Fighting Injustice: A Common Cause for Ireland, Scotland and Palestine

October 13, 2021

Fighting Injustice: A Common Cause for Ireland, Scotland and Palestine

By Mohammad Sleem

Beirut – In Glasgow, during the football matches between the Rangers and Celtic, the famous derby of the Scottish football league, Celtic fans do not hesitate to show every act of solidarity possible with Palestine. Images of fans waving the Palestinian flag and wearing the kufiyah over their shoulders circulate social media platforms, in an act which has been a tradition in Scotland for decades.

On October 9, the ‘Israeli’ football team represnting the Zionist entity played against the Scottish national team for the World Cup qualifications. The match took place in Scotland. The Palestinian flag and kufiyah dominated the seats in the stadium. The event was a great chance to display activities in and outside the stadium to express empathy with the Palestinian Cause. Fans shouted slogans and held banners calling for the boycott of the “Israeli” entity, with “don’t play ball with the ‘Israeli’ apartheid” written on banners.

As the game started, jeering and booing were heard out loud whenever any of the “Israeli” players touched the ball. A winning goal at the last minutes made the scenario even better for the Scottish fans, who celebrate loudly in the face of the “Israeli” fans.

Fighting injustice and calling for independence, are the main common factors bringing the Scots and Palestinians together, as Scotland has been previously colonialized. In addition to the aforementioned, the Palestinian Cause has a popular and political support led by the Scottish National Party, which sees Palestine as a repetition of its experience of independence, following numerous demands for secession from the United Kingdom.

“We want Palestinians to know that we are thinking about them”, that’s how Scots comment on their pro-Palestine activities.

The Scottish people and the Palestinians share a common cause: injustice; both nations have faced suppression and oppression and they share the same values and retell the stories of their sufferings and the experiences they went through.

In a related notion, the Irish also support Palestine since they consider the Palestinian Cause a reflection of their own experience as they have resisted the British occupation for the right to self-determination.

With this being said, we understand the reason behind the empathy of the Scots and the Celtic with Palestine. The Celtic football club founder was an immigrant from Ireland who settled in Glasgow and came up with the idea of founding a football club.

The spokesperson of Celtic expresses the Scottish club’s solidarity with the Palestinian immigrants saying, “They are always welcome in their home”, since we are immigrants and we feel the situation they are in.

Besides, Ireland’s parliament has issued a law to consider all the “Israeli” annexation of Palestinian lands “illegal”. Later on, Irish deputies passed the law and it became official.

The Irish and Scottish are highly knowledgeable when it comes to the Palestinian Case. Not only this, but several activities had also been held in solidarity with oppressed people in different countries such as Africa, to condemn suppression, oppression and ethnic cleansing.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (30 September – 6 October 2021)

October 7, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 September – 6 October 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations

(30 September – 6 October 2021)

IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip:

2 Palestinians killed, including 1 woman, and 4 others wounded in occupied East Jerusalem, and Gaza

3 shootings at Palestinians’ fishing boats reported, and 2 others on agricultural lands in the Gaza Strip

In 126 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 79 civilians arrested, including 14 children, 2 journalists, and 2 women

Two IOF incursions into eastern Gaza, and two Palestinians arrested while attempting to cross the Gaza border area

3 houses demolished, and a fourth partially demolished in occupied East Jerusalem; 6 demolition notices served in Nablus

IOF established 36 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested one Palestinian 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, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in Hebron under Israeli military protection.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed 2 Palestinians, including a woman, and wounded 4 others in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On 30 September 2021, IOF killed Israa’ Khaled ‘Aref Khuzemiyah (30) under the pretext that she attempted to carry out a stab attack near al-Silsila Gate , one of the al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem.  Also on Thursday, IOF shot and killed Mohammed M. A. Abu-Ammar (40) while setting up a bird-hunting net. Both crimes are yet another stark example of IOF unjustifiable relaxed shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives. PCHR also documented IOF wounding 2 Palestinians in attacks on a protest in Beit Dajan, Nablus; and 2 others in occupied Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 3 times at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, and twice on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 126 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, 79 Palestinians were arrested, including 14 children, two journalists, and two women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into eastern Rafah and Khan Younis. Two Palestinians were arrested while attempting to cross the Gaza border area.

Demolitions:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian man forced to self-demolish part of his house; 2 others were forced to demolish their houses in Beit Hanina and Sur Baher. IOF demolished a house in Silwan and continued bulldozing stone chains in Samarin family’s lands in Silwan.
  • Hebron: excavator confiscated in Dura; demolition notices served against 4 water wells in Yatta, also another excavator was confiscated in Yatta. Demolition notice served against agricultural room in Susyia, and cease-construction notice served against a house in
  • Nablus: 6 demolition notices served against barracks and houses.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

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

  • In East Jerusalem, a Palestinian woman was shot and killed by IOF under the pretext that she attempted to carry out a stab attack against one of the Israeli soldiers stationed near al-Silsila Gate, which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque. The investigations confirmed that IOF was capable of controlling the woman without using lethal force against her.

At approximately 06:30 on Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF opened fire and killed Israa’ Khaled ‘Aref Khuzemiyah (30), from Qabatiya in Jenin governorate, under the pretext that she attempted to carry out a stab attack near al-Silsila Gate , one of the al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem. The Israeli police claimed that a Palestinian woman raised soldiers’ suspicions when they approached to check her ID card; IOF alleged that she took out a knife and attempted to stab the soldiers, but they shot her immediately.

After the incident, IOF closed all the gates of the al-Aqsa Mosque, denied workers and students access to their workplaces and schools and obstructed their movement for over an hour.

  • Also on Thursday, in eastern al-Buraij refugee camp in Central Gaza Strip, IOF shot and killed a Palestinian civilian while setting up a birds net trap; he was dozens of meters away from the border fence with Israel. He was in an outdoor space and was not posing any threat to the lives of the Israeli soldiers, so there was no justification for killing him, noting that several civilians used to come to this area to set up nets and hunt birds during this season.

According to information obtained by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza border area, northeast of al-Bureij camp, opened fire against a group of civilians who were setting up birds net traps 100 meters away from the west of the border fence. As a result, Mohammed M. A. Abu-Ammar (40), from al-Buraij camp, sustained a live bullet to his neck causing his death immediately. Ammar was transferred to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah via a Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance, then transferred to the Department of the Forensic Medicine of al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip.

The eyewitness, Mahmoud Saqer Mohamed Abu Awwad, born in 1990, gave the following statement to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 06:00 on Thursday 30 September 2021 from Gaza, I went to hunt birds near the border area, others were there hunting as well. Between 10:30 – 10:45, while I was standing at least 80 meters from the border area with a Field Security officer, Mohammed Abu-Ammar was standing nearly 50 to 60 meters ahead of me. He was setting up his gear when the Israeli soldiers fired at us. I ran west to the Field Security office, and there I learnt that Mohammed was wounded. We called an ambulance, and a PRCS ambulance arrived in 20 minutes. The paramedic was informed that he cannot approach the victim until security clearance is granted by the Israeli side; a Field Security officer approached Mohammed and called on a colleague to bring a stretcher from the ambulance. They carried Mohammed onto the ambulance, and I went home.”

PRCS paramedic stated to PCHR fieldworker that they received a signal that a man was wounded in eastern al-Buraij at approximately 11:58. An ambulance was dispatched to the area and parked 300 meters from the  border area. A Field Security Officer transported Mohammed Abu-Ammar to the ambulance. Abu-Ammar was already dead as a live bullet penetrated the neck. He was taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead.

Later, the Israeli military spokesperson announced that the military identified three Palestinians in close proximity to the border area in the Gaza Strip. An individual was seen digging in the ground while holding a suspicious looking bag; IOF opened fire at him. The incident is under investigation.

  • At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire on and off in eastern Beit Hanoun. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 1 October 2021, a peaceful protest took off in Beit Dajan, Nablus, against the occupation and settlements. The protest marched towards an area of the village that was seized by settlers a year ago, where a road was constructed under IOF protection, a cattle farm, and a hut. As the protest approached the area, IOF fired rubber-bullets at the protestors and wounded 2 of the in their lower extremities: Khaled H. M. Soboh (64), member of the political bureau of the Palestinian People’s Party, who was previously threatened by IOF over the course of 2 weeks not to return to the area; and Azmi E. M. Hanaysheh (56) local village council member. Others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The wounded were taken to hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 17:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered near annexation wall between Bayt Duqu and Bayt Ijza in northwestern occupied East Jerusalem. They threw IOF with stones and Molotov cocktails in protest to IOF detaining the corpses of 3 Palestinians from Bidu village, who were extrajudicially executed by IOF a week ago. As a result, Khaled M. Dawoud (23) and Montaser D. Rayan (20) were shot and wounded with rubber bullets. They were taken to hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3-6 nautical miles. IOF opened fire and bumped water at them in the 1-hour attack, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:50 on Wednesday, 6 October 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza Strip border area in Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern Abbassan al-Kaberia. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 30 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mahdi Omar Badawnah (24), after raiding and searching his house in ‘Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Omar Ahmed Karara (36), after raiding and searching his house in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested the Aqsa Mosque’sguard, Yazan Abdul Qader ‘Aabdeen (34), while present near al-Asbat Gate (Lions’ Gate), one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF arrested Anas Abdul Fattah (24), from Nablus, while present near al-Majlis Gate (al-Nazir Gate), one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Entisar Abdul Fattah Ghatashah, from al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, while passing through Checkpoint (300), north of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF handed Noha Attiya (58) a summons to refer to Moscovia Detention Center, after raiding and searching her house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that Noha Attiya is the mother of the activist Murad Jamal Attiya (24), who was arrested last June without any charge according to his lawyer. The residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood are fear that the arrest of Attiya comes under the context of pressurizing them to renounce their case. It should be noted that Attiya is one of the 28 families who are living in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood under the threat of eviction in favor of the Israeli settlement associations.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF deployed in Hebron’s Old City’s neighborhoods, arrested Obaida Tawfiq Baryoush (17), claiming that he was in possession of a knife, then he was taken to the investigation center of Kiryat Arba’ settlement, east of Hebron.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Dura, Sa’ir and Surif in Hebron, and Tubas. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 01 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Khaled Mohammed al-‘Amla (42), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Ula, west of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ahmed Khader al-Horoub (39), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Faraj Nassar (44), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF handed Munir al-Dar’awi (22) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, after raiding and searching his house in al-Shawawra village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF arrested 5 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. The arrestees are: Mohannad Hasan Abu al-Rab (24), Mousa Abdul Latif Abu al-Rab (26), Mohammed Khaled Abu al-Rab (27), Hasan Rabea’ Loubani (20), and Khalil Yousef Abu al-Rab (25).
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Jamma’in, southeast of Nablus governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 02 October 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Isma’el al-Sweity (37), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Saleh Mahmoud al-Ja’bari (19), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF stationed inside the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, arrested Ali Nasrallah al-Hessi (21) and Ahmed Suhail Abu Sultan (19), while attempting to sneak through the border fence. IOF spokesperson stated that the Israeli soldiers arrested 2 Palestinians in possession of a bag containing hand grenades while infiltrating into Israel, and then they were referred to investigation.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Isma’el al-Hawamdah (28), from Samu, south of Hebron, after stopping him at a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Fayez Salhab (22), while present near al-Sahera (Herod’s) Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Gates.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF arrested Tha’er Abdullah Turkman (15), after raiding and searching his house in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin governorate.

Sunday, 03 October 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Sami Subhi Abu Hamada (36), after raiding and searching his house in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:50, IOF arrested Omar Mohammed al-Barghouthi (28), after raiding and searching his house in Kaubar, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate, and released them after 3 hours of interrogation in “Beit El” settlement, north of the city. The arrestees are: Tawfiq Ahmed Omar, Ali Hani Abu al-Khair and Ameed al-Nahed.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mustafa Mousa (20) and Mohammed Nahed al-Khawaja (18), after raiding and searching their houses in Ni’lin, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 06:50, IOF arrested ‘Asef Abdul Mo’ti al-Rifa’i (20), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Ein, northwest of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Waleed Ahmed Khwais (16), while present near Bab al-‘Amud (Damscus Gate), in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Na’eema Jamal Qabaja (34), while present at Bab al-‘Amud (Damscus Gate), in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (8) incursions in Birzeit, Bayt Liqya, Dayr Ghasana, Deir Abu Masha’al and Shuqba in Ramallah governorate; Halhul, Surif and Bani Na’im in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 04 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Qusai Ra’ed al-‘Aruj (19), after raiding and searching his house in al-‘Aruj village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Ibrahim Mohammed Jubran (29), after raiding and searching his house in Hindaza, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Ali Sufian Obaid (18), Adam Shafiq Obaid (21), Eyas Hussain Obaid (20), Mohamed Bassam Alian (23), and Mohammed Bakr Mustafa (24).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Nabhan Saqer (56), after raiding and searching his house in Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Abdul Rahman Shanyour (37), after raiding and searching his house on Oman street, east of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Waleed Yousef al-Horoub (43), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ra’ed Mohammed Ayesh (35), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dawha village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Mohannad Mahmoud Abu Malash (38), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Amro Mohammed al-Barghouthi (22), after raiding and searching his house in Tira neighborhood in the southern side of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 100-meter to the east of Fukhkhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis. They levelled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence to the south before they deployed again.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Ayham Sami Abu Omar (23), after raiding and searching his house in Anata village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, arrested Alaa Hamdan Abu Khader (47), and confiscated his vehicle without providing any justification.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Saleem Ishaq al-Ja’ba (47), from al-Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem, after referring to the Moscovia Detention Center in West Jerusalem, on a prior summons.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Ein Qiniya village, southwest of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 05 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested 2 civilians including a journalist after raiding and searching their houses in Hebron. The arrestees are: Radi Ahmed Karama (34), a journalist in Masader Radio, and Abd Rabboh Mahmoud Ashour (36).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Sameh Awad Manasra (36), a freelance journalist, after raiding, searching, and damaging the contents of his house in Tulkarm. Islam Masnasra, Sameh’s brother, stated that:

At approximately 02:00, IOF stormed our house and started damaging the furniture and the house contents without letting us know what they want, as we live on the ground floor and my brother, Sameh, live in the first floor. Meanwhile, they ordered me to bring my ID card, but when I told them that I lost it several days ago, they got angrier started damaging the house contents with revenge. Later, the Israeli officer asked my father about his sons, my father replied that he has got 5 sons, and I am the only one who is living with them and Sameh is living upstairs. Immediately, they took my father and jogged to Sameh’s house, my father knocked on Sameh’s door for 7 minutes but he did not open, so the soldiers were about to blow up the door, but Sameh woke-up and opened the door in the right time, so they arrested Sameh and withdrew.

  • At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Lo’ay Sami al-Ashqar (45), after raiding and searching his house in Seida village in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Waleed Sa’di Safadi (26) and Fawwaz Ghassan Safadi (23), after raiding and searching their houses in Urif village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Abdullah Jaradat (39), after raiding and searching his house in Sa’ir, north of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Yousef al-Sheikh (27), after raiding and searching his house in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Abd Rabboh Halayqa (40), after raiding and searching his house in Shuyukh, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers moved 100-meters from al-Shawka, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, adjacent to the border fence with Israel. The combed and levelled lands before they deployed again after several hours.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Hatem Thawabtah (21), while present near the western entrance of Bayt Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Etaf Abdullah (14), while present near his school in Wadi Rahhal village, south of Bethlehem. IOF released him after several hours.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF Hamdi Jabr Shuqair (38) and Tal’at Fayez Badwan (33), after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Surik, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Rabah al-Sayyad (14) and Salah al-Hedra (15), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Khalil Ibrahim Shaheen (32), from Bayt Sahur, east of Bethlehem governorate, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services on a prior summons.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Akram Fadi Mustafa (21), from Isawiya village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, while passing through al-Zaeem military checkpoint, east of the city.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Abed Yehya Ayyash and Ahmed Nabil Abu Eid, both from Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services on prior summonses.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Hable, south of Qalqilya; Kifl Haris, Qarawat Bani Hassan and Iskaka in Salfit governorate. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 06 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Diaa Habeeb Deriyah (16), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Fajjar, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Alaa Yousef al-Sweity (27), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Salah al-Hourani and Bader Ibrahim Shahine, after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Sahur village, east of Bethlehem governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Osama Khaled al-‘Amour (30), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ali Khalil al-Tarayra (34), after raiding and searching his house in Bani Na’im, east of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested (7) children after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Abdullah Bakr Mustafa (15), and his brother Ali (13); Mousa Haitham Mustafa (16), and his brothers Marwan (14) and Qais (13); Qusai Mohammed Derbas (17), and Ahmed Fathi al-Afghani (15).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Fadi Rami Abu Rabea’ (17), after raiding and searching his house in Nablus’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of undercover “Mista‘arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Jenin, using a mini-bus with a Palestinian registration palate. They stationed near al-Razi Hospital and arrested Islam al-Qombo’ (26), from Jenin.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Alaa Arafat Banat (19), from the southern area of Hebron, after stopping him at Checkpoint (160), east of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City.

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

Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

  • On Friday 01 October 2021, Mohammed Ya’qoub Yaghmour self-demolished part of his family house in al-Thawri neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mohammed Yaghmour said that his family built a second floor 16 years ago in his grandfather’s house built in 1967.  Yaghmour added that the old house was very small of 40 sqms and only had two rooms and a kitchen while the added part included a room, a living room and their facilities of 50 sqms.  Yaghmour said that the Israeli municipality has chased the family for 8 years and imposed on them two fines for the added part; one was 10,000 shekels while the other was 16,000 shekels.  Yaghmour said that the Israeli court has issued lately a final decision to demolish the added part, forcing him to self-demolish it for fear of being fined with thousands of shekels for the municipal demolition expenses.

  • At approximately 14:00 IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into ‘Ein Fares, east of Dura, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the Palestinian lands and stopped an excavator belonging to Mohammed Khelaf from working in establishing a road, claiming the land is located in Area C, where work is banned except with a prior permission. The excavator, which was taken to “Ghosh ‘Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, was working in a plot of land belonging to Hamzah Mohammed Thiab Abu Saleh and is located next to “Adora” settlement established on parts of Dura village.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 03 October 2021, Israeli Nature Authority crews accompanied with police officers moved into Wadi al-Rababah neighborhood in Silwan village and continued levelling the stone chains in Samarin family lands in the neighborhood after assaulting the owners and forcefully dispersing them.

