Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 28 July- 03 August 2022)

04. 08. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity

Two Palestinians were killed; one was a child killed by an Israeli settler’s fire and the other was a person with disability succumbed to his injury by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire. Also, 16 Palestinians, including a child, were injured, while dozens of others suffocated in in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 29 July 2022, Amjad Nashat Abu ‘Alia (15) was killed with a live bullet that penetrated his back and exited his chest after an Israeli  settler opened fire at him from a distance of less than 60 meters during IOF’s suppression of a peaceful protest against settlement activity near the eastern entrance to Al-Mughayyir village. According to eyewitnesses’ statement, a group of Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, spread in the area, where the peaceful protest was organized, and assaulted the protestors along with IOF.

On the same day, Hussain Hasan Qawareeq (59), a person with disability (mental disorder), from Nablus, died in an Israeli hospital after succumbing to wounds he sustained on 26 July 2022 when he was shot by IOF at Huwara checkpoint that is established at Nablus’s southeastern entrance. IOF claimed that Qawareeq did not obey their orders at the time, and they took him to an Israeli hospital to receive treatment.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into Palestinian cities and villages and suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

On 28 July 2022, three Palestinians were injured and one of them, a police officer, was arrested after IOF stationed at Huwara checkpoint that is established at Nablus’s southeastern entrance opened fire at a vehicle travelled by them near the checkpoint. Two of the injured Palestinians managed to flee while the third one was arrested and taken to an Israeli hospital.  Later, IOF claimed that they thwarted a shooting attempt at the checkpoint. 

On 29 July 2022, 11 Palestinians were shot with rubber bullets; 2 of them were shot in the head, in clashes after IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 31 July 2022, a Palestinian sustained a bullet wound in his leg after IOF opened fire at him and other workers near the annexation wall adjacent to Zeita village in northern Tulkarm while the workers were trying to infiltrate through the wall to work in Israel.

On 01 August 2022, a child was wounded after being hit with a teargas canister in his head, while dozens of other Palestinians suffocated in clashes that accompanied IOF’s demolition of a house in Kafr ad-Dik village, west of Salfit. On the same day, a woman sustained bruises after being assaulted by IOF, who raided her house in Jenin refugee camp and arrested her husband Bassam Ragheb al-Sa’di, a leader in the Islamic Jihad Movement, and his son-in-law. During IOF’s incursion, clashes broke out with members of armed groups; as a result, one of them (a boy) was killed.

In the Gaza Strip, 9 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza western shores, and 6 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 71 Palestinians, including 53 civilians: 16 children, 5 women (one was journalist Shireen Abu ‘Aqlah), a Palestinian with disability, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 6 of them were assassinated. Also, 998 others were wounded in these attacks, including 115 children, 5 women, and 20 journalists: all in the West Bank, except 15 fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, a male and female prisoners died in the Israeli jails.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 2 houses, rendering a family of 8 persons, including 6 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished 3 facilities and notified to demolish and cease construction works in 3 other facilities in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 01 August 2022, IOF demolished a 160-sqaure-meter house in Kafr ad-Dik village, west of Salfit. It should be noted that the house was ready to live in it.

On 02 August 2022, IOF demolished a 1-story house built on an area of 140 square meters in Sebastia village in Nablus, under the pretext of illegal construction, rendering a family of 8 persons, including 6 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished two commercial facilities (a cafeteria and a carwash) at the eastern entrance to Bizzariya village, northwest of Nablus. On the same day, IOF demolished a tinplate barrack used for agricultural purposes in southern Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 03 August 2022, IOF notified to stop construction works in a tinplate barrack, to remove an electricity network and to demolish a classroom in Khelet al-Dabi’ school in al-Tawana and Sha’b al-Baten villages in Hebron.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 83 families homeless, a total of 479 persons, including 96 women and 239 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 88 houses and 40 residential tents. IOF also demolished 64 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 104 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 63 Palestinians were arrested, including a child. Also, on 01 August 2022, IOF conducted widescale arrest campaigns, as at least 32 Palestinians were arrested; most of them were from Hebron. In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians ( a worker and a businessman) from Maghazi refugee camp, while traveling to Israel  via Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing although both had travel permits. The worker was arrested on 27 July 2022, while the businessman was arrested on 31 July 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 5029 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3050 Palestinians were arrested, including 297 children and 26 women. IOF also conducted 24 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 74 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 28 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Under collective punishment policy, on 02 August 2022, IOF closed Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the travel of persons in northern Gaza Strip and the Karm Abu Salem commercial crossing for goods until further notice.  Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 63 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established 2626 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 119 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occupied Palestine (Weekly Update 21-27 July 2022)

