Sayyed Nasrallah commemorates martyrdom of Soleimani, Al-Muhandis

January 3, 2022

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaking on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Major General Qassem Soleimani and commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis on January 3, 2022

Speaking on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani and former Popular Mobilization Forces commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the repercussions of the US assassination of the two martyrs are still unfolding until this moment.

Two years after the martyrdom of the two leaders and their comrades, Sayyed Nasrallah asserted that commemorating them was a recognition of the sacrifices they have made.

“Over the last two years, there have been major battles that affirmed that the [axis of resistance] was still following in the footsteps of the two leaders, such as in the battle of Seif Al-Quds,” the secretary-general declared.

He urged the countries and peoples of the region to undertake a firm stance on the killer and the martyr. “Iraq must have a stance on who the killer is and who the martyr is,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

“The United States occupied and tyrannized Iraq and committed massacres there before the assassination of Soleimani.”

The top leader attributed ISIS to Washington, “The United States created ISIS to return its armies to Iraq, and it is to bear the responsibility for all the crimes committed by ISIS.” 

“The United States is a historically unmatched hypocritical assassin,” he declared, highlighting the contrast with martyr Soleimani, who he said, “Stood by the Iraqi people and contributed to the establishment of the resistance and provided it with arms, strength, and momentum.”

In a similar vein, he praised Iran, saying, “The Islamic Republic was the first to stand by the Iraq people in the face of ISIS, which was brought upon by Washington.”

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah saw that the security Iraq is enjoying today was “the blessing of the martyrs. Is it fair to compare the criminal United States and Iran, who supported Iraq?”

“It is disastrous to compare the two martyrs who stood by Iraq and the United States who carried out massacres there,” he continued.

Saudi Arabia sent suicide bombers to Iraq

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, “Saudi Arabia was sending suicide bombers and car bombs to Iraq. It sent its youth to murder the children, women, and men. However, Iran sent its men to die in defense of the children, women, and men.”

He also underscored that the Americans asked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to spread the Wahhabi ideology.

The US is responsible for all Israeli crimes in Palestine and the region

“The United States is responsible for all of Israel’s crimes in Palestine and the region,” Sayyed Nasrallah underlined, calling back “Israel’s” doings in Lebanon, such as wars, air raids, and massacres, and blaming the United States for them. “The United States of America is responsible, so how could we perceive it as a friend?”

He also touched on the US crimes in Syria: “The US government killed the Syrian people and plunged their country into a devastating war.” He also emphasized that Washington “wants to turn Al-Tanf base in Syria into a sanctuary for ISIS to threaten Damascus.”

Regarding the war on Yemen, Sayyed Nasrallah said it was an American war waged by Saudi Arabia. “The Americans manipulated the Gulf states during the siege of Qatar to take money from it,” he added.

Touching on the US crimes in Afghanistan, he said, “The Americans committed crimes during their occupation of the country and their withdrawal from it while saying the killings ‘were a mistake’ as the Pentagon stands idle.”

The US forces are fated to leave this region

The Secretary-General also touched on Iraq’s internal affairs by saying, “Tolerating or turning a blind eye to the presence of US forces in Iraq is killing martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis all over again,” stressing that Washington’s forces are fated to leave this region.

“The blood of martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis is crying out to the minds and the consciences in the Arab and Islamic worlds,” the secretary-general asserted, stressing that the head of the snake in terms of aggression, occupation, and tyranny, is the United States, “And we must take it as an enemy.”

Prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is a hero and resistance symbol

Touching on the topic of the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah praised prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash – who has been hunger-striking for 140 days. He said Abu Hawash was a symbol of resistance alongside the six heroic prisoners who liberated themselves through operation Freedom Tunnel a few months ago.

“There are thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Zionist prisons, and they are suffering to a great extent,” Sayyed Nasrallah underscored.

Commenting on the Israeli occupation building a wall around Gaza, one of “Israel’s” latest provocative moves, the secretary-general said, “A few weeks ago, the construction of the massive wall around Gaza was completed to increase the severity of the blockade imposed on the Strip for the last 15 years,” adding, “while the entire world is standing idle.”

“Today, Palestine is occupied by the Zionists, and the world knows what the Palestinian people are suffering from due to the occupation, the displacement, and the diaspora,” Sayyed Nasrallah asserted.

It was an honor to combat the organizations brought upon by Saudi Arabia

Commenting on the latest crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “We neither violated nor attacked Saudi Arabia. It was an accomplice to the universal war on the region, and we had the honor to combat the organizations brought upon the region by Saudi Arabia.”

He also responded to the latest statements made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which he described Hezbollah as “terrorist,” by saying, “The terrorists are the ones who sent thousands of Saudi takfiris to Syria and Iraq.”

“The terrorists are the ones holding thousands of Lebanese people hostage in the Gulf and making threats against Lebanon on a daily basis,” he declared while noting that no resignation of any Lebanese minister would change the Saudi stance, “For its problem is with those who thwarted its project for the region.”

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah concluded by affirming that Hezbollah was assiduous toward its internal allies, emphasizing the importance of inter-Lebanese dialogue.

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Exclusive: Instructions to respond in case of Abu Hawash’s martyrdom مصادر للميادين: تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش

Jan 1 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Private sources divulged to Al Mayadeen that “Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert and announced general mobilization among its fighters in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.”

Al Mayadeen: Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert.

Private sources told Al Mayadeen that instructions to increase the readiness to respond in the event of the martyrdom of Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash who fell into a coma.

The same sources added that “Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert and announced general mobilization among its fighters in Gaza and the occupied West Bank”, emphasizing that “‘Israel’ bears full responsibility.” 

“Mediators have expressed their dissatisfaction with ‘Israel’s’ intransigence,” sources reported.

Al Mayadeen sources confirmed that “Islamic Jihad leadership exhausted all the legal means of political persuasion available to save the life of Abu Hawash.”

The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission warned today that the health condition of the hunger-striking prisoner is deteriorating rapidly and has reached a very critical and dangerous stage.

مصادر للميادين: تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش

المصدر: الميادين نت

مصادر خاصة للميادين تؤكد أنّ “سرايا القدس رفعت حالة التأهب وأعلنت التعبئة العامة في صفوف مقاتليها في غزة والضفة وأخلت جميع مواقعها، للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير هشام أبو هواش”.

مصادر للميادين: الوسطاء أبلغوا استياءهم من التعنّت الإسرائيلي

قالت مصادر خاصة للميادين، إنّ “تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش الذي دخل في غيبوبة”.

وذكرت المصادر أنّ “سرايا القدس رفعت حالة التأهب وأعلنت التعبئة العامة في صفوف مقاتليها في غزة والضفة، وأنّها أخلت جميع مواقعها وتستعد للساعات المقبلة”، مؤكدةً  أنّ “إسرائيل تتحمل المسؤولية والوسطاء أبلغوا استياءهم من التعنّت الإسرائيلي”.

وأكدت مصادر الميادين، أن “قيادة الجهاد الإسلامي استنفدت كل الوسائل السياسية بهدف حماية وإنقاذ الأسير أبو هواش”.

وفي وقت سابق اليوم، أعلن نادي الأسير الفلسطيني أنّ “الأسير هشام أبو هواش يواجه الموت في مستشفى  “أساف هروفيه” الإسرائيلي بعد تدهور حالته الصحية”، مشيراً إلى أنه “منذ فجر هذا اليوم يتم إيقاظه بصعوبة كبيرة”.

وقال النادي إنّ “الاحتلال يواصل جريمته، مع استمراره في تعنته ورفضه الاستجابة لمطلبه والمتمثل بإنهاء اعتقاله الإداري التعسفيّ. 

بدوره، وجّه الناطق الإعلامي باسم حركة الجهاد الإسلامي، داوود شهاب، نداءً للأحرار للنزول إلى نقاط الاشتباك مع العدو، وذلك “حمايةً لكرامة الفلسطينيين وكرامة الأسير أبو هواش”. 

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (23– 29 December 2021)

30.12. 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

23 – 29 December 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force: 23 Palestinians wounded, including 3 children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
  • 8 IOF shootings reported against agricultural lands, and once against fishing boats in the Gaza sea
  • 10 dunums of land razed in 2 IOF incursions into eastern and northern Gaza Strip
  • In 101 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 60 Palestinians arrested, including 6 children
  • 4 houses and 10 commercial facilities demolished in occupied East Jerusalem; and another 23 tents, used as residence and for cattle, demolished in Tubas
  • IOF established 35 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and arrests against civilians. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip is in its 15th year under closure, as Israel exercise the worst known collective punishment in human history, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

During the reporting period, IOF attacks rendered 23 Palestinians wounded in excessive use of force in the West Bank and arbitrary bombing in the Gaza Strip; also, dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation:

  • 6 wounded, including a child, in IOF attacks on a peaceful protest in Kafr Qaddum;
  • 7, including 2 children, in clashes with IOF in Burqa, Nablus;
  • 1 was wounded in occupied East Jerusalem;
  • 5, including 1 in critical condition, were wounded in Tubas.

In the Gaza Strip, 4 farmers were wounded in IOF artillery shelling in northern Gaza Strip. IOF also opened fire 8 times on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and once on fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 101 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear       civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 60 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and a woman.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two incursions into northern and eastern Gaza and razed 10 dunums (strawberry fields) in Beit Lahia.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 6 incidents:

  • Salfit: a construction vehicle confiscated in Iskaka.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 10 commercial facilities demolished near Hizma entrance; a 3-storey residential building demolished in Isawiya, and 2 houses demolished in Jabel Mukaber and Silwan.
  • Tubas: 9 residential tents demolished, as well as 14 others used for sheep. The tents were the property of 9 families in Khirbet Ibziq in the northern Jordan valleys

Settler-attacks: 

PCHR documented 1 settler-attack against civilian houses in Burqa, Nablus.

Collective punishment policy:

As part of the collective punishment policy adopted by the Israeli forces against the families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli soldiers or/and settlers, IOF delivered a demolition notice to Fadi Mahmoud Abu Shkhidem’s (42) family; Abu- Shkhidem was killed by IOF in November 2021.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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

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

  • At approximately 13:20 on Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah, opened fire at the adjacent agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at Barzya intersection, north of Nablus, prevented Mohammed Saleh Hejah (50), a mechanician from Burqa village and working in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin, from crossing the checkpoint and entering Barqah village. After he insisted to enter the village, IOF attacked him, and he fainted.  He was taken to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm.
  • Following the Friday prayer on 24 December 2021, a peaceful protest took off central ‘Azmout village, northeast of Nablus towards the lands under the threat of confiscation in favor of “Elon Moreh” settlement established on the village lands. The protests raised the Palestinian flags and chanted against IOF and settlers.  When they arrived at the lands, the settlers were there working backed by IOF.  Violent clashes broke out, and IOF fired teargas canisters at the protesters.  Meanwhile, the settlers held ‘Obadah Mohammed ‘Amer (25) and severely beat him in front of the soldiers.  As a result, he sustained bruises and wounds all over his body.  The soldiers then took him away, and he was taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus for treatment.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the southern Qalqilya checkpoint suppressed a protest organized by dozens of civilians. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area, and clashes broke out.  IOF fired sponge-tipped bullets, sound bombs and tears gas canisters at them.  As a result, 6 were wounded, including a child with bullets in the limbs.
  • At approximately 14:00, an IOF infantry force moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, south of Hebron. The soldiers stationed near the UNRWA distribution center, and several young men gathered in the area to throw stones at them.  The soldiers chased the stone-throwers into the southern neighborhood in the camp and randomly fired teargas canisters and bullets at them. As a result, one of the stone-throwers suffocated.  The clashes continued until the afternoon, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Saturday, 25 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired teargas canisters at the bird hunters. No injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 12:40, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the Palestinian agricultural lands. No arrestees were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, several young men gathered at the western Hebron entrance connecting Bypass Road 60, where IOF are establishing a military checkpoint in Farsh al-Hawa area. The young men threw stones at the military vehicles stationed there, and IOF deployed on the road and fired teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the stone-throwers.  As a result, the stone-throwers suffocated and were treated immediately.  The clashes continued until 21:00, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 17:45, IOF moved into Burqa village, northwest of Nablus, to secure the setters who intended to raid the evacuated “Homish” settlement that was established on the village lands. Meanwhile, villagers gathered and threw stones at IOF in the village.  Violent clashes broke out and continued until late at night.  As a result, 7 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded.  One of the children sustained critical injuries after he was wounded with a bullet that entered his back and exited his abdomen, causing laceration in the internal organs.  All those wounded were taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital and Ann-Najah Hospital.  Also, many suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot.
  • At approximately 18:00, outraged young men gathered in Bab al-Zaqwiyah area, where IOF are establishing a military checkpoint at the entrance to closed Shuhadaa’ Street. The young men set fire to tires and threw stones at IOF stationed at the checkpoint.  IOF chased the stone-throwers into Beersheba Street and fired teargas canisters and sound bombs randomly.  As a result, several stone-throwers suffocated while the clashes continued until 20:30, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near “Yonatan” settlement established on the lands of Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They threw stones, fireworks, and Molotov Cocktails at the settlement after a group of settlers attacked 2 children from the neighborhood who were near the settlement entrance.  IOF immediately moved into the neighborhood, attacked the protesters, and chased them into its alleys, amid heavy firing of sound bombs.  IOF raided and searched several houses.  They then arrested Ashraf Kash’am (26), Khalil al-Shobaki (15) and Wajd Abu Hlayel (15).
  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 26 December 2021, an IOF infantry force from the military camp established on the confiscated Palestinian lands and surrounding “Gush Etzion” settlement moved into Safa area, southwest of Beit Ummar village. The soldiers deployed between the houses while a number of young men gathered on the main street and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the soldiers.  The latter randomly fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at the stone-throwers and houses.  As a result, a number of them suffocated.  The clashes continued until 19:00, and IOF later withdrew.  Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.
  • At approximately 17:20, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza strip chases Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles and heavily opened fire near them. As a result, fishermen fled away out of fear, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:45, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of al-Qararah, east of Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Monday, 27 December 2021, IOF arrested Qssam Saber Hammad (27) and his cousin Mohammed Hasan Hammad (24) after raiding and violently searching their houses with police dogs during their incursion into Qalendia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. Hasan Hammad, the father of one of the arrestees, said that IOF raided his house and his brother’s in the camp to arrest his nephew, Qassam, promptly while it took them an hour to arrest his son Mohammed.  Hammad said that IOF raided his house with police dogs and awfully shouted, making the dogs attack his sons Mohammed (24), Usamah (26) and Mos’ab (29).  When they tried to hold off the dogs, IOF fired sound bombs at them.  As a result, his son Mos’ab was hit directly with a sound bomb in his foot and sustained burns and wounds.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 10:15, IOF stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah, opened fire at the nearby agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 28 December 2021, IOF moved into Tubas and stationed at the southern entrance to Tubas near al-Quds Open University. Meanwhile, Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles, and IOF opened fire at them.  Clashes broke out and continued for 2 hours and a half.  As a result, 5 Palestinians were wounded; one sustained critical wounds as he wounded hit with 2 bullets in the chest and right hand.   (PCHR keeps the names of those wounded) IOF arrested Adham ‘Atef Daraghmah (28), ‘Omran Jawad Msalamani (20) and ‘Alaa’ Ziad Msalamani (21) after raiding their houses.
  • At approximately 06:40, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at farmers and bird hunters in the adjacent lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2021, IOF moved into the yard of Teqoa High School for Boys, east of Bethlehem, and fired teargas canisters inside. They attacked the administration staff and teachers by beating and insulting them when the latter attempted to prevent them from raiding the classrooms.  As a result, the School Principal, Majed al-Sha’er, and a teacher namely ‘Eid Subeih sustained wounds and bruises in the face after they were hit with riffles.

The Bethlehem Education Directorate stated that Israeli soldiers tried to raid Teqoa School for Boys while the students were having tests.  The teachers confronted the soldiers and fistfight occurred; during which, the soldiers attacked the teachers with riffles’ butts and fired teargas canisters and sound bombs in the school campus.  As a result, the School Principal, Majed al-Sha’er, and ‘Eid Subeih, a teacher, sustained bruises and wounds in the face while dozens of teachers and students suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

It should be noted that IOF lately escalated their attacks on students at Teqoa school through presenting near the schools and firing teargas canisters and sound bombs at them while students are inside or on their way out.  Also, they arrest and detain students as well as searching them from time to time, disturbing and hindering education.

  • At approximately 13:10, IOF and their vehicles stationed along the border fence with Israeli, northern Gaza Strip, fired 2 artillery shells at Abu ‘Eid farm, which 350 meters away from the fence, northeast of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, 4 workers, including 3 brothers; one of them was child, were wounded when they were working in the farm and plowing the land to plant onions.  Those wounded were identified as Nidal Sha’ban Mohammed al-Hosomi (37), who sustained shrapnel wounds in the neck and left shoulder, his brothers Belal (28), who sustained shrapnel wounds in the right arm and shoulder, and Ahmed (16), who sustained laceration in his left arm.  Moreover, ‘Aziz Rawhi Ramadan al-Sous (22) sustained a shrapnel wound in the nose.  All of them live in Beit Lahia and were taken to Beit Hanoun Governmental Hospital.  Nidal and Belal were referred to the Indonesian Hospital for their minor injuries while Ahmed and ‘Aziz were referred to al-Shifa Hospital as Ahmed’s condition was critical while ‘Aziz’s was minor.  IOF declared that their artillery shelling came after there was a shooting from the Palestinian side that led to the minor injury of an Israeli.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israel opened fire at the agricultural lands in eastern al-Fokahri, Khuza’ah and ‘Abasan villages in eastern Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 23 December 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Isma’el Abu Sneina (12), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Wael Mahmoud Abu Mfareh (42), after raiding and searching his house in Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:45, IOF arrested Mohammed Nour al-Dein Bani Owda (26), after raiding and searching his house in Tammun village, southeast of Tubas.
  • At approximately 01:55, IOF arrested Monadel Mohammed Sa’ada (41), and his brother, Mafdi (37), after raiding and searching their houses in Asira al-Shamaliya village, northwest of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mousa Maher al-Klouni (23), after raiding and searching his house in Eizariya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:55, IOF arrested Monadel Haitham Abu al-Lail (23), and his brother, Ahmed (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Emad Hussain Shahin (54), and his nephew, Mohammed Eyas Shahin (22), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Dheisheh refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF arrested (3) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin. The arrestees are: Mohammed Mahdi Abu al-Khair (18), Mohammed ‘Aahed Abu al-Khair (17), and Fo’ad Abdul Rahman Jaradat (36).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Salah Najeh Bakirat (37), and handed his father, Najeh Dawoud Bakirat (64), deputy director of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem, a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, after raiding and searching their houses in Sur Baher village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested 3 of the Aqsa Mosque’s guards while working in the mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Lo’ay Abu al-Sa’d (32), Khalil al-Tarhouni (36), and Ra’ed Zughayar (46). Eyewitnesses stated that quarrels occurred between the Israeli police and Abu al-Sa’d in coincidence with the settlers’ storming of the Aqsa Mosque. Few minutes later, a big number of the Israeli police and soldiers surrounded the mosque and arrested Abu al-Sa’d, and then arrested al-Tarhouni and Zughayar.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF reinforced with 11 military vehicles moved 300 meters to the south of the border fence with Israel, inside Abu Samra outpost, north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. They levelled and combed lands amidst sporadic shootings. As a result, 10 dunums of agricultural lands sustained damage. At approximately 16:35, IOF withdrew but no casualties were reported.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with 7 military vehicles moved from 50 – 100 meters to the west of the border fence, east of al-Maghazi camp. They leveled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence for several hours before they deployed again.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Isma’el al-Sheikh (19), from Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem, while passing through al-Nafaq military checkpoint, west of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Halboon villages, in Jenin governorate; Nablus, Urif, and Asira al-Qibliya, southeast of Nablus governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 24 December 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Mesbah al-Hawarin (33), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dhahiriya village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:10, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Azzun Atma village, south of Qalqilya. The arrestees are: Kamal Bayan Habash (41), Fawzi Bayan Habash (38), and Jehad Abdullah Omar (40).
  • At approximately 03:55, IOF arrested Mohammed Ma’moun Amarnah (24) and Khaled Waleed Abu Baker (19), after raiding and searching their houses in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Hani Saleem (16) and Saqer Ghazal Saleem (16), from al-Teqtaq area, east of Azzun village in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Shadi Abu Sneina (27) and Mohannad Abu Hadwan (23), while present on al-Wad street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Samu and Halhul villages, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 25 December 2021:

  • At approximately 02:55, IOF arrested Osama Fareed ‘Alawnah (19) and Ayham Riyad Ghannam (22), after raiding and searching their houses in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin.

Sunday, 26 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Othman Jom’a Salah (45), after raiding and searching his house in al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested ‘Aameer Abdul Fattah Hmeidan (22), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:10, IOF arrested ‘Ammar Yousef Dweikat (38), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, and checked the surveillance cameras of the shops in the area. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 27 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:15, IOF arrested Mas’ad Hamdan al-Balwi (48), after raiding and searching his house in al-Nassariya village, northeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Etaf Yousef Jaradat (50) and Mohammed Zeyad Jaradat (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin. It should be noted that Etaf Jaradat is the mother of the 2 arrestees accused of conducting the attack on “Homesh”
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Khalil Mohammed al-’Awaweda (39), after raiding and searching his house in Idhna village, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Mousa Ayed al-Sweity (30), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Awwa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Izzat Bahjat Aqtash (26), after raiding and searching his house in Beita village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested 2 siblings after raiding and searching their houses in Khursa village, southwest of Hebron governorate. The arrestees are: Ayman Ali Tbeisha (43), and his brother, Mohammed (37). IOF released them after an hour of field investigation.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Adel Salama al-Hureibat (46), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tabaqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. IOF released him after an hour of field investigation.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Kafr Laqif and Azzun villages, east of Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Anan Mousa al-Haj (39), after raiding and searching his house in Halhul village, north of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Nidal Izzat al-Haroush (40), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta village, south of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron governorate. The arrestees are: Suliman Jawdat Bahr (25), Sa’eed Mohammed al-’Allami (29), and Ammar Hamed Abu Maria (28).
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Ali Sufian Obaid (18), while working in the gas station near the entrance of al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Karam Ra’ed Oweisat (20), while sitting inside his vehicle near his house in al-Madares neighborhood, in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. When his aunt, Najma Oweisat (70), attempted to approach, the Israeli soldiers severely beaten and pushed her, causing bruises. She was taken to the hospital to receive treatment.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Idhna, Beit Ummar and Sa’ir villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 29 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Younis Mohammed al-Haroub (39), and summonsed Rami Zeidan al-Kassar (37), after raiding and searching their houses in Kharas village, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Oday Mohsen Abu Yabis (20), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dheisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Maher Eisa Awad (30), a person with disability, after raiding and searching his house in Khirbet al-Taubah village, south of Hebron governorate. Awad was taken to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron, and released after several hours on a bail of 1,000 NIS.

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

Land razing, demolitions, and notices:

  • At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 25 December 2021, IOF confiscated a bulldozer while reclaiming Taleb Mohammed Yousef Harb’s agricultural land, within lands reclamation project carried out by agricultural relief in Askaka village, east of Salfit, under the pretext of working in Area C, which is under Israeli control. Yousef Harb said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ we were razing an agricultural land so-called ” Wa’rat al-Baiader”, within the project titled protection of Palestinian people’s rights against human rights violations and lands reclamation project carried out by agricultural relief, in cooperation with local bodies and funded by Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). While the bulldozer was razing the land, IOF arrived at the area without a prior warning, confiscated the bulldozer belonging to al-‘Asoud Contracting Company, detained the bulldozer driver, and ordered him to stop working, under the pretext of working in unlicensed areas. It should be noted that Wa’rat al-Baiader is located near villagers’ houses.”
  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 27 December 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished 10 commercial facilities near Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Member of the Administrative Board in Hizma Municipality, ‘Abdullah Salah, said that IOF accompanied with Israeli military vehicles moved into Hizma village, near al-Arabiya intersection. They closed the area, surrounded 10 commercial facilities and then demolished them over its contents. He clarified that IOF did not allow the shop owners to get their contents out of the shops or approach them. They demolished the shops without prior warning. The shop owners’ losses were estimated at one million and 200 thousand shekels. Also, IOF confiscated 40,000 liters of fuel from the wells that were located at the Petrol Station before they were demolished. Salah al-Deen added that the shops are located in an area that IOF claims it belongs to Jerusalem Municipality. He pointed out that most of those shops have been built 13 years ago, and included a petrol station, 4 car washes, 3 car accessories stores, a garage, a supermarket, and a mobile phone shop. Salah al-Deen said that the demolished shops were a source of income for 120 families, as most of the shops employing 3 or 4 persons, and the petrol station employing 12 persons.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 27 December 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished a 3-storey residential building belonging to Mostafa family in Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Nedal Yaseen Mostafa said the building belongs to his deceased father Yaseen Hasan ‘Ali Mostafa. He had built it 10 years ago near the main entrance to the village. Nedal clarified that the is comprised of 3 floors, each of them includes a 90-square-meter apartment, which contains 2 rooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom. He added that three families of 23 members are living in the building: ‘Enad Mostafa, his wife and their 5 children; Hasan Mostafa, his wife and their 7 children; Imtiyaz Mostafa, her husband and their 5 children. Mostafa pointed out that the Israeli Municipality pursued the building 7 years ago, issued a demolition decision against it and imposed a construction fine of NIS 90,000. He added that the municipality imposed another fine on them estimated at NIS 170,000, they paid NIS 40,000. Mostafa said that during the past years, his family submitted a license request to the municipality and paid tens thousands of shekels to lawyers and engineers, but in vain as the municipality refused the request under the pretext of public utility despite family ownership of the land.  Mostafa indicated that 21 days ago, the family received an eviction notice to implement the demolition. The family tried to appeal the demolition decision, but the municipality refused and insisted to implement the demolition. He pointed out that the family asked the lawyer to submit a self-demolition request to the municipality, which promised the lawyer to respond his request after few days, but it demolished the building to fine the family NIS 180,000 as demolition fees. Mostafa said that while demolishing the building, IOF closed the western entrance for several hours, causing a traffic jam. Also, separate clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF, who beat Mostafa family members, villagers and journalists who were covering the demolition. 
  • At approximately 11:13 on Tuesday, 28 December 2021, IOF accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers and two bulldozers moved into Kherbet Ibziq in northern Jordan valley, east of Tubas, declared it as a closed military zone and closed all its entrances. The bulldozer demolished 9 residential tents and 14 livestock tents belonging to nine families. PCHR keeps the names of affected persons.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished Tahseen Bashir’s house in al-Basheer neighborhood in Jabel Mukaber village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Basheer said that he has been built the 67-square-meter house since 2016 to live in it with his son Mohammed (26), who is supposed to get married at the beginning of 2022. Basheer clarified that the Israeli Municipality pursued him in 2017 and imposed a construction fine on him estimated at NIS 50,000. In 2017, the municipality issued a demolition decision against the house, but his lawyer managed to freeze it and tried to license the house along with another engineer, but in vain. Basheer said that he was shocked by storming his house by IOF to demolish it, and he and his lawyer and the engineer attempted to stop the demolition, but the municipality staff insisted to do so without giving them a time to self-demolish it. Basheer added that IOF fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and rubber bullets at Palestinians gathered in front of his house, claiming that they threw stones at military vehicles.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished Basel Jalajel’s house in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Member of Silwan Defense Committee, Fakhri Abu Diyab, said that Israeli bulldozers moved into the neighborhood, closed its entrance, surrounded Basel’s house, and then demolished it. He indicated that the 80-square-meter house has been built since 2018, and Basel and his wife lived in it after their marriage, but they left it later and rented another house, because of receiving a demolition notice from the municipality. Abu Diyab said that Basel’s losses are estimated at NIS 600,000.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • At approximately 15:00 on Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF closed Nablus-Jenin Street ( from the north of Bizzariya village intersection to the south of Deir Sharaf village intersection), northwest of Nablus, to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying Israeli settlers into “Homish” settlement, which has been evacuated since 2005 and has been established on Burqa village lands, to perform prayers. Following that, a number of setters, under IOF’s protection, threw stones at Palestinians’ houses in the western neighborhood, smashing their windows and vehicles’ glasses. Israeli settlers also broke the windows of Muneer Jamal Reda Saif’s house and vehicle. They also damaged the tombstones of a number of graves in Burqa village cemetery.

Collective Punishment Policy:

  • As part of the IOF collective punishment policy against Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against IOF or settlers, IOF notified a family of a prisoner at Israeli jails to demolish their house in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Monday, 27 December 2021, Israeli authorities issued a demolition decision against Fadi Mahmoud Abu Shkhidem (42), who was shot dead by IOF after carrying out a shooting attack in Bab al-Selselah area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on 21 November 2021. The shooting attack resulted in the murder of an Israeli settler. Abu Shkhedim family said that Israeli authorities stormed their house in Shu’fat Camp, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, informed them about the demolition decision and gave them a week to submit a petition against the decision. The family clarified that IOF raided the house on 07 December and took its measurements as a prelude to demolish it.

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

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 35 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

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

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Biddu village.
  • On Friday, 24 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Hizma village.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Jannata, Teqoa and Husan villages
  • On Friday, 24 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Shawawrah village and in ‘Aqbet Hasnah leading to western Bethlehem villages.
  • On Saturday, 23 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in ‘Aqbet Hasnah leading to western Bethlehem villages.
  • On Sunday, 26 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 23 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit ‘Einun, Bayt Kahil and Beit ‘Awwa villages and northern Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 25 December 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Idna village, southern Hebron, Sa’ir village, Beit Ummar village, al-Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Sunday, 26 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Ash-Shuyukh and Tarqumiyah villages.
  • On Tuesday, 28 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, al-‘Aroub refugee camp, northern Yatta and southern Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 29 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to eastern Dura and as-Samou’a village

Nablus:

  • On Monday, 27 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit Foriq village, northeast of the city.