Shadi Samarin, one of the lands’ owners in Wadi al-Rababah neighborhood, said that the Nature Authority crews stormed the family lands in the neighborhood and started levelling the stone chains and fences, resuming the demolition and land-razing operations started in the area years ago.  These operations come in favor of establishing settlement projects such as the light rail, biblical parks, and gardening projects at the expense of Palestinians’ lands, houses and properties.  Samarin said that his cousin, Ahmed Adam ‘Awad Samarin, was one of the lands’ owners who attempted to stop the razing operations but were dispersed forcibly by IOF.  He added that the Israeli police assaulted his cousin with riffles’ butts and hit him on the head, causing him wounds in the eye and mouth.  Samarin said that his cousin was then arrested and held in a Magen David Adom ambulance, where he and his 12-year-old daughter, Sondos, were assaulted when she tried to help her father.  One of the soldiers hit her with the riffle’s butt on her shoulder and then pushed to the ground, causing her bruises.

  • In the same morning, ‘Arafat al-Rajabi self-demolished his house in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Al-Rajabi added that he built his 50-sqm house comprised of 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom in the beginning of this year to live with his wife and 8 children, adding that he only moved in 3 months ago.   Al-Rajabi said that the Israeli municipality did not give him enough time to live happily in his house as only days ago an administrative demolition decision was issued, giving him 4 days to self-demolish or the municipality would send its crews to demolish it and impose on him tens of thousands of shekels.  Al-Rajabi said that he had to carry out the demolition himself like all those living in Jerusalem who are forced to self-demolish their houses fearing the high fines.  He added that, “I will set a tent next to my house rubble as I cannot afford paying 4,000 shekels to rent a house in the area.”

  • On Monday, 04 October 2021, Mohammed Ahmed al-Khatib self-demolished his house in Sourbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mohammed al-Khatib said that he started building his house 2 years ago to live in it after he got married.  Al-Khatib said that his 80-sqm house is still under construction and he could not finish it because the Israeli municipality issued a decision to stop construction works in it.  Al-Khatib added that he hired a lawyer to freeze the decision and managed to do so.  However, the Israeli municipality issued a new decision to stop construction works in the house and then another decision to demolish it, forcing him to self-demolish his house so that the municipality would not send its crews to carry out the demolition and fine him with tens of thousands of shekels. Al-Khatib added that he had already paid 70,000 shekels for the lawyer during the past 2 years and he cannot afford paying any further fees or fines.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Khelet al-Dabe’a area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer notified 4 water collection wells funded by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture within an area allocated as a pastoral reserve of 260 dunums donated by Dababsah and al-‘Amour families.  The military decision no. 1797 gives 96 days for the demolition.
  • At approximately 1:00 on Tuesday, 05 October 2021, IOF backed by a military vehicle and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle in Sousiya village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed Mahmoud Ahmed Nawaj’ah a notice to demolish a 40-sqm unroofed agricultural room of bricks within 7 days, noting it was built in July 2020 and a family of 3 was supposed to live in it.  The Israeli authorities gave a notice on 11 August 2021 to stop construction works in the room under the pretext of unlicensed construction and confiscated construction materials and equipment used in the construction. 
  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 05 October 2021, IOF backed by a military vehicle and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle moved into Laseefer village, east of Yatta, behind the annexation wall. The officer handed Mahmoud Khalil Abu Qabitah a notice to stop construction works in his under-construction house of 100 sqms built of bricks and tinplate under the pretext of unlicensed construction, noting that his family of 12, including 6 children and a person with disability, was supposed to move in.

Laseefer village is located behind the annexation wall, which is established around “Beit Yatir” settlement.  Abu Qabitah and his family reach their houses by crossing the military checkpoint established at the wall via permits issued by the Israeli authorities, which sometimes refuse so to tighten the screws on them to leave the houses.

  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 06 October 2021, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Matter in ‘Ein al-Lozeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City after the house’s owner demolished part of his house last June, pursuant to the Israeli municipality decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Matter said that he built his 60-sqm house in 2011 and lived there with his wife and 5 children.  Matter said that the Israeli municipality has chased him since 2014 and issued a decision at the time to demolish the house.  In 2015, the Israeli municipality imposed on him a fine of 30,000 shekels, which he was committed to pay in monthly payments.  Matter said that the Israeli police raided his house on 21 July and handed him a notice to evacuate and implement the demolition decision against him within 21 days.  Matter added that he had to demolish part of the house, which was a bedroom and balcony.  He said that the Israeli municipality crews again raided his house and handed him a notice to demolish the house completely, but he refused to self-demolish it.  He said that he was surprised in the next morning with IOF and their vehicles raiding and surrounding his house while he and his family were forced to evacuate and the vehicles then started the demolition.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV al-Lahf Kafet al-Faras area in Huwara village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. The Civil Administration officer notified six facilities of demolition under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.

     The notified facilities were as follows:

#NameNotified Facilitynotes
1.‘Akef Fayez Mustafa ‘OdahA 90-sqm tinplate barrackUsed for grazing sheep
2.‘Omer Mohammed ‘Ali MohammedA 2-story house; the first floor is 100 sqms while the second is 260 sqmsReady
3.Nawras Tawfiq Mahmoud ‘OdahA 120-sqm houseUnder construction
4.Reda Tawfiq Mahmoud ‘OdahA 100-sqm barrackUsed for grazing sheep
5.‘Abdullah Mahmoud Salim ‘OdahA 3-story house; the first and second floor are 150 sqms for each while the third floor is 70 sqmsReady
6.Ahmed Khaled Ahmed ‘OdahA 130-sqm barrackUsed for grazing sheep

At approximately 11:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a truck mounted crane moved into Ghaziwah area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  The soldiers deployed between civilians’ houses and confiscated a caravan belonging to Ahmed ‘Issa al-Yatim.

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, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

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 one of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Monday, 04 October 2021, IOF closed the entrance to al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and erupted many police checkpoints at the intersections leading to it to secure the entry of hundreds of settlers into the neighborhood.
  • On Tuesday, 05 October 2021, IOF established police checkpoints in many areas in the Old City and closed the intersections of Wadi al-Joz, al-Sheikh Jarrah, and al-Tour neighborhoods for few hours, blocking traffic.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village.
  • On Friday, 01 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village.
  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Silwad village, east of Ramallah.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near al-Nashash Intersection and at the entrance to Teqoa village.
  • On Friday, 01 October 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints near al-Nashash Intersection, in ‘Aqbet Hassnah area, at the western entrances to Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages.
  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints in ‘Aqbet Hassnah area, at the western entrances to Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages.
  • On Monday, 04 October 2021, IOF tightened its restrictions at al-Container checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem, blocking traffic. They also established a checkpoint at the entrance to Wadi Foqin.
  • On Wednesday, 06 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in ‘Aqbet Hassan area and at the entrance to Wadi Fokin village.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at entrances to Hebron, al-Samou’a, Beit Ummar, and al-Shyoukh villages.
  • On Friday, 01 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to al-‘Arroub refugee camp, Bani Na’im, Ethna, Kharsa and Ad-Dhariya villages.
  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Tarqumia, Kharsa and Ad-Dhariya villages.
  • On Sunday, 03 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Samou’a, al-Shyoukh and al-Ramadeen villages.
  • On Wednesday, 06 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir and Ethna villages and Western Hebron.

Jenin:

  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the Kafiret intersection in Jenin.

Salfit:

  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrances to Kafr al-Deek and Deir Ballut villages, west of Salfit.

Qalqilya:

  • On Monday, 04 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at entrance to Izbat a-Tabib village, east of Qalqilya.

Water as Weapon of War: Activists Say Israel is Drying Out the West Bank to Drive Out Palestinians

October 06th, 2021

By Jessica Buxbaum

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MASAFER YATTA, OCCUPIED WEST BANK — Last weekend, around 600 Israeli, Palestinian and international activists marched across Masafer Yatta in the Occupied West Bank to deliver a water tanker to Palestinian villagers. Their message was clear: Water is a human right, and Israel is depriving Palestine of this basic necessity.

Amid a sea of rippling Palestinian flags, demonstrators walked alongside a tractor transporting the water tanker from the village of At-Tuwani. The protesters did not reach their intended destination. Instead, they turned back at the village of Mfakara in order to avoid a confrontation with the Israeli Army waiting for them atop a nearby hill.

Demonstrators attempt to deliver a water tank from the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani.

“Water is a right for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or white or Jewish or Arab,” ​​Adam Rabee — an activist with Combatants for Peace (CFP), one of the march’s organizers — told MintPress News.

On Monday, CFP, along with other human rights organizations, submitted an urgent appeal to international bodies, demanding they “pressure Israel to allow access to water to Palestinians living in Area C,” the Occupied West Bank area that includes Masafer Yatta.

CFP started the water accessibility campaign for Palestine in August. In September, they led a field visit to Masafer Yatta for 20 diplomats from the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Switzerland. During the tour, CFP raised awareness of Palestine’s water crisis and urged the representatives to engage in dialogue with Israel toward providing Palestinians with full access to water.

“[The diplomats] saw families and children without water,” Rabee said of the visit. “My feeling is that they want to help and we have support.”

Soldiers aiding settlers in water attacks

Saturday’s protest was calm and without clashes, but the event was underscored by earlier violence.

Tuesday of that week, at least 60 masked Israeli settlers raided Mfakara — throwing stones, turning over cars, cutting water pipes and slitting the throats of sheep. Five children were injured during the attack, including a four-year-old boy who was sent to the hospital after being pelted in the head with rocks. Israeli soldiers watched from the sidelines — during what activists are describing as a “pogrom”– intervening only to fire tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians.

Earlier in September, a CFP protest to deliver water to Palestinian communities was met with violence from Israeli soldiers. Six Israelis and two Palestinans were injured — including Rabee, who was hit in the stomach with a tear-gas canister.

Protesters held blown-up images of the recent violence as they marched last weekend. In Mfakara, the ground was strewn with shards of glass. Several of the villagers’ cars were dented and the windshields shattered.

The windshield of a Palestinian villager’s car was shattered when Israeli settlers and soldiers attacked the village of Mfakara.

Noma Hamamdah, a Palestinian shepherd living in Mfakara, picked up a tear gas canister off the ground outside his home. He said this was one of 20 launched at the community by the army on Tuesday. He lifted his pants’ leg to reveal where he was hit with a rubber bullet. His daughter-in-law, Sabreen Hamamdah, said the army fired tear gas into their homes and settlers slashed the tires of their water tanker during the raid.

Noma Hamamdah with his son.

“Since last Tuesday we didn’t get water until today,” Noma said, referring to the delivery of the new tanker from activists. “The army aids the settlers and it’s because of the army the settlers have the ability to attack us and destroy our water tanks.” Eight windows in the family’s home were broken, Noma said. He pointed to a bullet hole in the wall of his house where Israeli soldiers fired when trying to disperse settlers. “We’ve been told [President Joe] Biden is a man of peace and he loves peace, but we’ve never heard him mention the Palestinians even once,” Noma continued. “And if the Havat Maon illegal settlement leaves us alone, then there will be peace in this area.”

Noma Hamamdah standing next to his water cistern, in which he stores the water.

Havat Maon is a notoriously violent, illegal settlement outpost adjacent to the Palestinians villages in Masafer Yatta. All of Israel’s settlements are illegal under international law but legal under Israeli law. Outposts, constructed without Israeli authority, are defined as illegal by both international and Israeli law.

Living without water

On days without water, Mfkara operates much like a commune. “We usually borrow from each other and when the water comes, we redivide the water,” Noma said.

Sabreen described how household chores like washing dishes, doing laundry and bathing the children are put off until water is replenished. “I have to put everything on hold until there is water,” she told MintPress. “I can’t do anything until the water comes back.”

Noma Hamamdah’s daughter-in-law, Sabreen.

Sabreen receives 20 liters of water (about 5 gallons) costing 500 shekels ($155) from At-Tuwani, or she sources water from a nearby aquifer. That same amount of water costs nearby Israeli settlers about 100 shekels or $30. Water is stored in a cistern serving 10 people for domestic, agricultural and livestock use and may last between two to four days.

The average American uses between 80-100 gallons of water per day for indoor use. This number doesn’t account for outdoor water use, which, for herding communities like Masafer Yatta, is a significant portion of their water consumption. According to the Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), Palestinians in the West Bank consume about 18 gallons of water per day. This is below the World Health Organization recommendation of 26-31 gallons of water daily to maintain a basic standard of living. By comparison, Israelis use about 80 gallons of water per day and Israeli settlers may use up to 210 gallons daily.

The history of water apartheid

When Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza after the 1967 war, it took control of the areas’ water resources. The state established pumping quotas and banned construction of new wells in the occupied territories.

Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, was put in charge of the Occupied Palestinian Territories’ (oPT) water in 1982. By 1986, pumping quotas were reduced by 10 percent for Palestinian wells — fostering greater water insecurity.

The 1995 Oslo II Accord was portrayed as a turning point for water independence in Palestine. The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee were created but Israel retained control of the flow and volume of water given to the oPT. Despite the name, the PWC doesn’t oversee water resources. Instead its role is to distribute the limited water supply Israel provides.

The agreement was supposed to last only five years but remains in effect today. Under the initiative, 80 percent of the West Bank’s water is for Israeli use and 20 percent is for Palestinian use. Israelis also enjoy an unlimited supply of water while Palestinians have their supply restricted.

What was billed as a cooperative venture between Palestine and Israel is merely the occupation of water in disguise.

“There are no official meetings between the Palestinans and the Israelis because the Israelis don’t consider us as a counterpart,” Dr. Abdelrahman Al Tamimi, PHG’s director, said.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) nonetheless told MintPress that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for providing water to the West Bank and touted collaboration between Palestine and Israel.

“Master programs are being promoted in the area of Judea and Samaria [West Bank], which will address the water supply until the years 2040-2050, to all populations in the area. We will note that these programs are being coordinated with the Palestinian Water Authority and [have] even been shifted in light of its requests,” a COGAT spokesperson said.

“The only solution for lack of water is water”

Dr. Al Tamimi outlined the three main reasons for water scarcity in the oPT — all originating from Israel’s occupation.

First, Israel has not increased the West Bank’s water quota to meet the demands of its rapidly growing population, which is now nearly double what it was in 1995. Al Tamimi explained Israel only increased the commercial consumption (about 10-12 percent of the demand) to around 160 million gallons.

Al Tamimi added that the Oslo II Accord doesn’t allow for Palestinians to do groundwater drilling — eliminating this as a possible water resource. And finally, owing to Israeli military control of Area C of the West Bank, Palestinians are often blocked from developing wells and springs in the region.

Al Tamimi explained these three main factors have intensified the water crisis, specifically in remote Palestinian communities, noting “Some villages in the south of Hebron or north of Jenin receive water twice a month or once a week.”

Water access varies by region in the West Bank. Urban and developed areas have running water while villages Israel prevents from connecting to a water grid rely mostly on costly trucks delivering water that is then stored in black and white tanks on people’s roofs.

“When water is moved from place to place, it’s vulnerable to pollution,” Al Tamimi said. “Because you cannot guarantee the cleanliness of the truck, how they pumped water from the well to the truck and how they empty the trucks. Water is vulnerable to be polluted by air, by bacteria and by other things.”

“The problem is there is no monitoring and there is no authority controlling the quality of water in Area C,” he added.

Palestinians also have to pay a relatively high price for potentially unsafe water. Tanker prices increase when transported on rough terrain — another infrastructural problem, caused by Israel forbidding these communities to pave their roads.

“According to international standards, the average cost of the water bill should not be more than 1 percent of that family’s income. But in some Palestinian villages, they pay more than 10 or 12 percent of their income just to purchase the water,” Al Tamimi said. “The only solution for lack of water is water. There are no other alternatives.”

Access to water in Area C is exacerbated by Israel’s systematic policy of demolishing and confiscating water equipment and resources. Italian NGO WeWorld reported nearly 10 percent of the buildings demolished by Israeli forces in 2020 were water, sanitation and hygiene structures.

CFP’s statement said:

The Military Commander of the West Bank justifies these practices by saying that the Palestinian communities in Area C did not receive building permits; however, the Israeli government’s own policy does not allow Palestinians to obtain building permits in this area. At the same time, all the Israeli outposts and settlers who live in buildings without legal permits are allowed to connect to the water grid.

Activists from the Israeli organization Combatants for Peace hold a banner demanding water for all.

For CFP’s Rabee, water deprivation in Area C highlights the severe discrimination Israel perpetuates. “The Palestinian man can only get water three days a week. And then this illegal outpost next to it has running water,” Rabee said. “So it’s just a very stark example of apartheid.”

“Israel” – Beyond Apartheid

September 30, 2021

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Fra Hughes

Many observers and organizations make parallels between the apartheid segregated Society of South Africa, the Jim Crow racial segregation laws of North America, and “Israel”.

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Apartheid (/əˈpɑːrt(h)aɪt/, especially South African English: /əˈpɑːrt(h)eɪt/, Afrikaans: [aˈpartɦɛit]; transl. “separateness”, lit. “aparthood”) was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa and South-West Africa (now Namibia) from 1948 until the early 1990s.

20 years on from the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, in conjunction with the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, held in Durban South Africa, where are we now?

The use of the law, in this case, an unjust and immoral law in South Africa by the minority white Dutch Afrikaans and the minority white British colonial invaders, was designed to keep white Europeans, in the ascendancy in South Africa.

Thirteen percent of the population who were white-ruled sixty-eight percent of the population who were black with an Asian community representing the remaining nineteen percent.

First, they ruled through a brutal military occupation, using the gun.

Then they ruled through a brutal racist government using repression and separation laws.

It was the use of apartheid laws that legalized and enforced a system of ‘separateness’. A system of dual apartness which left the races unable to socialize, congregate or work together as brothers and sisters, equal and indivisible under the constitution.

In South Africa, they legalized colonial white supremism through parliamentary statute, police enforcement, and judicial sentencing.

The first apartheid law passed in 1949 was the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act. This was followed by the Immorality Act of 1950 which made it illegal for many South Africans to marry or have sexual relations across racial lines.

The Pass laws were designed to force black people to live in designated areas, corralled as it were, like animals in a pen, thereby making them available as cheap labor for white farmers.

It was the coming to power of the African National Party in 1948 who created the apartheid laws and system of governing South African society, that reinforced the racial discrimination already self-evident in the country. A series of Land Acts gave more than 80% of the land to whites and banned Black crop sharers from working the land.

A series of discriminatory, racially biased laws, saw the permanent separation of the races, alongside a parallel system of separate transport systems, public lavatories, and housing districts.

In effect, the National Party which won the 1948 parliamentary elections on the slogan of Apartheid meaning ‘separateness’ created a privileged white minority class that used the indigenous black South Africans as a labor pool to work on the farms, clean their homes, as a subjugated underclass, kept in perpetual poverty, in appalling substandard housing units in shantytowns with poor education, poor health, and poor social provision.

Like all colonialists, they strove to keep the people apart by fomenting sectarian tensions between the regional ethnic groups in order to prevent a unified opposition to their racist endeavor. They encouraged black-on-black violence in the townships and in the countryside.

