The raw, genocidal racism of Israelis in West Jerusalem

Laith Marouf on Palestinian legitimate Resistance to Israeli occupation & to the bombardment of Gaza

Eva Bartlett 

I spoke with Beirut-based geo-political analyst and media policy and law consultant, Laith Marouf, about Israel’s current indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, the events preceding this latest assault, and the remarkable new capabilities of Palestinian resistance in justly & legally resisting their occupier.

Netanyahu Unleashes Herds of Israeli Terrorists against the Palestinians

 ARABI SOURI 

Israel Jewish terrorist settlers lynch Palestinians in Palestine

Netanyahu, the embattled war criminal the Prime Minister of so-called Israel and the person in control of all the western regimes, has unleashed thousands of armed radical Israeli terrorists against the unarmed Palestinians in the cities occupied in 1948.

The war criminal Netanyahu by this sets the stage for a repeat of the massacres committed by his predecessors to establish their ‘Jewish Apartheid State’ the likes of Deir Yassin, Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon, and other ethnic cleansing massacres against the Palestinians that stain the European history since the early years of last century in Palestine. The Israeli terrorists are trying to wipe out the Palestinian people completely from the face of the planet so they can get over this chapter and focus on other people and steal their land.

Homes have been raided in Haifa, Al-Lod, and other cities in the Palestinian lands occupied by the Jewish European terrorists in the years leading to the 1948 declaration of their cancerous state. The Jewish Rabi of the occupied city of Safad literally called on slaughtering the Palestinians, these calls do not come from religious people, these are heads of terrorist groups in fake religious clothes.

The following video contains GRAPHIC footage, viewers discretion is highly advised:

The video is also on BitChute.

Activists are reporting several civilians already killed in these cities, several others brutally beaten by the Israeli settler terrorists who are guarded and protected by the Israeli IDF and so-called ‘police’ who in turn imposed a curfew on the Palestinians only.

Israeli settlers all serve in the ranks of the IDF terrorist organization and remain in reserves with their full automatic and individual weapons until they die, just in case westerns think these are civilian citizens of Israel. The IDF itself, the army of Israel is basically the combination of terrorist groups like Haganah, Stern, Lehy, and Irgun listed as terrorist groups since the days of the British occupation of Palestine, the leaders of these terrorist groups who also many of them turned out on Wanted lists by the British became later the ‘celebrated prime ministers and presidents of the so-called Israel’

Israeli settlers are able to commit their massacres against the people of the Levant in general and especially the genocide against the Palestinians because of the unlimited support they receive from western governments who follow the Evangelical Mega-Church which followers are systematically brainwashed to believe they need to serve the Antichrist to speed-up the return of Jesus Christ! Serving Satan to fulfill God’s promise makes them only servants of Satan and will be joining him in eternity, whoever told them otherwise has successfully turned them into soldiers of the Antichrist.

This author has been in discussions with many followers of this fake church built with funds raised by politicians and not by religious people, and I’ve been personally shocked how would they believe they can serve Satan thinking they’re serving God, the amount of stupidity among the ones we’ve debated is overwhelming.

There’s a massive blackout by the Israelis to suppress the information about these latest war crimes although leaked footage is beyond horrific. These are not ‘clashes’, this is GENOCIDE.

Netanyahu, after losing 5 consecutive elections he keeps repeating hoping to get a majority to avoid going to prison over charges of corruption, is trying to instigate a streets war and an escalated destruction of Gaza and the displacement of the residents of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) to remain in an emergency cabinet and prevent a vote of confidence for other war criminals.

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‘Operation Guardian of the Walls’ Will Not Fix Israel’s Apartheid Walls

May 13, 2021

An Israeli airstrike on Gaza. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Jamal Juma

Israel has once again gone on a killing spree. Over 83 Palestinians, including 17 children, have already been killed in Israel’s bombings of Gaza as of today, 13 May 2021. Israeli forces have escalated their repression and attacked the Al Aqsa Mosque four times this week. Over one thousand Palestinians are wounded.

The numbers are rising as you read. In an unprecedented act, Israel has redeployed their military troops normally stationed in the occupied West Bank, called ‘Border Police,’ inside the Green Line.

We are in pain for the losses of lives, our wounded, our prisoners, the destruction of our homes and our holy sites.

We are in urgent need of maximum global mobilization to pressure Israel to stop this onslaught now. More importantly, we need for the international community to recognize Israel’s regime as the system of apartheid, settler-colonialism and occupation that it is. Israel must be held accountable for its crimes for the crimes to end.

We Just Will Not Accept Apartheid

As Palestinians, we call for support but we are not passive victims. We would not have withstood 73 years of ethnic cleansing, dispossession and Israeli attempts to destroy our presence at all levels, including the systematic suppression of our national identity, our social relations and cultural expressions.

What we are witnessing today follows a month of relentless attempts by Israel to stop Palestinians from doing what they have always done: to celebrate Ramadan in Jerusalem, filling the al Aqsa Mosque and the streets of Jerusalem at night.

Palestinians haven’t budged. They won a number of small victories against Israel’s attempts to exclude them from their city of Jerusalem. They have achieved the removal of ‘security’ barriers at Damascus Gate, which blocked access to the Old City. The displacement of the Palestinian families in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah has been postponed up to this point. When Israel tried to stop Palestinian citizens of Israel from coming to Jerusalem for the end of Ramadan, Palestinians from Jerusalem came out in mass, simultaneously bringing to a complete standstill Israel’s main highway leading to Tel Aviv as they welcomed and accompanied Palestinians on their way to the holy city. In the end, the annual march of Israeli settlers to the al Aqsa Mosque had to be canceled.

The reaction from Gaza to the ongoing Israeli aggression on the al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem may have been predictable. What caught the Israeli establishment by surprise was the explosion of protests in Israel’s so-called ‘mixed’ cities. The real meaning of what Israel calls ‘coexistence’ has been laid bare. These cities are – Israeli society is – a system of apartheid. There is Sun City and there is Sharpeville and Palestinians just won’t have it.

Today Palestinians are demanding their rights on the streets everywhere.

The walls of Israeli apartheid are crumbling.

Guarding the Cracks in Their Apartheid Walls

Israel has called its current military onslaught “Operation Guardian of the Walls”. It is a name of chilling honesty. Israel will do everything it can to subdue Palestinians, to at least momentarily close the cracks in their walls of oppression.

Israel thought it had Gazans besieged behind walls, confined in an unlivable environment and crushed under the trauma of repeated massacres in 2006, 2009 and 2014 to keep them suffering in silence. They believed Palestinians in the West Bank were trapped within the confines of its apartheid Wall that encircles their villages and towns.

Maybe even worse, Israel imagined the West Bank compliant with a Palestinian Authority that currently uses its security forces as substitutes for the Israeli Border Police, which have been deployed beyond in the Green Line, in order to protect illegal Israeli military checkpoints, its equally illegal Wall and other places of protest. Palestinians in Jerusalem were supposedly leaderless and busy with their basic survival.

Palestinian citizens of Israel, so they thought, had grown used to living as third-class citizens under apartheid and happy just to cast a vote once in a while for a political system in which they will never actually have a say.

Palestinian refugees should have simply stayed forgotten amidst the flurry of normalization deals with Arab dictatorships.

Israel developed an elaborate system to fragment the Palestinian people in differentiated, oppressive regimes.

A perfect fortress to defend Israeli apartheid.