Qalqilya:

  • On Friday, 24 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Azoun and Jayyous villages and between ‘Izzbit al-Tabib and ‘Zoun villages, east of Qalqilya.
  • On Sunday, 26 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Azzoun village and the eastern entrance to Qalqilya.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 26 December 2021, IOF established 4checkpoints at the entrances to Haris and Marda, north of Salfit.

2021 Year Review: ‘Israeli’ Military’s Movement in Lebanese Airspace Restricted

DEC 29, 2021

By Staff

‘Israeli’ Walla! news website published a roundup about the ‘Israeli’ military in 2021 admitting that the Zionist regime’s ‘freedom’ to operate along the Lebanese border has been “harmed.”

The report detailed that “Syria has stepped up the activeness of its air defenses, operations in the occupied West Bank increased, deterrence in Gaza has been preserved, and Iran is some two years ahead of deciding on a nuclear bomb.”

The ‘Israeli’ occupation’s estimations for the next year consider “the main challenge that will face the military and the security establishment is the “Shia” axis,” it claimed, explaining that it extends from Iraq and is positioned in Syria and Lebanon.

It then added that the “security challenges on the Palestinian arena come in the last place.”

The news website claimed that the ‘Israeli’ military in general enjoys a high level of freedom of operations on the aerial, naval, and ground levels; pointing, however, to that the status of the aircraft has deteriorated in the past year as aerial defense systems have been deployed in the region.

The ‘Israeli’ website also reported that the Zionist military is trying to overcome the “harmed freedom” of its aerial attacks.

Additionally, in recent months, the Zionist military attempted to actively deal with difficulties in flying in the Lebanese airspace, in which it started indeed to construct the wall that separates the Lebanese and ‘Israeli’-occupied Palestinian borders.


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No Christmas where Christ was born

Dec 25 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Rasha Reslan

In Palestine, particularly in Beit Lahm, the cradle of Christ, Christmas is celebrated under the Israeli occupation.

Christ’s birth is celebrated under the violence of the Israeli occupation.

Christians around the world simultaneously light up their Christmas trees to inspire joy and hope, and awaken the spirit of Christmas; but for Fouad, Christina, Iyad, Hanin, and many Palestinians in Beit Lahm,  Gaza, and the occupied West Bank, this is going to be yet another sad Christmas.

Beit Lahm in December 

No Christmas where Christ was born

A large Christmas tree and decorations do little to brighten up a Christmas celebrated under the Israeli occupation most notably in Beit Lahm. Like many occupied Palestinian cities and towns, Beit Lahm is deprived of having any guests, with the tree rejoicing no one but the city’s residents. 

No Christmas where Christ was born

“I hope that this coming year brings about good, despite all the problems and challenges, as well as the corona pandemic and Israeli occupation,” a Palestinian elderly from Beit Lahm told Al Mayadeen English.

All that he can hope for in such days is a life full of goodness and blessings and a year that witnesses the end of the occupation. 

The resilient Palestinian recalls how around this time of the year, the Israeli occupation forces hold Palestinian youth under administrative arrest. 

“They would take Palestinians and throw them in prison, depriving the people of Palestine of joy.”

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In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen English, he stressed that the Israeli violence would escalate during the holiday season in Gaza and the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, and Al-Bustan, and in all of Palestine, not to mention the ongoing events and attacks across the occupied West Bank where Israeli settlers repeatedly assault innocent Palestinian people.

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A Palestinian woman from Beit Lahm tersely stressed that Christmas is a special occasion where one gets to spend time with family and friends and visit wonderful Christmas holiday venues, as well as the Christmas market across Beit Lahm, but this is always not allowed in Palestine.

The Grinch that stole Gaza’s Christmas

No Christmas where Christ was born

Gaza has survived past crises, notably the latest Israeli aggression that has dampened its already critical situation, and residents are only surviving on hope.

“The atmosphere of Christmas in Palestine differs from the atmosphere of Christmas anywhere else in the world”, Palestinian youth Fouad Ammar told Al Mayadeen English.

Like all Gazans, Fouad has been suffering from a crippling Israeli siege since 2007. 

The celebration of Christmas by Christians in Palestine is limited to very minimal events and attendees inside the church. Regardless, joy prevails and shines from within the church, and it is reflected in a cohesive Palestinian community. 

Since March 1993, Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank (except for residents of Al-Quds) have been required to obtain permits from the Israeli occupation authorities.

On this issue, Fouad said, “We are facing the issue of permit denials due to Israel’s blockade. It is almost impossible here for anyone to get a permit to visit the Church of the Nativity or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. And then Israelis grow more insolent giving a permit for the son and denying it for the father or giving a permit for the father and denying it for the son.”

“As a result, our joy remains incomplete; we constantly face the issue of permits in almost every mention of joy. We also face the difficulty of bringing the family together on our holidays as Christians, which makes us a little desperate and sad,” he added.

He heartfully shared his personal experience with Al Mayadeen English. Fouad’s parents live in Yafa, and he lives in Gaza. From 2007 till this very day, he has been denied any permit to visit his family. Eventually, he celebrates religious festivals online and on social media. 

“The Israeli occupation is behind our suffering,” he concluded.

Whether it’s Christmas or any other day, there’s no joy whatsoever left. 

Like all Palestinian youths from Gaza, Iyad Saba, wishes to be able to enter the occupied Palestinian towns without having to go through obstacles and visit the holy places in order to celebrate with his family and friends in the Church of the Nativity, in Al-Aqsa Mosque, or in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. 

“We hope that next year we will be able to visit the holy places together. On every holiday, we go through the same pain, as half of the family is allowed to visit holy places, whereas the second half remains in Gaza”, he added.

The young Palestinian told Al Mayadeen English that his friends are waiting for him to get a permit to celebrate holidays with them.

“Israel insists on depriving us of any chance of joy,” he said, sighing heavily.

Atallah Tarazi, a Palestinian from Gaza, said the Israeli occupation is innately inhuman and brutal. 

“This is what [the notion of] occupation is; one people ruling over another, silencing the truth and repressing equality, and replacing justice with injustice. This takes its toll on all sects and groups,” he stressed.

Reiterating the endless suffering of getting permits, Atallah has only one wish which is to gain his freedom so that he can spend the holidays wherever he wants, “but I have no freedom; circumstances govern us,” he said.

On her account, young Palestinian woman Christina Al-Amash told Al Mayadeen English that some Gazans have family members who live outside Gaza, stressing that they would like to celebrate with them, but since Gazans live under an Israeli siege and they do not have permits, they are obliged to stay behind and celebrate in Gaza.

Christmas is a time of love, warmth – and often, huge family gatherings, yet not in occupied Gaza. 

“It is wonderful that the whole family gathers during holidays in Beit Lahm because it is the land of Christ’s birth and a holy symbol for us. Some of us are able to travel to Beit Lahm, but most of us cannot”, Hanin Al-Jalda, a Palestinian woman from Gaza said.

She went on to say that those who cannot leave Gaza contact their families in Beit Lahm through the phone. 

“A lot of us are not able to get out of Gaza. Our joy is incomplete. We are always at home, but we try to create a holiday spirit wherever we go, such as the cultural center. We make sure to decorate and light up our Christmas trees to celebrate and let the children rejoice and have fun, “she added.

Unity between Muslims and Christians 

A Muslim family has held the key to one of Christianity’s holiest sites for centuries. This is more than just a matter of custom. It is the essence of Al-Quds, and it is part of what makes the Old City’s cultural and religious history so unique.

It is the key to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This Church is one of Christianity’s holiest sites. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit it during the holidays. Few people are aware of the role Muslim ancestors have played in the history of this holy site.

“Christians and Muslims live together – one home, one family,” Jad from the occupied West Bank told Al Mayadeen English

He stressed that Muslim brothers and sisters join Christians in Christmas celebrations.

No Christmas under occupation

No Christmas where Christ was born

Theodosius Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of occupied Palestine, sent a heartfelt message, urging the whole world, most notably those celebrating this occasion, “to keep an eye on this land that was blessed with Christ’s birth.”

“When you celebrate Christmas, keep in mind that this land is under occupation and is struggling because of it. Palestine is enduring utmost levels of injustice, oppression, and tyranny,” the Palestinian Archbishop said.

In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen English, Hanna said we should call for the freedom, dignity, and retrieval of the stolen rights of Palestine. 

“Remember that Christ was born on this land, the bleeding Palestine, which is awaiting all the free people of the world to side with it and support its oppressed people,” he stressed.

The Palestinian Archbishop wished the whole world a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Bleeding Santa 

A Palestinian man, dressed as Santa, suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces. (Reuters)

On Christmas morning 2000, Abed was so excited to meet Santa and get his gift. He was 10 years old, yet his joy was turned into a lifetime trauma.

“There is an image from my childhood that doesn’t leave my mind. The image of a Palestinian man wearing Santa’s costume. He was confronting the Israeli occupation forces with a stone, when he was shot by a live bullet,” he told Al Mayadeen English.

Abed also said that he will never forget the 39-day siege of the Church of the Nativity by the Israeli occupation forces, where Palestinians were shot and killed by snipers inside the church’s compound.

“Many pictures come to my memory about Christmas. The joy is incomplete despite our Christmas procession and our attempts to share the Christmas spirit. Nonetheless, we have a constant feeling of dread that something is looming on the horizon. The Christ is Palestinian, he is one of us. I call him the first Palestinian revolutionary.”

“Our biggest joy will be when Palestine is fully liberated from the Israeli occupation forces,” he concluded.

The Israeli occupation has ruined another Christmas for Palestinians, with Santa’s arrival and much-awaited family gatherings intentionally repressed.

With each passing year, the occupation further takes the joy out of Palestine, the land where Christ was born.

When Gamal Abdel Nasser Screamed: We will Never Surrender!

22 Dec 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

When Gamal Abdel Nasser Screamed: We will Never Surrender!

Hussam AbdelKareem

Faced with the danger and gravity of the situation, Gamal Abdel Nasser did not collapse and stood steadfast. He did not lose faith in his people and in the justice of his cause.

The circumstances were very difficult and the situation could hardly be graver. Gamal Abdel Nasser headed to Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, the historic base of Islam in Egypt, ascended its pulpit and addressed his people passionately from his heart and said  “We will fight to the last drop of blood! We will never surrender”. 

That was the way in which the young leader, 38 years old, responded to the developments of the crisis that escalated to the point of brutal military invasion which Egypt was facing. Eighty thousand was the number of British and French troops attacking Egypt, in addition to the army of “Israel”. All that was a result of Nasser’s decision to nationalize the Suez Canal a few months earlier.

The Invaders Have Arrived

At the time when Nasser was delivering his speech in Al-Azhar, the huge British Royal Navy fleet consisting of aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers and speedboats, together with the French Navy ally, were already at the shores of northern Egypt attacking and targeting the cities of Port Said and Port Fouad and their surroundings. The forces of aggression paved the way for their attack on the Suez Canal area with concentrated air raids on Cairo and Alexandria that targeted many places, including the Egyptian radio station.

The situation was frightening. It was no less than a comprehensive attack on Egypt, whose army has not yet recovered from the effects of defeat in the 1948 Palestine War. On the other hand “Great Britain”, the lead attacker, had emerged victorious a few years ago from World War II.

Faced with the danger and gravity of the situation, Gamal Abdel Nasser did not collapse and stood steadfast. He did not lose faith in his people and in the justice of his cause. He decided that the best response to the challenge was to revert back to his people for whose sake he led the revolution in 1952. Nasser addressed the Egyptians urging them to be strong, united with no despair, and assuring them of the inevitability of victory over the forces of aggression.

In light of the disparity in military power, Nasser called on his people to engage in paramilitary resistance and guerrilla war to confront the British-French enemy forces that began landing in Port Said. The President decided to open the Egyptian army’s storehouses for the people to obtain weapons that would enable them to confront the invaders, and began organizing the activity of the resistance brigades.

Nasser’s belief in his people and his resort to them was not surprising. All the actions that he had taken since the success of the July Revolution (1952) were directed towards his quest to advance Egypt and promote its proper place in the world away from colonialism and subordination. That includes his decision in June 1956 to nationalize the Suez Canal and transfer its ownership and management to the Egyptian people after it had been owned by Britain for 70 years since Ismail, Egypt’s ruler from the Mohammad Ali dynasty, “sold” it to the British at cheap when he went through some financial hardship and needed cash!

Nasser’s Decision: A Risk Worth Taking

Gamal Abdel Nasser knew he was taking a great risk because he’s depriving “Great Britain” of controlling the sea route to its colonies and interests in the east, and in this case, the British wouldn’t let Nasser’s decision pass. Nasser acted intelligently and thoughtfully when nationalizing the canal, declaring Egypt’s willingness to pay for Britain’s share in the Suez Canal Company, using at the same time Egypt’s sovereign right to nationalize a water canal that is part of its territory, thus depriving Britain of the legal justification for launching aggression or even rejecting the decision. 

In fact, the nationalization of Suez Canal was Gamal Abdel Nasser’s last arrow in his encounter with Britain and Western powers. Since the first day of the success of the July Revolution (1952) and the overthrow of King Farouk, the British position was hostile towards Nasser’s Free Officers regime and the renaissance measures they took in Egypt, their determination to achieve independence and get rid of British hegemony, and their insistence on the withdrawal of all British forces from Egypt (which finally took place in 1956).

When Britain along with the rising power, the US,  failed to “contain” the Free Officers movement led by Nasser, and to take Egypt back to their camp, they showed their true colonial face and began working to thwart all of Nasser’s ambitious development projects; the most important of which were two: modernization and arming of the Egyptian army, and building the “Aswan High Dam” in Southern Egypt to generate electricity for the country and control the flooding of the Nile.

Despite lengthy negotiations and requests, Britain and the US did not agree to supply Egypt with modern weapons that would enable it to defend its borders against Israeli attacks and threats. They wanted Egypt to remain weak with outdated and obsolete weapons, but Nasser succeeded in making an important breakthrough and a major achievement when he managed, for the first time in the Arab region, to obtain Russian weapons through Czechoslovakia. Britain and the US felt the seriousness of what happened and that the Soviet communist opponent had gained a foothold in their area of influence! They looked at Nasser as an enemy who must be punished and brought down.

As for the vital project for Egypt, the Aswan High Dam, on which all of Nasser’s development plans were based (it became a matter of life or death to him), it reached a deadlock when the US Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, informed the Egyptian ambassador to the US of Washington’s final decision: We will not finance the High Dam and we will not support you to build it because the project is “bigger than Egypt’s capabilities!” All the efforts made by Egypt to obtain funding from Western countries to build the dam were suddenly gone with the wind! Even worse; the US and Britain used their influence in the World Bank to obstruct Egypt’s funding request!

That’s how Britain and the US dealt with Egypt very arrogantly. They did not agree to sell advanced weapons to Egypt, and they did not want Egypt to obtain them from any other source! They did not agree to fund the High Dam, and did not allow the World Bank to do that! In conclusion, Egypt, in the eyes of Britain, France and the US, must remain a weak, dependent and backward country in order be satisfied! Of course, this situation cannot be accepted by a young and devoted national leader like Gamal Abdel Nasser, who decided to respond in a way that hurts them: the nationalization of Suez Canal.

The Israeli Element 

And here appeared “Israel”! It decided to show its usefulness as an advanced base for the British Empire (Britain originally established it for this purpose). Although the Suez Canal problem has nothing to do with it, “Israel” quickly conveyed to London and Paris its full readiness to participate in any Anglo-French aggression against Egypt.

A secret meeting was held in Paris (France was very interested in bringing down Nasser because of his support for the Algerian revolution) that included British Prime Minister Anthony Eden, French President Guy Mollet, and Prime Minister of “Israel” Ben Gurion, during which the war scenario on Egypt was agreed upon; “Israel” will launch an invasion against Egypt through the Sinai under the pretext of stopping the attacks of the Palestinian guerrillas in Gaza supported by Egypt. On the next day, Britain and France have issued an ultimatum to the Egyptian and Israeli sides to stop the fighting for the purpose of protecting the Suez Canal and the international navigation. Then, if the fighting wouldn’t stop, the British-French military intervention will begin and the reoccupation of all the Suez Canal area will be justified and “legal”! The assessment of the three parties was that this military action would lead to the humiliation of Nasser and his downfall into hostile hands inside Egypt, and perhaps the return of the old monarchy.

The plan was actually executed according to the secret agreement. “Israel” attacked Egypt on October 29. On the following day, a joint British-French ultimatum was issued to the two sides demanding ceasefire and allowing British-French forces to control the canal from Port Said in the north to Suez in the south. As expected, Nasser rejected the ultimatum and request. They attacked on October 31, and the tripartite Israeli-British-French aggression against Egypt was in its full might.

Back to Nasser’s “resistance speech” at Al-Azhar Mosque, the Egyptians responded to the call of their leader and declared their rejection of the return of colonialism. In Port Said, a national epic began to resist the occupation forces that  faced relentless street wars and guerrillas from house to house.

The Conflicting Interests of World’s Super Powers

Despite the intensity of the bombing and the extent of destruction caused by the aggression forces in Port Said, the tripartite alliance faced great difficulty in controlling the city, in which fighting continued for several days, and that hindered the march of the invading forces to the south to reach the city of Suez (as planned), so they were only able to advance for a distance of only 17 kilometers south of Port Said. During those days, large-scale political movements took place in the world, the most important of which were two:

The first was the (rare) US-British rift. The United States, which had already ascended to the leadership of Western world as heir to Great Britain, did not like Britain’s unilateralism in dealing with the Suez problem and its war- inclined approach, which could lead to the “loss of Egypt” and push indirectly Nasser to throw completely himself into the arms the Soviets. US President Eisenhower took a tough stance and asked Britain to stop its offensive and ordered “Israel” to withdraw from Sinai.

The second was the Soviet Union’s intrusion into the crisis and its strong support for Egypt, which amounted to the Soviet leader Khrushchev’s threat to use nuclear weapons against Western countries!

The result of all this was the issuance of a United Nations resolution to stop the war and ordered the withdrawal of the attacking forces. Indeed, by the end of December 22, the last invading Anglo-French forces withdrew from Port Said. As for the Israeli forces, they stayed for another three months before withdrawing from Sinai and Gaza as well.

“Great Britain” Humiliated 

What happened was a political earthquake in every sense of the word, from which Egypt emerged victorious with its head held high. It succeeded in consolidating the decision to nationalize the canal, which became an important source of income to help Egypt in its renaissance projects. Removing the huge statue of De Lesseps at the entrance to the Suez Canal was a symbolic blow to the old colonial powers.

The invaders’ forces withdrew after they failed to achieve any goal. Gamal Abdel Nasser appeared as a rising national leader and turned into a symbol of the Arab and international liberation movement from Western colonialism. The biggest disappointment was for British Prime Minister Anthony Eden, who was forced to resign in the wake of the failure and humiliation suffered by Britain (which was no longer great!) at the hands of Nasser.

The old lion realized that he became old, and could do nothing of real value, so he contented himself with action-less roaring and babbling. Britain’s media and major newspapers launched a terrible smear campaign against “Colonel Nasser” that amounted to comparing him to Hitler! And that was the most they could do after 1956. 

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Hamas sends strong message to Egypt on female Palestinian prisoners

Dec 20 2021

Net Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen

Hamas conveyed a message to Egypt regarding the Palestinian prisoners, Gaza reconstruction efforts, and de-escalation.

Female Palestinian prisoners, many of whom are mothers, are victims of occupation brutality.

Today, Sunday, private sources told Al Mayadeen that Hamas conveyed a strongly-worded message to the Egyptian delegation in Gaza about the occupation’s assault on female prisoners in the occupation’s prisons.

The sources added that “The Egyptians conveyed the occupation’s response to the exchange deal and “Tel Aviv”‘s continued evasion of it,” adding that “the Egyptian delegation will return to “Tel Aviv” on Monday evening to deliver Hamas’ opinion.”

As for the issue of reconstruction efforts, the sources indicated that the movement expressed its objection to Egypt’s delay in reconstructing Gaza and justified it by the occupation’s rejection of the steps, in an attempt to coerce Hamas into settling for fewer demands regarding the prisoners’ exchange deal.

Earlier today, an Egyptian security delegation arrived in Gaza to hold talks with Hamas’ leadership and the Palestinian factions on the issues of de-escalation and reconstruction.

Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent reported that the Egyptian delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip through the Beit Hanoun Crossing. 

Egypt delays commitment to Gaza 

Sources told Al Mayadeen on December 6, 2021, that the Egyptians did not respond to the comprehensive document recently submitted by Hamas to Cairo, and that there was a deliberate delay in the implementation of the reconstruction process of the Gaza Strip.

The sources confirmed to Al Mayadeen that the Egyptians are deliberately procrastinating implementing their commitments towards the Gaza Strip and that Hamas and other factions have set a deadline until the end of the year for implementation of the reconstruction process.

An agreement took place between the Palestinian factions on gradual pressure and escalation against the Israeli occupation to expedite the reconstruction process, the sources mentioned.

According to the sources, Egypt refused the travel of a large Hamas delegation that was scheduled to visit Cairo last November.

حماس تنقل “رسالة ساخنة” إلى المصريين بخصوص الأسيرات في سجون الاحتلال

الأحد 19 كانون الأول 2021

المصدر: الميادين نت

مصادر خاصة للميادين تشير إلى أنّ “المصريين نقلوا ردّ الاحتلال بشان صفقة تبادل الأسرى واستمرار تهرب تل أبيب منها”، وتضيف أنّ “الوفد المصري سيعود لتل أبيب مساء غد الإثنين لينقل رأي حماس”.

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إحدى الأسيرات الفلسطينيات في سجون الاحتلال (أرشيف)

أفادت مصادر خاصة للميادين، اليوم الأحد، بأنّ “حركة حماس نقلت رسالة ساخنة إلى الوفد المصري في غزة بشأن الأسيرات في سجون الاحتلال“.

وأضافت المصادر أنّ “المصريين نقلوا ردّ الاحتلال بشأن صفقة التبادل واستمرار تهرّب تل أبيب منها”، مضيفةً أنّ “الوفد المصري سيعود إلى تل أبيب مساء غد الإثنين لينقل رأي حماس”.

أمّا بخصوص الإعمار، فقد أشارت المصادر إلى أنّ الحركة أبدت “اعتراضها على تأخر الإجراءات المصرية، وأنّ المصريين جددوا وعودهم تجاه غزة وتذرعوا برفض الاحتلال للخطوات وربطه لها بتخفيض سقف حماس في صفقة التبادل”.

وفي وقت سابق اليوم، وصل وفد أمني مصري إلى قطاع غزة لإجراء محادثات مع قيادة حركة “حماس” والفصائل الفلسطينية، بشأن قضيتي التهدئة والإعمار.

وأفاد مراسل الميادين بأن الوفد المصري وصل إلى قطاع غزة عبر معبر بيت حانون-إيرز.

Al-Masry: We warn “Israel” of the consequences of betting on the continued imposition of the noose and restrictions on the Palestinian people

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (02 – 15 December 2021)

 December 16, 2021


Israeli Human Rights Violations

2 – 15 December 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force:
  • 3 Palestinians killed, including a child, in the West Bank including occupied East Jerusalem
  • 15 Palestinians wounded, including 6 children and a journalist
  • 12 IOF shootings reported against agricultural lands, and 7 others on fishing boats in the Gaza Strip
  • In 224 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 201 Palestinians arrested, including 8 children and 4 women
  • IOF raid Birzeit University campus and assault university security
  • 2 fishermen arrested and their fishing boat confiscated in the Gaza Sea; 2 others arrested while attempting to cross the border area in eastern Rafah
  • Demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem: Two houses self-demolished, and 8 others demolished by IOF as well as the foundations of a 9th house; evacuation notice served against a Palestinian house, and 4700 sqm seized in the city
  • 2 sheep barns and greenhouses demolished, numerous demolition and cease-construction notices served in Hebron and Bethlehem
  • Israeli settlers’ attacks in the West Bank: 600 olive trees damaged/uprooted, wide-scale attacks on civilians and civilian properties
  • IOF established 69 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 4 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and arrests against civilians. The past two weeks witnessed intense arrest campaign across the West Bank, a raid into Birzeit University campus, and an upscale in home demolitions in occupied east Jerusalem and the entire West Bank. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip is in its 15th year under closure, as Israel exercise the worst known collective punishment in human history, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

During the reporting period, IOF killed 3 Palestinians, including a child; and wounded 15 others, including 6 children and a journalist, in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

On 4 December 2021, in a crime amounting to extrajudicial execution, IOF shot and killed Mohammed Showkat Mohammed Salima (25) from Salfit, even though IOF had shot and wounded him, neutralizing any threats he proposed. The victim had stabbed an Israeli settler in occupied East Jerusalem. Data collected by PCHR and footage that documented the incident showed that two Israeli soldiers opened fired continuously at a Palestinian male, despite that he was wounded and had fallen to the ground; the soldiers left him to bleed out.

On 6 December 2021, IOF killed Mohammed Nedal Younis (16), from Nablus, claiming he ran over an Israeli security officer at Jubara checkpoint in southern Tulkarm.

On 10 December 2021, IOF killed Jamil Jamal Ahmed Abu-Ayesh (32) from Beita, as IOF assaulted  a peaceful protest Beita village, southeast of Nablus.

Additionally, IOF shot and wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including a journalist and a child, during the attack on Beita protest in Nablus; 12, including 5 children, in IOF attack on Kafr Qaddum weekly protest in Qalqilya.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF intensified shootings on agricultural lands and fishing boats; PCHR documented 12 IOF shootings at agricultural lands and bird hunters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern border areas; and 7 shootings on fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 224 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear       civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 201 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children and 4 women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 2 fishermen and confiscated their fishing boat in the Gaza Sea; 2 other civilians were arrested while attempting to cross the border area in eastern Rafah.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 16 incidents::

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinians forced to self-demolish 8 houses in Beit Hanina and Silwan; a Palestinian woman served an eviction notice for her house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; land razed and wall demolished in Jabel al-Mukaber; a 4700 sqm land confiscated in Sheikh Jarrah; 2 houses demolished in Silwan and Jabel al-Mukaber; house foundations demolished in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood.
  • Hebron: two sheep barns demolished, 4 residential rooms, and a dwelling in eastern Yatta; printer confiscated in Hebron; 4 cease-construction notices served against facilities in Susya; Palestinians banned from plowing their land and a tractor was confiscated in eastern Yatta.
  • Bethlehem: 3 greenhouses demolished; demolition notices served against a barn, dozens of occupied and vacant houses in Nahalin.

Settler-attacks: 

PCHR documented 8 settler-attacks:

  • Nablus: civilian houses assaulted and car tires punctured in Jalud; 600 olive trees uprooted in Dayr Sharaf.
  • Hebron: shepherds assaulted in eastern Yatta; arbitrary shooting in front al-Aroub refugee camp; settlers raid Samoua.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: local Sheik Jarrah residents’ vehicles assaulted; Palestinians’ properties in Nablus Street assaulted; a house assaulted and surrounded with barbed wires and cameras.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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

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

  • At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 03 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence fired bullets and teargas canisters at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis near a group of farmers and bird hunters, forcing them to return.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:15 on Friday, 03 December 2021, a peaceful protest took off in the Beita Park, southeast of Nablus, towards al-Hotah area, east of Mount Sabih, east of the village, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost 8 months ago.  The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers.  When they arrived, they were surprised with IOF taking their positions near the Mount. IOF immediately fired teargas canisters at the protesters, and intensive clashes broke out.  The protesters threw stones at IOF, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters, and the clashes expanded to reach the area surrounding the Mount.  During the clashes, which continued until around 15:00, 3 civilians, including a journalist and a child who was shot with a rubber bullet in the eye, were wounded while others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  As a result, the wounded were taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus.  The wounded journalist was identified as Shadi Yaser Ahmed Jarar’ah (31), Palestine TV Photojournalist, and was wounded with a rubber bullet in the left foot.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased the protestors, who gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, 4 protestors, including 2 children, were shot with rubber bullets in their limbs, chest and back.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Saturday, 04 December 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off western Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles, enticing fear among them.  The fishermen were forced to sail back, but neither casualties nor damage was reported.
  • At approximately 06:40, IOF stationed along the border fence fired bullets and teargas canisters at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis near a group of fisherman and bird hunters, forcing them to flee.  No casualties were reported.
  • On the same afternoon, in a crime amounting to extrajudicial execution, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot and killed a Palestinian male, who stabbed an Israeli settler in occupied East Jerusalem; even though IOF had shot and wounded him, neutralizing any threats he proposed. Data collected by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and footage that documented the incident showed that two Israeli soldiers opened fired continuously at a Palestinian male, despite that he was wounded and had fallen to the ground; the soldiers left him to bleed out.  The crime was supported by the Israeli government, which confirms that Israel provides impunity for murder crimes against Palestinians.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 04 December 2021, a Palestinian civilian coming from al-Mosrarah intersection area arrived at a street adjacent to Bab al-‘Amoud area in central occupied East Jerusalem. When he approached an Israeli settler, he took a knife out and stabbed the settler several times, seriously wounding him. At that time, two Israeli border guard officers saw the incident; they rushed to the scene and opened fire at the Palestinian who was only 2 meters away from them. The wounded attempted to assault the soldiers, but he sustained several live bullets wounds and fell to the ground while bleeding. As he fell to the ground wounded, and ceased to be a threat to anyone, the two border guard officers continued to fire several bullets at him from zero distance, leaving him bleeding on the ground for 40 minutes. Afterwards, backup forces arrived at the scene and did not provide first aid to the wounded. Also, they prevented the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) crews from reaching him to provide any help.

Following the incident, IOF completely closed Bab al-‘Amoud and al-Mosrarah areas and closed all al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates as well as the gates of occupied East Jerusalem’s wall. Also, they detained dozens of Palestinians who were in Bab al-‘Amoud and in Bab al-Sahera areas, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, prevented them from entering or exiting the city for half an hour, physically assaulted some of them, and fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at them.  Moreover, IOF arrested a woman, whose identity remains unknown, from the scene and took her to Moscovia Detention Centre for interrogation.

Later on, IOF took the dead corpse to an unknown destination, and the victim’s identity was confirmed as Mohammed Showkat Mohammed Salima (25), from Salfit in northern West Bank.

