as it wants. Any comparisons are immediately dismissed with the words “but this is completely different!!!”.

Again, Russia agrees that the US is welcome to live in a post-truth, post-reality, delusion if it wants, but she also believes, and says so, that the West has no right to try to impose its pretend-values on others, especially when it constantly violates them all when convenient.

The core issue

The core belief underlying these very different worldview is extremely simple: the US sees itself as exceptional and, therefore, endowed with special rights and sees Russia as a much inferior interlocutor which needs to accept the US hegemony upon the world. In sharp contrast, Russia denies the USA any special status and demands that the US leaders accept Russia as an equal interlocutor before any meaningful dialog or cooperation could even be discussed.

I think that it would be fair to say that roughly between 2013 and 2020 both countries exerted immense efforts in a kind of a massive arms wrestling match to show that it, and not the other guy, would prevail.

For a very short while, Trump tried to get some kind of dialog going, but he was quickly and completely neutered by the Neocons and the messianic imperialists in his own camp (I think of Pompeo for example) and his efforts, however sincere, yielded absolutely nothing: Trump was not able to put an end to the war started by Obama.

Then came Biden and, at first, things looked hopeless. Seeing the massive failure of the first US-China meeting in Alaska, one could have been excused to expect a similar, or even worse, outcome from any meetings between Biden and Putin. Many (on both sides) believed that such a meeting was pointless at best since the US had painted itself into a zero-sum corner in which anything short of an exchange of insults would be seen by the US media (and the public opinion it shapes) as a “defeat”, “surrender” and possibly even “treason” by Biden. That is definitely the message conveyed by much of the US media, including Fox.

 


I want to express my total disgust with US Republicans who, for four years, were literally hounded by the US media for Trump’s alleged “caving in” to Putin or even for being a “Manchurian candidate” put in power by “Putin”. Now the Republicans are using the exact same language accusing Biden of “weakness” and for “caving in” to Putin. Truly, the Dems and the GOP are like Coke and Pepsi: different labels, same product. Worse, both the Dems and the GOP place their petty interests above the well-being of the United States and its people. I consider both parties traitors to the US and its people.


What actually happened

In spite of all the nay-sayers (on both sides!), Putin and Biden did meet. True, the meeting did not yield any spectacular results, but it would be wrong to conclude that nothing of importance happened.

First, the tone of the Biden administration towards Russia and Putin did change, remarkably so, especially after Biden’s infamous “uhu, he is a killer”. Some sanctions were lifted, the US basically gave up on trying to prevent North Stream 2 (NS2) from being completed, and a number of small steps were achieved, including:

  • An agreement to discuss cybersecurity on an expert level (something the Russians had been demanding for years, but which the USA rejected out of hand).
  • joint declaration strategic stability (more about that below)
  • An agreement to discuss outstanding issues on an expert level
  • A return of both US and Russian ambassadors to their former positions
  • A discussion on a possible prisoner swap
  • A discussion on possible future arms control agreements

Also of interest are the points which were mentioned in passing, mostly by the US side, but which were clearly not focused on. These include:

  • The Ukraine and Belarus
  • Human Rights (aka “Navalyi” & Co.)
  • Russian alleged interference in western elections
  • Russian alleged covert operations against the US
  • The alleged Russian threat to the EU or in the Arctic
  • Russian ties to China and Iran

That is the official picture. But let’s be a little more wise about this: the US and Russian delegations (about 400 people each) included some very high ranking officials, including the Russian Chief of General Staff. Neither side would have bothered with such a massive undertaking only for the purpose of exchanging threats, ultimatums or insults. And such summits are never organized unless the parties have at least a reasonable prospect of some kind of understanding (this is why the return of the ambassadors was announced before the summit!).

So what really happened here?

To answer that question, we first need to look at what did not happen.

First, it is quite clear that the language/tone of the Biden administration has dramatically changed. This was immediately noticed by the (mentally infantile) US media which attacked Biden in his press conference for not putting enough pressure on Putin. Oh sure, Biden did pay lip service to the usual russophobic nonsense the US media seems to be forever stuck on, but it is quite clear what the US legacy ziomedia did not get what it wanted: they wanted Biden to “unite the West behind the USA” and then “tell” Putin to “behave” and admit something – anything – about the Russian “wrongdoings”. Putin gave them absolutely and exactly nothing. If anything, we could say that he held up a mirror to Uncle Shmuel and that Uncle Shmuel had nothing to say to that.

Second, and for the first time in a very long while, the US did not engage in any threats or ultimatums. If anything, it was quite amazing to see Biden getting angry at an imbecile journo from CNN (I think) who asked Biden why he expected Putin to “change his behavior” when the latter admitted no wrongs. Later Biden apologized, but he was clearly frustrated with the level of imbecility of the US press media.

 


The US media truly showed its true face during both press conferences. With Putin, they asked stupid, leading questions, based on their own delusional assumptions, and Putin easily swatted down these questions by pointing out at undeniable and well-known facts. The Biden press conference was, as usual, completely sanitized with a prepared list of reporters and questions, and with no Russian journalists allowed (pluralism, free media or free speech anybody?!). The infantilized US public did not think much about this, but in the rest of the world – in Zone B if you wish – people immediately noticed the startling difference between the two leaders and between the two press conferences. It will be awfully hard for the US to speak of “freedom of speech” when its President cannot be trusted to talk to his counterpart alone (Bliken never left his side, just like Dick Cheney did for Bush Jr. or Don Regan did for Reagan in his latter years) and cannot take unscripted questions from the (supposedly) “free” media. The US media clearly wanted Biden to go to Geneva, and tell Putin “now you submit or else…” and only the completely ignorant and infantilized US public could actually take that nonsense seriously. When that did not happen, they turned on Biden and accused him of weakness for “making no threats”!


Third, and crucially, by NOT discussing silly issues but by focusing on the real, important, topics underlying the US-Russian relations, Biden de-facto admitted two things:

  1. The US policy towards Russia since 2013 has failed and
  2. Russia is an equal partner to the USA who cannot be bullied, threatened or attacked

So much for “talking to the Russians from a position of force” which ALL the western leaders mantrically promised us. In sharp contrast, the Kremlin did not have to make any threats: the recent military exercises, which truly freaked out NATO and the EU, made any posturing by Russia quite unnecessary.

I am not so naive as to believe that any of this is set in stone.

First, we know that US politicians typically meet with their Russian counterparts and say “A” only to later come back home, cave in to the war lobby, and then declare “non-A”. Trump did that, as did Kerry and many others. US diplomats are mostly ignorant political appointees and/or warmongering Neocons who simply are not intellectually equipped to deal with their Russian counterparts (James Baker was probably the last truly sophisticated US Secretary of State). Second, we all understand that Biden is really “Biden” (the man himself is just a front, real decisions are taken by the collective “Biden”), which means that while he and even Bliken can agree on something, but that by no means implies that they will stand by what they agreed on. Finally, is is objectively really hard to undo that which was done: eight years of self-defeating delusions about itself and the rest of the world have done immense damage to the United States and it would take something pretty close to a miracle to now reverse a course which at least two US administrations have so foolishly insisted on pursuing.

Yet, what Biden did and said was quite clearly very deliberate and prepared. This is not the case of a senile President losing his focus and just spewing (defeatist) nonsense. Therefore, we must conclude that there are also those in the current US (real) power configuration who decided that Biden must follow a new, different, course or, at the very least, change rhetoric. I don’t know who/what this segment of the US power configuration is, but I submit that something has happened which forced at least a part of the US ruling class to decide that Obama’s war on Russia had failed and that a different approach was needed. At least that is the optimistic view.

The pessimistic view would suggest that, just like a boxer who has thrown so many punches that he now needs to catch his breath, the leaders of the Empire just needed a short time break, to “catch their breath”, before resuming the endless cycle of petty attacks, threats and accusations against Russia.

Time will show which group is right. My money is on the pessimists (as usual).

What we can say now is this: the period 2013-2021 saw a huge decline in US power abroad and the explosion of an equally huge internal political and social crises which are still catastrophically hurting the United States (Obama and Trump were truly the weakest and worst Presidents in US history). In sharp contrast, the same 2013-2021 years saw a huge rise in Russian military, political, economic and social power. Denying this reality forever is simply not an option for the USA (even if the US media never reports about this). It appears that the Biden Administration decided to keep up the same infantile language as its predecessors for internal consumption, but decided that a change of attitude on the international front was urgently needed, if only in order to avoid taking on both Russia and China (and, possibly, Iran) at the same time. History also shows that even just talking to Russia from a presumed “position of strength” was useless at best and suicidal at worst. The history of western imperialism in China offers a more ambiguous image, but the current revival of Chinese power under Xi also suggests that the Chinese won’t cave in to their former colonial masters.

What about China?

If China was mentioned at all, it is not official. The Kremlin had already indicated in numerous statements that trying to turn China and Russia against each other was not a realistic option, so on the Russian side there were no expectations of anything changing on that issue. Besides, while China has a lot to offer Russia, the USA has literally absolutely nothing Russia would want or need. The same goes for Iran, albeit at a lesser degree. There are those in the US ruling class who believe that China is a much more dangerous enemy for the AngloZionist Empire than Russia and it is possible that these are the interests which pushed Biden into a more realistic stance. The truth is that anybody who knows anything about the Sino-Russian relationship (which the Chinese now officially call the “strategic comprehensive partnership of coordination for the new era”) understands that these two countries vitally need each other. Did the US diplomats really hope that they could sway Russia to the US side? Probably not. So, at most, what they needed was a short time break or, at least, some kind of temporary stabilization of the “Russian front”.

What about the Europeans?

The Europeans are stuck in some kind of political no man’s land: some want a confrontation at all cost (3B+PU), especially since the EU stopped funding them, while others are clearly fed-up (Germany, France, Italy, etc.) with the current situation. They all realize that something has just changed, but they appear unsure as to what, why and how. And how shall the EU now treat Biden? First, while hating Trump was seen as “politically correct” by the EU ruling classes, hating Biden is quite unthinkable. Second, while Biden did “consult” with the G7 and NATO, these “consultations” yielded no meaningful result. Unlike the summit with Putin, these “preparatory summits” were just nice PR, a feel-good, “rah-rah, we are all united” kind of symbolic event. Think of it as an imperial king visiting his colonies: fun but not very important. But meeting the leader of a “gas station masquerading as a country” required the presence of 400 or so top US officials and months of preparations. Finally, the fact that “Biden” had to yield to Germany on NS2 shows that the grip of Uncle Shmuel on Germany is weakening, “another writing on the wall” which “Biden” apparently read.

So who won?

At this point I don’t think that we can say that anybody won. In fact, the existential war opposing the AngloZionist Empire to Russia is not over. At most, this will be a temporary ceasefire allowing Uncle Shmuel to catch his breath. But I think that we can also fairly conclude that Obama’s war on Russia has failed and that the Biden Administration is more in touch with reality than Obama ever was. How long this new realism will last is anybody’s guess. I don’t think we should put much stock in the idea that now a new era of peace or collaboration has begun. But maybe, just maybe, the USA will stop playing what I call a “game of nuclear chicken” with a superpower which is at least a full decade ahead in military (and civilian!) nuclear technology and delivery vehicles and a superpower which is now working as a binomial with another nuclear superpower, China.

Conclusion: the US-Russian Joint Statement on Strategic Stability

This is the full text of the US-Russian Joint Statement on Strategic Stability I mentioned above: (emphasis added)

We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, note the United States and Russia have demonstrated that, even in periods of tension, they are able to make progress on our shared goals of ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the risk of armed conflicts and the threat of nuclear war. The recent extension of the New START Treaty exemplifies our commitment to nuclear arms control. Today, we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. Consistent with these goals, the United States and Russia will embark together on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue in the near future that will be deliberate and robust. Through this Dialogue, we seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.

The language here is very important: it is the repudiation of a major US delusion which began with Ronald Regan’s “Star Wars” and which was shared by each following President: the notion that the US can win a nuclear war against Russia by technologically or economically defeating Russia. The website “Defense One” (which is hardly a “Russian disinformation outlet”) had this to say about this decades long illusion:

Biden can correct the mistakes of the past. The future of missile defense will be thoroughly studied as part of a broader nuclear posture/deterrence review that will be started in the few weeks. Mindful that less expensive offensive weapons can always be developed to overwhelm, sabotage, or destroy any conceivable defensive system, his administration can return to diplomacy, seek verifiable mutual reductions, prevent the development of new threats, and address rising concerns such as the weaponization of space and cyber threats. That would allow the transfer of funds from the weapons that don’t work to programs that will rebuild and add to America’s security.

If this is really what is happening (and we need to wait before coming to any hasty conclusions!) then this is good news. Good news for Russia which has nothing to gain from any “reloaded Cold War” with the West, good news for the Europeans which need to recover at least a modicum of agency, good news for the USA, which is bled dry and is quickly becoming a underdeveloped third world country, and good news for the entire planet which would be devastated by any nuclear war between any combination of superpowers. If this is really what happened.

For the time being, the “crazies in the basement” are still every bit as crazy as before (see here and here for a few good examples). So are the woke-freaks (see here and here). So is the homo-lobby (see here and here). They all hate Russia and Putin with a passion, and they ain’t going away anytime soon. Besides, it is not like “Biden” will do anything other than give them all a standing ovation, full support and millions of dollars to their cause: these “minorities” (more accurately: this coalition of minorities) are the ideological foundation for Biden’s entire presidency, they brought him to power and he cannot renounce them.

How long brainwashed doubleplusgoodthinking sheep will continue to “take a knee” against “systemic racism” is anybody’s guess, however.

On the external front, the US cannot give up its messianic ideology and claims of exceptionalism. This would be truly unthinkable for the vast majority of US Americans. This does not change the fact that, as I have written many times, the AngloZionist Empire and the current US political system are neither sustainable, nor reformable. Besides, empires are almost impossible to reform. That is why they usually end up collapsing. And when they do, they often try to lash out at those they blame for their own failures. This is exactly what has been going on since 2013 and this will not and, in fact, cannot change until the final – and inevitable – collapse.

There will be no friendship or even partnership between the USA and Russia for as long as the USA will continue to serve as the latest host for the parasitic AngloZionist Empire. Аs the spokesman for Putin, Peskov, just declared “So far, there are no reasons to exclude the United States from the list of unfriendly countries“.

Finally, did Putin “win”?

I would answer both yes and no. Yes, he did win in the sense that his strategy of dealing with an Empire on the warpath against Russia has been proven extremely effective. All the nay-sayers (liberal or neo-Marxists) have been accusing Putin of caving in to pretty much everything everywhere, yet it is the USA which had to eat crow, drop all its preconditions and ask for a summit. None of the many propaganda attacks against Russia (MH17, Skipal, chem weapons, Belarus, the Karabakh war, Navalnyi, doping, sports and flags, the seizure of Russian diplomatic offices, the kidnapping of Russian citizens, economic and political sanctions, threats, sabre-rattling at the borders, etc. etc. etc.) have worked or even yielded any meaningful results. In that sense, yes, Putin did win. But that existential war is not over, not for the US, not for Russia and neither it is over for China, Iran and any other country wanting true sovereignty.

In that sense, what happened in Geneva is not the beginning of the end (primarily because that beginning of the end has already long taken place, even if it was never reported in Zone A), but it is definitely a chance to change some dynamics on the international scene. The infinite arrogance of the likes of Trump and Pompeo has been replaced by a much more cautious and realistic approach, at least in superpower relations. But Putin/Russia will only have truly won once the US accepts the reality that the Empire is dead and that the USA, like all ex-empires, must now become a “normal” country (like all former empires had to). Sounds easy, but this is almost infinitely hard when imperialism is what you were born, raised, educated and conditioned to live with and when you sincerely believe that your brand of imperialism is somehow benevolent, even altruistic. Russia/Putin will only have truly won once the last empire in history finally gives way to a civilized international world order. Until then, the struggle of Russia – and all the other members of the resistance against the Empire – will continue.

Netanyahu Follows Trump’s Footsteps: Political Downfall, Internal Crisis, and Attempt to Bridge the Gap

11-06-2021

Netanyahu Follows Trump’s Footsteps: Political Downfall, Internal Crisis, and Attempt to Bridge the Gap

By Ali Abadi

The recent developments in the Zionist entity reopen the discussion regarding the extent to which this entity is influenced by the US policy as well as the changes inside the United States.

Since Trump’s failure in the US Presidential Elections, the countdown to Benjamin Netanyahu’s downfall has started -who represents the ‘Israeli’ version of Trump’s personality- even though the former was able to reproduce his leadership via three consecutive elections, and prepared to a fourth round to fortify his position against probes in cases of corruption, and to fight the possibility of moving him away from the political scene through a rival party coalition. However, Netanyahu’s ploys didn’t survive in front of the results of the recent war with Gaza, which turned the political atmosphere inside the occupation entity to the extent that Netanyahu’s government was found responsible or losing the deterrence with Gaza, not to mention his weakness to handle the resistance and its growing might.

Herein, we should notice the relative comparison between the American and the ‘Israeli’ arenas:

On the one hand, the extravagance of America’s right wing led to dangerous division that caused an intense desire among all of Trump’s opponents [including some of the Republican party members] to get rid of him via ballot boxes, so they voted majorly against the far-right policies [represented by Trump] more than to support his rival Biden and his electoral program. And in the ‘Israeli’ arena, the right policies led to attractions from within the Zionist society, not between the left and the right, but within the right itself. A dominant agreement emerged that Netanyahu is sticking to power at any price, even if it led to a ‘civil war’, and that he is using Zionist religious parties that exchange with him the electoral services and well as the governmental benefits.

On the other hand, it happened previously that the personalities of Trump and Netanyahu have been linked to each other, in the course of unprecedented similarity in political tendencies of both sides regarding several issues. Trump’s failure in the US has motivated many ‘Israeli’ politicians to think about a way to get rid of his closest ally, Netanyahu. However, they didn’t possess the required energy to unite. Then came the recent confrontation with the Palestinians to uncover the weak structure of the entity as well as the policies of Netanyahu’s government. The decision was among several political parties to scapegoat him based on the rule of preserving the rightist policies that are threatened with the strong Palestinian uprising on the one hand, and the harmony with the American policies as much as possible on the other hand. Hence, the Zionist right settlement scheme would be saved, while Netanyahu’s attempts to shake the alliance with the US due to his objection of its return to the nuclear deal with Iran would fail.

Separation

Both American and ‘Israeli’ societies suffer from not yet hidden political, ideological, and ethnic divisions. Both societies need to absorb the tension from time to time via changing the top of the pyramid. This is one issue. Another remarkable one is that ‘Israel’ didn’t succeed for long in staying away from the requirements of the American interests in the region. And without harboring hopes on a major separation between the two sides, we witness a sort of coldness in relations due to three main points over the past three decades.

First: With launching the Madrid Conference for settlement in the region in the beginning of the 1990s after the US-led war in Kuwait, when Isaac Shamir [Likud] government objected to the principle of establishing an independent Palestinian state, but the Zionist entity’s need for the US financial support to contain the Jewish migration from the Soviet Union and other places pushed ‘Israel’ to reduce its objections and conditions. Washington was able, through guaranteed loans worth billions of dollars, to tame the ‘Israeli’ policy in favor of its wider interests. Then, Shamir was displaced from the ‘Israeli’ scene, and was succeeded by Isaac Rabin [Labor Party] to lead the Oslo track which happened to become later the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and Ariha. However, after the assassination of Rabin in 1995, the abilities of the most harmonized Zionist parties with the US policy declined on the level of their potential to attract, and the base of the far-right parties, which reject the issue of ‘Two-state-solution’ or freezing the settlement activity grew, especially in the aftermaths of the major migration from the previously-known Soviet Union and other places. This led to a change inside the Zionist society, in addition to the structure of its successive governments.

Second: Netanyahu’s impediment of Barack Obama’s attempts to revive negotiations with the Palestinian Authority based on freezing the settlement activity in the West Bank, and then the US signing of a nuclear deal with Iran in 2015. Netanyahu objected to it publicly and inside the US congress in a famous speech. Meanwhile, the dispersion within Netanyahu’s rival ‘Israeli’ parties didn’t allow the formation of a change that suits the US regional policy.  Trump came to power in 2016 to revive Netanyahu’s hopes about change that he didn’t dream about from the part of the American orientation on other levels [such as moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds, recognizing the ‘Israeli’ sovereignty in the Golan, supporting the settlement activity in the West Bank, cutting funds of the Palestinian refugees’ UNRWA agency, shutting the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, and encouraging the ‘Israeli’ normalization with Arab states regardless to the Palestinians.] A parallel US shift took place when Trump left the nuclear deal with Iran.

Third: Biden’s rising to power in Washington, which modified the ‘Israeli’ expectations. This is not limited to some differences regarding the traditional support of ‘Israel’ between America’s Republican and Democratic parties. The truth is that a change started to be witnessed in the public American mood in which a new political generation in the US, and inside the Democratic party is more liberal than its predecessors and doesn’t grant ‘Israel’ an ultimate support. It also cannot digest the rightist ‘Israeli’ thinking to ban the establishment of a Palestinian state, and the Palestinian people’s right to live on their land within internationally recognized borders. The ‘Israeli’ narrative, which has dominated the minds of the US elite over several decades regarding the right of Jews alone to establish their national Jewish state, has turned less tempting to many Americans. Additionally, the pro-Palestinian activism on social media platforms managed to breach the pro-‘Israel’ traditional media, in which Facebook and Twitter’s restrictions couldn’t curb this activism that was crystal-clear during the latest round of ‘Israeli’ aggression. It also scored important attractions in English and other foreign language.

Moreover, the Biden administration prioritizing of returning to the nuclear deal with Iran formed a separation from Netanyahu government’s orientations. He has started hinting to moving without an agreement from Washington, a matter that is not only underestimated in the US, but also among ‘Israeli’ milieus that are worried about losing the strategic alliance with the US.

Back to the house of obedience

After this third stop, ‘Israel’ returns to the so-called American ‘house of obedience’ or to adapting with the major US interests. This return is based upon avoiding confrontation with the US policies and their regional requirements to deal with the nuclear Iran in particular, reducing tension and difference with the American administration when dealing with the flaming Palestinian issue nowadays. However, it is not necessarily at the expense of the rightist tendencies regarding the settlement scheme that is the core of the Zionist project. The official US interest intersected with the internal ‘Israeli’ parties’ interests to remove Netanyahu from the scene. The US administration will take advantage of this shift in an attempt to revive negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the occupation’s government to delegitimize the Palestinian resistance and the Axis that supports it in the region. Washington is to offer significant motivations to the future Zionist right government, led by Naftali Bennett, to allow progress in negotiations. Hereby, new obstacles will emerge from the side of Netanyahu’s successors who publicly adopt a hardline track regarding the rights of the Palestinian people, especially regarding the evacuation of some occupied land, freezing settlement, or establishing the Palestinian state. This will later turn things to the previous empty circle on the level of negotiations.

It is worth noting that Biden’s administration is not totally free to dictate its policies on ‘Israel’, especially amid the contradictions within the US political environment and inside the democratic party itself. However, ‘Israel’s’ dire need to the US support is an existential need to bear the pressures and preserve the qualitative military superiority. This will push the next ‘Israeli’ government to reduce the public contact with the US to overcome the challenges posed in this phase.

Finally, it is important to examine the extent to which the future Zionist government would succeed in:

– Managing the internal chaos along with threats of physical killing among the right affiliates

– Managing the military confrontation with the Gaza Strip

– Managing the variations with the US administration regarding the Palestinian issue and the Iran nuclear deal

On the American level, it is important to note the US administration’s ability to:

– Pass the nuclear deal with Iran without shockwaves inside the US congress and the circles of the conservatives who are more sticking to the ‘Israeli’ interests

– Dealing with the critical Palestinian issue, militarily and politically, based on the results of the recent confrontation that raised the voice of the Palestinian resistance

Iran And The Great War

Jun 4, 2021

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Israel, the Big Lie

Israeli leaders cannot fool everyone anymore with their stupid, mindless, pathetic, and impressively incoherent statement that they are just defending themselves.

By Jonas E. Alexis -May 29, 2021

…introduction by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor

Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, nails it: Israel has been perpetuating one categorical lie after another, and Israeli leaders don’t care whether they will be found to be hoaxers, fraudsters, and pathological liars.