All of a sudden, the walls of this fortress are showing cracks. Some walls have simply crumbled as protests have rocked cities from Nazareth in the north to Rahat in the Naqab.

Today we are all united once again. Today we reaffirm together that we won’t leave and that we will struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

No one knows what will happen next. Yet one thing is sure: No Operation, however brutal, will fix these cracks in the Wall.

– Jamal Juma is the general coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign. He contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

Ramzy Baroud in TRT: Who Can Hold Israel Accountable? (VIDEO)

Palestine Chronicle editor Ramzy Baroud discusses Israel’s accountability for its crimes against Palestinians. (Photo: Video Grab)

Palestine Chronicle editor Ramzy Baroud discusses Israel’s accountability for its crimes against Palestinians.

(TRT)

Many Palestinian Civilians Killed as Israel Renews Air Raids on Gaza (LIVE BLOG)

May 11, 2021

Israeli warplanes attacked several locations in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle

32 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza following Israeli security forces’ crackdowns on Jerusalem worshippers and unarmed protesters. Follow our regularly updated Live Blog below for more information. 

Wednesday, May 12, 05:16 (GMT+3)

Israel dispatches 80 more war planes to take part in the bombing of Gaza.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers sent to areas adjacent to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel resumes bombing of Palestinian homes and other targets in Gaza.

Number of Palestinian causalities in Gaza rises to 35; hundreds more wounded.

Number of Israeli casualties rises to 5.

Wednesday, May 12, 03:45 (GMT+3)

The latest by our editor Ramzy Baroud, published in Middle East Monitor.

Wednesday, May 12, 01:41 (GMT+3)

Wednesday, May 12, 01:32 (GMT+3)

REUTERS: “A 13-story residential block in Gaza collapsed after one of several dozen Israeli air strikes.”

Wednesday, May 12, 01:24 (GMT+3)

Wednesday, May 12, 01:08 (GMT+3)

BREAKING: Israeli army says it has carried out over 500 strikes against ‘Palestinian targets’ in the Gaza Strip.

Wednesday, May 12, 00:48 (GMT+3)BREAKING | Israeli war planes resume Gaza bombardment; number of deaths rises to 32 Palestinians and wounded to 220. BREAKING | Israel destroys the Hanadi residential tower in Gaza city which is made of 13 stories and many flats. Causalities are yet to be reported. BREAKING | Two Israelis reportedly killed in Tel Aviv as a result of rockets coming from Gaza. BREAKING | Israeli government plans to send 16 army units to the Arab city of Lod inside Israel to suppress mass protests. More than one hundred Palestinians inside Israel were arrested in the last 24 hours. Earlier, a Palestinian protester – Musa Hassouna – was killed by Israeli police. (Source: Aljazeera Arabic)

Palestinians bury woman, her son in Gaza’s Shati Refugee Camp. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

Wednesday, May 12, 00:08 (GMT+3)

US Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders’ Facebook statement on the Israeli escalation in Palestine:

“I am extremely concerned by the growing conflict in Israel and Palestine. Once again we are seeing how the irresponsible actions of government-allied right-wing extremists in Jerusalem can escalate quickly into devastating war. Israeli children should not have to spend the night scared in bomb shelters, as many are doing tonight. Palestinian children should not have to grow up under the constant violence and oppression of occupation, as so many do, and have done. The United States must call for an immediate cease-fire and an end to provocative and illegal settlement activity. And we must also recommit to working with Israelis and Palestinians to finally end this conflict.”

Wednesday, May 12, 00:03 (GMT+3)

Egyptian international footballer Mohammed Salah tweets in solidarity with Palestine.

Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 pm (GMT+3)

Al Jazeera: Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv has been reopened.

Tuesday, May 11, 10:30 pm (GMT+3)

Media Reports: Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv has been shut down and all flights to Israel have been diverted to Greece and Cyprus.

Tuesday, May 11, 9:30 pm (GMT+3)

The US State Department released a statement on the situation in Palestine, Israel. Here are a few excerpts as communicated by spokesman Ned Price:  

“We are deeply concerned about the escalation between Israel and those launching rockets from Gaza and we call for restraint and for calm.

“Israel has a right to defend itself and to respond to rocket attacks. The Palestinian people also have the right to safety and security, just as Israelis do,” said Price.

“We are deeply concerned about the reported loss of life in Gaza, in Israel, including the deaths of children as well as many innocent civilians injured.” 

Tuesday, May 11, 9:00 pm (GMT+3)+++BREAKING+++Gaza resistance groups say they targeted Tel Aviv with 130 rockets starting at 9 PM Palestine time (GMT+3), in response to Israeli strikes targeting Palestinian residential areas. (Source: Al Jazeera)

Tuesday, May 11, 5:00 pm (GMT+3)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will intensify its Gaza strikes.

“At the conclusion of a situational assessment, it was decided that both the might of the attacks and the frequency of the attacks will be increased,” he said in a video statement.

Tuesday, May 11, 4:20 pm (GMT+3)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received a letter from US President Joe Biden regarding the latest political developments, current situations, and bilateral relations between the United States and the State of Palestine.

Tuesday, May 11, 4 pm (GMT+3)

Former leader of the UK Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, strongly condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza and al-Aqsa.

“Deliberately provocative attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque and the ongoing home invasions #SheikhJarrah have led to horrendous violence in Jerusalem,” he said in a Twitter post.

“As the occupying power, the Israeli government has it in its gift to rectify the current situation and not exacerbate it,” Corbyn added.

Tuesday, May 11, 12:30 am (GMT+3)

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz called in troop reinforcements near the fence separating besieged Gaza Strip from Israel.

Tuesday, May 11, 11:30 am (GMT+3)

At least two people were killed in an Israeli airstrike that struck a residential building in Gaza, bringing the total number of deaths to 26.

Tuesday, May 11, 9 am (GMT+3)

Gaza Health Ministry said that three people were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight, including an elderly woman and a man with special needs, so taking the total number to 24.

At least 103 people were wounded, according to the Ministry.

Monday, May 10, 9:50 pm (GMT+3)

The number of people killed in an Israeli airstrike today on the northern Gaza Strip was put at 20, including nine children, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

An Israeli drone fired missiles at a group of people east of Beit Hanoun, killing 20, among them nine children, and injuring 65 others, three of them critical.

Monday, May 10, 8:30 pm (GMT+3)

The US Administration has “serious concerns about the situation” in Jerusalem, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Monday, May 10, 7:00 pm (GMT+3)

Israeli forces have carried out several airstrikes in Northern Gaza.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said that at least nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes. Three of those killed are children.

(WAFA, PC, Agencies, Social Media)

Hearing on Eviction of Palestinians from Al-Quds Neighborhood Postponed

May, 10, 2021

Hearing on Eviction of Palestinians from Al-Quds Neighborhood Postponed

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Israeli court decided to postpone by 30 days a hearing on a decision by the Tel Aviv regime to evict Palestinians from their homes in a Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood to make way for the construction of a new illegal settlement.

It came following days of strong protests by Palestinian people both in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip against the decision.

Israel’s justice ministry said in a statement on Sunday it would delay a key Monday hearing in the case that could see Palestinian families evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds to make way for Israeli settlers.

“In all the circumstances and in light of the attorney general’s request, the regular hearing for tomorrow, May 10, 2021 (is) cancelled,” it said, adding that it would schedule a new hearing within 30 days.

The latest development comes as many Palestinians were wounded in clashes in Sheikh Jarrah, after Israeli forces and settlers tried to force the Palestinians to abandon their residences in the area.