The murder of Salima was supported by the Israeli government, as the Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, tweeted:  “The soldiers acted as quickly and firmly as expected … I ask to give them full backing.”[1]

As for the Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, he also tweeted: “I completely back our security officers and border guard officers who responded quickly and firmly this evening.” [2]

  • At approximately 06:30 on Sunday, 05 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence fired bullets and teargas canisters at the agricultural lands in eastern Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis, near a group of farmers and bird hunters, forcing them to go back.  No casualties were reported.
  • On Monday 06 December 2021, IOF killed a child, claiming he ran over an Israeli security officer at Jubara checkpoint in southern Tulkarm.

According to PCHR’s fieldworker, at approximately 01:00, a grey Kia car driven by Mohammed Nidal Younis (16) from Nablus arrived at Jubara military checkpoint and then veered off the course to run over an Israeli security guard at the checkpoint and wound him.  IOF fired several bullets at the car and wounded the child.  IOF then took him to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, where he was pronounced dead, and his body was kept in custody.  IOF closed the checkpoint in both directions.  The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation stated that a Palestinian drove his car fast towards an Israeli security guard at Jubara Checkpoint and seriously wounded him in the dawn. The Corporation added, “another guard opened fire at the attacker, who is a 16-year-old Palestinian, causing him critically serious wounds.  He was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.” No eyewitnesses were in the area at the time of the incident.

  • At approximately 20:00 on Wednesday, 08 December 2021, IOF removed a sit-in tent established by activists and persons in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah residents in front of al-Kurd family house in Karam al-Ja’ouni area in the neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and forcibly expelled the activists.  Meanwhile, tens of Israeli settlers were organizing a protest in front of al-Ghawi confiscated family house in the area, chanting “Death to Arabs” and calling for revenge and expelling them from their houses.

The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood committee reported that IOF stationed at the entrances to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood since the early morning hours and set up iron barriers. At 20:00, IOF rasded the sit-in and searched IDs of persons present inside, forced those who do not live in the neighborhood to leave. The Committee added that the Israeli police assaulted the protesters and forced them to leave the tent , then proceeded to remove it and remove all the signs and pictures bearing the names of the families who live in Karam al-Jaouni neighborhood in Sheikh Jarrah.

  • At approximately 08:30 on Thursday, 09 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern al-Bureij and al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at the adjacent Palestinian agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:10, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and off al-Soudaniya area in western Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence in central Gaza Strip opened fire and fired teargas canisters at the bird hunters in the adjacent lands, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF stationed offshore next to al-Ghoul land, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats and opened heavy fire around them. They surrounded a fishing boat belonging to Rafiq “Mohammed ‘Al” Yousif al-Sultan (46), from al-Salatin neighborhood in Beit Lahia when his 2 sons, Mohammed (20) an Ahmed (19) were on board.  They were both arrested and taken with the boat to an unknown destination.

According to Rafiq al-Sultan, his sons, Mohammed and Ahmed, put the fishing nets in water at around 16:30 on Thursday, 09 December 2021, off al-Waha shore, northeast of Beit Lahia and came back at 06:00 the next day to collect the nets, but they were surprised that the sea pulled the nets to the north toward the border area.  They tried to reach them, but they were around 300 meters to the south of the coastal borders.  At the time, an Israeli gunboat approached and surrounded them.  They were arrested while their boat was confiscated.

  • In the afternoon, in a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian during the suppression of a peaceful protest Beita village, southeast of Nablus.

According to PCHR’s investigations, IOF directly targeted the Palestinian civilian in the head at a close range of 50 meters, without any justification or posing threat to the soldiers’ lives. This crime proves IOF unjustifiable lenient shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 12:15 on Friday, 10 December, a peaceful protest took off in the Beita Park, southeast of Nablus, towards al-Hotah area, east of Mount Sabih, east of the village, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost 8 months ago.  The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers.  When they arrived, they were surprised with IOF taking their positions near the Mount. IOF immediately fired teargas canisters at the protesters, and intensive clashes broke out.  The protesters fired stones at IOF, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters, and the clashes expanded to reach the area surrounding the Mount.  During the clashes, which continued until around 15:00, a Palestinian civilian was shot with a bullet in the head and sustained critical wounds while others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  As a result, the wounded was taken to the field hospital in Bita village and then referred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where he was announced dead at 16:00. The murdered was later identified as Jamil Jamal Ahmed Abu ‘Ayyash (32), from Beita village.

An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“An Israeli soldier fired 2 bullets from 40 to 50 meters on the top of the Mount; one of the bullets was in the air while the other hit Jamil Abu ‘Ayyash, who was in front of the soldier trying to turn back and fled away. Meanwhile, Abu ‘Ayyash did not pose any imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives.  Abu ‘Ayyash was shot in the back of the head and fell on the ground.  Protesters carried him while his head was open and bleeding.  He was put in a Palestinian ambulance and taken to the field hospital in the area.  He was referred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where he was announced dead at 16:00.”

This victim is the nineth Palestinian shot dead by IOF during suppression of peaceful protests in Beita village since the establishment of the settlement outpost.

  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed by the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddoum village, where dozens of Palestinian protested.  IOF chased the protesters who gathered in the area, and clashes broke out.  IOF fired rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters.  As a result, 6 Palestinians were wounded, including 2 children; all with rubber bullets in their extremities except for one who sustained a rubber bullet in the abdomen,
  • At approximately 20:30 on Friday, IOF stationed along the border fence with Israeli, east of al-Showkah village, east of Rafah, opened fire at the adjacent agricultural area, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 11 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence in northeastern al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip opened fire and teargas canisters at the bird hunters in the adjacent Palestinian agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya, where dozens of Palestinian protested.  IOF chased the protesters who gathered in the area, and clashes broke out.  IOF fired rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters.  As a result, 2 Palestinians were wounded: a child was wounded with a rubber bullet in the chest while the other was wounded with a rubber bullet in the hand.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Sunday, 12 December 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia and off al-Soudaniyia shore west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around.  The shooting which continued from time to time until 10:00 the next day enticed fear among the fishermen and forced them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:10, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at the agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off western Rafah shore, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles.  The shooting enticed dear among the fishermen and forced them to flee.  Neither casualties nor damage to the boats was reported.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Monday, 13 December 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 around.  The shooting, which continued from time to time until 09:00, enticed fear among the fishermen and forced them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khuza’a, eastern Khan Younis, , opened fire at farmers and bird hunters in the area, forcing them to retreat.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:35, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at the adjacent agricultural lands.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 00:10 on Tuesday, 14 December 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off western Rafah shore, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles.  No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Bilin village, western Ramallah, and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinians and Palestinian homes in the area. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:40 on Wednesday, 15 December 2021, IOF stationed along the border fence in eastern Gaza Valley village, southeast of Gaza, opened fire at the landfill.  No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 02 December 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Fo’ad Khaled Nazzal (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Zain al-Karaki (24) and Yousef al-Karaki (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Yazan Khaled Mohsen (20), Mohammed Saleh Mohsen (43), and Ra’ed Mohammed Rabea’ (42).
  • At approximately 03:25, IOF arrested Karem Khaled Hanoun (23), after raiding and searching his house in Nablus.
  • At approximately 06:50, IOF arrested Fathi Rasmi Jarrar (34), after raiding and searching his house in Sanur village, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Naser Othman Darwish (17), Mohammed Abdul Ra’ouf Mahmoud (21), Hussain Mahmoud Atiya (18), and Mohammed Amin al-’Abasi (20).
  • At approximately 21:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Ma’moun Muhaisen (17) and Saleh Bader Abu ‘Asab (21), while present at the western entrance of al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursion in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin governorate; and Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 03 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (24) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in several neighborhoods in Surif village, west of Hebron. (PCHR keeps the names of the arrestees). Meanwhile, IOF hung posters on the walls of Palestinian houses to threaten civilians from dealing with Hamas Movement’s activists whether in prisons or in the Gaza Strip. After 24 hours of investigation, IOF released all 24 arrestees.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in several neighborhoods in Hebron. The arrestees are: Hisham Hmeidan al-Sharbati (58), Haroun Ibrahim al-Karaki (31), and Basem Mohammed Abdo (35).
  • At approximately 06:40, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of ‘Atuf village, southeast of Tubas governorate, arrested Fo’ad Mohammed Besharat (32), from Tammun village, southeast of Tubas governorate.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF arrested Maher Makroum Barqan (40), from Hebron, while passing through al-Container military checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Sebastia, northwest of Nablus governorate; Surif and Beit Ula, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 05 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Jehad Hasan Abu ‘Adi (26) and Saji Farah Ataya (37), after raiding and searching their houses in Kafr Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Hamza Khalil Taqateqa (20), after raiding and searching his house in Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Karan ‘Atef Qazzaz (24), after raiding and searching his house in Kuseise village, northeast of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Mo’ath Hussain Abayat (23), after stopping and confiscating his vehicle near Kisan village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Yaser Deiriyah (28), from Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, while returning home from Ramallah.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF summonsed the activist, Mona Nabil al-Kurd (23), for investigation in Moscovia Detention Center, in West Jerusalem, after raiding and searching her house in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Mona was summonsed on grounds of submitting complains against those living in al-Ghawi family’s building, which was seized by Israeli settlers, for ruining several murals painted on her house’s walls and drew racist graphics instead beside other racist practices. Al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood committee confirmed that IOF summonsed the complainant, Mona, for investigation instead of holding the perpetrators accountable or deterring them, in addition to carrying out these attacks under the protection of the Israeli police.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in al-Dhahiriya, Dura and al-Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron; and al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 06 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested (4) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Ahmed Fathi al-Afghani (11), Saleh Bader Abu ‘Asab (21), Qasem Monir Derbas (18), and Mohammed Baker Mustafa (23).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Hamza Abdul Mohdi al-Zohour (38), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Kahil village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 06:20, IOF arrested Ghassan Ra’ed Hamed (39), after raiding and searching his house in Silwad village, east of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF arrested Khaled Kamel Nawabib (46), after raiding and searching his house in Burqa village, east of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Abdul Ra’ouf Riyad Najeeb (19), while present in Bab al-’Amud area, in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Tuba village, east of Yatta, southwest of Hebron governorate. The arrestees are: Yousef Omar Abu Jindiya (30), Jaber Ibrahim Awad (35), and Ridwan Ibrahim Abu Jindiya (40).
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Ras Karkar, Kharbatha, Bil’in and al-Bireh villages. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ibrahim al-Sheikh Khalil (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-Ram village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF handed Isma’el Elias Rabea’ (41), a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in ‘Arraba, southwest of Jenin governorate. The arrestees are: Ja’far Fawzi Abu Salah (45), Hassan Ramzi Abu Salah (48), and Emad Nawwaf Hammad (50).
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Tamim Zaher al-Khadour (19), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Beit Ummar, Surif and Yatta villages. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 08 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Sahur village, east of Bethlehem governorate. The arrestees are: Lo’ay Haitham al-’Asalini (20), Qusai Eyad al-’Asalini (23), and Ahmed Abdullah Shu’ibat (27).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Shorouk Mohammed al-Badan (26), after raiding and searching her house in Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. It should be noted that IOF arrested al-Badan for 2 times, as she spent 18 months inside the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 02:25, IOF arrested Abdul Karim Majed al-Halabi (48), after raiding and searching his house in Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Sharar Eisa Bani Mefleh (26) and Islam Naser Shurafa (37), after raiding and searching their houses in Beita village, southeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested (4) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem. The arrestees are Mohammed Ibrahim Deiriyah (17), Ameer Murad Taqatiqa (19), Karam Mushref Deiriyah (19), and Mohammed Ibrahim Thalji (20).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested (5) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are Ahmed Yousef Obaid (21), Zeyad Mohammed Alian (22), Ahmed Isam Darwish (20), Yazan ‘Atef Obaid (23), and Ahmed Mahmoud al-Afghani (14).
  • At approximately 07:40, IOF stormed al-Rawda al-Haditha School in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The raided and searched all the school facilities, caused fear among students, and arrested 2 students, the school principal and the social researcher.

It should be noted that at approximately 07:10, hundreds of IOF and special units deployed in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods looking for a girl that IOF claimed that she carried out stabbing attack against an Israeli settler at the entrance of neighborhood. Meanwhile, IOF stormed, raided and accurately searched al-Rawda al-Haditha School and Khalil al-Sakakini School. Lubna ‘Abdin, a teacher at al-Rawda al-Haditha School, said that many Israeli soldiers raided and searched the school and classes, then detained all students in the school’s yard to search their clothes. ‘Abdin clarified that the Israeli Intelligence Services stayed inside the school for 2 hours, searched and damaged the school contents, and arrested Nofuth Jad Hammad (15), a student in the 10th grade, and her sister, Malak (14), a 9th grader, Fatma al-Rifa’i, the school principal, and Saja Saleh Mardawi (32), the social worker.

It should be noted that Nofuth Hammad, who IOF claim that she carried out a stab attack, is one of the residents Karam al-Ja’ouni area which is under the threat of displacement in favor of Israeli settlement organizations, in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. After a while, IOF stormed her house and took her mother for investigation, and stormed Isra’ Ghatit’s (14) house, and arrested her.

Lawyer Mohammed Mahmoud stated that the Israeli court extended Nofuth Hammad and Isra’ Ghatit detention to Monday and released Malak Hammad. Mahmoud highlighted that Nofuth and Isra’ were subjected to psychological pressure, degrading treatment and insults during the investigation, while one of the soldiers hit Nofuth with a chair; both were denied food for several hours.

  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians from Bethlehem, while present near Ma’ale Adumim settlement, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Ramzi Jamal al-’Amour (32), Khalil Emad al-’Amour (27), Khaled Aqel Dar al-Haj (37).
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF arrested Za’al Bahjat al-Ramiya (44) and Hatem Abdullah Melhem (53), while passing through Qalandia checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF severely beaten them before they transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in West Jerusalem to receive treatment.

Thursday, 09 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (6) students studying at al-Najah National University, after raiding and searching their houses in several neighborhoods in Nablus. The arrestees are: Anas Jamil Ishtayah (24), Ayoub Ramzi Dweikat (23), Ibrahim Mohammed Dweikat (22), Omar Khader al-Shakhshir (25), Hasan Helmi Tofaha (21), and Hamza Mo’in Tabanja (23).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Khuzaima Mahmoud Ghaith (25), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested (6) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Alaa Mousa Abu Riyala (23), his brother, Omar (21), Rashad Amjad Abu Riyala, Ahmed Mohammed Derbas (25), Mohammed Husain Derbas (58), and Khalil Abed Owda (18).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested (9) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-’Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The arrestees are: Abdul Majeed Mahmoud Jawabra (24), Mahmoud Mohammed Jawabra (30), Firas Zakariya al-Qiq (27), Maher Jamal Abu Warda (36), Omar Ikhmis (33), Eisa Nidal Abu Ghazi (28), Mahmoud Nidal Abu Ghazi (25), Mohammed Fathi Shehada (20), and Rani Mohammed Hudeib (37).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ibrahim Mustafa Abed (25), after raiding and searching his house in Tell village, southwest of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mahdi Omar Zeyada after raiding and searching his house on al-Saf street in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Abdul Karim Ahmed Ayyad (63), a leader in Hamas Movement, his son, Belal (33), Ramez Yousef al-Laham (24), and Mohammed Nidal Manasra (21).
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF arrested Dawoud Mahmoud al-Ghoul (37), after raiding and searching his house in Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Shu’afat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Abdul Latif Ghaith (80), Naser al-Dein Subhi Abu Khudair (60), Zakariya Owda, Manawil Abdul ‘Aal (65), and Sa’eed Abu Khudair (58).

It should be noted that IOF released them after several hours of investigation, but imposed house arrest on Abdul Latif Ghaith, and his 11-year-going travel and movement ban was renewed. Ghaith is not allowed to leave Jerusalem, or to enter the West Bank, or travel abroad. Also, 6 months of house arrest was imposed on Naser Abu Khudair, as he was banned from declaring, connecting, or even posting on social media

  • At approximately 21:00, IOF stationed inside the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, arrested Ali Ibrahim Abu Sunima (20) and Yaser Isama’el Abu Sunima (22), while attempting to sneak through the border fence.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Ya’bad, ‘Arraba, al-Zawiya, Sanur, Anzah and Mirka villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 10 December 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Yousef Taha Owda (26), after raiding and searching his house in Deir ‘Ammar refugee camp, west of Ramallah governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Bireh. The arrestees are: Falah Nada Abdullah (66), Saji Ali ‘Abed (24), and Bara’ Mohammed Abdul Samad (25). It should be noted that all of the abovementioned arrestees are former prisoners.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Sami Ibrahim Hussain (40) and Maher al-Fadi (50), after raiding and searching their houses in Beitunia village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Shadi Salama Halsa (26), after raiding and searching his house in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Nour al-Dein Sultan Obaid (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Halhul and Dura, in Hebron governorate; Ni’lin, Deir Nidham and al-Janiya villages in Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 11 December 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Qanni Mansour (21), after raiding and searching his house in Kfr Qallil village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Ameed Obaid (24) and Wa’el Sabtah (26), while present near the western entrance of al-Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in al-Shuyukh, Hebron and Beit Kahil villages. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 12 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ashraf Ibrahim Shamasnah (38), after raiding and searching his house in Qatanna village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Wadi al-Maghayir to the south of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses belonging to Salhab family, severely beaten them, and then arrested Ahmed Abdul Salam Salhab (26), and Anas Mahmoud Abdul Salam Salhab (25).

Mohammed Salhab gave the following statement to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“We woke up to IOF surrounding our family building in Wadi al-Maghayir area, near Beit Higai settlement, south of Hebron. As soon as my son, Nour al-Dein, headed to the front door to see what’s happening, I followed him, the Israeli soldiers entered and took us to my brother’s house, where IOF were detaining my brother, Mahmoud (54), and his family, while his son, Ibrahim (14), was on the ground. I attempted to talk to the soldiers to leave Ibrahim, but the other family members living in the same building came after hearing Mahmoud’s wife screaming. IOF kept hitting my nephew, Osama (25), with their riffles’ butts, so I intervened to help him, but one of the soldiers hit me with his riffle’s butt in the back. After 15 minutes of assaulting and hitting us, Osama lost his consciousness because his head was bleeding; he was transported to a Palestinian ambulance which was waiting for him on the main street, because IOF prevented it’s access to our building. Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers carried Osama to the Palestinian ambulance for first aid until the Israeli military ambulance came and took him to Soroka Medical Center in Israel for treatment. Three hours later, IOF arrested my nephew, Ahmed Abdul Salam Salhab (26), and we headed to a governmental hospital to receive treatment.”

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Zaher Mahmoud Masalmah (24), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Medhat Tareq al-Isawi (48), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. It should be noted that al-Isawi is a former prisoner who spent 26 years inside the Israeli prisons and released 4 months ago.
  • At approximately 15:40, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the main entrance of Turmus Ayya, arrested Abdul Rahman Fadi Abdul Rahman (16), from the city, while passing through the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF arrested Ibrahim Khalil Msaffar (47), after raiding and searching his house in Mazari’ al-Nubani village, northwest of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Laith Fadi ‘Akar (19), from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Ramiz Raqban (19), while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dayr Ghasana and Bayt Rima villages, northwest of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 13 December 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Amir Shadi Dawoud (20), after raiding and searching his house on al-Basha street in Ras al-Ein neighborhood, south of Nablus.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ragheb Mousa Jaber (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-Eizariya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-’Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The arrestees are: Ghassan Amjad Jawabra (30), Mo’ayad Sami al-Sharabi (29), Izz al-Dein Mohammed al-Hour (33), Anas Amjad Jawabra (29), and Rabah Belal Fdailat (36).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Rami Saleh al-Fakhouri (30), and his wife, Eman Musbah Abu Sbeih (22), after raiding and searching their house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Saleh al-Fakhouri,  Rami’s father, stated that IOF stormed and searched his house, and found a picture of Eman’s father, Musbah Abu Sbeih, who was killed by IOF in 2016, after committing a shooting attack in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. When one of the Israeli soldiers saw the picture of Eman’s father, he commented that Abu Sbeih was a terrorist and insulted him, so Eman could not control herself and quarreled with the soldiers, so the female soldiers took Eman to another room and attempted to strip searching her but she refused. When Rami heard Eman screaming, he attempted to check on her, but the soldiers prevented him from entering the room, severely beat and arrested him along with Eman in front of their children.

  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Omar Mo’ayad Ahmed Ghazi (21), and his brother, Ahmed (22), after raiding and searching their houses in Jamma’in village, southeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mohsen Younis Masalma (33) and Salah Ali Zughayar (38), after raiding and searching their houses in Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Yazeed Osama Naser (27), after raiding and searching his house in Zeita Jamma’in village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Anas Mamdouh Khalil Miskawi (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Hasan Yousef Dar Khalil (66), a leader in Hamas Movement and a former prisoner, and Nour Ali al-Qadi (31), a former prisoner, after raiding and searching their houses in Beitunia village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Bara’ Sa’ed ‘Assi (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qarawat Bani Hassan village, in Salfit.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Liqya village, west of Ramallah. The arrestees are: Mo’ath Eyad Assi (25), Bara’ Mohammed Mafarja (23), Waheed Omar Mousa (36), and Tha’er Bader (30).
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Naser Osama al-Hidmi (53), Jehad Naser Qaws (27), Rasheed Rasmi al-Rashaq (21), Mohammed Khaled Sharifa (25), and Sufian Omar al-’Ajlouni (23).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF arrested Nitham Roshdi Abu Romouz (39), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Monthir Hamada (35), after raiding and searching his house in Sur Baher village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with 9 military vehicles moved 250 meters to the west of the border fence with Israel,  adjacent to “16”military site, northeast of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands amidst sporadic shooting, causing damages in the agricultural lands. At approximately 16:00, IOF withdrew, but no casualties were reported.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:20, IOF arrested Mohammed Yousef Warasnah (39) and Qassam ‘Atef Halayqa (37), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Shuyukh village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested ‘Arrabi Mahmoud al-Jawarish (25), after raiding and searching his house in Jabal al-Mawaleh area in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Qusai Abed Alian (22), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Mousa Mohammed Abed Rabboh (34), after raiding and searching his house in Jabal al-Mawaleh area in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Jehad Mousa Shalaledah (40), after raiding and searching his house in Sa’ir village, north of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Omar Mohammed Assaf (29) and Haitham Ya’qoub Omar (22), after raiding and searching their houses in Far’un village, east of Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Fadi Abdul Raheem Hattab (31), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr al-Labad village, south of Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF arrested (3) civilians, all of them were former prisoners, after raiding and searching their houses in Deir Abu Masha’al village, northwest of Ramallah. The arrestees are: Mohammed Tayseer Zahran (41), Nidal Ibrahim ‘Atta (33), and Mahdi Khalil al-Barghouthi (26).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF handed Majd Syam (22) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, and arrested Mohammed Syam (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles stormed Birzeit University in Birzeit village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched the campus and severely beaten Ahmed Jamal Hamdan (40), one of the security personnel, causing bruises in his leg. Furthermore, they confiscated the mobile phones of 5 security personnel and forced them to open the buildings of 3 collages: (the College of Nursing, the College of Science, and the College of Graduate Studies), where they confiscated a number of stereographs from the College of Science, and a number of banners which belonging to the student blocs in the university. After 2 hours, IOF withdrew and no incidents were reported.
  • At approximately 06:00, a group of undercover “Mista’arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Kafr Ni’ma village, west of Ramallah, using a white bus. They stationed near the village’s mosque and surrounded a house. Meanwhile, several military vehicles moved into the village and covered the withdrawal of the special unit, and arrested Osaid Mohammed Abu ‘Adi (24), who is a university student and a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Yazan al-Hussaini (19) and Mohammed al-Sa’ou (19), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Saleh Ghassan Obaid (19) and Mo’tasem Hamza Obaid (20), from al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present at the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Yatta and Idna villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 15 December 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mousa Hijazi (23), after raiding and searching his house in Jabal al-Mawaleh area in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Zaki Baddah (29), after raiding and searching his house in ‘Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Fadi Mohammed al-Khadour (28), after raiding and searching his house in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Abdul Salam Rabea’ (25), after raiding and searching his house in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Belal Abu Shamsiyah (32), claiming that he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at Qalandia military checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF released him after several hours.

Abu Shamsiyah stated that he is from Ras al-’Amud village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and he volunteered to drive his blind neighbor to Kafr Aqab village. As soon as he arrived at Qalandia military checkpoint, he parked his vehicle and took his neighbor’s hand to help him to cross the street and return to his vehicle. Suddenly, he found the Israeli soldiers shouting, “Where is your knife?!” and directing their weapons at him, claiming that he was attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. Abu Shamsiyah explained what happened with him while he was in prone position, so IOF searched him and severely beaten him before taking him to an investigation room at the checkpoint. After several hours of field investigation, IOF released him.

  • At approximately 16:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Abdul Rahman ‘Ayid Hujair (22), after raiding and accurately searching his shop in Dayr Ibzi’ village, west of Ramallah.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Ya’bad and Kafr Qud villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

  • At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 02 December 2021, IOF backed by Israeli military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbet al-Markaz, east of Yatta city in southern Hebron. Israeli soldiers deployed in the area while vehicles demolished several facilities, under the pretext of non-licensing. Israeli authorities distributed cease-construction notices in 2013, which were as follows:
AffectedFacilityAreaDiscerptionMembersChildren
Mohammed Mahmoud al-NajarLivestock barrack200 sqmBuilt of tin plates and iron pillars
Mahmoud Mohammed al-NajarTwo rooms35 sqmBuilt of bricks and tin plates5
Jamal Mahmoud al-NajarRoom25 sqmBuilt of bricks and tin plates42
Saffa ‘Abed al-Rahman al-NajarRoom20 sqmBuilt of bricks and tin plates1
Saffa ‘Abed al-Rahman al-NajarLivestock barrack50 sqmBuilt of tin plates1
  • On Saturday evening, 04 December 2021, Mo’ath al-Rajbi implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his house in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Mo’ath said that he finished the construction of his house in Beit Hanina village and lived in it along with his family comprised of 5 members two months ago. During which, the Israeli Municipality immediately issued an administrative demolition notice against his house. He clarified that the demolition order could not delay or freeze through Israeli courts, so he was forced to self-demolish the house fearing for paying fines to the municipality if they do so. He added that the 55-sqaure-meter house shelters his wife and his 3 children Dahab (4), Ghram (3) and Hussain (10 months).
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF backed by Israeli military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Bowaib village, east of Yatta city in southern Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while military vehicles demolished Samer Salah Mohammed al-Ja’bari’s house that was ready for habitation  and was built of bricks and tin plates in an area of 80 square meters. Al-Ja’bari was supposed to live with his family comprised of five members, including a child, in the house. It should be noted that on 01 December 2021, Israeli authorities handed a military order No. (1797) for al-Ja’bari, which gave him 96 hours to demolish the house in order to achieve what is called “restitution in kind”.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF backed by Israeli military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Zeaf area, north of Yatta in southern Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while military vehicles demolished ‘Adel Isma’il Ibrahim Abu Turki’s two 20- square-meter rooms built of bricks. It should be noted that on 01 December 2021, Israeli authorities handed a military order No. (1797) for Abu Turki.
  • On the same day, Bahaa ‘Adnan Zaytoun implemented the Israeli Municipality’s decision and self-demolished his house in Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Zaytoun said that he built his 70-sqaure-meter house 4 years ago and he lives in it along with his wife and their 4 children. He pointed out that the municipality handed him an administrative demolition order a week ago and gave him until Tuesday, 07 December 2021, to implement the order. Due to this, he was forced to self-demolish the house fearing for paying fines to the municipality staff. Also, Zaytoun pointed out that IOF demolished the house of his cousin namely Mohammed Zaytoun last week, so his family comprising of 6 members became homeless.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 07 December 2021, Aryeh Yitzhak King, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, along with Israeli settlers handed Fatema Salem a notice issued from the Israeli Executive Chamber to vacate her house located in western Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext that the house belongs to settlement associations.

Fatema Salem (69) said that the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem along with Israeli settlers raided her house and handed her a notice to evacuate her house  before 21 December 2021. She clarified that she lives in the house with her 3 sons and their families comprising of 10 members. She added that her house is established before 1948 and she was born in it in 1952. Also, she got married and gave birth to her children while living in the house. She has never left her house and does not intend to leave it. Fatema pointed out that in 1988, settlement associations claimed their ownership of the house, since that, her family and she are struggling to prove their ownership. She added that in 1988, Israeli settlers obtained a decision from Israeli courts to evacuate her and her family from home, but she had been able to freeze the decision. In 2015, the eviction decision was renewed, ordering her to evacuate the house along with her family at the end of 2021.  Ibrahim Salem, the house owner’s son, said that the family lawyer told them that the situation is very serious and there is a high risk that they would be evicted from their home, which they had lived in all their lives, especially that they had been received an eviction order 4 days ago. It should be noted that there are over 500 members living in 28 houses in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood face the risk of being evicted from their houses, under the pretext of its ownership to settlement associations. Those residents are fighting in the Israeli courts to prove the ownership of their houses and cancel the decisions issued to disciple them from their houses or seizing them.

  • Around the same time, Israeli military vehicles demolished 3 agricultural rooms and handed demolition notices to a livestock barn and dozens of inhabited and uninhabited houses in Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Hani Fanoun, Mayor of Nahalin village Municipality, said that IOF accompanied with Israeli military vehicles moved into al-Salib and Khelet al-‘Adas areas, where they demolished 3 agricultural rooms belonging to Mahmoud Jamil Shakarnah, Ibrahim Yousef ‘Awad and Shareef Musalam Mostafa. He added that IOF attempted to demolish a livestock barrack belonging to Mahmoud Shakarnah, but the latter refused to evacuate the livestock out of the barn, as well as dozens of citizens gathered and stopped the demolition. Later, IOF handed the barn’s owner an eviction order as a prelude to demolish it within 3 days. Ibrahim ‘Awad, one of the agricultural rooms owners, said that Israeli authorities demolished his 60-square-meter agricultural room established to preserve his land. He clarified that he previously received a cease-construction notice from the Israeli authorities, so he headed to the Israeli courts to obtain licenses and surveyed the site to prevent its demolition, but in vain as Israeli vehicles demolished his agricultural room over its contents without a prior warning or without handing him a demolition notice.
  • At approximately 09:30, Israeli military vehicles levelled Kayed Na’iem Fataftah’s land in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. Also, they demolished a retaining wall surrounding the land, under the pretext of non-licensing. Fataftah said that he was shocked by storming his land, leveling it, damaging plants, and demolishing the retaining wall that was estimated at 100,000 shekels.
  • On Saturday, 11 December 2021, Nassar family implemented the Israeli Municipality’s order and self-demolished three houses located in Wadi Qadoum neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing.

