The EU’s shameless complicity in Israel’s crimes

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David Hearst

14 July 2021 14:43 UTC

Israel works actively, day and night, to quash all forms of resistance and bury the dream of a Palestinian state

A Palestinian woman outside the house of Montaser Shalabi after it was demolished by Israeli forces in the village of Turmus’ayya near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, 8 July 2021 (AFP)


Two months after Palestinians rose to defend al-Aqsa Mosque and contest the evictions in occupied East Jerusalem, the conflict barely registers on the world stage. Media coverage is sporadic and selective. It’s all quiet on the Western Front.

No one in the EU council reminded Lapid of what Israel is doing actively to tear down Palestinian homes and bury a Palestinian state

Israel’s new foreign minister, Yair Lapid, has once more become the acceptable face of Israeli rejectionism. Delivering the same message as his predecessors, Lapid was given a quiet ride at the Foreign Affairs Council, the EU’s chief foreign policy body, in Brussels this week.

He felt comfortable telling the EU that there was no possibility of a Palestinian state. So at ease was he that he wagged his finger at his European audience. “There is one thing we need to remember. If there will be a Palestinian state, it needs to be a peace-seeking democracy… You cannot ask us to build with our own hands another threat to our lives,” said Lapid.

No one in the council challenged him. No one reminded Lapid of what Israel is doing actively, day and night, to tear down Palestinian homes – with their own hands – and bury a Palestinian state. 

The following is a brief (and almost certainly incomplete) list of what happens in Palestine when nothing happens.

When nothing happens

Mohammed Said Hamayel, aged 15, was shot. When the villagers tried to evacuate the wounded boy, they were shot. By the time they reached his body, he was dead, according to eyewitnesses.

A second boy from the same clan, Mohammed Nayaf Hamayel, was shot and wounded. These were not clean wounds. The internal damage the boy received was immense: his spleen was seriously damaged because of the bullets the Israelis use, which fragment and turn inside the body. A total of four Palestinians from Beita were killed in demonstrations. 

On 29 June, a butchery in al-Bustan, Silwan, was demolished, the first of 20 units that received demolition orders on 7 June. Israeli police fired rubber-coated bullets to disperse a crowd aiming to protect their homes.

On 3 July, Mohammed Hasan, aged 21, was finishing work on his house in Qusra when it was attacked by dozens of armed settlers. They were attempting to break into the house. A group of soldiers arrived to surround the house while the settler attack continued. Hasan locked the doors and went to the rooftop, where he threw stones to fend off the attack. He was shot dead by the soldiers. Palestinian medics and ambulances were unable to reach his body.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (L) talks with Crotian Foreign Minister Gordan Grilc Radman (C) and European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell (R) (AFP)
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (L) talks with Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman (C) and European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell (R) in Brussels, 12 July 2021 (AFP)

On 7 July, the Israeli Civil Administration returned to the Palestinian herding community of Humsa in the Jordan Valley, accompanied by the military. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, they demolished 27 residential and animal structures and water tanks. They took all the food and milk for the children, including their nappies and toys. Eleven households, comprising dozens of people, were left in the desert. Temperatures ranged from 37 to 42 degrees Celsius during the eviction period.

More arrests

While this was happening, the Knesset was debating the Citizenship and Entry Law, which bars almost 45,000 Palestinian families inside Israel and occupied East Jerusalem from uniting with their spouses and children.

Without Israeli documents, these people have no health insurance or Covid-19 jabs, and cannot travel. The law failed to be renewed but according to Israeli press reports, every application submitted by Palestinian families will be faced by the automatic rejection of Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked.

On 8 July, Ghandanfar Abu Atwan, aged 28, was released from 10 months of administrative detention, after 65 days on hunger strike. He was transferred to a hospital in the occupied West Bank, where doctors described him as clinging to life. Abu Atwan was arrested 10 months ago and has been held without charge. The Israeli government has no obligation to present any evidence to justify an arrest or detention. He is one of 520 Palestinians held in military jails without charge or trial.

On the same day, Israeli forces demolished the family home of Montaser Shalabi, a Palestinian American accused of involvement in a shooting that killed an Israeli student and wounded two others last May. The two-storey villa in Turmus Ayya was levelled in a controlled explosion.

Meanwhile, in the city of Akka in Israel, more than 200 Palestinians were arrested or detained, in the wake of the demonstrations in May. The mother of one of the detainees told Middle East Eye: “More than 30 militarised police forces raided our house at the break of dawn. They arrested my 16-year-old son, cuffed him and covered his eyes with black tape, and dragged him to a police car. They did the same to more than 20 youngsters.”

Palestinian demonstrators chant during a rally in Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank on July 11, 2021
Palestinian demonstrators chant during a rally in Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank on 11 July 2021 (AFP)

All of the above only elicited one statement of condemnation. It came from the US embassy in Jerusalem over the punitive demolition of a Palestinian American home. It called on all parties to refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions, which includes “the punitive demolition of Palestinian homes”.

EU-Israel common values

Now, please tell me how Lapid was allowed to tell the EU this week that Israel and the EU share common values. Lapid listed those common values as “human rights, rights for the LGBT community, a commitment to the basic components of democracy – a free press, independent judiciary, a strong civil society and freedom of religion”, along with “fighting together against climate change, international terrorism, racism and extremism”.

What common values does Israel share with the EU? Settler lynch mobs protected by armed soldiers? Illegal demolitions of houses and villages? Shoot-to-kill policies targeting children? 

But what Lapid omitted to mention, and what his hosts did not remind him of, was Israel’s other values: lynch-mob justice, forcible transfer, collective punishment, illegal demolitions of houses and villages, shooting to kill, maiming children and detention without trial.

Nor did Lapid mention that in July, the Supreme Court ruled that Israel’s nation-state law was constitutional and did not negate the state’s democratic character. This basic law states that the right to exercise national self-determination in the state of Israel is unique to the Jewish people. It openly discriminates against Israel’s Christian and Muslim citizens.

His was not a low-level visit. Lapid met with Josep Borrell, the high commissioner for foreign affairs, on Sunday, followed by the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Holland and the Czech Republic and the Nato secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg. 

What common values does Israel share with the EU? Settler lynch mobs protected by armed soldiers? Illegal demolitions of houses and villages? Shoot-to-kill policies targeting children? The use of bullets that fragment inside the body? The prevention of medics attending the wounded? The passing of racist laws? Israeli citizens are not prevented from uniting with their English, French or German spouses – but they are if they happen to be Palestinian.

Is this what the EU or Nato call common values? None of what the various arms of the Israeli state, their settlers, their soldiers, their police, their administrators or their courts have done to Palestinians in the last weeks is new. 

However, it’s not business as usual.

Dialogue with bullets

The West Bank is in a ferment with weekly demonstrations, as much against the increasingly authoritarian Palestinian Authority (PA) as against the Israeli occupiers themselves. The PA has only further repression as an answer to the basic democratic demand for elections, which the ageing and out-of-touch president, Mahmoud Abbas, will surely lose. Israel-Palestine: Offering ‘concern’ solves nothing. It’s time for a new approachRead More »

The latest warning was given by Mahmoud Aloul, deputy chairman of Fatah and deputy to Abbas. He said: “Do not provoke Fatah because if you do, Fatah will not be merciful to anyone.” This authority has not held an election for 14 years. Is the failure to hold elections for 14 years part of the EU’s values ? The PA is funded by the EU.

The EU continues to look the other way. Those who look the other way are as responsible for these egregious crimes of occupation as those who carry them out. 

I would really like to know how Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch foreign minister or Jakub Kulhanek, the Czech foreign minister, justify shaking hands with Lapid. An EU statement said: “They discussed the importance of enhancing EU-Israel relations and considered how to address existing challenges in order to achieve this common goal.”

They also spoke about “how the dialogue with Palestinians can be moved forward”.

With eviction orders, bulldozers and rubber-tipped bullets?

David HearstDavid Hearst is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He is a commentator and speaker on the region and analyst on Saudi Arabia. He was The Guardian’s foreign leader writer, and was correspondent in Russia, Europe, and Belfast. He joined the Guardian from The Scotsman, where he was education correspondent.

No Signs of ‘Israeli’ Intentions to Solve Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis – Sinwar

22/06/2021

No Signs of ‘Israeli’ Intentions to Solve Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis - Sinwar

By Staff, Agencies

Leader of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance movement Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip, Yehya Sinwar, expressed dissatisfaction with “bad” talks with United Nations diplomats supporting an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with ‘Israel,’ saying the Zionist regime has no will to end the humanitarian crisis in the enclave.

UN Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland arrived in Gaza on Monday for talks with Hamas leaders, one month after the fragile Egypt-mediated ceasefire ended 11 days of onslaught by the occupying entity on the coastal enclave.

“The meeting was bad, it was not at all positive,” Sinwar told reporters.

“They listened to us attentively. The roots of the problem must be resolved and unfortunately, there are no signs that there are intentions towards solving the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip,” Sinwar added.

Meanwhile, a source in Hamas, who asked not to be identified, also said the UN envoy had delivered a “negative message” from the Tel Aviv regime to Hamas, without giving further details.

The UN declined to make any comment about the meeting.

The Tel Aviv regime claimed Monday that it had allowed the “limited export” of farm produce to begin and trucks carrying clothes and fabrics to leave.

However, Sinwar rejected the claim and said the occupation regime did nothing to change the situation in Gaza.

The occupation regime continues to block international aid, as well as critical fuel deliveries needed for the electricity plant, and restrict movement, including fishermen in the Mediterranean, the Hamas official added.

“It is clear that the occupation continues to practice its policies against us and our people in the Gaza Strip,” Sinwar said.

“We told the representatives of the United Nations that we will not accept this matter.”

Tel Aviv launched the bombing campaign against the besieged Gaza Strip on May 10, following Palestinian retaliation against violent raids on worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East al-Quds.

Apparently caught off guard by the unprecedented barrage of rockets from Gaza, the Tel Aviv regime announced a unilateral ceasefire on May 21, which Palestinian resistance movements accepted with Egyptian mediation.

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, 260 Palestinians were martyred in the ‘Israeli’ offensive, including 66 children, 40 women and 16 elderly while 1,948 others were wounded.

In response, Palestinian resistance factions fired more than 4,000 rockets and missiles into the occupied territories, killing 12 Zionist settlers.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine 10 – 16 June 2021

20/06/2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 10 – 16  June 2021

10 – 16  June 2021

  • 7 Palestinians killed in Nablus in IOF excessive use of lethal force in the West Bank, including 2 women, 2 children, and 2 members of Palestinian security services
  • Palestinian dies of wounds sustained in the IOF military aggression on Gaza
  • 19 Palestinians wounded, including 4 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • In 101 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 127 civilians arrested, including 11 children, 4 women and 2 wounded persons
  • Limited IOF incursion into eastern Rafah; 3 Palestinians arrested, including 2 children, in eastern Khan Younis
  • Public market banned in occupied Jerusalem and restrictions on Palestinians’ movement vis-à-vis facilitations for settlers to hold the March of the Flags
  • IOF demolishes lands and room in Jerusalem; confiscate 3 residential tents and a sheep barn in Ramallah, and demolish 3 commercial facilities in Nablus
  • Settler-attacks: 450 vines and 46 olive trees destroyed in Bethlehem and Nablus
  • IOF established 25 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 10 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF killed 7 Palestinians, including 2 children and 2 women who were killed near military checkpoints, as IOF continues to adopt its “shoot to kill” policy, particularly near checkpoints and areas with military presence. Since the beginning of this year, PCHR documented the killing of 12 Palestinians, including 3 women and a child, on Israeli military checkpoints and other areas with military presence, mostly for alleged stab-attacks without the presence of a meaningful threat to soldiers’ lives.

IOF continued its raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians; while occupied East Jerusalem witnessed the largest share of IOF attacks with recurrent settler-raids, the organization of the March of the Flags which included wide-scale attacks on Palestinian civilians and the arrest of dozens. Also IOF maintained its demolition and razing activities against Palestinians’ properties and settlers launched attacks on Palestinians and their properties. IOF maintained its collective punishment policy on the Gaza Strip, keeping both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings shut, with limited operation for conditional exceptional cases.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

7 Palestinians were killed in Nablus in IOF excessive use of lethal force in the West Bank, including 2 women, 2 children, and 2 members of Palestinian security services. In Gaza, a Palestinian man died of wounds sustained in the IOF military aggression on Gaza. Also, 19 Palestinians were wounded, including 4 children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, 3 were wounded in Jenin, and one of them was arrested, another was wounded in Silwad, Ramallah; 3 sustained wounds in IOF attacks on a peaceful protest in Kafr Qaddum, Qalqilya, including a child; 6 were wounded in IOF suppression of peaceful protests in Jabal Sbaih, including 3 children. Another man was wounded in Jerusalem, and another critically wounded before his arrest in Jericho. In the Gaza Strip, 4 Palestinians were wounded in eastern Khan Younis. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, fired by IOF in its attacks in the West Bank.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 101 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, 127 Palestinians were arrested, including 11 children, 4 women, and 2 wounded persons.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Rafah; and arrested 3 Palestinians, including 2 children, after crossing the border fence during a protest in eastern Khan Younis.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented 3 violations:

  • East Jerusalem: agricultural room and lands razed in Isawiya.
  • Ramallah: 3 residential tents, and a sheep barn (with 180 livestock), dismantled and confiscated; IOF also confiscated a water tank and 3 solar panels in Ramun.
  • Nablus: 3 commercial facilities demolished (tin-plate roof and made of bricks).