The regime had earlier issued them warnings that they had to evacuate their homes.

Israeli forces have been demolishing Palestinian homes and structures in the neighborhood for the construction of a new settlement outpost in the area under an Israeli court ruling.

Based on an Israeli court ruling, some 28 Palestinian families face the threat of forceful eviction from the neighborhood.

On Thursday, the Israeli supreme court postponed its ruling on the eviction of the Palestinian families until May 10, when another hearing would be held.

Several protest rallies have already been held across the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds this week to condemn the court ruling.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has already warned Israel against harming the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah, urging Palestinians to intensify their presence in the streets of the neighborhood to prevent the implementation of “Zionist schemes.”

The military wing of Hamas has also said Israel would “pay a heavy price” if it did not stop aggression against the Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

Meanwhile, the lawyer of Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah has accused the Israeli settlers of fraud, after the district court in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds ruled in favor of the settlers who laid claim to land in the neighborhood earlier this year.

“The registration of the lands in the name of the settlement association took place through fraud and deception, in collusion with the commissioner of public properties and the registrar of Israeli lands,” Hosni Abu Hussein told AFP.

The dispute in Sheikh Jarrah has also added fuel to tensions around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and elsewhere in the holy occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds, where the Israeli regime is carrying out brutal attacks against the Palestinians. 

Since the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the Israeli forces and illegal settlers have been roaming the city, chanting anti-Palestinian slogans and trying to prevent Palestinians from gathering and performing their religious duties.

Early in the month, the Israeli regime also shut down Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) of the al-Quds’ Old City, further enraging Palestinians.

The provocations took a dangerous turn after the forces attacked Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later had to withdraw from Gaza but has been occupying the other territories since.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

Palestinians view the eastern sector of the occupied city as the capital of their future state.

The rapid Zionist colonisation of Palestine

By: Dr. Ghulam Habib How did Palestine turn into a war-torn land after Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews were living in harmony and peace among themselves? This visual documentary presents historical perspective to shed light on how the first Zionist colony was built in Palestine in 1878 to where we are today with continued illegal occupation, massacres, destruction, and expansion in oppressed Palestine.

Music in this video: ‘The Feeling Begins’ by Peter Gabriel Licensed to YouTube by: itspetergabriel, WMG (on behalf of Real World Records); LatinAutor – SonyATV, SOLAR Music Rights Management, LatinAutorPerf, CMRRA, BMI – Broadcast Music Inc., EMI Music Publishing, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, and 8 Music Rights Societies. Original post here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcKUx…

في يوم القدس.. عاصمة فلسطين قضية على امتداد محور المقاومة

الميادين نت المصدر: الميادين 7 أيار 2021

في يوم القدس.. عاصمة فلسطين ليست وحدها
في يوم القدس.. عاصمة فلسطين ليست وحدها

رغم تشديد السلطات الإسرائيلية قبضتها على القدس المحتلة وسعيها لفصلها عن الامتداد الفلسطيني في غزة والضفة، تبدو المدينة اليوم أكثر ارتباطاً بقطاع غزة وبمحور المقاومة.

“القدس واحدة موحدة” هي حقيقة تؤكدها مئات آلاف الحناجر ولغات الهتاف المتعددة التي اجتمعت في شوارع وساحات العالم في يومها العالمي، لعل أبرزها صدرت عن أهل اليمن الذين أكدوا بمشاركتهم الكثيفة أن القدس المحتلة تبقى البوصلة التي لا تغير اتجاهها حروب ولا حصار.

أما في القدس المحتلة فكان عشرات الآلاف يتحدون الحصار والحواجز للوصول إلى مسجدها الأقصى لأداء صلاة الجمعة الأخيرة من رمضان، وهاجس المحتل الإسرائيلي منع احتشاد المتضامنين من كل أنحاء فلسطين مع أهالي حي الشيخ جراح.

قالت الشعوب كلمتها بوضوح، كلمة سمعتها دوائر القرار في “تل أبيب” التي تتصاعد خشيتها من نتائج التوتر المتراكم منذ بدء شهر رمضان المبارك مع انتفاضة باب العمود. تصعيد تخشاه “تل أبيب” لدرجة توسيط مصر لطلب التهدئة من فصائل غزة المستعدة صواريخها لنصرة القدس.. فيرد المقدسيون بالهتاف لغزة.

الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله اعتبر أن التطوّر الأبرز بدخول غزة بصواريخها على خط المواجهة، وأكد على ثبات محور المقاومة مقابل تصدع المحاور المقابلة.

أما المرشد الإيراني السيد علي خامنئي فأكد أن “تكامل المسلمين حول محور القدس هو كابوس للكيان الصهيوني“، مضيفاً أن “موازين القوى تغيرت بقوة لصالح الفلسطينيين”.

وفي هذا السياق، قال رئيس تحرير جريدة “رأي اليوم” الالكترونية غبد الباري عطوان للميادين إن “إحياء يوم القدس أصبح مكرساً على الخريطة العالمية”، فيما العدو الإسرائيلي “في طريقه إلى الانهيار”. 

وتابع عطوان: “الدول المطبعة أصبحت مهمشة جداً ولا تملك أي دور”، أما التغييرات الجوهرية في المنطقة “فحدثت بفعل صمود سوريا ومحور المقاومة والصواريخ الدقيقة”.

بدوره، أشار أستاذ علم الاجتماع والدراسات الدولية سيف دعنا في حديث للميادين إلى وجود “تغيير للمشهد في المنطقة، والمحور المناصر لفلسطين يسجل انتصارات”، فيما بدأ يظهر “تراجع الوجود الأميركي في المنطقة والعالم، وهذا يؤثر على مكانة إسرائيل”.

وأضاف دعنا: “الدول المطبعة لم تكن يوماً في محور فلسطين وإعلانها التطبيع لا يغير في الموازين”، أما “تل أبيب” فتبدو “قلقة جداً من صواريخ اليمن وانضمام صنعاء إلى محور المقاومة”.

وأكد دعنا أن المشهد الإقليمي “يتغير ليس بسبب الرغبات إنما بفضل تغيير موازين القوى على الأرض”، والتي تميل اليوم لصالح محور المقاومة. 

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Land Day 2021: Existence, Resistance, Resurgence

March 30, 2021

A child raising a Palestinian flag on Land Day. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

“In 2019 I went to Palestine twice,” wrote Ibtisam Barakat, “one time with Palestine Festival of literature in April.” When an officer informed her at the border that she didn’t exist in Israeli records, Barakat started to cry. She “cried for two weeks nonstop. Nothing and no one could stop [her], not even a delicious falafel sandwich.” All that time, recalled the Palestinian-American poet, she “ate falafel and cried.”

On Land Day 2021, Barakat’s words are more relevant than ever. Forty-five years ago, on March 30, 1976, Israeli police murdered six Palestinian protestors as they were calling attention to the Israeli government’s expropriation of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land. Since then, notes Yara Hawari, March 30 has been commemorated as Land Day.

An important “event in the Palestinian collective narrative,” explains Hawari, it incorporates resistance to colonization, in particular “colonial policies of erasure,” efforts by Israelis to erase all Indigenous presence on the land. Indeed, since 1948, Palestinians have defied those policies with characteristic sumud (resilience), both by holding fast to a collective narrative that incorporates individual perspectives.