A land of milk and honey for the white supremacist colonial invaders beside a land of despair, oppression, and governmental indifference for the natives.

Apartheid lasted for 50 years in South Africa and only officially ended when the ANC, African National Conference which had historically opposed the apartheid system and fought a legitimate war against the unjust white only parliamentary system, finally came to power in 1993, when the majority of citizens were given the right to vote and they elected Nelson Mandela as the first Black President of the Republic of South Africa,

It can be claimed that not much has changed for the indigenous peoples of South Africa, While it is true they have a majority black representative government, the whites still own the land. White farmers still get rich while employing cheap black labor.

The captains of industry are still white although a new elite cadre of black politicians and civil servants may now live in gated (separate) communities, much of the pain of being poor, disenfranchised, and black has changed very little for so many.

A new black capitalist class also rides high above the black dispossessed workers and those who go to bed hungry.

Many observers and organizations make parallels between the apartheid segregated Society of South Africa, the Jim Crow racial segregation laws of North America, and “Israel”. The use of Israeli-only roads and Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank are prime examples of Israeli separation laws.

The discrimination against black African Americans is again reflective of the white European racism that underpins white American society. It is mirrored in the majority of the white legislator, judiciary, police, and army aficionados in power in American civil society and in the corporate, business, and banking sectors.

White Americans control the levers of power and influence, in the media as well as on Capitol Hill.

The continued destruction of black Afro American society through the widespread use of drugs, criminal gangs, poverty, underinvestment, governmental neglect, police brutality, judicial repression, are continued proof if it were needed, that a white European colonial mindset underpins discrimination and racial prejudice in societies where white Europeans want to maintain an internal hegemonic position of superiority which is then reflected in their foreign policies of exploitation and subjugation, in order to maintain white economic privilege in the countries of the EU, North America, Canada, and Australia.

All the countries I have mentioned above are guilty of genocide, racial intolerance, oppression, military adventurism, and ethnic cleansing.

Is “Israel” any different?

“Israel” is a white European colonial settler state.

It has followed all the steps taken by previous white European settler-colonial states such as South Africa, North America, Canada, and Australia,

It has colonized, subjugated, ethnically cleansed, and marginalized the indigenous populations of the country they have militarily conquered and supplanted.

“Israel” has its Nations state Law which many international observers see as a template for a Jewish only Israeli state that separates non-Jews and others from playing an active role in the state.

“Israel” now has usurped 85% of historic Palestine.

To me, apartheid is an abhorrent manifestation of a supremacist ideology that seeks to separate one from the other, to create disharmony, bitterness, hatred, and a divided dysfunctional broken society based on racial or religious purity.

“Israel” fulfills all these roles but it does so much more.

An apartheid state might use the law to discriminate. It may use the law to repress and isolate those it seeks to subdue but it doesn’t bomb kindergartens, schools, hospitals, and bakeries, does it?

It may have separate roads and separate housing areas but it doesn’t shoot countless children in the legs for throwing stones or bringing water to the kids resisting an illegal occupation, creating crippled boys, does it?

It does not shoot paramedics and leave the wounded to bleed out on the street to die, does it?

It does not murder physicists in another jurisdiction, indiscriminately bomb bridges and civil infrastructure in neighboring countries, does it?

It does not count the calorific intake of those it is legally responsible for, to break their will to resist, to withhold food, medicine, vaccines, fuel in order to impoverish and emasculate an entire population of 1.8 million people, does it?

It does not bomb neighboring countries that are not at war with it, deny building permits to the indigenous population while simultaneously dismantling their homes in a land you are illegally occupying, and forcing homes owners to destroy their properties. To detain citizens under Administrative detention, internment without trial. To murder, maim, imprison, torture, and kill at will with impunity, is this Apartheid? I think not. Yet these are the everyday actions of a rogue unaccountable state immune to international law and international sanctions, actively supported protected, and facilitated by the other white European ethnic colonies that Israel aspires to be.

“Israel” is Beyond Apartheid.

We must find a new way to describe “Israel” based on its everyday practices of Ethnic cleansing, murder, colonization, dispossession, and expansion.

We must call “Israel”, not an Apartheid State which it is, but an Ethno cleansing pariah genocidal rogue state, because that it was, it does? That is what it is. That is what we must call it.The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Syria Puts UNSG and UNSC on Notice: Erdogan’s War Crimes to Be Halted

 MIRI WOOD 

Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Damascus, Syria

Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has put both UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UNSC on notice that it is well past time for the bastion of peace and security to enforce its Charter against member states which breach it, in this case, the Turkish invader and occupation forces. If Guterres and the Security Council continue to refuse to enforce the Charter which prohibits member states from war criminal attacks on other countries, Syria will finally take the matter into its own military hands, which is its legal right, per the Geneva Agreements of 1949 and per the UN Charter.

The polite and overly diplomatic version of this report has been published in SANA, 20 September.

Since the beginning of the heinous NATO Spring dumped on Syria in March 2011, NATO Turkey has led the way in war crimes against the Syrian Arab Republic.

In November 2012, al Qaeda terrorists occupying part of Aleppo, under the commands of NATO Erdogan and the dirty Gulfie gas station — two-thirds of which are US military bases, dismantled Syrian factories and oil machinery parts, and transported them by trucks — in broad daylight — into Turkey.

On 5 December 2012, al Qaeda FSA terrorists in an alleged ‘make shift’ laboratory in Gaziantep, Turkey, announced they had chemical weapons and were prepared to use them against Syrian patriots. They demonstrated that they did — the chemical weapon appeared to be VX — in a fatal experiment with two rabbits. The UNSC refused to investigate the threat.

On 21 December 2012, the al Qaeda FSA terrorists in the same ‘make shift’ lab announced they had developed a quick acting poison that could massacre Syrian patriots via dumping it into the Alsinn Spring water supply to Lattakia. This time one rabbit was used in the fatal demonstration. Again, the UNSC refused to investigate.

Instead of poisoning the spring, the savages used this chemical substance to murder dozens of kidnapped Syrian children, on 4 April 2017, in Khan Sheikhoun.

Prior to Madman Erdogan’s official military invasions of the Syrian Arab Republic — to which it gave Orwellian names of Olive Branch (2018) and Peace Spring (2019), the war criminals had occupied Jarabulus, Syria, and created a Turkish police force.

Syria has previously called on the civilized world to halt Turkey’s cultural aggression against the state.

In September 2019, Erdogan presented his planned annexation of Syria map to the UN General Assembly. He should have had rotten eggs and tomatoes thrown at him; instead, the NATO klansmen and house servants in attendance, bobbed their heads in approval.

Erdogan annexation map of Syria shown at UNGA meeting.
Madman Erdogan’s annexation map received tacit approval by the UN NATO klan at General Assembly meeting September 2019.

Imagine the supremacists at UNGA having tolerated a similar map of annexation plots by countries surrounding France:

Annexation normalized against Syria would not be tolerated against France.

Madman Erdogan simultaneously announced and launched his war criminal Operation Peace Spring aerial bombing and ground invasion bombing of the Allouk electrical grid on 9 October 2019 (supported by American illegal John McCain’s FSA/Jabhat al Nusra pal, Salim Idriss), which was immediately repaired by the Syrian Electricity Army, to be re-bombed and re-repaired. At the 24 October anti-Syria UN meeting, the Security Council P3 and their Ursula Mueller were complicit in ignoring the advent of Turkey’s water war crimes against the Levantine republic.

The reality of Turkey’s water war crimes against Syria was completely ignored by the unindicted war criminals of the UN, at the NATO junta’s anti-Syria monthly meeting, on 24 October 2019. Instead of condemning NATO Turkey’s water war crime against the Syrian people, the urchin honcho disgracefully described Erdogan’s atrocity as perpetrated by “allied non-State armed groups” and inferred that intricate repairs were made by a simple wave of a fairy godmother’s wand.

Mere months later, the same Emergency Relief Coordinator who showed little concern for Erdogan’s water war crimes was nearly frothing at the mouth at the UN anti-Syria klan fest, demanding Tal Abyad have a border crossing opened to ‘help’ the suffering Syrians, though she appeared sedate in the pre-meeting UNSCR meeting of the NATO klan.

On 28 April 2021, the OCHA humanitarian bastards published a report on Alouk, via Reliefweb, wailing its crocodile tears that the water had been “disrupted” twenty-three times since November 2019.

NATO klansman Mueller ignored the water war crimes of terrorists led by Erdogan, in Allouk
Golpista Ursula Mueller, Ass. SG for Humanitarian Affairs & Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, 24 October 2019. She brushed off Erdogan’s water war crimes against Syria
Months later, Mueller nearly frothing at the mouth, but not over water war crimes.
War crimes of bombing power plants & depriving civilians of drinking water have no relevance in the UN NATO klan hysteria to save al Qaeda in Syria. Mueller’s fixation on Tal Abyad for ‘cross-border’ deliveries — supported by the NATO gang — is likely because the Erdogan regime has occupied this area of Syria since October.
NATO UN klan seem to view water war crimes as facilitating Syria's destruction, on board with terrorists atrocities.

Turkey’s war crimes against Syria must obviously include ethnic cleansing of indigenous Syrians from their homeland, resulting in countless civilians being slaughtered in countless fratricidal terrorist attacks, as vicious ‘collateral damage,’ through crime of forced displacement, and simply to massacre them.

Ethnic cleansing is a war crime. Forced displacement is a war crime. Depriving civilians of potable water is a war crime.

The NATO mobsters ruling the UNSC — and the mob gang includes consummate imperialist SG Guterres — have plotted a new Sykes-Picot against Syria. This is why they avert their collective gaze to the Erdogan regime’s constant war crimes against Syria.

Dr. Faisal Mekdad, Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Minister will speak at the upcoming UNGA meeting. He will arrive in NYC with his delegation that includes former Syrian Permanent Representative to the UN, and current Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Bashar al Jaafari, Dr. Abdhullah Hallaq, and Ehab Hamed.

Syria has put the UNSC and UNSG on notice that one way or another, Erdogan’s war crimes against the Levantine republic will be halted.

ISIS will be crushed and NATO will be ejected
Syria President Dr. Bashar al-Assad: “Every inch of Syria will be liberated”

— Miri Wood

Postscript:

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Erdogan Water War Crimes in Hasakah Continue; UN, ICRC Silent

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Erdogan Forces Kill a Woman in Indiscriminate Shelling of Houses in Hasakah Province

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Erdogan Terrorist Groups Infighting in Afrin Results in Civilian Casualties

Sheikh Jarrah’s Activists Muna, Muhammed El-Kurd Make TIME Top 100 List

September 16, 2021

Mohammed and Muna el-Kurd. (Photo: via Twitter)

Time magazine has named Palestinian twins and activists, Muna and Muhammed El-Kurd of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The magazine said Muna and her twin brother Muhammed have become symbols of the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation’s attempts to evict Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah.

“Through online posts and media appearances, sibling activists Muhammed and Muna El-Kurd provided the world with a window into living under occupation in East Jerusalem this spring—helping to prompt an international shift in rhetoric in regard to Israel and Palestine,” the magazine wrote.

“Charismatic and bold, they became the most recognizable voices of those threatened with losing their homes in Sheikh Jarrah.”

A statement by Mohammed El-Kurd after he and his sister were designated by Time Magazine as being among the 100 most influential personalities in the world. https://t.co/c0jlTE7RBZ

— J. Shawa جاسم الشوا (@shawajason) September 15, 2021

In response to the announcement, Muhammed El-Kurd wrote: “My sister and I’s selection as part of the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ may be a positive indicator of the centralization of the Palestinian cause in the global public sphere. However, the creation of symbols – which reduces the struggle of a whole people to a single face – is not enough.”

“What we are demanding is a tangible, radical change in the media system (including the Times) to end its Zionist bias.”

“The untold story of Sheikh Jarrah, of Jerusalem – in fact, of all of Palestin,” Ramzy Baroud is at it again: Muna is Palestine, Yakub is Israel: The Untold Story of Sheikh Jarrah – https://t.co/JhsGfRkrM3 https://t.co/c5J8AH5wyp

— Nasser Rabbat (@nasserrabbat) May 15, 2021

The list also includes current US President Joe Biden, his predecessor Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Salvador President Nayib Bukele, who is of Palestinian origin, was also named.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Daraa Peace Plan Moves Terrorists to Turkish Occupied Syria

August 28, 2021

By Steven Sahiounie

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Today, a bus load Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers has come under attack on the road to the west of Daraa, with reports of one killed and eight injured. Tuesday, a Russian-backed deal went into force in Daraa, ending months-long tension between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and local terrorists there.  In late July, clashes of artillery began between the two sides.  The city in the south of Syria, on the Jordanian border, had been in military conflict which held the civilian population in peril, resulting in residents fleeing the situation.

The Russian military police entered Daraa al-Balad neighborhood to evacuate terrorists who refused to lay down their arms and receive amnesty from the SAA.  Terrorists on Tuesday night boarded buses to take them to Afrin in the north of Syria, as part of the deal. Those armed fighters who have received amnesty, and laid down their weapons, will remain in the city.

Once the terrorists are removed, the SAA will enter the area, and life will return to normal for the residents who had become hostages.  Thousands of residents who had fled the fighting will be assisted by the SAA to return home, and government institutions such as medical care will be made available, and free public schools are set to resume in mid-September.

Daraa al-Balad neighborhood is home to about 40,000 people, and it had become a critical situation with extreme challenges getting access to food and power.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) placed the number of internally displaced people in Daraa al-Balad area and surrounding areas in province at 38,000, including almost 15,000 women and over 20,400 children.

History of Daraa

Violence broke out in March 2011 in Daraa, which began the 10-year conflict in Syria.  The SAA freed Daraa in 2018 in a Russian-brokered deal which saw terrorists and their families being evacuated to Idlib, and some remaining fighters worked out a deal with the SAA, by which they would peacefully man some checkpoints inside Daraa al-Balad, while the SAA would man other checkpoints.  However, the deal fell apart over time because the fighters repeatedly targeted the SAA using snipers on motorcycles. By July, open fighting between the two-sides began.

Afrin today

Turkey occupies Afrin, and uses their militia, Syrian National Army (SNA) to keep the local population in subjugation. The SNA, despite its name, is not Syrian administered, but is under the Turkish military control, and are mercenaries following Radical Islam.War or Peace: Turkish backed Terrorists, Erdogan’s Decision on Idlib

Turkish charities operate in Afrin distributing food to Syrian Arabs who have been shipped in to displace the original population which was a mixture of Kurds, Christians and Arabs.

Turkey conducted Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20, 2018, to clear Afrin from the militia known as YPG, who is part of the US-supported SDF militia who fought to defeat ISIS.  By March 18 Afrin had been ethnically cleansed by Turkey.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of invasion operations across its border in northern Syria: Euphrates Shield in 2016, Olive Branch in 2018 and Peace Spring in 2019. The goal is to create a Turkish administered border swath, which Turkey originally tried to sell to the West as a ‘safe-zone’, but is actually a Muslim Brotherhood safe haven.

Recently, the SNA abducted a number of civilians in Afrin. The battalions named, “al-Jabha al-Shamiya” and the “Sultan Murad Division” have imposed a crippling siege on the locals as they have raided the citizens’ houses and kidnapped more than 30 civilians and took them to an unknown destination.

The sources added that the abducted persons have been exposed to the worst forms of abuse, torture and insults since they have demanded to restore their properties which have been seized by the Turkish occupation mercenaries.

History of ethnic cleansing in Afrin

The National Initiative for Afrin in the German city of Bonn stressed the coordination and unification of efforts working for Afrin and its people, and confronting the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries, and the safe and dignified return of the forcibly displaced residents of Afrin. This initiative aims to expose Turkey’s violations against residents of Syria’s Afrin to international institutions and human rights organizations participating in the initiative.

After Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, the fighters it sent across the border to carry out the mission have documented their own war crimes. Videos posted online by soldiers of the Turkish-backed SNA showing summary executions, mutilation of corpses, threats against Kurds and widespread looting have struck terror into the population.

The ethnic dimension to many of the crimes has resulted in a mass exodus of Kurds and religious minorities from these once diverse borderlands, and created a dramatic demographic change.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, claimed his invasion of Syria was aimed at removing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group Turkey classifies as a terror organization for its links to the PKK, and YPG. Turkey has supported the operation with airstrikes, drones and artillery.

Since the invasion began, the SNA has captured a swathe of territory that was home to a large population of Kurds, and smaller numbers of Assyrians, Yazidis and Turkmen. The same area faced massive upheaval when ISIS swept across northern Syria. Tal Abyad was occupied by the terror group for more than a year before being recaptured by the SDF.

Christian families have all been forced to leave their homes as the SNA made public threats to kill them, referring to them as pigs and heathens.  The SNA have uploaded their videos targeting Christians, and non-Sunni Muslims.

A widespread campaign of looting and confiscation of Kurdish property has made clear Turkey and their SNA militia want to keep Kurds out. Human Rights Watch said it had documented numerous examples of Kurdish homes being confiscated and their possessions looted.

A United Nations commission of inquiry found that “armed group members in Afrin committed the war crimes of hostage-taking, cruel treatment, torture, and pillage”.

More than 130,000 mostly Kurdish residents are still displaced from Afrin, living in camps in the SDF-held region of northeast Syria. Many of their homes are now occupied by Syrians from other parts of the country.

NATO has been criticized for allowing a member state, Turkey, to carry out large scale ethnic cleansing in Syria.  However, since the war in Syria beginning in 2011 was a US-NATO project for ‘regime change’, NATO is not complaining to Turkey, who was their partner in the 10-year war.

Idlib today

On Tuesday, an explosion killed eight Al Qaeda terrorists, and wounded 10 others, in Idlib.  The terrorists were meeting when the blast occurred.  Russia and Turkey have a ceasefire deal in Idlib, but it does not cover Al Qaeda. According to the UN, all nations must fight Al Qaeda, wherever they are.  However, Turkey occupies Idlib and supports the Al Qaeda branch there, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Turkey currently hosts nearly 4 million Syrians; however, most of the Syrian refugees in Turkey today are Sunni Muslims. Erdogan plans to resettle the Syrian refugees in the border area under Turkish military occupation, and it will permanently alter the demographics. This area stretching from Idlib province to Afrin will become a safe haven for terrorists aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.

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The Palestinian Cause is Neither a Religious nor a Human Rights Cause

Susana Khalil

 August 15, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

Susana Khalil

The Palestinian cause is political, it is a cause of National Liberation.

The Palestinian Cause is Neither a Religious nor a Human Rights Cause

The violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people is the consequence of the violation of their right to struggle for their national liberation, their right to exist as a nation-state.

The Palestinian cause is political, it is a cause of National Liberation, and it is the cause of a native people that today in the 21st century is fighting against a colonial yoke and anachronism called “Israel”. That’s all, I repeat that’s all. 