The sad thing is that the US continues to send the regime at least $3 billion every single year. But as we have suggested in the previous article, people are waking up. Israeli leaders cannot fool everyone anymore with their stupid, mindless, pathetic, and impressively incoherent statement that they are just defending themselves. And once a person stands against their ideology, that person must ipso facto be an anti-Semite!

Anyway, two thumps up for Chris Hedges here.

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Israel, the Big Lie

By Chris Hedges

Nearly all the words and phrases used by the Democrats, Republicans and the talking heads on the media to describe the unrest inside Israel and the heaviest Israeli assault against the Palestinians since the 2014 attacks on Gaza, which lasted 51 days and killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children, are a lie.

Israel, by employing its military machine against an occupied population that does not have mechanized units, an air force, navy, missiles, heavy artillery and command-and-control, not to mention a U.S. commitment to provide a $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over the next decade, is not exercising “the right to defend itself.” It is carrying out mass murder. It is a war crime.

Israel has made it clear it is ready to destroy and kill as wantonly now as it was in 2014. Israel’s defense minister Benny Gantz, who was the chief of staff during the murderous assault on Gaza in 2014, has vowed that if Hamas “does not stop the violence, the strike of 2021 will be harder and more painful than that of 2014.”

The current attacks have already targeted several residential high rises including buildings that housed over a dozen local and international press agencies, government buildings, roads, public facilities, agricultural lands, two schools and a mosque.

I spent seven years in the Middle East as a correspondent, four of them as The New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief. I am an Arabic speaker. I lived for weeks at a time in Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison where over two million Palestinians exist on the edge of starvation, struggle to find clean water and endure constant Israeli terror.

I have been in Gaza when it was pounded with Israeli artillery and air strikes. I have watched mothers and fathers, wailing in grief, cradling the bloodied bodies of their sons and daughters.

I know the crimes of the occupation—the food shortages caused by the Israeli blockade, the stifling overcrowding, the contaminated water, the lack of health services, the near constant electrical outages due to the Israeli targeting of power plants, the crippling poverty, the endemic unemployment, the fear and the despair. I have witnessed the carnage.

I also have listened from Gaza to the lies emanating from Jerusalem and Washington. Israel’s indiscriminate use of modern, industrial weapons to kill thousands of innocents, wound thousands more and make tens of thousands of families homeless is not a war: It is state-sponsored terror.

And, while I oppose the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Palestinians into Israel, as I oppose suicide bombings, seeing them also as war crimes, I am acutely aware of a huge disparity between the industrial violence carried out by Israel against innocent Palestinians and the minimal acts of violence capable of being waged by groups such as Hamas.

The false equivalency between Israeli and Palestinian violence was echoed during the war I covered in Bosnia.  Those of us in the besieged city of Sarajevo were pounded daily with hundreds of heavy shells and rockets from the surrounding Serbs. We were targeted by sniper fire. The city suffered a few dozen dead and wounded each day.

The government forces inside the city fired back with light mortars and small arms fire. Supporters of the Serbs seized on any casualties caused by Bosnian government forces to play the same dirty game, although well over 90 percent of the killings in Bosnia were the fault of the Serbs, as is also true regarding Israel.

The second and perhaps most important parallel is that the Serbs, like the Israelis, were the principal violators of international law. Israel is in breach of more than 30 U.N. Security Council resolutions.

It is in breach of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention that defines collective punishment of a civilian population as a war crime. It is in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention for settling over half a million Jewish Israelis on occupied Palestinian land and for the ethnic cleansing of at least 750,000 Palestinians when the Israeli state was founded and another 300,000 after Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank were occupied following the 1967 war.

Its annexation of East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights violates international law, as does its building of a security barrier in the West Bank that annexes Palestinian land into Israel. It is in violation of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194 that states that Palestinian “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date.”

This is the truth.  Any other starting point for the discussion of what is taking place between Israel and the Palestinians is a lie.

Israel’s once vibrant peace movement and political left, which condemned and protested against the Israeli occupation when I lived in Jerusalem, is moribund. The right-wing Netanyahu government, despite its rhetoric about fighting terrorism, has built an alliance with the repressive regime in Saudi Arabia, which also views Iran as an enemy.

Saudi Arabia, a country that  produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the September 11 attacks, is reputed to be the most prolific sponsor of international Islamist terrorism, allegedly supporting Salafist jihadism, the basis of al-Qaeda, and groups such as the Afghanistan TalibanLashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Al-Nusra Front.

Saudi Arabia and Israel worked closely together to back the 2013 military coup in Egypt, led by General Adbul Fattah el Sisi. Sisi overthrew a democratically elected government. He has imprisoned tens of thousands of government critics, including journalists and human rights defenders, on politically motivated charges.

The Sisi regime collaborates with Israel by keeping its common border with Gaza closed to Palestinians, trapping them in the Gaza strip, one of the most densely populated places on earth. Israel’s cynicism and hypocrisy, especially when it wraps itself in the mantle of protecting democracy and fighting terrorism, is of epic proportions.

Those who are not Jewish in Israel are either second class citizens or live under brutal military occupation. Israel is not, and never has been, the exclusive homeland of the Jewish people.  From the 7th century until 1948, when Jewish colonial settlers used violence and ethnic cleansing to create the state of Israel, Palestine was overwhelmingly Muslim. It was never empty land.

The Jews in Palestine were traditionally a tiny minority. The United States is not an honest broker for peace but has funded, enabled and defended Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.  Israel is not defending the rule of law.  Israel is not a democracy.  It is an apartheid state.

That the lie of Israel continues to be embraced by the ruling elites–there is no daylight between statements in defense of Israeli war crimes by Nancy Pelosi and Ted Cruz–and used as a foundation for any discussion of Israel is a testament to the corrupting power of money, in this case that of the Israel lobby, and the bankruptcy of a political system of legalized bribery that has surrendered its autonomy and its principles to its major donors.

It is also a stunning example of how colonial settler projects, and this is true in the United States, always carry out cultural genocide so they can exist in a suspended state of myth and historical amnesia to legitimize themselves.

The Israel lobby has shamelessly used its immense political clout to demand that Americans take de facto loyalty oaths to Israel. The passage by 35 state legislatures of Israel lobby-backed legislation requiring their workers and contractors, under threat of dismissal, to sign a pro-Israel oath and promise not to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is a mockery of our Constitutional right of free speech.

Israel has lobbied the U.S. State Department to redefine anti-Semitism under a three-point test known as the Three Ds: the making of statements that “demonize” Israel; statements that apply “double standards” for Israel; statements that “delegitimize” the state of Israel.

This definition of anti-Semitism is being pushed by the Israel lobby in state legislatures and on college campuses. The Israel lobby spies in the United States, often at the direction of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, on those who speak up for the rights of Palestinians.

It wages public smear campaigns and blacklists defenders of Palestinian rights–including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein; U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Territories, Richard Falk, also Jewish; and university students, many of them Jewish, in organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine.

The Israel lobby has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to manipulate U.S. elections, far beyond anything alleged to have been carried out by Russia, China or any other country.  The heavy-handed interference by Israel in the American political system, which includes operatives and donors bundling together hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in every U.S. congressional district to bankroll compliant candidates, is documented in the Al-Jazeera four-part series “The Lobby.”

Israel managed to block “The Lobby” from being broadcast. In the film, a pirated copy that is available on the website Electronic Intifada, the leaders of the Israel lobby are repeatedly captured on a reporter’s hidden camera explaining how they, backed by the intelligence services within Israel, attack and silence American critics and use massive cash donations to buy politicians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured the unconstitutional invitation by then-House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress in 2015 to denounce President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement.  Netanyahu’s open defiance of Obama and alliance with the Republican Party, however, did not stop Obama in 2014 from authorizing a 10-year $38 billion military aid package to Israel, a sad commentary on how captive American politics is to Israeli interests.

The investment by Israel and its backers is worth it, especially when you consider that the U.S. has also spent over $ 6 trillion during the last 20 years fighting futile wars that Israel and its lobby pushed for in the Middle East.

These wars are the greatest strategic debacle in American history, accelerating the decline of the American empire, bankrupting the nation at a time of economic stagnation and mounting poverty, and turning huge parts of the globe against us. They serve Israel’s interests, not ours.

The longer the mendacious Israeli narrative is embraced, the more empowered become the racists, bigots, conspiracy theorists and far-right hate groups inside and outside Israel.  This steady shift to the far right in Israel has fostered an alliance between Israel and the Christian right, many of whom are anti-Semites.

The more Israel and the Israel lobby level the charge of anti-Semitism against those who speak up for Palestinian rights, as they did against British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, the more they embolden the real anti-Semites.

Racism, including anti-Semitism, is dangerous.  It is not only bad for the Jews.  It is bad for everyone.  It empowers the dark forces of ethnic and religious hatred on the extremes.  Netanyahu’s racist government has built alliances with far-right leaders in Hungary, India, and Brazil, and was closely allied with Donald Trump.

Racists and ethnic chauvinists, as I saw in the wars in the former Yugoslavia, feed off of each other.  They divide societies into polarized, antagonistic camps that only speak in the language of violence.  The radical jihadists need Israel to justify their violence, just as Israel needs the radical jihadists to justify its violence.  These extremists are ideological twins.

This polarization fosters a fearful, militarized society.  It permits the ruling elites in Israel, as in the United States, to dismantle civil liberties in the name of national security.  Israel runs training programs for militarized police, including from the United States.  It is a global player in the multibillion-dollar drone industry, competing against China and the United States.

It oversees hundreds of cybersurveillance startups whose espionage innovations, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, have been utilized abroad “to locate and detain human rights activists, persecute members of the LGBT community, silence citizens critical of their governments, and even fabricate cases of blasphemy against Islam in Muslim countries that don’t maintain formal relations with Israel.”

Israel, like the United States, has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. One million Israelis, many of them among the most enlightened and educated, have left the country. Its most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists—Israeli and Palestinian—endure constant government surveillance, arbitrary arrests and vicious government-run smear campaigns.

Mobs and vigilantes, including thugs from right-wing youth groups such as Im Tirtzu, physically assault dissidents, Palestinians, Israeli Arabs and African immigrants in the slums of Tel Aviv. These Jewish extremists have targeted Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, demanding their expulsion.

They are supported by an array of anti-Arab groups including the Otzma Yehudit Party, the ideological descendant of the outlawed Kach party, the Lehava movement, which calls for all Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories to be expelled to surrounding Arab states, and La Familia, far-right soccer hooligans. Lehava in Hebrew means “flame” and is the acronym for “Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land.”

Mobs of these Jewish fanatics parade through Palestinian neighborhoods, including in occupied East Jerusalem, protected by Israeli police, shouting to the Palestinians who live there “Death to the Arabs,” which is also a popular chant at Israeli soccer matches.

Israel has pushed through a series of discriminatory laws against non-Jews that echo the racist Nuremberg Laws that disenfranchised Jews in Nazi Germany. The Communities Acceptance Law, for example, permits “small, exclusively Jewish towns planted across Israel’s Galilee region to formally reject applicants for residency on the grounds of ‘suitability to the community’s fundamental outlook.”

Israel’s educational system, starting in primary school, uses the Holocaust to portray Jews as eternal victims.  This victimhood is an indoctrination machine used to justify racism, Islamophobia, religious chauvinism and the deification of the Israeli military.

There are many parallels between the deformities that grip Israel and the deformities that grip the United States.  The two countries are moving at warp speed towards a 21rst century fascism, cloaked in religious language, which will revoke what remains of our civil liberties and snuff out our anemic democracies.

The failure of the United States to stand up for the rule of law, to demand that the Palestinians, powerless and friendless, even in the Arab world, be granted basic human rights mirrors the abandonment of the vulnerable within our own society.

We are headed, I fear, down the road Israel is heading down.  It will be devastating for the Palestinians.  It will be devastating for us. And all resistance, as the Palestinians courageously show us, will only come from the street.

BIOGRAPHY

Jonas E. Alexis

Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, history of Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book Zionism vs. the West: How Talmudic Ideology is Undermining Western Culture. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled, Kevin MacDonald’s Abject Failure: A Philosophical and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and White Identity. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.

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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (11 – 19 May 2021)

Source

11 – 19 May 2021

IOF military aggression on The Gaza Strip continues:

  • 207 Palestinians killed, including 55 children, 38 women, 3 persons with disabilities and a journalist
  • 1302 Palestinians wounded, including 262 women and 395 children.
  • 155 houses and residential buildings directly bombed, the majority destroyed completely; hundreds of houses and facilities sustained partial damage
  • 3 mosques destroyed and 35 others damaged, as well as a church and 6 graveyards
  • 27 media offices destroyed in IOF bombing of apartment buildings; 4 journalists sustained wounds
  • UNRWA HQ damaged, 66 schools and health centers, and 2 teachers wounded
  • Dozens of factories and economic establishments destroyed and damaged
  • IOF destroy 25 media offices and wounded 4 journalists
  • 50 thousand Palestinians displaced and sheltered at 52 centers in inadequate living conditions
  • Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings closed as well as the Gaza Sea

West Bank:

  • 26 Palestinians killed in IOF excessive use of lethal force, including a child and a woman
  • 2 killed, including a woman, by Israeli settlers in Hebron
  • 675 Palestinians, including 30 children, 4 women, 4 journalists and a medical crew member wounded in IOF excessive use of force, 28 classified in critical condition
  • In 72 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 151 civilians arrested, including 18 children, 2 women 3 writers and a man with a vision impairment; 3 of the arrested were wounded at the time of arrest
  • Repeated retaliatory attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians and their properties
  • IOF established 33 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 8 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), particularly the Gaza Strip, as IOF launched operation “Guardian of the Wall,” in one of the worst aggressions and manifestations of organized state terror. Hundreds of Palestinians have fallen victims (dead and wounded), more than 40% are women and children, entire families were terminated in IOF aerial airstrikes on their homes.  IOF has systematically targeted Gaza City infrastructure and completely altered the city’s landmarks, as residential buildings, streets, electrical, water and sanitation networks were destroyed, as well as health centers. The city is a ghost of what it used to be. Moreover, the Israeli occupation’s attacks have resulted in the forcible displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians after their houses were shelled with artillery. These civilians sought refuge at UNRWA schools in extremely difficult conditions, particularly with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To further worsen its aggression and within its collective punishment policy against Palestinians, the occupation authorities closed both the Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings, as well as the Gaza Sea.

The escalation in the Gaza Strip followed the Israeli escalation against the occupied East Jerusalem, and armed groups in Gaza launched rockets towards Israel in solidarity with the indigenous people of Jerusalem. This was followed by mass and dramatic deterioration across the oPt, particularly the West Bank, where many Palestinian civilians have fallen victims, dead and wounded.

The escalation on the Gaza front did not deter IOF from its usual violations of human rights and crimes in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, as raids into cities and neighborhoods continued, as did arrests of civilians. Israeli settlers also continued their crimes against Palestinian civilians and their properties.

IOF also continued its raids, arrests, and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours, purposefully terrorizing protected civilians. This week also IOF confiscated Palestinians’ properties and agricultural equipment, and safeguarded settlers’ attacks on Palestinians.

IOF military aggression on the Gaza Strip:

IOF escalated its military aggression on the Gaza Strip, which started since Monday, 10 May 2021, and continued to bombard Gaza from the air, land and sea in an intense and arbitrary manner on what-can-only be considered retaliatory and collective punishment grounds. IOF demolished houses over the heads of their residents, killing entire families; and destroyed the infrastructure across all the Gaza governorates in densely populated neighborhoods, as well as agricultural lands. IOF also targeted and destroyed government facilities and armed-groups’ sites, rendering the entire Gaza Strip without any safe zone.

Dozens of thousands of Palestinians were forced to evacuate their houses along the Gaza eastern border due to the intense and violent arterially shelling and firing of smoke bombs that have a foul smell that cause nausea and itching in the eyes. Shelter centers were opened to accommodate those forcibly displaced from their homes, in a scene that brings back to memory the images of the Palestinian Nakba on the 73rd anniversary.

During the reporting period, the Israeli offensive killed 207 Palestinians, including 38 women, 55 children, 3 persons with disabilities and a journalist. Among the killed victims are entire families or others who have lost more than one member of theirs. IOF killed 44, including 18 children and 13 women, in a single attack when its aerial bombings targeted several residential buildings over the heads of their civilian residents during the bombing that targeted al-Wehda St.

This week, 1302 Palestinians, including 262 women and 395 children, sustained wounds, at least 55 of them are in extremely crucial conditions.

Israeli warplanes bombed 155 houses and residential buildings and destroyed 8 towers; and hundreds of houses and facilities were partially destroyed. The bombing caused the destruction of 3 mosques, and partially damaged 35 mosques, 1 church and 6 graveyards. 27 media offices were destroyed during bombing of towers, and 4 journalists sustained wounds. 66 UNRWA schools and medical centers, and its HQ were damaged; dozens of factories and economic facilities were also destroyed.

The death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 228, including 64 children and 38 women; and the number of those wounded has risen to 1,630, including 417 children and 269 women.

According to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1630, including 55 in critical conditions, 400 in the upper extremities (153 in the head and neck) and 310 women and 470 children.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF killed 26 Palestinians, including a child and a woman, in excessive use of force and oppression of protests in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. IOF killed fifteen, including a child, in attacks on a peaceful protest against the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem; 5 others were killed when IOF soldiers targeted their vehicles on military checkpoints in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron. Another two were killed on Israeli military checkpoints in Nablus and Hebron: the first was killed in Nablus for allegedly shooting soldiers at the checkpoint, and the other was killed in Hebron for allegedly attempting a stab attack, without the presence of a real threat or danger to the lives of soldiers. Also, Israeli settlers killed two Palestinians in Hebron, including a woman, for allegedly shooting at “Kiryat Arba.”

Additionally, 675 Palestinians sustained wounds in IOF excessive use of force against civilians, including 30 children, 4 women, and 4 journalists, as well as a paramedic; 28 of the wounded were rendered in critical condition. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were bruised due to IOF assault.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 72 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 151 Palestinians were arrested, including 18 children and 2 women. Of the 115 arrestees, 3 were wounded at the time of arrest, and 3 writers and a man with a vision impairment.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 25 attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians; 1 was killed and 3 wounded with live bullets. Settlers physically assaulted civilians with sharp tools, and attacked greenhouses, set fire to a car wash and attacked pedestrians and vehicles on the road with stones. The settlers burned at least 200 dunums, bird farms, and threatened to kill Palestinians. Additionally, two women were assaulted: one with stones and the other with a sharp tool, while exiting al-Aqsa Mosque. In addition to the two persons who were killed by settlers mentioned above.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Since Monday, 10 May 2021, the Israeli authorities continued to close Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing and the sole commercial crossing in the Gaza Strip (Kerm Abu Salem) one day after complete closure of the sea within the collective punishment policy against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

These decisions are part of the comprehensive closure and illegal and inhuman collective punishment policy imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip.  Due to the closure of Kerm Abu Salem Crossing, fuel supply needed to operate the Gaza Power Plant was banned entry, affecting the operation of the only power plant in light of disruption of 8 main electricity lines due to the Israeli airstrikes.  As a result, the electricity went out across the Gaza Strip that would have serious implications on the basic services provided to 2 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

Shooting, Suppression of Protests and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip

IOF escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip, which started on Monday, 10 May 2021, and continued their indiscriminate and intense air, sea and land strikes as part of their collective punishment and retaliation policy. IOF targeted more residential buildings over its residents, massacring entire families, and destroyed the infrastructure in city centers and densely populated neighborhoods. They also targeted agricultural lands, governmental facilities and military sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, rendering the Gaza Strip an unsafe zone. The forced displacement of thousands of residents from their houses in eastern Gaza Strip continued due to the violent artillery shelling and the firing of smoke grenades which spread bad smells and caused nausea and eye irritation. This recalls the scene of Palestinian Nakba on its 73rd anniversary.

As a result, 207 Palestinians were killed, including 38 women, 55 children, 3 persons with disabilities, and a journalist. Among those killed were entrie families that were wiped out and their family members were lost. Fourty-four members of those families were killed, including 18 children and 13 women, in an airstrike that destroyed several residential buildings on their residents’ heads on al-Wehda Street. The targeted residential buildings sheltered several families.

Furthermore, 1302 civilians, including 262 women and 395 children, were injured; at least 55 of them sustained critical wounds. 

Also, 155 residential houses and buildings, 8 towers and 3 mosques were targeted. Additionally, hundreds of houses and facilities were partially destroyed. The Israeli bombing caused severe damage to 35 mosques, a church and 6 cemeteries, in addition to 27 media outlets which sustained destruction while targeting the towers. Also, 4 journalists were injured during the airstrikes. Moreover, UNRWA headquarter and 2 schools sustained damage, in addition to 66 other schools, a medical center, dozens of factories and economic facilities.

Thus, the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 228, including 64 children and 38 women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 1370, including 417 children and 269 women. 

According to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1630, including 55 serious injuries and 400 injuries in the upper parts; 153 of them in the head and neck. Also, among those wounded were 470 children and 310 women.

The Electricity Company announced that IOF airstrikes caused significant damage to 5 main power lines that supply electricity from the Israeli side, as well as 8 main power transformers, 62 high and192 low voltage lines, which inflicted a 4.97 million USD loss on the company. The company indicated that this situation will increase the burden and pressure on the electricity sector in an unprecedented manner, and will lead towards a dangerous situation that threatens the collapse of Gaza’s main sectors, including health, water, sanitation, public services. The company confirmed that at least 687,000 beneficiaries are currently affected by the grave destruction to the electricity network.

Furthermore, the communications network was cut off, and the internet services were affected in the southern Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Telecommunications Company announced that one of the main lines of the fiber-optic internet service connecting the central and southern Gaza Strip’s governorates with Gaza City was targeted today in the dawn, isolating Gaza from the outside world, noting that it was a standby line for the services provided by the Palestine Cellular Communications Company “Jawwal.”

Following are the details of Israeli offensive on Gaza Strip:

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Northern Gaza:

Airstrikes resulted in the injury of (46) Palestinians, including (9) children and (4) women, and caused damage to a hospital, a clinic, a factory, a medical point, a municipality headquarter, a petrol station, an education center, a wedding hall, and a gym.

At approximately 16:40 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 5 missiles at an empty land in Qalibo area, east of Beit Lahia, causing damage to nearby houses and to the ceiling of the administrative office on duty inside the Indonesian Hospital near the targeted place. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 16:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house in Beit Lahia.  As a result, the house sustained damage and a passer-by was wounded.

At approximately 17:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at an empty land in ‘Izbet ‘Abed Rabu.  As a result, a Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) medical point located at ‘Izbet ‘Abed Rabu intersection sustained damage as the windows were broken.

At approximately 18:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at apartment No. (1) in building No. (25) in Sheikh Zayid housing project in central Beit Lahia. As a result, the building’s wall sustained damage but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:00 on the same day, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Abu al-Khair farm in al-Qerem area in Jabalia. As a result, 5 civilians sustained wounds and nearby houses sustained damage.

At approximately 20:15, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at an empty land adjacent to Beit Lahia Police Station from the eastern side. As a result, 23 civilians, including 6 children and 2 women, were wounded; most of them were in their houses and others were walking on the street. The injuries were classified between moderate and minor. Furthermore, the Israeli airstrike caused severe damage to the police station and to Hala Jamil Al Shawa clinic, which is near the targeted area from the southern side. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that Hala Jamil Al Shawa clinic is off service after being bombarded, noting that it is a clinic providing maternal and child health services. Also, Beit Lahia Municipality sustained severe damage in addition to its garage, workshop and vehicles. Additionally, Beit Lahia post office, northern Gaza deputies’ office, Hamada Gas and Fuel Company’s Beit Lahia Municipality Fuel Station, New Generation Education Center, Revan wedding hall, and the Classico Gym sustained damage as well. Also, 8 houses near the targeted area sustained severe damage and dozens of other houses sustained partial damage as their windows were broken.

At approximately 23:40, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at an agricultural land in Jabalia. As a result, 6 civilians, including a woman and a girl, were wounded and taken to the Indonesian Hospital. Also, nearby houses sustained damage.