When Barakat returned to Palestine, an officer asked why she was coming back a second time in one year. At the time, she had no idea how to reply. “Now,” she explains, she knows “the world was going to change and the universe knew that I needed to see Palestine twice in a year” before it became impossible. “Seeing my Palestine or not seeing my Palestine is a spiritual experience for me,” she says, thereby calling attention to her individual refusal to be erased that is in turn part of a collective experience.

On March 30, 2018, Palestinians in Gaza began a series of weekly demonstrations that would last for months, resulting in a staggering number of deaths and injuries from Israeli snipers that drew the attention of the media. What did not get covered so much were the cultural aspects of the rallies—storytelling, cooking traditional dishes, performing dabke, and even weddings took place—thereby passing down traditions to a younger generation.

“What is largely missing from the discussion on Gaza is the collective psychology behind this kind of mobilization,” writes Ramzy Baroud, “and why it is essential for hundreds of thousands of besieged people to rediscover their power and understand their true position, not as hapless victims, but as agents of change in their society.”

In the same way that Barkat worked through her grief at being told of her non-existence, so Palestinians on a collective scale have maintained a narrative that resists the official story. As Baroud explains,

“For 70 years, Palestinians have embarked on that journey of recreation of the self. They have resisted, and their resistance in all of its forms has molded a sense of collective unity, despite the numerous divisions that were erected among the people. The Great March of Return is the latest manifestation of the ongoing Palestinian resistance.”

Two years later, in 2020, the spread of Coronavirus added to ongoing problems. In order to provide a safe space to commemorate the day, Samidoun: Palestinian Solidarity Network issued a virtual call to action:

“Mark Palestine Land Day (Yawm Al-Ard), a day of remembrance for six Palestinian citizens who were murdered by Israelis while protesting the Israeli government’s expropriation of thousands of dunums of their land. March together online on the second anniversary of the Great March of Return.”

Thanks to donations from Russia and the UAE, Gaza recently initiated a vaccine program in an effort to confront the virus pandemic and break the cycle of deaths.

According to Hawari, Land Day commemorates ongoing resistance, but it also “reminds us how the domination of space is an integral aspect of the Zionist settler-colonial project.” Moreover, she points out, “settler-colonial states the world over are in a constant process of colonizing more and more indigenous land while squeezing indigenous peoples into as little space as possible.”

In order to steal more land, colonists in both Israel and North America developed the myth of the vacant land. For example, on March 8, 1969, Golda Meir reportedly asked: “How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to.”

Propaganda around the Indigenous in North America sounds much the same. As Steven Salaita tweeted: “you’ll never understand Zionism without a concomitant understanding of Manifest Destiny,” a phrase devised in 1845 to explain that the United States was destined—by God, its advocates believed—to expand its territory across the entire North American continent.

“Of all myths associated with American Indians,” explains Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes), “no myth is as pervasive as the myth of the vanishing Indian.”

In my American history classes, there would invariably be the student who said that Native people no longer exist, despite the fact that just by looking around the classroom that student might have reached a different conclusion. Nevertheless, because dominant society has been “indoctrinated with the idea of the vanishing Native their whole lives,” Gilio-Whitaker asserts, “the assumption that there is no such thing as real Natives anymore is like a software program constantly running in the background.”

To these deniers, the “real Indians were the ones who dressed in buckskins and hunted buffalo and deer for their living, and didn’t speak English,” Gilio-Whitaker notes, and, in reality, they have “been gone a long time.”

Despite all of the efforts to deny their existence, which makes it all the easier to steal land and resources, both Palestinians and Indigenous people in the States are still around. The commemoration of Land Day attests to that, as do efforts on the part of Native Americans to make their presence known.

Quoting Gerald Vizenor, a citizen of the White Earth Nation, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz calls attention to his notion of “survivance”:

“Survivance is an active presence: it is not absence, deracination, or ethnographic oblivion, and survivance is the continuance of narratives, not a mere reaction, however pertinent. Survivance stories are renunciations of dominance, the unbearable sentiments of tragedy, and the legacy of victimry” (An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, 2014, p. 217).

Decades after their displacement, the Palestinians long for a place, a homeland that could provide them with grounding to affirm that they exist. In the introduction to Nakba: Palestine, 1948 and The Claims of Memory (2007), Ahmad Sa’di and Lila Abu-Lughod write that “making memories public affirms identity, tames trauma, and asserts Palestinian political and moral claims to justice, redress, and the right to return” (p.2).

Memory, then, “continuance of narratives” as Vizenor calls it, serves as an expression of the need to officially exist. Manifested in events like Land Day, alternative histories affirm what happened in the past but also what should be done in the present to assure that all formerly oppressed peoples have a future.

– Benay Blend earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her scholarly works include Douglas Vakoch and Sam Mickey, Eds. (2017), “’Neither Homeland Nor Exile are Words’: ‘Situated Knowledge’ in the Works of Palestinian and Native American Writers”. She contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

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Palestine’s Land Day is commemorated on March 30 every year marking the day on which in response to the ‘Israeli’ occupations government’s announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of dunams of Palestinian land in 1976.

A general strike and marches were organized in Arab towns from the Galilee to the al-Naqab. In the ensuing confrontations with the Zionist army and police, six unarmed Arab citizens were martyred, about one hundred were wounded, and hundreds of others detained.

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US Occupation Agenda: QSD Kidnap Dozens of al-Houl Refugee Camp Residents, Seizes Houses in Vicinity of US Helicopters’ Helipad in Hasaka,

QSD Militia Kidnap Dozens of al-Houl Refugee Camp Residents

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29 March، 2021
Hasaka, SANA

The US occupation-backed QSD militia has continued to impose a siege on al-Houl refugee camp, which is controlled by the militia backed by the occupation forces in Hasaka eastern countryside since last Friday, in coincidence with launching widespread raid campaigns against the residents’ tents in the camp and kidnapping dozens of them.

Local sources told SANA reporter in Hasaka that after imposing a siege on al-Houl camp in the eastern countryside of refugees which is inhabited by more than 70,000 people for the fourth straight day, dozens of QSD militants on Monday carried out massive raid campaigns inside the camp and kidnapped dozens of its residents among them women, under different pretexts, and took them to an unknown destination.

The sources added that two days ago, QSD militia cut off all roads between Hasaka city and al-Houl refugee camp, whose residents live in tragic conditions that threaten a humanitarian catastrophe in light of the severe shortage of survival requirements such as water, medicine, food, security…etc., in addition to preventing the residents from moving inside the camp.

On Sunday, dozens of QSD militants began deploying to the vicinity of al-Houl refugee camp and they set up 15 armed checkpoints around it, in preparation for storming it with the help of the US occupation forces and carrying out large-scale kidnapping operations in the camp.

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US Occupation Agenda: QSD Seizes Houses in Vicinity of US Helicopters’ Helipad in Hasaka

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28 March، 2021
Hasaka, SANA

The US occupation-backed QSD militia has displaced the owners of houses in the vicinity of the occupation helicopters’ helipad in Ghwairan neighborhood by force of arms, and issued eviction warnings to the owners of other houses.

Although the homeowners have documents and property deeds, they found themselves homeless without housing amid the silence of all humanitarian organizations about the crimes committed against the locals in Hasaka.

The QSD militia, which seeks to empty the civilian areas surrounding the whereabouts of the American occupation forces, had previously emptied three storey buildings in the al-Jabsah dwellings between Ghwairan and al-Zouhor neighborhoods to the south of the occupation helicopters’ helipad and expelled their people from them by force of arms.