To hide the colonial character, Zionist propaganda has successfully managed to plague a pseudo-narrative, claiming it is a prehistoric, millenarian, religious, anti-Semitic, complex, metaphysical conflict. All an attractive abstract… all an aesthetic blah, blah of aromatic lies.

The Palestinian Cause is a political issue of liberation and national independence like the Algerian cause against French colonialism, the struggle for independence lead by the Indian people against British colonialism, the Libyan struggle for liberation against Italian colonialism, the struggle of the Mexican people against Spanish colonialism, the Haitian struggle for liberation against French colonialism and more. These people had their human rights violated, their humanity dismembered.

All colonization registers were showing the violation of the human condition, it is a whole regime and logic of torture, Apartheid, slavery, spoliation, hatred, contempt, racism, supremacy, bestiality, terror, massacres, genocide, memoricide, historicide, culturicide, epistemicide. And all this is done and instrumentalized through the human values of the time.

If the Palestinian people renounce the struggle for their National Liberation against the Israeli colonial yoke, if they renounce their Right of Return to their historical Palestine, if they renounce their Palestinian demonym, then the violation of these human rights will cease, and the Palestinian people will disappear. However, the liberation from the colonial yoke will lead to end human violations and eradicate violence.

The vulnerable West fails to understand the colonial nature of Zionism in Palestine. Likewise, the Palestinian Authority and some Palestinians do not want to talk about the Palestinian Cause as a reason for National Liberation and today the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) has become an entelechy.

There are those who limit themselves to the framework of human rights and there are Arab dictatorships that want to limit the Palestinian Cause to a charitable, humanitarian and benevolent mission. They want to make “Jerusalem” an Islamic symbol; they don’t only disregard the Palestinian National Liberation Cause against Israeli colonialism, but they see it as a religious duty to defend “Israel”. These Arab tyrannies use Palestinian blood to make gigantic economic investments and especially to perpetuate themselves in power as a plan of the imperial West.

In the first instance and till this day, the Palestinian cause is believed and felt to be a religious conflict…the Western displayed remarkable ineptitude to bring the Arab world to a religious commodity…After the end of the Cold War which meant the spread of the internet, the whole world discovered the human atrocities against the Palestinian people. It was obvious that there was no way to hide the barbarity. The well-hidden corpse stinks and there is no way to conceal the stench. Human Rights became a real opportunity for Palestine, as the bestial victim is humanized, while the real victim was guilty, and the fascist character of that bohemian “state” known as “Israel” is unveiled. It is a huge breakthrough, but be warned, there is less talk today of the liberation of Historic Palestine against the Israeli colonial yoke.

Within that grandiose opportunity of the human rights scene, there is also much taboo, repression, persecution and corruption. Repression in the Arab world is brutal but in the West, repression is sophisticated. In the West, as far as Zionism is concerned, repression goes through euphemisms like, you have to be prudent, strategic, intelligent, objective (self-censorship), don’t say this, don’t go near such and such a group, you won’t get a job, you won’t get a grant if you say that, don’t talk about armed struggle as an alternative, you can go to jail as an anti-Semite. Fear operates elegantly.

Fear is the big problem, fear is an infidel component inside of us, and solidarity, struggle, creativity and even talent revolve around fear.

That “our fear”, that cowardice turns us into creative and talented colonized people.

Pro-Palestinian consciousness has been stifled in the colossal Zionist propaganda agenda, for example, they must plead that to be anti-Zionist is not the same as to be an anti-Semite. The tool of Human Rights is valuable and meritorious; it has dismantled religious stereotypes and raised public awareness. People are already talking about Apartheid, ethnic cleansing, occupation, political prisoners, the Wall of Shame, the false two-state solution; no one is talking about the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is perhaps the most valuable tool. But it is less visible to speak of the Palestinian Cause as a reason for National Liberation against a colonial yoke. Talking about the consequences and not the Cause is not the most honest thing to do. There is a desire to make that seem outdated, rhetorical, conventional…we have to evolve, we have to move forward, and there are those who say that we have to think about peace. We are becoming Zionists, thus defrauding life. The Galilean Mahmud Darwish said, we resist because we love life.  

Fear operates and we think we are clever in our cowardice. Let us not confuse fear with strategy. Let us assume that we are fighting against the greatest power in the world, Zionism.

The Palestinian people are facing a classical colonialism that not only usurped their homeland but usurped their history because it comes from a European movement that has the purpose to turn a certain religious community into a People. That’s why it usurps the history, its culinary territorial characteristics and the whole cultural expression of the native people. The ideologists of Zionism clearly see the need to exterminate this native people in order to guarantee their nation-state project for the sake of the Jewish religious community. The existence and continuity of the Palestinian people is threatened. The Palestinians were expelled from their homeland and are being expelled from history. Palestine, a people with more than 11,000 years in the light of history, has become today a forbidden people.

I renounce intelligence, strategy, prudence and moderation. I cling to justice, to what is honest, sane, noble, generous, humanistic and dignified; the National Liberation of the native people against anachronism and the colonial yoke. I do speak of the abolition of the colonial regime of “Israel”. And I clarify, don’t ever expel those who expelled us, instead, make them Palestinian citizens, as did the Zionist Ukrainian Aryan Golda Meyer, the Belarusian Aryan Shimon Peres and thousands of Zionist Jews, when the extinct League of Nations, established that every Jew who wished to live in Palestine, should apply for Palestinian citizenship. 

We have a date with Universal History, to abolish colonial anachronism from our historical time.

Occupation Forces Demolish Khodor Family Homes in Al-Quds

August 13, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

The Israeli occupation forces five members from one family in Al-Quds to demolish their homes in Beit Hanina, north of the city, to accommodate settlers who claim ownership of the land.

The occupation forces the Khodor family to demolish their homes in al-Quds

The occupation forces in al-Quds forced five members from one family to demolish their homes in Beit Hanina, north of the city. 

Members of the Khodor family proceeded to demolish five of their residences in the Aishwarya neighborhood of Beit Hanina with bulldozers. 

The occupation court had rejected the family’s request to stop the demolition of the houses a week ago, forcing them to bring their homes down for the settlers who claim ownership of the land.

The five houses belong to the resident of al-Quds Abdullah Khodor, who lives with his children and their wives.

According to reports by the Palestinian media, Khodor said: “We are steadfast. This land is our life.”

Khodor suffered a stroke after his house was demolished even though he possessed identification papers confirming his right to the house, however, the Israeli court forced him to demolish the house on the grounds of “not having a permit.”

Khodor refused the occupation’s attempts to bargain with him to vacate his house and said, “If they give me paradise, I will not leave my home. This is my home, the home where my children and grandchildren were born.”

The Globalization of the Twelve Tribes of Israel

 BY GILAD ATZMON

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By Gilad Atzmon

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke on Wednesday at the seventh Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism. He said that antisemitism was part of a broad family of hatreds, and that antisemites start by attacking Jews but “always” move on to focus their hate and violence on other groups as well.

Lapid insisted that antisemitism was akin to other hatreds, such as ones held by those “who participated in the slave trade.”  Presumably the ignoramus isn’t aware that some historians assert that there were Jews prominent in the African slave trade. Lapid also pointed at the “Hutu massacres of Tutsis in Rwanda.”  Someone should mention to him that the 1948 Palestinian Nakba was launched with a manifold of Jewish paramilitary massacres of indigenous people. These horrendous actions led to an orchestrated ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Lapid maintained that “Antisemitism isn’t the first name of hate, it’s the family name.” I would advise the Israeli foreign minister that if racism is the appropriate family name for most forms of bigotry towards the Other, then chosenness (racial supremacy) should be considered its definitive first name.

If you allowed yourself for a second to believe that Lapid was motivated by a genuine humanist and a universalist agenda to fight racism and hatred, you were obviously wrong. Lapid devised a plan for the goyim: “Jewish people need allies and to enlist everyone who believes it is wrong to persecute people just because of their faith, sexuality, gender, nationality, or the colour of their skin…We need to tell them that antisemitism never ends with the Jews. It will always move on to the next target.”

According to Lapid, the survival of the Jewish nationalist project is dependent on the of the breaking up of the universe into identarian segments, while making sure they all adhere to the Jewish state and the Jewish people’s interests.  While the old Jewish Left pushed for a cosmopolitan agenda that removed barriers and borders between people regardless of their race, gender or nationality, the new Jewish progressive agenda is the complete opposite. It is there to divide us by means of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race, etc. We are basically witnessing a globalized version of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

Lapid reckons that “the fight isn’t between antisemites and Jews: The fight is between antisemites and anyone who believes in the values of equality, justice and liberty.” But the truth of the matter is that not many states in the world are as removed from ‘values of equality, justice and liberty’ as the Jewish state. Look how Israel treats its African asylum seekers or the black Hebrews. Can you think of any other state that locks millions of people in open air prisons for decades and make them subject to endless brutal blockades?    

Many in Israel didn’t approve of Lapid’s speech. Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Foreign Minister of “minimizing” the concept of antisemitism and diminishing its uniqueness. Lapid was basically accused of trivializing the Holocaust. He isn’t the first; the ADL accuses yours truly of pretty much the same ‘crime.’

“Even though antisemitism, hatred of Jews, is part of the general human phenomenon of hatred of the foreigner, it is different from that in its strength, its durability over thousands of years and its murderous ideology that has been nourished throughout the generations in order to pave the way for the destruction of Jews.” Netanyahu argued. For a change, I agree with Netanyahu. Jewish history is indeed a chain of catastrophes. Jews have been experiencing rejection and abuse throughout their entire history.

Early Zionism, as such, was indeed a unique and refreshing movement that was destined to change the Jewish path and destiny. It vowed to ‘amend’ the Jews, to make them beloved and respected.  No one understood this revolutionary intellectual and spiritual shift in the Jewish mindset better than Benjamin Netanyahu’s father, who wrote what I believe to be one of the best historical dissections of the Early Zionist project. But the truth on the ground and the rise of antisemitsm are probably the best indication that Zionism failed catastrophically. Over time, it is clear that Zionism achieved the complete opposite.

If there are any true Zionist thinkers left in the Jewish world, they should look in the mirror and ask what Israel does to provoke antisemitism. What is it that Jewish lobby groups do that alienate so many people? Such an approach may prove to be more helpful on the long run than Lapid’s tactical offering to make identitarians worldwide into a new league of Zionist mercenaries.   

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‘Israeli’ Occupation Forces Dismantle Dozens of Palestinian Homes in West Bank

By Staff, Agencies

‘Israeli’ occupation forces this week confiscated the homes of 84 Palestinians in Ramallah Governorate and a structure accommodating a family of eight in the northern Jordan Valley, United Nations [UN] humanitarians said on Friday.

The Zionist military took at least 49 structures in the Ras al-Tin, Ramallah Governorate displacement on Wednesday, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA]. Citing initial assessments, the office said the structures include homes, animal shelters, solar power systems, water tanks and tractors with trailers and animal fodder.

The herding community moves to Ras al-Tin every summer for grazing but now is at heightened risk of forcible transfer from the area.

In the Thursday action in Humsa Al-Bqaia in the northern Jordan Valley, the occupation forces confiscated a recently installed structure used by a family, including six children, who lost their previous homes in another incident last week, OCHA’s ReliefWeb reported.

“The United Nations has repeatedly called on ‘Israel’ to halt its demolition and confiscation of Palestinian property and bring its conduct in line with its obligations as an occupying power under international humanitarian law,” OCHA said.

“The ‘Israeli’ authorities have demolished, seized or forced people to demolish at least 474 Palestinian-owned structures, including 150 donor-funded ones, displacing 656 people, including 359 children, across the West Bank” this year, OCHA said.

“This represents a near 70 percent increase in the number of people displaced, with a near 75 percent increase in children, compared with the equivalent period in 2020.”

Israeli Ethnic Cleansing: A Crime Against Humanity

July 18, 2021

By Stephen Lendman

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Revanchist Israeli regimes expand the territory of the world’s only borderless state on a platform of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing indigenous people from their homes, possessions and land — to make way for exclusive Jewish developme

nt and use.

Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories are targeted for removal by brute force on land Jewish state extremists want for themselves.

B’Tselem earlier explained what long-suffering Palestinians endured throughout Jewish state history, saying:

“For decades, Israeli authorities…implementing a policy aimed at driving out scores of communities, that are home to thousands of Palestinians.” 

“They have made living conditions miserable and intolerable with a view to establishing facts on the ground and taking over these areas.”

Longstanding Israeli policy seeks “Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea” — what the scourge of apartheid is all about, state-sponsored tyranny by another name.

Over 14 million people live in the above area, half of them Palestinians denied their fundamental rights as affirmed by international human rights law.

Hundreds of thousands of settlers live on stolen Palestinian land, illegally annexed for their use.

Israeli regimes pursue their aims by state terror and other illegal means.

Creation of Israel was a case study in ethnic cleansing on a horrific scale, transforming historic Palestine into an apartheid Jewish state.

The lives and welfare of its indigenous inhabitants were irreparably disrupted, a massive refugee population created internally and abroad in neighboring states – one of history’s great crimes without punishment.

On Palestinian land Israeli regimes want for Jews only, unwanted indigenous families are uprooted, their homes demolished, followed by forcefully removing them from their land.

Time and again, Israeli courts uphold the illegal practice, including its highest, in pursuing a policy of maximum Jews and minimum Arabs on all valued land between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea.

Dominant Zionist extremists believe for Israel to survive, it must dominate the region and become a world power.

Achieving its imperial aims requires dividing Arab nations into small, easily controlled states – partitioning them along ethnic and sectarian lines as weakened Israeli satellites. 

Internally, Israel is hellbent on territorial expansion by stealing it from indigenous Palestinians and neighboring states in defiance of international law.

Palestinians seeking redress through Israeli and international courts fail because Jewish tribunals and the world community have done nothing to hold the Jewish state accountable for its highest of high crimes.

It’s been this way throughout Jewish state history since 1948 — nearly three quarters of a century of injustice, notably backed by the US-dominated West.

One among countless examples of Israeli ethnic cleansing occurred last week, explained by B’Tselem, saying:

On July 7, “Israeli military and Civil Administration personnel arrived at the tent-dwelling community of Khirbet Humsah in the Jordan Valley” with sweeping ethnic cleansing in mind.

They forcefully “dismantled and confiscated tents housing numerous community members along with everything inside them, loading them onto trucks…”

Dispossessed Palestinians were forced into buses “in sweltering heat.”

Refusniks in defense of their land and possessions were expelled by by brute force.

“Initial reports indicate the forces demolished the homes of at least nine families, leaving 60 people homeless.” 

“Soldiers and Civil Administration staff continue to load the contents of the homes onto military trucks” as of late last week. 

“B’Tselem is still collecting exact information about the property that was confiscated and destroyed.”

What happened repeats time and again throughout the Occupied Territories — a crime against humanity under international law.

Responsibility for ethnic cleansing like the above lies with Israeli ruling regimes, its military and other security enforcers, along with Jewish state High Court “justices…who lend legal legitimacy” to what flagrantly breaches core international law, B’Tselem explained, adding:

What repeats time and again throughout the Occupied Territories is “a badge of shame for the international community…” 

Instead of upholding the rule of law, the world community and world body leadership “absolved (themselves) of the obligation to demand Israel respect the human rights of Palestinians living under its control and allowed (themselves) to be satisfied with empty rebukes lacking any practical consequences.”

Hamas Urges Al-Quds Youth to Assemble in the City Starting Saturday to Confront “Israeli” Settlers Encroachments

16/07/2021

Hamas Urges Al-Quds Youth to Assemble in the City Starting Saturday to Confront “Israeli” Settlers Encroachments

Translated by Staff, Agencies

The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas called on the youth of al-Quds [Jerusalem] “to mobilize and assemble at the gates of the Old City, as well as in the neighborhoods and streets of al-Quds starting on Saturday, July 17 [or the 7th of Dhul Hijjah], to confront the bullying of the [“Israeli”] settlers and their arrogance”.

Hamas also warned “the juvenile ‘Israeli’ government not to try to test the patience of the Resistance and its men, who have pledged to Allah not to tire or give up in defending their most precious al-Aqsa Mosque”.

The resistance movement urged the “honorable people and valiant Resistance in the Gaza Strip to stay alert until the ‘Israeli’ occupation understands that our persistent Strip is the shield of al-Aqsa Mosque and a drawn sword for [the protection of] al-Quds [Jerusalem]”.

“The juvenile ‘Israeli’ government is playing with fire once again by allowing its settler thugs to storm the al-Aqsa Mosque and launch their frenzied campaigns by gathering on the streets and gates of al-Quds [Jerusalem] on the occasion of what they called ‘the destruction of their temple’, disregarding Muslim religious occasions, especially the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, the Day of Arafa and Eid al-Adha,” Hamas concluded.

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16 تموز 2021

المصدر: الميادين نت

في ظل مواصلة حكومة الاحتلال سياستها التهويدية في القدس، وردّاً على استفزازات المستوطنين للمسجد الأقصى والقدس، حركة “حماس” تدعو في بيان إلى “الرباط” في القدس يوم غد دفاعاً عن المدينة وعن المسجد الأقصى.

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“حماس”: المقاومة ستواصل رباطها في القدس حفاظاً على المسجد الأقصى بكل ما تملك من قوة

دعت حركة “حماس” في بيان لها، اليوم الجمعة، إلى “الرباط” في القدس المحتلة، والتصدي للمستوطنين.

وقالت “حماس” في البيان إن “حكومة الاحتلال تُمعن في سياساتها التهويدية في مدينة القدس، عبر إصرارها على تفريغ المدينة من أبنائها الأصليين، وترحيلهم عنها عبر تكرار سيناريو حي الشيخ جراح، باستهدافها لأحياء البستان وبطن الهوى، ووادي حلوة، في بلدة سلوان الحامية الجنوبية للمسجد الأقصى المبارك”. 

وأشار البيان إلى أنه “وبينما لم تفهم حكومة الاحتلال بما آلت إليه آخر جولة في معركة سيف القدس، من دروس وعِبَر، ها هي تلعب بالنار من جديد بعد سماحها للمستوطنين باقتحام المسجد الأقصى المبارك، وإطلاق حملاتهم المسعورة بالحشد والتجمهر في شوارع القدس وعلى أبوابها، بمناسبة ما يُسمى (خراب هيكلهم) المزعوم، ضاربة بعرض الحائط المناسبات الدينية للمسلمين، وخاصة أيام العشر الأوائل من شهر ذي الحجة ويوم عرفة وعيد الأضحى المبارك”.

“حماس” لفتت إلى أن “الحركة في مدينة القدس تراقب هذه الإجراءات”، محذّرة الحكومة الإسرائيلية من “محاولة اختبار صبر المقاومة ورجالها الأبطال، في الدفاع عن أغلى ما يملكون والمتمثل بالمسجد الأقصى المبارك”.