Monther Nassar said that he, his son Mohammed, and his brother Jawad were forced to self-demolish their houses in Wadi Qadoum neighborhood, to avoid paying fines estimated at more than 200,000 shekels for Israeli Municipality. He clarified that his house has established since 2014, and he has been lived in it along with his wife, his mother and his 6 kids. In 2015, he built a small house near his house, containing a room and its facilities for his son Mohammed, who lives in it with his wife and their 3 children. Nassar added that his brother Jawad built a 70-square-meter house near his house sheltering his wife and their 4 children. He pointed out that the municipality has been pursuing the three houses since 2015 and imposed fines on them estimated at 52,000 shekels. They have been paid the fines and attempted to license the houses, but in vain.  Nassar said that the municipality does not grant licenses for Jerusalemites and Israeli courts no longer accept pleas to freeze demolition decisions, so its owners are forced to demolish them fearing hefty demolition fines. Nassar stressed the difficulty of the Palestinian citizen’s lives in Jerusalem, especially with the soaring price of house rents.

  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 13 December 2021, IOF confiscated a 4700-sqaure-meter land in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, ordered its owners to evacuate it forcibly and demolished it as a prelude to conduct excavation works in it, under the pretext of being public utility.

It should be noted that in last November, Israeli Supreme Court approved a decision issued by the Israeli District Court to confiscate the strategically located land in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood that belongs to Jarallah, ‘Odah, ‘Obaidat, and Mansour families, under the pretext of public utility. Malek ‘Obaidat, one of the land’s owners, had previously said that the Israeli Supreme Court refused an appeal submitted by his family along with Jarallah, ‘Odah and Mansour families concerning the Israeli District Court decision to hand over the land to the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem or any party, claiming that this land is considered a public utility, and the court decided to ratify the decision.

‘Obaidat clarified that the land is in a sensitive and important location in occupied East Jerusalem. It is close to the Simon al-Siddiq’s Tomb, which Jews consider as a holy shrine to them, and is visited by settlers on their holidays and occasions. It is also close to Karam al-Ja’wni area, which houses are threatened to be evicted in favor for settlement associations. ‘Obaidat added that the case of the confiscated land has been considered in the Israeli court since2005, throughout those years, the municipality questioned the four families’ ownership of the land, but the families proved their ownership in the Israeli Supreme Court. In 2015, these families were shocked by the Israeli District Court’s decision to confiscate the land with the support of the MEHI – MIDDLE EAST HOTELS, and by agreement with the Israeli municipality, to convert the land into a garden at the hotel’s expense and compensate the land’s owners with money at the expense of the hotel owners, provided that the municipality allows to increase the construction area in the hotel from 18,000 to 36,000 square meters. ‘Obaidat pointed out that the land’s owners would not accept the hotel owners’ compensation for them and would pursue them, stressing that the land’s owners have documents that prove the illegal and immoral transaction between the hotel owners and the Israeli municipality. The families’ lawyer, Mohanad Jbara, issued a statement warning of the seriousness of the confiscation decision. He also warned that the municipality taking over of the land encourages the setters to seize the land that may turn into a hotbed for settles coming to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 13 December 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a mounted-crane truck moved into Jabal Jawhar area in southern Hebron. IOF raided and searched Kamal Hasan Ghaith (55)’s house after opening the house door with a special machine. After that, they stormed and searched the 1st floor and confiscated printers. Also, they arrested Ghaith and handed the family a list of confiscated items allegedly used in favor of terrorist organizations. The confiscated printers were estimated at 100,000 shekels.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 14 December 2021, Israeli municipality vehicles demolished Majd al-Helisy’s house in Bab al-Maghareba area in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Helisy said that his house was built a year ago, and when he got married, he lived with his mother in a small house. After that, when he had kids, he built a 70-square-meter house comprising of 2 rooms and its facilities. He clarified that he recently received a demolition notice from the Israeli municipality, which allowed him to challenge the demolition order within a certain period. Al-Helisy indicated that the municipality did not consider the challenge submitted 2 days ago, and demolished the house over its contents, as they did not give him enough time to get them out of the house.
  • At approximately 10:00, the Israeli municipality continued to demolish the foundations of Eyad Burqan’s house in al-Shayyah area in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that Eyad self-demolished his house in the mid of last November to avoid paying fines to the municipality. Eyad said that he received a notice to demolish his 2-storey-house in last June, and he submitted an appeal to the Israeli District Court, but it was rejected. After that, he paid 50,000 shekels to submit an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, which was refused as well. Burqan pointed out that his 2-storey-under- construction house was built in an area of 300 square meters and costed more than 700,000 shekels. He was He hoped to live at the house with his wife and their six children, including a child with disability. Also, he added that he was forced to self-demolish his house fearing for paying 400,000 shekels to the municipality. He was shocked by IOF storming to his house and demolishing its foundations to force him paying the fines.
  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli military vehicles demolished ‘Attah Ja’afrah’s house in Jabel Mukaber village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ja’afrah said that he built his 90-square-meter house in 2010, sheltering 11 members, including 6 children. He clarified that 10 years ago, the Israeli Municipality pursed him and issued a demolition notice against his house. Throughout the past years, he attempted to freeze the demolition order, despite imposing fines on him by the municipality and the Israeli courts. Ja’afrah added that, 15 months ago, the Israeli Court issued a final demolition decision and notified him that it will impose fines on him if he will not self-demolish his house.
  • On Wednesday, 15 December 2021, Nassar family implemented the Israeli Municipality order and self-demolished 3 houses in Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Mazen Nassar said that he and his brothers “ Mohammed Zaid” and “Mohammed Fadel” implemented the municipality order and self-demolished their houses in Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood fearing for paying fines to the municipality estimated at 80,000 shekels for each of them if they would not implement the demolition. He clarified that three houses were built in an area of 100-130 square meter.

He added that his house sheltered 11 members, his brother Mohammed Zaid’s house sheltered 8 members and their brother Mohammed Fadel’s house sheltered the same number of members. Nassar indicated that the three houses along with 6 other houses belonging to Nassar family had been received demolition orders from the Israeli municipality, under the pretext that the municipality confiscated the land to construct a park. Nassar pointed out that the municipality gave them until the end of this year to self-demolish all the notified houses. He added that his father, Mohammed Nassar, bought the land 35 years ago, but the municipality issued an order to confiscate it, under the pretext of constructing a park on it, as his father refused to sell the land or replace it with another land, despite that his brother’s licensed house was established on the land 25 years ago, in addition to 2 other houses established 19 years ago, and 3 houses established 10 years ago, sheltering 70 members.

  • At approximately 10:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Susya village, south of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers distributed 4 cease-construction notices, under the pretext of non-licensing. The notices were as follows:
AffectedFacilityAreaDescriptionMembersChildren
Susya village councilA park for kindergarten150 sqmA concrete floor, fence, and playground
Naser Mohammed Nawaj’ajWater well80 m3pit64
Mohsen Mahmoud Mohammed Nawaj’ahA room25 sqmUnder-construction room built of bricks and tin plates5
Mohsen Mahmoud Mohammed Nawaj’ahTin-plate barrack60 sqmTin plates
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into al-Rakeez area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. A group of citizens were plowing al-Rakeez area land to plant it with winter crops. The IOF deployed in the area, declared it as a closed military zone and prevented the citizens from plowing the land, under the pretext of being a state-owned land. During which, a verbal altercation erupted between the IOF and Palestinian citizens. As a result, IOF arrested Suliman Mohammed Suliman Mohammed (39), Ibrahim Mohammed Hasan Abu ‘Arram (44) and Maher Ahmed Mohammed (43). Also, IOF confiscated a tractor.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • On At approximately 23:25 on Thursday, 02 December 2021, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Ahya” settlement, which is established on Jalud village’s lands, southeast of Nablus, threw stones at Palestinians’ houses located in eastern the village. They also punctured the tires of Hisham ‘Emad Hamoud’s vehicle that was parked in front of the houses and then fled towards the settlement.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 04 December 2021, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Havat Ma’on” settlement outpost, assaulted Palestinian shepherds and farmers while present in the natural pastures, southeast of Yatta City, south of Hebron, and tried to expel them. Afterwards, a group of Palestinian and an Israeli force arrived and stopped settlers’ attacks against the shepherds and farmers.
  • At approximately 14:00, an Israeli settler discriminately opened fire from his pistol in front of Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, claiming that the camp’s residents threw stones at his vehicle. After that, Israeli backup forces arrived and the soldiers deployed in the area, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 05 December 2021, a group of Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, moved into as-Samu village, south of Hebron. IOF closed the center of the village, prevented citizens from moving and forced shop owners to close. Meanwhile, the settlers stormed an antique building in central the village and performed prayers. The village closure continued until 21:00.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Thursday, 09 December 2021, armed settlers attacked Sheikh Jarrah residents’ vehicles that were parked in the neighborhood’s western side, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The neighborhood residents said that a group of settlers carrying knives and pepper spray gathered near al-Ghawi building in Karem al-Ja’ouni area and then headed towards the National Insurance Building and Al-Hayat Medical Center, in the western side of the neighborhood. The settlers threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles, breaking the windows of 5 vehicles, and then fled towards Street no. 1 and Mea Shearim neighborhood. The neighborhood committee clarified that this was the 2nd attack within 2 weeks against the same area, as the settlers previously punctured the tiers of 10 vehicles that were parked in front of the medical center parking. The committee added that the police arrived at the area after 20 munities and did not do anything as usual. The committee pointed out that the settlers’ attacks against the neighborhood residents had not ceased, as on Thursday morning, the settlers vandalized the murals of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, for the fourth time in a row.
  • On Saturday morning, 11 December 2021, a group of settlers, from “Shavei Shomron” settlement, which is established on Deir Sharaf village’s lands, west of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers’ lands in al-Hariqa area, west of the village. The settlers broke and uprooted at least 600 olive and almond trees planted a month ago on an area of 68 dunums belonging to the sons of the late Awad Abu Safad, Ghazi Faris Antari, Abd al-Rahim Suleiman Abu Safad, and Nour al-Din Suleiman Abu Safad.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 12 December 2021, a large group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians’ properties on Nablus Street in central of occupied East Jerusalem and threw stones at vehicles and residential houses’ windows. They also cursed the Palestinians and threatened them to be killed.

Mohammed Qanitah said that more than 30 masked settlers moved into Nablus Street in the evening, threw stones at his family house and broke the windows of his vehicle along with his cousins’ vehicles (7), in addition to breaking the windows of 5 vehicles parked in front of  his family house. Qanitah pointed out that this was the 2nd time that the settlers carried out this attack within few months ago. He added that the police did not investigate the incident and only told them that the vehicles’ owners should refer them later to find a mechanism of repairing their vehicles. He also pointed out that the police did not attempt to reach the perpetrators and punish them to prevent the recurrence of the attack again.

  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 15 December 2021, a large number of Israeli settlers attacked Fatema Salem’s house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while she was getting out of her house along with her son Ibrahim. The settlers put barbed wires around the house and set up cameras. Ibrahim Salem said that at least 30 settlers attacked his house while he and his mother were getting out of it to meet the lawyer and put barbed wire around it along with another nearby plot of land in order to close it and forcibly expel them from the house. Salem clarified that shortly after he left, his wife phoned him and told him that the settlers stormed the house, so he immediately returned. When he arrived, dozens of the neighborhood residents gathered in front of his house and stopped the settlers’ attacks. During which, verbal altercation erupted between the residents and settlers, who assaulted them and beat Fatema Salem. Ibrahim indicated that the settlers assaulted his family’s land without a court decision and the Israeli police arrived and did not take any action against the settlers. The police only said that the land should remain intact until issuing a decision from the court.

It should be noted last Tuesday, the Israeli Municipality handed Fatema a decision issued by the Israeli Executive Chamber to evacuate her house located in the western side of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, under the pretext of its ownership of settlement associations.

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

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 44 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 4 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

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

Jerusalem:

  • On Saturday, 04 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance to Jaba’ village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Sunday, 05 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood and Jabal Mukaber village.
  • On Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • On Tuesday, 07 December 2021, IOF closed Sho’fat refugee camp checkpoint and blocked traffic but later reopened it. They also closed the main entrance to Hizma village and reopened it later.
  • On Thursday, 09 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya
  • On Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the intersection of Jaba’ village.
  • On Tuesday, 14 December 2021, IOF closed the entrance to Hizma village and reopened it later.

Bethlehem:

  • On Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Fajjar village and ‘Aqbet Hasnah area leading to the western villages in Bethlehem.
  • On Tuesday, 07 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Shawawra village and ‘Aqbet Hasnah area leading to the western villages in Bethlehem.
  • On Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near the intersection of al-Nashash area and ‘Aqbet Hasnah area leading to the western villages in Bethlehem.
  • On Saturday, 11 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Husan village.
  • On Sunday, 12 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Teqoa village.
  • On Monday, 13 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jannatah village.
  • On Tuesday, 14 December, IOF established a temporary military checkpoint by the entrance to Ash-Shawawra.
  • On Wednesday, 15 December, IOF established 2 military checkpoints by the entrances to Tuqu and Ash-Shawawra.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 02 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to northern Yatta, al-Shyoukh village, Ethna village and Beit ‘Awwa village.
  • On Friday, 03 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints the western entrance to Hebron and the entrance to Beit Ummar village.
  • On Saturday, 04 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to southern Hebron, Qalqas village, Bani Na’im village and ad-Dhahiriya village.
  • On Sunday, 05 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to As-Samou’a and Idhna villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp.
  • On Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir village, al-Karmel village and northern Hebron.
  • On Tuesday, 07 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to eastern dura, al-Shyoukh village, Beit ‘Aynoun village and southern Hebron.
  • On Thursday, 09 December 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to northern Hebron, southern Halhoul, Beit ‘Awwa village, Kharsa and Idna villages.
  • On Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawar refugee camp, Sa’ir village and Sorif village.
  • On Saturday, 11 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit ‘Awwa village, western Hebron, al-Fahs in southern Hebron, and Bani Na’im village.
  • On Monday, 13 December 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to eastern Dura, al-‘Arroub refugee camp, Beit ‘Aynoun village and southern Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 15 December, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to ad-Dhahiriya, As-Samou’a, Beit ‘Awwa village and southern Hebron.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 09 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Awerta village, southeast of Nablus.
  • On Friday, 10 December 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints on Nablus-Jenin Road, near Deir Sharaf village in western Nablus, and Beita village Intersection, southeast of Nablus.
  • On Saturday, 11 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Sora village on Nablus-Qalqilya Road, southwest of Nablus.

Jenin:

  • On Monday, 06 December 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of Yabad village and Silet al-Thaher village, southwest of Jenin.

Qalqilya:

  • On Friday, 03 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrances to Jayyous and al-Nabi Elias villages, east of Qalqilya.

Salfit:

  • On Sunday, 05 December 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Marda village, north of Salfit.

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[1] https://twitter.com/naftalibennett/status/1467176723842314250

[2] https://twitter.com/yairlapid/status/1467177732039712770.

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الأربعاء 15 كانون الأول 2021

الأخبار


34 عاماً مرّت على تأسيس حركة «حماس» في الـ14 من كانون الأوّل 1978. ثلاثةُ عقود مرّت خلالها الحركة بالكثير من التجارب والاختبارات، وعاشت العديد من التقلّبات، فيما ظلّ الثابت في كلّ مفصل من مفاصل تلك السنوات رفْضُ الاحتلال ومواجهتُه في الساحات كافّة. صحيح أن «الحمساويين» تنزّلوا، في وثيقتهم السياسية الجديدة الصادرة عام 2017، عن بعضٍ من ثوابتهم، لاسيما لناحية قبولهم دولةً على حدود الرابع من حزيران 1967، إلّا أن محاولات وضْعهم على السكّة التي وُضعت عليها حركة «فتح»، وأوصلتها إلى التخلّي عن البندقية وانتظار «الفُتات» من دولة الاحتلال، لا تزال تبوء بالفشل. تدرك الحركة، اليوم، أن ما أرادته من وراء تلك الوثيقة من «جواز عبور» إلى ضفّة القبول الدولي بها، لم يَتحقّق لها بأيّ حال من الأحوال، وما إدراجها قبل فترة وجيزة على قوائم «الإرهاب» البريطانية إلّا أسطع دليل على ذلك. وبنفْس مستوى المعرفة هذا، تَعلم «حماس»، أو أقلّه مَن يَهمّ أن يعلم فيها، أن الالتصاق بـ«محور المقاومة» هو السبيل الأنجع للدفْع بمعركة اجتثاث الاحتلال وتحرير فلسطين قُدُماً، ولذا تمضي عملية إصلاح العلاقات بين الطرفين وتطويرها، على قدَمٍ وساقٍ، وصولاً إلى الإعداد الجماعي لحربٍ متعدّدةِ الجبهات، لن تكون «سيف القدس» إلّا نموذجاً واحداً وغير مكتمل منها. وفيما تبدو الحركة، في المرحلة الراهنة، أمام فصلٍ جديدٍ، أكثر قساوة، من فصول السعي لتدجينها من بوّابة «لقمة العيْش»، فهي تُظهر، إلى الآن، إصراراً مدهشاً على عدم تضييع مكاسب المعركة الأخيرة، ورفْض العودة إلى ما قَبْلها، وانتزاع حقوق الغزّيين من دون قيْد أو شرط. خطوطٌ حُمر لا يجد الفصيل الرئيس في قوى المقاومة في غزة، مناصاً من الثبات عندها، ولو استدعى الأمر الانجرار، مجدّداً، إلى تصعيد عسكري، تنبئ المؤشّرات بتوافُر كلّ العوامل اللازمة لتفجيره، وهو ما تَعدّ له جيّداً «كتائب القسام»، التي لا يُغفَل أخيراً دورها المستمرّ في الدفْع نحو هجْر الفكر «الإخواني» الذي ولدت «حماس» من رحِمه، وتعميق الوعي الثوري لدى أبناء الحركة.

«حماس» في عَقْدها الرابع: المقاومة عصيّة على التدجين

فلسطين رجب المدهون

بعد انتفاضتَين وأربع حروب مرّت بها حركة «حماس» في قطاع غزة، وأثبتت خلالها قدرة عالية على مواجهة الاحتلال، لم تتوقّف محاولات حرْف الحركة عن أهدافها التي أقيمت لأجلها، وذلك عبر البوّابتَين السياسية والاقتصادية، وصولاً إلى التخطيط لدفْعها في الطريق نفسه الذي سارت فيه حركة «فتح»، وتخلّت عن بندقيّتها في نهايته، بعدما التصقت بالسلطة وبما يوفّره الاحتلال من فُتات مالي لها. وفي أعقاب معركة «سيف القدس»، افتُتح فصل جديد من مساعي التدجين تلك، حيث كان آخر العروض المُقدَّمة إلى «حماس»، رفْع الحصار عن القطاع بشكل كامل وإعادة إعماره وبناء مدن صناعية وسياحية فيه، مقابل هدنة طويلة الأمد والتخلّي عن سلاح المقاومة باتفاقية دولية. لكنّ الحركة لا تزال على رفْضها أيّ تنازلات من هذا النوع، خصوصاً في ما يتّصل بقدراتها العسكرية، التي شهدت تطوّراً كبيراً خلال السنوات الماضية، بفعْل الإمكانات الذاتية لمُهندِسي جناحها العسكري، والخبرات الخارجية التي أمدّها بها «محور المقاومة»، حتى باتت تمتلك أسلحة كاسرة للتوازن. التتمة

يوسف فارس

«جواز عبور» لم يُختَم: العِبرة في فِعْل «الحمساويين»… لا قَوْلهم

 الأربعاء 15 كانون الأول 2021

يوسف فارس

متغيّرات كثيرة طرأت على حركة «حماس» خلال قرابة ثلاثة عقود، دفعتها إلى تعديل شعاراتها وجعْلها «أكثر واقعية». فلم تَعُد الحركة، بعد 34 عاماً من انطلاقتها، تُنظّر لـ«إقامة حُكم الله في الأرض». كما تخلّت عن رفْضها الحلول المرحلية، وصار ما كنت تَعيبه على «منظّمة التحرير الفلسطينية»، من تحصيل دولة على حدود عام 1967، مقبولاً ولو كحلّ مؤقّت، ناهيك عن أنها تخفّفت من عبء التبعية لجماعة «الإخوان المسلمين». ولم تكن الضغوط التي مارسها الاحتلال على «حماس» كتنظيم مقاوم، بقيادتها وقاعدتها الجماهرية، هي الدافع إلى تلك التعديلات؛ ففي عام 1992، عندما اقتادت إسرائيل المئات من قيادات الحركة الدعَوية والسياسية إلى الإبعاد القسري، كانت «حماس» تؤسّس في مرج الزهور، لبنائها التنظيمي الحديدي الذي بقي متماسكاً إلى اليوم. لكنّ النقطة الفارقة في ذلك المسار، هي تَحوُّل الحركة إلى دولة أو ما يشابه الدولة من كيانات. صحيح أن فوزها في انتخابات المجلس التشريعي عام 2007، لم يمنحها هذا الهامش على النحو الفعلي، إلّا أن تحمّلها مسؤولية حياة مليونَي فلسطيني في قطاع غزة، وضَعها أمام تحدّي تحصيلِ قبولٍ دولي، سقْف الآمال فيه، ليس التفاوض معها، بل عدم اعتبارها «منظّمة إرهابية» على الأقلّ، خصوصاً أن الجهة التي تحظى بالاعتراف و«الشرعية»، هي الخصم التقليدي لـ«حماس». التتمة

رجب المدهون

معَ المقاومة في «محورها»: لا قطيعة بعد اليوم

 الأربعاء 15 كانون الأول 2021

معَ المقاومة في «محورها»: لا قطيعة بعد اليوم

فلسطين رجب المدهون

بعد 34 عاماً على تأسيسها، باتت حركة «حماس» جزءاً لا يتجزّأ من محور المقاومة في المنطقة، على رغم التوتّرات التي مرّت بها علاقات الطرفَين، خصوصاً إبّان الأزمة السورية. توتّراتٌ لم تَحُل دون إعادة العلاقات إلى طبيعتها إلى حدّ بعيد، وصولاً إلى عملية تطوير كبيرة في الإمداد والجهد الاستخباري، تجسّدت مفاعيلها خلال معركة «سيف القدس» في أيار الماضي، فيما يجري التحضير لمواجهات متعدّدة الجبهات مع العدو مستقبلاً. التتمة

مزاج «لا إخواني» متنامٍ: الوعْي الثوري أوْلى

 الأربعاء 15 كانون الأول 2021

فلسطين 

رجب المدهون

شهدت حركة حماس، خلال 34 عاماً منذ تأسيسها، سلسلة تَغيّرات على عدّة مستويات، وخاصّة في علاقتها بجماعة «الإخوان المسلمين»، إذ شهدت السنوات الأخيرة تنامي قناعة داخل صفوف جزء لا يُستهان به من أبناء الحركة وقياداتها، بكون منهج «الإخوان» لا يحمل «الثورية» الكافية للدفْع بمشروع تحرير فلسطين قُدُماً، وبضرورة أن تصبح مواجهة الاحتلال مُقدَّمة على أيّ اعتبار سياسي أو إيديولوجي آخر، بما يقتضي ضرورة ضمّ شرائح مختلفة من الفلسطينيين إلى هذه المعركة. وفي الوقت نفسه، كانت تتعزّز فكرة التخلّي عن الارتباط بـ«الإخوان» لدى أطراف من الجناح العسكري، يرون أن فكر الجماعة يعيق الخطّ الجهادي للحركة، وأن الأخيرة بحاجة إلى تعميق الوعي الثوري لدى أبنائها، بعيداً من سرديّة الضحية التي يتربّى عليها «الإخوان» في مختلف الساحات. كذلك، برزت حالة رفض داخلي للمدرسة الوهابية، التي حاول عدد من قيادات «حماس» الذين درسوا في السعودية إدخال مبادئها إلى الحركة، وهو ما قوبل بتململ من قِبَل مَن يجدون هذا الفكر عقيماً، وبعيداً عن منهج المقاومة وفلسفتها. التتمة

«التصفية النوعية» لم تؤتِ أُكُلها: «حـماس» ولاّدة قادة

الأربعاء 15 كانون الأول 2021

«التصفية النوعية» لم تؤتِ أُكُلها: «حـماس» ولاّدة قادة
كان الهدف الإسرائيلي من الاغتيالات يتمثّل في إعادة إنتاج تجربة «منظّمة التحرير» (أ ف ب )

فلسطين يوسف فارس 

لا تنحصر فكرة الاغتيال لدى إسرائيل، في حدود الانتقام الشخصي، بل إن استخدامها لتلك الوسيلة بوجْه الكيانات الحزبية الكبيرة، يستبطن قدْراً وافراً من الدراسة لطبيعة الشخصيات التي يتمّ وضعها على قوائم التصفية. هذا ما تقوله عمليات الاغتيال التي نُفّذت بحقّ قيادات «منظّمة التحرير الفلسطينية» منذ منتصف الستينيات وحتى أواخر الثمانينيات، وفي حالة «حماس» أيضاً، مع اختلاف النتائج. برز الاغتيال كركيزة أساسية في إنفاذ أهداف الحركة الصهيونية، منذ اغتالت المجموعات الصهيونية التي لم تكن قد حملت اسم «الموساد» بعد، اللورد موين، وهو سياسي ورجل أعمال بريطاني شهير، عام 1944؛ لأنه لم يكن يشجّع هجرة يهود بريطانيا إلى فلسطين. وأعقب تصفيةَ موين، تنفيذ عدد من عمليات الاغتيال المركّزة بحق كبرى العائلات اليهودية في ألمانيا، لإثارة الرعب في صفوفها، ودفْعها للهجرة إلى فلسطين. التتمة

عقل وعيّاش والضيف وآخرون… أساطير الحاضِرة المحاصَرة

 الأربعاء 15 كانون الأول 2021

فلسطين يوسف فارس

أن يُخفي البطل وجهه باللّثام، وتَظهر أفعاله من دون أن يعرف أحد قسَماته، ويُسمِع صوتَه العالمَ في اللحظات الفارقة، لهو شيء أقرب إلى الخيال، لكن الواقع يقول إن قادة «حماس» تحوّلوا، بالفعل، إلى رموز من هذا النوع. ليس القائد العام لـ«كتائب القسام»، محمد الضيف، أيقونة الحركة الوحيدة في هذا المجال، بل ثمّة شخصيات من أشباهه يسجّلها التاريخ الشفوي لسكّان غزة والضفّة المحتلّة، سبق صيتها عصر شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي. في مخيّم جباليا للاجئين شمال القطاع، يمكن لك أن تَذكر اسم عماد عقل مثلاً، وتسمع عنه الأساطير من حكايات التنكّر والتخفّي التي أرهق بها مخابرات الاحتلال وجيشه حتى استشهاده عام 1993. يُقال إن عقل، وهو أحد أبرز مؤسّسي الجهاز العسكري لـ«حماس»، كان يَنْفذ من حواجز العدو التي نُصبت خصّيصاً للقبض عليه، في اليوم مرّتَين، إذ يذهب متنكّراً بزيّ امرأة، ويعود عبر الحاجز نفسه بهيئة كهْلٍ يتّكئ على عكّازه. الطالب المتفوّق الذي أنهى المرحلة الثانوية عام 1988 في مدرسة الفالوجا مُحرِزاً المرتبة الأولى على منطقة بيت حانون والمخيم، فيما حرمه السجن من دراسة تخصّص الصيدلة الذي كان يحبّ، «دَوّخ» خلال سنوات عمله المقاوم، جهاز الأمن العام الإسرائيلي «الشاباك». وممّا يُحكى عن عقل في أروقة المخيم، أن الإسرائيليّين كانوا يستدلّون على المكان الذي يتواجد فيه، من بصمته المميّزة في عمليات الهجوم والاشتباك. لكن المثير في الأمر، أن أيادي ابن مخيم جباليا كانت تضرب خلال شهر واحد، في الخليل – في الضفة الغربية جنوب القدس، – وفي الشجاعية – شرق مدينة غزة -! التتمة

«سيف القدس» لم يُغمَد: المقاومة تنتظر موعدها

 الأربعاء 15 كانون الأول 2021

فلسطين الأخبار

عقب انتهاء معركة «سيف القدس» في أيار الفائت، خرج رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة «حماس» في غزة، يحيى السنوار، وأعلن أن «فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية لم تُوقّع اتفاقاً مكتوباً عبر الوسطاء، بل كان وقْفُ إطلاق النار متزامناً وبلا أيّ شروط». وأضاف أن «الأمر متروك للعالم ليحتوي الموقف حتى لا ينفجر من جديد، ويقدّم الإنجازات السياسية لشعبنا»، محذراً من «(أنّنا) سنُحرق الأخضر واليابس إن لم تُحلَّ مشاكل قطاع غزة قبل نهاية العام الحالي». وانطلاقاً من كلام السنوار حينها، وبناءً على مجمل التطوّرات التي أعقبت المعركة مذّاك، يبدو أن «حماس» تسير بخُطى ثابتة ومدروسة، على طريق تريد في نهايته تغيير الأوضاع الاقتصادية والإنسانية في القطاع. التتمة

لمحة تاريخية

34 عاماً مضت على انطلاق «حماس»، الحركة التي تُعرّف عن نفسها بأنها «حركة تحرّر وطني، ذات فكر إسلامي وسطي معتدل، تحْصر نضالها وعملها في قضية فلسطين، ولا تتدخّل في شؤون الآخرين». لم يكن تاريخ 14 كانون الأول 1978 سوى الإشهار الرسمي لولادتها كذراع يمتلك خصوصيّة القتال المسلّح في أرض محتلّة، بعدما أخذ مُؤسّسها الشيخ أحمد ياسين على كاهله مهمّة التنظير لجماعة «الإخوان المسلمين»، فيما عملت هي تحت مسمّيات أخرى كـ«االمرابطون على أرض الإسراء»، و«حركة الكفاح الإسلامي». ظلّت الحركة، حتى قبل بضع سنوات من اليوم، تَعتبر نفسها وليدة التنظيم العالمي الذي أسّسه حسن البنا عام 1928، وتولّى الشيخ ياسين، ومعه عدد من قادة الجماعة، التنظير لدعوته، انطلاقاً من «مسجد المجمع الإسلامي» في حيّ الصبر في مدينة غزة، متّخذاً من المسجد ركيزة أساسية للتوسّع وسْط البنى الشعبية البسيطة، ومنطلِقاً منه في تأسيس شريحة من القيادات الدينية النخبوية التي ألقى على عاتقها مهمّة قيادة المجتمع. التتمة

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China, Russia and India: Foreign Ministers Joint Communique

November 27, 2021

Joint Communique of the 18th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China

November 26, 2021

1. The 18th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China was held in the digital video-conference format on 26 November 2021. The meeting took place in the backdrop of negative impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic, on-going economic recovery as well as continuing threats of terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, trans-national organized crime, natural and man-made disasters, food security and climate change.