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 2 attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

  • Bethlehem: 450 vines destroyed in al-Khader with poisonous pesticides.
  • Nablus: 46 olive trees damaged and destroyed in Burin.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip by closing Karm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings (with partial operation). IOF closed both crossings at the beginning of its military aggression on Gaza on 10 May 2021, and partially opened them for a few days after a ceasefire was declared on 22 May 2021.  This comes in a time where 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.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

  I. Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • On Thursday dawn, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) shot dead 3 Palestinians, including 2 security officer and the third was an Islamic Jihad operative, while 2 others were injured; one was a security officer, and the other was an operative who was arrested after his injury. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 01:30 on Thursday, 10 June 2021, an Israeli Special Force sneaked into Jenin-Nazareth Street, north of Jenin, and stationed near the Palestinian Intelligence Headquarter on the street.  The Israeli Special Force opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle, where 2 persons were inside near the headquarters.  Fire exchanged between the Israeli Special Force and Palestinian Intelligence officers, who were on duty and went out to deal with the shooting near their security headquarter.  As a result, 2 Intelligence officers were killed and a third one was injured.  The officers killed were identified as: lieutenant Adham Yasser Tawfiq ‘Aleiwi (33), from al-Makhfiyeh neighborhood in Nablus, who was shot with a bullet in the head, and Taysir Mahmoud ‘Othman ‘Issa (33), from Sanour village, southeast of Jenin, who was shot with a bullet in the back.  Also, their colleague Mohammed Samer Mneizel al-Bzour (23), a captain from al-Matalah area in Jenin, was wounded with bullets in the chest and abdomen and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Dr. Khalil Soliman Governmental Hospital due to his serious condition.  Few minutes later, Israeli military backups arrived via al-Jalamah checkpoint and secured the withdrawal of the Special Force.  They also took the vehicle that was shot in the beginning as well as the persons who were targeted inside.  Later, IOF declared that one of the persons killed was Jamil Basem Ibrahim ‘Amouri (24) and his body was kept in custody while the other, who was injured, was identified as Wissam Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Zaid (23) and was arrested and taken to an unknown destination.  Both were Islamic Jihad operatives.

According to the Israeli “Yedioth Ahronoth” Newspaper, IOF’s initial investigation said that an undercover force from the Yamam Border Police counterterrorism unit surrounded 2 persons inside a vehicle in Jenin to arrest them, claiming the latter wanted to carry out a shooting attack in the coming days.  Meanwhile, one of them tried to escape on feet while the other tried to escape in the vehicle; thus, the Israeli Force opened fire at them, wounding them both.  The Newspaper added that Jamil al-‘Amouri died on the spot while his colleague Wissam was injured and then arrested by the Israeli Force.  IOF claimed they found military equipment, including a bulletproof vest, ammunition, and a weapon. 

According to the same newspaper, the Israeli Forces did not coordinate the raid with the Palestinian Security and once the Force wanted to withdraw from the scene, it was exposed to heavy gunfire that was apparently from 3 Palestinian security officers, who did not recognize the Israeli force.   The newspaper added that the Israeli force responded with fire and killed 2 of the officers and seriously injured a third one.

  • At approximately 10:00, coinciding with holding a court session to consider the eviction of Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village in favor of settlement associations, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians while suppressing a protest organized in solidarity with Ghaith and Abu Nab families in front of the Israeli District Court on Salah al-Deen Street, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem.

Zuhair al-Rajbi, head of Baten al-Hawa village’s committee, said that IOF suppressed a protest organized in front of the Israeli District Court and beat Palestinian protestors and activists. He added that IOF arrested Basel Doweek, ‘Adel al-Selwadi and Nizam Abu Romuz while participating in the protest and took them to a detention facility in the city. Al-Rajbi pointed out that the Israeli District Court’s judges decided to refer Salem Ghaith and Jawad Abu Nab’s cases to the legal Adviser to the Israeli government, Avichai Mandelblit, and delay the consideration of these cases until 08 July 2021. It should be noted that Israeli associations claimed the ownership of Jews from Yemen over a plot of land (5 dunums and 200 square meters) in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood. Additionally, 86 families of 1300 members are under the threat of forced displacement from their houses established on this plot of land.

  • At approximately 16:00, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men in Bab al-‘Amoud area in central occupied East Jerusalem, protesting at raiding Bab al-‘Amoud area by the Israeli Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir, who raised the Israeli flag under the IOF’s intense protection. During the protest, IOF fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at the protestors and severely beat them. Also, IOF arrested 30 Palestinians, including a child, and took them to al-Bareed Police Center on Salah al-Deen Street.

It should be noted that Ben Gvir called Israeli settlers to organize the March of Flags, which passes through Arabs villages in occupied East Jerusalem towards al-Boraq (Wailing Wall), and to raid al-Aqsa Mosque in response to cancel the protest earlier. Accordingly, Palestinian young men called for confronting the settlers’ raids in Bab al-‘Amoud area, organizing a peaceful protest and raising Palestinian flags. When the Israeli Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir arrived at Bab al-‘Amoud area, Palestinian protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans. IOF immediately suppressed them, beat them, fired sound bombs and rubber bullets at them, and pumped wastewater at them to vacate the area completely and secure Ben Gvir along with a group of settlers while present in the area. When Israeli settlers stormed Bab al-‘Amoud area, they cursed Palestinian young men and deliberately obstructed journalists’ work by putting their hats in front of their cameras. Moreover, IOF, who provided full protection for settlers, detained a number of Palestinian protestors in control rooms established at the entrances to Bab al-‘Amoud area, severely beat them and pepper-sprayed them.  Lawyer Feras al-Jebraini said that IOF arrested at least 20 Palestinians from Bab al-‘Amoud area. He clarified that that the detainees were transferred to Salah al-Deen Street police station, and then to the “Nabi Yacoub and Oz” centers for interrogation. He pointed out that many detainees were accused of assaulting the police officer, Special Forces and an Israeli settler, in addition to participating in the clashes erupted in the area. Al-Jebraini added that a number of detainees sustained wounds in their faces and chest and received treatment later. He also said that the detainees were identified as ‘Amer Bader, ‘Abed al-Rahman al-Bukhari, Laith Abu Kaf, Na’iem al-Natsha, Sameer Sarhan, Loai al-Rajbi, Eyad Abu Subeih, Qasem al-Desi, Mohammed al-Fakhouri, Loai al-Qare’, Mahmoud Muhssain, Mahmoud al-Kaswani, Thair Qara’een, Bashar Shoki, Khaled al-Salimah, ‘Abdullah Jaber, Raied al-Sayyad, and Ramzi Mansour.

  • At approximately 22:00 on Thursday, IOF backed by two military vehicles moved into Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, and stationed near UNRWA school. They deployed in the area and fired teargas canisters at Palestinian young men gathered on a public street, under the pretext of throwing stones at them. As a result, some of the young men suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Later, IOF withdrew, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 11 June 2021, a peaceful protest took off from the central of Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah, towards the eastern entrance to the village, against the detention of Palestinians’ corpses. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the occupation. When the protestors arrived at the village’s eastern entrance, IOF stationed on street “60”, which is located near “Ofra“ settlement in eastern Ramallah, fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted between them. As a result, a 22-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his head and taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Also, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased Palestinians, clashed them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, an 8-year-old child was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot and a 30-year-old man sustained shrapnel wounds, causing laceration in his thigh.
  • On Friday, in a new crime of excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), a Palestinian child was killed, and 5 others were injured, including 2 children, during the suppression of a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 13:00 on Friday, 11 June 2021, and for the 6th consecutive week, a peaceful protest took off from central Beita village, southeast of Nablus, towards Subeih Mount, south of the village, where IOF established “Evyatar” settlement outpost a month ago. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at Subeih Mount, where a large number of IOF stationed, the latter indiscriminately opened fire at the protestors. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF who responded with live and rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas canisters. The clashes continued until 17:30.  As a result, a Palestinian teenager namely Mohammed Sa’ied Mohammed Hamayil (16), from Beita village, was shot dead with a live bullet, which penetrated his right armpit and then his chest and exited his left arm. Hamayil drew his last breath in the emergency department at Rafidia Governmental Hospital. Moreover, 5 other Palestinians, including 2 children, were injured. Moreover, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Hamayil was the 3rd Palestinian killed by IOF during the suppression of peaceful protests against settlement expansion in Subeih Mount as on 14 May 2021, IOF shot dead ‘Issa Suliman Barham Dawoud (38), a prosecutor in Salfit District Court, with a live bullet in the chest. Also, on 28 May 2021, IOF shot dead Zakaria Maher Falah Hamayil (26) with a live bullet in his head during the suppression of a protest in Subeih Mount.

  • At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 12 June 2021, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased Palestinians, clashed them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 47-year-old man was shot with a rubber bullet in his thigh.
  • On Saturday, a Palestinian woman shot dead by an Israeli Security guard and was left bleeding to death at Qalandia checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, claiming she attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.  According to PCHR’s investigations, the woman did not pose imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives and could have been controlled without use of excessive force. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 13:10 on Saturday, 12 June 2021, an Israeli security guard opened fire at a woman approaching them at Qalandia checkpoint and wounded her immediately. She fell on the ground, and IOF left her bleeding to death without providing her first aid. They kept her body in custody, and she was later identified as Ibtisam Khaled Ka’abnah (28), a mother of a child and lived in Jericho.

In its statement, IOF claimed that a Palestinian woman approached the vehicles path at Qalandia military checkpoint and ran with a knife towards the Israeli forces stationed there; however, an Israeli civilian security guard realized what was going on and asked her to stop many times.  She kept walking towards them, and the guard fired several bullets at her.

Many videos showed how IOF blocked medics’ access to the wounded woman, who fell on the ground helplessly for more than half an hour.  Afterwards, IOF searched her clothes, covered her body and then took her away, amid complete closure of the checkpoint.

  • At approximately 08:00 on Sunday, 13 June 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, opened fire at agricultural lands in Khuzaʽa village, east of Khan Yunis. The IOFs shooting continued for few minutes and no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:30 on Monday, 14 June 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into al-Jiftlik village, north of Jericho, and stationed in the western neighborhood. IOF deployed between residential houses and patrolled the area, causing fear among the villagers. A number of Israeli soldiers raided and searched houses and locked its residents in one room. The soldiers also used sniffer dogs to search agricultural lands surrounding these houses. During which, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately assaulted the protestors, chased them between residential houses and fired rubber and live bullets, teargas canisters ans sound bombs at them. As a result, Ahmed ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Atawnah (35) was shot with 3 live bullets in his abdomen and waist. IOF arrested ‘Atawnah and took him via a military plane to an Israeli hospital. They also arrested ‘Abed al-‘Aziz Mohammed ‘Atawnah (16).
  • On Tuesday morning, 15 June 2021, Israeli police reinforced its forces in occupied East Jerusalem, specifically around the Old City, and turned it to a military barrack as a prelude to organize and secure March of the Flags, in which thousands of Israeli settlers participate, to celebrate the anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem according to the Hebrew calendar. The march was organized upon an approval from the Israeli Minister of Internal Security, Omer Bar-Lev, noting that the march was postponed on 10 May 2021, due to the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and firing rockets towards occupied East Jerusalem by Palestinian armed groups. IOF intensified the number of soldiers whether in civilian clothes or in military uniform, reinforced the rapid intervention units, deployed more than 2500 police officers in the area, placed iron barriers at Bab al-‘Amoud entrance, at all the Old City gates and on the main streets such as al-Sultan Suliman and Salah al-Deen Streets. They also forced shops’ owners to close their shops in Bab al-Khalil, al-Haser Market and on al-Wad Street. On the other hand, youth movements and national and Islamic factions called Palestinians to confront the March of flags. Dozens of Palestinians responded to the calls made by these movements and factions and gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud yard at approximately 15:00, but IOF forcefully suppressed and dispersed them towards Nablus and Sultan Suliman Streets. IOF also beat the protestors and arrested some of them. The IOF’s suppression against Palestinians continued until 18:00. It should be noted that thousands of Israeli settlers raided Bab al-‘Amoud yards and its stairs while raising Israeli flags and chanting racist slogans, such as “Death to the Arabs”. The settlers also cursed the Prophet Muhammad, assaulted press crews, and threw water bottles and stones at them. They also assaulted and pushed an elderly woman namely Fatima Khader, so she fainted. Forty minutes later, the March of flags headed towards al-​Boraq (Wailing Wall) through Bab Al-Khalil and passing from the Christian and Jewish neighborhoods, not through the Islamic neighborhood as usual. Following the March, a number of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud yard, chanted national slogans and cleaned the area before suppressing and forcibly dispersing them by IOF, who flooded the area with wastewater. In Omar Ibn al-Khattab yard in the vicinity of Bab Al-Khalil inside Jerusalem’s walls, hundreds of settlers protested, chanted slogans against Arabs and damaged Palestinians’ properties in al-Haser Market and at Bab al-Selselah. During which, hand-to-hand fighting erupted between the Palestinians and settlers on al-Wad Street and in al-Selselah and ‘Aqabet al-Khalidiyia neighborhoods. Afterwards, IOF intervened to secure the settlers and arrested 3 Palestinians. Violent clashes then erupted outside the Jerusalem’s walls, particularly on Sultan Suliman, Salah al-Deen, al-Zahraa’ and Nablus Streets. During which, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at Palestinians. As a result, a Palestinian was shot with a live bullet while present in al-Mosrarah Market adjacent to Nablus Street. Also, over 30 Palestinians sustained wounds and bruises due to IOF’s attacks and received treatment on the spot. In the evening, the clashed between the Palestinians and settlers spread to many neighborhoods in Jerusalem, especially in Wadi al-Joz, al-Tur, al-Sawwana and al-Isawiya. During those clashes, IOF fired rubber bullets to disperse the protestors. Moreover, Israeli police stated that they arrested 26 Palestinians during the clashes erupted to confront the March of flags. PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees. It is noteworthy that the Zionist religious settlement youth movement has been organizing the March of Flags for nearly 30 years. Tens of thousands of settlers participate in this march while raising Israeli flags, chanting racist slogans against Arabs and Palestinians and wandering occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City streets in an attempt to consolidating the idea of unifying West and East Jerusalem under the full Israeli control.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, a group of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, adjacent to Khuzaʽa village in eastern Khan Yunis. The Palestinians approached the border fence and attempted to rip parts of the barbed wire. Other Palestinains threw stones at IOF stationed along the fence. IOF fired live bullets and teargas canisters at them. The clashes continued for several hours. As a result, 3 Palestinians were shot with live bullets in their limbs and were taken to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis. Also, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians, including 2 children, while attempting to pass through the fence. The arrestees were identified as Hasan Bassam Mohammed Abu Tibah (17), Moayad Mahmoud Sami al-Breem (17) and Kamal Mahmoud Mohammed al-Breem (18). All of them are from Bani Suheila village in eastern Khan Yunis. At approximately 21:00, a group of Palestinians gathered near the border fence, adjacent to Khuzaʽa village in eastern Khan Yunis, after resuming the “Night Confusion” activities. They threw fireworks at IOF and set fire to tires. IOF responded with live bullets. As a result, a Palestinian was shot with a live bullet in his lower limbs. At approximately 08:30, IOF released the mentioned arrestees.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, opened fire and fired teargas canisters at dozens of Palestinian young men who protested along the border fence and set fire to tires. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:45, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, declared the death of Moayad Ahmed Mohammed Hamdan (36), from al-Sekka Street in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, succumbing to wounds he sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 17:30 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Mousa Reda Hamad’s 3-story house on Qa’ al-Beer Street. As a result, 3 persons, including Hamdan, were wounded. It should be noted that Hamdan was walking on the street when Hamad’s house was targeted. The wounded were taken to Beit Hanoun Hospital for treatment. Medical sources at the hospital described Hamdan’s injury as serious. He sustained shrapnel wound in his head, and he was referred for al-Shifa Hospital, where he remained in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until his death was announced.
  • At approximately 19:30 on Tuesday, 15 June 2021, IOF stationed near the annexation wall in Jalamah village, north of Jenin, opened fire near the wall. As a result, a 22-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his hand and was taken to Khalil Suliman Hospital.
  • On Tuesday, dozens of Palestinians, from Bethlehem, organized a peaceful protest in front of a metal detector gate fixed on the annexation wall from the northern side, protesting at organizing the March of Flags in occupied East Jerusalem. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans. In the meantime, Israeli patrols arrived at the area and fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them. Afterwards, separate clashes erupted near the military checkpoint (300) and continued for several hours. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 16 June 2021, IOF killed a Palestinian woman near the entrance to Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of carrying out run-over and stabbing attacks. According to PCHR’s follow up, IOF fired several live bullets at Mai Khaled Yousef ‘Afana (29) near the entrance to Hizma village. As a result, Mai was wounded with live bullets and was left bleeding to death as IOF prevented medical crews from helping her. IOF claimed in a statement published in Israeli media that Mai attempted to carry out a run-over attack against Israeli soldiers who were present near annexation wall, near Hizma village. They added that Mai stepped out of her car and attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, so Israeli soldiers opened fire at her, wounding her with live bullets before her death was announced later. Hani ‘Afana, Mai’s cousin, said that Mai was a psychologist, and she recently received her PhD degree from Mu’tah University in Jordan. He added that Mai worked at the Faculty of Humanities at Al-Istiqlal University in Jericho, and she was married and mother of a 4-year-old girl. Hani pointed out that the Israeli intelligence service phoned his brother Khaled to inform him about the death of his daughter and summoned him for investigation. This incident is part of an Israeli constant policy of using excessive force, particularly the shoot-to-kill policy against the suspects at the checkpoints and near the Israeli position points.  ‘Afana is the 2nd Palestinian that was killed during this week. Since the beginning of the year, PCHR documented the killing of 12 Palestinians, including 3 women and a child, at the Israeli checkpoints and position points; most of them were killed allegedly for attempting to carry out a stabbing attack without imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives.
  • At approximately 15:00, a group of Palestinian young men and children gathered in central of Beita village, southeast of Nablus, and headed towards Subeih Mount, south of the village, where IOF established a “Evyatar “ settlement outpost few weeks ago. They gathered in the western side of Subeih Mount area to protest against the establishment of “Evyatar “settlement outpost and set fire to tires. IOF indiscriminately opened fire at them. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. The clashes continued until 17:50. As a result, Ahmed Zahi Ibrahim ‘Issa Dawoud (16) was shot with a live bullet in his head and was taken to Rafidia Hospital, where he was admitted to a surgical operation room due to his critical health condition. At approximately 03:00 on Thursday, 17 June 2021, medical sources declared that death of Dawoud.