28. 07. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinians were killed and 16 others, including 3 children, a person with disability and journalist, were injured by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire, while dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 24 July 2022, IOF killed two members of the Palestinian armed groups and wounded 4 civilians, including one in serious condition.  This happened during IOF incursion into Palestinian Authority-controlled areas and targeting a residential house with explosives and bullets in Nablus’s Old City.  Details are here.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force during incursions into the Palestinian cities and villages and IOF suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

On 22 July 2022, 5 Palestinians, including 2 children, sustained rubber bullet injuries in clashes erupted following IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly peaceful protest, northern Qalqilya.  At night, dozens suffocated due to teargas inhalation and sustained bruises after being beaten up following IOF’s incursion into Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan in East Jerusalem, where IOF raided several houses and violently assaulted their residents.  IOF also arrested a Palestinian and his son and later released them.

On 24 July 2022, a child sustained a bullet injury in his back in clashes after IOF’s incursion into Qabatia village in Jenin.  IOF arrested 3 Palestinians and later withdrew.  

On 24 July 2022, a Palestinian journalist was injured with a bullet in his leg while covering clashes that accompanied IOF’s incursion into Deir Abu Mesh’al village in Ramallah.

On 26 July 2022, a person with disability sustained serious wounds after being shot by IOF at Huwara checkpoint, the southern Nablus entrance, and then taken to an Israeli hospital.  IOF claimed that he did not obey their orders.  On the same day, 4 Palestinians were wounded in clashes that accompanied IOF’s demolition of 2 family houses of 2 Palestinian prisoners, from Salfit, in the Israeli jails.

In the Gaza Strip, 4 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza Strip shore, and 10 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in western and eastern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 68 Palestinians, including 51 civilians: 14 children, 5 women (one was a journalist Shireen Abu ‘Aqlah), a Palestinian stabbed by an Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 6 of them were assassinated. Also, 984 others were wounded in these attacks, including 114 children, 5 women, and 20 journalists all in the West Bank, except 15 fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, a male and female prisoners died in the Israeli jails.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF conducted demolitions that targeted 3 houses and a tinplated room, rendering a family of 12, including 8 children, homeless. Also, IOF razed two commercial facilities and an agricultural land while they handed an order to seize a plot of land and handed 14 cease-construction notices for facilities in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 25 July 2022, IOF demolished a house sheltering a family of 12, including 8 children, in Um Qessa village in Hebron.  On the same day, IOF demolished an agricultural room of 90 sqms, western Bani Na’im village in Hebron.  They also handed 7 notices to cease construction works in dwellings and water wells in Eastern Yatta Badiya, Hebron. 

On 26 July 2022, IOF demolished a tinplated room, western Ethna village in Hebron.  IOF also handed 7 notices to cease construction works of 7 houses and a barrack in eastern Yatta, Hebron.  On the same day, IOF demolished 2 facilities (a smithy and a greengrocery shop) near al-Jalama checkpoint, northern Jenin.  IOF also demolished an under-construction house in Um al-Rayhan village behind the annexation wall, southwestern Jenin.