كما أكدت الحركة في البيان أن “المقاومة ستواصل الرباط والمواجهة، ومن مسافة صفر مع المستوطنين ومن يدعمهم من قوات الاحتلال وجيشه”.

بيان “حماس” دعا أيضاً شباب القدس “للرباط على أبواب البلدة القديمة، وفي جميع أحياء مدينة القدس، وشوارعها ابتداءً من يوم غدٍ السبت، والتصدي للمستوطنين وعربدتهم”.

كما دعت الفلسطينيين في الضفة الغربية والداخل الفلسطيني، إلى شدّ الرحال نحو المسجد الأقصى في يوم عرفة، “لنجعل منه يوماً للحشد والرباط في ساحات المسجد الأقصى وعلى أبوابه وتحت محرابه”.

وشدد البيان على الاستمرار في تنظيم الفعاليات والنشاطات الداعمة والمساندة لقضية بيت المقدس، والمسجد الأقصى.

هذا، وتصدّى الفلسطينيون في هذه الأثناء لاعتداءات قوات الاحتلال داخل قرية كفر قدوم شرق قلقيلية، وفي بلدة بيتا جنوب نابلس.

وكان جنود الاحتلال قد أطلقوا فجر اليوم الجمعة الرصاص المطاطي، وقنابل الغاز بكثافة تجاه المشاركين في فعاليات الإرباك الليلي في بلدة بيتا.

وأشعل شبان بيتا النيران قرب البؤرة المقامة على أراضي الجبل. كما يواصلون مه أهالي البلدة فعاليات الإرباك الليلي، للتصدّي لمحاولة المستوطنين الاستيلاء على أراضي جبل صبيح، وإقامة بؤرة استيطانية جديدة على رأس الجبل.

ورفع نشطاء فلسطينيون في القدس المحتلة أعلام فلسطين على أسوار القدس المحتلة، في خطوة أثارت غضب قوات الاحتلال. 

وتناقل رواد مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي مشاهد  تظهر أعلام فلسطين على الأسوار القديمة في منطقة باب العامود.

شاهد | أجواء متوترة تسود محيط #باب_العامود هذه اللحظات pic.twitter.com/B6GYFB8RfH— المقدسي للإعلام (@AlmakdesyMedia) July 15, 2021

تكبيرات العيد #باب_العامود #القدس pic.twitter.com/GdT2T7FQQv— rami si (@rami150) July 16, 2021

وكانت مدينة القدس قد شهدت حالة من التوتر في أعقاب استيلاء مستوطنين على قطعة أرض وغرفتين سكنيتين في حيّ وادي حلوة ببلدة سلوان.

مدير مركز معلومات وادي حلوة جواد صيام قال إنّ مساحة قطعة الأرض تبلغ نحو 250 متراً مربّعاً، متحدّثاً عن وجود تسريب لشقة سكنيّة على بعد مسافة قليلة من قطعة الأرض.

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.

The Nakba and the Polish Law

 BY GILAD ATZMON

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by Gilad Atzmon

Source: Almayadeen.net

Israel seems upset by a new Polish law that sets a 30-year deadline for Jews to recover seized property. The legislation is yet to be approved by Poland’s senate, yet Israeli officials already refer to it as the “Holocaust law.” They insist that it is ‘immoral’ and ‘a disgrace.’

Last week Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid insisted that the bill “is a disgrace that will not erase the horrors or the memory of the Holocaust.”

The Nakba and the Polish Law

I fail to see which part of the legislation interferes with the memory and the horrors of the holocaust. I actually think that the crude attempt to squeeze billions of dollars from Poland in the name of a human tragedy may have a detrimental impact on this historical chapter and the way it is memorized.

The Poles didn’t approve of the Jewish ‘State’ interfering with their internal affairs. On Friday, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hit back at Lapid, stressing, “I can only say that as long as I am the prime minister, Poland will not pay for German crimes: Neither zloty, nor euro, nor dollar.”

Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs echoed Morawiecki’s position, arguing that Lapid’s comments were misguided. “Poland is by no means responsible for the Holocaust, an atrocity committed by the German occupant also on Polish citizens of Jewish origin.”

During the weekend, the crisis seemed to escalate. On Sunday, Poland and Israel summoned the other’s ambassador for meetings as the rift between the two countries didn’t seem to subside.  

I am not in a position to judge what is right and who is wrong on restitution matters. Suppose the Polish new legislation is “a horrific injustice and disgrace that harms the rights of Holocaust survivors and their heirs,” as Lapid says. In that case, we should also expect Lapid to vividly support the Palestinians, their right of return, and their right to be compensated for the colossal crimes committed against them in 1948 and thereafter. 

In 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinians (the vast majority of indigenous Palestine) were ethnically cleansed by the newly born Jewish State. This catastrophic racially driven crime (that included a long list of massacres) is called the Nakba. It took place less than four years after the liberation of Auschwitz. 

During the 1948 war and shortly after, young Israel wiped out Palestinian cities and villages. It then used legislation to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes and applied any possible means to plunder their properties, dispossessing those few Palestinians who clung to their land. Yet, Israel never admitted its original sin of ethnic cleansing. 

Applying to a moral cause, Israel claims to represent Jewish demands for restitution in Poland. I wonder, shouldn’t the same rule be applied to the Palestinians? Shouldn’t Israel put the same moral law into play and acknowledge the Palestinians’ right to their land, villages, cities, fields, and orchards?

While in Poland, it was Nazi Germany that brought a disaster on the county’s Jewry. In Palestine, young IDF and Jewish paramilitary groups committed colossal crimes against the indigenous population. While Nazi Germany ceased to exist in 1945, the IDF is still with us. The Labour party (which formed the first Israeli government directly) is still active and is even a member of the current governing coalition. The Likud Party, being the offspring of the Irgun and the Stern Gang (both complicit in some of the most brutal massacres in Palestine), is, by far, the biggest party in the Israeli Knesset. The Israeli and Zionist institutions that were responsible for the 1948 crime have never ceased to exist. They have never owned their crimes, let alone repented. 

Holocaust survivors have been compensated by different means for the crime that was committed against them by Europeans. Israel benefitted from a large reparations deal with the German government. The Palestinians, however, are still living in open-air prisons and refugee camps, subject to blockades and constant abuse.    

The time is ripe for Israel to own up to its horrendous past. By now, Israel should accept that the Palestinian cause is not fading away or evaporating into thin air. If Israel seeks to reconcile with the region, it must first apply to itself that moral code that it demands Poland to follow. 

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‘Israeli’ Occupation Starts Demolishing Occupied Al-Quds’ Silwan Neighborhood

29/06/2021

‘Israeli’ Occupation Starts Demolishing Occupied Al-Quds’ Silwan Neighborhood

By Staff, Agencies

Confrontations with the Zionist military erupted after the demolition of a Palestinian business by Zionist occupation forces began in the al-Bustan area of the occupied East al-Quds neighborhood of Silwan on Tuesday.

The Zionist occupation forces accompanied by bulldozers entered the Palestinian neighborhood and destroyed a butcher’s shop in Silwan. Soldiers used tear gas and batons to push back residents and Palestinian activists as they carried out the demolition.

At least four Palestinians were injured in the confrontations, according to the Palestine Red Crescent.

The Zionist forces also fired rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse angry Palestinians amid calls through mosque loudspeakers for residents to gather to protect their homes, witnesses said.

On June 7, the occupied al-Quds municipality issued a series of demolition orders to residents of the al-Bustan area in Silwan.

The 13 families affected, consisting of some 130 people, were given 21 days to evacuate and demolish their houses themselves. Failure to do so would mean the occupation regime’s municipality would destroy the houses and families would have to cover the demolition costs – an estimated $6,000.

Since 2005, residents of al-Bustan have received warnings to demolish nearly 90 homes under the pretext of building without a permit, in favor of a Zionist settler organization that seeks to turn the land into a national park and link it to the archaeological so-called ‘City of David’ area.

Silwan is located to the south of al-Quds’ Old City, adjacent to its walls.

At least 33,000 Palestinians live in the neighborhood, which has been targeted by ‘Israeli’ settler organizations for years. In some cases, Palestinian landowners have been forced to share homes with Zionist settlers.

Some of these Palestinian families have been living in Silwan for more than 50 years since they were displaced from the Old City in the 1960s.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine 17– 23 June 2021

24/06/2021

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine 17– 23 June 2021

  • Excessive Use of Force in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 18 Palestinians, including 2 children and 3 women; 2 of them were journalists
  • Airstrike targets a plot of land, and 3 shootings reported against Palestinian fishing boats, northern Gaza Strip
  • In 150 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 140 Palestinians arrested, including 14 children and 3 women.
  • 3 houses, a farm, a shop and carwash demolished while 21 demolition and stop-construction-work notices were distributed in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Setters’ Attacks: residents of al-Sheikh Jarrah and Persons in solidarity assaulted by settlers in occupied East Jerusalem
  • IOF established 64 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and 8 Palestinians arrested at them.

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) committed further crimes and violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity

18 Palestinians, including 2 children and 3 women; 2 of them were journalists, were injured due to excessive use of force in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.  7 injuries were reported, including a woman and a child, in an incursion into Jenin; an injury near the annexation wall in Jenin; injury of 2 female journalists in Jerusalem; 2 injuries, including a child, during the suppression of protests in Beita village and Beit Dajan in Nablus; 2 injuries in Kafr Qaddum in Qalqiliya and an injury in al-Nabi Saleh village in Ramallah. Moreover, tens others suffocated due to teargas inhalation after IOF fired teargas canisters in those attacks and others in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out several airstrikes; one of them targeted an agricutltural land in al-Soudaniyah area in northern Gaza Strip.  Moreover, IOF opened fire 3 times at the Palestinian fishing boats off the northern Gaza Strip shore and at a group of young men in eastern Khan Younis.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 150 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, 140 Palestinians were arrested, including 14 children and 3 women.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out a limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis.

Demolitions

PCHR fieldworkers documented 11 violations

  • East Jerusalem: a Palestinian Forced to self-demolish his shop and another to self-demolish his 3-storey residential building in addition to an under-construction house.
  • Hebron: 6 notices to stop construction works and demolish were handed targeting 2 houses, a sheep barn, and 2 rooms of tinplate and bricks while 2 notices to stop construction works in 2 electricity distribution networks.
  • Qalqiliya: a car wash was demolished and a commericial barrack was notified of demolition while 14 dunums were razed.
  • Nablus: 13 houses and a mosque were notified of stopping construction works.

Settler-attacks:

Setters continued their attacks particularly against Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.  This week, Under IOF’s protection, tens of Israeli settlers living in al-Ghawi family building, which they took over in al-Sheikh Jarrah, north of occupied East Jerusalem, attacked the residents of Karam al-Ja’aouni area, which is under the threat of forced displacement in favor of settlement associations, and persons in solidarity with them.

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 Kerm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings and partially opening them.  This has banned the entry of raw materials and disrupted the operation of production lines in factories and caused heavy losses for farmers and many commercial and economic sectors.  Starting from Monday, 21 June 2021, IOF allowed the exportation of vegetables and clothes from Gaza and the return of some Palestinians stuck in Jordan; however, they imposed new restrictions and continued to ban the entry of most of the raw materials and goods.  On Wednesday morning, 23 June 2021, the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture announced that farmers refrained from exporting their agricultural products due to a change on the marketing criteria of some agricultural products via Kerm Abu Salem.  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 15th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

In the West Bank, the Israeli authorities continued to divide it into small isolated cantons while many roads are still completely closed.  In addition to the permanent checkpoints, IOF establish temporary checkpoints that hinder civilians’ movement and arrest many of them.

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

  • At approximately 03:15 on Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF moved into Jenin and its refugee camp, west of the city, north of the West Bank. Afterwards, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF vehicles. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 7 of them, including a child and a woman, were wounded and taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment. Most of those injured sustained wounds in their lower extremities. PCHR keeps the names of those injured.
  • At approximately 23:05 on Thursday, 17 June 2021, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at an empty plot of land near al-Horiyia resort off al-Sudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. Twenty minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at the land, but no casualties were reported.
  • Following the Friday prayer, on 18 June 2021, hundreds of Palestinian worshipers gathered at the southern gates of al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to participate in a protest that will be organized in Bab al-‘Amoud area to condemn settlers’ lately insults of Prophet Mohammed. The protestors headed towards al-Aqsa Mosque gates in an attempt to exit towards the Old City and reach Bab al-‘Amoud area, but IOF suppressed the protestors when they arrived at al-Selselah gate. IOF assaulted the protestors, beat them and heavily fired rubber bullets and sound bombs in the area. After that, IOF stormed al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards, deployed in the Dome of the Rock yard and forcibly dispersed Palestinian worshipers. As a result, two journalists were wounded; the first namely Sondos ‘Abed al-Rahman ‘Awis (25) sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in her back; and the second namely Latifa Redwan ‘Abed al-Latif (31) sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in her foot. Both of them were taken to al-Maqased Hospital for treatment. Lawyer Feras al-Jebraini said that IOF arrested 21 Palestinians participating in the protest organized in al-Aqsa Mosque and at its gates. They also accused them of assaulting Israeli police officers, throwing stones, participating in the clashes, and obstructing police work. PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees.
  • 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, a 20-year-old male was shot with a sponge bullet in his thigh and a 47-year-old man was hit with a teargas canister in his thigh.
  • Around the same time, and for the 7th consecutive week, a peaceful protest took off from the vegetables market at the main entrance to Beita village, southeast of Nablus, towards Subeih Mount, south of the village, where IOF established “Evyatar” settlement outpost a month and a half 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 firec live and rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas canisters at the protestors and press crews. As a result, 4 protestors, including a child, were wounded and taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. Also, IOF pepper-sprayed the face of a reporter at Flasha News Agency namely Naser Ishtayeh. Moreover, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

Naser Ishtayeh said to PCHR’s fieldworker that

“At approximately 13:30 on Friday, while I was covering incidents in Beita village, southeast of Nablus, an Israeli border guard officer approached me and pepper-sprayed my face. As a result, I fainted and woke up at a medical point established in Beita High School for Boys. After waking up, I sustained severe pain in my eye and mouth. Also, I had a blurry vision that continued for hours.”

  • At approximately 18:30, a group of Palestinians gathered at the western entrance to Silwad village, northeast of Ramallh, where IOF established a military checkpoint. The Palestinians threw stones at the checkpoint and set fire to tires on a road leading to the checkpoint. Afterwards, a number of Israeli soldiers left the checkpoint to fire sound bombs and teargas canisters at stone-throwers and chased them. As a result, many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation while IOF arrested Othman Murshed Hammad (25).
  • At approximately 22:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered near the main entrance to al-Nabi Salih village, northwest of Ramallah. They set fire to tires and threw stones at a military checkpoint established at the village’s entrance. After that, IOF deployed in front of the checkpoint and fired live and rubber bullets and a barrage of teargas canisters and sound bombs at the stone-throwers. As a result, a 19-year-old male sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in his waist and hand. He was then taken to Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Rihan suburb, north of Ramallah, for treatment. Also, several stone-throwers suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 08:40 on Saurday, 19 June 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Stripm chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire at them, enticing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 19 June 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, opened fire at Palestinian young men gathered near the fence, adjacent to Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. As a result, the Palestinians were forced to flee and no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinians against the settlers’ recurrent insults of Prophet Mohammed in Bab al-‘Amoud yard in central occupied East Jerusalem. Also, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians after beating them up and pumping wastewater. It should be noted that youth movements called for organizing a protest in Bab al-‘Amoud area to condemn the settlers’ insults of Prophet Mohammed. Accordingly, dozens of Palestinians gathered on Bab al-‘Amoud stairs, raised Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans. Few minutes later, IOF surrounded the area, forcibly vacated it, beat Palestinian protestors with batons, pushed them, and pumped wastewater in Bab al-‘Amoud yard and in its surroundings. As a result, an elderly man fell on the ground and sustained wounds and bruises. Also, during the suppression of the protest, IOF arrested two girls whose identities are still unknown. Additionally, IOF arrested Saleh al-Natsha (20) after severely beat him up and pepper-sprayed his face. Saleh’s brother, Omar al-Natsha, said that IOF brutally assaulted his brother while arresting him and taking him to a police station on Salah al-Deen Street. He added that his brother was interrogated for several hours, despite his need for medical treatment. The police released his brother Salah on bail of NIS 2000 and banned him from entering Bab al-‘Amoud area, adding that he must return for interrogation next Sunday.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They closed the main street for several hours, established military checkpoints in the area, searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and forced them to pass through bypass roads. In the meantime, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors, fired live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them, and brought a skunk carrying vehicle, which pumped wastewater at Palestinians’ houses. IOF also arrested Loai al-‘Abasi (19) and withdrew later.
  • At approximately 08:20 on Sunday, 20 June 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, enticing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided Al Mahmoud neighborhood and deployed on its streets. They also confiscated Palestinian flags fixed on the electric poles and on houses’ roofs. During which, dozens of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and fireworks at IOF and their vehicles. After wards, IOF suppressed the Palestinians and fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them. They also arrested Mohammed Saleh Mahmoud (26) after severely beat him up.
  • At approximately 06:00 on Tuesday, 22 June 2021, IOF stationed near the annexation wall, near ‘Anin village, west of Jenin, opened fire at Palestinian workers who pass through holes in the wall to work in Israel. As a result, Yousef Jawad Yousef ‘Atatrah (32), from Zububa village, west of Jenin, was wounded. ‘Atatrah was then arrested and taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 21:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahis and off al-Soudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 1-3 nautical miles and fired flare bombs in the sky. The Israeli sporadic shooting continued until 22:15 on the same day, which enticed fear among the fishermen and forced them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:30 on Wednesday, 23 June 2021, IOF moved into Al-Lubban_ash-Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus. They fired a barrage of teargas canisters at a park established at the entrance to the village. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. Also, IOF arrested Bahaa’ ‘Arafat ‘Owais (15), taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 21:05, IOF stationed near a settlement outpost established on al-Masayif Mount, east of Beit Dajan village, northeast of Nablus, opened fire at Palestinian young men who carry out night confusion activities, including setting fire to tires and turning the area into a black cloud, protesting at the construction of a settlement outpost on the mount. The IOF shooting resulted in the injury of a Palestinian with a live bullet in his right leg. He was then taken to Beit Furik medical clinic.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 17 June 2021