Gaza City:

At approximately 04:40 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, an Israeli warplane fired 2 missiles at a residential apartment in Tiba building  and completely destroyed it, in addition to another apartment located on the 6th  floor, a property of Subeih family, which sustained major damage after the apartment’s roof fell over its residents’ heads. As a result, Ameera ‘Abed al-Fattah ‘Abed al-Rahman Subeih (58) and her son ‘Abed al-Rahman Yoused ‘Ali Subeih (19), a person with disability, were killed and 2 other civilians living in a nearby apartment were injured.

At approximately 05:00, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at al-Jaleel Ice Cream Factory, near al-Kuwait intersection, south of Gaza City, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 11:25. Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an apartment located on the 2nd floor of al-Jundi al-Majhoul Tower, in the center of Gaza City. As a result, 3 civilians were killed, and 8 others were wounded. Among those killed were: Kamal Tayseer Salman Qareqi’ (34), Sameh Faheem Hashim al-Mamlouk (34) and Mohammed Saleem Abu al-‘Atta (29).

At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Eyad Fathi Fayiq Shareer’s (45) house in al-Manara neighborhood on al-Nafaq Street in Gaza City. As a result, the 2-story house (250 sqms) was destroyed over its residents’ heads while its owner, his wife Layali Taha ‘Abbas Shareer (41) and their daughter Lina (16) were killed. Also, the area sustained severe damage because it is densely populated. 

At approximately 19:35, Israeli warplanes launched 7 missiles at Hanadi Tower, west of Gaza City. As a result, the tower was completely destroyed while the nearby buildings and towers sustained severe material damage. Hanadi Tower was comprised of 14 floors and included a lot of residential apartments, institutions and offices; some of them were governmental.

At approximately 21:00, the Israeli warplanes sporadically launched missiles at al-Jawharah Building of 11 floors at the intersection of al-Jalaa’ and al-Wehdah streets in the central Gaza City.  Missile-launching at the building continued until 02:20 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, as it was targeted with 8 missiles.  As a result, all apartments inside the tower sustained severe damage, and the tower became in danager of collapse.  The tower housed residential apartments, offices and organizations, particularly media offices, which sustained severe destruction, including the National Information Agency, Palestine Newspaeper,  Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Newspaper, Al-Arabi channel, Al-Ittijah TV, Al-Nujaba Satellite TV,  Syrian TV, Al-Kufiya Channel, Al Mamalaka channel, APA Agency, Sabq Agency 24, Bawaba 24, the Palestinian Media Forum, Fusion Internet Network Company, and clinics. Moreover, nearby buildings, towers and shops sustained secere destruction as well. Also, Al Jazeera Media Network office, which is near the Al-Jawhara Tower, sustained material damage.

At approximately 22:00, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital declared the death of Mohammed ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Mohammed Hillis (34) from al- Shuja’iyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, succumbing to wounds he sustained in an Israeli airstrike on a group of citizens in eastern al-Shuja’iyya neighborhood. 

Central Gaza Strip:

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at al-Sayedah Khadijah School and one of the Ahmed Harb al-Kurd School buildings, which both belong to al-Salah Islamic Charity, northwest of Deir al-Balah.  As a result, the Ahmed Harb al-Kurd School building was completely destroyed.  The school building was comprised of 2 floors and included 8 classrooms and 2 science and computer labs serving 550 students.  Moreover, the airstrike caused partial damage to the Sayedah Khadijah School for Girls which serve 400 students and to 7 nearby houses.

At approximately 21:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched at least a missile at an agricultural land, southwest of Deir al-Balah.  As a result, 2 brothers were killed with shrapnel that hit different parts of their bodies when they were in a 14-dunum rented agricultural land that included 3 poultry farms, which belong to their father ‘Abdel Karim Mohammed Barakah and where they worked.  The 2 killed were identified as Monther ‘Abdel Karim Mohamed Barakah (21) and his brother Manar (18), from al-Barouk neighborhood in Deir al-Balah.  

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes carried out many airstrikes that targeted 2 uninhabited houses in al-Qarara and Abasan al-Jadida, and agricultural lands. As a result, a child sustained moderate wounds.

Wednesday,12 May 2021

Northern Gaza:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of ( 5) Palestinians and the injury of (56) others, including (15) children and (12) women. Also, several houses were targeted; 2 of them were completely destroyed while dozens of other houses were partially destroyed. Additionally, a medical point sustained material damage.

At approximately 03:20, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an agricultural land near al-Qerm intersection, east of Jabalia. As a result, nearby houses sustained damage after their windows were broken. Also, 26 civilians, including 4 children and 9 women, were wounded due to the shattering glass. 

At approximately 07:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Jehad Kamal al-‘Ajrami’s (33) house in al-‘Alami neighborhood in Jabalia camp, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 08:15, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Sa’dallah Sa’ied Mohammed Dahman’s (62) house in Jabalia camp, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 10:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car near Hamouda intersection, east of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, four were killed in the car and another one was wounded. Those killed were identified as: Tal’at Jameel Mahmoud Aghah (34), ‘Atif ‘Abed al-Rahman Jum’a al-Barawi (47), Nael Khaled Yunis al-Barawi (22), Wael Mahmoud  Fares Al-Ghoula (47).

At approximately 11:00, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a barrack near ‘Izbet ‘Abed Rabu intersection, causing damage to a PRCS medical point established there, to the Shari’a Court and other houses near the targeted area.

At approximately 12:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at residential apartment No. (1) in building (25) in Sheikh Zayid Housing Project in eastern Beit Lahia. As a result, the apartment sustained partial damage, but no casualties were reported. 

Around the same time, Israeli artillery fired 10 shells at border areas in eastern and northern Beit Hanoun and in northern and northwestern Beit Lahia, causing a dense white smoke. As a result, the residents of the areas adjacent to the border fence were forced to leave; no casualties were reported.

Around the same time, an Israeli drone fired 5 missiles at Mahmoud Nimer Abu Mahmoud Jaser’s (71) house in Jabalia. As a result, the eastern side of the house and its roof sustained damage.

At approximately 12:05, an Israeli artillery fired a shell at Hatem Wahdan’s house in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house’s eastern wall sustained material damage.

At approximately 12:42, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Ibrahim Majed ‘Adel al-Fasees’s (28) barber shop (40 sqms) located in Tal al-Za’tar neighborhood in Jabalia, causing damage to the shop. Also, 4 civilians, including 2 children, sustained moderate and minor injuries.

At approximately 14:35, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at Ahmed Fayiq Abu Sitah’s house in Beit Lahia, causing damage to the roof of the house.

At approximately 19:30, the dead body of Mohammed Ahmed ‘Abed Abu ‘Ashma (35) arrived at Beit Hanoun Hospital in central Beit Hanoun, after losing track of him 2 days ago.  It should be noted that at approximately 07:30 on Monday, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the military site, and since then, no one entered the site fearing it would be targeted.

At approximately 20:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Zaher Mousa Ahmed Hamdan’s (55) 1-storey house on al-Qerman Street in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house roof sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

 Gaza City:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of (15) Palestinians, including (2) women and (3) children. Also, 2 towers and 4 resedential multi-story buildings and 2 govermental sites belonging to the Ministry of Interrior were completely destroyed.

At approximately 00:30 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at one of the Interior Ministries’ headquarters inside Ansar Security Compound, west of Gaza City, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 01:35, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a 4-storey residential building next to al-Yaziji Bakery in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza city.  As a result, five were killed, including a mother and her child and another girl living in a nearby building.  Those killed were identified as Rima Sa’ed Kamel Sa’ed “al-Telbani” (31), her 5-year-old child Zaid Mohammed ‘Odah al-Telbani, Wael ‘Abdel Karim ‘Ali ‘Issa (41); Hasan Mohammed ‘Ali al-Qahwaji (43) and Hala Hussein Ra’fat al-Rifi (13), who was killed in the building adjacent to the targeted building. Note: the  dead body of Maryan al-Telbani (3) is still lost.

At approximately 05:55, Israeli warplanes continuously carried out dozens of airstrikes on various areas in Gaza city, most prominently targeting and destroying al-Jawazat Security Headquarter in al-Remal neighborhood in central Gaza City, causing severe damage to the nearby UNRWA schools, roads and streets.  They also targeted and completely destroyed the Interior Security headquarter in Ansar Compound and al-Rawdah 7-storey building on al-Abraj Street near the PRCS Emergency and Ambulances Services headquarter; as a result, the nearby buildings sustained damage, including al-Azhar Buildings (4) and (5); al-Sa’adah Building (1) and the Youth and Sports buildings, as well as the roads leading to the area.  Moreover, a security building near the Public Prosecution building next to the Islamic University was targeted and completely destroyed.

Israeli warplanes also targeted and completely destroyed the Interior Ministry’s Expatriates Registration offices in the ground floors of al-Sousi (B) 14-storey building on al-Sena’ah Street, west of Gaza City.  As a result, the building sustained severe damage as well as al-Sousi (A) building and the vehicles parked under the 2 buildings.  Additionally, the UNRWA Main Operations Head offices next to the 2 buildings sustained severe damage as well as the roads and streets.

At approximately 10:40, medical sources declared the death of Hamzah Mahmoud Yasin ‘Ali (12) after he succumbed to wounds he sustained in an Israeli airstrike in al- Shuja’iyya neighborhood.

At approximately 11:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a civilian white Skoda car traveling on al-Moghrabi Street in central Gaza City.  As a result, 6 were killed, including the driver, a man and his wife who were inside the car, a civilian in front of his house and 2 other passers-by. Those killed were identified as the driver Mustafa Mazen Salem Kurdiyah (22); Sa’id Hashim Sa’id al-Hatu (67) and his wife Maysoun Zaki Hashem al-Hatou (55); Mansour Yousif Hasan al-Dreimly (66), who was in front of his house in the area; and Nader Mohammed al-Ghazali (47) along with his nephew ‘Abdulsalam Mahmoud Nabih al-Ghazali (28), who were also from the same area.  Moreover, the children of Sa’id al-Hatou, Mohammed and Yara, were wounded.

At approximately 11:30, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Khaled Ahmed Yaser al-Namrouti’s (50) house in al-Sheikh Redwan neighborhood near an UNRWA Clinic. As a result, the 3-story house (250 sqms) was completely destroyed. It should be noted that one of the neighbors received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services ordering him to inform the residents of other houses to evacuate only few minutes before the airstrike.

At approximately 12:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a residential building belonging to Majed Hamed Bakir al-Yazji (63) in al-Manarah neighborhood on al-Nafaq street. As a result, the 3-story house (750 sqms) was completely destroyed.  The ground floor is an electric appliances factory where Majed al-Yazji, his 3 sons, and 10 other workers work while 4 families, including 9 children and 4 women, lived in the house. The building’s owner said that he received a phone call from a private number ordering him to evacuate the house.

At approximately 14:20, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a civilian grey car while traveling in al-Sha’af neighborhood in eastern Gaza City. As a result, Izz al-Dein Mohammed Abdullah Hillis (28) was killed, and his brother, Ashraf (48), was wounded.

At approximately 16:00, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at “al-Weqa’ie al-Gharbiya” residential building on al-Mokhabarat Street. As a result, the 5-storey building, which included 10 residential apartments, was completely destroyed while the nearby shops and buildings sustained severe damage.  Moroever, Layalina wedding hall, comprised of 2 floors and located next to the targeted building, sustained damage. The building’s owner said that he received a phone call from a private number ordering him to evacuate the house.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes launched 10 missiles at al-Shorouq 14-storey tower on Omar al-Mukhtar Street in al-Rimal neighborhood, which is considered one the most vital areas in the Gaza Strip. As a result, the tower was completely destroyed, and the surrounding buildings and shops sustained severe damage. It should be noted that al-Shorouq tower housed various media outlets and civilian institutions, including Al-Hayat al-Jadida Newspaper, Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Aqsa Radio, Taiff Media institution, and media production company PMP.

At approximately 19:25, an Israeli warplane launched a missile in front of Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed Abu Sakran’s (56) house in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, where a number of civilians were gathering before al-Maghreb Adhan  in the last day of Ramadan. As a result, the house owner and his relative namely Mohammed Nahed Jaber Abu Sakran (24), were killed, while ‘Ali Hisham Ahmed Abu Sakran (8) was wounded and his condition was described serious by medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital.

At approximately 21:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Salah al-Deen Street in front of al-‘Ijlah Meat Shop in al-Zaytun neighborhood in southern Gaza City. As a result, Yahiya Mazen Shehada Khalifa (14) was killed with shrapnel that hit different parts of his body as he was in front of his house.  Moreover, 4-storey building sustained severe damage.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli warplanes sporadically launched 24 missiles at main streets and vital roads.  They targeted al-Saraya Intersection on Omar al-Mukhtar Street, Abu Khadra Intersection and the Shari’a Court Street in the central Gaza City. As a result, the area, which include public facilities, residential buildings and governmental institutions, sustained severe damage.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli warplanes launched 10 missiles at the main road which connects Tal al-Hawa neighborhood with al-Zaytun neighborhood and targeted the street next to Alaa’ al-Dein petrol station and the Rosary Sisters School on Street “8”. Additionally, Mazen Foqaha football field sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli warplanes continued launching missiles sporadically until 03:00.

Central Gaza Strip:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of (4) Palestinians and the injury of (5) others. Also, a house was destroyed and a school and other houses sustained damage.

At approximately 18:30 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli drones launched one missile at a group of citizens in an open land near al-Ihsan Mosque in Nusseirat refugee camp.  As a result, 4 Palestinians were killed and identified as Hamzah Mahmoud al-Hor (25); Mohammed ‘Abdel Men’em Shahin (27); Mohammed Mo’in al-Qar’ah (26); and Ahmed Walid al-Talla’a (29); all of them were members of the Palestinian armed groups from Nusseirat refugee camp.  Moreover, 2 others were wounded moderately and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 11:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles; the first launched by a drone, at the Islamic National Bank on Salah al-Deen Street, south of al-Bureij refugee camp’s entrance.  As a result, the Bank’s 2-storey building (500 sqms) was completely destroyed while the nearby shops and houses sustained partial damage in addition to the electricity network, causing power outage in the area.  Moreover, 3 passers-by sustained various injuries and were taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

At approximately 01:40, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Eyad Belal al-Tayeb (45) in al-Bureij refugee camp.  As a result, the 2-storey house (166 sqms) was completely destroyed and around 15 nearby houses sustained severe and partial damage.  Moreover, the electricity and wastewater networks were destroyed.  No causalities were reported.

Khan Younis:

Eight Palestinians, including 3 children, were killed. Among those killed were a mother and her daughter. Also, 34 Palestinians, including 3 women, were injured and 3 houses were targeted; 2 of them were completely destroyed.

At approximately 04:50 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at 2 houses belonging to Mohammed ‘Abdel Salam al-Yazouri and Rafe’a Salah ‘Odah Salamah, and completely destroyed them.  Due to the shattering rubble, 3 civilians sustained minor wounds.  Only an hour before the airstrike, one of the area residents received a call from the IOF ordering him to tell the residents to leave their houses.

At approximately 06:05, Israeli warplanes targeted again with 4 missiles the 2 houses and nearby lands, causing wide-ranging damage to the houses in the area.  One of the missiles fell on a poultry shop, which is 300 meters away to the west, and did not explode but its roof was destroyed.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 20 missiles within minutes at al-Madares Street, a military site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and a municipality park; all of them are in the same area.  As a result, the area sustained wide destruction, including the street, the electricity and water supply network, and the municipality park.  Moreover, the Public Prosecution headquarter, and the antidrug police station were partially destroyed while the windows of the nearby houses were broken and sustained cracks.  Additionally, residents of the area and Khan Younis were terrified due to the intensive explosions and heavy airstrikes, which were carried out within only few minutes without any prior warning.  At approximately 07:00, Mahmoud Jamil Kalousa (29) arrived a dead body at Naser Hospital in Khan Younis after retrieving his body from the targeted area.

At approximately 10:15, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a rickshaw in al-Fokhari area, east of Khan Younis.  As a result, two were wounded, including a child who sustained moderate wounds.  

At approximately 10:30, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel opened fire at farmers in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis. As a result, Bashar Ahmed Ibrahim Sammour (16) was killed.

At approximately 14:05 On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution vehicle while passing by al-‘Awdah Bakery in Bani Suheila.  The missile hit the vehicle and injured 3 citizens, including a child, with shrapnel and burns.  They were all taken to Naser Hospital, where 2 of them were pronounced dead upon arrival and were identified as Majed ‘Abed Raboh Mahmoud Abu Sa’adah (38), from Bani Suheila, and Mahmoud Ahmed Abu ‘Amer (37), from ‘Abasan in eastern Khan Younis.  The child injured was identified as Muhanad Taysir Abu ‘Alian (15) and his condition was reported serious.

At approximately 14:25 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Arafah in al-Amal neighborhood.  The missile hit the second floor of the house, causing destruction and killing a mother and her daughter; Miami ‘Abdullah Mousa ‘Arafah (49) and Hadil Khaled Mahmoud ‘Arafah (28); whose body was retrieved from the rubble an hour later.  Moreover, 3 citizens sustained various injuries during the airstrike and were all taken to Naser Hospital to receive treatment.  The persons injured were identified as Isma’il Mahmoud al-Khawaladah (48), who was injured in his head and abdomen; his daughter Nagham (16), who was injured in her back; and Mahmoud ‘Arafah.

At approximately 17:30, an Israeli helicopter launched a missile near Temraz Fuel Station in al-Fokhari area.  As a result, 2 children were killed and 2 citizens were wounded; one of them is a child and in serious condition.  All of them are residents of the area.  Those killed were identified as ‘Ammar Taysir ‘Ayesh al-‘Amour (11) and Hamadah ‘Atiyah ‘Abed al-‘Omor (13) while the persons injured were identified as ‘Alian Munir Ibrahim al-‘Amour (13) in serious condition and ‘Omer ‘Abed Ibrahim Abu Mustafa al-‘Omor (21).  All of them were taken to Gaza European Hospital while ‘Alian was referred to Nasser Hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit due to his serious injury.

At approximately 23:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles near houses in al-Najjar neighborhood in Khuza’ah.  As a result, a woman and 2 children were wounded, and a number of houses sustained damage.

Rafah:

The Israeli bombing resulted in the murder of an elderly man and caused damage to agricultural lands.

At approximately 16:20 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, the dead body of Hammad ‘Ayyad Mansour al-Debari (86), from al-Shokah in eastern Rafah, arrived at Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital after he sustained shrapnel wounds in the head inside his house near al-Sabereen Mosque.  PCHR’s staff is still investigating the circumstances of the incident, which coincided with the Israeli Iron Dome’s interception of the Palestinian rockets fired from the Gaza Strip along with Israeli artillery shelling.

Thursday, 13 May 2021:

Northern Gaza:

20 Palestinians were killed; including 7 children and 7 women, one of them was pregnant. Also, 118 Palestinians, including 44 children and 20 women, were wounded. Moreover, 9 houses were completely destroyed while shops, companies, a law firm, a lending institution, an education center, cars, and dozens of houses sustained partial damage. Also, public roads and infrastructure sustained severe damage.

At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Ministry of Interior’s internal security headquarter in al-Sheikh Zayid area. As a result, the headquarter was completely destroyed, while the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs, Shari’a Court, al-Quds Open University, a vocational center and a secondary school for boys sustained damage and windows were broken.

At approximately 00:10, an Israeli drone targeted Jameel Abu Jarad’s 3-storey house located in the center of al-Zaitoun neighborhood in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house’s roof sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 01:10, Israeli warplanes fired at least 20 missiles at a residential neighborhood on Beit Lahia Main Street, near Zayid intersection in Beit Lahia. As a result, 9 houses, including apartments for rent, education centers, Faten financial institution, a law firm, and commercial companies and shops were completely destroyed. These houses sheltered 15 families of 86 members, including 29 children and 28 women. Also, ‘Abed al-Raheem Mohammed ‘Abdullah al-Madhoun (62) and his wife Halima ‘Ali Mohammed al-Madhoun (65) were killed, 7 other civilians were missed, and 33 civilians, including 10 children and 8 women, were wounded due to the bombing. The injury of one of the wounded was classified serious while the other injuries were classified between moderate and minor.

Furthermore, the airstrikes completely destroyed the Main Street, water and sanitation pipelines, electricity and communication networks. Also, several houses sustained material damage; 6 houses and a residential tower located near the targeted area sustained severe damage while dozens of houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 11:10, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Amjad Majdi al-Masri’s house, which is comprised of one floor and a roof built of tin plates, east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house was destroyed.

At approximately 11:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Eyad Nasr’s house located in Nazla area in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 13:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens near al-Nada residential tower (19), in Izbat Beit Hanoun in Beit Hanoun. As a result, Khaled Emad Khaled al-Qanua’ (17) was killed while 8 others were wounded.

At approximately 17:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Mousa Reda Hamad’s 3-story house on Qa’ al-Bir Street in Beit Hanoun. As a result, 3 civilians were wounded and taken to Beit Hanoun Hospital for treatment.

Around the same time, the Israeli artillery fired 2 shells at a group of farmers in their land near the American Hospital near Beit Hanoun Crossing, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, one of the farmers namely Suhaib ‘Abed al-Raheem ‘Awad Ghanem (25) was killed while another namely Yehia Mansour Ghaben (24) was seriously injured, both are from Beit Lahia.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli artillery violently fired many shells at the areas adjacent to border fence in northern Beit Hanoun, northern Um al-Naser Bedouin village, and north and northwest of Beit Lahia. The Israeli shelling continued until 20:30 on the same day. As a result, 6 civilians, from Um al-Naser Bedouin village, were killed, including an infant, a girl and 3 women, after their houses were targeted without a prior warning. Those killed were identified as: Nisreen Naser Mohammed Abu Qleeq (25), Ni’ma Saleh Salama ‘Ayyash (47), Hashim Mohammed ‘Ayed al-Zugheibi (20), Sabreen Naser Mohammed Abu Dayyah (27); Mohammed Salamah Mohammed Abu Dayah (10 months), and Fawziyia Naser Mohammed Abu Fares (17).

Also, 25 civilians, including 7 children and 2 women, were wounded and taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. Additionally, dozens of houses sustained severe damage.

Moreover, at least 7000 civilians, from Um al-Naser village, left their houses and headed to two UNRWA schools in Jabalia and in Beit Lahia Housing Project due to the violent shelling and fearing of forthcoming ground operation.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ licensing headquarter in al-Sheikh Zayid area in Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the northern part of the headquarter was destroyed. During the airstrike, a Skoda Octavia car belonging to Careem Taxi Company was traveling in the area and carrying 2 journalists from Anadolu News Agency and the driver. As a result, the car sustained damage while the journalist Mohammed Jamal al-‘Aloul (34) sustained shrapnel wounds in his legs,  and journalist Mostafa Mohammed al-Badri Hassona (44) sustained bruises The driver Mahmoud al-Khudari (32) and the journalist Mahmoud Abu al-Kas were wounded.

In the evening, medical and civil defense crews managed to retrieve a man, his wife and their 4 children from under the rubble after losing track of them as Israeli warplanes bombarded at dawn a residential compound near al-Sheikh Zayid intersection on the public road of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. Those killed were identified as Ra’fat “Mohammed Ismail” ‘Attah al-Tanani (39), his wife Rawiyia Fathi Hasan al-Tanani (36), and their children Ismai’l (7), Adham (4), Ameer (6) and Mohammed (3). It should be noted that al-Tanani rented a residential apartment in Rabah al-Madhoun’s building, which was completely destroyed due to the bombing.

At approximately 23:50, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a 4-story house belonging to Jehad Mohammed Sha’ban al-‘Aloul (51), in Beit Lahia Housing Project in Beit Lahia. As a result, four were killed, a father and his 3 daughters, one of them was pregnant, were identified as identified as Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Amen (51) and his daughters, Hadeel (18), Warda (22) and Walaa’ (24), who was 6-month pregnant. Furthermore, 27 civilians were wounded, including 6 women and 10 children, while 3 houses sheltering 91 civilians, including 24 women and 41 children, were completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained partial damage.

Gaza Strip:

At approximately 09:00, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at al-Waleed building, destroying it completely. The seven-floor building (17 apartments) includes offices and organizations, coiffure and Momen Quraiq’s media production company.