2. The Ministers exchanged views on further strengthening the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral cooperation and also discussed various regional and international issues of importance. The Ministers recalled their last meeting in Moscow in September 2020 as well as the RIC Leaders’ Informal Summit in Osaka (Japan) in June 2019 and noted the need for regular high level meetings to foster closer cooperation among the RIC countries.

3. Expressing their solidarity with those who were negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministers underlined the importance of a timely, transparent, effective and non-discriminatory international response to global health challenges including pandemics, with equitable and affordable access to medicines, vaccines and critical health supplies. They reiterated the need for continued cooperation in this fight inter-alia through sharing of vaccine doses, transfer of technology, development of local production capacities, promotion of supply chains for medical products. In this context, they noted the ongoing discussions in the WTO on COVID-19 vaccine Intellectual Property Rights waiver and the use of flexibilities of the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration on TRIPS Agreement and Public Health.

4. Emphasizing the need for collective cooperation in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministers noted the measures being taken by the World Health Organization (WHO), governments, non-profit organisations, academia, business and industry in combating the pandemic. In this context, the Ministers called for strengthening the policy responses of WHO in the fight against Covid-19 and other global health challenges. They also called for making Covid-19 vaccination a global public good.

5. The Ministers agreed that cooperation among the RIC countries will contribute not only to their own growth but also to global peace, security, stability and development. The Ministers underlined the importance of strengthening of an open, transparent, just, inclusive, equitable and representative multi-polar international system based on respect for international law and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and central coordinating role of the United Nations in the international system.

6. The Ministers reiterated that a multi-polar and rebalanced world based on sovereign equality of nations and respect for international law and reflecting contemporary realities requires strengthening and reforming of the multilateral system. The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to upholding international law, including the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. The Ministers acknowledged that the current interconnected international challenges should be addressed through reinvigorated and reformed multilateral system, especially of the UN and its principal organs, and other multilateral institutions such as International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO), with a view to enhancing its capacity to effectively address the diverse challenges of our time and to adapt them to 21st century realities. The Ministers recalled the 2005 World Summit Outcome document and reaffirmed the need for comprehensive reform of the UN, including its Security Council, with a view to making it more representative, effective and efficient, and to increase the representation of the developing countries so that it can adequately respond to global challenges. Foreign Ministers of China and Russia reiterated the importance they attached to the status of India in international affairs and supported its aspiration to play a greater role in the United Nations.Foreign Ministers of Russia and China congratulated India for its successful Presidency of the UNSC in August 2021.

7. Underlining the significance they attach to the intra-BRICS cooperation, the Ministers welcomed the outcomes of the 13th BRICS Summit held under India’s chairmanship on 9 September 2021. They agreed to work actively to implement the decisions of the successive BRICS Summits, deepen BRICS strategic partnership, strengthen cooperation in its three pillars namely political and security cooperation; economic and finance; and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Russia and India extend full support to China for its BRICS Chairship in 2022 and hosting the XIV BRICS Summit.

8. In the year of the 20th Anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) the Ministers underlined that the SCO as an influential and responsible member of the modern system of international relations plays a constructive role in securing peace and sustainable development, advancing regional cooperation and consolidating ties of good-neighbourliness and mutual trust. In this context, they emphasized the importance of further strengthening the Organization’s multifaceted potential with a view to promote multilateral political, security, economic and people-to-people exchanges cooperation. The Ministers intend to pay special attention to ensuring stability in the SCO space, including to step up efforts in jointly countering terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and trans-border organized crime under the framework of SCO-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure. They appreciated the Ministerial meeting in the SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan format held on 14th July 2021 in Dushanbe.

9. The Ministers supported the G-20’s leading role in global economic governance and international economic cooperation. They expressed their readiness to enhance communication and cooperation including through G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and other means, through consultations and mutual support in areas of respective interest.

10. The Ministers stand for maintaining and strengthening of ASEAN Centrality and the role of ASEAN-led mechanisms in the evolving regional architecture, including through fostering ties between ASEAN and other regional organizations such as the SCO, IORA, BIMSTEC. The Ministers reiterated the importance of the need for closer cooperation and consultations in various regional fora and organizations, East Asia Summit (EAS), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), to jointly contribute to regional peace, security and stability.

11. The Ministers consider it important to utilize the potential of the countries of the region, international organizations and multilateral associations in order to create a space in Eurasia for broad, open, mutually beneficial and equal interaction in accordance with international law and taking into account national interests. In that regard, they noted the idea of establishing a Greater Eurasian Partnership involving the SCO countries, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other interested States and multilateral associations.

12. The Ministers condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Ministers reaffirmed that terrorism must be comprehensively countered to achieve a world free of terrorism. They called on the international community to strengthen UN-led global counter-terrorism cooperation by fully implementing the relevant UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. In this context, they called for early adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. The Ministers stressed that those committing, orchestrating, inciting or supporting, financing terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice in accordance with existing international commitments on countering terrorism, including the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the FATF standards, international treaties, including on the basis of the principle “extradite or prosecute” and relevant international and bilateral obligations and in compliance with applicable domestic legislation.

13. The Ministers emphasized the importance of the three international drug control conventions and other relevant legal instruments which form the edifice of the drug control system. They reiterated their firm resolve to address the world drug problem, on a basis of common and shared responsibility. The Ministers expressed their determination to counter the spread of illicit drug trafficking in opiates and methamphetamine from Afghanistan and beyond, which poses a serious threat to regional security and stability and provides funding for terrorist organizations.

14. The Ministers reiterated the need for a holistic approach to development and security of ICTs, including technical progress, business development, safeguarding the security of States and public interests, and respecting the right to privacy of individuals. The Ministers noted that technology should be used responsibly in a human-centric manner. They underscored the leading role of the United Nations in promoting a dialogue to forge common understandings on the security of and in the use of ICTs and development of universally agreed norms, rules and principles for responsible behaviour of States in the area of ICTs and recognized the importance of strengthening its international cooperation. The Ministers recalled that the development of ICT capabilities for military purposes and the malicious use of ICTs by State and non-State actors including terrorists and criminal groups is a disturbing trend. The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to principles of preventing conflicts stemming from the use of ICTs, as well as ensuring use of these technologies for peaceful purposes. In this context, they welcomed the work of recently concluded UN-mandated groups namely Open Ended Working Group on the developments in the fields of Information and Telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) and the Sixth United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (UNGGE) on Advancing responsible State behaviour in cyberspace in the context of international security and their consensual final reports. The Ministers supported the OEWG on the security of and in the use of ICTs 2021-2025.

15. The Ministers, while emphasizing the important role of the ICTs for growth and development, acknowledged the potential misuse of ICTs for criminal activities and threats. The Ministers expressed concern over the increasing level and complexity of criminal misuse of ICTs as well as the absence of a UN-led framework to counter the use of ICTs for criminal purposes. Noting that new challenges and threats in this respect require international cooperation, the Ministers appreciated the launch of the UN Open-Ended Ad-Hoc Intergovernmental Committee of Experts to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of ICTs for criminal purposes under the auspices of the United Nations, pursuant to the United Nations General Assembly resolution 74/247.

16. The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to broadening and strengthening the participation of emerging markets and developing countries (EMDCs) in the international economic decision-making and norm-setting processes, especially in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this regard, they emphasized the importance of constant efforts to reform the international financial architecture. They expressed concern that enhancing the voice and participation of EMDCs in the Bretton Woods institutions remains far from realization.

17. The Ministers reaffirmed their support for a transparent, open, inclusive and non-discriminatory multilateral trading system, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core. In this context, they reiterated their support for the necessary reform which would preserve the centrality, core values and fundamental principles of the WTO while taking into account the interests of all members, especially developing countries and Least Developing Countries (LDCs). They emphasized the primary importance of ensuring the restoration and preservation of the normal functioning of a two-stage WTO Dispute Settlement system, including the expeditious appointment of all Appellate Body members. The post-pandemic world requires diversified global value chains that are based on resilience and reliability.

18. The Ministers agreed that the imposition of unilateral sanctions beyond those adopted by the UNSC as well as “long-arm jurisdiction” were inconsistent with the principles of international law, have reduced the effectiveness and legitimacy of the UNSC sanction regime, and had a negative impact on third States and international economic and trade relations. They called for a further consolidation and strengthening of the working methods of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee to ensure their effectiveness, responsiveness and transparency.

19. The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in its three dimensions- economic, social and environmental in a balanced and integrated manner – and reiterated that the Sustainable Development Goals are integrated and indivisible and must be achieved ‘leaving no one behind’. The Ministers called upon the international community to foster a more equitable and balanced global development partnership to address the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and to accelerate the implementation of 2030 Agenda while giving special attention to the difficulties and needs of the developing countries. The Ministers urged developed countries to honour their Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitments, including the commitment to achieve the target of 0.7 percent of gross national income for official development assistance (ODA/GNI) to developing countries and to facilitate capacity building and the transfer of technology to developing countries together with additional development resources, in line with national policy objectives of the recipients.

20. The Ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to Climate action by implementation of Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement adopted under the principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including the principle of Equity, Common But Differentiated Responsibilities, the criticality of adequate finance and technology flows, judicious use of resources and the need for sustainable lifestyles. They recognized that peaking of Greenhouse Gas Emissions will take longer for developing countries, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. They stressed the importance of a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that addresses the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in a balanced way. They welcomed the outcomes of the 26th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-26) and the 15th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-15).

21. The Ministers underlined the imperative of dialogue to strengthen international peace and security through political and diplomatic means. The Ministers confirmed their commitment to ensure prevention of an arms race in outer space and its weaponization, through the adoption of a relevant multilateral legally binding instrument. In this regard, they noted the relevance of the draft treaty on the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space and of the threat or use of force against outer space objects. They emphasized that the Conference on Disarmament, as the single multilateral negotiating forum on this subject, has the primary role in the negotiation of a multilateral agreement, or agreements, as appropriate, on the prevention of an arms race in outer space in all its aspects. They expressed concern over the possibility of outer space turning into an arena of military confrontation. They stressed that practical transparency and confidence building measures, such as the No First Placement initiative may also contribute towards the prevention of an arms race in outer space. The Ministers reaffirmed their support for enhancing international cooperation in outer space in accordance with international law, based on the Outer Space Treaty. They recognized, in that regard, the leading role of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). They agreed to stand together for enhancing the long-term sustainability of outer space activities and safety of space operations through deliberations under UNCOPUOS.

22. The Ministers reiterated the importance of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (BTWC) as a key pillar of the global disarmament and security architecture. They highlighted the need for BTWC States Parties to comply with BTWC, and actively consult one another on addressing issues through cooperation in relation to the implementation of the Convention and strengthening it, including by negotiating a legally binding Protocol for the Convention that provides for, inter alia, an efficient verification mechanism. The BTWC functions should not be duplicated by other mechanisms. They also reaffirmed support for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and called upon the State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to uphold the Convention and the integrity of the CWC and engage in a constructive dialogue with a view to restoring the spirit of consensus in the OPCW.

23. The Ministers showed deep concern about the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) falling into the hands of terrorist groups, including the use of chemicals and biological agents for terrorist purposes. To address the threat of chemical and biological terrorism, they emphasized the need to launch multilateral negotiations on an international convention for the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism at the Conference on Disarmament. They urged all States to take and strengthen national measures, as appropriate, to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, their means of delivery and materials and technologies related to their manufacture.

24. The Ministers noted rising concerns regarding dramatic change of the situation in Afghanistan. They reaffirmed their support for basic principle of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and called for formation of a truly inclusive government that represents all the major ethnic and political groups of the country. The Ministers advocated a peaceful, secure, united, sovereign, stable and prosperous inclusive Afghanistan that exists in harmony with its neighbors. They called on the Taliban to take actions in accordance with the results of all the recently held international and regional formats of interaction on Afghanistan, including the UN Resolutions on Afghanistan. Expressing concern over deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the Ministers called for immediate and unhindered humanitarian assistance to be provided to Afghanistan. The Ministers also emphasized on the central role of UN in Afghanistan.

25. They stressed the necessity of urgent elimination of UNSC proscribed terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, ISIL and others for lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region. The Ministers acknowledged the widespread and sincere demand of the Afghan people for lasting peace. They reaffirmed the importance of ensuring that the territory of Afghanistan should not be used to threaten or attack any other country, and that no Afghan group or individual should support terrorists operating on the territory of any other country.

26. The Ministers reiterated the importance of full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and UNSC Resolution 2231 and expressed their support to the relevant efforts to ensure the earliest reinvigoration of the JCPOA which is a landmark achievement for multilateral diplomacy and the nuclear non-proliferation.

27. The Ministers reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity of Myanmar. They expressed support to the efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) aimed at implementation of its Five-Point Consensus in cooperation with Myanmar. They called on all sides to refrain from violence.

28. The Ministers underlined the importance of lasting peace and security on the Korean Peninsula. They expressed their support for a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to resolve all issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula.

29. The Ministers welcomed the announcement of the Gaza ceasefire beginning 21 May 2021 and stressed the importance of the restoration of general stabilization. They recognized the efforts made by the UN and regional countries to prevent the hostilities from escalating. They mourned the loss of civilian lives resulting from the violence, called for the full respect of international humanitarian law and urged the international community’s immediate attention to providing humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in Gaza. They supported in this regard the Secretary General’s call for the international community to work with the United Nations, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), on developing an integrated, robust package of support for a swift and sustainable reconstruction and recovery as well as for appropriate use of such aid. The Ministers reiterated their support for a two-State solution guided by the international legal framework previously in place, resulting in creating an independent and viable Palestinian State and based on the vision of a region where Israel and Palestine live side by side in peace within secure and recognised borders.

30. The Ministers reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. They expressed their conviction that there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict. They also reaffirmed their support to a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process in full compliance with UNSC Resolution 2254. They welcomed in this context the importance of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva, launched with the decisive participation of the countries-guarantors of the Astana Process and other states engaged in efforts to address the conflict through political means, and expressed their support to the efforts of Mr. Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria, to ensure the sustainable and effective work of the Committee. They reiterated their conviction that in order to reach general agreement, members of the Constitutional Committee should be governed by a sense of compromise and constructive engagement without foreign interference and externally imposed timelines. They emphasized the fundamental importance of allowing unhindered humanitarian aid to all Syrians in accordance with the UN humanitarian principles and the post-conflict reconstruction of Syria that would contribute to the safe, voluntary and dignified return of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons to their places of origin thus paving the way to achieving long-term stability and security in Syria and the region in general.

31. The Ministers expressed grave concern over the ongoing conflict in Yemen which affects the security and stability not only of Yemen, but also of the entire region, and has caused what is being called by the United Nations as the worst humanitarian crisis currently in the world. They called for a complete cessation of hostilities and the establishment of an inclusive, Yemeni-led negotiation process mediated by the UN. They also stressed the importance of providing urgent humanitarian access and assistance to all Yemenis.

32. The Ministers welcomed the formation of the new transitional Presidency Council and Government of National Unity in Libya as a positive development and hoped that it would promote reconciliation among all political parties and Libyan society, work towards restoration of peace and stability and conduct elections on 24 December 2021 to hand over power to the new government as per the wishes of the Libyan people. They also noted the important role of UN in this regard.

33. The Ministers noted that some of the planned activities under the RIC format could not take place in the physical format due to the global Covid-19 pandemic situation. They welcomed the outcomes of the 18th RIC Trilateral Academic Conference organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi (ICWA) in the video-conference format on 22-23 April 2021. In this context, they also commended the contribution of the Institute of Chinese Studies (New Delhi), Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) and China Institute of International Studies (Beijing) in establishing the RIC Academic Conference as the premier annual analytical forum for deepening RIC cooperation in diverse fields.

34. The Ministers expressed their support to China to host Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

35. Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China and the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation thanked the External Affairs Minister of India for successful organization of the RIC Foreign Ministers Meeting. External Affairs Minister of India passed on the chairmanship in the RIC format to the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China. The date and venue of the next RIC Foreign Ministers Meeting will be agreed upon through the diplomatic channels.

روسيا والصّين وخطاب قوى المقاومة

الصين تتريَّث حالياً في دخول معترك ملفات المشرق العربي السياسية وتعقيداتها

الجمعة 26 نوفمبر 2021

المصدر: الميادين نت

عمرو علان

كاتب وباحث سياسي في العديد من المنافذ الإخبارية العربية ، ومنها جريدة الأخبار ، وقناة الميادين الإخبارية الفضائية ، وعربي 21 ، وراي اليوم

أُجبِر الكيان الصهيوني سابقاً على الانسحاب من قطاع غزة في العام 2005، وقبل ذلك من جنوب لبنان في العام 2000. وفي كلتا الحالتين، كان انسحابه من دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ.

لعلَّ من أبرز تجلِّيات حقبة “القطب الواحد” التي عاشها العالم خلال العقود الثلاثة الماضية، والتي يشارف العالم على الخروج منها إلى “نظام عالمي” جديد ما زالت ملامحه قيد التشكل، حيث تجلَّت ملامح “القطب الواحد” باستفراد الولايات المتحدة الأميركية بالتأثير في قضايا منطقتنا العربية، إذ كانت روسيا مشغولة بعملية استعادة توازنها بعد انهيار الاتحاد السوفياتي، وكانت الصين في مرحلة بدايات بناء قوتها الاقتصادية العالمية، أما أوروبا، فكان تأثيرها قد بدأ بالتراجع في ملفات السياسة الدولية لمصلحة الولايات المتحدة الأميركية منذ مشروع “مارشال”. 

أما اليوم، ونظراً إلى التحولات العميقة التي تجري في “النظام العالمي”، والتي تتمثل بعودة روسيا لتكون لاعباً دولياً رئيساً في الساحة الدولية من جهة، ولا سيما في منطقة المشرق العربي، وأيضاً في صعود الصين المطرد كعملاق اقتصادي دولي من جهة أخرى، نجد أنَّ الباب يُفتح مجدداً لهذه القوى الدولية للانخراط بشكل أكبر في ملفات المنطقة العربية، وعلى رأسها القضية الفلسطينية، القضية الأم والأكثر تعقيداً من بين قضايا المنطقة، إذ يفرض عليها التواجد الروسي العسكري في منطقتنا التعامل مع مسألة الصراع العربي الصهيوني، فكما صرَّح الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين مؤخراً: “روسيا عملت وستعمل كوسيط نزيه لتسوية النزاعات في الشرق الأوسط ولتحقيق الاستقرار في المنطقة… من أجل تطبيع الوضع في الشرق الأوسط. من المهم مبدئياً دفع عملية التسوية الفلسطينية الإسرائيلية”.

أما الصين التي يظهر أنها تتريَّث حالياً في دخول معترك ملفات المشرق العربي السياسية وتعقيداتها، فعلى الأرجح أن تجد نفسها مضطرة إلى الانخراط في هذه الملفات بقدرٍ أو بآخر، إما عاجلاً وإما آجلاً، ولا سيما أنها تسعى بشكل حثيث للاستثمار الاقتصادي في المنطقة الشرقية لحوض المتوسط، لكونها حلقة وصل رئيسية في مشروعها الاستراتيجي “الحزام والطريق”.

تطرح هذه المستجدات سؤالاً على فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية حول الكيفية الأنسب للتعامل مع دول بحجم روسيا والصين العائدتين لأداء أدوار في قضايا منطقتنا، ولا سيما أنَّ منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية كانت قد ارتضت الدخول في خديعة “عملية السلام” التي أفضت إلى الاعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني المزعوم، وقبلت التنازل عن الحق العربي والإسلامي الأصيل في الأراضي المحتلة العام 1948، وما تبع ذلك من القبول بتقسيم القدس إلى شرقيةٍ وغربيةٍ، وتمييع حق العودة المقدس للاجئين الفلسطينيين، إلى درجةٍ توازي التنازل عنه عملياً، وباتت دول العالم اليوم – اللهم إلا الجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران – تنظر إلى تنازلات المنظمة على أنها السقف المقبول فلسطينياً. 

الصين مثلاً، التي كانت ترفض الاعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني، والتي كانت من أواخر دول العالم التي اعترفت بهذا الكيان المصطنع، لم تقْدِم على الاعتراف به إلا بعدما اعترفت منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية به أولاً، وكان حال الصين في ذلك حال العديد من دول العالم الأخرى التي كانت تناصر الحقوق العربية والفلسطينية.

لكن قوى وفصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية، مع باقي قوى المقاومة الحية في وطننا العربي والإسلامي، على عكس منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية، ما زالت ترفع لواء تحرير كامل التراب الفلسطيني المحتل، بصفته الحل العادل والمنطقي للقضية الفلسطينية، ناهيك بكونه الحل الوحيد الحقيقي المتاح للصراع العربي الصهيوني، وذلك إذا ما وُضع أصل فكرة نشأت ووظيفة الكيان الصهيوني في سياقه الصحيح والأشمل ضمن الصراع مع قوى الاستعمار الغربي.

لذلك، يمكن لفصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية بناء خطابها مع هذه الدول على أساس فكرة وجوب انسحاب الاحتلال من الأراضي التي احتلها في العام 1967 من دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ، فكل قرارات الأمم المتحدة تؤكد أن هذه الأراضي هي أراضٍ محتلة، وعلى أي احتلال الانسحاب من الأراضي التي احتلها من دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ، ومن دون منحه أية مكافآت مقابل انسحابه هذا، وهي مسألة لا يستطيع أحدٌ المحاججة فيها بالقانون الدولي أو بغيره.

 أما الاحتلال الصهيوني، فهو حرٌ بأن يسمي هذا الانسحاب “إعادة انتشار” أو “فك ارتباط من طرف واحد” أو أي شيء آخر يريحه، فالجوهري هنا أن يكون هذا الانسحاب من دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ، ومن دون أي تفاهماتٍ مع هذا المغتصب، وبعدها يكون لكل حادثٍ حديثٌ. 

لقد أُجبِر الكيان الصهيوني سابقاً على الانسحاب من قطاع غزة في العام 2005، وقبل ذلك من جنوب لبنان في العام 2000. وفي كلتا الحالتين، كان انسحابه من دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ، ومن دون أن يحصل على أية تفاهمات مع المقاومة التي دحرته عن الأراضي التي كان يحتلها، وهذه التجربة يمكن تكرارها في الأراضي المحتلة العام 1967. 

أما عقيدة حركات المقاومة القائمة على تحرير كامل التراب الفلسطيني المحتل من رأس الناقورة إلى أم الرشراش، فهذا أمرٌ لا شأن للقوى الدولية به، ولا تجب مناقشته مع أيٍّ من هذه الدول، فإن أرادوا التضامن مع الشعب العربي ومساعدته على استعادة حقوقه، فعليهم الضغط على المحتلّ كي ينسحب من دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ من الأراضي التي يحتلّها باعتراف القانون الدولي، وحجّة فصائل المقاومة في هذا قوية، فتكفي الإشارة إلى تجربة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية على مدى العقود الثلاثة الماضية، وما سمي بـ”عملية السلام” وما انتهت إليه.

يرى البعض هذا الخطاب خطاباً متماسكاً، ويَصلح لمحاججة القوى الدولية الصاعدة به، فهو يضع الكرة في ملعبها، ولا يقدم في المقابل أي تنازلات عن الثوابت العربية والإسلامية في القضية الفلسطينية، ناهيك بكونه يتجاوز التنازلات التي قدّمتها منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية، والتي بات العالم يطالب الفلسطينيين بالالتزام بها، عوضاً عن مطالبة الاحتلال بالانسحاب دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ من الأراضي التي احتلها العام 1967، بناءً على الشرعية الدولية التي تؤمن بها هذه القوى.

ويمكن القول ختاماً إنّ أيّ خطابٍ آخر تتبناه فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية لا يلحظ فكرة وجوب انسحاب الاحتلال من دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ، لا بد من أن يُدخِل الفصائل الفلسطينية في دوامةٍ تشبه دوامة خديعة “السلام”، إن لم تكن أسوأ. إذاً، ليخرج الاحتلال من الأراضي التي يحتلّها من دون قيدٍ أو شرطٍ أولاً. وعندها، يخلق الله ما لا تعلمون.إن الآراء المذكورة في هذه المقالة لا تعبّر بالضرورة عن رأي الميادين وإنما تعبّر عن رأي صاحبها حصراً

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occupied Palestine (18– 24 November 2021)

November 25, 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations

18 – 24 November 2021

IOF excessive use of force:

5 Palestinians shot and wounded, including 2 children and a journalist, in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

1 IOF shooting reported against fishing boats in Western Khan Younis, and two incursions into eastern Gaza

In 113 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 73 civilians arrested, including 7 children and 3 women

Demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem: Two residential buildings demolished, and 2 agricultural barracks

A house and cemetery razed in Hebron; paved street razed in Nablus

Settles attack Palestinians’ vehicles and puncture tires in Nablus and Jerusalem

IOF established 36 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 5 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlers continued their attacks, including shooting and wounding Palestinian civilians; meanwhile, IOF continued its razing and demolishing of Palestinian properties, mainly in Hebron and Jerusalem.

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

IOF shooting and violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

IOF shot and wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, in excessive use of force in the West Bank: 3, including a child, were wounded in two separate incidents of IOF attacks on protestors in Qalqilya. Two others were wounded, including a journalist, in Ramallah.

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 1 IOF shooting at fishing boats off Khan Younis coast.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 113 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, 73 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children and 3 women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 2 limited incursions into (eastern) central and southern Gaza Strip.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 6 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 2 agricultural barracks demolished in al- Sawahera; two residential buildings demolished in Sur Baher.
  • Hebron: a house and cemetery razed in Yatta.
  • Salfit: construction vehicle confiscated in Deir Ballout.
  • Nablus: a street razed near Asira ash-Shamaliya, northwestern Nablus.

Settler-attacks: 

  • Occupied Jerusalem: several tires punctured in Sheikh Jarrah.
  • Nablus: two vehicles assaulted with rocks.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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

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

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 18 November 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp in northern Hebron, where IOF established a military watchtower. The Palestinians threw stones at the military watchtower. Afterwards, IOF deployed in the area, stationed near residential houses and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at stone-throwers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF chased the stone-throwers on the camp’s streets, closed with a metal detector gate the main entrance the camp and prevented residents from moving through their vehicles. Clashes continued until 22:00.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF moved into al-Dahra neighborhood in Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They deployed in the neighborhood’s streets, established several military checkpoints, searched Palestinians passerby, and checked their IDs. During which, dozens of young men gathered near Israeli military vehicles and threw stones and fireworks at them. IOF immediately attacked protestors and fired heavy rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them. They also demanded military backups and a skunk carrying vehicle, which flooded shops and residential houses with wastewater. Clashes between the protestors and IOF continued for several hours and erupted in many areas such as the western entrance to the village, and around al-Arba’in Mosque in the center of the village. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF arrested Qusai Abu Irmilah (14) after severely beating him up.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They closed the main entrance to the neighborhood and established a military checkpoint to search Palestinians’ vehicles, causing a traffic jam. Afterwards, dozens of young men gathered near IOF vehicles and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at them. IOF immediately assaulted the protestors, fired heavy live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them and chased them on the neighborhood’s streets amidst a heavy firing of teargas canisters. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased the protestors, who gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year-old male was shot with a rubber bullet in his hand and a 34-year-old man was hit with a teargas canister, causing burns throughout his body.
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed at the southern entrance to Jaljulia village in Qalqilya, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased the protestors, who gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year-old male, from Qalqilya, was shot with a live bullet in his lower limbs.
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron where IOF maintain a military checkpoint on the entrance of the closed Shuhadaa St. The protestors set tires on fire and threw stones on the military checkpoint. IOF soldiers deployed on rooftops in the area and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. Two military vehicles came from al-Shalalah Street to the clashes area. IOF chased the protestors towards Bir Humus area and fired rubber bullets at them. As a result, shop owners were forced to close. The clashes continued until 20:00, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 03:30 on Sunday dawn, 21 November 2021, an Israeli infantry force moved into ‘Ein Monjed neighborhood in central Ramallah and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters between residential houses and buildings. As a result, several civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Afterwards, many young men gathered in the area and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF deployed between houses and set tires on fire. IOF chased the stone-throwers and fired rubber bullets at them. Clashes continued until 04:45. During their withdrawal, IOF fired a rubber bullet at a journalist namely Maher Shaher Haroun (20), wounding him in his knee. Maher received treatment on the spot.

Maher Haroun said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “I am a photojournalist and a reporter at Palestine Times Network, and I am studying media at Birzeit University. At approximately 04:45, while I was covering incidents occurred on the main street of ‘Ein Monjed neighborhood, IOF, during their withdrawal from the neighborhood, directly fired a rubber bullet around my knee, despite wearing the PRESS-marked vest and presenting away from clashes area. When I felt that I was injured, I tried to sit on the ground, because I couldn’t walk. It turned out later that I was hit with a rubber bullet below my knee, and I sustained minor wounds. I received treatment on the spot.”