 II. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 19 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Eizariya, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They launched sound bombs and teargas canisters, raided and searched the house of the journalist, Anan Eisa Najeeb (48), from Beit Hanina, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, who was exiled from Jerusalem last year for 6 months and extended the decision under the pretext that he poses a security threat to the State of Israel. It should be noted that Najeeb is a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons, and he was re-arrested several hours before ending the second exile period.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Silwad, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Zeyad Abdul Jalil Hamed’s (58) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Fawaghera neighborhood in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ibrahim Mohammed Soman’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Jaba’, south of Jenin. They raided and searched Izz al-Dein Freihat Fashafisha’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF arrested Naser Nabil Jaber (32), from Tulkarm, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services on a prior summons.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ra’ed Hazem al-Sayyad’s (16) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of al-Zawiya village, south of Jenin. Before removing the checkpoint, IOF arrested Ahmed Ali Mousa (22) and li Mohammed Mousa (23), from Mirka village, southwest of Jenin. IOF took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 23:05, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of Beita, southeast of Nablus. Before removing the checkpoint, IOF arrested Ahmed Ashraf Abu Thyab (17), from Beita, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Hebron, Halhul, Aroub refugee camp and Tarrama, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 11 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Harmala, Rafidia, Beit Falouh, and Rakhma villages in Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Mousa Ahmed al-‘Arouj (21), Mousa Raja al-‘Arouj (19), Abdul Rahman Ra’ed al-‘Arouj (18) and Shaher Hasan al-‘Arouj (22).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Bab Huta neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ni’man Nidal Wazwaz’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Tha’er Qara’een’s (47) house and arrested him. IOF claimed that he assaulted an Israeli settler in the city.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Salhab (20), from the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while heading to work. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Ammar Yaser Hammad (26), from Qalqilya, while entering the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested (3) children after getting out of the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took them to one of the detention centers in the city, and then they released on conditions of the house arrest for 5 days, ban their entry to the occupied Jerusalem’s Old City for 15 days and pay a bail of (300 NIS). The arrestees are: Mohammed Anwar al-‘Abbasi (15), Adam Samer al-‘Abbasi (13) and Yousef Ahmed al-Tawil (15).
  • At approximately 19:45, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint on the entrance of Sarra village, branching from Nablus-Qalqilya Street, southwest of Nablus. Before removing the checkpoint, IOF arrested Hamza Suleiman Hashash (22) and his brother, Mo’ath (24), from Balata refugee camp, east of the city. IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched ,ahran Abu Jom’a’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Yatta and Tarqumiyah in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 12 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Mahmoud Shabana al-Tamimi (39), and Firas Wa’el Abu Sharekh (46).
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya, and arrested Abdullah Ya’qoub Sweidan (17), from Azzun, east of Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF stormed lajee center (for training and development of children in the camp) in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. IOF arrested (3) children inside the camp: Imran Mahmoud Baraqi’a (14), Ahmed Zakariya Baraqi’a (15) and Abdullah Mohammed Abu Srour (14).
  • At approximately 22:00, Israeli Special Forces severely beaten, assaulted, and arrested (3) civilians while present near al-Maqassed Hospital in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took them to one of the detention centers in the city. The arrestees are: Lo’ay al-Kaswani (22), Abdullah al-Hidra (25) and Rami Salah al-Dein (21).
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Bani Na’im, Beit Ummar and Halhul villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 13 June 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Na’eem Nabil al-Natshah (62), and handed Nawah Abdul Khaliq Qfaisha (49), Naji Ali Abu Khalaf (42) and Abdul Aziz Mahmoud al-Hadad (46) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Jihad Mahmoud Jaradat’s (39) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Deir Abu Masha’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested 2 civilians including a child. The arrestees are: Anwar Safi Atta (17), and Khaled Ahmed al-Masri (27).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Rantis village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Islam Majed Dannoun’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Faris Harbi Dari’s (26) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Dari is a former prisoner who was released 2 days ago after spending 2 years in the Israeli prisons.
  • In morning hours, IOF banned a local bazaar which was planned to take a place in Beit Hanina, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, as part of the “National Economic Week” events, which was organized by activists and commercial entities in Jerusalem. IOF claimed that the Bazaar was banned because it was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority.

The Beit Hanina Charitable Association stated that the IOF informed them that the Bazaar which supposed to be held in Beit Hanina neighborhood from (11:00 to 17:00) is cancelled. Also, the Israeli army, stationed at Qalandiya military checkpoint, confiscated musical equipment belonging to one of the artists who was on his way to participate in the bazaar. It should be noted that the bazaar was part of the “National Economic Week” event, aimed to promote local products and small businesses, including handicrafts, homemade food, products from farmers’ lands, musical events, and clowns. After cancelling the bazaar, the organizers of the “National Economic Week” campaign stated that: “the Israeli police informed them that the bazaar was cancelled, and they must ask their permission to hold any event, under their complete supervision and restrictions”. The bazaar organizers considered that taking the Israeli permission before holding any bazaar constitute a form of restricting the Palestinian existence in the occupied East Jerusalem and depriving it of any economic perspective.

  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Hamza al-Rajabi (19) and Adnan al-Rajabi (21) and handed them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Malik Basem Asaliya’s (19) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Kishle investigation canter.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in al-Shuyukh and Dura villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 14 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Wadi Abu Fariha area, north of Beit Sahour, north of Bethlehem governorate. They raided and searched Saber Ibrahim Abayat’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Bayt Ula, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Jamal Awni al-‘Adam’s (40) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:40, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Omar Adnan Jaradat’s (20) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Jaradat is suffering from electrical shocks in the body which require a special medical care.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Karmel, southeast of Yatta. They raided and searched Montaser Ya’qoub Abu Arram’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Issam Khaled Fashafisha (22) and Malik Taleb Hamamera (22) and arrested them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Ya’nad village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Yazeed Abdul Rahim Abed (22) and Mohammed Yousef al-Taher (20) and arrested them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Qalqilya. They raided and searched Suhaib Bassam Dawoud’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (13) incursions in Fawwar refugee camp, Imreish and Idhna in Hebron; Ilar, Anabta, Bal’a, Kafr al-Labad, Ramin and Kafr Rumman in Tulkarm governorate; Azzun and Baqat al-Hatab, east of Qalqilya; Qalqilya and Marda, north of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Mirka, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Raja Ayed Waked’s (42) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Yamun, west of Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Oday Basit Freihat (22) and Ahmed Maher Freihat (18) and arrested them.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beita, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians, including 2 siblings, one of them with wounds. The arrestees are: Silm Mustafa Hamayil (25), his brother, Saleem (27), and Baraa’ Barakar ‘Adili (25).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Awarta, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Omar Ahmed Abdat (22).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Zaytun Halaiqa’s (39) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Taffuh, west of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Emad Abdul Karim Irzeikat (44), and Wajdi Fayiz al-Tarwa (35).
  • At approximately 03:20, IOF moved into Beit Kahil, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Isam Suliman Atawna’s (42) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Ein Yabrud village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched (5) houses and arrested (5) civilians; Mohammed Adel Hweih (26), Zahi Hatem Hweih (29), Ali Shaker Sarra (21), Khaled Suhail Musleh (28) and Mohammed Akram Fareed (19).
  • At approximately 04:05, IOF moved into Burqa village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Hakam Ahmed Baraka (22), Shaheen Mustafa Barakat (19), Hussain Isma’el Abu Samra (29), and Ahmed Sultan Nawabeet (23).
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses in Harat al-Sheikh, Ein Sarah and al-Dahdah neighborhoods, and arrested (3) civilians. The arrestees are: ‘Amer Mahmoud al-Ja’bari (37), Suhaib Hamed Mahfouz (44) and Emad Ayed al-Zaro (31).
  • At approximately 13:15, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers, launched from the border fence with Israel, moved 100-meters into al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands and deployed again behind the border fence at approximately 15:10.
  • At approximately 13:30, IOF moved into Shuyukh village, northeast of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Arafat Halaiqa’s (51) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF stationed at a military checkpoint arrested Ayam Nimir al-Rajabi (28), from al-Fahs area, south of the city. IOF claimed that she was in possession of a knife, and she was taken to “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of the city.

III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

Demolitions, Confiscations, and notices

  • On Thursday morning, 10 June 2021, IOF demolished an agricultural room and razed lands in al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

Mohammed Abu al-Hummus, Member of al-‘Issawiya Follow-up Committee, said that Israeli Civil Administration crews demolished an agricultural room and razed areas of lands in the eastern side of the village belonging to Amjad Hasan ‘Ali Mustafa.  The latter was handed a demolition notice from the Municipality of Beit El Settlement, which is  established on the Palestinian lands of northern Ramallah and al-Bireh.

  • At approximately 07:00 on Sunday, 13 June 2021, IOF backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration, and a truck-mounted moved into a wild area in Ramun village to the west of “Caramillo” military checkpoint, northeast of Ramallah, where al-Ka’abnah family lives in a Bedouin community. IOF brought workers from an Israeli private company.  They dismantled and confiscated 3 residential tents, a sheep barn that shelters 180 sheep, a water tank and 3 solar cells belonging to ‘Abdel Hafiz ‘Awwad Fazza’a al-Ka’abnah and his son Ibrahim, under the pretext of building in area C.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 14 June 2021, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV and 2 bulldozers moved into Deir Sharaf village, west of Nablus. They demolished 3 tinplate-roofed commercial facilities built of bricks on the Tulkarm-Nablus Road, noting that the facilities’ owners were notified of the demolition on 25 May 2021 within 96 hours.  The demolition was carried out in the morning under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.

Those affected were:

#NameFacilityArea “Sqm”Use
1.       Walid Ahmed Ya’qoub ‘Antari4 commercial facilities320 sqmsUnused
2.       Walid Na’im Mas’oud ‘Antari4 commercial facilities300 sqmsUnused
3.       Rami ‘Abdul Fattah Mahmoud TabariA commercial facility80 sqmsFor cosmetics and detergents

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • On Friday, 11 June 2021, Israeli settlers destroyed 450 grapevines belonging to Ra’afat Salah in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, by spraying toxic pesticides at them.

Salah said that settlers from “Sidi Bou’ez” settlement established on western al-Khader village sprayed 450 grapevines with toxic chemicals in his land adjacent to the settlement.  He noticed a difference in the grape leaves when he headed to his land in the morning, so he learnt that his grapevines were sprayed with toxic pesticides.  He took his 2 sons to the hospital immediately fearing that they were poisoned after eating grapes from those vines.  Salah added that this is the fourth time in the last 5 years the Israeli settlers do that.  He said that if he did not discover that his 36 dunums had been sprayed with toxic pesticides, many people who buy grapes and leaves from him would have been poisoned.

  • At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 15 June 2021, a shepherd herding his sheep in Bab Khelet al-Ghouleh in southern Burin village, southeast of Nablus, noticed that a group of settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established on the lands of Burin village cut and broke 47 olive trees. The shepherd thinks that incident occurred in the same morning or in the afternoon before because the leaves are still green.  It should be noted that the assaulted land belongs to Sabri Qassem Zeben (30 trees); Khaled Yousif Zeben (6 trees) and Mojahed and Jihad Mohammed Mousa Zeben (10 trees.)