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Ali al-Ghoul (17) and Ibrahim Isma’el al-Ghoul (21), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Tarqumiyah, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Tareq Abdul Aziz Ghareeb’s (38) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Eizariya, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ragheb Mousa Jaber’s (23) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Reda al-Swaiti’s (15) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 3 houses and arrested (3) civilians, including 2 children. The arrestees are: Mustafa Mahmoud Ghawanmah (17), Alaa Nidal Zaid (17) and Salam Shihada al-Tirawi (22).
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF moved into Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Maher Tahseen ‘Abed’s (38) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:40, IOF moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested 2 civilians; Khaled Mohammed al-Jundi (40), and Bader Ayed al-‘Amour (37).
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested the Aqsa Mosque’s guard, Abdul Kareem Qa’oud, while working at Bab al-Sisila, one of the Aqsa Mosque Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF severely beaten Qa’oud and took him to al-Kishle police center for investigation, and released him after several hours.
  • At approximately 18:50, a group of Mista‘arvim (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) moved into Tubas and stationed at al-Naqar neighborhood in the southeastern entrance of the city. They raided and searched Hazem Mustafa Musallamani’s (27) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at the annexation wall adjacent to Dayr al-Ghusun village, north of Tulkarm, arrested 3 civilians and took them to an unknown destination. The arrestees are: Hamza Firas Ghanim (15), Eyas Subhi Ghanim (22) and Firas Subhi Ghanim (44).
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Deir Abu Masha’al village, northwest of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 18 June 2021

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ra’fat Ra’ed Abu al-Tein’s house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians, including 2 siblings, one of them is wounded. The arrestees are: Baker Jamal Ishtayah (25), Amjad Jamal Ishtayah (27) and Helmi Nasim Qarqari (23).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Fuqeiqis village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Mohammed Salama Awawda’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF arrested Laith Ali Lidawiya (17), while present at the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Yousef al-Faqih (27), from Qatanna village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services upon a prior summons. It should be noted that al-Faqih’s father was arrested while crossing cia a temporary military checkpoint a day before, in order to practice pressure on al-Faqih to surrender.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Tulkarm, Dura and Beit Ummar in Hebron; Sinjil and Aboud in Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 20 June, 2021

  • At approximately 01:45, IOF moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Yaser Mohammed al-Rajoub (50) and Yousef Salama Abu Ras (49), but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Salah Kash’am’s (46) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Hamdoun Jomhour’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mahmoud Mohammed Muhaisen’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Nidal Asfour (23), from the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while present near Herod’s Gate, one of Jerusalem’s Gates. IOF took him to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein Street.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF signed to guard the annexation wall, north of Bethlehem, arrested Taqei al-Dein Sbatin (32), while drawing on the walls of a military watchtower established on the annexation wall. IOF took him to an unknown destination.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

  • At approximately 01:45, IOF moved into Yamun, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Nathir Zeyad Basheer (25).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ahmed Jalal Zayd’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Yousef Khaled Abu al-Hawa’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Sufian Firas Abu al-Hawa (18), while working in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to al-Maskobiya investigation center in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Jacob’s Well neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Qusai Nidal al-Rajabi’s (15) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in al-Auja village, northeast of Jericho. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 21 June 2021

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bayt Liqya village, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Eyad Jaber Assi (38), Alaa Sameer Assi (29) and Mohammed Saleh Mousa (25). Mousa was released later.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Ahmed al-Ameer’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Zababdeh, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Nidal Abed Sharqawi (28), and Belal Ahmed Sharqawi (31).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Dawoud Abu Laban’s (19) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya police center in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Khaled Mohammed Da’bas (56), and his wife, Qadar Atiya Da’bas (51), who are the parents of Abdullah who was killed during an armed clash at Salem military checkpoint, north of Jenin, on 17 May 2021. IOF released them later.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Beita village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ammar Moheeb Hamayil (26).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Asira al-Qibliya village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Abdul Rahman Hosny Saleh (39).
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF reinforced with several military bulldozers moved 100-meters into the east of al-Fukhkhari village, east of Khan Yunis. They leveled and combed lands for several hours before they deployed again inside the border fence.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF signed to guard the annexation wall, west of ‘Anin village, west of Jenin, arrested Eyad Husam Dabaya (35), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians including a child. The arrestees are: Aziz Thyab Awad (35), Emad Ahmed Abu Hashem (31), Ahmed Mahmoud al-Sleiby (30), Mahdi Mershed Za’aqiq (20), and Zain al-Dein Mohammed al-Ja’ar (17). Also, IOF handed Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (54) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF stationed at “Mevo Dotan” military checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, arrested (5) civilians from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin, and took them to an unknown destination. The arrestees are: Mohammed Yaser Sayis (21), Mohammed Ahmed Ammouri (35), Mohammed Wa’el Ghazawi (24), Mohammed ‘Ar’arawi (24) and Ahmed Abu Shawish (25).
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Eyad Nazim Abu Jeish (30), during the “Night Confusion” practices in Jabal al-Masayif (where a new settlement outpost was built), east of Bayt Dajan, east of Nablus.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Tayibe village, west of Jenin. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

  • At approximately 01:50, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (14) civilians. )PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees(.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Thinaba neighborhood, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ammar Ali Abu Zahra (30), and his brother Yehya (28).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Beita, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Islam Faisal al-Jaghoub (22).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Jenin and Jenin refugee camp, west of the city. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (7) civilians. The arrestees are: Mus’ab Nayef Ja’aysa (36), Haitham Ahmed Saleh (21), Ameen Zeidan Hazem (53), his son Abdul Rahman (25), Faris Ahmed Hindi (25), Bader Mahmoud Mallah (24) and Mohammed Mahmoud Ja’far (29). All of them are from the refugee camp except the last 2 who are from the city.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Zububa village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Farah Sabri Sbeihat (35).
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF reinforced with 2 military vehicles stormed an agricultural land belonging to ‘Aref Emad Jaber (46), Baqa’a area, east of Hebron, adjacent to “Kiryat Arba’” settlement. The Israeli soldiers detained Emad Awni Abu Shamsiya (45) and Aref Emad Jaber (46), claiming that they were present in a closed military zone, and took them to a detention center in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. A group of settlers attempted to take over the land and established rooms on it, but the Palestinian activists demolished the rooms and submitted complaints against the settlers, which forced the Israeli authorities to consider the abovementioned land as a closed military zone.
  • At approximately 23:35, IOF arrested Mahmoud Hatem Abu Ali (19) and Fadi Mohammed Samara (20), and confiscated their vehicles, and took them to unknown destination. It should be noted that IOF sat an ambush to arrest them on Jenin-Nazareth Street, north of Jenin.
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Salem village in Nablus governorate; Silat al-Harithiya, Kafr Dan, Ti’anik, Jalamah, and Arana villages in Jenin governorate; Dura, Surif, Kirza and Yatta in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

  • At approximately 01:25, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Ni’lin, west of Ramallah. They deployed in several areas such as; al-Muhalhal, al-Harja, Wadi al-Ein and Wad al-Nada. They raided and searched several houses amidst firing sound bombs between civilians’ houses and neighborhoods, causing fear and panic among civilians and children. Meanwhile, a group of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli vehicles who responded by firing sound bombs and teargas canisters to disperse them. The clashes continued between IOF and the Palestinian young men for 3 hours and resulted in the arrest of (11) civilians including a child, and then IOF released 6 of them after interrogating them for several hours. (PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed at Asida and Musrara areas. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (9) civilians, including 4 children. The arrestees are: Jehad Khalil Abu Hashem (31), Osaid Mohammed ‘Adi (30), Mahmoud Yaser Brighith (28), Kareem Ibrahim Abu Maria (24), Ahmed Mahmoud Za’aqiq (25), Amro Ibrahim Sabarna (17), Mu’ammar Issam Ikhlayil (17), Amar Yehya Za’aqiq (17) and Qasam Khaled al-‘Allami (16). Meanwhile, a group of young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli vehicles, and IOF responded by firing sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers and houses. As a result, a number of young men suffocated due to teargas inhalation, and the number of arrestees of Beit Ummar increased to 14 arrestees, including 5 children, in the last 48 hours.
  • At approximately 02:35, IOF moved onto Tell Street, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Malik Abdo (39).

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

Demolitions, Confiscations and notices

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF demolished a carwash belonging to ‘Ezzat Hasan Hussein Abu Sha’er (58), from Jinasafut village, east of Qaqliliya, despite a pending appeal by the High Court of Justice regarding the demolition.

‘Ezzat Abu Sha’er said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“I built a carwash for my only son on the main street “55”, north of the village.  On 25 May 2021, I received a demolition notice that gave us 96 hours to respond, so we appealed the notice before the competent authorities via a lawyer, but there was no response to this appeal.  Suddenly on Thursday morning, 17 June 2021, IOF arrived accompanied with a bulldozer and an Israeli Civil Administration SUV as well as four patrols.  I stopped them and told them that we have a pending case and appeal at the court, and you do not have the right to carry out the demolition.  The officer then asked me to wait a minute so he can check.  He went away and then came back to tell me that the lawyer was informed with the response to the appeal and started the demolition.  I asked the lawyer, who said that late at night they informed him that the appeal was rejected and he could not tell me.  I dismantled the equipment previously, but the bulldozers destroyed everything quickly and deliberately so that I won’t benefit from anything once again.  All the plastic, steel and water and electricity networks were destroyed, costing me around ILS 200,000, noting that this is my son’s only source of income.”

  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF handed a notice to demolish a 360-sqm commercial barrack, east of Qalqiliya, belonging to Faris Rafiq Nazzal, from Qalqiliya, under the pretext of building without a license in Area C, which is under the Israeli control. Nazzal said that in case the demolition was carried out, it would cost him ILS 200,000.
  • Around the same time, IOF backed by a military vehicle and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Kherbet al-Jawaya, east of Yata, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed 4 civilians 6 notices to stop construction works and demolition.  One of them targeted a house under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  The notices gave the civilians 7 days to submit their papers before the Appeals Committee in “Beit El” settlement. The notices were as follows:
Person AffectedFacilityAreaMembersChildrenNotice
Mousa Hasan ShawahinUnder-construction well70 cbmsStop construction works
‘Issa Mohammed ShawahinSheep tent60 sqmsDemolition
Mohammed ‘Ali ShawahinAn inhabited house of bricks and tinplate130 Sqms42Demolition
Ahmed Hammad Nawaj’ahUnder-construction well80cbmsStop construction works
An agricultural well130 cbmsDemolition
A 2-storey house of concrete280 sqms75Demolition
  • Around the same time, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration, a bulldozer and an excavator, moved into Wad Khneis area, north of Halhoul, north of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area while the Civil Administration officers raided a house belonging to Basel ‘Azmi Mohammed al-‘Ajlouni (60) and started taking the belongings and contents out to carry out the demolition.  The excavator started the demolition of the house built of stones and tinplate.  The 180-sqm house comprised of 2 apartments sheltered Basel ‘Azmi al-‘Ajlouni and his family of 4, including 2 children, and Mohammed Nayef Ihdeib and his family of 4, including 2 children.

The vehicles also demolished a soak-away pit of 35 cmbs and stone chains surrounding the house.  The demolition was carried out under the pretext that the mentioned civilian built in an area where a previous demolition was carried out by the Israeli Civil Administration as the Israeli authorities consider any construction in area where a previous demolition was carried out does not require demolition notices.  

  • At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 20 June 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a bulldozer moved into Abu Tayyah area, southeast of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area and the bulldozer demolished a 100-sqm barrack of tinplate used as a barn sheltering 50 sheep belonging to ‘Abdel Rahman Na’im ‘Abdel Rahman al-Rajabi and 2 under-construction rooms of bricks and tinplate on an area of 50 sqms belonging to Barakat ‘Abdel Rahman al-Rajabi.  The demolition was carried out under the pretext of unlicensed construction in area C, noting that the Israeli authorities handed them a prior demolition notice on 26 May 2021.
  • Around the same time, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into western Edhna village, west of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officer handed a notice to stop works in 2 electricity distribution networks comprised of wood poles and cables, which Edhna Municipality started working in to provide services for the residents of that area.  The notices included the networks supplying electricity to Shabraqah and Wad al-Shore areas.  Those notices came to stop the Palestinians’ expansion works in the western side of the village adjacent to the annexation wall.
  • At approximately 20:00, Mos’ab Sami Ja’abis self-demolished his shop in al-Sa’ah neighborhood in Jabal Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of building without a license.

Mos’ab Ja’abis said that he was forced to self-demolish his construction materials shop after the Israeli Munciaplity threatened him if he did not, it will send bulldozers to demolish the house the next morning and fine him with the high demolition costs.  Ja’abis added that he rented a bulldozer to demolish his 200-sqm shop, which cost him a lot of money.

  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 21 June 2021, IOF razed 15 dunums adjacent to Street “55” between Nablus and Qalqiliya in ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya, for security reasons. These lands belonging to the heirs of ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Salim, the heirs of ‘Othman Mahmoud Salim, heirs of AS’ad Mansour Salim and heirs of Ahmed Mahmoud Salim are located in the buffer zone near the eastern entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya.  The owners of the lands near the street were forced to cut the olive trees or the bulldozers will do so because they want to clearly see the plots of land for security reasons and under the pretext of their location in Area C that is under the Israeli control.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 22 June 2021, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV moved into al-Salahat and Khelet al-Dahhak areas overlooking the Huwara refugee camp, southeast of Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus. The Civil Administration officer notified 13 houses and a mosque to stop construction works under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.

Those Affected were as follows

#NameNotified FacilityFamily membersNotes
1.       Samer Jaber DweikatA 2-storey house of 140 sqms6 including 4 childrenInhabited
2.       Foz Khaled Fayez DweikatA 2-storey house of 150 sqmsUnder-construction
3.       Mo’in Sa’id RojebehA 3-storey house; each floor is 120 sqmsHe and his wifeFirst floor is inhabited while the 2 others are still under construction
4.       Aysar Ahmed Salim DweikatA 2-storey house of 160 sqmsUnder construction
5.       Jamil Tariq Jamil DweikatA 2-storey house of 160 sqmsUnder construction
6.       Walid Hafez Soliman DweikatUnder-construction storehouses of 200 sqmsUnder construction
7.       Ahmed BahanjawiA 120-sqm houseHe and his wifeInhabited
8.       Basem Abu HawilahA 2-storey house of 130 sqmsUnder construction
9.       ‘Ali Zohdi ShreimA 2-storey house of 140 sqmsUnder construction
10.   ‘Abdel Rahman Zuhdi ShreimA 2-storey house of 140 sqmsUnder construction
11.  ‘‘Ezz al-Deen ‘OdahA 2-storey house of 180 sqmsUnder construction
12.   Mohammed ‘Ersan Abu ‘EishahA houseUnder construction
13.   Adham Mohammed ‘Ersan Abu ‘EishahA houseUnder construction
14.   A mosque2 floors; the first is a storehouse and the second is a mosque of 280 sqmsUnder construction
  • On Tuesday afternoon, ‘Abdel Rahman Ahmed ‘Abeid self-demolished his residential building of 3 floors in al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

‘Abdel Rahman said that his 3-storey house of 100 sqms is still under construction and that he saved money for 30 years in order to establish it so he can live with his 2 children when they get married.  He added that he started making his dream come true a year ago and his son, Mohammed, who is getting married next month, was about to build the second floor to live in it with his wife.  ‘Abdel Rahman said that the Israeli Municipality crews moved into his house 4 months ago and handed him a demolition notice, so he resorted to the Israeli court and managed to abolish the decision; however, he was surprised with a new demolition order 2 months ago and he could not postpone or freeze.  He said that the Israeli Municipality crews gave him until 17:00 that day to carry out the demolition or its bulldozers will do so and fine him with ILS 400,00, forcing him to self-demolish his building despite how hard and cruel it is.

  • At approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, 23 June 2021, the Israeli Municipality vehicles demolished an under-construction house belonging to Mustafa Mousa ‘Alian in al-Madares neighborhood in central Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mousa ‘Alian said that last year, he built a third floor on his house and built walls for a 120-sqm house for his son, Mustafa, with bricks without a ceiling. He also prepared to build another 150-sqm house for his son Mohammed.  ‘Alian said that the municipal crews raided the house few months later and ordered to stop the construction works until the legal proceedings are accomplished and a construction license is issued.  ‘Alian said that 2 months ago, he went to the Israeli municipality and started the legal proceedings, but the municipality rejected his request and issued a demolition decision.  The Municipality asked him to carry out the demolition or its crews will do so and he will be fined with the costs.  ‘Alian said that he received a call the afternoon before from his lawyer telling him that the Israeli municipality will carry out the demolition the next day.  ‘Alian said that IOF raided the house and destroyed the walls of his son’s house with electric saws.  

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 21 June 2021, under IOF’s full protection, tens of Israeli settlers living in al-Ghawi family building, which they forcibly took over in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, assaulted the residents of Karam al-Ja’ouni area, which is under the threat of forcible displacement in favour of settlement associations, and the persons in solidarity.

Member of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood committee, Saleh Diab, said that settlers living in the seized al-Ghawi building threw stones and chairs at the neighborhood residents and persons in solidarity.  When the residents started defending themselves, IOF moved into the area and assaulted them by beating and pushing them and even chasing them into their houses.  IOF heavily fired sound bombs inside the house yards and pumped wastewater in the neighborhood.  Diab added that IOF deliberately pepper-sprayed residents’ faces, causing burns to 16 of them, pains in the faces and suffocation.  Moreover, they arrested 5 civilians, including 2 children, and took them to one of the detention centers in the City.  The arrestees were identified as ‘Ali Qneibi (13), Amir al-Ramadi (15), Ahmed Abu Khdeir, Mousa al-Atrash and Ahmed al-Natshah.

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

The Gaza Strip

The Israeli authorities continued imposing collective punishment against the Gaza Strip by closing Beit Hanoun “Erez” and Karm Abu Salem “Kerem Shalom” crossings since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on Gaza on 10 May 2021. Although the Israeli authorities partially reopened Karm Abu Salem crossing after several days of the ceasefire, on 22 May 2021, they are still imposing unprecedented restrictions on the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip via Karm Abu Salem crossing and only allowed the entry of limited quantities of food supplies and limited types of humanitarian aid for international organizations.  Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities banned the entry of all other goods and essential materials, including construction materials necessary for the reconstruction of what was destroyed by the latest Israeli offensive. Additionally, banning the entry of raw materials caused the disruption of many production lines in factories and inflicted heavy losses to farmers and many commercial and economic sectors. Despite the Palestinian Civil Affairs Authority’s announcement that a number of facilitations were taken in the southern governorates of the Gaza Strip starting from Monday, 21 June 2021, IOF added more restrictions on the entry of most of goods and materials. The Israeli authorities allowed the return of Palestinians from Jordan to the Gaza Strip through Beit Hanun “Erez” crossing, and the freely sending and receiving of mail will, in addition to allowing the exportation of the agricultural products and clothess to the West Bank and Israel. On Wednesday, 23 June 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture declared that farmers had stopped exporting their agricultural products due to a change in the criteria for marketing some agricultural products through the Karm Abu Salem crossing.