In the morning, 14 dead bodies were retrieved from a military site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups that was previously targeted in an Israeli airstrike.  The dead bodies arrived at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and the Forensic Department there announced that the main cause of death is suffocation, suspecting that they inhaled toxic gases, so several samples were taken in order to make the necessary examinations.

At approximately 12:10 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at al-Ribat College belonging to the Ministry of Interior in al-Sheikh Ijlin neighborhood and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched two missiles at Sameh Faheem al-Mamlouk’s house in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood. As a result, the 3-storey house and nearby houses sustained partial damage. It should be noted that al-Mamlouk was killed when an airstrike targeted his apartment in al-Jondi al-Majhoul Tower in al-Rimal neighborhood on the first day of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens on al-Dahdouh Street, in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood, south of Gaza City. As a result, ‘Abdul Rahman Istabitah Khalaf Azzam (34) and Mustafa Hasan Ahmed al-‘Abed (35) were killed.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli military vehicles and tanks stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza, launched many shells at al-Shuja’iya and al-Zaytun neighborhoods, and continued until 05:00, causing fear among civilians in the eastern neighborhoods.  As a result, many families were forced to leave their houses for fear of the indiscriminate and sought refuge in the UNRWA schools in central and western Gaza City. Moreover, the Israeli artillery shelling forced dozens of families in Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia to seek refuge in an UNRWA school on al-Naser Street, north of Gaza City.

Central Gaza Strip:

At approximately 15:20 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to ‘Eyadah Family in al-Bureij Refugee camp.  As a result, the house was completely destroyed and the nearby houses sustained partial damage.  Moreover, two were killed, including a child, and 2 others were wounded.  Those killed were identified as Ahmed Rami Mahmoud al-Hawajri (15) and Mo’ayad Taysir ‘Abdel Rahman al-Khatib (20), from al-Bureij refugee camp.  All casualties were taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 16:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed ‘Issa (42) from al-Bureij refugee camp.  As a result, his wife and daughter were killed namely: Manar Kahder Ahmed ‘Issa (Salamah) (39) and Lina Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Issa (13) while 3 others were injured.  Moreover, the nearby houses sustained damage.

At approximately 19:00, an Israeli drone fired at least one missile at an agricultural land behind a house belonging to Mohammed Khaled ‘Omer al-Tawashi on al-Mazra’ah Street, south of Deir al-Balah.  As a result, Mohammed Khaled ‘Omer al-Tawashi (21) was killed, and his body was found the next day at approximately 08:00.

At approximately 22:40, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a carwash near al-Zawaydah entrance on Salah al-Deen Street.  As a result, the carwash and an uninhabited house were completely destroyed while a number of houses, 3 shops and 3 nearby auto repair shops sustained partial damage.  Moreover, five were wounded, including a child, and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah; two of those wounded sustained serious wounds and referred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Khan Yunis:

A Palestinian killed while 5 others wounded. Moreover, 2 houses and a bank were completely destroyed.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained severe destruction.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the Ministry of Interior and National Security’s headquarter, west of Khan Yunis. After 20 minutes, they launched 2 other missiles. As a result, the headquarter was completely destroyed.

At approximately 06:40, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Islamic National Bank in Khan Younis.  The bank is comprised of 4 apartments in the ground and first floors in al-Agha Building next to the Khan Younis Municipality in the city center.  It should be noted that only half an hour before the airstrike, one of the sons of the building’s owner received a call from the IOF asking them to evacuate it.

At approximately 09:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens in Abu T’eimah neighborhood in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah.  As a result, two were wounded; one of them was identified as ‘Abdel ‘Aziz ‘Abdel Hamid Abu T’eimah (27) from the area.

At approximately 13:05, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Samer Isma’el Khader Abu Daqqa’s house in Abasan al-Kabira. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the Palestine Production Bank in the ground floor of a 2-storey building while the first floor is home in Khan Yunis.  As a result, the bank was completely destroyed while the residential floor sustained severe damage.  Moreover, a nearby 3-storey building, which includes 5 residential apartments, sustained severe damage. It should be noted that half an hour before the airstrike, IOF called the building’s owner asking him to evacuate and tell the residents of the area to evacuate as well.

At approximately 19:40, Israeli warplanes fired a missile near a house belonging to ‘Omer Khaled Saleh al-Shorabji in al-Mawasi area, west of Khan Younis, causing a big hole in the street, destroying a room and causing severe damage and cracks in the 2-storey house (220 sqms.)  The house shelters 2 families of 7 persons, including 3 women and a girl.  It should be noted that 20 minutes before the airstrike, Khaled al-Shorabji received a call from the IOF, asking him to tell his uncle ‘Omer to evacuate his house as it would be targeted.

Rafah City:

At approximately 07:55, Israeli drone fired 3 missiles at the Islamic National Bank in Rafah. After 10 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched a missile causing severe destruction in addition to nearby offices and institutions which sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 09:50, an Israeli drone fired one missile at a house belonging to Wael Mohammed Khalil ‘Abdeen in al-Naser town. After 10 minutes, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed it. Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage, and no casualties were reported. Before the airstrike, one of the residents received a call from the Israeli forces ordering him to tell the residents to evacuate the houses in the area.

At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed Shabanah, west of Rafah City.  Ten minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.  As a result, nearby houses sustained partial damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the Interior Ministry’s Internal Security site, southwest of Rafah City.  Fifteen minutes later, another 4 missiles were launched at the site and completely destroyed it.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:40, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Jamal Isma’il Soliman al-Zamli in al-Tannour neighborhood.  As a result, his granddaughter Hoor Mo’men Jamal al-Zamli (3) and her mother Kholoud Fo’ad Farhan al-Zamli (27), who was 6-month pregnant.  Moreover, 7 others were variously wounded, including 3 children and 3 women.  All of them were taken to Abu Yousif Al-Najjar Hospital to receive treatment.

At approximately 20:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Yousif Ibrahim al-Rantisi (‘Azarah) and his brothers in al-Juneinah neighborhood.  As a result, the mother, her grandson, her son and his wife were killed.  Those killed were identified as Siham Yousif Mohammed al-Rantisi (66); her 2-year-old grandson Ibrahim Mohammed Ibrahim al-Rantisi; her son Ra’ed Ibrahim Khamis al-Rantisi (29) and his wife Shaimaa’ Diab Mohammed al-Rantisi (21.) Moreover, 15 others were wounded variously, including 7 children and 3 women.  All of them were taken to Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital to receive treatment.

At approximately 21:55, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Adel ‘Ali ‘Atiyah ‘Arafat and his brother in al-Salam neighborhood.  Ten minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house, causing massive destruction to it and partial damage to the nearby houses.  No casualties were reported.  It should be noted that the house’s owner received a call from the IOF asking him to evacuate the house and nearby houses.  The 3-storey house was 350 square meters and sheltered 7 families of 54 members.

At approximately 21:30, and over 5 hours, IOF stationed along the border fence fired many artillery shells sporadically at empty lands.  No casualties were reported.

Friday, 14 May 2021:

Northern Gaza:

12 Palestinians, including 4 children and 2 women, were killed while 276 others, including 93 children and 87 women, were wounded. Also, the airstrikes targeted 5 houses and a mosque, which were both completely destroyed. Additionally, 150 missiles were launched at dozens of other houses, public roads and infrastructure sustained severe destruction.

At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes violently targeted many agricultural and empty lands, and houses in various areas in Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahia and Um al-Nasser village. The airstrikes continued for 2 hours; during which at least 150 missiles were launched.  As a result, five were killed, including 2 women and 3 children, while 68 others were injured, including 21 women and 20 children.

According to PCHR’s investigations, Israeli warplanes targeted an agricultural land near a 3-storey house belonging to Mahmoud Hashem al-‘Attar’s sons in Beit Lahia on the Street beyween al-‘Atatrah and al-Salatin neighborhoods in Beit Lahia. As a result, Lamyaa’ Hasan al-‘Attar (27) and her 3 children namely Islam (8), Amira (7), and Mohammed “Zain al-Dein” (8 months) were killed, and their house was completely destroyed. Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural land in al-Amal neighborhood in Beit Lahia near a 2-storey house belonging to Ibrahim Mousa Ahmed Salama (49). As a result, his wife, Faiza Ahmed Mohammed Salama (45) was killed, and the house owner and his son were injured. Additionally, the violent airstrikes destroyed many houses, especially on al-Ba’li Street in central Beit Hanoun.

At approximately 10:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Abdul Karim Shihada in Nazla area in Jabalia. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 13:05 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at a 4-storey house belonging to the sons of Mohammed Mostafa Zarandah in Bir al-Na’jah area, west of Jabalia. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 16:30, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed al-Madhoun (30), who lived to the east of Hala al-Shawa Clinic in Beit Lahia Housing Project, succumbing to wounds he sustained at approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, when a plot of land near his house was targeted. Al-Madhoun was hit with shrapnel in the left side of his head when he was in front of his house.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Shadi ‘Abed Rabbu’s house in ‘Izbet ‘Abed Rabbu in Jabalia. As a result, 6 civilians, including 3 women and 2 children, were wounded and taken to the Indonesian Hospital, where the injuries of 2 of them were described as serious while the rest injuries were moderate. Additionally, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 20:20 on the same day, the dead bodies of Ahmed “Mohammed al-Mahdi” Isma’il al-Najar (32) and Ahmed ‘Awad Mohammed al-Neder (36), from Jabalia, arrived at the Indonesian Hospital after Israeli warplanes targeted them at 10:05 on Jaffa Street in Jabalia.

At approximately 21:30, shrapnel of a missile fell on a house belonging to the sons of ‘Issa ‘Obaid on al-Nozhah Street in Jabalia. As a result, a girl with disability namely Buthaina Mahmoud ‘Issa ‘Obaid (6) was killed after being hit with shrapnel in the right side of her head when she was in front of her house.

At approximately 23:50, Israeli warplanes launched at least 15 missiles at ‘Abed al-Razeq Qlaibo Mosque and its surrounding near Qlaibo Hill in Beit Lahia. As a result, the mosque was completely destroyed. Five minutes later, the residents of the area thought that the targeted house belonged to Hatem al-Mansi, which is to the southern side of the mosque, so they ran to evacuate al-Mansi family members. When the residents arrived at al-Mansi’s house and entered it, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the house garden. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 brothers, were killed while 5 others, including a woman, were injured. One of those injured sustained serious wounds. Those killed were identified as: Ahmed (34) and Yousef (22) Hatem Mahmoud al-Mansi (34) and Ahmed Mohammed ‘Abed al-‘Aziz Sabbah (28). Moreover, 4 houses near the targeted mosque from the western side, other nearby houses and electricity and communication networks sustained severe damage

Gaza City:

At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a series of violent and successive airstrikes, which lasted until 00:30, on the main roads and vital areas in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, including Baghdad, al-Nazzaz, Muntar and al-Biltaji Streets, causing severe damage.  Moreover, al-Shuja’iya Cemetery was targeted with several missiles.

At approximately 02:00, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Mahmoud Abu Halima Company for Metal Trading near al-Shawwa petrol station on the intersection of al-Mansourah and Salah al-Deen Streets in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, east of Gaza.  The 1.5-dunum company belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Halima (46) and its equipment and goods were completely destroyed.  Moreover, the nearby buildings and facilities sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called two neighbors and ordered them to evacuate the area because the company would be targeted.

At approximately 05:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Yafa workshop belonging to Shareef Mohammed Sa’eed al-Lulu (47) in front of al-Zaytun police station on Salah al-Dein Street in al-Zaytun neighborhood. As a result, the nearby houses and shops sustained severe damage.

At approximately 05:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens, east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood. As a result, two were killed, identified as Saqer Abdul Majid Isma’el al-Hayya (27), and Hussam Baker Mohammed al-Hayya (33).

At approximately 07:00, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital announced that Mahmoud Hamed Hasan Tolba (13), from al-Zaytun neighborhood, succumbed to his wounds on 12 May 2021. Tolba sustained serious shrapnel wounds in different parts of his body in an Israeli airstrike on Salah al-Deen Street.

At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes sporadically launched several missiles at facilities belonging to the Palestinian Naval Police at the fishermen seaport, west of Gaza. The airstrike continued until 06:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021.

At approximately 17:15, warplanes launched 4 missiles at the Palestine Production Bank in Nour al-Dein building belonging to Hussam Fo’ad Mahmoud Nour al-Dein (56) on Izz al-Dein al-Qassam Street next to al-Shifa Hospital, west of Gaza. As a result, the 5-storey building (480 sqms), sheltered 5 families, was completely destroyed as the bank was located in the ground floor, and the nearby facilities, buildings and shops sustained severe damages.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at the Ministry of Interior and National Security’s headquarter in Ansar Security Compound, west of Gaza. As a result, the compound was completely destroyed and the nearby buildings sustained severe damage. It should be noted that IOF targeted the same place the next day morning.

At approximately 20:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at two apartments located in the southwestern side of the second and third floor in al-Rabi’a 6-storey building, which includes 5 residential apartments on an area of 800 sqms in central Gaza city. As a result, Abdullah Ashraf Abdullah Jouda (13) was killed in the second floor, and Adam Mohammed Subhy al-Far’awi (20), was killed in the third floor.

Central Gaza:

At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 5 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Ayman Nofal in al-Bureij refugee camp. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and the nearby houses sustained partial damage.  Moreover, Mahmoud Mohammed Isma’el al-Khaldy (27) was killed when he was passing by. Also, 15, including 4 women and 2 children, were wounded and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where their injuries varied between minor to medium.

At approximately 13:45, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at a 2-storey house (300sqms) belonging to Marwan Abdul Karim Issa, in al-Bureij refugee camp. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, nearby houses sustained damage and a person was injured.

At approximately 14:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles, one by a drone, at a house belonging to Mahmoud Abdul Hadi in al-Bureij refugee camp.  As a result, the tinplate-roofed house of one floor (200sqms) and sheltering 3 families of 16 members, including 5 children and 2 women, was completely destroyed. Moreover, nearby houses and 6 shops sustained partial damage.

At approximately 15:30, Israeli drones launched a missile at a fishing boat in fishermen seaport, west of Deir al-Balah. As a result, the fishing boat was destroyed and on fire and fishing equipment and nets were damaged, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:15, Israeli artillery fired shells at the civilian houses in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.  Four shells fell on a 3-storey (140 sqms) house, which sheltered 3 families of 25 members, including 7 children and 4 women, belonging to Marwan Mohammed Abu Muhareb (51). As a result, the third floor sustained severe damage, but no casualties were reported. It should be noted that the residents evacuated their house after the shelling.

At approximately 19:10, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles, one by a drone, at a 2-storey house (180 sqms) belonging to Mohammed Qatamish in al-Maghazi refugee camp. As a result, 3 persons, including a child, were wounded and the house sustained partial damage.

Khan Yunis:

A Palestinian was killed and 13 others were wounded. Also, 5 houses were destroyed and nearby houses sustained severe damage.

At approximately 12:10 on Friday, 14 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Omer Jihad Ahmed al-Astal (26) in the Satar al-Gharbi neighborhood in Khan Younis.  Five minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired 4 missiles at the ground floor house, which sheltered a family of 3, and the nearby land.  As a result, the house was completely destroyed while the nearby 2-story house of his father, Jihad Ahmed Fayez al-Astal, was almost completely destroyed as it sheltered 2 families of 9.  Moreover, a nearby house sustained damage, noting that half an hour before the airstrike, IOF called one of the family members and asked him to evacuate his house and tell the neighbors to evacuate as well.

At approximately 16:28, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house belonging to Mazen Shubeir, west of the Islamic Complex in Khan Younis.  Few minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a land next to the house, causing a hole in the ground and damage to nearby houses.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ziad ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Abu Shaqrah in al-Sheikh Naser neighborhood in Khan Younis.  Few minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a one-story house (360 sqms) and completely destroyed it.  As a result, nearby houses sustained damage, and 7 civilians were injured due to the shattering rubble.  It should be noted that half an hour before the airstrike, IOF called residents of the area to tell the residents of the house and nearby houses to evacuate.  The house sheltered a family of 7, including 2 women and 3 children.

At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Khan Younis fired shells at al-Zannah, ‘Abasan al-Jadidah and Khuza’ah areas in eastern Khan Younis.  The shelling sporadically continued until the evening, and some shells fell in the center of the neighborhoods.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:05, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Ahed ‘Abdel Malek Abu Shahla in al-Sheikh Nasser neighborhood.  Few minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 4-storey house and completely destroyed it, causing damage to nearby houses.  It should be noted that the before the drone missile, IOF called one of the house residents to inform him to evacuate the houses.  The targeted house was 130 sqms and sheltered 4 families of 20, including 5 women and 10 children.

At approximately 20:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a group of citizens in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah in eastern Khan Younis.  As a result, Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab (23), from Bani Suheila, was killed while another was wounded.  Both were taken to Naser Hospital.

At approximately 22:00, Israeli gunboats fired shells off Khan Younis shore, causing severe destruction to the coffee shops there.  No casualties were reported.

Rafah:

At approximately 14:20 on Friday, 14 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a motorbike on al-‘Oroubah Street in al-Tannour neighborhood.  As a result, the motorbike’s driver Mousa Ghaleb Ibrahim Madi (25) was killed.

At approximately 15:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Suheil ‘Abdel Jabbar Jaber al-Qotati in al-Barahmah neighborhood.  Five minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed it and a car parked in front of it.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage, but no casualties were reported.  It should be noted that the brother of the house’s owner received a call from IOF and asked him to evacuate the house and nearby houses. The one-story house is 160 sqms and sheltered one family of 8.

Saturday, 15 May 2021:

Northern Gaza:

Airstrikes wounded 92 Palestinians, including 27 children and 26 women.  Many houses were completely destroyed while many others sustained partial damage.

At approximately 11:25, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at al-Hussoumi Shops for Construction Materials in al-Qar’ah al-Khamesah area in al-Salatin neighborhood in Beit Lahia.  As a result, the area sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 14:25 on Sunday, 15 May 2021, the Israeli artillery fired a shell at a residential apartment on the second floor in Tower No. (8) in al-Nada Towers, west of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the apartment sustained material damage; but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 16:00 on the same day, the Israeli artillery fired 2 shells at Hamed al-Shembari’s 4-story house in Borat Jamil al-Shawa, northeast of Beit Hanoun, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 17:15, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Shehada family’s 2-story house in Bloc No. (2) in Jabalia. As a result, the house and al-Kurdi shops for construction materials, which was on the ground floor, were completely destroyed. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 17:50, the Israeli artillery fired dozens of shells at the northern and western areas of Beit Lahia. As a result, fire broke out in Khudair Brothers Company and al-Modawer Medicine Company. The targeted companies included stores that contained large quantities of plastic and agricultural materials. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:15, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a gathering of citizens on the Old Gaza Street in Jabalia. As a result, 5 citizens were injured and taken to the Indonesian Hospital for treatment.

At approximately 18:35, the Israeli artillery fired 4 shells at Hitham Zakaria Nusair’s 3-story house on al-Qerman Street, east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house sustained severe damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:15 on the same day, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Raied Sa’d’s house in ‘Anan area, west of Jabalia. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained material damage. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at al-Sifa Cemetery, northwest of Beit Lahia, but no casualties were reported.

Gaza City:

Airstrikes killed 12 Palestinians, including 8 children and 2 women.  Moreover, al-Jalaa’ Tower and 3 multi-story houses were completely destroyed while al-Andalus and al-Qaherah towers sustained severe and partial destruction.

At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at a residential building belonging to Abdul Shafi Khamis Ahmed al-Shobaki (62) near al-Sahabah Medical Complex in central Gaza City. As a result, the 4-storey building, which housed 8 apartments and sheltered 10 families, including 16 children and 5 women, was partially and severely destroyed as it was directly targeted.  Moreover, 2 nearby buildings sustained severe damage. It should be noted that one of the residents received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services to evacuate the area.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at a 3-storey house (250 sqms) belonging to ‘Alaa Abdul ‘Aall Abu Hatab in al-Shati refugee camp, without informing its residents to evacuate. As a result, 9, including 2 women and 7 children, were killed and identified as: the house owner’s wife, Yasmine Mohammed Khamees Abu Hatab (31), and her 4 children, Yousef (11), Maryam (8), Belal (9) and Yamin (6), the house owner’s sister, Maha Mohammed Abdul ‘Aal Abu Hatab “al-Hadidi” (35), and 3 of her children, Osama (6), ‘Abdul Rahman and Suhaib (13) Mohammed Subhi al-Hadidi, while their 5-month old brother was moderately injured.

At approximately 06:00, Israeli warplanes fired 5 missiles at al-Rawdah (1) residential tower, comprised of 5 floors and storehouses.  The tower is one of Tal al-Hawa Housing Project towers, and the targeted apartments were in the first, second and third floors in the northwestern side.  As a result, the apartments were completely destroyed while the tower and the nearby Rawadah (2) and al-Sa’adah (2), (3) and (4) towers sustained severe damage.

At approximately 13:35, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens near the Friday Market in al-Shejaiya neighborhood. As a result, two, including a child, were killed, and were identified as Saif al-Dein Hani Mohammed Abu al-‘Atta (19), and Mohammed Ahmed Attiya Bahar (17.)

At approximately 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at al-Jalaa’ tower near al-Watan tower on al-Jala’ street in Gaza City. As a result, the 12-storey tower, which housed residential apartments, offices and organizations, particularly media offices, including the head offices of al-Jazeera Channel and Associated Press (AP), was completely destroyed. It should be noted that Israeli Intelligence Services called the owner of the tower and informed him to evacuate it as it would be destroyed.

At approximately 17:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to the Hamas Movement leader, Khalil al-Hayya, in al-Sha’af neighborhood, east of Gaza City. As a result, it was completely destroyed.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Khaled al-Mana’ma’s house on al-Quds Open University Street in al-Naser neighborhood. As a result, the 2-storey house was completely destroyed.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Hamdi SAlim ‘Abed Hassounah (58) in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, causing severe damage in the upper floors.

At approximately 19:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles and directly targeted the 8th and 9th floors in the northwestern and southwestern sides of al-Qahira (Cairo) tower on the Arab League Street near the Ministry of Finance. As a result, the 14-storey tower, which includes 48 apartments, sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the tower’s guard received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services asking him to tell the residents of the tower to evacuate.

At approximately 19:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a civilian car travelling on al-Oyoun Street in al-Naser neighborhood, north of Gaza City. As a result, the driver, Sa’eed Khaled Sa’eed Abu Ghalyoun (27), was killed.

At approximately 21:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the Endowments Ministry’s shops in al-Zaitoun neighborhood.  The shops are rented by al-Reyashi Shop for Batteries, a lathe workshop and a refrigerators shop belonging to Abu Zor Family.

At approximately 22:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Palestinian National Bank located at the ground and first floor of Kazem Abu Sha’ban’s building, on Omar al-Mukhtar Street, west of Gaza City. As a result, the bank was completely destroyed.

At approximately 22:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a house belonging to Owda Salman Ahmed Abu Suhaiban (70) house near ‘Abdel ‘Aal intersection on al-Jalaa’ street, north of Gaza City. As a result, the 4-storey house, sheltering 8 families, was completely destroyed causing severe damage in the area.

At approximately 23:35, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of al-Andalos tower, comprised of 12 floors, near Gaza Seaport, next to Hanadi tower, which was completely destroyed on the first day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza. As a result, the 3 floors were completely destroyed and the other apartments sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the tower’s guard received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services ordering him to evacuate it.

Central Gaza Strip:

Airstrikes killed 3 Palestinians; one of them succumbed to his wounds, and wounded another.  Moreover, 3 houses were completely destroyed while al-Kabeer Mosque sustained damage.

At approximately 00:20 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at a 3-storey house (300 sqms), which sheltered 6 families of 30 members, most of them are children and women, belonging to Abdul Karim Ali Issa. As a result, the house sustained severe damage and might collapse while nearby houses and a mosque sustained partial damage.

At approximately 04:00, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Hasan Ahmed al-Maqadma’s house in al-Bureij refugee camp. After 30 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at the house. As a result, the 3-storey house (140 sqms), which sheltered 3 families of 15 members; most of them are women and children, was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained partial damage

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the Traffic Police Station in Deir al-Balah, causing damage to it, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 00:10 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an agricultural land in eastern al-Bureij.  As a result, Mohammed Salem Yousif Abu ‘Ayesh (34), from al-Maghazi refugee camp, and were taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah. 

