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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“حماس” تدعو إلى الرباط غداً في القدس المحتلة للتصدّي للمستوطنين

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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

19/06/2021

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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

  1. Arnaout, Abdul Rauf, “Sheikh Jarrah: Guests, Tenants and Settlers”, Palestinian Studies Foundation, https://www.palestine-studies.org, access to the site on 1-6-2021
  2. Scholch, Alexander, “Jerusalem in 19th Century (1831 – 1917 AD)” in Jerusalem in History, Edited by K.J. Asali. 1989. ISBN 0-905906-70-5. Page 234. Quoting Muhammad Adib al-Amiri, “Al Quds al-‘Arabiyya“, Amman, 1971, page 12 and ‘Arif al-‘Arif, “Al-Nakba“, vol 2, Sidon and Beirut, page 490 (90%). As quoted by: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “Old City” (Jerusalem), https://en.wikipedia.org,1-6-2021.
  3. Dumper, Michael (2017). Najem, Tom; Molloy, Michael J.; Bell, Michael; Bell, John (eds.). “Contested Sites in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative”. Routledge. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-317-21344-4. As quoted by: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “Old City” (Jerusalem), https://en.wikipedia.org,1-6-2021.
  4. Livia, Uzi and Aboksis, Ariel, “For the development of the country and for the benefit of its citizens” (in Hebrew), https://web.archive.org, 30-10-2017
  5. 2. See Ilan Papi’s Book, Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine https://www.ebay.com, 9-6-2021
  6. Alsaafin, Linah, “What is happening in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah?”, https://www.aljazeera 
  7. Badawi, Abdel Kader, “Nahalat Chamoun”: A private settler’s company and the arm of the Israeli government in the case of the displacement of the people of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood”, https://www.madarcenter.org,17-5-2021
  8. Jundi, Aseel, “Neighborhood’s resilient women say ‘we will not leave’”, https://www.middleeasteye.net, 11-5-2021
  9.  Salaita, Steve,  “Sheikh Jarrah: Zionism Distilled to Its Purest Expression”, https://alethonews.com, 12-5-2021
  10. Erakat, Noura, and Barghouti, Mariam, “Sheikh Jarrah highlights the violent brazenness of Israel’s colonialist project”, https://www.washingtonpost.com, 10-5-2021
  11.  AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES, “Video shows Israeli settler trying to take over Palestinian house”, https://www.aljazeera.com, 4-5-2021
  12. Kunzl, Kelly, “Families face imminent evictions in East Jerusalem”, The Electronic Intifadahttps://electronicintifada.net, 24-12-2020
  13. Jundi, Aseel, “Neighborhood’s resilient women say ‘we will not leave’”, https://www.middleeasteye.net, 11-5-2021
  14. Linah, Alsaafin, “What is happening in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah?”, https://www.aljazeera.com, 1-5-2021
  15. Palestine Chronicle, “East Jerusalem: Jewish Settlers Seize 15 Palestinian Homes in Silwan”, https://www.palestinechronicle.com, 8-4-2021
  16. MEE staff, “Not just Sheikh Jarrah: Palestinians elsewhere are facing forced eviction”, https://www.middleeasteye.net, 11-5-2021
  17. AL-JAZERA AND NEWS AGENCIES, “Hundreds hurt as Palestinians protest evictions in Jerusalem”,  https://www.aljazeera.com, 8-5-2021

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.

On the Politics of Victory and Defeat: How Gaza Dethroned the King of Israel

June 09th, 2021

King Bibi Feature photo

By Ramzy Baroud

Source

For Netanyahu, the biblical version of Israel was far more convincing than the secular Zionist ideology of yesteryears and by changing the narrative, he managed to redefine the support for Israel around the world.

How did Benjamin Netanyahu manage to serve as Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister? With a total of 15 years in office, Netanyahu surpassed the 12-year mandate of Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. The answer to this question will become particularly critical for future Israeli leaders who hope to emulate Netanyahu’s legacy, now that his historic leadership is likely to end.

Netanyahu’s ‘achievements’ for Israel cannot be judged according to the same criteria as that of Ben Gurion. Both were staunch Zionist ideologues and savvy politicians. Unlike Ben Gurion, though, Netanyahu did not lead a so-called ‘war of independence,’ merging militias into an army and carefully constructing a ‘national narrative’ that helped Israel justify its numerous crimes against the indigenous Palestinians, at least in the eyes of Israel and its supporters.

The cliched explanation of Netanyahu’s success in politics is that he is a ‘survivor’, a hustler, a fox or, at best, a political genius. However, there is more to Netanyahu than mere soundbites. Unlike other right-wing politicians around the world, Netanyahu did not simply exploit or ride the wave of an existing populist movement. Instead, he was the main architect of the current version of Israel’s right-wing politics. If Ben Gurion was the founding father of Israel in 1948, Netanyahu is the founding father of the new Israel in 1996. While Ben Gurion and his disciples used ethnic cleansing, colonization and illegal settlement construction for strategic and military reasons, Netanyahu, while carrying on with the same practices, changed the narrative altogether.

For Netanyahu, the biblical version of Israel was far more convincing than the secular Zionist ideology of yesteryears. By changing the narrative, Netanyahu managed to redefine the support for Israel around the world, bringing together right-wing religious zealots, chauvinistic, Islamophobic, far-right and ultra-nationalist parties in the US and elsewhere.

Netanyahu’s success in rebranding the centrality of the idea of Israel in the minds of its traditional supporters was not a mere political strategy. He also shifted the balance of power in Israel by making Jewish extremists and illegal settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories his core constituency. Subsequently, he reinvented Israeli conservative politics altogether.

He also trained an entire generation of Israeli right-wing, far-right and ultra-nationalist politicians, giving rise to such unruly characters such as former Defense Minister and the leader of Yisrael Beiteinu, Avigdor Lieberman, former Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, and former Defense Minister, and Netanyahu’s likely replacement, Naftali Bennett.

Indeed, a whole new generation of Israelis grew up watching Netanyahu take the right-wing camp from one success to another. For them, he is the savior. His hate-filled rallies and anti-peace rhetoric in the mid-1990s galvanized Jewish extremists, one of whom killed Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s former Prime Minister who engaged the Palestinian leadership through the ‘peace process’ and, ultimately, signed the Oslo Accords.