After 45 days of closure and banning the exportation of the Gaza Strip’s products, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that on Tuesday, the partial exportation will be allowed on limited items of agricultural products via Karm Abu Salem crossing resumed, as 110 tons of vegetables, including 30 tons of tomatoes were exported on the first day. This comes in a time when the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 15th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West bank

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals 64 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 8 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem

  • On Friday, 18 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Biddu village’s tunnel, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Saturday, 19 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Ein al-Luza neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Sunday, 20 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya village, east of the city.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near al-Nashash intersection and at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.
  • On Friday, 18 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints in ‘Aqabet Hasna area, between Jab’ and Nahalin villages, at the entrance to Nahalin village, west of the city.
  • On Saturday, 19 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Nahalin village, and at the western entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Sunday, 20 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in ‘Aqabet Hasna area, which leads to Bethlehem’s westerm villages.

Ramallah and Al-Bireh

  • On Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint under Ein Yabrud village’s bridge, east of the city.
  • On Friday, 18 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih and Shuqba villages.
  • On Saturday, 19 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Aboud and Ras Karkar villages. They also established a checkpoint at the entrance to Birzeit city.

Jericho

  • On Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 18 June 2021, IOF stationed at al-Hamra military checkpoint, north of the city, tightened their measures, obstructed Palestinians’ vehicles’ movement, searched them, and checked passengers’ IDs.
  • On Monday, 21 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city. The checkpoint was established 2 times in the morning.

Nablus

  • On Friday, 18 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in al-Moraba’a area, southeast of the city.
  • On Sunday, 20 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Awarta village, southeast of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 23 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Madama village, in al-Moraba’a area near Tell village, and near the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement, west of the city.

Jenin

  • On Sunday, 20 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint on Jenin-Jaffa Street, west of the city.

Hebron

  • On Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, at the entrance to Surif village, and on Beit Einun road.
  • On Friday, 18 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, Beit Awwa, as-Samu and Ash-Shuyukh villages.
  • On Saturday, 19 June 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, Beit Ummar, Sa’ir, Khasa, and Rabud villages.
  • On Sunday, 20 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to the city and at the southern entrance to Halhul city.
  • On Monday, 21 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Sa’ir villages.
  • On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, Beit Kahil and al-Muwarraq villages, and on Abu al-Rish Road, west of Beit Ummar village.
  • On Wednesday, 23 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Ash-Shuyukh village and at the southern entrance to Hebron.

Salfit

  • On Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Kafr ad-Dik village and at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Saturday, 19 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Ballut, Kafr ad-Dik and Qarawat Bani Hassan villages, west of the city.
  • On Sunday, 20 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Deir Istiya village and at the northern entrance to Salfit.

Qalqilya

  • On Thursday, 17 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Azzun and Izbat al-Tabib villages. Next day, the two checkpoints were established again.
  • On Sunday, 20 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Izbat al-Tabib village, and at the southern and northern entrances to the city.
  • On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Azzun village and at the southern and northern entrances to the city.

20 Palestinians Injured As Zionist Settlers Attack Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

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20 Palestinians Injured As Zionist Settlers Attack Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

By Staff, Agencies

At least 20 Palestinians were injured while defending themselves when Zionist settlers and ‘security’ forces stormed the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east al-Quds on Monday night, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported.

Additionally, four other Palestinians were detained by the occupation forces overnight, KAN News reported.

In the same context, four Palestinian minors, ranging in ages from 12 to 14 years, sustained injuries after being pepper-sprayed in the face by a Zionist settler in the neighborhood, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

A Jewish settler pepper-sprayed the girls, causing them burns on their faces.

The settler chased after the four girls after pepper spraying them and then filed a complaint with the Zionist police, who detained two Palestinian youth after the attack and did nothing to the settler.

Dozens of families in Sheikh Jarrah have been facing the imminent risk of forced expulsion from their homes for the benefit of Zionist settlers.

Zionist Ethnic Cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood and the Silwan Village

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By Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh | June 19, 2021

In order to understand the issue of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Zionist entity and its tools in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in colonized Jerusalem, we must not address it in the Zionist colonial settler context because it lacks scientific credibility. In order to solve this problem, we have to ask and answer the following questions: Who is the real side that legally owns the properties of the “Jewish Quarter” in colonized Jerusalem? Who legally owns the real estate of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the Silwan village? What follows is a serious attempt to answer these two questions.

Who is the Legal Owner of the Real Estate of the “Jewish Quarter”?

As a result of capitalist contradictions and class conflicts that led to the birth and development of nationalist movements in Europe, European Jewish communities suffered arbitrary persecutions, which included a number of massacres against them. These campaigns of arbitrary persecution have prompted large numbers of European Jews to emigrate from Eastern Europe, particularly Tsarist Russia, to Western Europe. Some of these Jews emigrated also to the Ottoman Empire, particularly to the rising city of Jerusalem.

When the persecution of Jews intensified in a number of European countries in 1880, 

Youssef ibn Rahamim Miyohas arrived in Jerusalem seeking help. Abed Rabbo son of Khalil son of Ibrahim, a resident of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, rented him a plot of land in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for 90 years. Due to the fact that the land was an Islamic trust land, this lease allows Jews to rent land and prohibits the sale of land to them under Ottoman regulations and laws. 1

In his research article entitled “Guests, then Renters, then Settlers”, Abed Al-Raoof Arnaoot, a Palestinian researcher, reported that after Miyohas signed the rent agreement, he brought 62 Jews to the location and divided the rented land into 62 pieces, which enabled each of them to build a small house of tens to hundreds of meters in area. They then lived in these houses. 2

The land was then registered in the name of Abed Rabbo, the person in charge of this Islamic trust. This is proven in the Turkish property ownership documents which are still owned by both the Abed Rabbo family and the Hijazi family. 3

In addition, the credible historical references indicate that “the year 1880 and its aftermath witnessed a remarkable influx of thousands of Jews from Europe to Jerusalem after facing persecutions. The then Ottomanic laws allowed the rental of these lands by Jews, but not their sale. According to Ottoman laws, Islamic trust lands are legally permitted for lease but are not legally allowed to be sold. 4

According to a reputable and highly credible scientific reference, 85 percent of the real estate in the ‘Jewish Quarter’ was owned by Muslim Arabsin the Ottoman period. This real estate belonged to the Islamic trusts. As is well known, Islamic trusts are prohibited from selling their real estate and are only allowed to rent it.

In 1968, the Zionist state expropriated for public usage 12 percent of the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, which included the “Jewish Quarter”. The equivalent of 80 percent of the expropriated area was not Jewish property.6 These expropriated properties were put up for sale only to the Israeli and Jewish publics.

Thus, the credible historical references undoubtedly prove that the territory of the so-called “Jewish Quarter” is mostly the land of the “waqf” Islamic trusts. As is also well known, Islamic trusts are prohibited from selling their property because they are endowed for the benefit of a social purpose or for the benefit of a mosque or a religious place. The land of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is leased land owned by Islamic trusts. Mr. Abed Rabbo al-Saadi, who is the custodian of the bulk of the land, confirms that: “In 1880, some Jews emigrated to Jerusalem, they were in a deplorable state, they came to our ancestors and asked them to lease them this land, and because of their situation and persecution in Europe, our ancestors agreed. Our ancestors agreed to lease the land to a Jewish person named Yusuf ibn Rahamim Miyohas.” 7

Here we can come to the firm conclusion that the Jews who inhabited the so-called “Jewish Quarter” during the Ottoman rule rented their homes from Arabs and Islamic trusts, and did not buy them, because Islamic trusts do not sell their property. Legally, the majority of Jews are not owners of the properties they lived in, but remain tenants. Therefore, they are not entitled to claim ownership of this real estate. These properties are owned exclusively, and mostly by Islamic trusts.

How the Guardian of the Property of the Absentees Turned into a Despicable Thief

According to a credible research that was carried out by two Israeli criminologists, Uzi Livia and Ariel Aboksis, the state of Israel reached in total area of 20,770 square kilometers (more than four and a half million dunams) at the end of the Zionist war of aggression, which began on November 30, 1947 and ended on July 30, 1949. Most of this area, was considered to be the property of the absentees, i.e. Palestinian refugees, and constituted 77 percent of the total area of the Zionist entity. The absentees, a Zionist term, were “Arabs who “left”, and there are those who say they were “expelled” and/or “fled”, during the war of independence. Absentees’ property includes real estate, land, workshops, factories, bank accounts and movable property.” 8

After the end of the war, the newly established Zionist State designated a custodian on the property of Palestinian refugees and gave him a temporary role, with established legal arrangement to determine that role. Uzi Livia and Ariel Aboksis explain this role as follows:

… Basically, these laws are based on the principle that in a period of war, the government temporarily uses these properties for the benefit of the war effort. Its role is to preserve the property for the benefit of their owners or for war damage compensation, in order to return it to them when the state of emergency is abolished. Under this concept, the custodian was given only a temporary role. His primary duty was to preserve the property of those absentees in the transitional period. 9

The justification set by the Zionist state for the “temporary” seizure of the property of Palestinian refugees was that,

Because of their status as hostile citizens, that are located outside the country, under arrest or under surveillance, the law does not allow them to use their property as long as hostilities are under way. The moment the owners stop being absent, the custodian must return their property to them. Therefore, he cannot make a permanent and final decision on the property that he holds temporarily. For the same reason, he can rent property for only a short period of time, which does not exceed five years, and is not authorized to sell or transfer this property to others in an irreversible manner. 10

As a result of the limitations imposed by the law, the custodian of the property of the absentees requested, in 1949, that the government expand his powers so that, for example, he can transfer or lease property for a longer period than five years and also provide him with freedom of disposal, in order to allow the property to be placed in the service of the colonial settlement and colonial objectives of the Zionist entity. This required the enactment of a new law. 11

All requests of the custodian regarding the expansion of his powers were accepted, and the Zionist parliament enacted the “Absentee Property Act of 1950”. Under this law, all property owned by refugees, including the property of the Islamic Waqf,12 was transferred to the absolute control of the Zionist state, represented by the Zionist custodian on the property of refugees. Thus, the power of the custodian has been transformed into a government institution that is the richest in the Zionist state. 13

It is worth mentioning that the establishment of peace between the Arabs and the Zionist entity required talks and concessions, especially on the issue of the return of the Palestinian refugees. The Zionists opposed the return or compensation of the refugees and threw the blame for the creation of the refugee problem on the Arab side, and falsely accused the Arab side of rejecting peace. Historical facts prove that those who ethnically cleansed the Palestinians and that those who occupied half of the Palestinian proposed state under the Partition Resolution, were the Zionist side. 14 These facts have been confirmed by the two researchers Uzi Livia and Ariel Aboksis, who wrote that:

Thus, we believe that the first seeds of Israel’s anti-peace stance have been cultivated in Israel’s position on the return of refugees, which Israel has sharply opposed. All sources of living for Arab refugees who previously lived in the State of Israel has been completely obliterated. Their economy has been destroyed, so their re-absorption into Israel will produce a social and financial problem that is much worse than the arrangement of their absorption in every other country. 15

Thus, the Zionist State plundered and acted freely and without restrictions regarding the property of the Palestinian refugees, selling and renting it as it wished. In order to establish a false legal cover for this theft, the Parliament of the Zionist entity enacted the so-called “Absentee Property Act of 1950.” According to this law, the role of the custodian of the property of the absentees has changed from a “custodian” with temporary and limited powers, to a despicable thief armed with a settler colonial law. Here, the Zionist State has pursued, in its policies towards the property of the indigenous population, a settler colonial approach that is very similar to that pursued by all settler colonial states such as: the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa during the Apartheid regime, and Algeria under French settler colonialism. When comparing them with each other, one notices the great similarities among them regarding the course of action they adopted towards the lands of the indigenous population. Of course, there are special characteristics for each settler colonial project, and there is a different historical context. 

Today, the Zionist colonial entity is using the Absentee Property Act of 1950 to give justification and legal cover to all ethnic cleansing carried out in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Al-Khan al-Ahmar, the Al-Walaji village, Jaffa, Hebron and the Negev region.

The Zionist entity uses all its colonial tools to carry out operations associated with ethnic cleansing such as unjust law, false documents, complicit colonial courts, colonial police and army, herds of armed and violent settlers, and settlement organizations financed with American money from Jews and others. All of them, under the leadership of the extremist colonial government of the Zionist right-wing parties, are carrying out a fierce offensive campaign of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinian population. The focus of this study will be on the ethnic cleansing campaigns that are taking  place in Sheikh Jarrah and Salwan.

Preparing for Ethnic Cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

Ethnic cleansing in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood began with the settlement organizations of “Benvenisti Endowment”, “Ateret Cohanim”, “the Nahlat Shamoun Limited”, and “El-Aad Society”, filing legal proceedings in Israeli courts against the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The first cases began in 1972, in which they claimed that Palestinian-inhabited houses were owned by Yemeni Jews. Lawyers for these organizations provided fake documents to prove their ownership.

In return, the Palestinians submitted their documents from Turkish agreements, and official receipts that clearly show that the land is Arab and owned by Islamic trusts, and that the Jews rented it from their owners and did not own it. The Palestinians have proved that they are the real owners of the land and that the land of the Islamic Trust is not sold, but is rented.

“We have provided all the documents,” said Yahya Abed Rabbo al-Saadi, who was the custodian for the bulk of the land in Sheikh Jarrah: “We presented to the court all the documents which prove Palestinian ownership of the land. These documents were issued to us by the Islamic Shari’a Court in Jerusalem, the Ottoman Archives in Ankara, and the Land Department of Amman…” 16 The Zionist Central Court refused to accept these documents, arguing that the court does not recognize them as valid documents.

For its part, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry sent 14 official documents concerning Sheikh Jarrah’s houses to the Palestinian Authority. These documents show that in 1956, the Jordanian Ministry of Development and the UNRWA refugee agency, concluded an agreement with 28 Palestinian refugee families under which 28 housing units were built in the Al-Jani vineyard to house them. UNRWA’s condition was for Palestinian refugees to relinquish their legal status as refugees. After three years, their ownership will be legally established. 17 For reasons that remain unknown, these families have not been able to register the land in their names. Consequently, these Jordanian documents have been submitted to the Zionist Central Court, which also rejected them.

In 2010, cartographer Khalil Tofakji traveled to Istanbul. At the Ottoman State Archives he found documents which prove that the territory of Sheikh Jarrah is Palestinian and owned by Palestinians, which is contrary to the Zionist claim. These documents have been submitted to the Israeli court. 18

The Zionist Central Court rejected both the Jordanian and Tofakji’s documents and claimed that it did not recognize their credibility. The court then issued an order to adopt the Zionist position which was based on fake documents and false allegations. This has always been the controversial approach of the Israeli courts.

The Role of Zionist Judicial Institutions in Land Cases

The writer Abdelkader Badawi believes that these Zionist judicial institutions have an important role in the settler colonial system and that they provide the Zionist government with a legal cover for the plunder of Palestinian property. No matter how fragile and discredited this cover may be, the oppression and arrogance of the Zionist entity and its instruments, make the settlers’ cases successful through falsification and when unjust judicial decisions are made, the Palestinians have no real power to change them. It is a racist and colonial justice that is devoid of justice, fairness and credibility. The writer further believes that,

It is customary in the Israeli judiciary system to accept the account of Jews and settlers, particularly in matters of land and property, without paying attention to the nature or eligibility of legal justifications, as these institutions have already existed to be, among other objectives and endeavors, an instrument of the settler colonial system to control the land, and to overcome all legal obstacles to this goal. 19

The writer Abdelkader Badawi stated that Zionist settler colonial associations played a big role “… Through its expansionist post-occupation settlement activities, which have never been separated from the activity, in support of successive Israeli governments, as well as, the Israeli judicial system. They constituted a tool of the Israeli settler colonial system of control, expropriation, displacement and expulsion…” 20 

These associations have emerged as “… a representative of the settlers, through the legal cases it filed in the Israeli courts requesting the evacuation of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood from its Palestinian residents…” 21

The Process of Ethnic Cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah

After the occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, and its illegal annexation of it to Israel by the Zionist entity, “… The residents of The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood were surprised when two Jewish committees registered, in 1972, the ownership of the Palestinian-owned 18-dunum land, in settler’s name at the Israeli Department of Lands.” 22

Commenting on the Zionist courts and their arbitrary decisions against the Palestinian population in Sheikh Jarrah, Palestinian-American writer Stephen Salaita wrote that,

Palestinians don’t need to respect the institutions of the Zionist state precisely because those institutions negate the Palestinians’ simplest political imperative: existence. Those institutions represent the machinery of colonization. All settler colonies come equipped with a legal apparatus to validate their cruelty. We cannot expect Western pundits and politicians to question the institutional logic so harmful to Palestinians, for their own legitimacy is contingent on the reproduction of state power. 23

Salaita elaborates on his explanation of the logic on which the idea is based that “property is Jewish” and that the Zionist state seeks to restore it and return it to Jewish ownership. 

More nonsensically, we’re asked to assign ethnic characteristics to abstractions and inanimate objects. The basis for Israel’s aggression in Sheikh Jarrah (as throughout all of historic Palestine) is repossession of so-called Jewish property. The property, in other words, doesn’t belong to people who happen to be Jewish. The property itself is Jewish—nobody can specify which denomination—and is therefore fit only for a certain kind of inhabitant. The property has some kind of innate disposition. It is apparently capable of worship. It becomes a crass approximation of humanity. Endowing housing units with confessional qualities exemplifies the problem of prioritizing property over sentient life:  a dwelling has no utility beyond the project of demographic engineering. Under the Zionist regime, even brick and mortar are sectarian. 24

Both Noura Erikat and Mariam Barghouthi described the atmosphere at today’s Sheikh Jarrah as being “… practically a war zone as armed Israeli settlers, under the protection of Israeli police, terrorize the Palestinian residents. These are the very settlers who are looking to kick out families, including El-Kurd’s.” 25

The Settlers are Cowardly Thieves

I have observed Zionist colonial settlers for a number of years. I have also studied their conduct and explored their ideology. Based on my close observation of their conduct inside Israel proper, as well as inside the colonized territories of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the Syrian Heights, I can certainly state the following.

All Zionist settlers are armed militia of fascists, psychologically deranged, cowards as individuals, and work with great passion as mercenaries of the Zionist settler colonial regime. They’re armed with guns and their Jewish religiosity is nothing but a fragile cover to hide their obnoxious behavior. They are inhuman, school dropouts and have a psycho-social willingness to earn their living by theft, bullying and extreme violence. They work in small groups that look like flocks of wild hyenas that go after their victims and keep tirelessly attempting to eat their flesh. They lack any human moral system but they seem to possess a capitalist system of robbers’ morality. In contrast to this distorted human situation, the Zionist and settler colonial class system is ready to defend their violent banditry behavior because it is itself an inhuman system that uses extreme colonial violence against the indigenous Palestinian population. In addition, the Zionist settler regime deploys the settlers in its colonial schemes. Consequently, the Zionist colonial system is extremely violent. It cannot live in tranquility and thus is unable to conduct a calm and civilized dialogue with the indigenous Palestinians.