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip by closing Karm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings (with partial operation). IOF closed both crossings at the beginning of its military aggression on Gaza on 10 May 2021, and partially opened them for a few days after a ceasefire was declared on 22 May 2021.  This comes in a time where 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 25 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 10 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 Thursday, 10 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Awarta village, southeast of the city.
  • On Saturday, 12 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Beita village, southeast of the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 10 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna and Beit Ummar villages.
  • On Friday, 11 June 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints on Abu Risha Road, east of Idhna village; at the entrance to Sa’ir village; on Beit Einun Road; at the southern entrance to Hebron; and at the entrance to Ash-Shuyukh village.
  • On Saturday, 12 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Halhul city, and at the entrances to Sa’ir and Beit Awwa villages.
  • On Sunday, 13 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Bani Na’im, Sa’ir and Beit Kahil villages, and at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 16 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the entrances to Idhna and ad-Dhahiriya villages.

Salfit:

  • On Saturday, 12 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Salfit and at the entrance to Kafr ad-Dik village, west of the city.

Press Violations Explode to 180 in May Alone as Israel Cracks Down to Buff Its Image

June 11th, 2021

Israel Press Freedom Feature photo

By Jessical Buxbaum

Source

“The more that Israel is exposed internationally for its human rights violations in Palestine, the more it becomes desperate in its attempt to crack down on journalists and the media in general.” — Dr. Ramzy Baroud

OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM — Despite wearing a press vest and holding a government press card, Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Givara Budeiri was violently assaulted and arrested by Israeli police on June 5.

Budeiri was covering a demonstration in the Occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah when Israeli forces attacked and then detained her for several hours on the grounds she kicked a soldier, which she denies. She was released only on terms that she doesn’t visit Sheikh Jarrah for 15 days.

“The silencing of journalists by terrorizing them has become a routine activity for the Israeli authorities, as witnessed in recent weeks in Gaza and occupied Jerusalem,” Dr. Mostefa Souag, acting director-general of Al Jazeera Media Network, said in a statement regarding Budeiri’s detention.

Violence against journalists, destruction of media property, and online censorship are all part of Israel’s systematic campaign to prevent the Palestinian narrative from reaching a global platform and exposing Israel’s crimes. And these efforts are only increasing.

The climate of press freedom

During the course of Israel’s 11-day war on Gaza, Israeli airstrikes destroyed four buildings housing at least 18 local and international media outlets. These included the offices belonging to Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Al-Araby TV, and Nawa Online Women Media Network. Israel’s bombardment also killed Palestinian journalist Yousef Abu Hussein and injured journalists Mohammad al-Louh and Elias Karram. Since April 21, a growing number of journalists have been harassed and assaulted by Israeli security forces and right-wing activists.

But attacks on the press aren’t exclusive to the recent violence in Palestine associated with Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Gaza. Israel holds a ranking of 86 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index (with “1” being the most free) and Palestine sits at 132.

Israel Press Freedom

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 18 journalists have been killed in the region since 1992; and currently 13 Palestinian journalists are imprisoned in Israeli jailsThe Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) reported 408 violations in the Occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza in 2020, with Israel responsible for 53% of the attacks. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) reported 608 media violations in 2020, with 490 of those violations committed by Israeli forces.

Israeli press violations encompass a wide range of dangerous actions, including physical assaults, targeting of media institutions, arrests, detentions, interrogations, raids, confiscation and destruction of equipment, and even using journalists as human shields.

A journalist’s personal experience

In one case, Dan Cohen — an American journalist and MintPress News contributor who was in Palestine from 2014 to 2017 — experienced being used as a human shield by Israeli forces firsthand. During an Israeli army raid into the Aida refugee camp in the West Bank in March 2014, a commander grabbed Cohen while he was reporting and forced him to stand in front of soldiers shooting at Palestinian youth. He was able to escape unscathed, but the incident still burns in his mind when considering freedom of the press in Israel-Palestine. “It was a very obvious case of the Israeli army attempting to use me as a hu

man shield either to punish me for documenting their activities, potentially injure me, or just to scare me,” Cohen said.

Cohen was harassed again during another army operation into the camp in 2014. A group of soldiers approached him, with one brandishing his weapon at Cohen. They forced him to turn around against a wall. “And then when I couldn’t see, they threw a flash [grenade] at me,” Cohen said. “Of course, it startled me and then they just laughed as they walked away. So, this is typical Israeli army harassment of journalists.”

Journalists — foreign and local — face a myriad of barriers when covering Palestine-Israel. But Cohen feels the pressures are more extreme for journalists who don’t fit into the establishment mold. “If you do the mainstream, New York Times reporting and stick to official events and don’t really challenge the hasbara narrative, then you’re not in any kind of danger. But if you dare to go to where Palestinians are demonstrating, then you’ll get tear gassed. You might get shot with a rubber-coated bullet and you may even get hit with live ammunition,” Cohen said. Hasbara is the Israeli term for propaganda and refers to the government’s diplomatic efforts to manipulate information and control the global narrative on Israel-Palestine. Cohen concluded, “A lot of it just depends on what you expose yourself to, but fundamentally journalists in Israel have no real protection.”

Israel Airstrike press offices

For journalists like Cohen, who has reported for alternative media outlets like Mondoweiss, challenging Israel’s status quo can turn you into a target. This is even more likely if you’re Jewish. “Zionists consider Jews who dissent from the Israeli government positions as traitors who are even worse than Arabs,” Cohen told MintPress, adding:

Jews speaking out against Israeli crimes — whether you’re an activist, a journalist, or anybody — severely undermines the so-called Jewish state’s ability to project itself as a defender of Jews worldwide and claim that its crimes against Palestinians are necessary to ensure the livelihood of a worldwide Jewry.

Yet it’s not just the Israeli military and government targeting the press. In recent weeks, CPJ, the Committee to Protect Journalists, uncovered far-right, Jewish nationalists encouraging violence against media professionals documenting these extremists’ coordinated attacks against Palestinians. “[We] can do both [target Arabs and journalists], it really doesn’t contradict. There are Arab terrorists and there are media terrorists,” read a WhatsApp message from a local group.

According to the Union of Journalists in Israel (ITONAIM), Israeli journalists faced dozens of attacks from the public and Israeli authorities from April 21 to May 15.

The I’lam – Arab Center for Media Freedom, Development and Research also released a report documenting 13 incidents of harassment and violence against Palestinian and Israeli journalists in May. The majority of these cases were committed by Israeli security forces. I’lam reported: 

According to the testimonies collected, the Israeli security forces’ attempts to eradicate journalists and prevent the media from reporting on the events aim to provide the official Israeli narrative with legitimacy and credibility in front of the world… Eradicating journalists is not only violating national and international laws, it also undermines the people’s right to know the facts, which it appears Israel is trying to hide.

Palestinian press under greater threat

Neither Israeli nor Palestinian journalists are immune to harassment — especially when it comes to reporting on Israeli corruption. But one group faces significantly greater danger in doing their job.

“There is very little margin for press freedom in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories. Traditionally, the limitations and the restrictions have been imposed on Palestinian journalists covering Israeli military activities, the Israeli occupation, and Israeli violations of human rights,” Dr. Ramzy Baroud, editor of Palestine Chronicle, told MintPress News, adding:

As of late, even Israeli journalists and media that seem to be sympathetic in any way with Palestinians or who are exposing the right-wing policies of Benjamin Netanyahu and his government have also faced a degree of limitation and restriction. But, of course, we are still talking about a vastly disproportionate difference here in how Palestinian and Israeli journalists are treated.”

According to a report from PJS’ Freedom Committee, Israel committed more than 180 press violations against Palestinians in May. About 80 violations occurred in the Gaza Strip, with around 37 media institutions targeted and at least 10 journalists injured by rocket fire.

In the West Bank and Jerusalem, roughly 100 Palestinian journalists have faced ongoing attacks from Israeli authorities through work restrictions, confiscation of equipment, tear gas, sound bombs and rubber bullets.

PJS called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to send a commission to investigate Israeli crimes against Palestinian journalists. The HRC responded on May 27 by adopting a resolution establishing a commission to investigate press violations that have occurred in Palestine-Israel since April 13.

Amid Israel’s latest crackdown on Palestinian journalists, Cohen emphasized, however, that this isn’t a new phenomenon explaining:

For decades Palestinian journalists have been persecuted by an Israeli military dictatorship that doesn’t afford Palestinians any rights or guarantee any kind of freedom, whether that’s freedom of press or anything else. So, the recent attacks on Palestinian journalists and media institutions are part and parcel of the modus operandi of the apartheid regime.”

Media attacks worsening

As previously mentioned, multiple press watchdog groups monitoring Palestine-Israel indicate a drastic increase in media violations in recent months. Dr. Baroud agrees freedom of the press is worsening as Israeli crimes are broadcast on the world stage, concluding:

The more that Israel is exposed internationally for its human rights violations in Palestine, the more it becomes desperate in its attempt to crack down on journalists and the media in general. [Journalists] pose a threat to Israel in the sense that their job exposes Israeli practices and human rights violations against the Palestinians. So, in the eyes of Israel the journalist becomes the enemy because, even though he’s not carrying a weapon, the camera and the pen become weapons.”

Sanctions against Israel, anyone?

Response from UK government has Foreign Office still playing childish game of charades

UK-Israel symbiosis

By Stuart Littlewood -June 10, 2021

…from Stuart Littlewood, Britain

First published June 10, 2021

An online petition was recently sent to the British Government demanding sanctions against Israel. It said: “The Government should introduce sanctions against Israel, including blocking all trade, and in particular arms. Its disproportionate treatment of Palestinians and settlements that are regarded by the international community as illegal are an affront to civilised society.” 385,225 signed.

The Government promises a debate on the petition on 14 June. But its response includes this statement from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office issued yesterday (my comments in italics):

The UK is firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions against Israel. Our close and varied relationship means we are able to express clearly when we disagree.

HM Government has made its position on sanctions clear. While we do not hesitate to express disagreement with Israel whenever we feel it necessary, we are firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions. We believe that open and honest discussions, rather than the imposition of sanctions or supporting anti-Israeli boycotts, best supports our efforts to help progress the peace process and achieve a negotiated solution.

• Open and honest discussion with Israel has never worked. You happily slap other nations with sanctions.

HM Government takes its export control responsibilities very seriously and operates one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world. We consider all export applications thoroughly against a strict risk assessment framework. We continue to monitor the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and keep all licences under careful and continual review as standard.

• Clearly your risk assessments aren’t strict enough.

The UK welcomed the recent announcement of a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza on 20 May, which is an important step to ending the cycle of violence and loss of civilian life.

During the Foreign Secretary’s visit to the region on 26 May he reiterated the UK’s firm commitment to the two-state solution as the best way to permanently end the occupation, deliver Palestinian self-determination and preserve Israel’s security and democratic identity. The UK will continue our intensive diplomatic efforts in the region, focussed on creating the conditions for a sustainable peace.

• The cycle of violence and loss of civilian life didn’t end after previous ceasefires. Israel continued ‘mowing the lawn’. Why are you committed to the two-state solution when you’ve allowed Israel to establish facts on the ground that make a viable Palestinian state impossible? What do you think a Palestinian state will look like when you eventually get around to recognising one?

Haven’t you yet understood that Israel doesn’t want peace until it has annexed the whole of Palestine and that your stance simply aids the Zionists’ criminal ambition? Haven’t you heard Israeli leaders repeated say they will never allow a Palestinian state? And by the way Israel has no “democratic identity”, it’s a deeply unpleasant ethnocracy.

Israel is an important strategic partner for the UK and we collaborate on issues of defence and security. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering. The UK unequivocally condemns the firing of rockets at Jerusalem and locations within Israel.

We strongly condemn these acts of terrorism by Hamas and other terrorist groups, who must permanently end their incitement and rocket fire against Israel. We are also concerned by reports that Hamas is again using civilian infrastructure and populations as cover for its military operations.

• As long as we are a strategic partner of Israel we will never be trusted in the Middle East. We have no enemies in the region, not even Iran, so why provoke hostility? And given Israel’s track record how can anyone feel comfortable swopping defence and security secrets? You persistently accuse Hamas of incitement when it is the Palestinians who are under illegal military occupation and blockade.

You complain about Hamas firing garden-shed rockets but never condemn the Israelis for bombarding tightly-lacked Gaza with devastating state of the art ordnance deliberately mis-aimed to cause horrendous slaughter of civilians. Also check the definition of terrorist and consider whether it fits the Israeli regime better than Hamas.

We are clear that all countries, including Israel, have a legitimate right to self-defence, and the right to defend their citizens from attack. In doing so, it is vital that all actions are proportionate, in line with International Humanitarian Law, and are calibrated to avoid civilian casualties.

• Israel has no comprehension of “proportionate” and no right of self defence against the people it illegally occupies, murders and dispossesses. It has never complied with international Humanitarian Law, whereas the Palestinians have every right under international law to mount an armed resistance, makeshift though it is, against the occupier.

The UK is strongly opposed to the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel, just as we oppose any calls for boycotts which divide people and reduce understanding.

 It is nonsense to claim the UK as a whole is opposed to sanctions against Israel. Only self-serving supporters of the apartheid regime oppose sanctions.

The UK position on evictions, demolitions, and settlements is longstanding and clear. We oppose these activities. We urge the Government of Israel to cease its policies related to settlement expansion immediately, and instead work towards a two state solution. Settlements are illegal under international law, and present an obstacle to peace.

We want to see a contiguous West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as part of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on 1967 borders. Our position was reflected in our support for UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and we continue to urge Israel at the highest level to halt settlement expansion immediately.

• You may well oppose these things but that’s not enough. Haven’t you noticed – the Israelis don’t give a damn? What HM Government wants to see doesn’t matter to them. Their expansion programme is unstoppable except by applying firm and effective consequences. UNSCR 2334 was adopted four and a half years ago. It says Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”.

It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Is Israel biting its nails thinking the sky is about to fall in on them? No, it laughs in the UN’s face. What has the British government and other members of the Security Council done in that time to concentrate Israel’s mind and ensure compliance?