On Rabin’s death in November 1995, Israel’s political ‘left’ was devastated by right-wing populism championed by its new charismatic leader, Netanyahu, who, merely a few months later, became Israel’s youngest Prime Minister.

Despite the fact that, historically, Israeli politics is defined by its ever-changing dynamics, Netanyahu has helped the right prolong its dominance, completely eclipsing the once-hegemonic Labor Party. This is why the right loves Netanyahu. Under his reign, illegal Jewish colonies expanded unprecedentedly, and any possibility, however meager, of a two-state solution has been forever buried.

Additionally, Netanyahu changed the relationship between the US and Israel, where the latter was no longer a ‘client regime’ – not that it ever was in the strict definition of the term – but one that holds much sway over the US Congress and the White House.

Every attempt by Israel’s political elites to dislodge Netanyahu from power has failed. No coalition was powerful enough; no election outcome was decisive enough and no one was successful enough in convincing Israeli society that he could do more for them than Netanyahu has. Even when Gideon Sa’ar from Netanyahu’s own Likud party tried to stage his own coup against Netanyahu, he lost the vote and the support of the Likudists, later to be ostracized altogether.

Sa’ar later founded his own party, New Hope, continuing with the desperate attempt to oust the seemingly unconquerable Netanyahu. Four general elections within only two years still failed to push Netanyahu out. Every possible mathematical equation to unify various coalitions, all united by the single aim of defeating Netanyahu, has also failed. Each time, Netanyahu came back, with greater resolve to hang on to his seat, challenging contenders within his own party as well as his enemies from without. Even Israel’s court system, which is currently trying Netanyahu for corruption, was not powerful enough to compel disgraced Netanyahu to resign.

Until May of this year, Palestinians seemed to be marginal, if at all relevant to this conversation. Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation looked as if they were mollified, thanks to Israeli violence and Palestinian Authority acquiescence. Palestinians in Gaza, despite occasional displays of defiance, were battling a 15-year-long Israeli siege. Palestinian communities inside Israel seemed alien to any political conversation pertaining to the struggle and aspirations of the Palestinian people.

All of these illusions were dispelled when Gaza rose in solidarity with a small Palestinian community in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem. Their resistance ignited a torrent of events that, within days, unified all Palestinians, everywhere. Consequently, the popular Palestinian revolt has shifted the discourse in favor of Palestinians and against the Israeli occupation.

Perfectly depicting the significance of that moment, the Financial Times newspaper wrote, “The ferocity of the Palestinian anger caught Israel by surprise.” Netanyahu, whose extremist goons were unleashed against Palestinians everywhere, similar to his army being unleashed against besieged Gaza, found himself at an unprecedented disadvantage. It took only 11 days of war to shatter Israel’s sense of ‘security’, expose its sham democracy and spoil its image around the world.

The once untouchable Netanyahu became the mockery of Israeli politics. His conduct in Gaza was described by leading Israeli politicians as “embarrassing”, a defeat and a “surrender”.

Netanyahu struggled to redeem his image. It was too late. As strange as this may sound, it was not Bennett or Lieberman who finally dethroned the “King of Israel’, but the Palestinians themselves.

Recantations Are All the Rage. Israel Has Lost the Public Relations War

Israel and its friends demonize critics

By Philip Giraldi

Global Research, June 01, 2021

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Several things are happening simultaneously. Most important, Israel has lost the public opinion war in much of the world through its brutality during the recent attack on Gaza and it continues to lose ground even in the wake of a cease fire due to mass arrests of Palestinians and armed police intrusions in and around the al-Aqsa mosque. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is by its actions making clear that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine will continue at a time that he chooses. This in turn has produced a storm of criticism, including from Jewish groups and individuals, that is condemning the bloodshed and also sometimes explicitly seeking to distance Judaism the religion from Zionism, the political movement.

Some have suggested that we have finally reached a tipping point in which Israel has gone too far, evident in the Irish Government’s condemnation of Israeli “de facto annexation” of Palestinian land. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told the Dial that

“The scale, pace and strategic nature of Israel’s actions on settlement expansion and the intent behind it have brought us to a point where we need to be honest about what is actually happening on the ground …”

The Jewish state has even succeeded in alienating many who are normally supporters in countries like the United States, quite possibly leading to an eventual shift in policy in Congress and at the White House. That view might be exaggerated given the power of the Israel Lobby and its ability to make past atrocities go away, but it might obtain some back-handed credibility from the ferocity of the counter-attack being waged by Israel and its friends against the celebrities and politicians who have finally developed backbones and have spoken out in defense of Palestinian rights.

The Jewish state’s reaction to criticism is being fueled by repeated assertions that anti-Semitism is surging in the United States and Europe. The media has become relentless on the issue, which is in any even irrelevant even if it were true. Last Saturday, internet news site Yahoo featured links to no less than three articles on increasing attacks on Jews, two coming from NBC and one from BBC.

Despite the recent one sided slaughter in Gaza, American Jewish organizations even had the hubris to declare last Thursday “In light of the surging wave of antisemitic violence, “A Day of Action Against Antisemitism.” Frustration of many people with Israeli behavior is indeed increasing, but the assumption that any shouted insult or organized protest directed at Netanyahu and/or his gang of cutthroats at a time when they are mass-killing Arabs represents pure hatred of Jews is quite frankly unsustainable. It is hatred not of religion but of what Israel is doing, supported by Washington and Israel’s powerful domestic lobby, and most people understand clearly that distinction.

The underlying narrative being offered is that Jews are always the victims, even when they initiate violence, because, they would argue, they are only acting of necessity and preemptively as self-defense. That argument means that they are never guilty of what many might call war crimes, and they are adept at fabricating stories about their opponents labeling them as both terrorists and cowards willing to use civilians as human shields to protect themselves. This effort to burnish the apartheid regime’s record also means in practice that there have to be regular invocations of the tale of increasing anti-Semitism as well as direct attacks on anyone who dares to appropriate or in any way diminish the so-called holocaust.

Numerous critics of the Israeli bombing of Gaza have been attacked by the Israel Lobby and its allies in the media. The idea is to humiliate the critic and put so much pressure on him or her that he or she will actually apologize for what was either said or written. Even better, the Israeli partisans often push far beyond that point to obtain a complete recantation of what appeared in the first place. In the case of actors or entertainers, for example, the weapon used is obvious. If one wants to continue to be gainfully employed in an industry that is dominated by Zionist Jews it is necessary to either keep one’s mouth shut or quickly apologize claiming that one was “misinformed” or “misspoke.”