Some settlers admit that they are thieves who steal Palestinian houses, some of whom openly admit it, such as the settler who lives in half of Mona al-Kurd’s house, where he told her, “If I don’t steal, your house it will be stolen by someone else,” said Mona al-Kurd, a young Palestinian woman who accused him of stealing her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. 26

Other settlers hide their motives by offering bribes with a threat to the owner of the house. Zuhair Rajabi, who lives in Sheikh Jarrah’s neighborhood in a house with his wife and four children, said the settlers “tried to bribe me by paying 1 million shekels [$300,000], provided I will leave my house quietly. When I refused, they threatened to put me in prison. They then sent the Israeli police to my house to try to arrest me, claiming that I physically attacked the man who was suing me.” 27

These two examples could serve as a proof that the settlers do not own these houses and that the Israeli courts are complicit in the plunder of the indigenous Palestinians.

Inhuman Colonial Brutality

The methods of removing Palestinians from their homes are varied, but some are carried out with extreme cruelty and inhumanity, as happened to the Al-Ghawi family.

Nuha Atiyeh, a resident of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood recalls the following incident. “I watched the doors of our neighbors, the Al-Ghawi family, crash during a black night. The women were evicted by force and were thrown, in their night clothes, outside their house. This scene doesn’t escape my imagination. I remember taking some clothes from my house and giving them to the women.” 28

As a result of dozens of lawsuits filed by the settlers’ committees at the Zionist Central Court in Jerusalem, the Court issued a decision to vacate against 28 Palestinian nuclear families. The total number of people facing expulsion for settlers reached 500, including 111 children. 29/sup>

The Central Zionist Court itself ruled that seven other families would leave their homes from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood by August 1, 2021. In total, an additional 58 people, including 17 children, are to be forcibly displaced to allow Jewish settlers to occupy their homes. 30 The Zionist Central Court also ruled that four families — Kurd, Skaif, Qasim and Al-Jawaani — must leave their homes for settlers, or reach an agreement with these settler organizations by paying rent and recognizing settlers as landowners. 31

Here we clearly see that there are no limits to settler’s arrogance and no limits to colonial insolence, as aggressors and thieves ask real house owners to pay their rent for their houses to the thieves. Of course, if the real Palestinian house owners had acquiesced to this request, they would have lost their right to property.

Ethnic Cleansing in Silwan

In 2002, the custodian of Absentee Property transferred land from the village of Silwan to the “Benvenesti Development Fund”, whose administration belongs to the settler organization “Ateret Cohanim”. This decision was upheld by the Jerusalem District Court, and the transfer was made without informing the Palestinian residents living on the land since the 1950s, and who have contracts to prove it. 32

The colonial settlement project in the village of Silwan began “in 2004, when two outposts were established in the village. By 2014, there were six outposts ranging from apartments for individuals and entire buildings. “Since then, the “Ateret Cohanim” committee has submitted eviction orders against other Palestinian families. In 2017, Palestinian residents petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court to challenge the evictions, arguing that in accordance with applicable Ottoman law at that time, the property applied only on buildings, which no longer exist, but not on the same land… 33

Similar to what happened in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, on 26 May 2021, the Jerusalem District Court held a hearing on the forced eviction of some 108 Palestinians from 18 families from their homes in the Batan al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan. The Jewish “Benvenisti Development Fund” claims to own 5.2 dunums of the land of Batan al-Hawa neighborhood. 34

Israeli television channel 12 reported that settlers had placed Israeli flags on 15 houses in Silwan after they were captured by the “Ateret Cohanim”, association and handed over to the settlers’ families. The channel noted that these new houses that were seized joined 22 other houses recently captured by “Ateret Cohanim”. 35

It is worth mentioning that the Zionist state has “… A settlement strategy called the “Holy Basin”, consisting of the construction of housing units for settlers and a series of parks themed after Biblical places and figures around the Old City of Jerusalem. The plan would require the expulsion of Palestinian residents from Silwan neighborhoods and then the evacuation of 87 Palestinians from the Batan al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This will be done for the “Ateret Cohanim” settlers association.

Since 1995, the Israeli Antiquities Authority has been excavating sites in Silwan with the official support of the Settlers’ Foundation “Ire David” (the city of David), in order to create a new tourist attraction and find evidence of the 3,000-year-old “City of David”. 36

The group, which aims to expand the presence of settlers within the predominantly Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem around and inside the Old City, sued the residents of Batan al-Hawa, a district of Silwan, claiming that the land belonged to Yemeni Jews during the Ottoman period until 1938, when the residents were transferred to another location by the British Mandate authorities because of political tensions. 37

It is worth mentioning that the Zionist policy of uprooting and ethnic cleansing has been followed in a number of places in Palestinian geography such as the Red Khan, Jaffa, Hebron, the village of Al-Walajeh, and the Palestinian Negev region. These remain tense hotbeds ignited by right-wing leaders who have lost their minds. But this fire will burn their fingers and will increase the determination of the indigenous Palestinian population to unite efforts, escalate the struggle and continue the process of liberation.

The essence of Zionist claims about the property is that it is “Jewish property”, some of which belonged to Jews 3,000 years ago, and some of which belonged to Jews a little more than one hundred years ago. These allegations give no regard to modern laws in determining the legal acquisition of real estate, which have changed radically from the time of the Greeks, the Romans, the Mongols and the Vikings, where the property belonged to the usurper and the occupier, not to the indigenous peoples who lived above these properties.

This Zionist nonsense is sponsored and adopted by the Zionist colonial bodies, and those who defend them from Arab protectorates and vassals, European and American imperialists, and by the Zionist and reactionary Arab media, who are hostile to the rights of the Palestinian Arab people in their homeland especially their right to self-determination. 

It is scientifically known that the Jewish Torah does not constitute an official and credible document that is recognized by international law and therefore, can be presented in modern courts as a document of legal ownership. Moreover, God has not been recognized as a feudal landlord who owns the lands of the peoples and can distribute them to whoever he wants and denies them from whoever he wants. Consequently, the British imperialist Lord Balfour does not own Palestine, nor does the extremist right wing President Donald Trump own the colonized land of Palestine or the colonized Syrian Golan Heights, so he has no right to give these lands to the Zionist settler colonialists. 

It should be added that many of the historical events and “facts” mentioned in the Torah were partly a form of broad religious fiction and partly came out of the misappropriation of the heritage of Mesopotamian civilizations. The Torah has no solid scientific credibility, and whoever adopts it reflects the fact that he lacks credible legal documents. Therefore, the claims by the Zionist settler colonialists to their right to own Palestinian land and real estate based on the Torah are fragile and null and void because the real owners were and still are the Arab Palestinians, who are the indigenous people of Palestine, which constitutes a part of the greater Syrian motherland.

International Law is not a Tool in the Service of Zionist Settler Colonialism.

International law prohibits the occupying power from imposing its laws on the inhabitants of the area it has occupied because it is a war zone outside the sovereignty of the belligerent state. International law also prohibits the belligerent occupying power from transferring its citizens to live within the area it has occupied. Moreover, the occupying power may not change the laws in force within the occupied zone.

The Al-Haq human rights foundation stated that,

… the legal framework applicable in occupied East Jerusalem is international humanitarian and international human rights law. Israel is specifically prohibited from annexing the occupied territory under Article 47 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. As such, Israel’s application of its domestic law, including the Legal and Administrative Matters Law in 1970, and provisions of Israel Tenancy law are not only wrongful acts in violation of international law, of which there can be no recognition, but acts which third States must collectively work to bring to an end. 38

There are clear obligations under Article 43 of the Hague Regulations, to continue the status quo ante bellum including the preservation of private tenancy rights, which are further protected as private property of the civilian population under Article 46 of the Hague Regulations. In particular, such acts amount to forcible transfer, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and war crimes and crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. 39

American imperialism helps Zionist colonialism, embraces its wars of aggression and provides it with money and weapons. The imperialist West abandoned the Palestinian people, and the son-in-law of the American President, the Zionist Jared Kushner, who financed the right-wing settlement movement in Israel, was given absolute authority to fabricate “A peace process”, aided by the regimes of colonial mercenaries in the Gulf, the most important of which is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, who just imprisoned his relatives, after he ordered the assassination of the Saudi opposition journalist Jamal Al-Khashoukji. 

Expected Results of a Deteriorating Zionist Path

Many indications are that the Zionist settlement entity will continue its Judaization quest in colonized East Jerusalem, but during this insane colonial quest, it has transformed East Jerusalem into the world’s most tense outpost that will become the poorest, most racist and most heinous “capital.” No matter how much the colonial mentality brings about more racist laws and more inhumane practices, the situation that is formed before the eyes of the peoples of the world will make the Zionist entity a rogue, aggressive, hideous and repulsive state.

The deteriorating path chosen by the extreme right-wing leadership of the Zionist entity has generated a severe political crisis that has shown a deep structural imbalance in the level of political leadership, which in turn has produced a turbulent political right, fragmented, and does not benefit, either from elections or from democracy to get out of its acute crisis. This deteriorating path has also produced a Zionist voter with callous consciousness, racial intolerance and ideological blindness. This deteriorated situation has produced more failed leadership than its predecessor. After four parliamentary elections that produced repeated results, the Zionist entity got itself into a fiasco that has no equivalent in the world. It is a lost entity that cannot save itself from the path of deterioration because it is the same path that South Africa followed until the world came to save it from its fiasco by imposing on it a solution that it does not desire.

Here it appears that the Palestinian steadfastness and determination to fight for its patriotic rights, with the assistance of Arab and international solidarity, will lead the Zionist regime to choose a solution similar to that chosen by South Africa. The Palestinian national struggle will not be extinguished, as it is developing and promoted by the united efforts of workers, and progressive elements in the Middle Class. During its development, all the reactionary elements, Palestinian, Arab and international, who together are attempting to preserve the dissonant parts of a rogue state that insists on falling, will disappear forever.

References

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Zuhair Sabbagh is a writer on Israeli and Palestinian issues. He has published a number of books and research articles in both English and Arabic. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He lives in Nazareth, Palestine

Zionist Academics Take The Side Of State Power

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11 June 2021

by Lawrence Davidson

Part I—Tensions in Academia

The growing divide in the United States between Zionists and supporters of Palestinian rights has led to pronounced tensions in academia. Much has been said about increasing pro-Palestinian student protests as well as the activities of pro-Israel boards of governors, presidents, deans, etc. The latter try to guard their campuses from pro-Palestinian faculty, student clubs, invited speakers and the like.

These tensions have found yet another academic front on which to contest. There are two historical associations in the U.S. for scholars of Middle East studies reflecting opposing attitudes toward Israel and its behavior toward the Palestinians. And this divide presents us with a dichotomy of values at the professional academic level.

The oldest of these is the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). It was founded in 1966 and currently has a membership of more than 2700. It also serves as a “constituent society of thirty-six affiliated organizations.” It puts out a quarterly journal and has an active Committee on Academic Freedom. MESA is a very successful learned society. Its scholars cover all of the Middle East and North Africa. It is dedicated to high standards of scholarship and diversity of interpretation.

By the 2000s the debate within academia over the expansionist nature of Israel and its treatment of conquered Palestinians was heating up. Because most of MESA members have a broad knowledge of the area, a sense of local perspectives, and also know the history of the Arab Israeli conflict, their positions tend to be critical of Israeli behavior and American support for it. And that led to an organizational split.

In 2007 two scholars, Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami, decided to start a rival organization, the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA). They did so because, according to them, MESA was “dominated by academics who have been critical of Israel and America’s role in the Middle East.”

One might wonder why the position taken by many MESA members upset Lewis and Ajami. After all, debating issues from an historical perspective is, in part, what academics are supposed to do. If MESA was allegedly “dominated” by those critical of Israeli behavior, Lewis and Ajami’s answer was to establish a “politicized” organization “dominated” by Zionists. It made little sense in terms of dialog, but tactically it fit right in with how Zionists—those who uphold the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine—react to criticism.

Over the last quarter century, a common tactic of Zionists has been to withdraw from public debate and, where they can, bring about enforced silence of anyone who is critical of Israel. That, of course, is what those pro-Israeli academic administrators and boards were and are doing. Part of this effort entails labelling those critical of Israel as anti-Semites. This stratagem is generally used to shut down negative assessments in the West. Seeking to expand the scope of this effort, ASMEA’s much lauded founder, Bernard Lewis, who died in May of 2018, sought to defame Islam with the same charge. That approach is carried on by ASMEA. The organization awards a Bernard Lewis Prize, a description of which quotes Lewis, “to an astonishing degree, the ideas, the literature, even the crudest inventions of the Nazis and their predecessors have been internalized and Islamized.” In competition for this award, young Middle East scholars are encouraged by ASMEA to identify Muslim Arab opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism.

Part II—Expressing Values

The two organizations have recently shown where this tension has taken them in terms of human rights. This was occasioned by the recent outbreak Palestinian resistance caused by threats of evictions (ethnic cleansing) of Arab families in Jerusalem, and aggressive Israeli actions at the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque. The latter actions, in particular, triggered rocket attacks from Gaza.

Here is part of a long and detailed MESA statement. The shorter ASMEA statement is given in full:

MESA (21 May 2021) Issued by the organization’s Board of Directors.

“The Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America condemns the ongoing and intensified Israeli government assault on the Palestinians of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip and those who are Israeli citizens. During May 7–20, 2021, Israeli military attacks on the occupied Gaza Strip damaged at least 51 educational facilities, including 2 kindergartens, 46 schools, 1 university, 1 vocational training center, and 1 Ministry of Education facility—among other vital infrastructure. Israeli air strikes and tank shells directly hit a number of these buildings. The deadly conditions created by the Israeli military attacks in Gaza forced all schools to remain closed for at least five days after the end of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, affecting the lives and access to education of 591,685 students. In addition, Israeli military strikes internally displaced at least 66,000 Palestinians who then sought refuge in 58 schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), causing further disruptions to the population’s education–indeed, to their lives. …

“There is little doubt that successive Israeli governments across the political spectrum have carried out a decades-long attack on Palestinian students, teachers, and educational facilities. Indeed, this attack is part of a broader political, administrative, and legal system of racial discrimination and domination—regularly enforced through violence—that has defined the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinian people. And, as the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch have found, the Israeli government’s purposeful and systematic privileging of Jewish Israelis while dominating and oppressing the Palestinian people amounts to apartheid.”

ASMEA (25 May 2021) Issued by the organization’s Chairman, Professor Norman Stillman

“The recent wave of violence in the ongoing struggle between Israel and Hamas has left many members of our community of scholars deeply concerned. While we hope and pray no harm befalls any of our members, anywhere, and their loved ones, ASMEA remains committed to our founding principles as an academic association.

“As scholars, we believe in the pursuit of objective truth when studying and teaching the issues and topics affecting the regions of our academic concern. We recognize that these principles can create division and disagreement, but so long as scholarship contributes to the body of knowledge, we welcome and encourage vigorous debate.

“We stand behind and support our members in Israel and deride those more intent on infusing the academic landscape with pointless over-politicization and rank partisanship than restoring balance to the Academy and protecting academic freedom in Middle East and African studies, and related disciplines.”

There are a couple of things to note about these two statements: (1) The MESA statement is issued in support of the Palestinians, and specifically their collective human right to education. It contains assertions about the Israeli violations of that right—assertions that can be fact checked. The statement also references the reports of international organizations concerned with civil and human rights. (2) The ASMEA statement claims objectivity and a willingness to debate, but then proceeds to defame and trivialize those who disagree with their position—“those more intent on infusing the academic landscape with pointless over-politicization and rank partisanship.” Actually, one can characterize this charge as a psychological projection of the statement’s author who, being a Zionist stalwart must be, by definition, both politicized and partisan. The statement also makes no reference to the Palestinian situation under Israeli rule and reduces the struggle to one between Hamas and Israeli—an objectively incorrect and thus untrue assertion. This reductionist gambit is used by almost all contemporary supporters of Israel.

Part III—Crossing the Rubicon

There is a Rubicon (a fundamental crossing point) that all Jewish intellectuals are now confronting. Whether or not one crosses this line reveals the nature of their values. To cross it is to take the side of human rights and the rule of law. To refuse to cross is to take the side of state power—in this case, to align with the power of a proven apartheid state.

To add context to this choice, consider the case of Eva Illouz, a professor of sociology at Hebrew University. On 14 April 2014, she wrote an essay for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz entitled, “Is It Possible to be a Jewish Intellectual?” In this piece she sets forth two opposing positions: one is the Zionist/Israeli demand for the primacy of “ahavat Israel,” or the “love of the Jewish nation and people”–-the claim that all Jews have a “duty of the heart” to be loyal to the “Jewish nation.” The other position is that of the lone intellectual (here her model is the philosopher Hannah Arendt), whose obligation is to maintain the “disinterested intelligence” necessary to “speak truth to power.”
 
Illouz explains that Zionists have a “suspicion of critique” and use “the memorialization of the Shoah” (the Holocaust) and “ahavat Israel” to mute it. “The imperative of solidarity brings with it the injunction to not oppose or express publicly disagreement with official Jewish bodies.” It is within this context that she can ask if it is still possible to be a Jewish intellectual. Illouz’s conclusion is that it has become exceedingly difficult to be so because the demands for Jewish solidarity are particularly “brutal.” And then she makes her choice and, if you will, crosses the Rubicon. “In the face of the ongoing, unrelenting injustices toward Palestinians and Arabs living in Israel, his/her moral duty is to let go, achingly, of that solidarity.”

It is not difficult to recognize that ASMEA stands at the bank of this Rubicon and refuses to cross. The organization’s values do not reflect any devotion to universal principles such as human rights and the rule of law, much less “objective truth.” Their leadership, at least, has no interest in critiquing the use of power but rather is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the interests of a specific power. The values exalted here are the parochial codes those intellectuals (among others) use to rationalize service to a state even when it turns criminal. The independent-minded, outspoken intellectuals, such as Eva Illouz, demanding broader moral integrity and responsibility from their contemporaries, are rarities.

Part IV—Conclusion

Any speculation about which side of the Rubicon line “History” favors is really silly. Historical prediction, like the weather, is a short-range affair. However, one might sense a present shift in sentiment in the U.S. and the Western world generally. It is an apparent shift in favor of the Palestinians and against apartheid Israel. One might even hazard a guess that the shift will continue to grow. Why so? The reason is straightforward and quite simple. It should continue to grow just as long as Israel does not stop. That is, as long as it continues to evolve as a racist state—simultaneously destroying human rights and international law.

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