On 27 July 2022, IOF razed 75 dunums and uprooted 1000 olive trees in Hejah village, eastern Qalqilya.  On the same day, the Israeli authorities issued a military order to seize a 780-sqm land at the entrance to Tuwani village, southern Hebron.  This confiscation order came so that IOF establish a  fixed military observation post with steel detector gates at the village entrance, hindering Palestinians’ movement.  It should be noted that this is the 28th gate established at the village and city entrances in Hebron.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 82 families homeless, a total of 489 persons, including 95 women and 233 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 86 houses and 40 residential tents. IOF also demolished 61 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Collective Punishment

On 26 July 2022, under its collective punishment policy against families of Palestinians accused of conducting attacks against Israeli occupation forces (IOF) or settlers, IOF demolished two family houses of two Palestinian prisoners in Salfit in the West Bank, rendering two families of 18, including 2 women and 8 children, homeless. During the demolition, clashes broke out between Palestinians and IOF; as a result, 4 Palestinians were injured.

So far in 2022, IOF demolished 8 houses and sealed a nineth after destroying its internal contents under IOF’s collective punishment policy. Meanwhile, there are many houses threatened of demolition on the same grounds.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

On 22 July 2022, settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds in al-Juwaya area in Hebron, forcing them to leave pastures under threat.

So far this year, settlers carried out 160 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank. In one of the attacks, a Palestinian was stabbed to death by a settler.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 178 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 54 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children, and 2 vehicles were confiscated in Hebron.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 4,925 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2,987 Palestinians were arrested, including 296 children and 26 women. IOF also conducted 24 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 72 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 28 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 100 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

On 22 July 2022, IOF closed roads in al-Tour neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s eastern Old City, blocking traffic.

So far in 2022, IOF established 2563 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 114 Palestinians at those checkpoints

هوكشتين في بيروت آخر الشهر ولبنان يخشى مناورات جديدة: إسرائيل تظهر استعداداً لـ«تنازل» قبل أيلول

 الإثنين 25 تموز 2022

فلسطين خبر الأخبار 

هوكشتين عائد: تنازل واضح أم مناورة؟

يبدو أن كوّة فتحت في جدار مفاوضات ترسيم الحدود. المؤشر الأول اتصال الوسيط الأميركي عاموس هوكشتين بالمسؤولين اللبنانيين وإبلاغهم نيته القدوم إلى بيروت في 31 تموز و 1 آب المقبلين للقاء الرؤساء الثلاثة وقائد الجيش ووزيري الخارجية والطاقة، إضافة إلى اجتماع لم يعرف بعد ما إذا كان سيكون منفرداً مع نائب رئيس المجلس النيابي الياس بو صعب.