We advise British businesses to bear in mind the British Government’s view on the illegality of settlements under international law when considering their investments and activities in the region. Ultimately, it will be the decision of an individual or company whether to operate in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but the British Government would neither encourage nor offer support to such activity.

• Nevertheless you continually reward Israel for its crimes against humanity with favoured trading deals and special collaboration agreements.

We have also made clear our concerns about the increasing rate of demolitions and evictions of Palestinians. The UK is focused on preventing demolitions and evictions from happening in the first place through our legal aid programme, which supports Palestinians facing demolition or home eviction.

• The demolitions and evictions have been going on for 73 years. You haven’t in the least been focused on preventing them. And using UK taxpayers’ money to sustain Israel’s criminal policy is utterly gross.

As a strong friend of Israel, and one which has stood up for Israel when it faces bias and unreasonable criticism, we are continuing to urge Israel to not take steps such as these, which move us away from our shared goals of peace and security.

• Why are you “a strong friend” of this apartheid entity in the first place? You shame us all. Israel’s idea of peace and security is far removed from anyone else’s. It’s shocking to hear that you (implying we) “share” their goals.

The occupation will not end and peace will not be achieved by symbolic measures, but by real movement towards renewed peace negotiations which create a viable Palestinian state, living in peace and security side-by-side with Israel.

We will continue to press Israel and the Palestinians strongly on the need to refrain from taking actions, which make peace more difficult. And will continue to encourage further confidence building steps towards meaningful bilateral peace negotiations between the parties.

 What, more lopsided ‘negotiations’ overseen by the most dishonest broker on the planet? Are you SERIOUS? The occupation will end and peace will be achieved only when justice is done and seen to be done. International law has spoken. Now deliver it, please, instead of endless shaming us with your dangerous delusions.

The entire British Government would do well to recall George Washington’s wise words: “The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave… a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.”

Yes, “slave” fits Israel’s stooges at Westminster admirably.

Stuart Littlewood
9 June 2021

AUTHOR DETAILS

Stuart Littlewood

After working on jet fighters in the RAF Stuart became an industrial marketing specialist with manufacturing companies and consultancy firms. He also “indulged himself” as a newspaper columnist. In politics he served as a Cambridgeshire county councillor and member of the Police Authority. Now retired he campaigns on various issues and contributes to several online news & opinion sites. With a lifelong passion for photography he has produced two photo-documentary books, one of which can be read online at http://www.radiofreepalestine.org.uk.

http://www.radiofreepalestine.org.ukstu@f8.eclipse.co.uk

Palestinian Resistance Ready to React If ‘Israel’ Plots Against Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian Resistance Ready to React If ‘Israel’ Plots Against Al-Aqsa Mosque

By Staff, Agencies

Palestinian resistance factions urged the Zionist entity to avoid any conspiracies against occupied al-Quds and the holy city’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound, saying they stand ready to react at any moment in the face of the occupying regime’s acts of aggression and crimes.

In a statement released on Monday, the Joint Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions hailed the nation’s “heroic” fight during Operation Quds Sword.

Through unity, rapport and various means of resistance, Palestinians managed to defeat the enemy and foil its sinister schemes in al-Quds meant to impose new realities on the ground by the forced displacement and arrest of the Palestinian people as well as the temporal and spatial division of the al-Aqsa Mosque, it said.

“The Zionist enemy was completely wrong in its calculations as it thought that the conditions were ripe for advancing such ill-considered plans and that it had now a golden opportunity to attack the sanctities and principles of the Palestinian nation. However, it faced a decisive and strong reaction,” the statement read.

“The resistance, which had strengthened itself over the past years to defend al-Quds and endured the siege and pressure in this way, did not remain silent and acted as the best supporter for the uprising of the residents of al-Quds and the West Bank. The inhabitants of the 1948 occupied territories and the general public also joined them and shattered the enemy’s equations. They made it clear that al-Aqsa has heroes who will defend the mosque and the al- Quds’ sanctities under any circumstances. Finally, the enemy was defeated and forced to stop its acts of aggression,” it added.

Tel Aviv launched the bombing campaign against Gaza on May 10, after Palestinian retaliated against violent raids on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East al-Quds.

Apparently caught off guard by unprecedented rocket barrages from Gaza, the Tel Aviv regime announced a unilateral ceasefire on May 21, which Palestinian resistance movements accepted with Egyptian mediation.

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, at least 260 Palestinians were martyred in the occupation’s offensive, including 66 children and 39 women, and 1948 others were wounded.

Zionists were expected to attend a right-wing parade in al-Quds’ Old City set for Thursday. However, the organizers said they had decided to cancel the so-called ‘Flag Parade’ after Zionist police announced they would not allow the rally to pass through the OId City’s Muslim Quarter, citing security concerns.

The Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement, which has already warned against the controversial march, hailed the decision as a “new defeat for ‘Israel’” that solidifies “the equation that al-Quds is a red line.”

Elsewhere in its statement, the Joint Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions commented on the cancellation of the parade, saying resistance commanders are closely monitoring the Zionist regime’s behavior in the al-Quds.

If the enemy returns to the same situation before the 11-day Gaza flare-up, the commanders will enter the ground and will never allow the Tel Aviv regime to export its domestic crises to the Palestinian people, it added.

“We appreciate the resistance and stability of the Palestinian people everywhere. This nation is able to bring destruction to the Zionist enemy’s plans to destroy the Palestine issue,” the statement read.

“We call on the Palestinian people in al-Quds, the West Bank and the 1948 occupied territories to confront the ‘Israeli’ occupiers in any way possible and prevent the implementation of the regime’s Judaization and settlement schemes in the occupied lands. We also emphasize that the resistance is ready to defend them at the appropriate time.”

Palestinian Resistance Warns, ‘Israel’ Obeys!

Palestinian Resistance Warns, ‘Israel’ Obeys!

By Staff

The ‘Israelis’ succumbed to the warning of the Palestinian resistance against holding their so-called ‘Flag Parade’ near al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupied holy city of al-Quds.

Shortly after member of the political bureau of Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, Khalil al-Hayieh warned the ‘Israeli’ occupation, mediators, and the entire world from the so-called ‘Flag Parade’ being held near al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied al-Quds, ‘Israeli’ media reported that the event that was organized by Zionist settlers in the occupied holy al-Quds has been called off.

Al-Hayieh further stressed that he hopes that this message be received clearly not to have Thursday a day similar to May 11th.

On that date, ‘Israeli’ occupation settlers ran for shelters or flattened themselves on pavements in communities more than 70 km up the coast amid sounds of explosions, with the often-boasted ‘Iron Dome’ failing to intercept most of the missiles. The Tel Aviv regime admitted that hundreds of rockets had been fired by Palestinian resistance factions.

For the occupation entity, the Palestinian resistance’s targeting of Tel Aviv, its commercial capital, posed a new challenge in the confrontation with the country’s resistance factions.

Elsewhere in his remarks, al-Hayieh stressed that all forms of anti-occupation resistance represent the only way to unite the Palestinian people.

In the same respect, Head of Religious Zionist Party Bezalel Smotrich admitted that the ‘Israeli’ occupation police commissioner is neither able to protect participants in this parade in al-Quds streets nor settlers in Lod, Akka, and Ramlah, and this makes Hamas leader in Gaza Strip, Yehya Sinwar, now in charge of al-Quds.


Israeli Occupation Authorities Refuse to Approve Flag March in Jerusalem

June 7, 2021

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli occupation police on Monday refused to approve a flag march intended to run through East Jerusalem, according to the local media.

The Zionist media cited organizers of the march as saying that they have been informed of the police decision to cancel the event over fears of sparking tensions with the Palestinians.

Far-right Israeli groups have called for the flag march on Thursday to pass through the Old City’s Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem.

Several security and military officials, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz, warned against allowing the march for fears of inflaming the situation with the Palestinians.

Palestinian Resistance factions have called to firmly stand against the ‘flag march’ and defend Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds against Zionist violations.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and other websites

‘Israel’ Begged US to Broker Gaza Ceasefire – Yedioth

06-06-2021

‘Israel’ Begged US to Broker Gaza Ceasefire - Yedioth

By Staff, Agencies

‘Israeli’ newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said Tel Aviv begged the US to mediate a ceasefire during the 11-day military aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip that prompted the Palestinian resistance to retaliate with a massive rocket barrage.

Contrary to what is believed, ‘Israel’ was the side trying to achieve a truce during the war, Yedioth reported on Saturday.

According to the report, Tel Aviv repeatedly contacted the administration of US President Joe Biden to broker “a dignified ceasefire” by putting pressure on Egypt and some other countries.

After the Biden administration did not show much interest in intervening in the matter, Tel Aviv sent a message to Cairo calling on the North African state to intervene with the US approval, it added.

Tel Aviv launched the bombing campaign against Gaza on May 10, after Palestinian retaliation against violent raids on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East al-Quds.

The Gaza-based resistance groups did not sit idly by in the face of the ‘Israeli’ onslaught. Appearing noticeably stronger than before, the Palestinian fighters took the occupation entity by surprise with massive barrages of rockets.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired 4,300 rockets towards different cities in the occupied lands during the war, which ended on May 21 after ‘Israel’ announced a unilateral ceasefire that the resistance movements accepted with Egyptian mediation.

The Palestinian resistance struck the Red Sea port of Eilat, over 190 kilometers away using a new Ayyash-250 rocket.

Zionist media admitted at least 13 Zionist settlers were killed in the panic-stricken occupied territories and 357 others were injured, suggesting that the regime’s much-publicized “Iron Dome” missile system had failed in the face of the massive rocket fire.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said 253 Palestinians lost their lives in the ‘Israeli’ offensive, including 66 children and 39 women, and 1948 others were wounded.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (27 may – 02 June 2021)

03 06. 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 may – 02 June 2021)

27  May – 2 June 2021

  • Palestinian killed in Nablus in IOF excessive use of lethal force; 2 others die of wounds sustained in IOF attacks in Gaza and Ramallah
  • 16 Palestinians wounded, including 4 children and an elderly woman in the West Bank
  • In 171 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 125 civilians arrested, including 12 children, 2 women and 2 journalists
  • Limited IOF incursion into eastern Khan Younis, and shooting reported in eastern Rafah and at fishing boats
  • Gazan cancer patient dies due to Israel ban on travel for treatment
  • 7 tents demolished in Hebron and another commercial facility in Jerusalem; 8 demolition and cease-construction notices distributed in the West Bank
  • Settlers attack Palestinians’’ vehicles and seize 3 dunums with attempts to establish a settlement outpost in the West Bank
  • Collective punishment policy: 16 Palestinians and their families denied health insurance
  • IOF established 39 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 2 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF resumed its demolition and razing activities against Palestinians’ properties and settlers launched attacks on Palestinians and their properties. IOF maintained its collective punishment policy on the Gaza Strip, keeping both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings shut, with limited operation for conditional exceptional cases.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian in attacks on a peaceful protest in Nablus. Meanwhile, two others died: a Palestinian man from Ramallah died of wounds he sustained during clashes in al-Bireh, and a civilian from Gaza died of wounds he sustained in the latest IOF military aggression on the Gaza Strip. Additionally, 16 Palestinians sustained wounds, including 4 children and an elderly woman, in IOF excessive use of force against protests and during raids into West Bank cities. In Jerusalem, a Palestinian child was ran-over by the Israeli policy on purpose after they chased him on his bike that held the Palestinian flag on it; the child was wounded and bruised in the attack and the police arrested him.

In the Gaza Strip, one IOF shooting was recorded at fishing boats, and another on agricultural lands in eastern Rafah.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 171 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, 125 Palestinians were arrested, including 12 children and 2 women, one is a journalist, and another journalist.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented 8 violations:

  • Hebron: 4 tents (residential and barns) were demolished in southeastern Yatta, another caravan was confiscated in Atut. Three tents demolished in ad-Dhahiriya and Samoua’. 5 demolition notices were served in Kherbet Musafer.
  • Ramallah: 3 cease-construction and demolition notices served against two houses and a commercial facility in Ni’lin.
  • Qalqilya: 100 olive trees uprooted in
  • Bethlehem: 4 dunums razed and a water well destroyed in Husan
  • East Jerusalem: a commercial facility demolished near Hizma military checkpoint.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 6 attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

  • East Jerusalem: Palestinian woman assaulted inside her home in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood
  • Bethlehem: 3 dunums and a water well confiscated in Kisan
  • Salfit: attempts to establish a settlement outpost, and assault on a civilian and his vehicle in Deir Istiya
  • Ramallah: windows of 3 vehicles smashed in Ni’lin
  • Qalqilya: farmers assaulted in Dayr Balut – Salfit and Saniriya – Qalqilya.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Due to the ongoing IOF policy of collective punishment on the Gaza Strip, intensified with the closure of both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings, with limited operation, Hasan Ahmed ‘Abed al-Kharti (62), who had tongue and throat cancer, died on Sunday, 30 May 2021.  Al-Kharti had obtained a medical referral for treatment at al-Makassed Hospital in occupied Jerusalem, and the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department applied for a travel permit on 27 May 2021.  However, the Israeli authorities did not approve his travel.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

I. Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 27 May 2021, medical sources at al-‘Arish Hospital in Egypt declared the death of Ahmed Kamel ‘Abed al-Kareem ‘Ammar (33), succumbing to serious wounds he sustained on Monday, 17 May 2021, in an Israeli airstrike in Buraij refugee camp. ‘Ammar sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body and received treatment at al-Aqsa Hospital, where his injuries were reported serious. On Saturday morning, 22 May 2021, ‘Ammar was transferred to al-‘Arish Hospital in Egypt, where he was pronounced dead later.
  • At approximately 03:45 on Thursday, 27 May 2021, IOF moved into Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. Meanwhile, Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF vehicles. Afterwards, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, two children were shot with rubber bullets while other civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Also, IOF raided and searched Suliman Mohammed Ka’bi’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 28 May 2021, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established on Kafr Qaddum village’s lands, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased the protestors, clashed them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 15-year-old child was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot, a 19-year-old male sustained a sponge grenade shrapnel wounds, and a 60-year-old man was shot with a rubber bullet in his ear.
  • Around the same time, IOF along with Israeli settlers moved into al-‘Alem Mount, north of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. IOF suppressed dozens of Palestinians who gathered in the area at approximately 09:00 to confront settlers’ attacks. IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the Palestinians to disperse them. After that, violent clashes erupted in the area and continued for several hours. As a result, two Palestinians were wounded and identified as ‘Emad al-Khawajah (44), Mayor of Ni’lin village Municipality, who was shot with a live bullet in his left leg, and a 22-year-old male who was shot with a rubber bullet in his head. Both of them were taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Also, dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Moreover, at least 20 olive trees and other crops were burnt due to settlers’ attacks. It should be noted that agricultural lands in al-‘Alem Mount belong to Palestinian families from Ni’lin, Deir Qaddis and Shabtin villages, west of Ramallah. Also, Israeli settlers seek to seize al-‘Alem Mount (3 dunums) and annex it to “Nili” and “Kiryat Sefer” settlements in order to build a road for settlers in it. This road will connect the surrounding settlements with Tel Aviv.
  • On Friday, 28 May 2021, in new crime of excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), a Palestinian civilian was killed and 5 others injured, including a child, during the suppression of a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 13:30 on Friday, 28 May 2021, a peaceful protest took off from the central of Beita village, southeast of Nablus, towards Subeih Mount, south of the village, where IOF established “Avitar” settlement outpost a month ago. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at Subeih Mount, they found a large number of IOF who opened indiscriminate fire at them. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted between them, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF who responded with live and rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas canisters. The clashes continued until 18:30 and resulted in the murder of a Palestinian civilian and the injury of 5 others, including a child. Among those injured four were shot with live bullets in their lower limbs and one was shot with a rubber bullet. All of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. The victim was later identified as Zakaria Maher Falah Hamayil (26), from Beita village. Hamayil, who was a teacher, succumbed to his wounds in the emergency department after being shot with a live bullet in his head. Moreover, several protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. PCHR’s investigations emphasizes that there was no justification for the use of fire, especially if there is no imminent danger or threat to the soldiers’ lives.