At approximately 13:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorbike in eastern al-Maghazi refugee camp.  As a result, the motorbike’s driver, Zaher ‘Atiah Mohammed ‘Anbar (38), from al-Nussairat. Was killed and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 13:20, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at an open land near the municipal warehouses in eastern al-Bureij.  As a result, a person was wounded and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where medical sources said that his condition is moderate.

At approximately 16:10, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles; one of them by a drone, at a house belonging to Ghazi Abu Tamma’ah in Deir al-Balah.  As a result, the 1-story house (140 sqms) was completely destroyed while the nearby houses sustained partial damage. 

At approximately 21:00, Medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Ahmed Eyad Ahmed Fattouh (22) after succumbing to wounds he sustained in a previous Israeli airstrike on a carwash at approximately 22:40 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, at the entrance to al-Zawaydah.  At the time, his condition was reported serious and referred to al-Shifa Hospital until his death was announced.

Khan Younis

Airstrikes wounded 2 Palestinians, including a child, and destroyed 2 houses after directly targeting them.

At approximately 02:00, IOF’s tanks fired tens of smoke   grenades at eastern Khan Younis, particularly at al-Qararah, making a fog that headed to the west.  The residents of the area suffered eye irritation and nausea due to the smoke inhalation.

 At approximately 10:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ramzi Abu Daqqah in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah.  Few minutes later, the Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at the house and completely destroyed it.  The 4-storey house is home to 2 families of 11 members, including 4 children.

At approximately 11:22, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Taysir al-Mubasher in the Emirati neighborhood in western Khan Younis.  Few minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the 2-storey house and completely destroyed it, causing partial damage to the nearby houses.

At approximately 14:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Qararah Municipality in northern Khan Younis.  As a result, a person sustained serious wounds and was taken to Naser Hospital.

At approximately 17:30, Israeli tanks stationed along the border fence fired tens of shells at eastern Khan Younis.  Two shells fell on the roof of the Khuza’a Municipal cultural center in eastern Khan Younis and caused damage to it.

Rafah:

Airstrikes targeted 2 houses; one was completely destroyed while the other sustained damage.  Moreover, a mosque, shops, a tailoring shop, 3 poultry farms and a Navy Police boat sustained damage while dozens of families were forcibly displaced from al-Shokah village in Rafah.

At approximately 04:10 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a boat belonging to the Palestinian Navy Police off the Fishermen Seaport, west of Rafah City.  As a result, the boat was completely destroyed, and other fishing boats sustained damage.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 04:20, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at 3 poultry farms (2000 sqms) belonging to Talal Ramadan Salman al-Sha’er in al-Salam neighborhood.  Around 25 minutes later, another missile was fired and completely destroyed the farms, killing 10,500 chickens.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 11:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Jamil Hasan Ibrahim Abu Zaid in al-Shabourah refugee camp.  Around 15 minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed 3 shops in the ground floor.  Moreover, the rest of house floors were partially destroyed while the nearby houses, shops and al-Abrar Mosque sustained partial damage.  No casualties were reported.  It should be noted that IOF called one of the neighbors and asked him to evacuate his house and tell the residents of the nearby houses to evacuate as well.  The targeted house was comprised of 2 floors on an area of 170 sqms and sheltered 3 families of 13 members.

At approximately 15:25, IOF fired artillery shells at a house belonging to al-Shawi Family and a tailoring workshop belonging to Khafajah family in al-Shokah village. As a result, both places sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

Sunday, 16 May 2021:

Northern Gaza:

Airstrikes killed 4 Palestinians and wounded 37 others, including 16 children and 5 women.  Many houses were completely destroyed while tens others sustained partial damage.

At approximately 00:15 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a gathering of citizens near al-Qerem intersection in Jabalia. As a result, Tareq Ziyad Mostafa Abu Hmeidan (19) was killed while 2 others were injured and taken to the Indonesian Hospital. The injury of one of them was serious as his leg was amputated, while the other’s injury was moderate.

At approximately 08:10, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Ahmed al-Batsh’s 2-story house on the Old Gaza Street in Jabalia. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 15:20, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a 4-story house belonging to Hamed al-Shembari (55), east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house and nearby houses sustained severe damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 17:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 2-story house belonging to Mohammed Fawzi Naser (47) in central Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 17:35, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 2-story house belonging to Hussain Khalil Hussain Fayyad (44), east of Beit Hanoun, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 18:00, the Israeli artillery fired a shell at a 2-story house belonging to Hitham Mohammed Abu ‘Osda (43), east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, fire broke out in the house.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 2-story house belonging to Nabil Foad Mahmoud al-Masri (57) in central Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the house sustained damage.

At approximately 19:15, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of citizens in the center of Zaytun neighborhood in Beit Hanoun. As a result, 3 of them were killed namely Mo’ath Nabil Mohammed al-Za’aneen (27), Mohammed Yousef Mahmoud ‘Abdullah (31) and Mohammed ‘Awni ‘Abdullah al-Za’aneen (25).

At approximately 19:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Belal Mustafa Yahiya ‘Asaliyia’s (30) house in central Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 20:20, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 2-story house belonging to Mohammed Shehdah Mas’oud al-Moghrabi (52), east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained damage.

At approximately 20:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 3-story house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed Ba’lousha in al-Salateen neighborhood, west of Beit Lahia, and completely destroyed it.

Gaza City:

Airstrikes killed 44 Palestinians, including 18 children and 13 women.  6 residential buildings, the Ministries of labor and social development, Doctors without Borders office, many main roads and public facilities, organizations, shops and 2 factories were completely destroyed.

At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, Israeli warplanes carried out intense huge airstrikes on several places in Gaza City and continued until 02:10. The airstrikes targeted Abu al-Ouf 4-storey building, which included residential apartments and shops on al-Wehda Street, and destroyed it over the heads of its residents without a prior warning. Furthermore, Israeli warplanes targeted 2 other 4-storey residential buildings belonging to Ameen Mohammed al-Qolaq and Mo’een Mohammed al-Qolaq, near Abu al-Ouf building, and destroyed it over the heads of its residents. In addition, al-Ahlam building was targeted as well in the same area.  As a result, 43 persons were killed, including 18 children and 12 women.

The airstrikes on al-Rimal neighborhood and on al-Wehda Street destroyed the main roads and infrastructure starting from al-Rimal Clinic’s intersection to Palmira intersection and the Middle East Council of Churches Street in addition to the Thai Restaurant intersection and al-Thawrah Street. Additionally, the Labor Ministry’s headquarter was completely destroyed while the Ministry of Social Development, Doctors Without Borders organization,‘Ajour  and al-Omara 4-storey buildings, and a 2-story house, which is inhabited, belonging to Mattar family sustained severe damage.

Deaths at Abu al-Ouf building: Ayman Tawfiq Abu al-Ouf (50), an internist of al-Shifa Hospital, his two children, Tawfiq (17) and Tala (13); Abeer Nimir Ali Shkontana (30), 3 of her children, Yehya Ruyad Hasan Shkontana (5), Dana (9), and Zain (2); Dima Rami Riyad al-Ifranji (16), Reem Khalil Ahmed Abu al-Ouf (41), Hazem Adel Na’eem al-Qamea’ (48), and Rawan Alaa Subhi Abu al-Ouf (19).

On Sunday evening, the Medical and Civil Defense crews pulled out 13 dead bodies, including 3 women and 7 children, from under the rubble of their houses on al-Wehda Street, raising the number of deaths to 43, most of them were children and women.

The bodies retrieved were identified as Subhiya Isma’el Hussain Abu al-Ouf (73), Ameen Mohammed Hamad al-Qolaq (90), Tawfiq Isma’el Hussain Abu al-Ouf (80) and his wife, Majdiya Khalil Hussain Abu al-Ouf (82), Raja’ Subhi Isma’el al-Ifranji “Abu al-Ouf and  3 of her children, Mira Rami Riyad al-Ifranji (12), Yazan (13), Ameer (9), and Hala Mohammed Mo’een al-Qolaq (13), and her sister, Yara (10), Rola (6) and Lana (4) Riyad Hasan Shkontana, and Mohammed Ahmed Musbah Ikki (40).

Deaths at al-Qolaq family Building: Fawwaz Ameen Mohammed al-Qolaq (63) along with 4 of his sons and daughters; Abdul Hameed (23), Reham (33), Bahaa (49) and Sameh (28); and the latter’s wife, Ayat Ibrahim Khalil al-Qolaq (19), and their 6-month old son, Qusay; Amal Jameel Salama al-Qolaq (42) and 3 of her children, Taher Ameen al-Qolaq (24), Ahmed (16), and Hanaa (15); Mohammed Mo’een Mohammed al-Qolaq (42), his brother, Izzat (44), and his 2 children, Zaid (8) and Adam (3). Doaa’ Omar Abdullah al-Qolaq (39), and Sa’diya Yousef Daher al-Qolaq (84).

At approximately 03:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Mustafa Khalaf Daloul (50) from al-Zaytoun neighborhood and completely destroyed it.  The house was of 2 floors and sheltered 11 members, including 4 children and 3 women.

At approximately 10:30, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at 3 residential buildings namely “Anas Ben Malek”, each was of 7 floors, on an area of a dunum and a half on al-Yarmouk Street in Gaza City. As a result, the 3 buildings were completely destroyed, and nearby buildings, institutions and facilities sustained severe damage. It should be noted that IOF called a number of residents and informed them to evacuate.

 At approximately 18:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Ali Mousa Mohammed Affana’s (64) house, north of Gaza City. As a result, the 5-storey house (200 sqms), which included 10 apartments and sheltered 10 families, including 11 women and 21 children, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that Israeli Intelligence Services phone called the neighbors and ordered them to evacuate the house as it would be targeted.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Abdul Kareem Isma’el Ibrahim al-Ashram’s (60) house in al-Sabra neighborhood, south of the Gaza City. As a result, the 6-storey house (400 sqms) sheltering 7 families, including 12 women and 16 children, sustained severe destruction in the 3rd, 4th and fifth floors. It should be noted that Israeli Intelligence Services called the neighbors and ordered them to evacuate.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Jamal Attiya Hamdiya’s (62) house in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood. As a result, the 4-storey house and a nearby 3-storey house belonging to Mohammed Sa’eed Khalil al-Manasra, sheltering 5 families, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services phone called the neighbors and ordered them to evacuate.

Central Gaza Strip:

Airstrikes killed a Palestinian and wounded 17 others, including 5 children and 7 women.  Mroeover, 2 houses were destroyed while the main street of al-Maghazi was targeted.

At approximately 02:10 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes on al-Maghazi refugee camp, targeting its infrastructure and causing partial damage to the houses and to the main street to al-Maghazi entrance.

At approximately 02:10 Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an agricultural land belonging to al-Musadar family in central al-Maghazi refugee camp.  As a result, 6 were wounded, including 2 women, and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah to receive treatment.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 04:00, Israeli artillery heavily fired the eastern side of the central Gaza Strip, where one of the shells fell on a house belonging to Khaled Hasan al-Masalhah (50) in northern Nussairat.  As a result, the house’s owner was killed while his wife and wife of his son, Ayman, were wounded.  The house is comprised of 2 floors; the first is built of concrete while the second is built of tinplate, on an area of 150 sqms, sheltering 15 members; mostly children and women.

At approximately 04:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a tinplate-roofed house belonging to Hussam Mohammed ‘Aqel, from al-Nussairat refugee camp.  As a result, 9 members of the house’s family were wounded, including 5 children and 3 women, and were all taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah for treatment.  Medical sources said that the injuries ranged between moderate and minor.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage.  It should be noted that the 1-storey house was built on an area of 250 sqms and sheltered a family of 9, including 4 children and 3 women.

At approximately 06:40, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles; one by a drone, at a house belonging to the heirs of Fathi Qatamesh in al-Maghazi refugee camp.  As a result, the 2-storey house (150 sqms), which sheltered 2 families of 7, including 2 women and 2 children, was totally destroyed and.  Moreover, 3 nearby houses sustained severe damage while other houses sustained partial damage.

Khan Younis

Airstrikes destroyed 2 houses and caused damage to a third one.

At approximately 01:00, Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes within only one minute, launching tens of missiles at different targets.  As a result, 2 houses belonging to Yehia al-Senwar, Head of Hamas Politburo in Gaza, and his brother, Mohammed al-Senwar, were destroyed.  Each house was comprised of 2 floors and located in separate areas on Street 5 in al-Satar al-Gharbi neighborhood.  Moreover, the nearby houses sustained damage.  The airstrikes also targeted agricultural lands, streets and intersections in Khan Youns, particularly on the mentioned street and other places.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes fired a missile near the fence of a 2-storey villa belonging to Jihad ‘Ali al-Fara in al-Satar al-Sharqi area.  As a result, the villa fence was destroyed while a car, house windows and nearby houses sustained damage as well as the street.

IOF’s tanks and artillery stationed along the border fence and the gunboats stationed off shore continued on Saturday and Sunday to target with dozens shells the eastern and western outskirts of Khan Younis.

Rafah:

Airstrikes killed 2 Palestinians  and wounded 5 others, including a journalist.  Moroever, 9 houses, agricultural lands and a National Security Site were targeted.

At approximately 00:20 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, IOF fired shells and flare bombs in Rafah City; some fell on 6 houses in al-Shabourah refugee camp.  As a result, 2 persons were wounded; one of them a journalist, when they were in front of their houses.  Those wounded were identified as Ra’ed Mohammed ‘Abdel Wahab Sabbah (46) and sustained serious shrapnel wounds in the abdomen and ‘Alam al-Deen ‘Abdel Rahman Mohammed Sabbah (23), a freelance journalist, sustained moderate shrapnel wounds in the upper extremities.  Moreover, a number of houses sustained damage.

At approximately 02:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian National Security near Salah al-Deen Gate.  Fifty minutes later, 2 other missiles were launched at the site, completely destroying it.

At approximately 03:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ahmed Mahmoud Zayed ‘Abdel al-‘Aal in the Tannour neighborhood.  Five minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired one missile at the house and completely destroyed it.  Moreover, a house adjacent to the targeted house was completely destroyed as well while nearby houses sustained partial damage. However, no casualties were reported. Before the airstrike, IOF called one of the neighbors, asking him to evacuate the house and the nearby houses. It should be noted that the targeted one-story house (250 sqms) sheltered a family of 12 members.

At approximately 12:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ibrahim Taysir Ibrahim Abu Shammalah in Yebna refugee camp in Rafah.  Five minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.  Moreover, nearby houses sustained damage, and 3 persons were moderately wounded due to the shattered rubble.  Before the airstrike, IOF called one of the neighbors and asked him to evacuate the house and nearby houses.  It should be noted that the one-story house (200 sqms) sheltered a family of 5 member.

Monday, 17 May 2021

Northern Gaza Strip:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of 4 Palestinians; one of them succumbed to his wounds, and the injury of 56 others, including 15 women and 22 children. Also, 8 houses and a company were targeted.

At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, the Israeli artillery fired at least 2 shells at Foam Co. Sponge Company in eastern of Jabalia. As a result, a fire broke out in the area.

At approximately 08:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Abdul Aziz al-Khaldi’s house. As a result, the 3-storey villa, southwest of al-Sudaniya, was completely destroyed and nearby houses, Mathaf Hotel, al-Khaldi Mosque and Hamad Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Hospital sustained damage.

At approximately 09:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Fayez Ibrahim Mohammed Abu Ali’s house. As a result, the 3-storey house in Jabalia refugee camp was completely destroyed.

At approximately 10:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Abdullah Abu Rayya’s house. As a result, the ground-floor house, located in Jabalia, was completely destroyed, and Husam Mohammed Othman Abu Harabeed (36), a commander in al-Quds Brigades, was killed, as IOF declared targeting him.

At approximately 10:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Yousef al-Liddawi’s sons in Jabalia. As a result, the roof of the 6-storey house sustained damage.

At approximately 12:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the third floor in the sons of Yousef al-Leddawi’s residential building and completely destroyed the floor. Five minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Abu Jalhoum family’s house, west of Beit Lahia.

At approximately 13:00, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, declared the death of Yehia Mansour Ghaben (22), succumbing to wounds he sustained last Thursday when the Israeli artillery fired shells at farmers in their land near the American Hospital, west of Beit Hanoun Crossing.

At approximately 17:30, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Ayman Siyam’s house in central Jabalia camp, and destroyed it completely. Five minutes later, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of citizens in central Beit Lahia. As a result, Ahmed Ziyad Hussain Sabbah (28) and Mohammed Nazeer Mohammed Abu ‘Oun (18) were killed while 2 other civilians were injured; one of them sustained serious wounds.

At approximately 17:50, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at a 3-story house belonging to ‘Abed al-Rahman Abu al-Jabeen in central Jabalia. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

At approximately 18:35, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Abu ‘Ajinah’s house in Beit Lahia. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

Gaza City:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of 7 civilians, including a child who was killed along with her uncle. Also, 2 commercial mutli-story buildings were completely destroyed and Ghazi al-Shawa building was partially destroyed. Additionally, the headquarters of Ministry of Health and military medical services, Palestinian organizations, Nahdah bookshop and printing house, the Orphans Fund head office, a bank, and 5 factories sustained severe damage.

At approximately 00:15 on Monday, 17 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Mohammed Ahmed Saleh al-Dairi’s (47) house in al-Sabra neighborhood. As a result, the 4-storey house (500 sqms), comprised of 16 apartments and sheltering 17 families of 115 members, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that Israeli Intelligence Services phone called the neighbors and ordered them to evacuate.

After 5 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Hamdiya Othman Abdul Rahman Hamdan’s (60) house in al-Sabra neighborhood. As a result, the 3-storey house comprised of 3 apartments (each is 200 sqms) sheltering 3 families, including 6 women and 6 children, was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained partial damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services phone called the residents and ordered them to evacuate.

At approximately 01:00 and for an hour, Israeli warplanes carried out a huge number of intense airstrikes on Gaza City targeting main roads and infrastructures on al-Rasheed Street and other streets, in addition to destroying main roads and streets, which connect Tal al-Hawa neighborhood with al-Sheikh Ijlin neighborhood.  Moreover, the tourist facilities along the Gaza seaside sustained severe damage while nearby residential buildings and towers sustained partial damage.  Many security sites in Ansar Security Compound, west of Gaza City.

At approximately 12:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a civilian car travelling near Abu Hasira crossroad, west of Gaza City. As a result, the driver, Adeeb Sa’eed Deeb al-Sourani (43), was killed.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens who were near the Maldives Coffeshop at Gaza seaside. As a result, 4 of them were killed and identified as Mohammed Jamal ‘Ali Abu Sam’an (24), Mohammed Hasan Hasan Abu Sam’an (32), ‘Ali Waleed al-‘Abed Burais (30). And Ahmed Khalil Hejazi al-Louh (24).

At approximately 13:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Shehab al-Dein Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Mishal’s (45) house, northwest of Gaza City. As a result, the 2-storey house, sheltering 9 members, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called the residents before the airstrike and ordered them to evacuate it.

At approximately 17:45, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Ghazy al-Shawwa building in Central Gaza City. As a result, Zeyad Kamel Abdullah Abu Dayer (55) and his niece, Rafeef Mershed Kamel Abu Dayer (11), both residents of the area, were killed, while the upper floors of the building, comprised of 6 floors and a roof and housing offices and organizations, were completely destroyed. Moreover, the administrative building of the Ministry of Health in Shuhada al-Rimal clinic next to al-Shawwa building and al-Amal Institute for Orphans and its building which includes a number of private clinics, sustained severe damage.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Mashareq building belonging to the Ministry of Endowments near Ansar crossroad, west of Gaza City. At approximately 01:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Israeli warplanes targeted the same building again with several missiles. As a result, the 5-storey building housing al-Nahdah bookshop and printing house and Abu al-Einain pharmacy in the ground floor as well as the Orphans Fund head office, was completely destroyed while the nearby Abbas Police Station, the Military Medical Services headquarter, office of lawyer Mohammed Adel Besaiso, other multi-story buildings and shops sustained severe damage.

At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed along the eastern border fence fired several shells at Ahmed Hasan Barawi al-Falouji’s (55) house, east of Gaza City. As a result, 4 floors of the 6-storey house, sheltering 7 families of 60 members, was completely destroyed.  Also, a shell fell on a nearby ground house belonging to Salah Hasan Barawi al-Falouji (45) was completely destroyed.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at al-Dahdouh’s house in al-Zaytun neighborhood, south of Gaza City. As a result, the 2-storey house was completely destroyed.

Central Gaza Strip:

During the airstrikes, a child was killed, 7 others, including a child, were injured, and 2 houses were completely destroyed. Also, a carwash sustained damage.

At approximately 03:40 on Monday, 17 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a house belonging to the heirs of Tawfiq al-Fallit in Deir al-Balah. As a result, the 2-storey house (250 sqms), which sheltered 4 families of 18 members, including 9 children and 3 women, was completely destroyed, while 5 nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 08:00, the Israeli artillery launched several shells at a vacant land, east of Deir al-Balah. As a result, a child sustained shrapnel wounds and a woman suffocated.

At approximately 12:40 on Monday, 17 May 2021, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house in Deir al-Balah. As a result, Yousef Rafiq al-Baz (13) was killed, his brother, Ramadan (16), was wounded, and a nearby carwash sustained severe damage.

At approximately 15:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at an uninhabited house belonging to Ayman Mohammed Saidam, north of al-Maghazi. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained partial damage.

Khan Yunis:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of a Palestinian and the injury of 6 others. Also, 2 houses and a farm were destroyed.

At approximately 12:22, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of citizens in ‘Abasan al-Jadidah.  As a result, Ahmed Fayez Hasan ‘Arafat (29), from the village, were killed while another sustained minor wounds.

At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Amjad Mousa Mohammed Abu al-Naja’s house, in Ma’an. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

At approximately 14:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Mahdi Jaber Hamdan Kawarea’s house, in Jorat al-Lout in Khan Yunis. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained severe damage.

At approximately 17:00, Israeli warplanes targeted a farm in ‘Abasan al-Jadidah area, and completely destroyed it.

Rafah:

At least 5000 Palestinians were forced to leave their houses in eastern Rafah due to the bombing. Also, a residential house, 3 trucks, a bulldozer, and agricultural lands sustained destruction.

At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, IOF fired artillery shells at houses in al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah.  As a result, one of the shells hit a house belonging to Mohammed Safa Mohammed Abu Sheiban, and fire broke out in the first floor. 

At approximately 13:30, IOF fired artillery shells at houses in al-Naser village, northeast of Rafah.  As a result, a number of trucks and a bulldozer belonging to al-‘Attar Family were hit and burnt.  No injuries were reported.

IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Rafah fired artillery shells, sound bombs and smoke grenades at houses, agricultural lands and streets in al-Shokah and al-Naser village, north and east of Rafah City, causing fear among civilians.  As a result, 5000 civilians were forced to leave and seek refuge in 5 UNRWA schools, noting that they forcibly entered the schools without the guards’ approval while no services were provided by the UNRWA and the donations were provided by local societies and benefactors.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Northern Gaza Strip

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the injury of 20 Palestinians, including 9 children and 3 women. Also, 3 houses were completely destroyed and dozens of other houses were partially destroyed.

At approximately 03:45 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired 15 missiles at various areas in northern Gaza Strip, including several lands and an under-construction house in western Jabalia. As a result, the lands, streets and infrastructure sustained severe damage.

At approximately 10:25, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at a 3-story house belonging to Omar Suliman in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 10:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 3-story house belonging to Ahmed ‘Abed al-Fattah Baker al-Kafarna in central Beit Hanoun. As a result, 5 Palestinians were wounded while the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

At approximately 11:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of citizens on al-Qerman Street in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, a woman was injured.

Around the same time, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a 2-story house belonging to Ra’fat Salman Salman in northern Jabalia, and completely destroyed it. Also, nearby houses sustained varying damage.

At approximately 11:55, Israeli warplanes fired a missile a 2-story house belonging to Raied Ya’qoub al-Kafarnah in northern Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.  

At approximately 14:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of persons in al-Karama neighborhood. As a result, one was seriously injured.