المؤشر الثاني جاء من تل أبيب عبر تسريبات، قد لا يمكن الركون إليها، تعطي إشارة إلى ما قد يحمله هوكشتين، علماً أن لبنان ينتظر من الوسيط الأميركي رداً واضحاً ومكتوباً حول طلباته. وصدر في ساعة متأخرة من مساء أمس كلام لافت في كيان الاحتلال تمثل في تسريبات إلى «القناة 12» العبرية التي كشفت أن «إسرائيل وجّهت مساء اليوم (أمس)، عبر الولايات المتحدة وفرنسا، تحذيراً شديد اللهجة إلى لبنان و(السيد حسن) نصرالله، خشية أن يحاول القيام باستفزازات حول منصات الغاز». وفي المقابل، بحسب القناة، «تضغط إسرائيل على الولايات المتحدة للوصول إلى اتفاق بحلول أيلول المقبل»، أي موعد انتهاء المهلة التي منحتها المقاومة إلى من يعنيهم الأمر للتحرّك لتحصيل حقوق لبنان في ثروته، بدءاً من إثبات الملكية، وصولاً إلى بدء أعمال التنقيب والحفر، تمهيداً للاستخراج (…) أو «فإن أحداً لن يستخرج غازاً من المنطقة البحرية كلها»، كما هدّد الأمين العام لحزب الله.
وقال مصدر متابع في بيروت إن التقديرات الأولية تشير إلى أن الوسيط الأميركي «يعرف أن أي جواب سلبي ستكون له ارتدادات ليست في صالح العدو، وهو اطلع من جديد على مطالب لبنان الواضحة في عدة ملفات، تشمل بداية الإقرار بحقوق لبنان في المياه الإقليمية، وتثبيت هذه الحقوق بما لا يقبل أي تعديل أو تغيير، ثم الإعلان عن ضمانات بأن تباشر الشركات العالمية المعنية، بمعزل عن جنسيتها، أعمال التنقيب والتحضير لعمليات الاستخراج فوراً، والإسراع في إزالة العقبات السياسية أمام صفقات توريد الغاز المصري والكهرباء الأردنية إلى لبنان». وتوقع المصدر أن يعمل الأميركيون على صيغة قد لا تحسم الأمور كلها بطريقة تظهر إسرائيل في موقع المتراجع أو المهزوم تحت ضغط تهديدات حزب الله.
ويبدو أن الإسرائيليين يريدون من لبنان، عبر الأميركيين، أن تتعهد الحكومة اللبنانية بمنع حزب الله من القيام بأي أعمال استفزازية أو عمليات عسكرية فوق حقول الغاز على طول الساحل الفلسطيني. وهو أمر «غير ممكن، وكلام المقاومة كان واضحاً في أن مجرد إعلان لبنان عن تلقيه ضمانات عملية موثوقة بالحصول على كامل حقوقه ومباشرة الشركات في العمل، فإنها لن تقدم على مهاجمة المنصات الإسرائيلية، وفي حال حصول أي مناورة لن تتردد في توجيه ضربة مباشرة، وهو كلام كان شديد الوضوح من قبل السيد نصرالله نفسه».
وبحسب المصادر، فإن الحذر اللبناني مردّه «عودة البعض إلى الحديث عن البلوك رقم 8». وفي المعلومات أن طرحاً يُناقش بعيداً من الإعلام فحواه التحايل على الملف من خلال إقرار الأميركيين بكامل حقوق لبنان في حقل قانا، لكن من دون أن يكون ذلك مرتبطاً بترسيم واضح، أي أن لبنان أمام احتمال مناورة جديدة تحت عنوان «خط هوكشتين» الذي قدم في شباط الماضي خطياً وفضّل لبنان عدم الإجابة عليه. الاقتراح يقتطع جيباً من حقل قانا المحتمل (جنوبه) بالإضافة إلى أجزاء من البلوك رقم 8 تقع إلى الجنوب منه. والحديث الحالي يتمحور حول القبول بترك تلك الأجزاء مقابل منح لبنان كامل حقل قانا، بمعنى إدخال تعديل على طبيعة الطرح الأميركي.

يطلب الاسرائيليون من لبنان التعهد بمنع حزب الله من القيام بعمليات عسكرية على طول الساحل الفلسطيني


الذريعة المُستند إليها غير علمية، وتدّعي خلو الأجزاء المُطالب بها من جانب هوكشتين من أي مكامن غاز ونفط محتملة، ويسعى الإسرائيلي للحصول عليها لإدخالها في مشروع مد أنابيب الغاز.
يشار هنا إلى وجود دراسات لدى هيئة قطاع البترول، تؤكد وجود مكامن في البلوك رقم 8 طبقاً لدراسات زلزالية أجراها العدو سابقاً وتمكن خبراء من الوصول إليها عن طريق شركات. كذلك، صرّح خبراء نفط لـ«الأخبار» بأن حقول الغاز عادة متداخلة في ما بينها وهي أقرب ما تكون إلى «مغاور» متشابكة تحت المياه. وأن إصرار العدو على قضم جزء من البلوك رقم 8 يأتي، في تقدير الخبراء، لرغبته بإلزام مبدأ التشارك مع الدولة اللبنانية في البلوك 8 في حال تخلى عن حيازته لجيب من قانا.
وفي تقدير خبراء أن ثمة أسباباً تقنية لا تخدم فرضية جرّ الأنابيب من الحقول الإسرائيلية صوب البلوك رقم 8، بحيث أنها تنعطف نزولاً. وهذه الانعطافة لا جدوى منها وإنما تتسبب بارتفاع الكلفة بالإضافة إلى أنها خاطئة من الناحيتين التقنية والهندسية. بالتالي، يصبح التذرع بمسألة الحاجة لاستخدام تلك الأجزاء لمرور الأنابيب ستاراً يخفي الوجهة الحقيقية لاستخدامها (فرض التشارك مع لبنان).