This incident falls under IOF’s recurrent policy of opening fire and using excessive force during the suppression of peaceful protests, which violates shooting standards. This policy also reflects the Israeli occupation’s disregard for Palestinians’ safety and their lives.

  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF moved into al-‘Alem Mount area, north of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, where they suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinians from the village after Israeli settlers damaged Palestinian farmers’ cars on the same day morning. IOF chased Palestinian young men gathered in the area, clashed them and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 20-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot and a 24-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his right leg. Both of them were taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Also, dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Around the same time, another Israeli force moved into the village and topped residential houses’ roofs. Before their withdrawal, they closed a metal-detector gate established at the village’s main entrance.
  • At approximately 15:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area in central Hebron, where a military checkpoint was established at the closed Shuhada Street. The Palestinians threw stones at the checkpoint and set fire to tires. Afterwards, a number of Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the stone-throwers. As a result, some of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The clashes continued until 20:00, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF suppressed a protest organized by the residents of Karm al-Ja’ouni area, which is under the threat of eviction, in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, against eviction orders issued against the neighborhood’s residents and the ongoing closure of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for the 3rd consecutive week. Dozens of Palestinians stood in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah residents against the illegal closure imposed on them and participated in the protest organized in front of the houses, which are under the threat of eviction. When the protestors raised banners condemning the closure, IOF surrounded the area, fired sound bombs at them, beat and pushed them, obstructed journalists’ work, checked their press cards, prevented them from staying in the neighborhood, and beat them up. It should be noted that IOF continue to place cement cubes and iron barriers at the neighborhood’s entrance, especially after the run-over attack carried out by Shaher Abu Khadijah on 16 May 2021. Also, IOF and settlers’ attacks against the neighborhood’s residents are still continued, as they harass them in their houses and obstruct their movement from and into the neighborhood.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 30 May 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Sa’ir village, north of Hebron, and patrolled the streets. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. Afterwards, IOF fired sound bombs, live bullets and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers. As a result, a 19-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right foot and taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital. Also, other civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF withdrew later and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 30 May 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire at them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli police ran-over Jawad ‘Amer al-‘Abasi (12), from Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, after he placed a Palestine flag on his bicycle. The police also beat him up, pointed their rifles at him and detained him while receiving treatment at Hadassah Hospital in the city. Jawad said that he was riding his bicycle and heading to buy bread for his family. Meanwhile, three police officers chased him because he placed a Palestine flag on his bicycle. Jawad added that the police ran-over him, so he fell on the ground. He also said that the police officers grabbed him by his shirt and pointed their rifles at him. He added: “I was afraid that they may open fire at me, because I put the flag on my bicycle.” Jawad’s family said that the police did not provide first aid for their son and beat him up when he fell on the ground. The villagers phoned the ambulance, which took Jawad to the hospital while he was fainted. The family pointed out that Jawad sustained wounds and bruises in his head, neck and back, and he is detained in Hadassah Hospital and is not allowed to go out.
  • At approximately 22:30 on Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. In the meantime, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. Afterwards, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 73-year-old elderly woman was shot with a live bullet in his left leg while present in front of his house in al-Hawouz area and was then taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment. Also, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, 02 June 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village in eastern Rafah, opened fire and fired teargas canisters at Palestinian farmers; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:30, medical sources at Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, declared the death of Fadi Sadeq Mousa Washah (34), from Birzeit city, north of Ramallah, succumbing to wounds he sustained on 15 May 2021 after being shot with a live bullet in his head while participating in a peaceful protest took off from central Ramallah towards al-Mahkama military checkpoint, which is established at the northern entrance to Birzeit. It should be noted that IOF fired a live bullet at Washah from a 50-meter distance. He was then taken to Palestine Medical Complex, where his health condition was described serious, and he remained at the hospital until his death was announced.

II. Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 27 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (7) civilians; Osama Abd Rabbo al-Mtawar (29), Fares Abdul Qader al-Jabareen (28), Khalil Abdul Kareem al-Farroukh (30), Adham Ayed Jabareen (24), Ahmed Atiya a-Mtawar (35), Atiya Abdul Hameed al-Mtawar (33) and Amjad Mohammed Jaradat (36). Also, IOF handed Samer Mustafa Jabareen (25), Jalal Hamed Jabareen (29) and Khayran Mahmoud Jarada (25) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. Meanwhile, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli vehicles, who responded with randomly firing sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Bassam Saber Jaber’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mo’ab Maymoun Abu Khudair’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Kafr Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians. They arrestees are: Rashad Ahmed Abdo (27), Rafiq Yousef al-Sayis (25) and Yousef Baker Naser (26).
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established in the east of the Ibrahimi Mosque arrested Husam Abdul Raziq Abu Turki (19), while passing through the checkpoint. IOF took him to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of the city.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched the house of the Aqsa Mosque, Khalil Ibrahim al-Tarhouni (34), and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Kishle police center on Monday.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli Intelligence Services arrested Isma’el Ahmed Halabiya (32), after summonsing him. It should be noted that Halabiya is a former prisoner who have been on hunger strike for 105 days to protest his administrative detention in 2019.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ra’ed Hussain Derbas (39) and Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud (27) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stormed a room in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in West Jerusalem, to arrest Hamza Belal Abu Sneina (28). IOF took him to al-Kishle police center in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, interrogated him for several hours about his injuries and released him on condition of house arrested for 5 days and return for investigation next Sunday.

It should be noted that Hamza Abu Sneina is married and father of 2 children, from Bab Huta neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, but he recently went to live in al-Isawiya. Abu Sneina was wounded when IOF stormed the Aqsa Mosque on Friday 07 May 2021, as he sustained a direct rubber bullet in the left eye. As a result, he lost his left eye and sustained a skull fracture.

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Lo’ay Mohye al-Sharawna (25), from Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate, after stopping him on a temporary military checkpoint established on the entrance of Idhna village, west of the city.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at Bab al-Majlis, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, arrested Majd Naser Shaikha (24), and took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested the journalist Zaina al Halawani (27) and the photographer Wahbi Makiya (37), who work for the Al-Kofiya Palestinian TV station, while covering the events in Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Al-Halawani and Makiya were taken to al-Bareed police center then they were referred to the Israeli court where their detention was extended for 5 days. On Monday 31 May 2021, they were released on conditions of house arrest until Friday, ban their entry to Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood for a month, pay a bail of 2000 NIS for each and prevent them from connecting each other for 15 days.

After releasing Wahbi Makiya he stated that IOF arrested him along with Zaina while covering the Israeli violations in Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, claiming that they were abstracting the work of the Israeli police. Makiya confirmed that the media documented the Israeli violations against journalists and media personnel, as he and Zaina were assaulted while taking them to the police station, causing injuries. Makiya added that he was wounded in the head and he was in need for stitches, but the Israeli refused to provide aids for men, as they deliberately insulted me and tortured me and Zaina more than the rest of the arrestees. At the end they gave me a caplet of “Acamol” to relieve my pain.

  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and handed Mahdi Abu al-Hawa (20) and Mahmoud Ashayer (17) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services. Also, IOF arrested (5) civilians; Fareed Abu al-Hawa (20), Dawoud Khwais (19), Samer Dhaher (19), Hisham Abu Jum’a (18) and Zaid Abu Sbeitan (18).
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Ya’bad and Zibda, southwest of Jenin; Shuyukh, Beit Kahil, Samu and Yatta, in Hebron; and al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 28 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:35, IOF moved into Urif village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Yaser Mohammed Shehada (25).
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Bara’ Yousef Deiriya’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:15, IOF moved into Shufa village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Baha al-Dein Subhi Rayahna (22) and Murad Fathi Mousa (24) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern area of Hebron and stationed in Abu Sneina neighborhood. They raided and searched Sa’eb Adnan Abu Turki’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, in the southern side of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Nasrallah Jamal al-Tawil’s (21) house and arrested him. IOF released him later.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mousa Jabareen (33), from Sa’ir, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, after he was summonsed via a phone call.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF stationed at al-Za’eem military checkpoint east of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Lo’ay Sami al-Rajabi (25), from Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while passing through the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Husam Sidr’s (34) house, one of the Islamic Endowments’ employees, and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Musleh Naser Shehada’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Tawfiq Ehab Najeeb (18), while walking on al-Wad street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Abdul Naser Ali al-Lidawiya, while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the detention centers in the city.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ra’fat Sameeh Najeeb’s (39) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:15, IOF moved into Beita village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Yousef Mohammed ‘Afanah (29) and Khaled Helmi Naser (28).
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Yamun and Araqah, west of Jenin; Dura and Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 29 May 2021:

  • At approximately 03:15, IOF moved into Salem village, northeastern Nablus. IOF raised and searched Abdulrahman Shtayyeh’s (37) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nayef Wasim Obaid (17) and Sameer Mohammed Obaid (47) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Malek Basem Asaliya’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Bara’ al-Salayma’s (24) house and arrested her. IOF claimed that she stole a camera belonging to the Israeli soldiers and released her the following morning.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into al​-Sa’diya neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ra’ed al-Jundy’s (19) house and arrested him on grounds of flying a luminous kite on the roof of his house.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Khaled Awad al-Baraghithi’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint in front of “Shavei Shomron” settlement, on the road between Nablus and Jenin, north of the West Bank. Before removing the checkpoint, IOF arrested an Islamic Jihad leader, Khader Adnan Mousa (43), from Arraba, southwest of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into Ya’bad, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians. The arrestees are: Ahmed Kamel Abu Baker (20), Faraj Mahmoud Abu Baker (20) and Ahmed Mohammed Abu Baker (20).
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Huwwarah, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 30 May 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Rami Mohammed Thawabta’s (19) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Omar Mousa Hajaheja’s (27) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Bassam Tareq Abu Sbeih’s (19) house and arrested him.

Monday, 31 May 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Abdullah al-Sayad’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Jamal Abu Khudair’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Wadi Ma’ali village in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Hamza Khaled al-Harimi’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Nablus. They raided and searched Abdul Rahman Izzat Dashoun’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and stationed near the UNRWA schools. They raided and searched Mohammed Ibrahim Moqbel’s (13) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Moqbel after the investigation.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed in the city center. They raided and searched Ibrahim Waleed Ikhlayil’s (20) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Ikhlayil while present at the entrance of “Gush Etzion” settlement, heading to the Israeli Intelligence Services’ office.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched Baha’ Mohammed Zahida’s (22) house and arrested him.

At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Deir Abu Masha’al village in northwestern Ramallah. IOF raided and searched Mohammed Safi Atta’s (24) house and arrested him.