At approximately 16:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at As’ad Deeb Ahmed Tubail’s house in al-Turk area in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 18:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Abed al-Razeq al-Kafarna’s house in central Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

At approximately 22:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Anwar Nimer Mousa al-Masri’s house in Beit Hanoun, causing damage to it.

Gaza City:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of 2 Palestinians, including a child succumbed to her wounds. Also, 2 commercial buildings, 3 residential houses, 2 bookshops, a printing house, a site belonging to the Ministry of Interior, and 2 factories were completely destroyed.

At approximately 00:20 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Zaher Ramadan Mousa Abu al-‘Amrein’s (47) house, west of Gaza City. As a result, the 1-storey house (120 sqms) sheltering 3 families, including 4 women and 9 children, was completely destroyed. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called the residents and ordered them to evacuate the house.

At approximately 04:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Munir Abdul Rahman Mustafa al-Rantisi’s sons, in al-Naser neighborhood, a completely destroyed the 4th floor. Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Izz al-Dein al-Haddad’s house, east of Gaza City, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 05:00, the Israeli artillery stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza City, fired many shells; some of them fell on the “Karny” Industrial Area. As a result, 2 factories were set on fire and completely destroyed.

At approximately 06:10, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at Kuhail building next to the Islamic University, which housed private offices, educational institutions, Samir Mansour Bookshop, Iqra’ Library, al-Ro’ya and Dar al-Manara printing houses. As a result, the building was completely destroyed and nearby buildings and facilities sustained severe damage.

At 17:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Mohammed Ramadan Omar Ishtawi’s (19) house. As a result, Ishtawi was killed when he was in his family agricultural land behind his house in southern Gaza City.

At 18:30, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital announced the death of Menna Eyad Fathi Shreer (2), succumbing to wounds she sustained in an israeli airstrike that destroyed her family’s house on their heads on al-Nafaq Street on 11 May 2021. It should be noted that Menna’s father, mother and her sister were killed in that airstrike as well.

Central Gaza Strip:

During the airstrikes, 7 Palestinians, including 2 children, were injured, a house was destroyed and dozens of other houses were partically destroyed.

At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Basem al-Hazeen’s house, in al-Nusairat neighborhood. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded and the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 00:00, Israeli warplanes targeted a house belonging to Abu Sill family in al-Bureij camp. As a result, the 4th floor sustained severe damage.

At approximately 20:20, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural land, west of al-Nusseirat refugee camp. As a result, 4 persons, from the same family, sustained minor injuries.

Khan Yunis:

During the airstrikes, 10 persons, including 3 women and 2 children, were injured, 5 houses were destroyed and other houses were partially destroyed.

At approximately 07:10 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Israeli warplanes targeted Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed al-Shawaf’s house in Abasan al-Kabeera. As a result, the 2-storey house was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 10:20, Israeli warplanes targeted a famr in ‘Abasan al-Kabira area and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 14:35, an Israeli drone fired a missile near a house in Khuza’a, and a child sustained serious wounds.

At approximately 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Mahmoud Jamal al-Agha’s house, in al-Satar al-Gharbi area, and destroyed the 3rd floor. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called one of the residents and ordered him to vacate.

At approximately 18:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Redwan Family in Bani Suheila, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Mohammed Baker al-Najjar’s house in Qizan al-Najjar area, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 22:05, Israeli warplanes launched 30 missiles at various areas, including lands and a house in Qizan al-Najjar area. As a result, four were wounded, including a baby, while the lands, streets and infrastructure sustained severe damage. It should be noted that most of citizens in the bombarded areas emphasized that most of the missiles fired by the Israeli warplanes rocked the area with the heavy blasts.

Rafah:

During the airstrikes, a woman was killed in a heart attack, 4 Palestinians were injured,  and 2 residential houses, a Paint Company’s storehouse, a car, a rehabilitation center, streets, and agricultural lands were destroyed

At approximately 10:50 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Omar Lotfi Khamis al-Jazzar’s house in al-Jneina neighborhood. Ten minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched a missile. As a result, the ground floor house (135 sqms), sheltering 3 families of 15 members, was completely destroyed.

At approximately 13:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a restaurant at the seaside, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 13:10, the Israeli artillery launched several shells at Hneif Paint Company’s storehouse in Khirbet al-Adas neighborhood. As a result, fire broke out in the storehouse and its contents.

At approximately 19:35, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Central Rafah Rehabilitation Center. As a result, the center was completely destroyed and 2 citizens were wounded due to the shattering rubble.

At approximately 19:50, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Yaser Mohammed al-Sheikh Eid’s house in al-Tanour neighborhood. After 30 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the house and destroyed it while nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called one of the neighbors before the airstrike and ordered him to vacate.

At approximately 22:05, Israeli warplanes launched 15 missiles at streets, agricultural lands and military sites, north, east and west of Rafah, causing fear and panic among citizens in Rafah. As a result, Sa’diya Yousef Hussain Abu Gharara (57) died of a heart attack before arriving at the hospital.

At approximately 23:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile targeting al-Emam Ali Street. As a result, a passer-by sustained moderate wounds.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Northern Gaza Strip:

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in the murder of (4) Palestinians, including a child, and the injury of (40) others, including (12) children and (7) women. Also, 4 houses were completely destroyed and dozens of other houses were partially destroyed.

At approximately 03:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Ramiz Kamal Ramadan al-Masri’s house in Beit Hanoun, and completely destroyed it. Also, 5 nearby houses sustained severe damage.

At approximately 05:40, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Ramadan ‘Ali al-‘Abed Saleh’s house in Jabalia camp, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 06:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of persons in eastern Beit Hanoun, wounding 2 of them.

At approximately 09:00, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Isma’il Hekmat Suliman Hunaid’s house in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 09:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the last floor in al-Andalous Tower comprised of 14 floor, west of Jabalia. As a result, an apartment located in the southeastern side was destroyed.

At approximately 11:00, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital declared the death of ‘Alaa Mohammed al-Bahri (20), succumbing to wounds he sustained on 13 May 2021 near Tower No. (19) in al-Nada Towers in ‘Izbet Beit Hanoun.

At approximately 11:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of citizens in Jabalia. As a result, ‘Ammar ‘Abdullah Fawzi al-Deder (31) was killed as he sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body.

At approximately 14:00, the Israeli artillery stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, fired at least 10 shells at Palestinians’ houses in Beit Hanoun. One of those shells fell on Zakaria Mohammed Hamad’s house and targeted the 3rd floor. As a result, Zakaria’s son Raied (32) was killed and another child was wounded.

At approximately 20:05, Israeli warplanes fired a missile behind Sa’d ‘Ali ‘Asaliyia’s house in eastern Jabalia. As a result, Sa’d’s daughter namely Dima (10) was killed as she sustained shrapnel wounds throughout her body.

Gaza City:

During the Israeli airstrikes, 4 Palestinians were killed and 4 residential multi-story buildings, 4 cars and a factory were partially destroyed.

At approximately 00:30, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Jalal Subhi al-Thalathini’s house in southern Gaza City, and completely destroyed it. The 2-story house (330sqms) sheltered 4 families, including 3 women and 4 children, and housed in the ground floor Bonjour Coffee Factory. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called the house’s owner before the airstrike and ordered him to vacate.

At approximately 03:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the upper floors of Zo’rob building in al-Rimal neighborhood. As a result, Omar Mohammed Ameen al-Mankoush (20) was killed while the building sustained material damage.

At approximately 04:30, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at an apartment belonging to Abu Hussain family building near al-Shiekh Redwan intersection. As a result, al-Aqsa Radio announcer namely Yousef Mohammed ‘Abed al-Qader Abu Hussain (33) was killed while the 4th and 5th floors in the targeted building were destroyed.  Also, the Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Yousef Abu Hussein’s car which was parked in front of his house, destroying 3 other civilian vehicles parked in the area.

On this day, medical crew retrieved a dead body of Aysar Mohammed al-Halabi (48), from al-Shati’ camp, who was killed in a previous bombardment on the camp. 

Note: the total number of injuries in Gaza City during this week was 375, including 70 women and 116 children.

Central Gaza Strip:

5 Palestinians killed, including a person with disability, his pregnant wife, their daughter and other woman. Also, 3 houses were completely destroyed and dozens of nearby houses sustained partial damage.

At approximately 07:30, Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles; one fired by a drone, at Sabri al-Hasanat’s house, west of Deir al-Balah. As a result, the 2-storey house (180 sqms) was completely destroyed.

At approximately 12:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to al-Masri family in Deir al-Balah. As a result, a Palestinian was seriously wounded and the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 17:00, a missile fell on Eyad Abdul Fattah Salha’s (35) house in Deir al-Balah. As a result, 4 citizens were killed, including the owner of the house who is a person with disability, his wife, Amany Yousef Salha (Muhawish) (29), who is 7 months pregnant, her fetal and her 2 years old daughter, Nagham. Moreover, the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 16:10, an artillery shell fell on Eyad Ameen al-Qidra’s house in Deir al-Balah. As a result, Fida’ Fakhry al-Qidra (32) was killed while her husband, Eyad, and his brother were wounded and taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital.

At approximately 16:20, IOF stationed inside the border fence, east of Johr al-Dik area, southeast of Gaza, opened fire at agricultural lands. As a result, Hasan Sami Ramadan al-Borno (63) was killed after he sustained a live bullet in the chest while present in his land. Al-Borno was taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 19:10, Israeli warplane and drone launched 2 missiles at Hameed al-Hindi’s house in Deir al-Balah camp, causing partial destruction.

Khan Yuins:

8 Palestinians were killed, 7 houses were destroyed and water well belonging to al-Qarara Municipality was damages.

At approximately 00:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Abdul Sattar Ibrahim al-Najjar’s house in Mawasi Khan Yunis. As a result, the roof of the 3-storey house, sheltering 5 families of 35 members including 16 children, sustained damage.

At approximately 05:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Mahmoud Mustafa al-Astal’s house, in al-Katiba area. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called one of the residents before the airstrike and ordered them to evacuate it.

At approximately 06:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Tabash family in Abasan al-Kabira. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called one of the residents before the airstrike and ordered them to evacuate it.

At approximately 07:45, an Israeli airstrike caused damage to the water well belonging to al-Qarara Municipality, west of Khan Yunis.

At 10:35, Israeli warplanes launched a missile near Abdul Malik Mosque in Khuza’a. As a result, a person sustained moderate injuries.

At approximately 11:04, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Ashraf al-Ja’bari’s house in the Emirati neighborhood. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained damage.

At approximately 12:50, Israeli warplane and drone launched 2 missiles at Owda Abu Mustafa’s house in Bani Suheila, and completely destroyed it. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents before the airstrike.

At approximately 17:40, Israeli warplane and drone launched 2 missiles at Asfour’s house in Abasan al-Jadida, and completely destroyed it. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents before the airstrike.

At approximately 22:45, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at Ali Abu Zarqa’s house. As a result, the 2-storey building in al-Amal neighborhood was completely destroyed while nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents before the airstrike.

Rafah:

The Israeli airstrikes targeted 5 houses and a charitable society and completely destroyed them. Also, a hospital, many houses and infrastructure sustained destruction.

At approximately 03:25, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Social Charity’s building in al-Salam al-Gharbi neighborhood. As a result, the building was completely destroyed and nearby houses and Kuwait Specialist Hospital sustained damage.

At approximately 08:30, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Atallah Abdul ‘All Mohammed Abu al-Sabah’s house in al-Juneina neighborhood. After 10 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched another missile at the house and completely destroyed it while nearby houses sustained damage.

At approximately 14:50, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Naser al-‘Attar’s house in southern Rafah, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 15:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Mohammed al-Bawab’s house in al-Juninah neighborhood, and completely destroyed it.

16:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Isma’il al-Masri’s house in southern Rafah, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 23:40, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Hussain al-Moghair’s house in al-Shabora camp, causing damage to it.

Murder sand Shooting Incidents in the West Bank, Including occupied East Jerusalem:

Coinciding with what’s going on the Gaza Strip, and in excessive use of force and the suppression of peaceful protests in solidarity with Gaza and Jerusalem, during this week, IOF killed 26 Palestinians, including a child and a woman. Also, 15 Palestinians, including a child, were killed during the suppression of peaceful protests organized against the Israeli offensive on Gaza and Jerusalem. Additionally, 4 other Palestinians were killed after targeting their vehicles at Israeli military checkpoints in Ramallah, Nablus, Jerusalem and Hebron. IOF claimed that those Palestinians tried to carry out run-over attacks, noting that there was not imminent threat or danger to the soldiers’ lives. Also, 2 Palestinian were killed at military checkpoints; one in Nablus under the pretext of opening fire at soldiers stationed at the checkpoint and wounding 2 of them; and the other killed in Hebron under the pretext of trying to carry out a stabbing attack while there was no imminent danager to the soldiers’ lives. Moreover, Israeli settlers killed 2 Palestinians, including a woman. IOF claimed that she attepnted to open fire from a machine gun at a bus parking established at the entrance to “Kiryat Arba” settlement in Hebron.

Moreover, IOF injured 675 Palestinains, including 30 children, 4 women, 4 journalists, and a paramedic. Among those injured 28 sustained critical wounds.

Ramallah:

At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF stationed at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to “Ofra” settlement, which is established on Palestinians’ lands, east of Ramallah, opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle. As a result, the driver was killed after being shot with several live bullets in the upper part of his body. Moments later, an Israeli ambulance arrived and took him to an unknwoun destination. It was later discovered that the victim was Mohammed Rohi ‘Abed al-Haleem Hammad (30), from Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. IOF claimed that Hammad attpemted to carry out a run-over attack at the mentioned checkpoint. Moreover, peaceful protests were organized at the northern entrance to al-Bireh city, near “ Beit El” settlement; in Nabi Salih village, near a military watchtower established there; and at the entrances to Deir Nidham and Sinjil villages. As a result,17 Palestinians were wounded; 11 with live bullets and 6 with rubber bullets. One of those injured sustained serious wounds.

On Tuesday, 18 May 2021, mass protest took off from the centers of West Bank’s cities and villages towards seam zones and Israeli military checkpoints after a general strike titled ” Dignity” was declared all over the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in protest against the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and occupied Jerusalem.

In Ramallah, a mass protest, which was organized by thousands of Palestinians who raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli offensive on Gaza, took off in al-Manara intersection in central Ramallah, towards the northern entrance to al-Bireh city, near al-Mahkama military checkpoint, which is established at the entrance to “ Beit El” settlement. When the protestors arrived at the checkpoint, IOF suppressed them and fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and live and rubber bullets at them. Violent clashes broke out in the area and continued until the evening. As a result, 74 Palestinians were wounded. Among those wounded were: Mohammed Mohammed Ishaq Humaid (25), from al-Bireh city, who was shot with a live bullet in his chest from the left side, and Adham Fayiz Mousa Kashif (21), from Um al-Sharayit neighborhood in al-Bireh city, who was shot with a live bullet in the chest. Both of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where doctors declared their death, succumbing to their serious wounds. Also, among those wounded 6 were shot with live bullets; one of them sustained serious wounds, and 66 others were shot with rubber bullets in their lower limbs.

At approximately 16:00, IOF killed Islam Fahmi Dar Naser (14) after hitting him with a live bullet in his head during clashes erupted near the annexation wall in Abu Limon area in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah. It should be noted that Islam was seriously injured and taken to Palestine Medical Complex, where doctors declared his death at 20:20.

At approximately 14:30, a group of Palestinians gathered in northwest of Ramallah, at the main entrance to the city, near a military watchtower established there. Violent clashes erupted, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 14 of them were injured; 13 of them were shot woth live bullets, including an 18-year-old male, from Rima village, who sustained serious wounds after being shot with a live bullet in his abdomen; and another one was shot with a rubber bullet. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Jericho:

At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, a group of Palestinian young men gathered at the southern entrance to Jericio, and closed the main street with rocks and vehicles tires. They also threw stones at IOF stationed at the checkpoint. IOF immediately fired sound bombs and live and rubber bullets at the protestors.  Violent clshes erupted in the area and continued for 5 hours. As a result, Mohammed ‘Adel Shoqair (20), from al-Khedawi neighborhood in Jericho, was shot with a live bullet in his chest from the left side. The bullet penetrated his heart. Shoqair was immediately taken via the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS)’s ambulance to Jericho governmental hospital, where he was pronounced dead at the emergency department, succumbing to his serious wounds. Also, 2 Palestinians, from Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in southern Jericho, were wounded.

At approximately 14:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered at the southern entrance to Jericho, near a military checkpoint established there. Violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 5 of them were wounded; 4 with live bullets and one with rubber bullets. All of the wounded were taken to Jericho Governmental Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Jenin:

At approximately 00:15 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, a group of Palestinian young men gathered near al-Jalma military checkpoint, north of Jenin, north of the West Bank, and organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes broke out in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets and stun grenades at the protestors. As a result, a 21-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his thigh and taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital in Jenin, where medical sources described his health condition as moderate. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inahaltion and received treatment on the spot. The clashes continued until 03:00.

At approximately 06:10 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF moved into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin, to conduct an arrest campaign. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, 16-year-old child and a 22-year-old male were injured with live bullets in their feet and taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. IOF also arrested Foad Nayif Kamanjah (56) and released him later.

At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF stationed at Mavi Dotan military checkpoint, which is established at the entrance to Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, killed Yousef Mahdi Nawasrah (26), from Fahma village, southwest of the city. Nawasrah died after being shot with a live bullet in the main artery of his left thigh during clashes erupted at the checkpoint. Also, 18 other civilians were injured; most of them with live bullets. Two of the civilians that were injured at Mavi

Dotan, al-Jalma and Salem checkpoints, sustained serious wounds. Moreover, IOF arrested 7 civilians, including 2 children, during clashes erupted at al-Jalma military checkpoint, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as:

  • Omar As’ad Hantouli (15), from Silat ad-Dhahr village in southern Jenin;
  • Mohammed Redwan Sha’ban (15), from Jalamah village, northeast of Jenin;
  • Hussain Majdi ‘Abed al-Kareem al-Sa’di (20), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin;
  • Naji Kamal Abu al-Rub (19), from Qabatiya village, southeast of Jenin;
  • Ibrahim ‘Asem Dalbah (20), from Jenin;
  • Khaldoun Omar Ibrahim Suliman (18), from Jenin; and
  • Omar Sameer Saleh Salah (21), from Jenin.

At approximately 19:30 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered near Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin, north of the West Bank, and threw stones at IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas canisters. As a result, a 23-year-old male was wounded with a live bullet in his left leg and a 46-year-old male was wounded with a live bullet in his waist. Also, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Moreover, 9 Palestinains were arrested while chasing them during clashes erupted at the checkpoint, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as:

  • Ahmed Ref’at Rabai’a (20);
  • Omar SAMEER Salah (18);
  • Amjad Khaled Abu ‘Obaid (18);
  • Fadi Amjad Abu ‘Obaid (19), from Jenin;
  • ‘Alaa Majed Abu al-Rub (18);
  • Nedal ‘Awad Saleh Abu al-Rub (19), from Qabatiya;
  • Bahaa al-Deen Mahmouf Zayoud (23);
  • Salah al-Deen Zayoud (21), from Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin; and
  • ‘Abed al-Salam Khaled al-Safouri (22), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin.

At approximately 21:30 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, a grpup of Palestinians gathered near Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin, north of the West Bank. The protestors threw stones at IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, 6 protestors were injured woth live bullets. Also, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Moreover, IOF arrested 5 civilians while chasing them during clashes erupted at the checkpoint, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrestees were identified as:

  • Hamza Bahaa Mahmoud Abu al-Hasan (20);
  • Mahmoud Raied ‘Abed al-Latif ‘Ajjawi (19), from Jenin;
  • Fareed Qusai Fareed Zayoud (20), from Silat al-Harithiya village;
  • Mohammed Nedal Farouq Hosheih (18), from Al-Yamun village, west of Jenin; and
  • ‘Abed al-Latif Shaker al-Sa’di (21), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin.

At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered near Mavi Dotan military checkpoint; at the entrance to Tura village, southwest of Jenin; at the entrance to Silat ad-Dhahr village, south of Jenin; and near Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin, north of the West Bank. Violent clashes broke out in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 8 protetors were wounded; one of them (28) sustained critical wounds after being shot with a live bullet in his head, and he is clinically dead at al-Razo Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Nablus:

At approximately 00:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered near Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, and organized a peaceful protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 5 of them were injured and identified as:

  • The Deputy Governor of Nablus, Mrs. ‘Anan al-Aterah (60), who was shot with a rubber bullet in the chest;
  • A leader at Fatah Movement namely Jehad Ramadan (53), who was shot with a rubber bullet in his shoulder;
  • 39-year-old member of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, who was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot;
  • A 22-year-old male, who was shot with a ruuber bullet in his waist; and
  • A 40-year-old male, who was shot with a rubber bullet in hos right foot.

Moreover, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation during clashes continued until 02:00 and received treatment on the spot. Also, IOF stationed at Huwara checkpoint targeted a Palestinian ambulance with a rubber bullet that hit the ambulance’s windshield and broke it. The ambulance was driven by Hamouda Habash along with Ahmed Amjad.

Around the same time, a group of Palestinians gatherd near the intersection of Deir Sharaf  village, near “Shafi Shimron” settlement’s checkpoint, west of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 17-year-old child was shot with a live bullet in the main artery of his left thigh and taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where he was admitted to opertation room, due to his critical health condition. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Around the same time, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, branching from Ramallah-Nablus Street, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Around the same time, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Beita village, branching from Ramallah-Nablus Street, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Around the same time, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Qusra village, branching from (505) Aber al-Samira road, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

In new murder crime committed without any justification, IOF killed a Palestinian and wounded another one at Za’tarah military checkpoint. Borth of them were officers at the Palestinian Intelligence Service. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 18:39 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, IOF stationed at Za’tarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, fired many live bullets from a zero distance at a Palestinian vehicle carrying 2 Palestinians. The vehicle was travelling from Ramllah and heading to Nablus, and intending to cross the checkpoint. As a result, the driver was seriously injured while a person sitting next to him was killed. After his injury, the driver opened the vehicle door and remained sitting in the seat. He was left bleeding for 15 minutes and none approached him until the arrival of an Israeli ambulance, which took them to an Israeli hospital. It was discovered later that the victim was Ahmed ‘Abed al-Fattah Suliman Daraghmah (38), who was shot with many live bullets in the head, chest, abdomen and legs. The wounded person was Mohammed ‘Ali ‘Abed al-Rahman Nobani (28), who was seriously injured with 6 live bullets in the shoulder and legs. Two other civilians working at the Palestinian Intelligence Service in Ramallah and living in Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus, were injured as well. IOF claimed that Israeli soldiers stationed at checkpoint shouted at the driver, ordering him to stop, but he did not obey their orders. The soldiers thought that the driver was seeking to carry out a run-over attack against them, so they opened fire at the vehicle, killing Daraghmah immediately and wounding his friend  Nobani. PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ testimonies refuted IOF’s claims. At approximately 23:00, IOF delivered Daraghmah’s dead body to the Palestinian ambulance at the checkpoint. Daraghmah’s dead body was then taken to Rafidia Hospital while Nobani remained receiving treatment at Pilinson Hospital in Israel, and his health condition is serious.

At approximately 21:30, following the killing of a Palestinian civilian and the injury of another one at Za’tarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, clashes renewed at Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of the city. IOF stationed at the checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, an 18-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right foot. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. 

At approximately 22:00, clashes renewed at the entrance to Qusra village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. IOF stationed at a military checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. IOF also chased the protestors and arrested Mohammed Jamil ‘Odah (19), taking him to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, clashes renewed at the entrance to Beita village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. IOF stationed at a military checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Around the same time, clashes renewed at the entrance to al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. IOF stationed at a military checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 02:10 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF accompanied with a mounted-crane truck moved into Tell village, south of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to conduct an arrest campaign. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw empty bottles at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 21-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his left leg and a 28-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg. Both of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 22:00, a group of Palestinians gathered near Huwara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 3 of them were injured; 2 with live bullets and one with a rubber bullet. All of them were taken to hospitals in Nablus. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Huwara village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to secure Israeli settlers who pass on the village’s main street and on Ramallah-Nablus Street in central the village, and carry out riots. Meamwhile, many Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immeadately fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 24-year-old male sustained wounds in hos left eye while a 20-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his jaw.