الاستنفار الإسرائيلي
وسط هذه التطورات، لا يحتاج الأمر إلى كثير من التدقيق لاكتشاف أن العدو الإسرائيلي، على المستويين السياسي والأمني، يتعامل بكثير من الحذر مع التهديدات المتكرّرة للسيد نصرالله. وينسحب هذا الحذر على تداول وسائل الإعلام الإسرائيلية التطوّرات والمستجدّات في القضية، ويظهر هذا من خلال التفاعل المحدود والمتأخّر مع التهديدات التي أطلقها نصرالله أول من أمس. إذ من المعلوم أن التداول بقضايا حسّاسة من هذا النوع يخضع لمعايير شديدة ودقيقة تفرضها «الرقابة العسكرية» على وسائل الإعلام، وإذا ما تقرّر الخوض في القضية، فثمّة خطوط عامة تحدّدها الرقابة، ومعلومات تتعمّد تسريبها المؤسّسة الأمنية إلى وسائل الإعلام، بشكل يخدم المصلحة الإسرائيلية. ويوم أمس، وفي ساعات بعد الظهر، بدأت تظهر التعليقات الصحافية على تهديدات نصرالله. وفي حين بدأت التعليقات بضرورة أخذ تهديدات حزب الله بـ«جدّية»، لأن «تصريحات نصرالله تدلّ على أن أيلول سيكون متوتّراً للغاية»، إلا أن «هذا لا يعني أننا في طريقنا إلى الحرب مع حزب الله»، لكن «بالتأكيد يهدف نصرالله إلى التصعيد».
وعلى صعيد متصل، كشف موقع «واللا» العبري، أمس، أنّ «سلاح البحرية الإسرائيلي أجرى تدريبات مكثّفة في الأشهر الماضية حول كيفية التعامل مع التهديدات الصاروخية المحتملة من قبل حزب الله»، مشيراً إلى أنّ «الإعلان عن تلك التدريبات (…) يأتي على خلفية تهديدات نصرالله». وأشار الموقع إلى أن «التدريبات حاكت تعرّض مختلف الوحدات لهجمات صواريخ الكروز والصواريخ الدقيقة وبعيدة المدى». وأكّد «واللا» أن «سلاح البحرية الإسرائيلية رفع حالة التأهب القصوى في البحر المتوسط، وتحديداً قبالة منصّة الغاز الطبيعي كاريش (…) وتم تركيب أجهزة استشعار متقدّمة للإنذار المبكر لتعزيز الطبقات الواقية». وقرّر الجيش الإسرائيلي «تشكيل هيئة قيادة عليا مكوّنة من ممثلين عن أجهزة الاستخبارات وسلاح البحرية ووزارة الدفاع وقسم العمليات وسلاح الجو للتعامل مع التهديدات». كما تقرّر «إجراء تمرين كبير الشهر المقبل من شأنه محاكاة السيناريوهات المتطرفة في الساحة البحرية»، وأفاد مسؤولون أمنيّون بأن «اللواء أهارون حاليفا، رئيس شعبة الاستخبارات العسكرية (أمان)، خصّص السلطة الكاملة والموارد المخصّصة للتهديدات في المجال البحري وحماية المياه الاقتصادية الإسرائيلية».
من جهة أخرى، أشار الكاتب الإسرائيلي يوسي يهوشع، في تقرير نشرته «يديعوت أحرونوت» أمس، إلى أن «الآراء منقسمة في الجيش الإسرائيلي: في حين أن هناك من يقترح التباطؤ، هناك المزيد من الأصوات التي تزعم أن تصعيد حزب الله يتطلّب عملاً انتقامياً». وتحدّث يهوشع عن «مناقشات حسّاسة في الموضوع في الأيام القليلة الماضية (…) جرت بمشاركة رئيس الوزراء يائير لابيد ووزير الدفاع بيني غانتس ورئيس الأركان أفيف كوخافي وآخرين، حول خيارات سلوك الحزب المتوقّع، والرد الإسرائيلي المحتمل». واستعرض ما اعتبرها «خيارات حزب الله»، وهي برأيه «مهاجمة المنصّة بطائرات من دون طيار، أو استخدام غوّاصين، أو على الأرجح، كما يقدّر الجيش الإسرائيلي، إطلاق مسيّرات لجمع المعلومات من دون المخاطرة بالمسّ بالمدنيين».
وفي المقابل، فإن «المعضلة»، بحسب تعبير يهوشع، تكمن في «الوجهة التي سيتمّ اختيارها كي لا يضطّر الطرفان للانجرار إلى أيام قتالية وإلى التدهور»، واستعرض الخيارات المحتملة أيضاً، و«أوّلها قصف أهداف للحزب في سوريا، وثانيها مهاجمة مواقع بنية تحتية بعيدة للحزب في قلب لبنان مثل مستودعات الصواريخ غير الدقيقة، وثالثها ضرب أهداف أخرى للحزب يُفضَّل أن تكون فارغة على الحدود الشمالية».