  • At approximately 16:00, a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron where IOF maintain a military checkpoint on the entrance of the closed Shuhadaa St. The protestors set tires on fire and threw stones on the military checkpoint. IOF soldiers deployed at the checkpoint entrance and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. As a result, they suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF chased the protestors towards Wad al-Tuffah Street. The clashes continued until 19:00, and no arrests were reported. The shop owners were forced to close due to the clashes.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 22 November 2021, special Israeli force raided several houses belonging to Ghaith family in al-Westa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Among the stormed houses was ‘Adnan Tawfiq Ghaith (46)’s house. IOF searched the houses and damaged its contents. They also fired sound bombs inside houses and severely beat their inhabitants. As a result, 4 of them sustained bruises, and were taken by Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) staff to the hospital for treatment. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested Waleed ‘Adel Ghith (25), Hamza Nidal Ghaith (31), Rabee’ Nidal Ghaith (29) and ‘Abdullah al-Zaghal (23), taking them to investigation centers. According to a statement issued by Jerusalem governorate, special Israeli forces raided Ghaith family’s houses in al-Westa neighborhood in Silwan and severely beat their residents, including ‘Adnan Ghaith, Jerusalem governor. The statement clarified that IOF raided ‘Adnan Ghaith’s house and assaulted him along with his sons and his cousins. They also damaged the house contents. As a result, ‘Adana sustained wounds in his hand. It should be noted that since taking office as Governor of Jerusalem, Geith has been arrested several times and his movement has been restricted as well.
  • At approximately 03:05 on Wednesday dawn, 24 November 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They deployed between residential houses and raided and searched them. While storming Mohammed Sami Abu Sabri’s house, IOF detained the family members in one room and then the officer ordered Mohammed’s brother namely Belal (30) to phone him and tell him to surrender himself. They also threatened him to arrest all the family members if he would not surrender. After that, IOF deployed in the house and searched it. Before their withdrawal, they arrested Mohammed’s mother namely Nabila Hamdi Abu Sabri (50), his brother Belal (30), and then leave. Also, IOF arrested Thaier Zuhair Samad’ah (32), a former prisoner, after searching his house. During IOF’s withdrawal from the camp, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF, who chased the protestors and fired heavy live and rubber bullets. As a result, three civilians, from Bir Nabala village, west of occupied East Jerusalem, were injured after targeting their vehicle while they were passing through the main Street heading to their workplace. Among thouse wounded: a 23-year-old male, who was shot with a rubber bullet in his shoulder, while the others suffocated due to teargas inhalation.  All of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex for treatment.
  • At approximately 22:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area, opened heavy fire around them and fired flare bombs in the sky, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 18 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Eisa Saysin al-’Arouj (22), after raiding and searching his house in Harmala village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mos’ab Khaled Tafish (30), after raiding and searching his house in Za’tara village, southeast of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ali Abdul Ghaffar Dofish (37), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mos’ab Taha al-’Arouj (25), after raiding and searching his house on al-Saf street in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Wael Subhy al-Izzah (42), the administrative manager of al-Maslamani Hospital in Bayt Sahur, after raiding and searching his house in al-Dawha village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Bayt Kahil village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Nimir Mohammed ‘Asafra’s (40) house, but no arrests were reported.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Zaki Taysir Za’loul (17) and Mohammed Ibrahim Sayatin (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Eisa al-A’raj (21), after raiding and searching his house in al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF arrested (4) civilians, including 2 siblings, after raiding and searching their houses in Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin governorate. The arrestees are: Mohammed Ghassan Qabha (24), Ahmed (27) and Belal Khaled Abu Baker (24), and Abdul Jabbar Nfei’at (26).
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Adnan Khaliliyah (33), from Jaba’ village, south of Jenin governorate, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established at Ramallah-Nablus road.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Amjad Ali Deiriyah (25) and Munir Nasim Deiriyah (23), from Bayt Fajar village, south of Bethlehem, after referring to “Gush Etzion” detention center, south of the city.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Hosny ‘Asrawi (22), from Anabta village, east of Tulkarm, while passing through ‘Inab military checkpoint, east of the village.
  • At approximately 19:40, IOF arrested Mo’ath Younis Shawahnah (22), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Thulth village, in Qalqilyah.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Jaba’, Sanur, Mirka, Nazlat Zayd and Bir al-Basha villages in Jenin governorate; and Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 19 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Mousa Mohammed Abu Libda (27), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Hosny ‘Asrawi (23), after raiding and searching his house in Ilar village, north of Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Suhaib Mahmoud Abu Lifa (28), after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Suhaib Hani Shweiky (21), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in al-Hashmiyah village in Jenin governorate; Hebron and Nuba villages. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 20 November 2021

  • At approximately 16:45, IOF stationed at the annexation wall established at Dayr Balut village, west of Salfit, arrested Mohammed Saleh Izz al-Dein (23), from Hizma village; and Ibrahim Mohammed Mustafa (22), from Dayr Balut, west of Salfit.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Jamal Alian (36) and Mohammed Zakaria Alian (20), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.

Sunday, 21 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested (4) siblings after raiding and accurately searching their house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Khader Rabah Abu al-Humus (33), and his brothers, Belal (28), Sultan (26), and Mohammed (19).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Abdullah Sami Dweik (18) and Dia’ Mousa al-Tamim (20), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested the former prisoner, Mohammed Hussain al-Salameen (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-Shurfa neighborhood in al-Bireh village, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Sultan al-Halissi (43), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 09:10, IOF killed a Palestinian citizen after conducting a shooting attack that resulting in killing an Israeli settler and three others, including 2 Israeli police officers, near Chain Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem. After a while, IOF closed all gates of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and the Aqsa Mosque, established checkpoint and imposed movement restrictions for an hour.

Meanwhile, IOF stormed and searched al-Rashidiya School, where Fadi Mahmoud Abu Shukheidem (42), who carried out the attack, was working in as an Islamic Education teacher, then they arrested the school guard, Abdul Kareem Abu Kharoub, who was released after several hours of investigation. Furthermore, IOF surrounded, stormed and searched Abu Shukheidem building in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF severely assaulted Fadi’s family, damaged the house contents, then they arrested his daughter, Aya (20); his son, Abdullah (8); his brother, Shadi; and his nephew, Basel; and summonsed his mother, Samira al-Sweity (69). Several hours later, clashes occurred between dozens of young men and the Israeli soldiers inside the refugee camp, after the camp’s residents closed the main street and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed inside the military checkpoint.

In the evening, a protest launched from Abu Ubaidah Bin al-Jarrah Mosque and headed to Abu Shukheidem building.  IOF heavily fired teargas canisters at houses and shops in the camp. As a result, dozens of residents suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Majda Ibrahim al-Hanini (47), while present in the Aqsa Mosque yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF handed Mohammed Wael al-Hawash (21) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services Moscovia Detention Center in West Jerusalem, after raiding and searching his house in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Ali Mahmoud al-Tawil (17), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Hussain Ahmed Atiya (17), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Nabil Nader Shriteh (19), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Monday, 22 November 2021:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Abdullah Islam Khudair (20), a student at al-Najah National University in Nablus, after raiding and searching his house in al-Dahiya neighborhood, east of Nablus.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Murad Ahmed Soboh (37), after raiding and searching his house in Wad Far’a area, south of Tubas.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Qalandia refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Mohammed al-Khateeb, Ibrahim Afana, Yousef Kisba, Kamal Abu Osba’ and Ashraf al-Zitawi.
  • At approximately 06:30, IOF reinforced with 6 military vehicles (4 bulldozers and 2 military tanks), moved 50-100 meters to the west of the border fence from Kissufim to the south of the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah. They levelled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence. After several hours, the Israeli military vehicles moved to the north, to al-Maghazi area, and deployed again inside of the border fence.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 100-meter to the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis. They levelled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence with Israel, before they deployed again inside the border fence.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Obada Nidal Dandis (25) and Mahmoud Nader Dandis (23), after raiding and searching their houses in Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Rasha Tareq al-Issawy (36), after raiding and searching her house in al-Isawiya village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Hasan Mohammed Asal (41), while passing through Shu’afat military camp’s checkpoint, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:40, IOF arrested Ra’ed Majed al-Sanam (20), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Halhul, Yatta, Imreish and Bayt Amra villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ibrahim Ahmed Hmeidan (24) and Jehad Abdul Fattah Hmeidan (51), after raiding and searching their houses in Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Ali Mohammed Rashayida (52), after raiding and searching his house in al-Rashayidah village, east of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Osama Ahmed Salatnah (23), after raiding and searching his house in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 03:05, IOF handed Abdul Rahman al-Tawil (23) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Bet El” settlement, north of al-Bireh, after raiding and searching his house in Balou’ neighborhood, north of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Wissam Mohammed Sidr (28), while present near King Faisal Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Sufian Omar al-’Ajlouni (23) and Mohammed Mahmoud Sa’eed (21), while present near Bab Huta Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested Adam Mustafa al-Safadi (15) and Mohammed Ibrahim al-Wahsh (15), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ssfafa village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Beitunia and Birzeit villages in Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021:

  • At approximately 06:00, IOF arrested Anas Mahmoud al-Qanbar (21), after raiding and searching his house in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Najeh Dawoud Bakirat (64), deputy director general of Jerusalem endowments, while present near Bab al-Asbat (Lions’ Gate), one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Gates.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF handed Khadija Mohammed Khweis (44) and Hanadi Mohammed al-Halawani (41), summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

  • On Sunday morning, 21 November 2021, IOF demolished 2 agricultural barracks near as-Sawahira village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

As-Sawahira local council stated that IOF and the Civil Administration crews moved into as-Sawahira and demolished a 44-sqm agricultural barrack belonging to Mohammed Shqeirat and another one of 50 sqms belonging to ‘Abeidat family in the area.

  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 23 November 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities’ bulldozers demolished 2 residential buildings belonging to Mohammed and Amjad Rabay’ah in Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood in Sourbaher village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction near the security fence in the neighborhood.

Mohammed Raba’ah said that he and his brother Amjad built two buildings on a plot of land 4 years ago, costing them more than 4 million shekels. He added that his 260-sqm building is of 2 floors and houses 4 apartments, and he was supposed to settle in with wife after getting married in 4 months.  Meanwhile, his brother, Amjad’s, building is 150 sqms and of 2 floors with 2 apartments, where he lives with his family of 10, including their mother.  Rabay’ah said that  around 5 months ago the Israeli police raided his house and handed him a paper to refer to the police station in Beit El as they handed him a decision to demolish the 2 buildings under the pretext of building near the “security wall” in the neighborhood.

Rabay’ah added that he hired a lawyer to follow the case and take the necessary procedures, but due to the outbreak of coronavirus, no decision was taken in this case.  He said that he attempted many times to obtain a license or make a settlement to demolish one floor, but the occupation authorities refused.  He pointed out that the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem held 2 hearings relevant to the 2 buildings and issued a demolition decision without informing him as he and his family were surprised with the decision. Around a week ago, the Israeli police ordered him and his brother to self-demolish the buildings and gave them until Wednesday, 24 November 2021, to do so.

Rabay’ah said that he and his brother refused, as they cannot accept the idea of losing what he has earned for 18 years in minutes.  He  added the moment the Israeli bulldozers moved into the area to demolish the family houses was the hardest time he experienced in his entire life, especially that IOF demolished the houses on the furniture and contents as well as levelling a land planted with trees, which separate between the 2 buildings.

It is noteworthy that the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood extends from Sourbaher village with an area of around 3,000 dunums, and now IOF bans its residents from building on about half of its area, under the pretext of its closeness to the wall that separates the neighborhood from several villages in Bethlehem.

  • At approximately 09:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and an excavator moved into Ma’in area, east of Yatta. IOF deployed between the houses and banned their movement while the excavator started demolishing a 2-storey house of 200 sqms belonging to ‘Ali Isma’il al-Hamamdah.  The family was supposed to move in after finishing it.

Al-Hamamdah received on 04 March 2021 a notice to demolish the house according to Military Order (1797) issued in 2018, which gives 96 hours to demolish a building starting from the day the military order is handed, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  It should be noted that IOF refuses the legal appeals filed by Palestinians on these notices.  Meanwhile, around 2 months ago, Hamamdah received a notice of Assault on antiquities.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF confiscated a bulldozer while working al-Marj area in Deir Ballout, west of Salfit, under the pretext of its presence in Area C.

Khaled Abu al-Kheir, the bulldozer’s owner, said that IOF arrived at the area and confiscated the bulldozer while plowing a plot of land belonging to Nayef Qar’oush under the pretext that the land is within Area C, where work is banned.  IOF took the bulldozer away and ordered them not to be here again.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF levelled the paved road to Khelet al-Dalyah in Asira ash-Shamaliya village, northwest of Nablus. The 500-meter road was used to reach the agricultural lands, northeast of the village. It should be noted that the road rehabilitation was funded by the Agricultural Relief in cooperation with the Asira ash-Shamaliya Municipality and Power Company
  • Meanwhile, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration and an excavator moved into Ad-Deirat village, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. The excavator levelled a cemetery that was established near the village under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C, noting that the Israeli authorities notified on 08 June 2021 to demolish the cemetery. Also, IOF seized 2 excavators belonging to one of the village residents and confiscated them while working there.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

  • On Friday dawn, 19 November 2021, a group of settlers punctured tires of Palestinian vehicles in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

‘Aref Hammad, Head of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, said that the vehicles belonging to the families of al-Ghazzawi, Shreiteh, al-Bashiti and Naser al-Deen in addition to a vehicle belonging to a Palestinian from outside the neighborhood. Hammad said that the Israeli police arrived at the neighborhood and opened an investigation into the incident.  They get off the fingerprints from the vehicle, but the police investigations are not serious as the settlers’ attacks on the neighborhood residents happen under the full protection of the Israeli police.

  • At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 21November 2021, a group of settlers, from “Esh Kodesh” settlement outpost that was established on the lands of Qaryut and Jalud villages, southeast of Nablus, threw stones at a “Kia” car belonging to Hani Mahmoud Samarah. The car was traveling on Qaryut-Jalud Road when the settlers broke the windshield and severely damaged the car front before the driver could flee towards Qaryut village.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 22November 2021, a group of settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement established in eastern Urif village, southeast of Nablus, attacked the eastern outskirts of the village and broke the windows of a vehicle with stones. The car belongs to Samir Mohammad Samir Sawalmah and was parked in front of a house.

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

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

As for commercial crossings, although the occupation authorities allowed the entry of construction  materials outside of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), it continues to maintain restrictions on the import of thousands of goods into the Gaza Strip, including construction materials necessary for the reconstruction of what was destroyed by the latest Israeli offensive, and the equipment and materials needed to repair the massive damage caused to the water and sanitation facilities and electricity networks by the offensive.

Moreover, IOF continued to impose tightened restrictions on the entry of 62 types classified as “dual-use items”[1] that include hundreds of major goods and essential materials, which are essential for the population. The ban on the entry exacerbates the Gaza Strip’s crises across various sectors, including infrastructure, economic, health, and education.

Also, IOF impose restrictions on the sailing area that fishermen are allowed to access, but still continues to chase and open fire on fishing boats sailing within those parameters. As such, fishermen are denied access to areas rich with fish.

At Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, the Israeli occupation authorities decreased the number of persons allowed travel via the crossing of the already-limited groups that were allowed passage after a thorough security check. Even though the Israeli occupation authorities declared they will allow patients’ travel, they refused to respond to dozens of permit requests applied by the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison Department on behalf of patients with serious diseases, whose treatment is not available at the Gaza hospitals, and referred abroad for treatment in the hospitals in Israel, the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and abroad.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 36 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 5 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

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

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF closed the entrance to Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village and established several checkpoints in al-Dahra area, around al-Arba’in Mosque and at the western entrance to Isawiya village.
  • On Sunday, 21 November 2021, IOF closed al-Aqsa Mosque gates and all Jerusalem’s wall gates. They also established military checkpoints. Later, all gates were re-opened.
  • On Wednesday, 24 November 2021, IOF tightened their measures at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to Shu’fat refugee camp and obstructed vehicles’ movement.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.
  • On Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Marah Rabah villages, and in ‘Aqabet Hassnah area.
  • On Saturday, 20 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in ‘Aqabet Hassnah area.
  • On Sunday, 21 November 2021, IOF closed a military checkpoint (300) and al-Container checkpoint in front of vehicles’ movement, causing a traffic jam. The two checkpoints were re-opened again.
  • On Monday, 22 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Nahalin village and in ‘Aqabet Hassnah area.
  • On Tuesday, 23 November 2021, IOF closed al-Container military checkpoint in front of vehicles’ movement and re-opened it later. Also, they established a checkpoint at the entrance to Ash-Shawawra village.
  • On Wednesday, 24 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Ash-Shawawra village, and at the northern and western entrances to Tuqu village.

Ramallah and Al-Bireh:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih and Beitin villages.
  • On Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Silwad village, northeast of the city.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, Idhna, Karma and Khasa villages, and at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 19 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, at the eastern entrance to Dura city and at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 20 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints on Wad Abu al-Samen Road in southern Hebron, at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp and at the entrance to ad-Dhahiriya village.
  • On Sunday, 21 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and as-Samu villages and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Monday, 22 November 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Khasa village and at the southern entrance to Halhul city.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 18 November 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Salfit, and at the entrances to Deir Ballut and Kifl Haris villages, west of the city.

[1] Israeli authorities claim that these items, although used for civilian purposes, could be used to develop the combat capabilities of the Palestinian armed groups.

Islamic Jihad Warns: Tel Aviv To Be Bombed In Case Of Assassinations

Nov 25, 2021

By Staff, Agencies

Palestinian Islamic Jihad waned the Zionist entity that Tel Aviv will be bombarded if the occupying regime assassinates members of the resistance movement.

The movement’s leader Ziyad al-Nakhala vowed on Wednesday to continue the path pursued by Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior commander of the Gaza-based group’s military wing – the al-Quds Brigades – who was assassinated in an ‘Israeli’ airstrike on the besieged Gaza Strip two years ago.

“We do not rule out the possibility of assassination or targeting of commanders and members of the Islamic Jihad movement, and our reaction is the immediate bombardment of Tel Aviv,” Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV quoted him as saying.

Abu al-Ata and his wife were martyred in an Israeli airstrike targeting their home in the Gaza Strip on November 12, 2019. The raid also wounded four of their children and a neighbor, triggering confrontations between ‘Israeli’ occupation forces and Gaza-based resistance fighters.

According to the Islamic Jihad, Abu al-Ata played a major role in carrying out operations against the ‘Israeli’ occupation entity.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nakhala said the recent retaliatory operation, carried out by Sheikh Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, in the Old City of al-Quds, was a “lesson” for the occupying entity and its mercenaries.

On Sunday, ‘Israeli’ troops fatally shot Abu Shkhaydam, a leader of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, near one of the entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Zionist media reported that Abu Shkhaydam had opened fire at ‘Israelis’ by a Beretta M12 submachine gun before being shot dead at the scene.

Hamas said the retaliatory attack was the “price” for the ‘Israeli’ actions in occupied al-Quds, adding, “The message of the heroic operation is a warning for the criminal enemy and its government to stop the attacks on our land and our holy sites. [‘Israel’] will pay a price for the iniquities it commits against al-Aqsa Mosque, Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah and elsewhere.”

Nakhala predicted that the Zionist regime was unlikely to wage an attack on the besieged Gaza Strip because of its consequences.

“The resistance is ready to respond to any ‘Israeli’ act of aggression. We can target all Zionist settlements simultaneously,” he said.

The Islamic Jihad leader further stressed that the resistance in Gaza had strengthened its weapons and military capabilities following the 11-day ‘Israeli’ war in May.

The resistance, Nakhala also noted, manufactures unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs] inside the Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian Resistance Factions Launch National Campaign in Face of UK Blacklist Decision against Hamas

November 20, 2021

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The Palestinian Resistance factions announced on Saturday launching a national campaign and a popular conference in face of the UK decision to label Hamas Movement as a terrorist group.

After holding a meeting in Gaza Strip, the Palestinian factions considered that the UK decision targets all the Palestinians and represents an extension of Britain’s colonial policy.

The Palestinian factions called on the UK authorities to undo their decision, urging the Arab League to reject it.

Member of Islamic Jihad politburo, Mohammad al-Hindi, described the UK decision as unjust and adding that it reflects grudge against all the Palestinians and their resistance.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement firmly denounced the UK decision decision against Hamas, voicing support to all the Palestinians and their resistance factions.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Palestinian Resistance in Gaza Raises Alert in Anticipation of Imminent Israeli Aggression

November 17, 2021

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The Palestinian resistance factions have raised the military alert and watchfulness in anticipation  of an imminent Israeli aggression on the Strip, according to media reports.

The reports added that all the military and intelligence units of the Palestinian resistance have been put on alert after receiving several nuances about a possible Zionist aggression, noting that the Israeli drones and Mossad agents have intensified their activities around the blockaded Strip.

The same sources indicated that the taken measures are also aimed at facing any assassination bid against the members and commanders of the Palestinian resistance which carried out several maneuvers to frustrate the Zionist surprise plot.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Olive Harvest Season: Another Palestinian Struggle against “Israel’s” Eco-Terrorism

Nov 13 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Rasha Reslan

Traditionally a festive season, this year’s olive harvest is once again overshadowed by Israeli vandalism and assaults, resulting in low yields due to the devastating impacts of the Israeli eco-terrorism.

The olive harvest season is yet another Palestinian struggle in the face of the colonial Israeli entity.

It could and should have been a seasonal family celebration. It could and should have been a peaceful encounter with nature. It could and should have been a harvest in the grove, where trees are tightly enrooted and extend as deep as Palestinian ancestors. It could and should have been the annual olive oil harvest season…

Instead, it is yet another Palestinian struggle in the face of a colonial Israeli entity.

“Israel” could not care less about mankind; would it care about an olive tree?” – Abed from the occupied West Bank.

Every year, the olive harvest takes place in Palestine in October and November. Unfortunately, it is not the usual harvest festival, as Palestinian farmers face a triple challenge, particularly in the occupied West Bank, according to a recent report published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

“My olives bear the brunt of Israeli aggression.” – A 60-year-old Palestinian woman from Salem village, east of Nablus city.

The triple challenge

The first is Israeli settlers, guarded by occupation forces, escalating their daily assaults against Palestinian farmers and their property. The second is “Israel” imposing access restrictions on farmers whose groves are located behind the separation barrier and close to Israeli settlements. The last is “Israel’s” acts of ecological terrorism that have long-lasting effects on climate.

“When I was a first-grader, I used to walk to school on footpath amid green plants at an olive orchid with my brother. As I became a freshmen student, the olive orchid was razed and an Israeli settlement was built in its place. “- Mohammad from Raba, a village in the West Bank village.

The nightmare season

To no one’s surprise, this harvest season too was disrupted by Israeli settlers, who physically assaulted farmers, vandalized or set fire to their trees, or harvested and stole their produce.

Last month, Israeli settlers committed daily assaults against Palestinians harvesting their olive season. In the West Bank, 365 Israeli settlers attacks were reported. This year, almost 8,000 olive trees have already been uprooted, although the season is not over yet.

“Life’s work disappeared in a second.”- Fouad from Raba.

“It’s like watching your children being cut down in front of you.”

Furthermore, ICRC data revealed that “over the period of one year (August 2020 – August 2021) more than 9,300 trees were destroyed in the occupied West Bank.”

“Here is what our eyes saw: a barren land, and dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of dead olive trees.” – Mona from the occupied West Bank.

“My uncle had a stroke at the sight of the trees being cut in front of him,” Mona added.

According to a study published in 2012 by the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), Israeli occupation forces have uprooted 800,000 Palestinian olive trees in the West Bank since 1967.

In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen English, Lobby and Advocacy Director at the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) Moayyad Bsharat said that the UAWC has organized a yearly campaign to help Palestinian farmers in their olives harvest season, adding that 250 volunteers from several Palestinian universities have participated in this year’s campaign.

Bsharat further stated that 95 Israeli attacks against Palestinians have been reported during the campaign.

He also commented on “Israel’s” decision to designate UAWC among five other Palestinian organizations as “terrorist”, saying, as a Palestinian agricultural institution, we have been subjected to persecution and incitement campaigns by Israeli organizations for more than ten years. 

“The occupation and its settlers have a racist colonial project in the region, which is not restricted to plundering, confiscating, and occupying the land, but extends to uprooting the Palestinians entirely from it.”

“I mean, this classification presents “Israel” as a rogue entity against international law. If you review the Security Council’s definition of terrorism, you will find it embodied entirely in the occupation and its settlers. It is the one who kills children and women, arrests innocent civilians, and demolishes homes …”, he stressed.

“For us, the Israeli occupation’s decision is an intense expression of the size and importance of the work we are doing, and this is a renewed affirmation that we will pursue our mission and will not leave the Palestinian farmers who are facing the occupation on their own,” Bsharat concluded.

“I cannot enter my land” 

“I have 20 Dunams of olive trees. I cannot enter my land. The Israeli occupation forces prevent us from passing; they assault us whenever they see us in the area. They steal our water and vandalize our trees. I am in constant fear of losing my land and my tress.”

Palestinian farmers are deprived of their basic right to access their land, except for a few days a year. Meanwhile, Israeli permit approval rates have been diminishing over the years. The year-round restrictive access regime in these areas, which impedes essential agricultural activities, has continued to have an impact on olive productivity and value.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the approval rate fell from 71% of applications in 2014 to 37% in 2019. The rate further declined in 2020 to 24%. Furthermore, the Israeli authorities issued new standing regulations in September 2019 that limit the number of days farmers can access their land.

No other income 

Many Palestinian families rely on olive trees for their primary source of income, and vandalized trees mean less income and fewer opportunities for Palestinian families in general, and children in particular. The entire olive sector, including olive oil, table olives, pickles, and soap, is worth over $100 million per year, according to Oxfam International.

According to UN figures, olive trees cover approximately 48% of agricultural land in the West Bank and Gaza. Olive trees account for 70% of fruit production in Palestine and approximately for 14% of the Palestinian economy. 93% of the olive harvest is used to make olive oil.

“I don’t have any other income. I was counting on this harvest season to provide food to the table and to admit my son to college. After the Israeli settlers uprooted my olive trees, I cannot afford anything. My son just lost his hope of going to the university.”- Moaed from the West Bank.

West Bank trade remains largely isolated from global markets due to restrictions imposed on the movement of goods to, from, and within the occupied Palestinian territory, according to a July 2011 study by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

“My loss is so devastating to my family and my co-workers. I could not export our virgin olive oil because of the Israeli harsh restrictions. It is so hard for us to accept this nightmare.”- Zakaria from the occupied West Bank.

“We are the olive trees”

“Our relationship with the olive trees is untypical. It is not just a tree. It is part of my childhood memory,” explains a smiling Abed under an ancient 12-meter olive tree.

“Olive trees are a constant reminder that the danger is nearing us. The colonial entity aims to uproot our identities and construct a new identity which is different from ours”, Abed sighs.

In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen English, the young Palestinian man, speaking emotionally, added that “Israel” wants to erase his memories and banish him from existence, affirming that the Palestinian olive tree is a symbol. 

“We are the olive trees. It symbolizes how the colonial Israeli entity wants to uproot Palestinians and expel them from their own land, just like it uproots an olive tree; “Israel” wants to kill me in the same way it kills an olive tree and builds a new future on our past”.

Abed commented on the famous photo of an old Palestinian woman holding onto an olive tree, by saying that this Palestinian woman is not holding onto the tree because it is a tree. “The olive tree symbolizes her childhood, her first love, her first family gathering, her roots, and her fear of being uprooted from her land.”

“The Olive tree is so important since it represents our Palestinian identity. It is directly related to our land, our steadfastness, and our resilience”. 

“And just as they uproot our olive trees and we replant them, we will liberate Palestine and return to Palestine, all of Palestine,” he concluded.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (04 – 10 November 2021)

November 11, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 – 10 November 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

4 – 10 November 2021

  • Israeli occupation issues military order classifying 6 Palestinian civil society organizations as “disallowed associations”
  • Spyware Surveillance targets Palestinian Human Rights Defenders
  • IOF kill child in Nablus
  • IOF shoot and wound 5 Palestinians, including 2 children, in excessive use of force in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem
  • 4 IOF shootings reported against fishing boats in western Gaza Strip
  • In 98 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 56 civilians arrested, including 4 children
  • 7 dnumns of land razed during IOF limited incursion into southern Gaza Strip
  • 5 houses, sheep barn, and other properties demolished in the West Bank
  • IOF established 37 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 4 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land.

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

Persecution of Palestinian civil society organizations and human rights defenders

Israeli military commander in the oPt issued a military order classifying 6 Palestinian NGOs as “disallowed associations” as per the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945 that was issued under the British Mandate. The new order allows the Israeli occupation to attack the organizations, adopt punitive measures against them, including closure of offices, confiscation and hampering funding resources, and assaulting/prosecuting staff members.

It was also discovered that the Israeli occupation conducted a systemic and confidential surveillance campaign targeting the cellphones of Palestinian human rights defenders and lawyers, gravely breaching their privacy and that of the victims they work with.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

A child was killed, and 5 other Palestinians were wounded in IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank. On 5 November, IOF killed Mohammed Dadas (13) after shooting him in the abdomen near Deir Hatab village, eastern Nablus. Another civilian was wounded during clashes in Sobeih Mount in Nablus; 3 others, including 2 children, were wounded in 2 separate incidents in Ramallah; a fifth was wounded in Bethlehem

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 4 IOF shootings at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 98 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, 56 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 9 incidents:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 10 families received evacuation notices targeting their apartment building in al-Tur neighborhood; a Palestinian was forced to self-demolish his apartment building in Beit Hanina, and another had to do the same to his house in Jabel al-Mukaber. IOF also demolished a balcony in Beit Safafa, and internal walls inside a house in Wadi al-Joz.
  • Nablus: stone chains and country house demolished; more than 60 olive trees uprooted; water well buried, and a razing notice given against a street in Duma village.
  • Hebron: sheep barn and mobile home demolished in eastern Ethna.
  • Bethlehem: pesticides used on dozens of olive tree seedlings in Battir; 2 houses demolished in al-Walaja.