  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Idhna, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Isma’el Talab al-Nattah’s (44) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:20, IOF moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Omar Khaled Abu Rwayis (33). It should be noted that Abu Rwayis is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 19:15, IOF moved into Dayr Balut village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nathir Ramzi Mustafa (24) and Jameel Abdul Wahab Abdullah (22) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Ali al-Heah, from Surif, northwest of Hebron governorate, while present near “Kfar Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Omar Mahmoud Shwyat’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud al-Haniti (15), while leaving school in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at Huwwarah military checkpoint, on the eastern entrance of Nablus, arrested Bashar Mohammed Badrasawi (22), from Balata refugee camp, east of the city. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into al​-Sa’diya neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ayham Ramzi al-Za’anin’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (7) incursions in Kifl Hares and Deir Istiya, north of Salfit; Ya’bad, Mirka and Zawiya, southwest of Jenin; Yatta and Bani Na’im in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 01 June 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, a group of Mista’arvim (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians), sneaked to Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah, and stationed in front of Jadallah Fahed al-Barghouthi’s (44) house. They stormed the house and arrested Ali Hasan al-Barghouthi (38). Meanwhile, IOF moved into the village, surrounded the abovementioned house to secure the withdrawal of the special unit.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Zababdeh village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Muhanna Khaled al-Sharqawi’s (45) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Dahiyat al-Baladiya, the southern neighborhood of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses belonging to Zahida family and arrested (4) civilians. The arrestees are: Shadi Ali Zahida (44), Nour Shadi Zahida (18), Fadel Fareed Zahida (25) and Basheer Fayad Zahida (19).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qatanna village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Rami Hussain al-Khateeb’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:20, IOF moved into Meithalun village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Rif’at Rabay’a (29).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Idhna, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Salah Mohammed al-Batran’s (33) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Bayt Kahil village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Issam Ali al-Zohour’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Kafr Qaddum village, northeast of Qalqilya. They raided and searched 3 houses belonging to Bashar Mohammed Ishtaiwi (26), Hamza Mohammed Ishtaiwi and Murad Fathi Mousa (21), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians including 2 children. The arrestees are: Awni Ahmed Taqatiqa (17), Mohammed Nasim Diriya (23), Mofeed Fayez Taqatiqa (16), Mohammed Khaled Taqatiqa (29) and Abdullah Thawabta (21).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Tayasir village, east of Tubas. They raided and searched Munir Fawzi Dabak’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:50, IOF moved into Bayt Sira village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched 5 houses and arrested (5) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Ya’qoub Diab al-Hajj (15), Mousa Isma’el Amara (19), Tha’er Yousef Hamdan (22), Ibrahim Hani Abu Safiya (24), and Mus’ab Montaser Hamdan (32). Later, IOF released the last 3 arrestees.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Khalil al-‘Abbasi (34), from Silwan, while working at Bab al-Rahma cemetery, close to the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, on grounds of his place of work at the cemetery. On the next day, the Israeli court issued a decision to release him on conditions that completely banning him from entering the cemetery, pay a bail of 1000 NIS and sign on a financial guarantee of 5,000 NIS.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and handed Omar Fawzi Muhaisen (37), his brother, Malik (25), and Ma’moun Ali Farhan (28) summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya center in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Deir Sharaf area, west of Nablus. They raided and searched Jaser Abdullah Abu Hamada’s (45) house while he was repairing the telephone disruption in the area, in favor of the Palestine Telecommunications. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Ibrahim Naser al-Ghawi in al-Sheikh Jarrah, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF claimed that he entered the roof of his family house that the Israeli settlers stole in 2009 and damaged the Star of David badge which was hanged on the roof.
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Tubas, Ya’bad, Kufeirat and Bir al-Basha, southwest of Jenin; Sanur, southeast of Jenin; Jalamah, Arana, Dayr Ghazale, Beit Kad and Faqqua, northeast of Jenin; and Urif village, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 02 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including 2 children. The arrestees are: Fadi Dawoud Asakra (17), Ahmed Ayman Ali (16), Ali Ra’ed Abayat (21) and Ahmed Mohammed Abayat (20).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested (3) civilians; Baha’ al-Dein Mohammed al-Nahnoush (22), his brother Omar (15), and Adel Mohammed Salayma (18).
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Deir Sharaf village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ward Nidham Taysir Antari (23) and Hisham Wa’el Fuqaha (23).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Shuweika, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched Rabea’ Mohammed Nayfa’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Obaida Mohammed Mustafa Thawabtah (16), Ahmed Ali Abu al-‘Asal (19), Yousef Jalal Taqatiqa (22) and Abdul Rahman Yousef Taqatiqa (24).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF reinforced with 3 bulldozers moved 100 meters into the east of al-Fukhkhari, east of Khan Yunis. The leveled and combed lands and redeployed again within the fence after several hours.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Nawaf Ayman Abu al-Hawa’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Waleed al-Rajabi (15) and Rami Masalma (14), while present in Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took them to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein Street.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Sa’ir and Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

Demolitions, Confiscations and notices

  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 31 May 2021, IOF backed up by military vehicles and accompanied with a construction vehicle, a truck-mounted crane and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Buweib village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed and the Civil Administration officers demolished and confiscated tents without any prior warning.  The demolition included:
  • A 10-sqm residential tent sheltering Ibrahim Jabrin al-Da’ajneh, his wife and 4 kids, including 2 girls.
  • A 10-sqm residential tent belonging to Mohammed and Fathi Ibrahim Jabrin al-Da’ajneh
  • A 22-sqm tent used as a sheep barn
  • A 10-sqm tent used as a sheep barn

Al-Da’ajneh said that the Israeli authorities did not hand him any demolition notice so that he could apply the papers necessary for the appeal before the Israeli authorities.  However, the Israeli Civil Administration only orally notified him.  He added that the demolition has left 3 families homeless along with 100 sheep.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Mohalel area in eastern Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. The soldiers deployed between the houses while the civil administration officer distributed 3 notices to stop construction works and demolish 2 houses and a barrack, under the pretext of their location near the annexation wall, which separates al-Mohalel area from “Kiryat Sefer” settlement that is 40 meters away from the annexation wall.  It should be noted that the mentioned area is classified an Area “B” that is under the Israeli control.
  • A notice to stop construction works and demolish an under-construction house of 2 floors and built of stones on an area of 260sqms belonging to Mo’az Fahmi Ibrahim Srour
  • A notice to stop construction works and demolish an under-construction house of 2 floors and built of stones on an area of 230sqms belonging to ‘Abdel Jaber Sa’dat Saleh Steih
  • a final order notice to stop construction works and demolish a 90-sqm barrack built of bricks and steel that is used by an auto repair shop belonging to Ibrahim Nizam Qatousa.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Jayous village, north of Qalqiliya. They uprooted 100 olive trees in Yobek al-‘Aqed area planted in a plot of land of 30 dunums belonging to Nizam Tawfiq Salim, under the pretext of its location within Area C that is under the Israeli control.
  • At approximately 11:30 on the same day, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a truck-mounted crane and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into ‘At’out area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the Civil Administration officers confiscated a tinplate caravan of 12 sqms used by Yasser Isma’il Abu Fenar as a dwelling.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a truck-mounted crane and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Mkattal Musalam area between ad-Dhahiriya and as-Samu villages, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area and the Civil administration officers dismantled and confiscated tents under the pretext of building without a license.  The demolition included:
  • A 150-sqm sheep barn which shelters 60 sheep belonging to Isma’il Mustafa al-‘Awawdeh.
  • A 20-sqm residential tent of shed cloth that is house to Isma’il Mustafa al-‘Awawdeh and his family of 7.
  • A 25-sqm residential tent of shed cloth that is house to ‘Ammar Mustafa al-‘Awawdeh and his family of 6.

The Israeli authorities handed on 02 February 2017 notices to stop construction works in tents and solar panels, giving the notified until 13 February 2017 to apply for an appeal to the notice.  On 23 April 2021, the Israeli administration again handed them a final demolition order notice.

  • On Wednesday, 02 June 2021, Israeli vehicles razed agricultural lands, uprooted olive trees and damaged a water well between the villages of Wadi Fukin and Husan villages, west of Bethlehem. Hasan Breijiyeh, office director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, said that IOF accompanied with 2 bulldozers razed 4 dunums belonging to ‘Abdel Majeed ‘Abdullah in Qernet Abu ‘Ali area and Kherbet al-Ghazzawi and uprooted trees in addition to destroying the land walls and fence surround it.  They also damaged an agricultural water well in the area.

It should be noted that IOF took over tens of dunums from the lands in those areas and notified their owners of the seizure under the pretext that they are a state property.

  • At approximately 06:00, the Israeli bulldozers demolished a commercial facility belonging to Usamah Salah al-Khatib near Hizma checkpoint, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The facility’s owner said that his facility is a 90-sqm container used as a carwash. He was surprised with IOF’s vehicles demolishing his carwash in the early morning without any prior demolition notice.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by a military vehicle and a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Masafer area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed demolition notices to the civilians in Kherab al-Mosafer.  The demolition notices included:
  • Kherbet Khelet al-Dabe’a: an agricultural tent that is temporarily established to collect the summer crops belonging to Mohammed al-‘Amour
  • Kherbet al-Fakhit: a 10-sqm room of bricks and tinplate bathroom belonging to Ra’ed Mahmoud al-‘Amour
  • Kherbet al-Fakhit: an agricultural land nuilt of wood and bricks belonging to Fo’ad Fadel al-‘Amour
  • Kherbet Khelet al-Dab’a: a notice to close a 1-kilometer dirt street
  • Kherbet Sho’ab al-Batem: a notice to close a 2-kilometer dirt road.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 28 May 2021, an Israeli settler raided a house belonging to Samer al-Nashashibi in al-Sheikh Jarrah in northern occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and gas-sprayed his 20-year-old daughter, Hala.

Al-Nashashibi’s wife, Rana, said that she was sitting with her children at their house when her mother-in-law, who lives next-door, called her to tell her that she saw a masked person raiding their house yard.  Immediately, Rana and her son, Amir, went to the land near the house searching for him but they could not find him.  Al-Nashashibi added that when she came home, she found her daughter, Hala, trying to resist a masked person, who had raided the house, after him gas-sprayed her daughter and she could have been hurt. She added that she and her family are still in shock about what happened and could not sleep for days.  Hala said that she was studying in their home balcony when she found a masked settler right in front of her and immediately opened part of the house door to warn her mother and brother, but the settler suddenly sprayed some toxic gas at her.  Hala said that the settler kept saying, “This land is for Jews… Leave it.”  Hala added that after inhaling the gas, she suffocated and felt tired.  When the Israeli ambulance arrived, they refused to come into the house until the police arrived, and the latter was late. 

  • At dawn on Friday, 28 May 2021, Israeli settlers seized 3 dunums and a water well in Kisan village, southeast of Bethlehem.

Ahmed Ghazal, Deputy Chairman of Kisan Village Council, said that dozens of settlers, under IOF’s protection, moved into Sahel al-Haj Mohammed area between “Ma’ale Amos‏” and “Ibhi Hanhal” settlements established on the village lands and took over 3 dunums in the area.  They started leveling it and seized a water well.  They also set an electricity network, seats and umbrellas to turn the land into a tourist area for settlers.

It should be noted that the Israeli Civil Administration’s Higher Council of Planning approved on Thursday afternoon the construction of 560 new settlement units in “Mtsad” settlement near Kisan and al-Rashaidah villages, southeast of Bethlehem.  Also, Israeli authorities endorsed plans for the construction of 90 new settlement units in Ibi Hanahal settlement.

  • At approximately 13:45, a group of settlers moved into the agricultural lands in Kherbet Shehadah area in Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, trying to establish a new settlement outpost. The villagers gathered to protest the establishment of the outpost while the settlers opened fire.  IOF intervened and fired teargas canisters at the villagers; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, under the watchful of IOF, a settler from “Ariel” settlement, which is established on the Palestinian lands of Salfit, assaulted Yassar ‘Azzam al-Khalili (28), from Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, and broke his car windows before Yassar could escape. Yassar said that:

“I was in my car with 2 other persons from my village, Yosri Fathi Salah Khatib and Shadi Abu Faris, when I stopped at the traffic light at “Ariel” intersection.  Meanwhile, a settler with a sharp tool came, hit the windows while we were inside the vehicle, and broke the glass. He also hit the vehicle structure, causing damage to it, under the watchful of IOF, but I could flee away.” 

  • At approximately 07:00 on Saturday, 29 May 2021, a group of settlers from “Nili” settlement, west of Ramallah, broke the windows of 3 vehicles belonging to Palestinians farmers, who parked them in their lands in Jabal al-‘Alam area to the north of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. The farmers found this out when they arrived and saw the settlers fleeing away.   The attacked vehicles belonged to Yousif ‘Ali Srour and Yousif Mohammed al-Khawaja.
  • At approximately 12:10 on Monday, 31 May 2021, a group of settlers moved into the Palestinian lands of Deir Balout village, west of Salfit, and Sanniriya village, south of Qalqilya, to attack the farmers there. IOF then intervened and arrested 3 civilians namely ‘Abdel Karim Nemer Younis; Sa’id Isma’il Sa’id; and ‘Alam Isma’il Khalil; all are from Sanniriya village.

IV. Collective Punishment Policy

On Wednesday morning, 27 May 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities deprived 16 former Palestinian prisoners from Jerusalem and all their family members of their right to receive their medical services as a type of collective punishment measure to practice pressure and terror.

Amjad Abu ‘Asab, Head of the Committee for Families of Jerusalem’s Prisoners, said that the Israeli occupation authorities revoked the health insurance of a number of former Palestinian prisoners, especially those arrested on grounds of confronting the assaults in al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah.  Abu ‘Asab added that Jerusalemites” right to health insurance is guaranteed by the Israeli law as they pay monthly fees up to 70 USD for each individual in return for receiving treatment at the Israeli health institutions and social benefits.  Abu ‘Asab said that the health insurance revocation against 16 activists and prisoners from Jerusalem came as part of the Israeli authorities’ arbitrary practices against the Jerusalemites to practice pressure on them and break their will in light of the difficult economic and living conditions, particularly given the high cost of medical treatment in Jerusalem.  (PCHR keeps the names of the activists, prisoners and their families whose health insurances were revoked as stated by Abu ‘Asab)

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip:

Due to the ongoing IOF policy of collective punishment on the Gaza Strip, intensified with the closure of both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings, with limited operation, Hasan Ahmed ‘Abed al-Kharti (62), who had tongue and throat cancer, died on Sunday, 30 May 2021.  Al-Kharti had obtained a medical referral for treatment at al-Makassed Hospital in occupied Jerusalem, and the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department applied for a travel permit on 27 May 2021.  However, the Israeli authorities did not approve his travel.

According to PCHR’s follow-up, the Israeli authorities closed Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing on 11 May 2021, when the Israeli offensive started on the Gaza Strip, banning the travel of all categories limitedly allowed, including patients referred for treatment abroad.  After the offensive ended, the Israeli authorities declared that only the urgent “lifesaving” cases will be allowed to travel via the crossing; however, the reality on the ground says that the Israeli authorities refused to respond to dozens of permit requests applied by the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department on behalf patients with serious diseases, whose treatment is not available at the Gaza hospitals, and referred abroad for treatment in the hospitals in Israel, the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and abroad. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities allowed only the travel of 13 patients out of the 191 requests applied by the Coordination and Liaison Department to the Israeli authorities between 25 and 30 May 2021.

Moreover, these restrictions coincide with the electricity crisis resulting from the suspension of the power plant after the Israeli occupation authorities banned the supply of fuel needed to run it, which threatens suspension of medical services for hundreds of patients, including cancer patients.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 39 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 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.

Jerusalem:

  • On Friday, 28 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Isawiya village’s tunnel, northeast of the city.
  • On Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Biddu village’s tunnel, northwest of the city.
  • On Sunday, 30 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya village, east of the city.
  • On Monday, 31 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Al-Eizariya and Anata villages, east of the city.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 28 May 2021, IOF closed al-Container military checkpoint, east of the city, and re-opened it later. They also closed the metal-detector gate established at the entrance to Jannatah village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.
  • On Sunday, 30 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Nahalin village, near al-Nashash intersection, and near Rachel’s Tomb, which is located near the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Monday, 31 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Nahalin village, near al-Nashash intersection, and near Rachel’s Tomb, which is located near the northern entrance to the city.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 27 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement, west of the city.
  • On Sunday, 30 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in al-Moraba’a area (on a road connecting between Nablus and its southeastern villages) and near the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement (on a road connecting between Nablus and Tulkarm), west of the city.
  • On Monday, 31 May 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in al-Moraba’a area (on a road connecting between Nablus and its southeastern villages).
  • On Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement (on a road connecting between Nablus and Tulkarm), west of the city and at the intersection of al-Moraba’a area (on a road connecting between Nablus and its southeastern villages).