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 30 June- 06 July 2022)

07. 07. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity

Two Palestinians were killed and 34 others, including 5 children, were injured by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire, while dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Also, a Palestinian female detainee died in the Israeli jails due to medical negligence policy, while a patient, from the Gaza Strip, died after his health condition deteriorated and he was denied travel for treatment in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 02 July 2022, a Palestinian female detainee namely Sa’diyia Matar (64), from Hebron, died after losing consciousness in the Israeli ‘Damon’ prison, as she suffered from several diseases.  The death of Matar sheds the light on the medical negligence policy in the Israeli jails and detention facilities. More details available here

On 03 July 2022, Kamel ‘Alawna (18) succumbed to wounds he sustained a day before by IOF’s fire at Jaba’ village entrance, southern Jenin. More details available here.

On 06 July 2022, IOF killed in cold blood Rafeeq Riyad Ghannam (20) after shooting and wounding him near his house during their incursion into Jaba’ village in Jenin. IOF left him to bleed for at least 40 minutes before being transported by an Israeli ambulance. Ghannam’s death was later announced succumbing to his wounds, while his body is still under the Israeli custody.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force during incursions into the Palestinian cities and villages and IOF suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

On 01 July 2022, 17 Palestinians, including 5 children, were injured with rubber bullets during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 02 July 2022, 8 Palestinians, including 3 children, sustained rubber bullet wounds during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. On the same day, two Palestinians were shot with live bullets in their limbs and others, including journalists, suffocated in clashes with IOF near a military checkpoint in Bab al-Zawiyia area, central Hebron. Moreover, dozens of Palestinians suffocated during IOF’s suppression of a peaceful protest against settlement activity in ‘Ein al-Baida area, south of Hebron.

On 04 July 2022, a Palestinian was injured with a live bullet in his thigh during clashes that accompanied IOF’s incursion into Abu Dis village in occupied East Jerusalem. Also, a Palestinian was wounded with shrapnel of a live bullet fired by an Israeli undercover unit ““Mista’aravim” in Dura in Hebron, but he could escape. Afterwards, backups arrived in central Dura, where clashes broke out, resulting in the injury of 4 Palestinians with live bullets; one of them sustained critical wounds.

On 06 July 2022, a Palestinians was injured with a live bullet in his leg in clashes with IOF during their incursion into Jenin refugee camp. IOF also arrested a Palestinian from the same area and later withdrew.

Moreover, 9 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza shores. Also, IOF opened fire 3 times at agricultural lands in western and eastern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 66 Palestinians, including 51 civilians: 14 children, 5 women (one was a journalist Shireen Abu ‘Aqlah), a Palestinian stabbed by an Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 6 of them were assassinated. Also, 950 others were wounded in these attacks, including 108 children, 5 women, and 19 journalists all in the West Bank, except 15 fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Also, a male and a female detainees died in the Israeli jails.