Settler-attacks: 

  • Hebron: farmers assaulted in Surif; children’s playground assaulted in Susiya; and civilians assaulted in Khrbet Sadet-a-Thala.
  • Bethlehem: farmers assaulted in eastern Tuqu.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, causing an increasing humanitarian crisis implicating all aspects of life in the territory.

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

Persecution of Palestinian civil society organizations and human rights defenders

On Sunday, 7 November 2021, Israeli military commander in the oPt issued a military order classifying 6 Palestinian NGOs as “disallowed associations” as per the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945 that was issued under the British Mandate. The new order, which followed the Israeli Army Minister’s decision on 19 October 2021, to classify 6 Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations as per the Israeli counter-terrorism law of 2016.

The new order allows the Israeli occupation to attack the organizations, adopt punitive measures against them, including closure of offices, confiscation and hampering funding resources, and assaulting/prosecuting staff members. The organizations include: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

On Monday, 8 November 2021, Front Line Defenders revealed a systematic and confidential campaign to hack and surveille Palestinian human rights defenders and lawyers with spyware. Al-Haq issued a press statement where it clarified that they reached out to FLD on 16 October 2021 for suspicions that one of its staff’s iPhone is hacked. FLD’s technical investigations discovered that the suspected iPhone is bugged with the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware since July 2021.

Al-Haq disclosed that both Citizen Lab and Amnesty International’s Security Lab each confirmed FLD’s analysis, and that out of at least 75 iPhones owned by human rights defenders and CSO staff, there are 5 other phones hacked, including those belonging to Ghassan Halaika: Field researcher and human rights defender working for Al- Haq; Ubai Al-Aboudi: Executive Director at Bisan Center for Research and Development; and Salah Hammouri: Lawyer and field researcher at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association based in Jerusalem.

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

  • At approximately 12:20 on Friday, IOF stationed in Subeih Mount in Bita, southeastern Nablus, assaulted a Palestinian protest against Israeli settlements and confiscation of Palestinian lands. IOF chased the protestors amidst clashes, where soldiers fired rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas canisters. A 20-year-old Palestinian male sustained a rubber-bullet injury in the left eye; his condition was deemed critical by medical sources at al-Najah Hospital, Nablus. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated in the field. PCHR fieldworker noted that IOF acted before the protest by shutting and razing the roads, banning ambulances access to the area.
  • Also on Friday, a Palestinian child died after being shot by IOF in Deir al-Hatab village, east of Nablus, northern West Bank. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), there was no imminent threat or danger to the soldiers’ lives at the time the child was targeted. This crime again proves IOF unjustifiable lenient shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives, thus increasing the number of deaths in this year.  Since the beginning of the year, the number of deaths amounted to 32, including 8 children, in protests and clashes with IOF across the West Bank.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 16:50 on Friday, 05 November 2021, IOF fired several bullets at a group of children who tried to throw stones at the Bypass Road, where there is the entrance to “Elon Moreh” settlement and IOF’s camp at the entrance to Deir al-Hatab village, east of Nablus.  As a result, Mohammed Amjad Da’adas (13) was hit with a bullet in the abdomen and fell on the ground.  The children carried him around 400 meters away into the olive trees, and he was then taken by a civilian vehicle to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.  An ambulance met them in the way and took the wounded child to the hospital, where his death was officially declared.  The child killed was a school student at Mohammed Amin al-Sa’di High School and lives in ‘Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.

An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that since the olive harvest season started weeks ago, civilians who harvest olives face daily harassment by IOF while children and youngsters gather to throw stones at the Bypass Road that is used by IOF and settlers. An IOF patrol usually comes and fires teargas canisters at the children to disperse them from a distance of tens of meters.

However, on that day, IOF fired severe bullets at 4 children, who approached the road to throw stones, killing one of them after wounding him in the abdomen.

PCHR’s investigations emphasize that the children did not pose any imminent threat or danger to the soldiers’ lives, and the latter unjustifiably opened fire at them in excessive use of force.

  • At approximately 19:00, a peaceful protest took place in Hebron in solidarity with Palestinians held under administrative detention in Israeli prisons, who have gone on hunger strike for months now. As the protestors marched, IOF were positioned on the northern entrance to Hebron; protestors thew rocks at the armored Israeli military vehicles. Israeli soldiers deployed in the area and fired tear gas and stun grenades at the protestors and stone throwers. As a result, several participants suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated in the field. The clashes continued until 21:00; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 19:20, IOF stationed on Burqa lands, eastern Nablus, arrested two children during clashes in the area that included IOF’s use of rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Friday, IOF, backed by several military SUVs, moved into al-Bireh, northern Ramallah. They stationed in Jabel al-Tawil area and deployed between civilian houses as they patrolled the streets, enticing fear and terror among the local community. The soldiers mounted the roofs of three apartment buildings and raided several shops, confiscating their surveillance systems’ recordings as well. Meanwhile, a group pf Palestinians protested and threw rocks and empty bottles at IOF and their SUVs. IOF fired rubber coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians, wounding 1 22-year-old male in the left arm; he was taken to hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 17:45 on Saturday, 6 November, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 2 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. IOF also fired light bombs in the sky. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Saturday, dozens of Palestinians gathered by the entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp, southern Hebron, where IOF maintain a military watchtower. The protestors threw rocks at the watchtower and set tires of fire by the camp’s entrance which connects to Bypass Road (60). The soldiers deployed on the bypass road and fire tear gas canisters arbitrarily, causing several stone throwers to suffocate. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:30 on Sunday, 7 November 2021, IOF, backed by several military SUVs, moved into al-Bireh, northern Ramallah. They stationed in the industrial area, central al-Bireh, and raided civilian houses, searching, and ransacking through them. During the raid, dozens of Palestinians protested and threw rocks and empty bottles at IOF and their SUVs. IOF opened fire at them, wounding two children: two 16-year-olds with rubber bullets in the head. They were taken to Palestine Medical Complex for treatment.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 8 November, IOF moved into Beit ‘Anan, occupied East Jerusalem, and raided Mohammed Hussein Rabie’s (24) house and arrested him. IOF also handed Ahmed Baker Rabie (21) a summons to its intelligence service at Ofer prison, western Ramallah. Dozens of Palestinians gathered in the area during the raid, threw rocks and empty bottles at soldiers and their military vehicles. IOF immediately fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at houses, in a residential area.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 2 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF gunboats in the southern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 6 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on a group of Palestinians gathered in Bab al-Zawiya area in Hebron where IOF maintain a military checkpoint on the entrance of the closed Shuhadaa St. The protestors set tires on fire and threw stones on the military checkpoint. IOF soldiers deployed on rooftops in the area and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. Several protestors suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The clashes continued until 20:00, and civilians were forced to close their shops.
  • At approximately 11:30 on Tuesday, 9 November,, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF stationed by the eastern entrance to Husan village, western Bethlehem, shot at a group of Palestinians during clashes in the area, wounding 1 with a live bullet in the thigh, and arresting another one – he was taken to an unknown destination.

According to Mohammed Sbaitan, Chairman of Husan Village Council, the clashes erupted by the village’s eastern entrance where IOF fired live and rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at protesters. As a result, 18-year-old Moataz Mohammed Hamamra was shot with a bullet in the thigh and he was taken to hospital for treatment. Sbaitan added that IOF arrested 16-year-old Mohammed Jamal Hamamra after ambushing a group of youngsters from the village who were heading towards the clashes area. The clashes happened as IOF assaulted a protest against settlement expansion in the area. Sbaitan also said that IOF attempted to arrest Hamamra, but he was rescued by other Palestinians who pulled him from the Israeli soldiers and managed to transport him to hospital.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 04 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Huthaifa Mohammed Ghuneimat (33) and Mohammed Ali Ehzayin (39), after raiding and searching their houses in Idhna village, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mohammed As’ad Obaidat (42), after raiding and searching his house in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Jawdat Mohammed al-Fakhouri (44), after raiding and searching his house in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 06:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Owda Humeid (23), after raiding and searching his house in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 13:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Wajeeh Thawabtah (20), from Bayt Fajar village, south of Bethlehem, while passing through al-Container military checkpoint, northeast of the city.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF arrested Fadi Hani Abu Hammoud (34), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jib village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Fawwaz Mashayikh (24), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jadawil area in Bayt Jala village, west of Bethlehem governorate.
  • At approximately 22:25, IOF arrested Huthaifa Anwar Shehada (21), after raiding and searching his house in Urif village, east of Nablus.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Saffarin, southeast of Tulkarm; Sarra and Duma villages in Nablus; Kufeirat and Faqqua villages in Jenin. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 05 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Methlon village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Mohammed Jamal Rabay’a’s house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, and then they physically attacked his brother, Mahmoud Jamal Rabay’a, who sustained severe bruises all of his body. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 18:30, IOF arrested (4) civilians from Bayt Furik village in Nablus, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Osaid Hamouda Hanani, Mo’taz Hamouda Hanani, Najeh Rahbi Mallitat and Dawoud Zuhair Mallitat.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Khaled Ali Redwan, from al-Nabi Elias village in Qalqilya, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dayr al-Ghusun, north of Tulkarm; and Beita, east of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 06 November 2021:

  • At approximately 18:50, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint, northeast of Jenin, arrested three civilians from Deir Abu Da’if village, east of Jenin, and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are Mohammed Mo’ayad Yasin (29), Helal Haydar Yasin (23), and Salem Eyad Yasin (24).
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Yousef Mohammed Shamasnah (28), from Qatanna village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Bidu village.

Sunday, 07 November 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Emad Mohammed Shahine (30), one of the members of the Palestinian Police, after raiding and searching his house in Sa’ir village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:50, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Hable village, south of Qalqilya. The arrestees are: Ahmed Omar Owda (48), Mujahed Hamdallah Merwadi (27), Hamza Mustafa Merwadi (36), Ali Ahmed al-Jada’ (42), and Anas Hussain Suliman (30).
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Yousef Bassam Abu Nab (16), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF handed Ahmed Mohammed al-Joulani (17) and Mousa Mohammed Owda (58), a member of Silwan Lands Defence Committee, summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya investigation center, after raiding and searching their houses in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Naseem Mohammed Hijazi (11), while present in front of his house in Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Bayt Kahil village in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 08 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Suliman Faisal al-’Arouj (26), after raiding and searching his house in Jannata village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Qassam Basem Younis al-Masalmah (27), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Hussain Helmi Abu Shanab (27) after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF arrested Abdul Rahman Othman Safi (26) and Eisa Ahmed Safi (34), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of al-Bireh.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested the former prisoner, Mo’taz Sameeh Wahdan (39), after raiding and searching his house in Rantis village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Jebril Saher al-Atrash (24), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Shamekh Mohammed Hashash (28), after raiding and searching his house in Balata refugee camp in Nablus.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF arrested Yousef Samed Hammad (25), after raiding and searching his house in Silwad, northeast of Ramallah.
  • IOF caried out (6) incursions in Ni’lin, west of Ramallah; Ein Munjid neighborhood in Ramallah; Sa’ir, al-Karmel, Halhul and al-Hadab villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 09 November 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Abed Basem Hamamera (21) and Mahmoud Tayseer Hamamera (23), after raiding and searching their houses in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 100 meters to the east of Abasan al-Jadida village, east of Khan Yunis. They leveled and combed an area that contains a sewage pond, causing the wastewater to flew to the neighbour agricultural lands. They continued levelling and combing lands adjacent to the border fence heading to the north. Furthermore, IOF levelled 7 planted dunums belonging to Mohammed Khaled al-Astal and Shehada Ahmed al-Emawi, located in the east of al-Qarara, before they deployed again at approximately 14:00.
  • At approximately 08:15, IOF arrested Hamza Mohammed Abu Bakr (20), from Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established near Izz al-Din al-Qassam School in Jenin, heading to al-Khadoorie University in Tulkarm.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Abed al-Khadour (24), after raiding and searching his house in Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ghassan Jehad Amro (38) and Ayoub Hussain al-’Awaweda (40), after raiding and searching their houses in Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Jamal Jaber Hamamera (55), after raiding and searching his house in Husan village, west of Bethlehem. It should be noted that on Tuesday, IOF arrested his son, Mohammed (16), along with his friends, while present at the entrance of the village.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mahmoud Hasan Abu Warda (44), after raiding and searching his house in al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF arrested Mahdi Nabil al-’As’as (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-Fawaghera neighborhood in Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 07:10, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. The arrestees are: Salama Fathi Matariya (19), Kamal Sameer Matariya (23), Ibrahim Jamil Matariya (24), and Ra’ed Mohammed Matariya (20).
  • At approximately 07:50, IOF arrested Ahmed Mohammed Khamis (23) and Mohammed Khamis Suliman (24), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ur al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Haitham Ragheb al-Jo’ba (39), from the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while working in the city.

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices:

At approximately 03:00, IOF backed by many military vehicles moved into eastern Doma village, particularly into al-Shakarah neighborhood, and started demolishing a praying hall for the residents of the neighborhood, which is a Bedouin community of 60 persons.  IOF also moved to the southern area and demolished an agricultural house of 2 rooms built of bricks and roofed with tinplate belonging to Tariq Sedawi. IOF then moved to the western area and demolished stone chains and uprooted more than 60 olive trees as well as backfilling the water well.  Moreover, IOF notified of backfilling a street that was recently established and named al-Nahdah.  Afterwards, IOF headed to an under-construction house of 3 floors to demolish it, but the residents there made a human shield to prevent its demolition.  IOF pepper-sprayed them and later withdrew.

Soliman Dawabashah, Head of Doma village Council, said:

“At approximately 03:00, I received a call from some telling me that a large IOF force moved into the village.  I rushed to the area and found a force of 5 construction vehicles, 2 Civil Administration cars and 15 military SUVs surrounding the village from the 3 sides.  They headed to al-Shakarah neighborhood’s praying hall and demolished it.  Then, they headed to an agricultural house belonging to a Jerusalemite investor and demolished it and to a plot of land belonging to another investor from Jerusalem and completely razed it.  They also handed a notice to demolish a street that was ready to be asphalted.  Afterwards, they headed to a 3-storey house belonging to ‘Abdel Majeed ‘Abdel Hafeez Dawabsheh, so I immediately gathered a group of young men and headed to the house to make a human shield and protect it from demolition.  The soldiers did not like that and pepper-sprayed us.  I stayed there unconscious for 15 minutes due to the pepper spray and they then notified us again for more 7 days and withdrew.  Now, we prepared all the necessary schemes to take the legal proceedings to prevent further demolition of property in the village, which is 18,000 dunums; 17,500 are located in Area C.”  

On Thursday afternoon, 04 November 2021, the Israeli municipality handed 10 families living in a residential building in al-Hardoub area in al-Tour neighborhood, east of East Jerusalem’s Old City, final notices to evacuate their houses, to demolish the house within days under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Senan al-Khalafawi, one of the houses’ owners in the building under threat of confiscation, said that each floor houses 2 residential apartments; each of it is 135 sqms and includes 4 bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom.  Al-Khalafawi said that around 70 persons live in the building from 10 families: his family of 6, including 4 children, his brother’s family, Sa’id al-Khalafawi, of 10, including 6 children, Wael Bader family of 6, including 2 children, Ibrahim Joudah family of 5, including 3 children, Mousa Abu al-Halawah family of 5, including 3 children, al-Ghoj family of 11, including 2 children, and Mustafa ‘AShour family of 7, including 5 children, as well as the families of Ziyad Abu Sbeitan, Akram ‘Ashour and Mahmoud Abu Sbeitan.  Al-Kalafawi added that the owners of the apartments have suffered for 9 years from the fines and demolition orders as the Israeli municipality imposed a fine of 75,000 shekels on each owner for unlicensed construction in addition to 83,000 shekels as a property tax, which all the apartments’ owners still pay.

Moreover, they pay tens of thousands of shekels for engineers and lawyers’ fees in their attempt to license the construction and postpone the demolition decisions at the Israeli courts.  Al-Khalafawi said that the Israeli court issued on Thursday a final decision to evacuate the residents from their houses to demolish the building, giving them the choice to self-demolish it immediately or the municipality crews will do so and fine the apartments’ owners with 2 million shekels.  Al-Khalafi added that  self-demolition of the building is very hard and expensive and requires special demolition vehicles.  If it was done with the normal tools, it would take a lot of time and cost each owner more than 50,000 shekels.  Al-Ghazawi said that the lawyer of Hussein Ghanayem’s families appealed on Monday, 08 November, before the District Court against the demolition decision.  However, the Israeli authorities issued 2 decisions: one forces the residents to pay 200,000 shekels in the court box within 2 days in order to give the apartments’ owners until the end of the month to carry out the demolition while the second says if the families did not pay the money within 2 days, the municipality’s vehicles will carry out the demolition as soon as possible, forcing the families to pay the fine, which is around 2 million shekels.

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 08 November 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a bulldozer moved into Fer’ah area, east of Ethna village, west of Hebron.  The soldiers deployed in the area and the bulldozer demolished a 120-sqm sheep barn and a tinplate caravan of 20 sqms as well as a 1.5-sqm bathroom belonging to Khalil Isma’il Tneinah.  The demolition was under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 09 November 2021, Hani Soliman self-demolished his building in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed constriction.

‘Ahed al-Nashashibi, who rents from the building owner, said that the 3-storey building was established 10 years ago on an area of 250 sqms, sheltering 10 members.  Al-Nashashibi added that he rented the second floor 4 years ago to live with his family and then rented the first floor and paid 100,000 shekels to finish its construction and preparing it from inside so that his elder brother live in it.  Al-Nashashibi said that the building’s owner, Hani Soliman, tried to license the building many times but the Israeli municipality refused under the pretext that it is adjacent to another building, which met the necessary area.  He pointed out that the court rejected all the appeals Soliman filed against the demolition decision while the municipality imposed a construction fine and threatened him if he did not self-demolish the building, he will be fined with 150,000 shekels for the municipal crews’ demolition costs.

In the same morning, ‘Ali ‘Aziz ‘Aweisat self-demolished his house in Jabal al-Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

‘Aweisat said that he built a house in the third floor of his father’s 2-storey house.  ‘Aweisat said that his father’s house is legal and licensed and he tried to get a construction license but it is almost impossible to get one and requires a lot of time and money that exceeds 1,400,000 shekels.  ‘Aweisat added that he lives in the 85-sqm house with his wife and 2 daughters.  ‘Aweisat added that the Israeli municipality has haunted him for a year and imposed on him a fine of 32,000 shekels for unlicensed construction.  He said that the court issued a decision at the time to demolish the house and on 24 October, the court ascertained the decision and gave him 21 days to self-demolish it or the municipality crews will do so and fine him with 100,000 shekels for the demolition costs, forcing him to self-demolish.

At approximately 13:00, IOF sprayed chemicals at tens of olive seedlings in agricultural lands in Battir village, west of Bethlehem, and damaged it.

Batir Mayor, Taysir Qatoush, said that IOF sprayed chemicals at the crops in lands planted with olive seedlings on an area of 3 dunums in Marah Madour in the village.  As a result, 70 olive seedlings were damaged belonging to Ghassan ‘Aweinah, under the pretext of planting them in Israeli lands.

At approximately 18:00, IOF demolished 2 houses in ‘Ein al-Jweizah in al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mohammed Hussein Abu al-Teen said that he was surprised in the morning with more than 7 military jeeps accompanied with demolition vehicles moving into the vicinity of family houses in ‘Ein Jweizah area.  They started demolishing his house and his nephew’s, Tariq Naser Abu al-Teen in addition to a big tent belonging to his nephew, Ahmed Abu al-Teen.  Mohammed Abu al-Teen said that IOF demolished his nephew’s house 2 months ago, and he rebuilt it with the help of the villagers.  However, IOF did not allow him to stay in it for a long time.  Abu al-Teen said that each house is 70 sqms and his nephew’s house shelters 8 individuals while he lives with his wife, 2 daughters, his son and wife.  Abu al-Teen said that the demolition was carried out suddenly as he appealed before the Israeli court against the demolition decision but did not receive any decision or notice in this regard.  Abu al-Teen said that his family suffered a lot from IOF’s oppression as they demolished more than 4 houses for the family in ‘Ein al-Jweizah more than 3 times in the last years.  Abu al-Teen said that the family only owns this land in the area, where IOF ban construction in it.

At approximately 18:00 on Wednesday, 10 November 2021, Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a balcony in a house belonging to Mohammed Hussein Salman in Beit Safafa village, south of occupied East Jerusalem.

Mohammed Salman said that IOF moved into al-Safeh area in Beit Safafa and closed the roads leading to his house.  They demolished the house’s 40-sqm balcony.  He said that IOF demolished on 17 August the outside part of the kindergarten that he owns and is adjacent to his house under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

At approximately 08:00, Israeli municipality’s crews destroyed the inside walls of a house belonging to Mahmoud Jaber on Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

‘Aydah Jaber said that IOF raided the house in the morning without a prior warning and expelled the house’s tenant, As’ad Dweik and his family of 8 members.  They demolished the inside walls and destroyed the contents.  Jaber said that the house belongs to his son, Mahmoud Jaber, who is a prisoner in Beersheba Prison and sentenced for 32 months.  She added that the family built the house 20 years ago on an area of 90 sqms and her son intended to live in it after being released.  Jaber added that IOF did not hand her a demolition decision or notice to evacuate the house and she asked the municipality officers to give her time to self-demolish the house instead of paying the municipal demolition costs of 100,000 shekels.

As’ad Dweik, the tenant, said that IOF raided the house while he was having breakfast.  He was surprised with them knocking on the door and telling him of th demolition decision.  The municipality officers cut off the electricity and water from the house and took out the furniture within 10 minutes.  They demolished the inside walls and destroyed the kitchen and bathrooms with hand tools as the vehicles could not reach the house.  Dweik added that he lived in the house with his family of 8 for a year, and due to the sudden demolition decision, he lost a lot of furniture.  He said that IOF gave Jaber family until 17 November to self-demolish the house completely or they would send their crews again to carry out the demolition.

Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property:

At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 04 November 2021, a group of settlers from “Beit ‘Ein” settlement established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from northern Sorif village, west of Hebron, threw stones at farmers, who were in their lands near the settlement to harvest olives, and insulted him, forcing them to leave their lands for fear of being injured.  The lands near “Beit ‘Ein” settlement witnesses almost daily settlers’ attacks in an attempt to seize the lands in order to annex them to the settlement.

At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 06 November 2021, a group of settlers from “Susya” settlement established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from Kherbet Susya, under IOF’s intensive protection, assaulted a park for children established by the Action against Hunger organization for children’s entertainment. The settlers damaged the main door of the park and tried to break children’s games while the villagers intervened and prevented the settlers from doing so. As a result, IOF forced the villagers to leave and declared the area as a closed military zone. It is noteworthy that settlers attacked the park for the second time in two weeks.

At approximately 13:00, a group of settlers under IOF’s protection moved into agricultural lands in eastern Teqoa village, east of Bethlehem, and assaulted the Palestinians, who were harvesting olives inside it, trying to expel them from the land. 

Director of Teqoa village, Taysir Abu Mefreh, said that settlers under IOF’s protection attacked Palestinians who were harvesting olives from their lands in eastern Teqoa and tried to expel them with force.  Abu Mefreh said that the area is located within Area “A” and away from the surrounding settlements.  He said that the civilians confronted IOF and settlers and managed to expel them.  Abu Mefreh mentioned that this attack was not the first of its kind for settlers and IOF against the farmers during the olive harvest season.  Three days ago with the presence of the Ambassador of South Africa to the PA, IOF attacked tens of volunteers and farmers while harvesting olives in the village lands near Tekwa’a settlement. IOF arrested Monther ‘Amirah, Head of the Coordination Committee to Confront Settlement and Occupation in the West Bank and coordinator of Faz’ah Campaign to Support farmers in Olive Harvest.  They also detained photojournalist Akram al-‘Amour and activist Mousa Abu Mefreh for some time.

At approximately 08:30 on Sunday, 07 November 2021, a group of settlers from “Havat Man” settlement post established on the Palestinian lands of western Sada al-Tha’lab area attacked with stones and sticks the reisdents of Kherbet Sada while defending their land and confronting settlers from taking their sheep to the water well used by the residents for daily needs.  As a result, Yousif Hammad Makhamrah (40) sustained a left hand fracture while his wife Na’imah (34) sustained a hairline fracture in the nose.

Yousif Makhamrah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“Three settlers along with their sheep and led by settler Yitzhak Sahaz Man, who owns “Havat Man” Farm near the “Havat Ma’on”  settlement outpost, stormed the area near Khirbet Sada al-Tha’lab, where 11 Palestinian families live, to go to a water well used by the residents for their daily needs. As soon as I arrived with a group of residents and activists, we were attacked by settlers with stones and sticks.  They hit me on my hand, and my wife and other activist were wounded as well.  IOF arrived at area and declared the area as a closed military zone, and allowed the settlers to water their sheep from the well. My wife and I were taken to Yatta Governmental Hospital by a Palestinian ambulance that arrived at the area

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

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 37 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 4 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

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

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 4 November, IOF reinforced restriction on Jaba military checkpoint.
  • On Sunday, 7 November 2021, IOF established a military checkpoint near the entrance to Bidu village, northwestern East Jerusalem.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 4 November 2021, IOF established two military checkpoints near the entrance to Tuqu and Marah Rabah.
  • On Friday, 5 November, IOF established 4 military checkpoint near the entrances to Wadi Fukin, Janata, Jorat al-Sham’a and Aqbat Hassna.
  • On Saturday, 6 November, IOF established a military checkpoint at Tuqu entrance.
  • On Sunday, 7 November, IOF established 3 military checkpoints at Tuqu, Wadi Fukin, and Fureidis entrances.
  • On Monday, 8 November, IOF reinforced restrictions on al-Container military checkpoint. Two other checkpoints were established by the entrances to Aqbat Hassna and Husan.
  • On Tuesday, 9 November, IOF established 2 military checkpoints at Husan and al-Khas entrances.
  • On Wednesday, 10 November, IOF established 3 military checkpoints by the entrances of Beit Jala, Aqbat Haasna, and Al-Khader village.

Nablus:

  • On Sunday, 7 November, IOF established 2 military checkpoints near Beita and al-Badhan.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 4 November, IOF established 4 checkpoints near the entances to Beit Ummar, Saair, Bayt Awa, and al-Mwareq.
  • On Friday, 5 November 2021, IOF established 3 military checkpoints by the entrances to al-Shyoukh, Hebron’s southern entrance, and Yatta.
  • On Tuesday, 9 November, IOF established 4 military checkpoints by Hebron’s northern entrance, Dura, al-Kharsa Mothalath, and Tarrama.

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 4 November, IOF established 2 military checkpoints one between Azzoun and Jayous, and another between Qalqilya and Hable.

Salfit:

  • On Saturday, 6 November, IOF established two military checkpoints near the entrances to Kafel Haris and Deir Ballout.
  • On Sunday, 7 November, IOF established 2 checkpoints by the entrances of Rafat and Deir Ballout.
PCHR fieldworker takes Mohammed al-Astal’s testimony after IOF razed his land in eastern Khan Younis

Eva Bartlett: About me, update

November 9, 2021

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Hi folks,

Since some of you may have come across me in recent years/months/weeks…I’m sharing my “about” section, filled with links to my journalism & activism from 2007 on, in occupied Palestine, Syria, Venezuela, the Donbass and elsewhere.

Perhaps you’ve come across me regarding my reporting from Syria, and maybe haven’t read about the things I witnessed & documented in occupied Palestine, particularly in my three years in Gaza (spanning from late 2008 to early 2013, including 2 Israeli massacres of the people of Gaza and many daily Israeli terrorism bombings that never make the “news”, as well as working with farmers and coming under Israeli live fire (which also doesn’t make the news), and the brutal effects of Israel’s draconian siege on Gaza.

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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (07 – 13 October 2021)

14.10.2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07 – 13 October 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

7 – 13 October 2021

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

5 Palestinians wounded, including 3 children, in the West Bank

Fishing boat confiscated and 8 IOF shootings at Palestinians’ fishing boats reported at the Gaza sea

IOF shoot at Gaza Municipal Crews putting out a fire at landfill in eastern Gaza

In 154 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 76 civilians arrested, including 22 children, and a woman

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

IOF arrest Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Supreme Islamic Council and preacher of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and ban him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for a week

3 houses demolished; graveyard bulldozed in occupied East Jerusalem

40 dunums of land received confiscation notice. Works stopped in lands in Hebron and Ramallah.

New settlement road constructed on a bypass road built on Palestinian lands in eastern Bethlehem

Settler-attack: olive trees cut, Palestinian civilians and vehicles assaulted in the West Bank

IOF established 56 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested one Palestinian on said checkpoints

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in Hebron under Israeli military protection.

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

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity

IOF wounded 5 Palestinians, including 3 children, in excessive use of force in the West Bank: 3, including a child, were wounded in IOF assault on Kafr Qaddum weekly protest; a child in an IOF incursion into Tamun; another child was shot by IOF soldiers in Silwad before arresting him – he was transferred to an Israeli hospital.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 8 times at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea and confiscated 1. IOF opened fire twice on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza and shot at municipal crews putting out a fire at landfill in eastern Juhr al-Dik.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 154 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, 76 Palestinians were arrested, including 22 children and a woman.