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 28 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, as-Samu and Abu al-‘Asja villages.
  • On Saturday, 29 May 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, at the entrances to Karma and Susya villages, at the southern entrance to Halhul city, and at the western entrance to Hebron.
  • On Sunday, 20 May 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, Ash-Shuyukh and as-Samu villages.
  • On Tuesday, 01 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, as-Samu and Bani Na’im villages, at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 02 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron and at the northern entrance to Yatta city (Zaif).

Salfit:

  • On Friday, 28 May 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Istiya and Biddya villages, west of the city.

UN Human Rights Council to Investigate Israeli War Crimes in Palestine (VIDEO)

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May 27, 2021

Israeli warplanes attacked hundreds of ‘targets’ in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) decided on Thursday, May 27, to “urgently establish an ongoing independent, international commission of inquiry,” to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to,

“Investigate in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law leading up to and since 13 April 2021”.

The resolution was passed with 24 votes in favor, 9 against, and 14 abstentions. The US delegation of the Council in Geneva expressed its disappointment following the vote, alleging that the resolution represents an obstacle to the ‘progress’ that has been made.

LIVE: UNHRC holds special session on human rights situation in occupied West Bank https://t.co/nVw6GyPzpy

— PresserWatch (@PresserWatch) May 27, 2021

For its part, an Israeli Foreign Ministry’s statement dubbed the resolution a ‘moral failure’, aimed at covering the ‘crimes’ of the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas. The Israeli statement also officially rejected the decision and declared that it will not participate in the investigation. 

Below, are the full events that preceded the UNHRC’s vote, as reported on the Council’s website:

Human Rights Council Opens Special Session on “the Grave Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”, Speakers Urge it to Establish an International Commission of Inquiry

“The Human Right Council this morning opened its special session on “the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”.  It heard calls from speakers for the Council to establish an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law leading up to and since 13 April 2021.

“In her opening remarks, Nazhat Shameem Khan, President of the Human Rights Council, outlining the proposed extraordinary modalities for the session, said these modalities had been defined due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, which prohibited public meetings of more than 15 participants, and should not serve as a precedent. 

“Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said both sides had the right to defend their citizens, and Palestinians had the right to live safely and freely in their homes, something that they were unable to experience due to the Israeli blockade.  The risk of evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem remained high, while the situation in the West Bank was alarming, with Israeli Security Forces killing 10 Palestinians on 14 May – the highest number in one day since the collection of these figures by the United Nations began in 2008.  The situation inside Israel was concerning: mob attacks took place on individuals in mixed cities of Bat-Yam, Jaffa and Acra, as well as attacks on places of worship instigated by both sides, with Israeli police failing to protect Palestinian citizens.  Despite the welcome news of the ceasefire, Ms. Bachelet emphasised that the root causes of violence must be addressed. 

“Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, speaking on behalf of his mandate and on behalf of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures, said the events over the past month in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and also across Israel, were a calamitous repetition of what all had previously witnessed in 2018, 2014, 2012, 2008-09, 2000, 1987 and further and deeper into the tragic history of the Palestinians.  The United Nations had demanded repeatedly over the years that Israel comply with its international legal obligations and remove its settlements, stop its evictions, end the unlawful annexation, and halt the demolitions and forced removal of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.  Defiance by the occupying power had been the answer.  The international community must insist upon a brand-new diplomatic playbook to end the Israeli occupation, one that was centred on rights, rather than Realpolitik.

Israel rejects UNHRC decision to launch probe into Gaza war crimes while Hamas welcomes resolution, saying its action against Israel is “legitimate resistance”https://t.co/8j1G9grXT7

— TRT World (@trtworld) May 27, 2021

“Issam Younis, Director of Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza and Head of the Independent Commission for Human Rights of Palestine, said that all over Gaza, for 11 days, entire families were huddled and living on kitchen floors as this seemed the safest place.  But nowhere was safe in Gaza.  Israel’s unlawful closure of Gaza, 14 years of collective punishment, had been tightened.  The bringing down of the Associated Press building had made it more difficult to get information out.  Recent events were a mere symptom: for 73 years, there had been systematic, institutionalised efforts to impose a settler-colonial regime of racial domination and oppression on both sides of the Green Line. 

“Mohammad Barakeh, former Member of the Knesset and Chairman of the Arab Higher Committee in Israel, speaking on behalf of the committee that represented all Palestinians inside Israel, noted that they had been spared displacement in 1948.  Over the past decades, they had faced different forms of discrimination – confiscation of land, imposition of emergency laws, restriction of job opportunities and more.  In July 2018, the Knesset had approved the Jewish nation-state law stipulating that the land of Palestine was the historical home of the Jews, who had the exclusive right to self-determination.  With this, democratic principles were dismissed by Netanyahu and the Israeli State. 

“Muna El Kurd, journalist and resident of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem, said the Israeli occupation forces refused to properly examine the property rights of Palestinians while the Israeli Government and colonial businesses were separating Palestinians from the land.  There was an apartheid regime: settlers could move around freely unlike Palestinians.  Sheikh Jarrah was illegally sealed off; residents could go out with their papers but nobody – nor their friends nor their loved ones- could come into this area.  The colonial violence suffered by residents and people who took part in peaceful protest was barbaric.  Palestinians were fired upon using rubber bullets, including in their homes.

Muna al-Kurd, a renowned journalist and citizen of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied #Jerusalem, was forced out of a UN Human Rights Council session today after she criticized lies by Israel’s UN ambassador. #savesheikhjarrah pic.twitter.com/gkNFTne4ra

— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) May 27, 2021

“In the discussion that followed, speakers, while welcoming the decision of the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes within its material scope that might have been committed on the territory of Palestine, urged the Court to include the crime against humanity of apartheid in its investigations.  History showed the ceasefire would not end the everyday sufferings of the people in the occupied Palestinian territory that had been going on for more than seven decades.  The Council should take decisive actions towards ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory, including through dispatching a commission of inquiry, speakers said.  Some speakers said the establishment of a commission of inquiry would not serve the purpose of peace.  Regrettably, the self-professed global champions of human rights continued to shield the occupier from global accountability, and literally provided arm and ammunitions for its widely reported war crimes and crimes of apartheid against the Palestinian people.  Member States should support the draft resolution; the credibility of the Council was at stake.

“Speaking in the urgent debate were Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of Namibia; Abdul Momen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh; Shah Mahmood Qureshi,  Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan; and Najla Elmangoush, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Government of National Unity of Libya.

“Also taking the floor were Egypt on behalf of the Group of Arab States, Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Portugal on behalf of the European Union, Sweden on behalf of Nordic countries, Azerbaijan on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, South Africa on behalf of the Group of African States, Mauritania, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil, Russian Federation, Bolivia, Bahrain, India, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, China, Republic of Korea, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Sudan, Somalia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Tunisia, Kuwait and Turkey.

“The Council will next meet this afternoon at 3 p.m. to continue the discussion and take action on the draft resolution before closing the special session.”

To read in full, please click here..

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Revealed: Israeli Settler Groups With Ties To the US Are Evicting Palestinians in Mass

By Jessica Buxbaum

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Jessica Buxbaum investigates the slew of Israeli settler groups working to evict Palestinian families from their East Jerusalem homes with the aid of millions of dollars from American donors.

Occupied East Jerusalem — Nearly 20 Palestinian families face homelessness amid a raging pandemic and cold, wet winter in occupied East Jerusalem because of eviction lawsuits from Israeli settler groups backed by wealthy American donors.

Over the last few months, Israeli courts upheld the eviction orders of 16 Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem districts of Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah. The evictions are carried out through lawsuits by Israeli company Nachalat Shimon and settler associations Ateret Cohanim and Elad. These three organizations argue the land the families’ homes are on belongs to them because Yemeni Jews owned the land before 1948. Israel’s discriminatory Legal and Administrative Matters Law allows Jews to claim ownership of property they lost during the 1948 War but doesn’t guarantee that same right to Palestinians.

Nachalat Shimon operates in Sheikh Jarrah and is responsible for the evictions of 11 Palestinian families in the neighborhood since 2008. Ateret Cohanim and Elad work to displace Palestinian residents in Silwan and have evicted 14 families in the area since 2015. Silwan is part of Jerusalem’s “Holy Basin,” an area coveted by Jewish settlers because of its proximity to the Old City and purported connections to King David. While 16 families are under threat of imminent eviction, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that over 800 Palestinians are at risk of forced eviction, chiefly as a result of Israeli settlers.

The planned annexation of Greater Jerusalem. Areas in blue are, or soon will be, under Israeli control. Credit | Ir Amim

While Ateret Cohanim and Elad receive Israeli donations, the majority of their money comes from abroad. Ateret Cohanim received nearly 5 million shekels (roughly $1 million U.S. dollars) in foreign donations in 2018 but only 100,000 shekels or $3,000 domestically. Elad, also known as the Ir David Foundation, secured significantly more foreign monies with over 60,000 shekels or $20 million coming from abroad in 2019 and just 760,000 shekels or about $230,000 from Israel.

Public information is limited on where exactly these entities receive their donations from. According to the Israeli settlement watchdog group, Peace Now, Elad has not disclosed a donor list to Israel’s Registrar of Associations since 2005. However, it’s well-documented that Ateret Cohanim receives money from its sister nonprofit American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and Elad receives funds from its American wing, Friends of Ir David.

American money behind the settlements 

The United States’ Internal Revenue Service doesn’t require nonprofits to disclose their donors, allowing American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and Friends of Ir David haven’t to avoid publishing this information in their tax filings. Despite this, Friends of Ir David reported providing grants of $20 million to organizations in the Middle East in 2018. On its tax forms, the group writes its stated purpose is “to provide assistance to organizations in the Old City of Jerusalem and the Ancient City of David.” 

Elad is currently working with the Israel Antiquities Authority to excavate a nearly 300-foot-long tunnel under the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of Silwan in hopes of unearthing the First and Second Jewish Temples. This archaeological dig is part of Israel’s recent efforts to “Judaize” Jerusalem and erase any Palestinian heritage from the city.

American Friends of Ateret Cohanim reported close to $550,000 in 2016 (the most recent filing available). The organization, also known as the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, states that part of its mission is to “provide aid for security equipment in support of the safety and protection of community residents, and provide funds to needy families for housing renovations and repairs.”  

Israeli Settler US dollars
US Ambassador David Friedman, left, talks to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson at an event in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. Tsafrir Abayov | AP

Close analysis of IRS reports from 2014-2019 by MintPress News reveals American philanthropists gave large sums to these organizations.

The Hertog Foundation, Irving I Moskowitz Foundation, Adelson Family Foundation, Mindel Foundation, Samueli Foundation, Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Foundation, and the Jewish Communal Fund all donated to Friends of Ir David. The biggest contributors came from the foundations belonging to American billionaires Roger Hertog, Irving Moskowitz, and Sheldon Adelson. The Adelson Family Foundation gifted Friends of Ir David around $3 million in 2018. The Irving I Moskowitz Foundation contributed $1.5 million, and the Hertog Foundation gave around $600,000 during the five-year period.

The Cherna Moskowitz Foundation, the Jewish Communal Fund, and the Mermelstein Foundation have all donated to the American Friends of Ateret Cohanim. During the five years examined, the charity belonging to Irving Moskowitz’s wife, Cherna, gave the most with a total of $775,000.

These foundations, along with American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and Friends of Ir David, are tax-exempt entities. The organizations whose contact information is available did not respond to requests for comment.

Nachalat Shimon is even less transparent than Ateret Cohanim and Elad. According to documents obtained by Peace Now, Shimon Hazadik Holdings LTD is registered in the Israeli Corporation Authority as the owner of Nachalat Shimon.

Peace Now’s investigation also discovered that Shimon Hazadik is registered in Delaware’s Division of Corporations and another company with a similar name—Shimon Hazadik Partners—is also registered in Delaware. Both companies’ statuses have been canceled due to failure to pay taxes. Nachalat Shimon did not respond to a request for comment.

The Jewish National Fund’s hand in advancing settlements

While Nachalat Shimon, Ateret Cohanim, and Elad are the primary entities behind the current evictions, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) has also been involved in evicting Palestinian families, specifically by collaborating with Elad.

The JNF markets itself as an environmental organization helping to green Israel’s landscape. In reality, JNF has uprooted Palestinian communities since before Israel became a state.

+972 Magazine investigation found that JNF has cooperated with Elad lawyers for decades to evict Palestinian families in Silwan. Historical documents indicate that the JNF purchased Palestinian properties in Silwan through its subsidiary, Hemnutah. Hemnutah then works with Elad on eviction proceedings. In coordination with the JNF, Elad is attempting to evict the Sumarin family from their home in Silwan.

The US-Israel connection 

Since Israel’s inception, the state has overwhelmingly relied on American dollars to maintain its occupation of Palestine and the Syrian Golan—whether that’s through military aid or donations to Jewish settlements. Brian Reeves, Peace Now’s director of Development and External Relations, attributes this to the U.S. having the world’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel.

“Israel would not be a country today—100%— if it did not come from foreign funding from the United States,” Reeves said.

“And the United States has continued to invest billions of dollars per year in philanthropic work in Israel,” Reeves added.” “While a lot of that money might sound like it’s going toward archeology and things we all support, it’s actually going to right-wing organizations that are exploiting the archaeology for ideological reasons at the expense of the local Palestinian population.”

While Israeli organizations on the right and the left obtain financial support from the U.S., Reeves pointed out that conservative causes secure substantially more.

“For right-wing people, Israel is their pet project so they’ll put a disproportionate amount of their allocations and philanthropic work toward Israel,” Reeves said.

As an Israeli, though, Reeves’ main concern is how the influx of foreign wealth is subsequently driving the nation’s priorities.

“Coming from an Israeli perspective, how do we feel about the fact that our own politics, media, and country’s agenda is largely influenced by both right-wing Jewish and evangelical funding?” Reeves said. “Imagine if [President Joe] Biden was funded for the most part by outside private donors in foreign countries. It would just be absurd.”

“It’s infringing on our sovereignty and we’re letting it happen.”

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