Mahmoud, a young man from the locals of al-Zouhor neighborhood, told SANA reporter that the militia has started to tighten the noose on the locals in the area extending from the areas where the US occupation forces are deployed till al-Zouhor neighborhood as its militants have closed the road leading to the neighborhood with berms, and the locals are currently forces to travel for long distances to reach the city center.

The militia has also notified a number of the owners of nearby houses to evacuate them.

Mahmoud added QSD militia has turned the residential buildings which it has completely occupied into military sites to fortify and reinforce the positions of the US occupation forces.

Citizen Khudir whose house was seized by force, says “These actions are against the law and all international norms which the QSD militia doesn’t recognize as it seeks to implement US occupation schemes to completely empty the area of its original inhabitants.”

The locals in the region believe that the practices and violations of the QSD militia are not much different from the attacks of the Turkish occupation mercenaries in Ras al-Ayn in the northwestern countryside of the province, as it practices a policy of displacement and forcing the people to leave their property and it displaces them and seize their properties to use them for military purposes.

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Save Sheikh Jarrah: The online campaign giving hope to Palestinian refugees in East Jerusalem

Residents of Karm al-Jaouni live under the threat of forcible eviction that would see them replaced by Israeli settlers

Nabil al-Kurd, a long-time resident of Karm al-Jaouni, stands next to a wall graffitied with “We will not leave” in Arabic (MEE/Aseel Jundi)

By Aseel Jundi in Sheikh Jarrah

Published date: 22 March 2021 16:06 UTC 

At first glance, everything looked seemingly normal in Karm al-Jaouni in the Sheikh Jarrah district, but the clamour of gathering news outlets and legal institutions last week told another story of a neighbourhood in turmoil.

The Sheikh Jarrah district is inhabited by refugees who were expelled from their towns and villages by Zionist militia during the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948. But due to Israel’s push to populate the area with Israeli settlers, Palestinian residents are now, once again, facing the spectre of expulsion.

In an effort to garner international support, activists launched an online campaign, #SaveSheikhJarrah, in Karm al-Jaouni on Monday to help save the residents, who have lived in the neighbourhood for decades, from forcible removable, which many of their neighbours have already endured. 

Nabil al-Kurd, a 70-year-old Jerusalemite and resident of Karm al-Jaouni, sees the campaign as a glimmer of hope that could help him retain his current home, and avoid reliving the experience of having been forced out of his family house in Haifa in 1948.

Karm al-Jaouni
Israel’s judicial system has repeatedly shown bias toward Israeli settlers (MEE/Aseel Jundi)

“We want to relay our voices to Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations and international law organisations because all these parties are involved in our issue, which has certainly reached the level of war crime,” he said.

In 1956, the Jordanian government, together with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, reached an agreement to settle these families in Jerusalem in return for their UNRWA documents.

Some 28 families were selected and provided with housing units, built by the Jordanian government, for three years, after which the ownership of the property will be automatically theirs. The lease contracts expired in 1959 and the residents became the owners of the property.

‘Their dogs attack us, their trash floods the entrance, they have killed the trees and turned the house into ruins’

– Nabil al-Kurd, resident

However, after the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, with the eastern part of the city coming under Israeli control, the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah district were taken by surprise when two Jewish committees registered their ownership of the 18-dunums of land at the Land Department in 1972.

Thereafter, dozens of judicial cases were raised in Israeli courts, as the 28 nuclear Palestinian families expanded and the number of residents facing eviction in favour of settlers rose to around 600 Palestinians.

In 2019, lawyer Sami Ershied told MEE that Sheikh Jarrah eviction cases are discriminatory because the legal procedures do not take into account that East Jerusalem is an occupied territory.

Under international law, an occupying state cannot forcibly transfer residents of occupied territories because it has an obligation to preserve the demographic composition of the inhabitants.

Another point of contention has been claims made by religious Israelis that a sacred shrine belonging to Shimeon al-Siddiq (founder of the Israelite Tribe of Simeon) is located in the heart of the Karm al-Jaouni district.

Palestinian residents refute this claim, asserting that the shrine is Islamic, and known as the saint Saad al-Din Hijazi, who was buried there 400 years ago, and that “Ottoman maps” prove their narrative.

Relentless harassment

Al-Kurd’s experience with the Israeli occupation is a flagrant example of Palestinians suffering at the hands of settlers.

In 2001, he built a house adjacent to the one he already had, only for Israeli occupation authorities to confiscate the keys to the new house, just four days before he was planning to move in. In 2009, settlers came and occupied the house, turning Kurd’s life into hell. 

At the time, al-Kurd erected a tent at the entrance of the house where Palestinian, European and Jewish activists came to demonstrate their support. Settlers harassed the activists by spraying them with spoiled milk, hitting them with rotten fruits, vegetables, and waste and setting rodents on them while they slept.A decade in, Palestinian family fights on against East Jerusalem eviction

Five years later, the settlers set fire to the tent and burned it down, but the harassment of the family did not stop, even after the sit-in ended.

“Settlers would take their clothes off and stand at the windows overlooking our home. I had to hang a fabric barrier to protect my wife and daughters,” Nabil said. 

“Their dogs attack us, their trash floods the entrance, they have killed the trees and turned the house into ruins.”

Since his retirement several years ago, this elderly Jerusalemite has divided his time between keeping an eye on settlers, lest they suddenly attack his family, and countering the Israeli judicial system.

The Israeli district court has recently issued a verdict giving al-Kurd a grace period to vacate his house before May.

Al-Kurd said that although the settlers lack any proof of ownership of the land, they are adamant to evacuate its residents in accordance with the Judaisation policies in occupied East Jerusalem.

Residents of the neighbourhood, he said, have had no means of defending themselves except resorting to the law, but that avenue has been marred with challenges as the judicial system has repeatedly shown bias toward the settlers.

‘I did not surrender’

The online campaign, which has been trending in both Jordan and Palestine, has given hope to Fawziah al-Kurd, who was forcibly removed from Karm al-Jaouni in 2008, that an international campaign would stop Israel from expelling these refugees for a second time, and allow her to return to her neighbourhood.

Fawziah, who is better known as Um Kamel al-Kurd, said that although it has been 13 years since she was forced to leave, she still visits the place three times a week. 

Fawziah al-Kurd
A 2008 photo shows the tent that Fawziah al-Kurd lived in for a year after she was expelled from her home in Sheikh Jarrah (provided)

She said she passes by her house, which is currently occupied by settlers, as a show of resilience and to reiterate her refusal to abandon it. 

“I lived in the house for 40 years, the last five of which were the hardest because Israelis took half of my house by force before practically throwing me out on the street along with my ailing husband,” Fawziah told MEE. 

“Despite all of this, I did not surrender and I lived in a tent adjacent to my house for a whole year.”

Save Sheikh Jarrah

One of the coordinators of #SaveSheikhJarrah, Karmel al-Qasim, who lives in the area, said that his family was given until early May to vacate their house in which they have been living since 1956.

‘Our one and only demand is to let us live peacefully in our homes just like any normal family anywhere in the world’

– Karmel al-Qasim, resident

He pointed out that the goal behind the campaign is to convey the voice and the suffering of Karm al-Jaouni residents to the whole world and generate international political pressure to stop the displacement and dispersion of its inhabitants, once again.

“Our one and only demand is to let us live peacefully in our homes just like any normal family anywhere in the world, without the threat of eviction and displacement,” Qasim said. 