Demolitions:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: two residential barracks demolished in Bab al-Shams; graveyard bulldozed; a dwelling dismantled in Abu Nowar Bedouin community.
  • Hebron: cease-construction notice served against a land in Yatta
  • Ramallah: lands bulldozed and cease-construction notice served in Ni’lin
  • Salfit: 40-dunums receive confiscation notice in Yasuf.
  • Bethlehem: new settlement road constructed on a bypass road built on Palestinian lands in eastern Bethlehem

Settler-attacks

  • Hebron: 100 olive tree seedlings cut in Tarqumiyah; shepherd assaulted in eastern ad-Dhahiriya.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian civilians, and a vehicle assaulted – one wounded, several windshields smashed in Beit Iksa.
  • Salfit: vehicles assaulted and vandalized

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement

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

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

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

  • At approximately 03:00 on Thursday, 7 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. The shooting continued until 05:30. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 8 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF stationed on the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, northern Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest led by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased the protestors and clashed with them; IOF fired bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, 3 Palestinians, including a child, sustained bullet wounds in the back and extremities.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, and fired light bombs in the sky, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Saturday, 9 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. The shooting recurred at 19:30 and 22:30. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Anas S. Mahmoud (17) and Obada M. Abu-Jum’a after assaulting both of them; IOF was forcing civilians out of Bab al-Amoud in Jerusalem. Dozens of Palestinians had gathered in Bab al-Amoud, protesting the ban on entering the area for the past 3 days. Meanwhile, IOF, mounted police, and canines, chased and assaulted Palestinians. Clashes broke out in the area, IOF fired sound bombs intensely, causing terror among the public.
  • At approximately 08:45 on Sunday, 10 October 2021, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened in eastern Khuza’a, Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:15, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 02:15, on Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire in eastern al-Qarara, Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire at municipal crews putting out a fire in a landfill in eastern Juhr al-Dik, Gaza. They were forced to flee for safety.

Emad Helles, Head of Solid Waste Treatment Department at the Gaza Municipality, told PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 19:30, four employees of the Gaza Municipality went to the landfill located east of Wadi Gaza, accompanied by a construction vehicle and a municipal water vehicle to put out a fire that broke out there. After they arrived and as they were trying to put out the fire, an Israeli military SUV came and stopped inside the border fence, about 100 meters from their location. A number of soldiers got out of the SUV and opened fire at them. They were forced to flee, fearing for their lives. About an hour later, the municipal crews returned to the place after coordinating with the occupation authorities through the Palestinian Civil Affairs Office. Within two hours, the municipal crew managed  to put out the fire.”

Helles also reported that military drones were flying over the area as the fire was being put out.

  • At approximately 20:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 4th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF arrested Sultan M. Shwaiki (16) after assaulting him.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, IOF moved into Tamun in Jenin. Palestinians gathered as IOF entered the village; the soldiers fired rubber and live bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, a child sustained a live bullet in the left thigh; he was taken to hospital for treatment. Several other Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF gunboats in the southern Gaza sea confiscated a fishing boat (rowboat) and took it to an unknown location. According to fisherman, Ibrahim A. Miqdad (26), IOF confiscated his boat while anchored at 6 nautical miles. At approximately 17:00, he went into sea with two other fishermen to the location where they had anchored his confiscated boat. He said that the boat is used for lighting purposes, and the fishermen left it at sea as a mark of where they work. The boat had a generator, anchors, and flashlights on it.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed near Silwad entrance, northeastern Ramallah, opened fire at a child standing 100 meters away. They arrested him and took him to a hospital in Israel. The wounded child is 15-year-old Yanal Haytham Ameen Hamed.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 5th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles, and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. Nonetheless, dozens of Palestinians gathered in protest to IOF practices. Meanwhile, several armed settlers came and provoked Palestinians, insulting them and threatening them. IOF assaulted the Palestinians violently, and arrested 4 children: Yehia Badran (16), Hamza al-Shaweesh (16), Mohammed Abu Snaina (16), and Montaser al-Hassouni (15).
  • At approximately 02:00 on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, northern Hebron, and raided Issa Ibrahim Ekhlail’s (24) house. They searched the house and withdrew later. The clashed with Palestinians in the area, fired tear gas and sound bombs at them; the locals threw rocks at the military reinforcements. As a result, several Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF soldiers deployed in the area, and smashed Rebhi Tumar Ekhlail’s windshield. IOF later withdrew.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 13 October, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 6 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 6th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. IOF stopped a vehicle near Musrara roundabout, assaulted the passengers and forced them out while assaulting them. IOF also chased a 16-year-old in the area, causing him to fall and break his leg.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 07 October 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Islam Mahmoud Shahwan (25), after raiding and searching his house in Hable village, south of Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Khalil Abu Tarboush (46), and his son, Mohammed (19), after raiding and searching their houses in ‘Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Adham Mohammed Abu Srour (16), after raiding and searching his house in Dawha, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Wadi al-Far’a village, south of Tubas governorate. The arrestees are: Abdul Naser Mustafa Abdul Raziq (56), his son Hussam (26), and Basheer Ghassan Abu Khaizaran (45).
  • At approximately 03:10, IOF arrested Yousef Ibrahim Mustafa Afana (22), after raiding and searching his house in Tal village, southwest of Nablus governorate.
  • At approximately 05:10, IOF arrested Hasan Mohammed al-Zaghal (23), after raiding and searching his house in Zububa, west of Jenin.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF arrested Ra’fat Fawwaz al-Zaidani (28), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested the activist Mohammed Abu al-Homos (55), while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mo’ayad Mujahed ‘Alqam (29), from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, after stopping his vehicle in al-Mantara area while returning home from his agricultural land. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 18:05, IOF stationed at al-Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin governorate, arrested Ahmed Bassam Kmeil (26), from Qabatiya, southeast of the city.
  • IOF carried out (9) incursions in Nablus and Jamma’in, southeast of Nablus governorate; Kafr Dan, west of Jenin; Sa’ir, Bayt Kahil, Yatta and Surif villages in Hebron; Beitunia, west of Ramallah governorate; and Jericho. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 08 October 2021

  • At approximately 00:55, IOF stationed at al-Hamra military checkpoint, north of Ramallah, arrested Izz al-Dein Emad Ghareeb, from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin governorate, while passing through the abovementioned checkpoint.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF arrested Nimir Talal Zakarnah (22) and his brother, Mohammed (24), after raiding and searching their house in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Zuhair Ishteiwi (26), while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested (4) children from al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Mohammed Hamza Obaid (13), Montaser Naser Sabtah (15), Fares Ahmed Obaid (14) and Mohammed Alaa Obaid (14).
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Hisham al-Khateeb (32), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jadawil area in Bayt Jala, east of Bethlehem governorate.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Hebron and Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron governorate; and Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 09 January 2021

  • IOF carried out (15) incursions in Arraba, Zububa, Ti’anik, Rumana, Tayibe and ‘Anin villages in Jenin governorate; ‘Anata, Kafr al-Labad, Shufa and Far’un villages in Tulkarm governorate; Dayr Balut and Kafr Thulth in Salfit governorate; Halhul, Surif and Bani Na’im in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested (4) children after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Fajar. The arrestees are: Mousa Mohammed Dairiyyah (17), Reda Hisham Deiriyyah (16), Radi Mahmoud Deiriyyah (16), and Mohammed Rami Taqatiqah (15).
  • At approximately 06:30, a group of undercover “Mista‘arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Jenin, using a Tundra. Four Mista’rivim get out of the tundra carrying bags and stationed on Abu Bakr street, in the city center, and then arrested Bahaa Ibrahim Abu al-Yaja (30), from Jenin refugee camp, west of the city.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Saleem Sheikha, along with his daughter, Nada, after raiding and searching their house in Anata, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Ikrama Sa’eed Sabri (82), the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council, after raiding and searching his house in al-Sawana neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

After releasing Sabri he stated that IOF stormed his house, arrested him, took him to Moscovia Investigation Center and interrogated him for 6 consecutive hours. He clarified that he was interrogated about his speeches in Bab al-Rahma prayer area (Golden Gate), as he was accused of calling for riots inside al-Aqsa Mosque. Sabri indicated that he denied all the charges against him and released on conditions that banning his entry to the Aqsa Mosque for a week.

  • At approximately 13:00, IOF summonsed Jamal ‘Amro (65), a specialist in the Jerusalem Affairs, for investigation at Moscovia Investigation Center in West Jerusalem, after raiding and searching his house in Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mus’ab Obaidiyyah (27), while present near al-Asbat Gate (Lions’ Gate), one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Usarin, Bayt Wazan, Beit Iba and Sarra in Nablus governorate; Arraba, Silat al-Harithiya, ‘Anin, Tayibe, Rumana and Ti’anik villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 11 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Saleh Jamal Halabiya along with his brother, Jamal, after raiding and searching their house in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Sufian Ahmed al-‘Amour (37) and Eissa Mohammed al-‘Amour (38), after raiding and searching their houses in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Dawoud Abdul Wahab al-Horoub’s (36) house, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:10, IOF arrested Issam Zeyad ‘Amer (23), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Qallil village, southeast of Nablus governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate. The arrestees are: Ahmed Abdul Salam Rayyan (32), Arafat Mohammed al-Rafa (42), Rami Jamal Abu Ayyash (25), Ahmed Abdul Hadi al-Shurafa (28), and Suliman Anis Khudair (26).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Khader Sbeih (21), Saleh Rizq Mousa (22), Mohammed Hamad Sbeih (16), Ahmed Khaled Mousa (19), and Jehad Omar Salah (22).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Emran Riyad Haroun (26), after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Anas Taqateqa (30), after raiding and searching his house in Umm Salmuna village, south of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Tulkarm, Far’un, Tulkarm refugee camp and Nur Shams refugee camp, in Tulkarm governorate. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Jehad Omar al-Sir (22), after raiding and searching his house in al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Hisham Abdul Qader Dweikat (19) and Abdul Qader Kayed ‘Adili (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Wissam Mousa al-Halayqa (39) and Abdullah Zayed al-Halayqa (38), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Shuyukh village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Abdullah Ahmed Ikhlayil (25) along with his brother, Saif (22), after raiding and searching their house in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:05, Qassam Majd al-Barghouthi (30), after raiding and searching his house in Kaubar, north of Ramallah.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mousa Mohammed Ladadwah (35), after raiding and searching his house in Abu Shukhaydam village, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Maher Zaytoun (13) and Jehad Kayed al-Rajabi (10), after raiding and searching their houses in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Ayham Sufian al-Hedra (13), after getting out of his school in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Nuba and Dura villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 12 October 2021

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Ali al-Douri (17) and Qusai Mousa al-Nouri (17), after raiding and searching their houses on al-Saf street in central Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Nedal Mahmoud Ibdah (44), after stopping him on a temporary military checkpoint established near Hares village, north of Salfit.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahed Yousef al-Shomali (22) and Ahmed Mohammed Nasri (28), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Sahur, east of Bethlehem governorate.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF arrested Murad Barakat Khudair (28), after raiding and searching his house in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Mousa Majed Daghlas (26), after raiding and searching his house in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus governorate.

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

Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

  • At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF demolished 2 residential barracks belonging to Murad and ‘Omran Mohammed Za’atrah for the third time in al-Zanbah area known as Bab al-Shams village in Az-Za’ayyem village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

‘Abdel Qader Qleib, Mayor of Az-Za’ayyem village said that IOF demolished 2 residential barracks built of wood, tinplate and cloth belonging to Murad and ‘Omran for the third time in a year.  He added that IOF demolished 2 dwellings belonging to the brothers first time on 14 December 2020 only 3 months after their marriage while in the second time their dwellings were demolished on 16 June 2021.

It should be noted that Bab al-Shams village was established in 2014 in az-Za’ayyem village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, upon a decision issued by the Palestinian Cabinet to challenge the Israeli settlement activity in the area.   Days after establishing it and setting tents, IOF issued a decision to demolish the village.

  • At approximately 10:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Tal Ma’in area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area, and the Civil Administration officer handed Sa’id Hamamdah a notice to stop construction works in his land, according to the Israeli Civil Administration’s claims that he infringed upon the monuments in the area.  The Israeli authorities use different claims for the notices they handed to civilians to prevent them from building in Area C.

On Sunday, 10 October 2021, the Israeli municipality bulldozers continued excavation works in al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery adjacent to al-Yousifiyah Cemetery in al-Asbat Gate area in central occupied East Jerusalem.  As a result, bones and bodies of those who were buried there appeared, enticing rage among civilians who gathered to stop the excavations there.

Head of the Islamic Cemeteries Committee in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, said that the Israeli occupation authorities have continued the razing and excavation works to turn al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery into a park.  While working in the morning, bodies of Muslims buried there were exhumed, so parts of their bodies appeared. Abu Zahra added that the Israeli Antiquities Authority claimed when it arrived at the cemetery that the workers made a mistake as the instructions directed to them were to work on the site and lay sand without any razing work because it already knows there is a cemetery there. Abu Zahra explained that desecration of the cemetery is humiliating, shocking and unjustified. He added that it is clear that the attack on Al-Shuhadaa’ and Yousifiyah Cemeteries has been ongoing for years, until the excavation and razing works reached archaeological ruins close to the threshold of Bab Al-Asbat.

Therefore, tens of outraged civilians gathered to protest against the desecration of the cemetery in front of it and performed the Maghreb and ‘Ishaa at the entrance.  After the protesters finished ‘Ishaa prayer, IOF attacked them and fired sound bombs at them to disperse them forcibly.

It is noteworthy that the al-Shuhadaa’ and al-Yousifyah cemeteries have been under systematic attack over the past years. In 2014, IOF prevented the burial at al-Shuhadaa’ cemetery and removed 20 graves of Jordanian soldiers who were martyred in 1967.  Meanwhile, in November 2020, they demolished the wall of the cemetery adjacent to al-Asbat Gate, removed its archaeological staircase, closed the stairs leading to it, and built the street that leads from the gate to the Friday Market along the northern wall to Burj al-Laqlaq, under the pretext of excavation and maintenance works. It is noteworthy that the Islamic Cemeteries Committee resorted to the Israeli court and submitted documents proving that the cemetery belongs to the Islamic Endowments.  At the time, the court issued a decision to ban any works in the cemetery, but after a while, a person was buried there; as a result, the grave was taken as an excuse to abolish the decision. In late July, the court’s judge responded to the Israeli municipality and Nature Authority’s request to resume razing the cemetery land after seven months of issuing a precautionary order to stop it. The Yousifiyah cemetery is one of the most famous Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem. It is located to the north of Al-Asbat Gate and houses the graves of Palestinian families who live in Jerusalem. It also includes to the north al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, where the Jordanian soldiers martyred in 1967 are buried.

  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, Israeli Civil Administration crews dismantled a dwelling belonging to Soliman al-Jahalin in Abu Nowar Bedouin Compound, east of al-‘Izzariya village, east of occupied East Jerusalem, for the second time and confiscated it.

Al-Jahalin said that Civil Administration and Israeli police moved into the area and closed it.  They dismantled his dwelling built of tinplate and wood for the second time, and then confiscated it. He added that he lived in the 45-sqm dwelling with his wife and 6 children.

It should be noted that the occupation authorities have sought for years to empty the Bedouin compounds of their residents in East Jerusalem to implement its settlement projects and turn the eastern West Bank into a complete Israeli settlement area.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and a bulldozer and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into southern Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. IOF deployed in the area while the bulldozer levelled part of an agricultural land.  The Civil Administration officer handed notices to stop construction works under the pretext of unlicensed building.
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Munir Mnawar Ahmed ‘Orabi633A plot of land, where sand piles were put100 sqms
Ahmed ‘Awad Ahmed Mustafa532Retaining walls160sqms

Ahmed Mustafa said that last year IOF demolished in the same area around 600 meters of retaining walls around a 4-dunum plot of land although he prepared the legal papers necessary for the construction license and received a receipt from the Israeli Civil Administration.  Today after building the walls again, IOF handed him another notice for the same land.

  • On Wednesday, 13 October 2021, IOF’s vehicles levelled lands in ‘Osh Ghorab area in Beit Sahour, east of ‘Osh al-Ghorab in Beit Sahour to build a new settlement road leading to the bypass road on the eastern village land.

Director of the Wall and Settlement Commission in Bethlehem, Hasan Ibreijiyeh, said that the settlement road connects ‘Osh Ghorab area with bypass road established on eastern Bethlehem that leads to the settlement established there and connecting it with Har Homah Settlement established on Abu Ghoneim Mount area, east of occupied East Jerusalem.  Breijiyeh added that the settlement road of 670 meters will annex around 2 dunums from Beit Sahour., and that the settlement project in the area will threaten the surrounding areas of 100 dunums, noting that the area has been declared as a military zone where Palestinians are denied access.

  • At approximately 18:00, the Israeli occupation authorities notified to confiscate tens of dunums from Yasuf village lands, east of Salfit, in favor of Tafouh settlement expansion at the expense of the village.
  • Head of the village council, ‘Abdullah ‘Abiyah, said that the Israeli authorities notified a number of villagers to confiscate 40 dunums of 160 dunums in favor of the expansion works in Tafouh settlement and gave them a month to appeal. The Israeli authorities changed this land from agricultural to residential area for the Israeli compounds in 2016 in the eastern area of the village

Settlers’ attacks on civilians and their property:

  • On Thursday morning, 07 October 2021, a group of settlers from “Telem” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of al-Teeba area in Turqomiya, northwest of Hebron cut more than 100 olive seedlings planted 3 years ago in a land belonging to ‘Aziz Jamil Ja’afrah.  Ja’afrah planted the seedlings after the settlers uprooted olive seedlings from his land in August 2020. Only 12 dunums of the land were reclaimed out of 40 dunums, which belonging to the family, within the lands declared by the occupation authorities as State Property in 1982 and where Palestinians are not allowed to reclaim their lands.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 08 October 2021, a group of Israeli settlers attacked a vehicle belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Samrin (18) when he was with his 4 cousins on Yafa Street in West Jerusalem. They assaulted him with a sharp tool, causing deep wound in his hand.

Mahmoud Samarin, Mohammed’s father, said that his son was with 4 of his cousins heading at 01:00 from Silwan to Yafa Street in Wedt Jerusalem to buy lunch when a group of settlers intercepted their vehicles and attacked his son by stabbing him with a sharp tool 3 times and damaged the vehicle.  Samarin said that his son sustained a deep injury in his hand that required 30 stitches.  Samarin said that he went to the Hadassa al-‘Isawiya Hospital to see his son, but he was surprised that the medical crews there did not take care of his son and decided to discharge him from the hospital although he was very tired.  When they were on their way out from the hospital to go home, his son fainted, so he took him back to the hospital.  He added when they were at the Emergency Department with his brother, ‘Alaa’, the medical crews there asked them to leave; they were treated in a very humiliating way and pushed out of the department.  When the father refused leaving his son unconscious alone, the emergency crew called the hospital security, who assaulted the father and his brother.  Few minutes later, police raided the department, arrested  and assaulted them and along with Mahmoud’s cousins, Mohammed Issa Samarin and Mohammed Ziad Samarin; there were beaten and electrically shocked.  They were then taken to Salah al-Deen police station and after hours they were tried and it was decided to release them on bail of 500 shekels for each and house arrest for 3 days.

  • At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 09 October 2021, a group of Israeli settlers broke the windows of civilians’ cars in Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.

Mayor of Beit Iksa, Sa’adah al-Khatib, said that settlers of Har Shamwil settlement complex established on the village lands broke windows of 5 vehicles parked near the gates separating the village lands from occupied East Jerusalem.  The cars’ owners are forced to park there before going to their workplaces.  Sa’adah added that the settlers have sought to isolate the area and to be used by the villagers.  He said four months ago there was a similar incident when settlers burnt four vehicles in the same area, broke their windows and punctured the tires.

  • At approximately 16:00, settlers from Sham’ah settlement established on the Palestinian lands that were confiscated from eastern Ad-Dhariya village, south of Hebron, assaulted Sa’id Mahmoud Khdeirat (44) when he was herding his sheep in the pastoral lands near Zanouta village, forcing him to leave the area under threat.  They chased him and one of them pushed him to the ground.  A number of villagers then arrived and took him to a clinic in Ad-Dhariya village.
  • At approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, a group of settlers assaulted Palestinians’ vehicles parked at the western entrance to Merda village in Melh al-Ghoul neighborhood in Salfit. The settlers punctured some of the vehicles’ tires and wrote racist slogans on vehicles and walls.

Dr. Manif al-Khafsh said that at the Dawn prayer, residents of Melh al-Ghoul neighborhood woke up to see that their vehicles were attacked by settlers while they were asleep.  Their tires were also punctured while hostile slogans were written on the vehicles and walls. The vehicles belong to Hussam Hassan ‘Abdullah Suleiman, Yasser Ibrahim Ibdah, Sa’eed ‘Awad Ibdah, Shawkat Shawqi Abu Baker and his two brothers, Nader and Imad. 

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

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 56 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested one of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

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

Jerusalem:

  • On Sunday, 10 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in al-Sheikh ‘Anbar neighborhood in al-Tour neighborhood.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Joret al-‘Inab Intersection in Silwan village.

Ramallah:

  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and al-Mazra’a ash-Sharqiya villages.
  • On Sunday, 10 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint under ‘Ein Yabrud Bridge.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints on the main road leading to al-Jalazone refugee camp near Beit El settlement and on al-Dalb Valley Road near Ras Karkar village.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern Jericho entrance.
  • IOF also tightened its military restrictions at al-Hamra military checkpoint, north of Jericho, blocking traffic.
  • On Saturday, 09 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the ‘Ein Dyouk village intersection and at the northern entrance to Jericho.

Bethlehem

  • On Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF established closed al-Container checkpoint and reopened it after 30 minutes, blocking traffic, IOF also established 3 military checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Teqoa villages and ‘Aqbet Hasnah area.
  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF tightened restrictions at the Container checkpoint and blocked traffic. IOF also established 4 checkpoints at Janata, Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages and in ‘Aqbet Hasnah area.
  • On Sunday, 10 October 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Teqoa, Beit Fajjar, Nahalin and Wadi Foqin villages.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in ‘Aqbet Hasnah area and at the entrance to Teqoa village.
  • On Tuesday, 12 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nahalin village.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at entrances to Beit Ummar, Sa’ir and Bani Na’im villages.
  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to northern Yatta, Beit ‘Awwa, Bani Na’im villages and southern Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 09 October 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawwar refugee camp, Surif village, Western Hebron and Beit ‘Aynoun Road.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, al-Hadab, Beit ‘Aynoun, al-Fawwar refugee camp and southern Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 13 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to western Hebron, Surif village and northern Yatta.

Jenin:

  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Arraba village Intersection in Jenin.
  • On Saturday, 09 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Arraba village Intersection in Jenin.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Kufeirit village intersection in Jenin.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Bita village in Nablus.
  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the Shavi Shamron intersection and at Deir Sharaf Intersection in Nablus.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at al-Moraba’ah intersection in Nablus.

Qalqilya:

  • On Saturday, 10 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at entrance to the entrances to Qalqilya, Seer, ”Azoun, Kafr Thulth and ‘Izzbt-Atabib villages in eastern Qalqilya.

Che Guevara’s 54th Martyrdom Commemoration: The Revolution Continues

October 8, 2021

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Source: Al Mayadeen

By Ahmad Karakira

54 years after his martyrdom, Guevara’s historic visit to the Palestinian Gaza in 1959 continues to stand as a token of resilience for liberation and resistance movements in Palestine and the world.

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Che’s visit to Palestine came in support of Palestinian national liberation and revolutionary movements against imperialism and colonization

Mohammed was 13 years old when Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara paid his first visit to the Gaza Strip that was, at the time, administered by Egypt.

Little did he know that he will become a resistance icon and nicknamed “Gaza’s Guevara” for his tremendous role in the resistance against the Israeli occupation in Gaza and his continuous revolt against injustice and colonialism, as well as his ability to hide and confuse the enemy.

Originally, Mohammed al-Aswad, or “Gaza’s Guevara” was born in the coastal city of Haifa in 1946. Later, the boy and his family sought refuge after they were displaced from their city as a result of the 1948 Nakba and eventually ended up in a refugee camp in Gaza.

Al-Aswad grew up to become a resistance activist against “Israel,” and was jailed for two years. After his release in 1970, he joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and gradually got promoted to commander of the PFLP military wing in the Gaza Strip.

During that time, he focused on training and educating resistance forces, as well as organizing demonstrations and strikes against the occupation, applying Martyr Bassel al-Araj’s doctrine: “If you don’t want to be engaged (in fighting oppression), your intellect is pointless.”

His integrity made Moshe Dayan, former Israeli occupation Minister of Security, say, “We run Gaza by day, and Guevara and his comrades run it at night.”

Three years later, “Gaza’s Guevara” was martyred during a heroic battle in the Strip.

Ernesto Che Guevara’s visit to Gaza

Martyr Mohammed al-Aswad’s story is vivid proof of the significant and strong relationship between Che Guevara and the Palestinian cause, which Gaza has become the symbol of.

In fact, Che Guevara’s visit to the Strip on June 18, 1959, at the invitation of the late Egyptian President and leader Gamal Abdel-Nasser, came to establish a state of solidarity and harmony between Cuba and the Palestinian cause.

His visit to Gaza transformed the cause from regional to global and reflected his famous phrase: “Solidarity is a condition that must always be practiced.”

The Israeli occupation of Palestine and the systematic ethnic cleansing against its population triggered the establishment of Palestinian Resistance forces and the emergence of freedom fighters, legitimized by Abdel-Nasser, who was considered a leader against colonialism and imperialism.

To break the determination and resilience of the Resistance, Israeli occupation forces, led by Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister from 2001 till 2006, continuously attacked the Gaza Strip and its refugee camps, committing horrible massacres against many Palestinians and Egyptian soldiers, with no reaction from the international community that simply turned a blind eye to the Israeli atrocities.

A historic visit by all means

Che’s visit came in support of Palestinian national liberation and revolutionary movements against imperialism and colonization.

It was an exceptional visit that was met enthusiastically by resistance leaders and Palestinians.

He was accompanied to al-Bureij Camp, where Israelis committed some of the most horrible massacres, and saw the poverty and hardship that Palestinians were living in, advised Palestinian leaders to pursue the path of resistance, which they tread through their people’s resilience and steadfastness.  

During the visit, he addressed the camp leader Mustafa Abu Midyan, saying, “You should show me what you have done to liberate your country. Where are the training camps? Where are the arms manufacturing factories? Where are the people’s mobilization centers?” With these words, Guevara was trying to lay out the foundations necessary for any resistance movement. 

At the same time, he urged Palestinian refugees to continue their struggle in order to liberate their land from the occupation, offering to supply the Palestinian resistance with arms and training.

In an interview for Al Mayadeen, his daughter, Dr. Aleida Guevara, quoted her father as saying, “The Middle East is considered, with all of its contradictions, a region that is boiling, and it is not possible to predict how far the war between Israel – which is supported by imperialists – and progressive countries in the region will go.”

And the impact still echoes

Following the historic visit, Cuba offered scholarships, granted citizenships, and organized many conferences all in support of Palestine and the Palestinian people.

In addition, the island of Cuba was one of the first countries to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization when it was founded in 1964.

Soon after his visit, the Marxist doctor became an icon for the Palestinian resistance and fighters and a symbol of revolution, especially for leftist movements.

Hasta Siempre

On this occasion, on the 54th anniversary of his martyrdom, it goes without saying that Che’s resistance, integrity, and solidarity is what we are in need of to liberate the oppressed nations, such as Palestine, Yemen, and any country in the world from Western imperialism, colonialism, and military occupation. His memory still brings forth devoted revolutionary resistance figures such “Gaza’s Guevara”, Mohammed al-Aswad. 

Armed with his forwardness and valor, he would have been on the frontlines in Gaza fighting the Israeli siege. He would have been digging, using a tool as simple as a spoon, alongside the other six, the freedom tunnel that liberates the whole of Palestine from the operators of the Gilboa Prison. 

Aleida Guevara to Al Mayadeen: “We Must Fight Alongside the Palestinians, as Che Believed”

The revolutionary commander’s daughter spoke about a multitude of subjects on her father’s 54th assassination anniversary, notably the Palestinian cause and the dangers of Arab division.

The revolutionary commander’s daughter spoke about a multitude of subjects on her father’s 54th assassination anniversary, notably the Palestinian cause and the dangers of Arab division.

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Aleida Guevara, daughter of Che

“My father would have always stood on the side of oppressed nations,” said Elaida Guevara, daughter of famed revolutionary Che Guevara on the 54th anniversary of his assassination.

In an interview with Al Mayadeen, Aleida revealed her belief that had her father remained alive, things would have been different in Bolivia and Argentina, as he most assuredly would not have surrendered due to his belief of “fight for the oppressed or die fighting.”

Che’s visit to the Middle-East was also recalled, with Aleida describing his conscious realization of the boiling nature of the region due to colonization, the harsh circumstances surrounding its populations, and the endless pressures performed by major powers trying to steal its resources, “notably its oil.”

Linking the current divisions of the Arab world with the Marxist revolutionary’s experience in Cuba, she stressed the importance of “people’s unification”, notably as the sectarian rifts sowed by European colonial powers are dangerously threatening the Arab World’s unity and ability to progress.

On Palestine

In this context, Aleida mentioned her father’s visit to Palestine in 1959. She decreed her love for Palestine, whom her father visited which she considers not only to be a historical nation but a major cause, as she decried “Israel’s” plan to colonize the whole of the Middle East and not simply the Palestinian lands illegally handed over by the UN.

Further diving into the cause, Che’s daughter assured that Lebanon, Syria, and Iran are the only regional countries actively championing a righteous stance towards Palestine, whilst the rest appear to apply a palliative treatment. She mentioned Cuba in this context, which despite being distant from the region, still recently severed all diplomatic relations with “Israel” in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Regarding the 6 Palestinian prisoners who liberated themselves from the maximum-security Gilboa prison, Aleida considered the operation an “unusual heroism.”

“If you go to the South of Lebanon, you will find remains of Israeli prisons, where you can see with your own eyes what an Israeli prison means, let alone one with extreme security measures,” she added.

She called for the commandment of the prisoners, whose deed should be applauded, supported, and preserved given the historical nature of their struggle, notably under the occupation’s inhumane prison conditions.

Aleida Guevara concluded that the Palestinian people should be supported and that “we must fight with them side by side,” which is an extension of Che’s motto of “solidarity not only being the act raising our voices, but also coming to the aid of our comrades when they need us.”

El Commandante’s daughter has previously sent a letter to Al Mayadeen, on the occasion of the launch of its new website in English, in which she urged the world and the website to “defend the truth above anything else,” and stressing that “correct information, truthful information are essential, and that is what Al Mayadeen does with the stories it gives us every day.”

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