Several recent mea culpa’s for criticizing Israel have made the news as has also the virtual crucifixion of a congresswoman for her citation of the holocaust. Actor Mark Ruffalo may have believed that he was doing the “right thing” by speaking out on Palestinian suffering. He tweeted

“Over 30 children killed. Mothers dead. Hundreds injured. We are on the brink of a full-scale war. Sanctions on South Africa helped free its Black people – it’s time for sanctions on Israel to free Palestinians. Join the call” and also in another tweet referred to the killing as “genocide.”

He came under intense pressure and soon apologized, tweeting

“I have reflected & wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing ‘genocide’. It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful & is being used to justify antisemitism here & abroad. Now is the time to avoid hyperbole.”

Dua Lipa Fires Back At NY Times Ad Calling Lipa Plus Bella And Gigi Hadid To Condemn Hamas

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Ruffalo did not quite crawl on his belly to preserve his career, but the metaphor certainly comes to mind. And what Ruffalo experienced was a walk in the park compared to what was dished out to British pop singer Dua Lipa who was subjected to a full-page New York Times ad paid for by no less than “America’s rabbi” Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network. The singer Dua Lipa as well as Palestinian-descended models Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid were accused of “anti-Semitism” after they expressed public support of the pro-Palestine cause. The Boteach ad claimed that the three women were “ignorant” and spreading “disgusting libel,” calling on them to instead “condemn [Hamas] now” arguing that “the three mega-influencers have vilified the Jewish state in a manner that is deeply troubling… Hamas calls for a second Holocaust.”

Dua Lipa did not however recant when confronted by the hideous Boteach’s rant. She responded in part

“This is the price you pay for defending Palestinian human rights against an Israeli government whose actions in Palestine [include both] persecution and discrimination.”

A number of other celebrity-critics of the Israeli slaughter in Gaza also stood firm, including comedian John Oliver and Susan Sarandon, but there were also more victims of the wrath of Zion. The Associated Press, itself having been on the receiving end of the Israeli bombing of Gaza, fired a reporter Emily Wilder for what were alleged to be pro-Palestinian views while an undergraduate at Stanford several years before. Wilder, who is Jewish, recently also posted a question which was used against her, asking why the US media regularly uses the word Israel but avoids referring to Palestine, legitimizing the statehood of the former at the expense of the latter.

In Fairfax County Virginia there were demands to remove a school board member Abrar Omeish who, during the attack on Gaza, had tweeted

“Hurts my heart to celebrate while Israel kills Palestinians & desecrates the Holy Land right now. Apartheid & colonization were wrong yesterday and will be today, here and there.”

She soon came under pressure and quickly recanted with

“War is terrible for everyone. I hear those hurting. I’m here for each of you. People of all faiths deserve Holy Land peace. Ensuring justice & honoring humanity of all remain urgent. I look ahead to robust & empathetic engagement with Jewish leaders. Let’s build together.”

Local resident Jennifer Katz was not satisfied, however, telling the board that the tweet “could be reasonably interpreted as a microaggression” against Jewish students.

But perhaps the most bizarre nonsense to surface from the knee-jerk defense of Israel effort played out, perhaps not surprisingly, on Capitol Hill where Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, to put it mildly, got in trouble. The first-term Republican Representative from Georgia had already attracted widespread criticism from both Democratic and Republican colleagues for her alleged trafficking in conspiracy theories but she unleashed the hounds of hell when she made an observation regarding the government’s compelling people working in grocery stores to submit to the COVID vaccines. She said

“You know, we can look back in a time and history where people were told to wear a gold star. And they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany.”

Congresswoman Greene is not renowned for her brain power and it was the sort of comment that is so stupid that it is best handled by ignoring it, but as it concerned the so-called holocaust that was not the end of it. She has been shredded by the leadership of both parties and also by individual legislators as well as the usual suspects in the media. She had previously been stripped of some of her committee assignments over other misdemeanors, but this time around her “colleagues” have been calling for her censure at a minimum and even possible expulsion from the House of Representatives. The lesson learned is that you trifle with the sanctity of the holocaust at your peril. It belongs to Jews and is a vital component of the uniqueness of Jewish suffering narrative.

Over the next few weeks there will no doubt be a flood of stories and commentary reminding everyone in America about just how much the Israelis were victims of a premeditated Hamas attack and what wonderful people they really are. It will be an attempt to regain the propaganda advantage for the Israel Lobby. And yes, more heads of critics will be rolling in the dust, with recantations by celebrities adding sparkle to the event. But even at the end of that process the true horror that modern day Israel represents will be remembered by many and as the game goes on there will hopefully be many more American voices raised in protest.

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Featured image: Another attack on Gaza: Israel squeezing the life of Gaza – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

“The Hamas” are Coming: A View of the Violence from Inside Israel

By Miko Peled

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There are never Palestinians, never people, only “The Hamas.” The Hamas thinks;” “The Hamas believes;” “The Hamas should know;” “When the Hamas understands, he will stop;” and finally, “When The Hamas is hit hard he will never dare to attack Israel again.”

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — After less than 48 hours in Jerusalem, it’s clear to me that the slaughter in Gaza will not end anytime soon. There is broad popular support in Israel for the endless bloodshed and Benjamin Netanyahu is as strong as ever both domestically and internationally.

According to the Israeli press, Netanyahu and his cabinet all received calls from President Joe Biden and members of his cabinet demonstrating their undying, never-ending, and unconditional support for the bloodletting of Palestinians. As hard as this is to see — particularly from Jerusalem, where I am less than an hour drive from Gaza — there should be no surprise.

When Joe Biden says he is a Zionist, he means he supports apartheid, ethnic cleansing and genocide in Palestine. It means that he will give unlimited money and weapons to Israel to execute the cruelest, bloodiest, most racist policies against the Palestinians, no questions asked.

“The Hamas”

All morning long (and it’s only 9 a.m.) the Israeli TV (all channels) displays guests of expert panelists, former IDF generals, and colonels (who knew there were so many?) who spew lies to excuse, justify, and even glorify the IDF actions in Gaza.

“We all support the IDF and its commanders,” they say as reports of more death and destruction come out of the Gaza Strip. There was some memo no doubt that told everyone on TV to say “The Hamas” whenever they talk about Palestinians in Gaza.