“Through the #SaveSheikhJarrah campaign, we call upon UNRWA and Jordan to assume their legal and moral responsibilities toward us because we have been living here in compliance with an agreement that both parties reached in the 1950s.” 

Karmel said he will not abandon his right to resist the policy of eviction and will continue to follow in the footsteps of his late mother Amal al-Qasim, a refugee who was expelled from Jaffa in 1948. 

He, along with his brothers and sisters, intend to stand fast in their neighbourhood, which is strategically located near the Old City of Jerusalem.

Aref Hammad, a member of Sheikh Jarrah Refugees Housing Units Committee, told MEE that the Skafi, Qasim, al-Kurd, al-Jaouni, Hammad, al-Daoudi and al-Dijani families are in the process of filing an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, in a last push in the legal recourse against the eviction verdicts recently issued by the district court. 

Hammad said that 169 residents of the neighbourhood have received orders to vacate their homes, including 46 children from 12 different families. 

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The Israeli occupation continues to implement its Judaization plan in occupied Al-Quds

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The Israeli occupation authorities continue to implement their plan to Judaize the occupied city of Al-Quds through expanding settlement building operations that threaten thousands of Palestinians with forcible displacement in a new ethnic cleansing crime committed amid the complete silence of the international community.

The Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) National Bureau for Defending the Lands and Resisting settlements said in its weekly report issued on Saturday that thousands of Palestinians in Al-Quds are facing the risk of displacement due to the settlement occupation plans in the city, especially in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where the occupation authorities have notified 2200 Palestinians to evacuate their houses with the aim of handing them over to settlers, and in Al-Bustan neighborhood in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, where the occupation delivered notifications about demolishing 100 houses inhabited by about 1500 Palestinians with the aim of evacuating Al-Quds from the Palestinian presence and Judaizing it.

The report indicated that the occupation authorities announced a plan to change the features of the historic markets in the old city of Al-Quds as part of implementing their plans to change the city’s demographic character and its Arab Palestinian identity. The report pointed out that the occupation is also escalating demolition operations against Palestinian houses and facilities in Shuafat Camp and the towns of Al-Issawiya and Kafr Aqab in occupied Al-Quds to seize the locals’ lands and expand settlement activities.

 According to the report, the occupation continued throughout the past week to displace the Palestinians from the northern Jordan Valley in the West Bank. It announced a plan to demolish houses in the water and antiquities-rich village of Khirbet al-Mateh, threatening 700 Palestinians with displacement, indicating that this plan is paving the way for the seizure of 45 thousand dunums of the Jordan Valley lands.

The report went on to say that the occupation authorities seized more than 75 dunums of Palestinian lands in several villages and towns in the cities of Bethlehem, Al-Khalil and Salfit and bulldozed 100 dunums in a village east of Qalqilya, and in wide areas of land in Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem with the aim of expanding a number of settlements.

The report added that the occupation demolished a house and three agricultural facilities in Silwan city, four houses in Issawiya in occupied Al-Quds, five agricultural facilities in Beit Ta’amer area in Bethlehem and several houses and facilities in the villages of Kharabsheh in Ariha city and Beit Furik in Nablus.

The report indicated that the Israeli settlers continue to attack the cities and towns of the West Bank under the protection of the occupation forces. They stormed the village of Beit Iksa northwest of occupied Al-Quds where they attacked Palestinian houses and properties. They also stormed the archaeological area of Burj Al-Bardawil, west of Silwad town in Ramallah and razed Palestinian lands in the vicinity of the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil.

The settlers seized wide areas of Palestinian lands in the village of Wadi Al-Nis in Bethlehem to establish a settlement outpost and uprooted dozens of olive and fruit trees from the Palestinians lands in the towns of Qaryut, Burin, and Jalud in Nablus and attacked Palestinian farmers in the town of Masafer Yatta in Al-Khalil.

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Israeli Violence in Arab Cities Reaches Intolerable Levels

By Lucas Leiroz de Almeida

Global Research, March 12, 2021

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Much is said in the international media about the Palestinian issue, but the internal ethnic crisis in Israel is ignored. Levels of violence against Arabs in Israeli territory have increased exponentially and this has led to the revolt of several social leaders in these Arab communities. The Israeli authorities justify their violence on the basis of a “policy to combat organized crime”, but, in fact, this rhetoric has been used simply to cover up the killings of Arab youth and children.

On March 10, in a shootout in the Arab-Israeli city of Jaljulia, Muhamad Abdelrazek Ades, a 14-year-old teenager was murdered and his friend, Mustafa Osama Hamed, a 12-year-old child, was injured and is hospitalized in serious condition. Local residents accuse the police of having acted negligently and shot indiscriminately at the population. A member of the Muhammad’s family said the boys left the house at the time of the shooting and were hit by about 20 shots at close range. The case would be tragic if it were unique, but this is a growing phenomenon. Muhammad has been the 23rd fatal victim of Israeli police violence against Arab citizens since the beginning of this year.

More and more young Arabs in Israel are dying in police operations carried out with malpractice and neglect. The head of the Jaljulia city hall, commenting on the case, said that the violence against the Arab community exceeded all possible limits and that the country is at a real civil war. In fact, the situation is one of absolute insecurity for the Arabs. For them there are no laws or guarantees, just endless violence.

The case of Muhammad and Mustafa triggered revolt in the Arab community. Israeli police, on the other hand, respond to criticism only by stating that it was “a mistake” and emphasizing that the families of the youth were involved in organized crime. And, in fact, this has been the practice of the Israeli authorities in cities with an Arab majority: systematically exterminating young people whose families are supposed to be involved in the crime. The high degree of marginalization and exclusion to which the Arabs are subjected on Israeli soil makes organized crime a recurrent practice in some of these communities, especially with regard to economically motivated crimes. However, the Israeli police does not act to combat such crimes using intelligence techniques or investigating the real offenders, but simply systematically exterminating members of these communities, in an act of true ethnic and social cleansing.

Apartheid in Israel

Police violence is also intense when Arabs take to the streets to protest and claim their civil rights. In Umm al Fahem, in northern Israel, protests have been almost daily. In a recent demonstration, the number of 10,000 participants was reported, a record for popular demonstrations in these regions. The reason for such an exponential increase is certainly due to the fact that weeks ago, in protests with a much smaller number of participants, police officers wounded 35 protesters, even though the acts were peaceful. In the same vein, after Muhammad’s death, a general strike was declared in Jaljulia. The unnecessary violence of the police only encourages more and more people to take to the streets and with this an endless cycle of popular dissatisfaction and police brutality emerges.

In institutional politics, the Arab community is agitated as much as possible. Community members in Parliament have publicly condemned the recent attacks. The Arab Deputy Aida Touma Silman made harsh statements against the Israeli police, but also emphasized the importance of fighting organized crime, saying that Arab criminals are also responsible for the killings. Although combating all forms of crime is necessary in any region of the planet, it is important to note the high degree of asymmetry in police violence. There is nothing that can explain how a child is shot 20 times at close range simply because his family is involved with criminal organizations.

In parallel to the unrest, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last week that his government will invest around 45 million dollars to combat violence in the Arab cities. The Arab community leaders did not interpret the government’s attitude as positive, as they rightly believe that this money will be used not to improve social rates in these cities, but to further arm the police and generate more chaos and violence.

In fact, international society remains silent on this, when it should not. Tel Aviv is responsible for the death of every Arab youth. When the policemen who executed the shots against children are spared from any punishment, the state practically takes part in favor of the violence.