At approximately 23:30, IOF stationed at Huwara checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, killed Mohammed Omar Sa’eed al-Najjar (36), who lived on al-Ta’awoun Street, south of Nablus, claiming that he opened fire at Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint, wounding 2 of them. No eyewitness was available to confirm or refute the Israeli claims.

At approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Urif village, southeast of Nablus, and killed Nedal Sayil Mostafa al-Safadi (28). Al-Safadi died after being shot with 3 live bullets in the back and chest during clashes erupted to counter IOF and settlers who attacked the village’s outskirts from the eastern side and wounded 4 Palestinians with live bullets; 2 of them sustained serious wounds and received treatment at hospitals in Nablus.

At approximately 16:20, IOF moved into Beita village, southeast of Nablus, and killed ‘Issa Suliman Barham Dawoud (41), a prosecutor in the Salfit district court, after hititing him with a live bullet in his chest during clashes erupted in Subaieh Mount, southeast of the village. Also, 4 other civilians, including a child, were wounded; 2 of them sustained serious wounds. The wounded were taken to hospitals in Nablus.

At approximately 19:15, IOF moved into Salim  village, northeast of Nablus, and killed Malek Musbah As’ad Hamdan (21), after hitting him with a live bullet in the chest. Also, 2 other civilians were wounded during clashes erupted in the village and taken to hospitals in Nablus for treatment.

At approximately 19:25, IOF moved into Asira al-Qibliya village, southeast of Nablus, and killed Husam Wael Mousa ‘Asairayh (18), after hitting him with a live bullet in the chest during clashes erupted with IOF and settlers at the village’s outskirts from the eastern side. Also, clashes erupted between Palestinians and IOF in eastern Beit Dajan village, in eastern Azmut village, at Beit Furik checkpoint, at Huwara checkpoint, at the entrances to Osarin, Aqraba and Qusra villages, and during IOF’s incursion into Tell, Burin and Madama villages, southeast of Nablus. As a result, 62 civilians, including 12 children, were injured; 15 with live bullets and sustained critical wounds; 4 with rubber bullets and one was hit with a sound bomb in his face.

At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, Israeli settlers under IOF’s protection took place from “Aish Kodesh” settlement established at the southeastern side of Qusra village, attacked and burnt southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. Meanwhile, a number of citizens gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing live bullets, sound and gas bombs to disperse the protestors and protect the settlers. As a result, 11 citizens, including a child, were hit with live bullets, as they were taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, one of the injuries was classified as serious, and many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 19:00, clashes renewed near Huwwarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus. The protestors threw stones at threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing live and rubber bullets, sound and gas bombs. As a result, 2 children were hit with live bullets, a 17 years old citizen was hit with a live bullet in his right leg and the other was 16 years old and was hit with a live bullet in his right knee, both were taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Additionally, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 11:50 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, medical sources at Rafidia Hospital declared the death of Tareq Omar Ahmed Snobar (27), from Yatma village, southeast of Nablus, succumbed to his wounds, as he was wounded on Friday, 14 May 2021 during the clashes erupted in Huwwarah checkpoint, southeast of Nablus.

At approximately 17:30, a number of citizens gathered near Huwwarah checkpoint, southeast of Nablus. They threw stones at threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing live and rubber bullets, sound and gas bombs. As a result, 4 protestors were wounded, including 3 were hit with live bullets; first one was 17 years old who was hit with a live bullet in his left leg, the second was 23 years old and hit with a live bullet in his left leg, the third was 18 and sustained a shrapnel in his abdomen, and the last was 20 and hit with a live bullet in his head. They were taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus to receive treatment while many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 22:30 on Monday, 17 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered at Deir Sharaf rotary, which connecting Nablus with Tulkarm, near “Shavei Shomron” settlement, west of Nablus. Two minutes later, several Israeli forces came and deployed in the area and took places after their vehicles, as the clashed occurred immediately. A group of citizens gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing live bullets, sound and gas bombs to disperse the protestors and protect the settlers. As a result, an 18 years old citizen and 16 years old child were wounded in the leg and knee, and taken to Rafidia Hospital to receive treatment while many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a group of settlers gathered near Hura military checkpoint and Jabal Sbeih where a settlement was established, south of Beita village, and also at the entrances of Tell, Usarin and al-Luban al-Sharkiya vilages southeast of Nablus, and near “Shavei Shomron” settlement, near Deir Sharaf rotary, northwest of Nablus. Heavy clashes erupted between the Israeli settlers and Palestinians, as the Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 32 Palestinians sustained live bullets, including a woman and a 16 year old child who was hit with a live bullet in his chest and he is in critical condition, and the photojournalist at al-Raya Press, Jamal Shehada Mohammed Rayyan (50), who was hit with a live bullet in his right leg while covering the protests at Huwwarah checkpoint. Also, 3 Palestinians were hit with rubber bullets, 2, including a child, were hit with sound bombs and teargas canisters, while many other protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

Hebron:

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, a group of citizens gathered at the entrance of al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, near an Israeli watchtower, and threw stones at the watchtower. Meanwhile, a number of Israeli soldiers got out of the watchtower and prosecuted the protestors until the UNRWA distribution center, and randomly fired sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 16:00, a group of citizens gathered at the entrance of Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. Meanwhile, two Israeli units arrived and the soldiers deployed in the area which the Palestinians closed with stones and barricades. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with firing teargas canisters. As a result, a 26 years old citizen was hit with a live bullet in his right leg, and he was taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital in Hebron, while many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

Around the same time, hundreds of Hebron residents organized a peaceful demonstration took place from Ben Rashed crossrad in Hebron. The demonstration was to denounce the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and attacks in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem. The participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans, then headed to Bab al-Zawiya, where the Israeli soldiers established a military checkpoint on the northern entrance of al-Shuhada closed street. IOF deployed in the area while the Palestinians sat fire on tires and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who responded with randomly firing teargas canisters and prosecuted them. As a result, a 20 years old and 17 years old Palestinians were wounded with live bullets and taken to Hebron Hospital, while many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At approximately 19:00, a group of citizens gathered on the northern entrance of Yatta, south of Hebron, leads to Bypass Road (60), closed the way leading to the city with stones and barricades and sat fire on tires. Meanwhile, 3 Israeli units arrived, deployed in the area, and fired sound bombs at the Palestinians, who responded with throwing stones and fire crackers at the Israeli soldiers and vehicles. The Israeli soldiers started firing live and rubber bullets at the Palestinians, resulted in a 23 years old Palestinian sustained a live bullet in his left leg and a 19 years old Palestinian sustained a live bullet in his right thigh, as they were taken to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasem Hospital, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot. The clashed continued until 23:00.

At approximately 15:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, south of Hebron, and stationed near the UNRWA schools, the Israeli soldiers stormed the camp, raided and searched two houses and arrested Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Hashhash (30) and Mohammed Khaled al-Najjar (28). While IOF was taking the 2 arrestees to the military vehicles, a group of citizens gathered and threw stones and Molotov cocktails, and then they closed the way in front of the military vehicles with burnt tires. The Israeli soldiers randomly fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone throwers and houses. As a result, Hussain Atiya al-Titi (26) was hit with a live bullet in his right shoulder penetrated the right side of his chest, while present on the roof of his house, and arrived dead to the emergency center of PRCS due to a severe internal bleeding. Also, 2 civilians (29 and 19 years old) were hit with live bullets in their legs, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot. The clashes continued until 20:00, during of which IOF closed the main entrance of the camp, banned the entry and exit of the Palestinian vehicles, and the 2 arrestees were taken to unknown destinations.

At approximately 17:00, a group of citizens gathered at the entrance of Sa’ir village, north of Hebron, leads to Bypass Road (60), threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance of the village. IOF responded with firing live and rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at the Palestinians. As a result, a 15 years old child was hit with a live bullet and taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron to receive treatment, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated on the spot.

At the same time, hundreds of Palestinians in Hebron organized a peaceful protest that took off from Al-Hussein bin Ali stadium to Ein Sarah area in Hebron city, in protest to the Israeli occupation’s attacks on the Gaza Strip and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. Participants held Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans as they marched towards Bab al-Zawiya area where the Israeli occupation maintains a military checkpoint on the northern entrance of the closed Shuhada St. Israeli soldiers deployed in the area, on top of buildings, and behind cement blocks. Meanwhile, Palestinian protestors set tiers on fire, threw rocks and fire crackers at the checkpoint. The soldiers responded with the arbitrary firing of tear gas canisters and chased protestors. As a result, 12 Palestinians, including 3 children, sustained wounds with rubber and live bullets. Additionally, IOF arrested Osama Munther Fanoun (22) after he sustained a live bullet in the leg. The soldiers took Fanoun into the checking. Also, several Palestinians present in the nearby market area suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and treated in the field.

At approximately 18:00, a group of citizens gathered on the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, leads to Bypass Road (60), where IOF are establishing a watchtower. Palestinians closed the road with stones and sat fire on tires before several Israeli vehicles arrive and deployed in the area. Palestinians threw stones and fire crackers at the soldiers, who responded with the arbitrary firing of tear gas canisters and chased protestors. As a result, 3 Palestinians, including a 15 years old child, sustained wounds with live bullets, and they were taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital to receive treatment. Also, IOF closed the entrance of the village and banned the vehicles’ entry and exit.

At approximately 20:00, a number of citizens gathered at the entrance of Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron, leads to Bypass Road (60), sat fire on tires. Meanwhile, several Israeli units arrived and deployed in the area, the Palestinians started to throw stones and fire crackers at the Israeli soldiers, who responded with firing live and rubber bullets at them. As a result, 3 citizens sustained wounds, including a 15-years-old child, and taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital to receive treatment. Moreover, IOF closed the entrance of the village, and banned the movement to and from the village.

At approximately 23:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, two settlers attacked civilians’ homes with rocks in al-Tawaneh village, eastern Yatta, in the southern parts of Hebron. At the same time, another group of settlers closed the main road leading to the village, and to Bypass road 60. As locals confronted the settlers to leave the area, one of the settlers fired bullets from his gun into the air; large number of IOF troops arrived to the area and infantry troops raided the village, firing tear gas canisters and stun grenades arbitrarily at civilians’ homes. As a result, several Palestinians were wounded:

  1. Foad Mohammed al-Ammour (45) sustained a rubber bullet behind his ear;
  2. Sami Hafez al-Hariney (28) sustained a rubber bullet wound;
  3. Fadel Jebrin Rab’ie (40) sustained a rubber bullet wound in the foot;
  4. Rebhi Mohammed Rebhi Rab’ie sustained a live bullet in the foot;
  5. Sabha Ali Rab’ie (42) sustained a rubber bullet wound in her right foot.

Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

Following Friday prayers, 14 May 2021, dozens of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area, center Hebron, and set tiers on fire, threw rocks and fire crackers at the military checkpoint established by the Israeli occupation on the northern entrance of the closed Shuhada St. Israeli soldiers deployed in front of the checkpoint and proceeded to fire tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the protestors. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and Mashhour Hussein al-Wahwah (37), Wafa News Agency correspondent, was hit with a tear gas bomb in his right foot. The Israeli soldiers chased the protesters and the clashes continued until late Friday evening. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 16:00, a group of Israeli settlers of “Beit Hagai” settlement, south of Hebron, stormed Palestinian lands in al-Rayhiyya village adjacent to the abovementioned settlement, and attempted to set fire on the trees and crops. A group of angry young men gathered and threw stones at the settlers to vacate them, but the settlers opened fire at the Palestinian young men. As a result, 2 citizens were wounded, including Jamal Isma’el Hasan al-Tubas (32), who sustained a live bullet in the head and taken to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasim Hospital in Yatta, where he was declared dead succumbed to his wounds.

Clashes occurred after demonstrations in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem erupted in the western entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp, the northern entrance to Yatta, and Asida area in Beit Ummar, where IOF used excessive force to disperse the protesters. As a result, 10 citizens sustained live bullets.

At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a group of citizens gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron, threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint, who responded with firing live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, several citizens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and treated in the field.

Protestors changed the clashes point, and headed to Riq Abu al-Humus, where Israeli took place between shops near the abovementioned checkpoint to undermine the protestors. Meanwhile, serious clashes erupted between the Israeli soldiers and the stones throwers, as the soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs. As a result, 9 citizens were hit with bullets in several parts of their bodies, and they were taken Hebron Hospital to receive treatment.

At approximately 18:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Muthalath Kharsa area, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. The protestors closed the main street with rocks, set fire to tires and threw stones at a military watchtower established on the street. IOF arrived at the area and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers and ordered the shops’ owners to close their shops. As a result, a 22-years-old citizen sustained a live bullet in the right leg, and taken to one of the medical centers in the area and then to Hebron’s hospitals, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated in the field.

At approximately 19:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Asida area, near Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They sat fire to tires and threw stones at an Israeli watchtower. Meanwhile, several military vehicles and wastewater vehicle to spray the protestors arrived, opened fire, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 20-years-old man sustained a live bullet in the right leg, and he was taken to Hebron’s hospitals, while many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and treated in the field.

At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, IOF opened fire at a vehicle near al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. As a result, the driver Wajdi Waleed Abdullah Ja’afra (21), from Tarqumiyah, northwest of Hebron, was wounded with several live bullets in the face, right side of the body and back. IOF deployed in the area and prevented the ambulances to approach for 30 minutes, and then he was taken to Dura Governmental Hospital in Hebron governorate, where he was declared dead succumbed to his wounds.

At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 16 MAY 2021, medical sources at al-Ahli Hopsital in Hebron announced the death of Mohammed Khalil Yunis Mohammed Frijat (15), from Hebron, succumbing to wounds he sustained on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 during clashes erupted in Bab al-Zawiyia area in central Hebron. Frijat was shot with a live bullet in his head, and the bullet settled in his left eye. He underwent a surgery and was then admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

At approximately 11:00, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Kiryat Arba” settlement, east of Hebron, threw stones at Palestinian vehicles crossing on Bypass road (60), causing a jam traffic on the road. Meanwhile, an Israeli settler opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle and wounded its driver namely Eyad Yunis Salameen, from as-Samu village, south of Hebron, with a live bullet in his left foot. Salameen was taken the governmental Hospital in Hebron for treatment.

At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 17 May 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area, near a military checkpoint established at the northern entrance to al-Shuhaha closed street in Hebron, south of the West Bank. Violent clashes broke out in the area, during which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 6 of them were shot with live bullets in their lower limbs and taken via ambulances to the governmental hospital in Hebron. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.

At approximately 21:00, , a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, south of the West Bank, where a military checkpoint was established. The protestors set fire to tires, placed huge rocks at the entrance and closed it. After that, they threw stones at IOF deployed on the main street and at the entrance to Al-Arroub Agriculture College. IOF immediately fired live bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, ‘Obaida Akran ‘Abed al-Rahman Jawabrah (18) was shot with a live bullet in his chest. The bullet penetrated his heart, causing severe bleeding. Jawabrah was taken via a Palestinian ambulance to a medical center in Beit Fajjar village, where doctors declared his death.

At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 18 May 2021, IOF stationed in the Old Vegetable Market in al-Karantina area in Hebron’s Old City opened fire at Islam Ghayyad “Mohammed Haider” Zahdah (32), from Hebron. IOF claimed that he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack and prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching him. Moreover, 9 Palestinians were shot with live bullets during clashes erupted in Bab al-Zawiyia area in central Hebron and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the city.

9 citizens were wounded with live bullets during clashes erupted in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron, Idhna village, west of Hebron, Kharsa village, south of Dura, and al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, 19 May 2021, an Israeli settler opened fire at Wafa Abdul Rahman al-Baradi’y (37), while present near the bus station of “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, established on the east of Hebron. Al-Baradi’y was left bleeding on the floor for 30 minutes before an Israeli ambulance came and took her to the hospital. Later, al-Baradi’y was declared dead on the Israeli media claiming that she attempted to shot a settler.

Tubas:

At approximately 03:30 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF moved into Tubas in the northern West Bank to carry out an arrest campaign in the City.  Meanwhile, a number of youngsters and children threw stones and empty bottles at IOF’s vehicles, and IOF immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers to disperse them.  As a result, a 22-year-old man was hit with a bullet to the left thigh while another 21-year-old was hit with a rubber bullet in the foot.  Also, an Israeli military SUV deliberately ran over a 25-year-old man, causing him pelvic fractures and an injury in the abdomen.  He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in Tubas Turkish Hospital.  Moreover, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. 

At approximately 05:30, IOF moved into ‘Aqaba village, northwest of Tubas in the northern West Bank, to carry out an arrest campaign in the village.  A number of children gathered to throw stones at IOF’s vehicles, and the IOF responded by firing live and rubber-coated bullets and toxic gas canisters.  At approximately 06:40, IOF shot dead a 16-year-old child after firing 2 bullets at his chest and abdomen. The child was later identified as Rashid Mohammed Rashid Abu ‘Erah, from the village, and taken a dead body to Tubas Turkish Hospital in Tubas.  IOF then withdrew from the village taking with them Mustafa Mohammed Sa’id Abu ‘Erah (57), a Hamas leader who was arrested from his house.

Following Friday prayer, 14 May 2021, violent clashes erupted at Tayasir Checkpoint and ‘Atouf Prairie in Tubas.  IOF opened fire at the protesters and wounded 4 civilians.

At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered near Tayasir Checkpoint in eastern Tubas, north of the West Bank.  The protesters threw stones at the IOF stationed at the checkpoint, and IOF immediately fired live bullets, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters and chased them into the field.  As a result, an 18-year-old civilian, from Tayasir village, was critically wounded with a bullet which entered his shoulder and exited his back while a 35-year-old civilian, from Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas, was wounded with a rubber bullet in the foot.  They were both taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital while many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.  Moreover, Karam Ibrahim Yadak (13) was arrested during the clashes and taken to unknown destination.

At approximately 14:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered near Tayasir Checkpoint in eastern Tubas, north of the West Bank.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF immediately fired live bullets, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters.  As a result, 6 were wounded, including a child, with live bullets, and a seventh was wounded with rubber-coated bullet.  They were taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital while many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

Jerusalem:

At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, IOF suppressed the persons gathered in solidarity at the entrance to al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and denied them access to the neighborhood to join the sit-in organized with the neighborhood’s residents under the threat of evacuation.  IOF pumped skunk water at the persons in solidarity and chased them into the nearby streets.  They arrested and beat up Hisham Yousif al-Salaymah, his daughter Alaa’ and his son Mohammed, taking them to a police station in the occupied City.

At approximately 18:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at the entrance to Qalendia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and chanted pro-Gaza Strip slogans, heading towards Qalendia checkpoint established near the camp’s entrance. The protesters threw stones and Molotov Cocktail at the IOF stationed at the checkpoint, and IOF immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters.  As a result, Mohammed Khalil Mohammed and Mohammed Hammad were wounded with live bullets.

At approximately 21:00, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered near “Beit Hoshen” settlement established on al-Tour neighborhood lands, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and threw stones and Molotov Cocktail at IOF’s vehicles in front of the settlement.  IOF immediately attacked the protesters and chased them into the main street amid heavily firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters in the area.  As a result, Nadim ‘Ali al-Leddawiyah was wounded with a rubber bullet while many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.  Moreover, Amin Anis Abu al-Hawa (23) and Yazan Akram al-Kiswani (21) were arrested.

Late at night, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at al-Nabi Mousa intersection in eastern occupied East Jerusalem and fired stones at the Israeli military vehicles traveling on the street.  The vehicles stopped and IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters.  As a result, ‘Amer ‘Abed Hamed al-Khatib, from Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, was wounded with a bullet and then arrested by IOF.

Following the Friday Prayer, 14 May 2021, IOF used excessive force to disperse the protesters in different clashes in the vicinity of occupied Jerusalem, al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Beit Hanina, Silwan, Beit Safafa, Abu Dis, at the intersection of Ma’ale Adumim settlement in al-Eizariya, in the vicinity of Qalendia checkpoint, the Bridge area, on ‘Anata Street and at the entrance to Hizma village.  As a result, 19 civilians were wounded; 2 with live bullets; 15 with rubber-coated bullets and 2 with sound bombs.

At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered near ‘Anata village intersection, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and threw stones and empty bottles at the IOF stationed there.  IOF immediately and heavily fired live bullets, rubber-coated bullet and teargas canisters.  As a result, a civilian sustained moderate live bullet wounds in the thigh and taken to Jericho Governmental Hospital for treatment while many suffocated and were treated in the field.

At approximately 18:00, IOF suppressed a peaceful assembly organized in commemoration with the 73rd anniversary of Palestinian Nakba in front of the houses under threat of eviction in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.  IOF beat up the neighborhood’s residents and the persons in solidarity with them and pumped skunk water at them.  As a result, a journalist was hit with a sound bomb in his foot and treated on the spot.

At approximately 22:00, a number of Palestinians gathered near “Beit Hoshen” settlement established on al-Tur neighborhood lands, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  They threw stones and Molotov Cocktail at the IOF’s vehicles while IOF immediately attacked them and chased them into the main Street amid heavily firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters.  IOF also heavily pumped skunk water at the houses and near al-Makassed Hospital.  IOF deliberately fired teargas canisters in the hospital yards via the gates.  As a result, many civilians suffocated.  IOF also arrested Ahmed Amin Abu Isbeitan (23) and later withdrew taking him with them. 

At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, IOF opened fire at a grey Ford car that veered off course towards an iron barrier, where Israeli soldiers are stationed near the entrance to al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  The driver was killed with 5 bullets that penetrated his body and later identified as Shaher Mahmoud Abu Khadijah (44), from al-Ram, north of occupied East Jerusalem, married and a father of 5.  IOF claimed that Khadijah deliberately ran over the soldiers, wounding 4 of them at the checkpoint; 2 in serious condition.

Following his murder, IOF completely closed the scene for hours and prevented civilians from leaving their houses, declaring the area as a closed military zone and denying PRCS ambulance access to the neighborhood.  IOF randomly fired sound bombs to prevent the persons in solidarity and press crews from entering the scene.

Following the incident, a number of civilians gathered to throw stones at the IOF stationed at the checkpoint and its surrounding.  As a result, violent clashes broke out in the area.  During which, IOF fired rubber-coated bullets and sound bombs, wounding 5 civilians with rubber-coated bullets and hitting another with a sound bomb. 

At approximately 18:00, 4 vehicles carrying armed settlers in al-Ashqariyah area in Beit Hanina, north of occupied East Jerusalem, claiming they were searching  for a house seized by settlers years ago.  When they were busted, a number of Palestinian civilians confronted them with stones.  The settlers fired live bullets at the civilians and wounded 2 of them with live bullets. 

Tamer Adris (28) said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At 18:00, a number of settlers in al-Ashqar area in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north occupied Jerusalem.  The settlers stayed in the neighborhood for 20 minutes; during which they threw stones at the children in the neighborhood.  A number of the Palestinian civilians gathered in the neighborhood, including I, and confronted them with stones to force them to leave.  The settlers then opened fire at us and I was wounded with a bullet in my hand while Ra;ouf Barakat (23) was wounded with a bullet in his abdomen.  The settlers withdrew, while we were taken to the hospital.”

After the settlers left at approximately 18:30, IOF moved into Beit Hanina and Sho’afat neighborhoods, north of occupied East Jerusalem.  A number of civilians gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at IOF, and clashes broke out in the 2 neighborhoods; during which IOF heavily fired rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters.  As a result, 8 were wounded; 6 of them were hit with rubber bullets and 2 with sound bombs.  Four of them were taken to the hospitals to receive treatment.

At approximately 22:00, dozens of outraged Palestinians gathered at the entrance to al-Ram village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, in protests against the ongoing IOF’s crimes on the Gaza Strip.  They threw stones and empty bottles at IOF’s vehicles that protect the annexation wall adjacent to the village.  IOF immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, a protesters was hit with live bullets and taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.  Moreover, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and was treated. 

At approximately 15:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Sho’afat refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem; in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Bab al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.  Violent clashes broke out; during which, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 18 civilians were wounded, including journalist Rama Yousif Salah (29), who was hit with a rubber bullet; lawyer Razan al-Ja’abah, who was wounded in her leg; and Jana Mohammed al-Kisswani (15) and her father who were hit with 2 rubber bullets when they were in their house yard. One of those wounded was hit with a bullet in the thigh while many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.  IOF also beat up a child namely Sabrin Jamjoum and photojournalist Latifa Redwan ‘Abdulatif (30) and tried to take off her hijab.  Moreover, IOF arrested Yassin Sbeih and Naji ‘Abbas.