There are never Palestinians, never people, only “The Hamas” — and “The Hamas” is, by the way, male and singular (in Hebrew). “The Hamas thinks;” “The Hamas believes;” “The Hamas should know;” “When the Hamas understands, he will stop;” and finally, “When The Hamas is hit hard he will never dare to attack Israel again.”

Needless to say, none of the panelists are Palestinians. Instead, Israeli news programs have their “Arab Affair” experts on, their “The Hamas” experts, and their experts on the “Arab community in Israel.”

Israeli Jews know enough to analyze, explain and mostly justify Israeli violence against Palestinians everywhere, yet nowhere does one hear that the indigenous people of Palestine — the people to whom this country belongs, and who have been wronged in so many ways — are speaking up.

Regular people — enormous suffering

This morning I received an email from a friend in East Jerusalem. In this email, she poses a question that is perhaps impossible to answer:

Yesterday my youngest grandson who turned 15 at the beginning of this month was walking in our neighborhood towards the barbershop to have a haircut when he was stopped by 10 soldiers who beat him up before letting him go. Why? Can anybody who has any common sense answer me? There were no demonstrations, and the people in our neighborhood were going about their own business. The soldiers were in their full gear and were not in any danger.”

How can one explain the actions of armed, racist gangs who wear an official uniform, who represent the State and use their power and status and weapons to beat and intimidate people who want to live a normal life? It is not unlike trying to understand the actions of former Minneapolis police officer and now inmate Derek Chauvin, who calmly and coldly murdered George Floyd in broad daylight, in front of people holding cameras and taking videos. Can a rational, healthy mind explain any of this?

The bodies of children killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza’s ash Shati refugee camp, May 15, 2021. Mohammed Zaanoun | Activestills

General strike

A general strike was declared in Palestine on May 18 and the subsequent rallies and protests that took place throughout Palestine left several Palestinians dead and wounded. In advance of the strike, some Israeli employers already said that any Palestinian not showing for work that day would be fired. About one-third of the Israeli economy relies heavily on the Palestinian citizens of Israel. In Israeli hospitals, large numbers of doctors, nurses, and maintenance staff are Palestinian citizens of Israel. They have the capacity to bring the hospitals and the Israeli economy to its knees.

It was reported that the supervisor for Palestinian schools within 1948 Palestine in the Northern District already requested the names of any teachers who did not show up for work in Qalasawe and Taibe, two large Palestinian cities. According to Israeli law, the firing of an employee must be done in person and the employee may have a representative and the various unions to provide legal representation free of charge. The big question mark remains: Will Palestinian citizens of Israel be able to avail themselves of this service and this law?

I was also warned by friends that when I come to visit people anywhere in the area of the “Small Triangle” — or the cities of Qalansawe, Taibe, and Tira — to come during the day. After dark, I was warned, the roads are closed because of protests and the police arrest, beat up, and shoot indiscriminately.

Jerusalem

Towards the end of the 1967 Israeli assault on Arab lands, the eastern part of the city of Jerusalem was occupied by Israel, including the Old City and the al-Aqsa Mosque. This assault had enormous consequences and in Israeli collective memory there is one sentence that is the most iconic of the entire war. When the Haram al-Sharif was taken by Israeli forces, the commander reported “Har Ha’bait Beyadeinu” — The Temple Mount is in our hands. The most iconic photo from that war is that of the conquering soldiers by the Western Wall.

The commander, Mordechai Gur, was not a religious man. His soldiers were not religious people and in those days one did not see the religious Zionists that one sees in Israel today. This comment was made because even secular Israelis look at the Haram al-Sharif — the al-Aqsa compound — and believe it should be used as a national symbol, a place that represents something that Israel lost and deserves to take back. And so, the desire to see al-Aqsa destroyed and a structure they call a temple built instead is not merely a religious sentiment but a neo-fascist and nationalistic one as well.

Violence, racism, neo-fascist attitudes, and a toxic mix of religion and nationality make Zionism very dangerous. From Gaza to al-Aqsa, from the Naqab in the south to the Wadi Ara in the north, we are seeing the dangerous elements of Zionism at work.

Owner of Al-Jawarha Tower Speaks to The Palestine Chronicle: ‘We Will Never Compromise on Our Freedom’ (PHOTOS)

May 21, 2021

Owner of the Al-Jawarha Tower, Ahmad Moustafa al-Za’im, with his children. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

On May 12, Israel destroyed the Al-Jawarha tower in Gaza City, a large building of many stories and numerous flats. It was not the only tower that Israel destroyed in its latest war on Gaza. A few others too were leveled to the ground, as if they were legitimate military targets. 

Palestine Chronicle correspondent in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Ajjour, met with one of the main owners of the tower, Mr. Ahmad Moustafa al-Za’im. A successful businessman, al-Za’im is also a loving father of two boys and two girls. 

The Chronicle also interviewed Al-Za’im’s young daughter, Malak. Like her father, her testimony was that of pride and defiance. This is what they have to say:

Ahmad Moustafa al-Za’im:

“I have invested my whole life, everything I owned and worked hard for, in this building. Israel bombed it for no reason at all, aside from scoring a point that it simply can. It is a residential tower, which also hosted law offices, media companies, and the like. Lots of accountants and engineers were based here as well. Also, it had advertisement companies and a few clinics. We had an office that facilitates pilgrimage to Mecca. Also, an optical clinic and an office for marriage services.

“It was a thriving place of families and businesses and nothing else that could be understood, even from Israel’s point of view, as a ‘security threat’. 

“But thank God for everything in this life, good or bad. Israel has destroyed it completely. But I say it proudly, I am Ahmad al-Za’im, everything I own, my very life, in fact, my whole family, is a small price to pay for the freedom of Al-Quds, Jerusalem, for Al-Aqsa Mosque and for our people in Sheikh Jarrah. In fact, for Al-Khalil (Hebron), Jenin, Palestine ‘48 and the whole of Palestine. Thank Allah for everything. 

“My message to the Resistance: We will continue to be steadfast, you lead the way and we will march behind you. Israel will never break our will or weaken our steadfastness. We know that Israel has destroyed the tower, and all other towers to put pressure on the Resistance to relent and accept an end to the war with no achievements. But that will never happen. We will never compromise on our rights and our freedom, no matter the cost.”