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Jewish Settler Tries to Burn Gethsemane Church in Jerusalem (VIDEOS)

December 4, 2020

The Gethsemane Church in Jerusalem. (Photo: File)

A Jewish settler attempted today on burning down the Gethsemane Church in the Mount of Olives area in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local sources.

Witnesses reported that an illegal Jewish settler sneaked into the premises of the church before he was seen pouring some flammable liquid there.

The settler then tried to set some of the seats on fire but was thwarted by local Palestinian citizens who handed him over to a police force that had just arrived at the scene.

“It must be understood that Palestinian Christians are neither aliens nor bystanders in Palestine. They have been victimized equally as their Muslim brethren, and have also played a major role in defining the modern Palestinian identity, through their resistance, spirituality, deep connection to the land, artistic contributions and burgeoning scholarship,” Palestinian journalist and editor of The Palestine Chronicle Ramzy Baroud wrote in a recent article.

“Israel must not be allowed to ostracize the world’s most ancient Christian community from their ancestral land so that it may score a few points in its deeply disturbing drive for racial supremacy,” Baroud added.

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Israel’s ‘Silent Transfer’ of Palestinians Out of Palestine

By Ibrahim Husseini

Global Research, November 09, 2020

Al Jazeera 27 September 2020

As more Arab countries normalise relations with Israel, it presses on with a policy of “silent transfer” – an intricate system that targets Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem with residency revocation, displacement through house demolitions, barriers in obtaining building permits, and high taxes.

Palestinian researcher Manosur Manasra notes Israel launched this policy of transfer against Palestinians in East Jerusalem almost immediately after the 1967 war and the subsequent occupation of the eastern part of the city.

The policy continues to this day with the aim to dominate East Jerusalem.

Land expropriation for Jewish settlements has taken place around East Jerusalem and in the heart of Palestinian neighbourhoods such as the Old City’s Muslim and the Christian Quarters and beyond in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Ras al-Amoud and Abu Tur since as early as 1968.

Following the June 1967 war, Israel applied Israeli law to East Jerusalem and granted Palestinians “permanent resident” status. However, in effect, it is a fragile one. B’tselem, the Israeli human rights information centre in the occupied Palestinian territories describes this status as one “accorded to foreign nationals wishing to reside in Israel”, except that Palestinians are indigenous to the land.

Palestinians of East Jerusalem do not have a right to automatic Israeli citizenship nor are issued Palestinian passports by the Palestinian Authority (PA). They are usually able to obtain temporary Jordanian and Israeli travel documents.

Israeli Bulldozers Continue to Demolish Palestinian Homes in Jerusalem and Occupied West Bank

By allotting a fragile residency status to Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Israel has succeeded to revoke and subsequently uproot more than 14,200 Palestinians from East Jerusalem since 1967. These measures coincide with an aggressive house demolition practice.

Home demolitions in the West Bank did not stop despite the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the United Nations, there was a nearly fourfold increase in the number of people displaced from January-August 2020, and a 55 percent rise of structures targeted with demolitions or confiscations compared with a year earlier.

In East Jerusalem, 24 structures were demolished last month, half of them by their owners following the issuance of demolition orders by the Jerusalem municipality.

The “permanent residency” status is maintained as long as Palestinians keep a physical presence in the city. However, in some cases, the Israeli authorities move to withdraw the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem as a retribution measure because they are political dissidents. Israel’s pursuit of Palestinian activists is extensive and does not exclude any faction.

The most recent case is that of 35-year-old Salah Hammouri, a lawyer and activist. Arye Deri, Israel’s interior minister, says Salah is a member of the Palestine Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Israel outlawed the group and wants him out of the country.

In some cases, Israeli authorities cancel the residency permits of spouses of political activists as a punishment. Shadi Mtoor, a Fatah member from East Jerusalem, is currently fighting a case in the Israeli courts to keep his wife’s residence in East Jerusalem. She is originally from the West Bank.

In 2010, Israel revoked the Jerusalem residency of four senior Hamas members – three of whom were elected to the Palestinian Parliament in 2006 and one who served as a cabinet minister – on the grounds they pose a danger to the state. Three live in Ramallah now and one is under administrative detention. A hearing at the Israeli High Court is scheduled for October 26.

In some cases, Israel does not issue a residency ID for a child whose father is from Jerusalem and mother from the West Bank.

International law explicitly condemns the forcible transfer of civilians.

“Ultimately our decision is to remain in this city,” says Hammouri.

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Escalating the Demographic War: The Strategic Goal of Israeli Racism in Palestine

November 4, 2020

Racist graffiti on the walls of a Palestinian property in the West Bank. (Photo: via Social Media)

By Ramzy Baroud

The discussion on institutional Israeli racism against its own Palestinian Arab population has all but ceased following the final approval of the discriminatory Nation-State Law in July 2018. Indeed, the latest addition to Israel’s Basic Law is a mere start of a new government-espoused agenda that is designed to further marginalize over a fifth of Israel’s population.

On Wednesday, October 28, eighteen members of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) conjured up yet another ploy to target Israeli Arab citizens. They proposed a bill that would revoke Israeli citizenship for any Palestinian Arab prisoner in Israel who, directly or indirectly, receives any financial aid from the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Worthy of mention is that these MKs not only represent right-wing, ultra-right and religious parties, but also the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) ‘centrist’ party. Namely, the proposed bill already has the support of Israel’s parliamentary majority.

But is this really about financial aid for prisoners? Particularly since the PA is nearly bankrupt, and its financial contributions to the families of Palestinian prisoners, even within the Occupied Territories – West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza – is symbolic?

Here is an alternative context. On Thursday, October 29, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, revealed that the Israeli government of right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, plans to expand the jurisdiction of the Jewish town of Harish in northern Israel by 50 percent. The aim is to prevent Palestinians from becoming the majority in that area.

The contingency plan was formulated by Israel’s Housing Ministry as a swift response to an internal document, which projects that, by the year 2050, Palestinian Arabs will constitute 51 percent of that region’s population of 700,000 residents.

These are just two examples of recent actions taken within two days, damning evidence that, indeed, the Nation-State law was the mere preface of a long period of institutional racism, which ultimately aims at winning a one-sided demographic war that was launched by Israel against the Palestinian people many years ago.

Since outright ethnic cleansing – which Israel practiced during and after the wars of 1948 and 1967 – is not an option, at least not for now, Israel is finding other ways to ensure a Jewish majority in Israel itself, in Jerusalem, in Area C within the occupied West Bank and, by extension, everywhere else in Palestine.

Israeli dissident historian, Professor Ilan Pappe, refers to this as ‘incremental genocide’. This slow-paced ethnic cleansing includes the expansion of the illegal Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the proposed annexation of nearly a third of the Occupied Territories.

The besieged Gaza Strip is a different story. Winning a demographic war in a densely populated but small region of two million inhabitants living within 365 sq. km, was never feasible. The so-called ‘redeployment’ out of Gaza by late Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, in 2005 was a strategic decision, which aimed at cutting Israel’s losses in Gaza in favor of expediting the colonization process in the West Bank and the Naqab Desert. Indeed, most of Gaza’s illegal Jewish settlers were eventually relocated to these demographically-contested regions.

But how is Israel to deal with its own Palestinian Arab population, which now constitutes a sizeable demographic minority and an influential, often united, political bloc?