Bethlehem:

At approximately 21:00 on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at the gate at the annexation wall, north of Bethlehem, near Rachel’s Tomb.  The protesters set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the IOF who guard the wall.  IOF went out of one of the wall’s gates and fired rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 7 civilians were wounded with rubber bullets while many others suffocated and were treated on the spot.

On Wednesday evening, 12 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians protesting against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and occupied Jerusalem gathered in front of one of the wall’s gates, north of Bethlehem near Rachel’s Tomb.  They sat fire to the tires and threw stones at the IOF guarding the wall.  IOF went out of one of the wall’s gates and fired rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 11 were wounded with rubber bullets while many others suffocated and were treated on the spot.

Following the Friday Prayer, IOF used excessive force to disperse the protesters in various clashes in Bethlehem; most prominently at the northern entrance and in al-Khader, Dar Salah, Teqoa, Beit Fajjar villages and on Jerusalem-Hebron Street.  As a result, 39 civilians were wounded; including 8 with live bullets; one of them sustained serious injuries and 31 with rubber-coated bullets.   Moreover, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest, which set off from Bab al-Zeqaq in Bethlehem towards the northern entrance to the city near Rachel’s Tomb area, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Nakba in protest against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.  As a result, 18 injuries were reported; four were wounded with two-two bullets, and 14 others were wounded with rubber-coated bullets in the lower extremities.  Moreover, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

On Sunday evening, 16 May 2021, hundreds from Bethlehem organized a peaceful sit-in in front of the gate at the annexation wall, north of Bethlehem, near Rachel’s Tomb to call for end of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.  The protesters raised the Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans; meanwhile, IOF’s patrols arrived and hidden behind the annexation wall gates.  IOF immediately fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  The protest turned in violent clashes that continued for hours in the vicinity of Checkpoint 300 near the annexation wall.  As a result, 3 civilians were wounded with live bullets and 5 were wounded with rubber bullets.  All of them were taken to Beit Jala Hospital to receive treatment.  Moreover, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at the northern entrance to Bethlehem near Rachel’s Tomb, south of the West Bank.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the proesters.  As a result 18 were wounded; 15 of them with live bullets and 3 with rubber bullets, including a direct injury in the eye.  Meanwhile, IOF deliberately fired toxic gas canisters at a field emergency medical service point that was established by the PRCS at the entrance.  Many suffocated and were treated on the spot.

Salfit:

At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF killed ‘Awad Ahmed Harb (23,) from Iskaka village, with a live bullet in the abdomen during clashes in the village following Friday Prayer.

At approximately 16:10, IOF killed Sherif Khaled Suleiman (38), from Marda village, north of Salfit, with a live bullet in the thigh when he was at his front door at Marda’s western entrance. He was taken to Yasser ‘Arafat Hospital.

Moreover, 7 other civilians sustained various wounds in clashes with IOF across Salfit.

At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered at the entrance to Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, and at the northern entrance to Salfit.  As a result, violent clashes broke out, and IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 3 civilians were wounded; one (25 years old) with a live bullet in the left leg, another 25-year-old with a bullet in the left leg and the third (42 years old) with a rubber bullet in the right leg. Moreover, many suffocated and were treated on the spot

Tulkarm:

At approximately 21:45 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, a number of civilians gathered near the annexation wall adjacent to Deir al-Ghusun village, north of Tulkarm.  IOF guarding the annexation wall fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protesters, and clashes broke out.  As a result, ‘Abdul Karim Ahmed Jamil Ghanem was hit with a rubber bullet in the extremities while many suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 22:30, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered near Gate 104 in the annexation wall adjacent to Shweikah village, north of Tulkarm.  IOF guarding the wall fired a barrage of sound bombs and teargas canisters at the civilians and dispersed them.  As a result, many of them suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 22:35, a number of civilians gathered near the annexation wall adjacent to Zeita, Baqa ash-Sharqiyya and Nazlet ‘Issa village, north of Tulkarm, and threw stones at the vehicles of IOF who guard the wall.  IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 3 civilians aged (22), (24) and (24) were wounded with live bullets in the extremities and taken to Tulkarm’s hospitals for treatment.  Moreover, many suffocated and were treated on the spot. 

At approximately 22:00 on Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF killed Nizar Riyad Marouf Abu Zeina (22) with a live bullet in the chest during clashes near the Annexation Wall, northern Tulkarm. Abu Zeina’s initial wounds were serious and he was transported to Darwish Nazzal Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Immediately as news of his death broke out, outraged protests took off in Tulkarm, Anabta, Ramin, Shwiaka, Beit Lid, Qaffin and Zeita.  As a result, 39 Palestinians sustained wounds.

At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021 until midnight, violent clashes erupted in the villages of Qaffin, Zeita, Deir al-Ghusun, Attil, Kafr al-Labad, ‘Anbta, Far’oun, Shofa and Bizzariya in Tulkarm, north of the West Bank.  During which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 13 civilians were wounded with live and rubber bullets while many suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 00:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, during the clashes adjacent to the annexation wall, IOF who guard the wall, west of Zeita village, north of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank, opened fire at Yasin Hasan Hamad (26), from Sayda village, north of Tulkarm and wounded hit with a bullet in the Chest that penetrated his heart.  He was taken to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm, where his death was announced in the Emergency Department.

Moreover, 7 civilians were wounded with live bullets and taken to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm for treatment.

At approximately 14:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered in the vicinity of ‘Inab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF stationed at the checkpoint fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 6 civilians were wounded with live bullets while many suffocated and were treated on the spot.

Qalqilya:

Following Friday Prayer, IOF used excessive force to disperse protesters during clashes across Qalqilya. As a result, 24 Palestinians sustained varied wounds.

At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the Kafr Qaddum checkpoint at the “northern entrance” to the village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed with live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and poison gas canisters a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian civilians and chased them. As a result, 5 civilians were wounded; one of them was a 17-year-old child, who was hit with a gas canister in the foot, while the four civilians were wounded as follows: a 23-year-old civilian was hit with a sponge bomb in the abdomen, a 22 year- old was with a sponge bomb in the abdomen, a 25-year-old was hit with a sponge bomb in the shoulder, and a 21-year-old was hit with a sponge bomb in the face. All of them were taken to hospitals in Qalqilya for treatment. In addition, many of them suffocated and were treated in the field.

At approximately 10:15 on Saturday, 15 May 2021 until late at night, violent clashes broke out in the villages of Jayyus, Hableh, and Azzun; between the village of Azzun and Izbat al-Tabib; at the northern and southern entrances to Qalqilya; and at the entrances to the villages of Ematin, al-Funduq, and Hajjah in Qalqilya in the northern West Bank. During the clashes, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 17 civilians were wounded with live and rubber bullets while many of them suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed at Kafr Qaddoum checkpoint established at the northern entrance to the village, north of Qalqiliya, suppressed a peaceful protests, where dozens of Palestinians participated, with live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters and chased them. As a result, a 13-year-old child was wounded with a bullet that entered his back and exited the shoulder.

At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, violent clashes broke out in Qalqiliya, in the vicinity of Eyal permanent checkpoint, north of Qalqiliya and adjacent to the villages of Jayyous and Hableh, north of the West Bank.  During which, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 10 were wounded with live and rubber bullets while many others suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 17 May 2021, violent clashes broke out in Qalqiliya, in the vicinity of Eyal permanent checkpoint, north of Qalqiliya and adjacent to the villages of Jayyous and Hableh, north of the West Bank.  During which, IOF fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 24 were wounded with live and rubber bullets and were taken to Qalqiliya’s hospitals while many others suffocated and were treated on the spot.

At approximately 15:30 on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered at the northern entrance to Qalqiliya, and the entrances to ‘Azoun and Jayyous villages in the city, north of the West Bank.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at the protesters.  As a result, 9 civilians were wounded; 6 of them with live bullets and 3 with rubber bullets.  Moreover, many suffocated and were treated on the spot

Incursions and arrests:

Tuesday, 11 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF stationed at Gate (104) in Netanya adjacent to Tulkarm, arrested 4 civilians, including 3 children. The arrestees are: Ayman Jamal Mohammed Jallad (17), Kareem Mohammed Mofeed Shneiter (15), Ahmed Alaa al-Dein Ali Abu Zahra (14) and Mohammed Mofeed Jallad (22).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Yousef Mohammed Hijazi’s (14) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:25, IOF stationed at Gate (104) in Netanya, adjacent to Tulkarm, arrested 6 civilians during clashes occurred with the Israeli soldiers in the area and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Hamza Marwan Abu Ghalya (18), Sami Ashraf Abu Ghalya (23), Abdul Rahman Hamdan (18), Ayman Jamal Jallad (16), Mohammed Mofeed Jallad (24), and Ahmed Alaa al-Dein Abu Zahra (14).
  • At approximately 13:55, IOF stationed at Huwwarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, arrested Rania Marzouk Thaher (22), from Yasid, north of the village, claiming that she attempted to carry out a stab attack.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF stationed at Isawiya checkpoint, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, severely beaten and arrested 4 young men from al-Tur neighborhood, and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Dawoud Abu Hatab, Ahmed Kabaja, Mahmoud Abu Laban and Wael Abu Hatab.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched the house of the writer, Yazan Abu Jom’a, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:20, IOF moved into Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Faraj Shehab al-Sanouri (41). IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF stationed at Salem military checkpoint, west of Jenin, arrested Mustafa Na’eem Maraheen (18) and Mo’een Mohammed Ammour (19), from Rummanah, west of Jenin. IOF took them to unknown destination.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:35, IOF moved into Bir al-Basha village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses, arrested 3 civilians and took them to unknown destination. The arrestees are: Emad Basem Ghawadra (31), Tamer Ghannam Awwad (30) and Diaa Adnan Ghawadra (25).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested al-Mo’tasem Billah Nasouh Ishtayya (38).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOD moved into Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Senan Mohammed Ahmed Abu Ayesh (45).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Hamza Jaber Abu Sill’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Firas Oweida and Khaled Abdul ‘Aall, and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Beit Dajan village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ayman Rebhi Abdul Karim Hanani (35).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Furik, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Diaa Basem Suliman Hanani (17).
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed at Inab military checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, arrested Hazem Emad Naser (31), a reporter at al-Najah TV, from al-Shwiaka in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Huwwarah village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Samer Khaled Yousef Owda (32).
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF moved into Qabatiya village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses, arrested (3) civilians and took them to unknown destination. The arrestees are: the writer Thamer Abdul Ghani Saba’na (45), Awni Adnan Kmeil (33) and al-Shaikh Ali Abdullah Abu al-Rab (59).
  • At approximately 04:50, IOF moved into Anabta, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Mohammed Naji Sabha’s (47) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:55, IOF moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested a Hamas leader, Nazeeh Sa’eed Abu Own (59), and his son, Islam (31). IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Silwan, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ahmed Faraj Da’na’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched the house of the writer Ibrahim Mazen Sa’eeda, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ahmed Jehad Oweida’s (19) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Jabal Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched the house of the journalist and writer Rasem Enad Obaidat (63), and arrested him.

Thursday, 13 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Surif village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Ahmed Mohammed al-Hor’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Bethlehem, south of the West Bank. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Ja’far al-Da’doua’ (19) and Mohammed Issa Salah (22), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:45, IOF moved onto al-Ta’awon street, south of Nablus. They raided and searched Mohammed Omar Sa’eed al-Najjar’s house, the perpetrator of Huwwarah operation on 12 May 2021, and field investigated his family.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested 5 young men while present near Bab al-Amoud “Damascus Gate” and al-Musrara area in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took them to one of the police centers in the city. The arrestees are: Omar Mo’ammar, Baha’ Najeeb, Mustafa Abdul Latif, Ahmed al-Natshah and Mohammed Ghassan.
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested 5 civilians, including 2 children. The arrestees are: Yousef Tareq Darwish (24), his sisters, Tala (15) and Hadeel (17), Qusai Owda Dirbas (22), and Laith Abu Riyala (26).
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Zeyad Saleh al-Sheikh’s (60) house, one of the candidates on the Hamas-affiliated list “Jerusalem is Our Destination”, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ibrahim al-Sharbati’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:50, IOF moved into Um al-Rokba area in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Shadi Hussain Ali Salah’s (42) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Jaber al-Asmar (22), while attempting to defend his house in al-Qirami neighborhood, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Israeli settlers stormed al-Asmar’s house, assaulted and harassed its residents, in light of the brutal attacks that Israeli settlers carry out against Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank and the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), under the protection of the Israeli police.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in al-Aroub refugee camp and Sa’ir village, in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 14 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Qalandiya refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Ammar Yaser Mutair (30), Mohammed Ali Mutair (22), and Osama Hasan Mutair (26).
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Baten area, east of the village. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Ahmed Ali Slaiby (27 and Muhannad Zuhair al-‘Allami (22).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron, and stationed in the center of the village. They raided and searched Jalal Mustafa Jabarin’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed al-Sayyad’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses, severely beaten and arrested (4) civilians. The arrestees are: Taha Ra’ed Jweihan, Talab Ra’ed Jweihan, Mus’ab Husam Jweihan and Lo’ay Issam Jweihan.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Sur Baher, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Ali Atwan and Mohammed Mazen Nimir, and arrested them.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Hebron, Shuyukh, Yatta, and Surif in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 15 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Mohammed Tawfiq Abu al-Hums (21), Kareem Bassam Alian (24), Waleed Dawoud Alian (25), Aziz Ghassan Alian (18), and Mohammed Ghanem Mustafa (15).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Ra’ed Hazem al-Sayyad (16), Mo’tasem Abed Abu Ghannam (33), and Khalil Kamal Abu al-Hawa (21).
  • At approximately 05:30, IOF moved into Tulkarm, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohamed Abu Mariam and Ihsan Mohammed Abu Mariam, and took them to unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Khader Mohammed Owda (15) and Mohammed Samer Sarhan (16), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Sur Baher village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ibrahim Mousa Hamads’s (71) house and took him along with his son, Owais (40), to one of the detention centers in the city. It should be noted that Owais is a former prisoner who spent over than 13 years in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 21:15, IOF moved into Kafa village, south of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Qusai Kamal Isma’el (16) and Mus’ab Adel Abu Safaqa (22), and took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF arrested Ali Khaldon Salah (20), while returning from work to his home in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that Ali Salah is suffering from severe eye vision problems.

Sunday, 16 May 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into several neighborhoods in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (10) civilians. The arrestees are: Mohammed Qasem Salayma, eyad Qasem Salayma, Mohammed Amer Salayma, Shaher al-Salayma, Mohammed Shaher al-Salayma, Adnan Shalloudi, Yazan and Khaled al-Basti, Jehad Naser Qaws and Fares Jaber.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Yousef Na’eem Ghunaim’s (36) house, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Majd village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Imran Isma’el al-Mallah’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF accompanied with their police dogs moved into Wadi Qadum neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Da’na’s house, threw sound bombs inside the house, sprayed pepper gas at the residents, hit the women and children, and arrested (5) of the residents. The arrestees are: Maher Da’na, Zeyad Da’na, Zaki Da’na, Qusai Da’na and Yaser Da’na.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Talal Mohammed al-Shalloudi’s (13) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (4) icursions in al-Shuyukh, Surif, Samu and Beit Awafi village in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 17 May 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Murad Zayed al-Farroukh’s (22) house, and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Alaa Mohammed al-Rajabi (23) and his brother, Ali (19). IOF took them to unknown destination.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Barakat Mahdi al-Za’tari’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Fawzi al-Arna’out’s (52) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Kayed al-Rajabi’s (45) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Hebron and Sa’ir in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021:

  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ahmed Jameel al-Silwadi’s (18) house and arrested him.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Tell village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched the house of the former prisoner Amro Emad Rihan (25), and arrested him. IOF took him to unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Abdullah Fareed Abu al-Rab’s (21) house and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Silat al-Harithiya, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Hasan Mustafa Jaradat’s (37) house and took him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Yamun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Mahmoud Hasan Abu al-Hasan’s (38) house and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF moved into Beita, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched the former prisoner Owda Sbeih Ahmed Hamayel’s (35) house, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Shja’ Jaber Musa Darwish’s (42) house and took him to an unknown destination.

III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 19:10 on Tuesday, settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established on the southeastern lands of Nablus threw stones at ‘Abdel Naser Yousif Ahmed Demdi (50) and his son ‘Abdullah (20), who were both in front of their house at the intersection, and beat them up. The villagers then confronted the settlers and called a Palestinian ambulance to evacuate ‘Abdel Naser to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where it was found that he sustained a nose fracture and cuts in the face in addition to epistaxis.
  • At approximately 12:40, Israeli settlers from “Itmar” settlement established on the lands of Beit Furik and ‘Aqraba, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank attacked the farmers’ tents in al-Fajem area, east of ‘Aqraba village, and tore with sharp tools the tent sheds.  One of the tents is used as a sheep barn while the other is residential and was torn while its residents were inside; both belonging to Ahmed Yousif Bani JAber from ‘Aqraba village. 
  • At approximately 00:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, a group of settlers from al-Nabi Samuel village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, set fire to a carwash belonging to Anas ‘Adel ‘Abeid, causing severe damage to it.
  • At approximately 01:00, settlers threw stones at Palestinian houses and cars in al-Tur and al-Sowana neighborhoods, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the Israeli Police’s protection. They broke windows of the houses and vehicles.
  • At approximately 05:30, an Israeli settler attacked with a sharp tool Sahar Naser Ghaith ‘Abdeen (29) when she was on her way out of al-Aqsa Msoque to her houses in Bab al-Selselaah in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. As a result, she sustained cuts in her face.

Sheikh ‘Amer ‘Abdeen, Sahar’s husband, said to PCHR that he and his wife went to perform al-Fajer Prayer in al-Aqsa Mosque but he went back home before his wife in Bab al-Selselah while she stayed at al-Aqsa until the sunrise.  On her way back home and as the street was empty, a settler attacked her with a sharp tool and wounded her in the lips and forehead.  Suddenly, 2 young men arrived and confronted the settler.  ‘Abdeen said that Bab al-Selselah has recently witnessed daily attacks by settlers against the Old City’s residents, adding that there are many settlers only next to his house and only 10 meters away.

  • At approximately 23:00, riots by settlers broke out near al-Za’im military checkpoint, east of occupied Jerusalem, and broke the windows of the Palestinians’ cars passing through the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 00:10 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, riots by settlers’ broke out at ‘Inab Checkpoint, east of Tulkarm and threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles passing by. Neither damage nor casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:30 on Friday, 14 May 2021, a group of settlers attacked the Palestinian vehicles passing through ‘Izbet Shofa checkpoint, east of Tulkarm. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a group of armed settlers from “Beit Hagai” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of southern Hebron attacked lands in Ar-Rihiya village adjacent to the settlement. The settlers set fire to the olive trees and winter crops and uprooted summer vegetables.  As a result, around 200 dunums were completely burnt.  It should be noted that it was the second attack within 24 hours as the first attack included shooting that killed a civilian from al-Tubasi Family.
  • At approximately 17:30, settlers gathered, rioted and opened fire at Palestinian civilians near Abu al-Joud Tomb, east of Fre’ta village, north of Qalqiliya. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00, settlers from “Kiryat Arba” settlement, east of Hebron, near the security fence of the settlement gathered near the Palestinian houses in al-Hareek neighborhood. The settlers shot in the air and insulted Arabs.  An IOF’s patrol moved into the neighborhood and raided a house belonging to ‘Adnan No’man Shokri Da’na.  One of the soldiers broke a window of the house windows with his riffle’s butt, claiming that ‘Adnan’s son insulted one of the settlers.  As a result, the house residents were terrified.
  • At approximately 19:30, a settler opened fire at the Palestinian vehicles traveling on the main Qalqiliya-Nablus Street. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 20:00, under IOF’s protection, a number of settlers from the settlement outpost established in the center of Hebron;s Old City, threw stones at the Palestinian houses in Tal al-Rumaida neighborhood and on al-Suhadaa’ Street, amid threats to kill the Palestinians and displace them. Among those houses was a house belonging to an activist in the Human Rights Defenders Forum as teargas canisters, which were fired by IOF at the Palestinian houses to protect the settlers, fell in the vicinity of the activist’s house.  As a result, many Palestinian civilians gathered and confronted with stones the IOF and settlers.  As a result, the activist’s wife suffocated and was taken by an ambulance to the governmental hospital in Hebron.  The windows of Abu ‘Eishah Family houses were broken due to settlers’ stone-throwing at the houses.  Moreover, settlers beat up Ahmed Abu ‘Eishah (22) and withdrew to their settlement.
  • Around the same time, settlers threw stones at a house belonging to ‘Abdul Jabbar Mohammed Isma’il in KAfa village, east of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank. They sat fire to the greenhouses and then fled away from the village.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 15 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Adora” settlement established on the Palestinian lands, west of Hebron, threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles heading to Tarqumiyah and Idhna villages, northwest of Hebron. As a result, Monir Elian Tumeizi (36) sustained wounds in the chest and face after a stone hit the windshield of the truck he was driving and broke it.
  • At approximately 23:00, a group of settlers attacked the outskirts of Burqin and Kafr al-Deek villages, west of Salfit, north of the West Bank. The settlers set fire to the agricultural lands and fled away.  Fire broke out in tens of dunums before the villagers and Civil Defense could extinguish it.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 16 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Kermi Tsour” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of southern Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, set fire to the Palestinian lands adjacent to the settlement’s fence. As a result, fire broke out in tens of dunums.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 17 May 2021, under IOF’s protection, a number of Israeli settlers from the settlement outposts in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem, attacked Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem and threw stones at the Palestinian houses and vehicles. As a result, windows of the vehicles parked in the house yards and on the street were broken.  The neighborhood’s residents went out to confront the settlers and IOF, who started beating them and fired sound bombs and toxic gas canisters at them in order to protect the settlers.
  • At approximately 22:30, settlers threw stones at Sadil Mohammed Raja in Um Rokbah area in al0Khader village, south of Bethlehem, south of the West Bank. As a result, she sustained wounds after stones hit different parts of her body.

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip:

Since Monday, 10 May 2021, the Israeli authorities continued to close Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing and the sole commercial crossing in the Gaza Strip (Kerm Abu Salem) one day after complete closure of the sea within the collective punishment policy against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

These decisions are part of the comprehensive closure and illegal and inhuman collective punishment policy imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip.  Due to the closure of Kerm Abu Salem Crossing, fuel supply needed to operate the Gaza Power Plant was banned entry, affecting the operation of the only power plant in light of disruption of 8 main electricity lines due to the Israeli airstrikes.  As a result, the electricity went out across the Gaza Strip that would have serious implications on the basic services provided to 2 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West bank:

  • In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  33 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 8 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Nablus:

  • On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Einabus and Beita villages, at the intersection of Deir_Sharaf village ( on Nablus-Tulkarm main road).
  • On Thursday, 13 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Qusra and Beita villages.
  • On Saturday, IOF established a checkpoint at the Al-Badhan village’s intersection ( on Nablus-Tubas main road), north of Nablus, north of the West Bank. No arrests were reported.

Hebron:

  • On Tuesday, 11 May 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Ash-Shuyukh and Beit Awwa village, at the entrances to Fawwar and Al-Arroub refugee camps, and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the northern entrance to Halhul city, and at the entrance to Idhna village.
  • On Thursday, 13 May 2021, IOF established 6 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Einun, Tarqumiyah and Beit Ummar villages, and on ‘Ayoun Abu Saif ,Farsh al-Hawa and al-Jalajel roads.
  • On Friday, 14 May 2021, IOF established 7 checkpoints at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, at the entrances to Beit Ummar, Susya and Tarrama villages, at the southern entrance to Hebron, at the southern entrance to Yatta city, and on Wad Abu al-Samen Road.

Salfit:

  • On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the western entrances to Kafr ad-Dik and Deir Ballut villages, at the entrances to Qarawat Bani Hassan and Marda villages, north of Salfit. No arrests were reported.
  • On Tuesday, 13 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit.

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