Malak Ahmad al-Za’im:

“I am Malak Ahmad al-Za’im. We were living in this tower. When the Israelis decided to bomb it, they called the neighbors, then the neighbors called my dad and we hurried very, very fast. But there was no time to gather any of our belongings. I had so many toys in my house, but also so many memories as my brothers and I were always playing on the stairs. There was a very nice restaurant here that we often ate. Also, many lawyers worked here and there was a place where you can get your eyes fixed. Many many things and many people. But more importantly, all of our dreams, hopes and memories were in this tower. 

“When the tower was destroyed, I cried a lot. I don’t know what else to say aside from that, that I cried all the time.”

(All Photos: Mahmoud Ajjour)

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Unity at Last: The Palestinian People Have Risen

May 21, 2021

The Palestinian people observe a nationwide general strike to protest Israel’s relentless bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip. (Photo: via Al-Haq)

By Ramzy Baroud

From the outset, some clarification regarding the language used to depict the ongoing violence in occupied Palestine, and also throughout Israel. This is not a ‘conflict’. Neither is it a ‘dispute’ nor ‘sectarian violence’ nor even a war in the traditional sense.

It is not a conflict, because Israel is an occupying power and the Palestinian people are an occupied nation. It is not a dispute, because freedom, justice and human rights cannot be treated as if a mere political disagreement. The Palestinian people’s inalienable rights are enshrined in international and humanitarian law and the illegality of Israeli violations of human rights in Palestine is recognized by the United Nations itself.

If it is a war, then it is a unilateral Israeli war, which is met with humble, but real and determined Palestinian resistance.

Actually, it is a Palestinian uprising, an Intifada unprecedented in the history of the Palestinian struggle, both in its nature and outreach.

For the first time in many years, we see the Palestinian people united, from Jerusalem Al Quds, to Gaza, to the West Bank and, even more critically, to the Palestinian communities, towns and villages inside historic Palestine – today’s Israel.

This unity matters the most, is far more consequential than some agreement between Palestinian factions. It eclipses Fatah and Hamas and all the rest, because without a united people there can be no meaningful resistance, no vision for liberation, no struggle for justice to be won.

Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could never have anticipated that a routine act of ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah could lead to a Palestinian uprising, uniting all sectors of Palestinian society in an unprecedented show of unity.

The Palestinian people have decided to move past all the political divisions and the factional squabbles. Instead, they are coining new terminologies, centered on resistance, liberation and international solidarity. Consequently, they are challenging factionalism, along with any attempt at making Israeli occupation and apartheid normal. Equally important, a strong Palestinian voice is now piercing through the international silence, compelling the world to hear a single chant for freedom.

The leaders of this new movement are Palestinian youth who have been denied participation in any form of democratic representation, who are constantly marginalized and oppressed by their own leadership and by the relentless Israeli military occupation. They were born into a world of exile, destitution and apartheid, led to believe that they are inferior, of a lesser race. Their right to self-determination and every other right were postponed indefinitely. They grew up helplessly watching their homes being demolished, their land being robbed and their parents being humiliated.

Finally, they are rising.

Without prior coordination and with no political manifesto, this new Palestinian generation is now making its voice heard, sending an unmistakable, resounding message to Israel and its right-wing chauvinistic society, that the Palestinian people are not passive victims; that the ethnic cleansing of Sheikh Jarrah and the rest of occupied East Jerusalem, the protracted siege on Gaza, the ongoing military occupation, the construction of illegal Jewish settlements, the racism and the apartheid will no longer go unnoticed; though tired, poor, dispossessed, besieged and abandoned, Palestinians will continue to safeguard their own rights, their sacred places and the very sanctity of their own people.

Yes, the ongoing violence was instigated by Israeli provocations in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. However, the story was never about the ethnic cleansing of Sheikh Jarrah alone. The beleaguered neighborhood is but a microcosm of the larger Palestinian struggle.

Netanyahu may have hoped to use Sheikh Jarrah as a way of mobilizing his right-wing constituency around him, intending to form an emergency government or increasing his chances of winning yet a fifth election. His rash behavior, initially compelled by entirely selfish reasons, has ignited a popular rebellion among Palestinians, exposing Israel for the violent, racist and apartheid state that it is and always has been.

Palestinian unity and popular resistance have proven successful in other ways, too. Never before have we seen this groundswell of support for Palestinian freedom, not only from millions of ordinary individuals across the globe, but also from celebrities – movie stars, footballers, mainstream intellectuals and political activists, even models and social media influencers. The hashtags #SaveSheikhJarrah and #FreePalestine, among numerous others, are now interlinked and have been trending on all social media platforms for weeks. Israel’s constant attempts at presenting itself as a perpetual victim of some imaginary horde of Arabs and Muslims are no longer paying dividends. The world can finally see, read and hear of Palestine’s tragic reality and the need to bring this tragedy to an immediate end.

None of this would be possible were it not for the fact that all Palestinians have legitimate reasons and are speaking in unison. In their spontaneous reaction and genuine, communal solidarity, all Palestinians are united, from Sheikh Jarrah, to all of Jerusalem, to Gaza, Nablus, Ramallah, Al-Bireh and even Palestinian towns inside Israel – Al-Lud, Umm Al-Fahm, Kufr Qana and elsewhere. In Palestine’s new popular revolution, factions, geography and any political division are irrelevant. Religion is not a source of divisiveness but of spiritual and national unity.

The ongoing Israeli atrocities in Gaza are continuing, with a mounting death toll. This devastation will continue for as long as the world treats the devastating siege of the impoverished, tiny Strip as if irrelevant. People in Gaza were dying long before the Israeli airstrikes began blowing up their homes and neighborhoods. They were dying from the ack of medicine, polluted water, the lack of electricity and the dilapidated infrastructure.

We must save Sheikh Jarrah, but we must also save Gaza; we must demand an end to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine and, with it, the system of racial discrimination and apartheid. International human rights groups are now precise and decisive in their depiction of this racist regime, with Human Rights Watch – and Israel’s own rights group, B’tselem, joining the call for the dismantlement of apartheid in all of Palestine.