In the Israeli general elections of March 2020, united Arab Palestinian political parties contesting under the umbrella group, The Joint List, achieved their greatest electoral success yet, as they emerged as Israel’s third-largest political party. This success rang alarm bells among Israel’s Jewish ruling elites, leading to the formation of Israel’s current ‘unity government’. Israel’s two major political parties, Likud and Kahol Lavan, made it clear that no Arab parties would be included in any government coalition.

A strong Arab political constituency represents a nightmare scenario for Israel’s government planners, who are obsessed with demographics and the marginalization of Palestinian Arabs in every possible arena. Hence, the very representatives of the Palestinian Arab community in Israel become a target for political repression.

In a report published in September 2019, the rights group, Amnesty International, revealed that “Palestinian members of the Knesset in Israel are increasingly facing discriminatory attacks.”

“Despite being democratically elected like their Jewish Israeli counterparts, Palestinian MKs are the target of deep-rooted discrimination and undue restrictions that hamstring their ability to speak out in defense of the rights of the Palestinian people,” Amnesty stated.

These revelations were communicated by Amnesty just prior to the September 27 elections. The targeting of Palestinian citizens of Israel is reminiscent of similar harassment and targeting of Palestinian officials and parties in the Occupied Territories, especially prior to local or general elections. Namely, Israel views its own Palestinian Arab population through the same prism that it views its militarily occupied Palestinians.

Since its establishment on the ruins of historic Palestine, and until 1979, Israel governed its Palestinian population through the Defense (Emergency) Regulations. The arbitrary legal system imposed numerous restrictions on those Palestinians who were allowed to remain in Israel following the 1948 Nakba, or ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

In practice, however, the emergency rule was lifted in name only. It was merely redefined, and replaced – according to the Israel-based Adalah rights group – by over 65 laws that directly target the Palestinian Arab minority of Israel. The Nation-State Law, which denies Israel’s Arab minority their legal status, therefore, protection under international law, further accentuates Israel’s relentless war on its Arab minority.

Moreover, “the definition of Israel as ‘the Jewish State’ or ‘the State of the Jewish People’ makes inequality a practical, political and ideological reality for Palestinian citizens of Israel,” according to Adalah.

Israeli racism is not random and cannot be simply classified as yet another human rights violation. It is the core of a sophisticated plan that aims at the political marginalization and economic strangulation of Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority within a constitutional, thus ‘legal’, framework.

Without fully appreciating the end goal of this Israeli strategy, Palestinians and their allies will not have the chance to properly combat it, as they certainly should.

– 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

‘Israeli’ Occupation Leaves 41 Children Homeless After Razing Palestinian Village

Israel Demolishes 11 Palestinian Homes in West Bank

November 4, 2020

Palestinian women stand in front of their demolished house, in Jordan Valley. (Photo: via ActiveStills.org)

Israeli military bulldozers yesterday demolished 11 homes in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank over “lack of construction permits”.

Moataz Bisharat, a Palestinian official responsible for monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the Jordan Valley, told Anadolu Agency that an Israeli force had raided “the Hamsa bedouin community in the east of Tubas town, and demolished Palestinian homes there.

Bisharat added that the community was inhabited by “23 Palestinian families living in corrugated iron houses.”

The head of the Ibziq village council in the Jordan Valley region, Abdul Majeed Khdeirat, told the agency that the Israeli army had seized agricultural tractors, solar cells, and water tanks from the village.

Palestinian residents in the Jordan Valley region are continuously subjected to the demolition of their homes, and seizure of their property by the Israeli army. The 1.6 million dunam region currently accommodates around 13,000 Israeli settlers in 38 illegal settlements, and some 65,000 Palestinians scattered across 34 communities.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

After Razing The Village

By Staff, Agencies

Zionist forces in the occupied West Bank have razed a Palestinian village, leaving 73 people – including 41 children – homeless, in the largest forced displacement incident for years, the United Nations warned.

Excavators escorted by military vehicles were filmed approaching Khirbet Humsa and proceeding to flatten or smash up tents, shacks, animal shelters, toilets and solar panels.

“These are some of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank,” said Yvonne Helle, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the ‘Israeli’-occupied Palestinian territory.

Three-quarters of the community lost their shelters during Tuesday’s attack, she said, making it the largest forced displacement incident in more than four years. However, by the number of destroyed structures, 76, the raid was the largest demolition in the past decade, she added.

On Wednesday, families from the village were seen rifling through their wrecked belongings in the wind, with some of the first rain of the year arriving the same day. The UN published a photo of a bed and a cot in the open desert.

The village is one of several Bedouin and sheepherding communities in the Jordan Valley area that is located within Zionist-declared army training “firing zones” where people there often face demolitions for a building without an alleged ‘permission’ from the occupying regime.

“Palestinians can almost never obtain such permits,” said Helle. “Demolitions are a key means of creating an environment designed to coerce Palestinians to leave their homes,” she said, accusing the Zionist entity of “grave breaches” of international law.

Nearly 700 structures have been demolished across the West Bank and occupied al-Quds in 2020 so far, she said, more than any year since 2016, leaving 869 Palestinians homeless.

Balfour Declaration Anniversary: Protests in UK, Palestine (PHOTOS)

November 2, 2020

Activists and representatives of Palestinian political groups and civil society in Gaza commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration with vehement rejection. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

Factories belonging to Israel’s largest arms manufacturer, Elbit System, woke up this morning to groups of protesters demanding their closure. 

Protests led by the direct action campaign group Palestine Action were organized to coincide with the anniversary of the infamous Balfour Declaration of 1917, which the campaign group says had “paved the way for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the violent dispossession of 750,000 Palestinian.”

Activists simultaneously blocked Elbit’s many subsidiaries in the UK forcing three of their weapons factories to shut down. They sprayed red paint on the premises in what looks to be a symbol of Palestinian blood spilled by weapons manufactured by the firm. 

The activists claim that Elbit weapons are marketed as “field-tested” on Palestinian civilians, notably Gazans who are mostly children and refugees.

Palestine Action is “a new grassroots network of anti-racist groups and individuals taking direct action to end UK complicity with Israel’s colonial and Apartheid regime.”

“The ultimate aim is to shut Elbit down and end all UK complicity with Israeli apartheid.”

Balfour Declaration 

The Balfour Declaration refers to a letter by British Secretary of State, Arthur James Balfour, in November 1917, addressed to a leading British Zionist, Baron Lionel Walter that ‘promised’ Palestine as a national home for the Jews.

“Dear Lord Rothschild,

“I have much pleasure in conveying to you. on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

“I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

“Yours,

“Arthur James Balfour.”

The British intention of ensuring the establishment of an exclusively Jewish state in Palestine was becoming clearer with time. The Balfour Declaration was hardly an aberration but had indeed set the stage for the full-scale ethnic cleansing that followed three decades later. 

In his book, ‘Before Their Diaspora,’ Walid Khalidi wrote: 

“The Mandate as a whole was seen by the Palestinians as an Anglo-Zionist condominium and its terms as instrument for the implementation of the Zionist program; it had been imposed on them by force, and they considered it to be both morally and legally invalid. The Palestinians constituted the vast majority of the population and owned the bulk of the land. Inevitably the ensuing struggle centered on this status quo. The British and the Zionists were determined to subvert and revolutionize it, the Palestinians to defend and preserve it.” 

Photo Gallery

Activists and representatives of Palestinian political groups and civil society in Gaza commemorated the 103rd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration with vehement rejection, carrying signs that called for a British apology and the dismissal of the colonial legacy that determined the fate of Palestinians for over a century.

(All Photos: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

(The Palestine Chronicle, MEMO) 

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