Speak up. Speak out. The Palestinians have risen. It is time to rally behind them.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of five books. His latest is “These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons” (Clarity Press). Dr. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) and also at the Afro-Middle East Center (AMEC). His website is www.ramzybaroud.net

Day 11 of Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Violent Artillery Shelling and Systematic Destruction of Houses

Ref: 68/2021

Date: 20 May 2021

Time: 13:00 GMT

9 Palestinians, Including 3 Women and 2 Children, Killed and 120 Others, Including 37 Women and 32 Children, Injured 

Death Toll Mounts to 230, Including 64 Children and 39 Women, and Total Number of Injuries Rises to 1383, Including 417 Children and 269 Women

For the 11th consecutive day, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip and carried out dozens of intense air, land and sea strikes, targeting more houses and civilian facilities.

Further to PCHR’s press release published yesterday, 9 Palestinians, including 3 women and 2 children, were killed, and 120 others were wounded, including 37 women and 32 children. The Israeli airstrikes targeted 16 houses and several facilities. Thus, the number of targeted houses has risen to 162, including multi-story buildings.

Thus, the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 230, including 64 children and 39 women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 1,383, including 417 children and 269 women.

It should be noted that according to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1630, including 470 children and 310 women. Among those injuries: 55 were critical and 400 injuries were in the upper body parts, including 153 in the head and neck.

Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli airstrikes along with artillery and gunboat shelling killed 2 Palestinians, including a girl, and injured 52 others, including 16 children and 13 women. As a result, tens of houses, a company, vehicles and shops were partially damaged.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

At approximately 14:00, the Israeli artillery stationed along the Gaza border fence with Israel, fired at least 10 shells at the Palestinian houses in Beit Hanoun. One of those shells fell on a house belonging to Zakaria Mohammed Hamad and targeted the 3rd floor. As a result, Zakaria’s son, Raied (32), was killed and another child was wounded.

At approximately 20:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile behind Sa’d ‘Ali ‘Asaliyia’s house in eastern Jabalia. As a result, Sa’d’s daughter namely Dima (10) was killed after shrapnel hit different parts of her body.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

At approximately 02:05, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles on the main street connecting Block (7) with Block (9) in front of Safi Shops for Construction Materials in Jabalia refugee camp.  As a result, 7 Palestinians were wounded, including 3 women and 1 child while many facilities, houses and infrastructure sustained damage.

Gaza City:

Israeli airstrikes wounded 31 Palestinians, including 7 children and 12 women. Also, a house was completely destroyed while 2 buildings sustained partial and severe damage. Moreover, a body was retrieved from the rubble in a previous airstrike.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

In the afternoon, medical and Civil Defense crews found the body of Aysar ‘Abdel Rahim Taha al-Halabi (48) under the rubble of a house targeted in a previous airstrike in al-Shati’ refugee camp.

At approximately 19:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a residential building in al-Naser neighborhood and destroyed the first floor.  Moreover, the upper floors sustained damage while the house next to the targeted building was destroyed.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

At approximately 06:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the fifth floor in a residential building in Gaza City, wounding 5 children.

Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli airstrikes killed 5 Palestinians houses, including one with a disability along with his wife and his baby girl.  Moreover, 14 others were wounded, including 3 children and 5 women while 4 houses sustained damage.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

At approximately 12:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to al-Masri family in Deir al-Balah. As a result, a Palestinian was seriously wounded and the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 16:00, a missile fell on Eyad Abdul Fattah Salha’s (35) house in Deir al-Balah. As a result, four were killed, including the owner of the house who was also a person with disability; his wife, Amany Yousef Salha (Muhawish) (29), who was 7-month pregnant with her baby who was killed as well; and her 2-year-old daughter, Nagham. Moreover, the house sustained partial damage.

At approximately 16:10, an artillery shell fell on Eyad Ameen al-Qidra’s house in Deir al-Balah. As a result, Fida’ Fakhry al-Qidra (32) was killed while her husband, Eyad, and his brother were wounded and taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital.

At approximately 16:20, IOF stationed inside the border fence, east of Johr al-Dik area, southeast of Gaza, opened fire at agricultural lands. As a result, Hasan Sami Ramadan al-Borno (63) was killed with a live bullet in the chest  when he was in his land. Al-Borno was taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 19:10, Israeli warplane and drone launched 2 missiles at Hameed al-Hindi’s house in Deir al-Balah camp, causing partial destruction.

At approximately 21:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a truck belonging to ‘Abdullah Darwish, destroying its front and causing damage to the nearby houses.

Thursday, 20 May 2021:

At approximately 07:30, Israeli warplane launched 4 missiles at a house belonging to Darwish ‘Abdul Karim ‘Ammar in al-Bureij refugee camp, causing damage to the house.  The house shelters 7 families of 36 members, including 17 children and 7 women.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli airstrikes across the City killed a Palestinian and wounded 23 others, including 6 children and 7 women. Moreover, 8 houses were destroyed. 

Wednesday, 19 May 2021:

At approximately 12:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles; the first by a drone, at Owda Abu Mustafa’s house in Bani Suheila, and completely destroyed it. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents to vacate before the airstrike.

At approximately 17:40, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles; the first by a drone, at Osama ‘Asfour’s house in Abasan al-Jadida, and completely destroyed it. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents to vacate before the airstrike.

At approximately 22:45, Israeli warplanes sporadically launched 3 missiles at Ali Abu Zarqa’s house. As a result, the 2-storey building in al-Amal neighborhood was completely destroyed while nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli forces called the residents to vacate before the airstrike.

Thursday, 19 May 2021:

At approximately 00:10, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed and Mo’nes Muhareb, east of Ma’an area.  As a result, the huge missile fell on the house and did not explode, only penetrating the house of their neighbor, Ramzi Abu Hadayed.  As a result, a person and his 3 kids were wounded while the 2 houses sustained wide destruction.  In the morning, the Explosive Engineers arrived and took the missile out of the house.

At approximately 05:10, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed Khaled al-Khawaldah.  As a result, the 120-sqm house in al-Satar al-Gharbi neighborhood sustained wide destruction while a nearby house belonging to Na’elah Rabi’a al-Khuzondar sustained severe damage, killing Huda Salah Rabi’a al-Khozondar (36) and wounding her husband and her 2 and a half year-old baby girl, Malak.  Also, 7 others were wounded in al-Khawaldah’s house and a nearby house, including 2 women and 2 children; one of the persons wounded had his leg amputated.  

Rafah:

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

At approximately 14:50, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Naser al-‘Attar’s house in southern Rafah, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 15:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Mohammed al-Bawab’s house in al-Juninah neighborhood, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 16:45, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Isma’il al-Masri’s house in southern Rafah, and completely destroyed it.

At approximately 23:40, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Hussain al-Moghair’s house in al-Shabora camp, causing damage to it.

Thursday, 20 May 2021:

At approximately 03:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a truck belonging to ‘Emad Mes’ed Salim Sha’ath in al-Naser village and completely destroyed it.

PCHR calls upon the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, to act urgently in order to end all IOF’s military hostilities.

Israel: Is this the beginning of the end of apartheid?

Richard Falk

18 May 2021 15:35 UTC 

Israel has already long lost the main legal and moral arguments and is in the process of losing the political argument

An Israeli soldier walks past a 155mm self-propelled howitzer and ammunition at the army’s position along the border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 May 2021 (AFP)

The current crisis of Palestine-Israel deepens and widens: casualties mount, smoke from destroyed buildings blacken the sky over Gaza, there’s rioting on the streets of many Israeli and West Bank towns; Israeli police disrupt worshippers in Al-Aqsa mosque while protecting extremist Jewish settlers shouting genocidal slogans – “death to the Arabs” – in inflammatory marches through Palestinian neighbourhoods.

Western leaders pathetically call for calm on both sides as if both sides shared equal blame, while perversely affirming the one-sidedness of ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’

Underlying this entire eruption of tensions between the oppressor and the oppressed were the flimsy legalised evictions of six Palestinian families long resident in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem. These evictions epitomised the long Palestinian ordeal of persecution and banishment in what remains their homeland.

While this mayhem continues, the lights have remained scandalously dim at the UN. Western leaders pathetically call for calm on both sides as if both sides shared equal blame, while perversely affirming the one-sidedness of “Israel’s right to defend itself”, which supposes that Israel had been attacked out of the blue. 

Is this but one more cycle of violence exhibiting the unresolvable clash between a native people overwhelmed by a colonial intruder emboldened by a unique religiously grounded settler sense of entitlement?

Or are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the century-long struggle by the Palestinian people to defend their homeland against the unfolding Zionist project that stole their land, trampled on their dignity, and made Palestinians victimised strangers in what had been their national home for centuries?

Only the future can fully unravel this haunting uncertainty. In the meantime, we can expect more bloodshed, death, outrage, grief, injustice, and continuing geopolitical interference.

The spirit of resistance

Last week’s events have made clear that the Palestinians are withstanding prolonged oppression with their spirit of resistance intact, and refuse to be pacified regardless of the severity of the imposed hardships

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We also are made to appreciate that the Israeli leadership and most of its public is no longer in the mood even to pretend receptivity to a peaceful alternative to the completion of their settler-colonial undertaking despite its dependence on a weaponised version of apartheid governance. 

For Israelis and much of the West, the core narrative continues to be the violence of a “terrorist” organisation, Hamas, challenging the peaceful state of Israel with destructive intent, making the Israeli response seem reasonable. It is thus framed as not only a response to Hamas’ rockets but also as a harsh punitive lesson for the people of Gaza, designed to deter future attacks.

The Israeli missiles and drones are deemed “defensive” while the rockets are acts of “terrorism”, even though Israeli human targets are seldom hit, and despite the fact that it is Israeli weaponry that causes 95 percent of the widespread death and destruction among the over two million civilian Palestinians in Gaza. They have been victims of an unlawful and crippling blockade that since 2007 has brought severe suffering to the impoverished, crowded and traumatised enclave, with unemployment levels above 50 percent.  

In the current confrontation, Israel’s control of the international discourse has succeeded in de-contextualising the timeline of violence, thus leading those with little knowledge of what induced the flurry of Hamas rockets to believe falsely that the destruction in Gaza was a retaliatory Israeli reaction to hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas and Gaza armed groups.

A Palestinian girl, who fled her home due to Israeli air and artillery strikes, plays at a school hosting refugees in Gaza city, on May 14, 2021,
A Palestinian girl, who fled her home due to Israeli air and artillery strikes, plays at a school hosting refugees in Gaza city, on 14 May, 2021 (AFP)

With abuses of language that might even surprise Orwell, Israel’s state terrorism is airbrushed by the world along with the rebuff of Hamas’ peace diplomacy over the past 15 years that has repeatedly sought a permanent ceasefire and peaceful coexistence.

Symbolic victories

For Palestinians and those in solidarity with their struggle, Israel knowingly allowed the subjugated population of occupied East Jerusalem to experience a series of anguishing humiliations to occur during the holy period of Muslim religious observances in Ramadan, rubbing salt in the wounds recently opened by the Sheikh Jarrar evictions. This had the inevitable effect of refreshing Palestinian memories of their defining experiences of ethnic cleansing days before the annual observance of the Nakba on 15 May.

The record of struggles against colonialism since 1945 support reaching the conclusion that the side that wins a legitimacy war will eventually control the political outcome

This amounted to a metaphoric reenactment of that massive crime of expulsion accompanying the establishment of Israel in 1948, which culminated in the bulldozing of several hundred Palestinian villages that signalled a firm Israeli intention to make the banishment permanent.

Unlike South Africa, which never claimed to be a democracy, Israel legitimated itself by presenting itself as a constitutional democracy. This resolve to be a democracy came with a high price tag of deception and self-deception, necessitating to this day a continuing struggle to make apartheid work to secure Jewish supremacy while hiding Palestinian subjugation.

For decades, Israel was successful in hiding these apartheid features from the world because the legacy of the Holocaust lent uncritical credence to the Zionist narrative of providing sanctuary for the survivors of the worst genocide known to humanity. 

Additionally, the Jewish presence “was making the desert bloom“, while at the same time virtually erasing Palestine grievances, further discounted by hasbara visions of Palestinian backwardness as contrasting with Israeli modernising prowess, and later on by juxtaposing a political caricature of the two peoples, portraying Jewish adherence to Western values as opposed to the Palestinian embrace of terrorism.

Recent developments in the symbolic domains of politics that control the outcome of “Legitimacy Wars” have scored several victories for the Palestinian struggle. The International Criminal Court has authorised the investigation of Israeli criminality in Occupied Palestine since 2015 despite vigorous opposition from the leadership of the Israeli government, fully supported by the United States. The investigation in The Hague, although proceeding with diligent respect for the legalities involved, was not openly engaged by Israel, but rather immediately denounced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “pure antisemitism”.

Beyond this, allegations of Israeli apartheid were unequivocally confirmed in an academic report commissioned by the UN, concluding that Israeli policies and practices were designed to ensure Palestinian subjugation and Jewish domination. This too was similarly denounced by Israeli leaders.

In the past few months both B’Tselem, Israel’s leading human rights NGO, and Human Rights Watch, have issued carefully documented studies that reach the same startling conclusion that Israel indeed administers an apartheid regime within the whole of historic Palestine, that is, the Occupied Palestinian Territories plus Israel itself.

While these two developments do not alleviate Palestinian suffering or the behavioural effects of enduring denial of basic rights, they are significant symbolic victories that stiffen the morale of Palestinian resistance and strengthen the bonds of global solidarity. The record of struggles against colonialism since 1945 support reaching the conclusion that the side that wins a legitimacy war will eventually control the political outcome, despite being weaker militarily and diplomatically.  

‘Then you win’

The endgame of South African apartheid reinforces this reassessment of the changing balance of forces in the Palestinian struggle. Despite having what appeared to be effective and stable control of the African majority population through the implementation of brutal apartheid structures, the racist regime collapsed from within under the combined weight of internal resistance and international pressure.Al-Aqsa attacks: How Israel is sowing the seeds of a new uprising

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Outside pressures included a widely endorsed BDS campaign enjoying UN backing and military setbacks in Angola against Cuban and liberation forces. Israel is not South Africa in a number of key aspects, but the combination of resistance and solidarity was dramatically ramped upwards in the past week.

Israel has already long lost the main legal and moral arguments, almost acknowledging this interpretation by their defiant way of changing the subject with reckless accusations of antisemitism, and is in the process of losing the political argument. 

Israel’s own sense of vulnerability to a South African scenario has been exposed by this growing tendency to brand supporters of BDS and harsh critics as “antisemites” which seems in the context of present development best described as “a geopolitical panic attack”.

I find it appropriate to recall Gandhi’s famous observation along these lines: “First, they ignore you, then they insult you, then they fight you, then you win.”

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye.

Richard Falk

Richard Falk is an international law and international relations scholar who taught at Princeton University for forty years. In 2008 he was also appointed by the UN to serve a six-year term as the Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights.

What makes the Palestinian catastrophe incomparable to any crime that has occurred for humanity?

May 15, 2021

By Batoul Sbeity

 Why is Palestine considered the core issue when it comes to human justice, such that Al-Quds Day- a day to raise awareness about the plight of all oppressed groups is done in the name and the sanctity of Al-Aqsa? 

1)  The perpetrating entities of the oppression:

The formation of Israel was a settler-colonial conspiracy project- the biggest of its kind in history that was founded by the hegemonic global ruling system solely to serve their interest. 

The reality is that the Zionists were hunters for sources of power in the world that could actualize their vision of a Jewish homeland, and wherever the imperialists place the Zionists, they will follow. 

During the beginning of the 20th century, imperial Britain was adamant about creating for itself an extension in the land of Palestine, which was specifically chosen due to the benefits of the strategic location and the history of the land that could be used as a justifying pretext to the world.

It is the responsibility of all of humanity to correct the biggest shame that have occurred. All nations need to apply pressure on their governments to sever ties with the occupying state and grant the right of return and compensation for all Palestinian citizens. The Zionists and their imperial masters weaponized the anti-semitism that existed within sections of the people and activated this into a slogan that was used to justify the containment of settler Jews in Palestine whilst blackmailing those resisting the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians into accepting this new reality.

The U.S.S.R was the first government to recognize the illegitimate establishment of Israel and sent a large number of settler Jews there, whilst the U.S. took over Britain’s role after rising to power in post-WWII, providing the bulk of financial, political, security, and military support to the occupying state- to the extent that its existence is purely dependent and linked to the U.S. 

Israel’s functional role is to act as a stick for the world superpower, namely the U.S., used in order to punish other entities in the region that fail to obey U.S. orders and for them to maintain a direct presence at the heart of the strategic Middle East (West Asia).

2)  The nature of the oppression: 

Israel is the only settler-colonial state existing today. This means the existence of the occupying Israeli settlers is predicated on the forced and violent removal of the land’s indigenous inhabitants prior to 1948.

During the 1948 Nakba, Israeli forces killed an estimated 13,000 Palestinians and forcibly evicted 700,000-1 million Palestinians from their homes and land. Five hundred and thirty-one (50%) of Palestinian villages were entirely depopulated and destroyed. 

The Nakba continues today. Palestinians are the largest and longest-suffering group of refugees in the world. One in three refugees worldwide is Palestinian and over 60% are registered for humanitarian assistance with the UN.
Within occupied Palestine, the occupying state has displayed no limits to their aggression in pursuit of their expansionist ideals while have not been held to any account for their crimes against humanity.  

3)  The magnitude of the oppression:

The perpetrators realize a great magnitude of direct force and violence is needed to prevent any rebellion movement since the thief understands the victim will resist with whatever they have, and they, therefore, seek to crush the spirit of this resistance. The occupying state has made it mandatory for every Israeli Jew to serve in the ‘IDF’, and they are indoctrinated from a young age to believe every Palestinian is a ‘terrorist’, whilst their survival is dependent on getting rid of the indigenous Palestinians. 

With over 2.5 million Palestinian’s living in the West Bank, an extremely densely populated region, Israel is not only seizing the best land and resources through annexing the territories and giving themselves false authority over the land, but they are striving to create an unbearable condition for the Palestinian’s living within, such that they become hopeless and would want to immigrate and abandon their own homeland. 

4)  Continuity of the oppression:

Since the financial and military existence of Israel is completely linked to the U.S., this oppression will continue until Israel loses its functional role due to the balance of powers that are increasingly not in the U.S.’s favor in the region.

Besides the axis of resistance and its proponents, all countries are turning a blind eye to the continuous oppression in Palestine, which is legitimized by the majority of the world since there is an overlap between their aims and they only account for what is in their interests. They seek to wipe the history of Palestine and grant legitimacy to Israel’s existence, although acknowledging its illegality should by any standards create an uprising.

It is the responsibility of all of humanity to correct the biggest shame that have occurred. All nations need to apply pressure on their governments to sever ties with the occupying state and grant the right of return and compensation for all Palestinian citizens. 

The raw, genocidal racism of Israelis in West Jerusalem

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