Land razing, demolitions, notices and settlement activity

IOF demolished 3 house, rendering 12 persons, including 7 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished a commercial facility, agricultural rooms and a water network. Moreover, IOF handed cease-construction notices against 4 houses in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 30 June 2022, IOF handed cease-construction notices against 2 houses in Ma’in village, and a tinplate livestock barrack in al-Rabya village, south of Hebron. Moreover, IOF demolished a 50-square-meter agricultural room, east of Yatta city in Hebron.

On 03 July 2022, IOF notified to stop construction works in two houses in al-‘Abadiyia and al-Kharou’a areas, south of Hebron.

On 04 July 2022, IOF demolished two houses; one of them was underconstruction, in Tam Qissa area, south of Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering a family of 12 persons, including 7 children, homeless. It should be noted that a family of 10 persons, including 6 children, was supposed to move to the under-construction house. On the same day, IOF demolished an under-construction building comprised of 3 floors built on an area of 400 square meters in As-Sawahira_ash-Sharqiya village in occupied East Jerusalem. During the demolition, IOF assaulted the building’s owner and his sons and arrested two of them. One of the arrestees is a high school student (Tawjihi), who was supposed to take his last exam in the morning.   Furthermore, IOF demolished a water well in eastern Yatta city in Hebron.

On 05 July 2022, Israeli bulldozers demolished retaining walls and a water network in Duma village, southeast of Nablus. On the same day, IOF demolished a 170-sqm tinplate-roofed facility used as an auto repair garage.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 79 families homeless, a total of 448 persons, including 92 women and 217 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 81 houses and 40 residential tents. IOF also demolished 54 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties

On 03 July 2022, a Palestinian sustained bruises after Israeli settlers assaulted him when he was working in his land between Kafr al-Labad and Shufa  villages, south of Tulkarm.

So far this year, settlers carried out 155 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank; one f these attacks resulted in the murder of a Palestinian after being stabbed to death by an Israeli settler.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians

IOF carried out 178 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 91 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children. On 06 July 2022, IOF moved into Silwad village in Ramallah and conducted a wide scale arrest campaign, as 27 Palestinians were arrested. In the Gaza Strip, on 05 July 2022, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Maghazi Camp. Also, on 03 July 2022, IOF arrested two Palestinians, including a child, when they tried to infiltrate into eastern Rafah. The child was later released.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 4490 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2867 Palestinians were arrested, including 283 children and 25 women.  IOF also conducted 23 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 67 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 25 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. For several months, no remarkable change has been noticed either to the movement of goods at the Karam Abu Salem crossing, southeast of Rafah, or to the movement of individuals at the Erez crossing, north of Beit Hanoun.

Due to the Israeli closure, on 04 July 2022, Jihad Mousa Humaidan Al-Qedra (55) died after the  Israeli authorities denied his travel for treatment abroad. More information available here.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement since the beginning of the al-Aqsa intifada in 2000. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 90 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 3 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 30 June 2022, IOF closed the entrance to Jalazone camp, north of al-Bireh city, in front of vehicles’ movement, forcing Palestinians to use alternative dirt and longer roads.

On 03 July 2022, IOF closed a metal detector gate established at the entrance to Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah, for 5 consecutive hours. 

So far in 2022, IOF established 2188 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 112 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Axios: US pressured Lebanon to criticize Hezbollah for drones

6 Jul 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Axios said that the Americans raised concerns about the Karish drone incident and asked the Lebanese government to speak against it.

Axios: US pressured Lebanon to criticize Hezbollah for drones

US-based Axios website said President Joe Biden’s administration pressured the Lebanese government to criticize Hezbollah’s sending of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to the Karish field natural gas platform in the Mediterranean sea.

Citing sources briefed on the issue, the website indicated that “U.S. energy envoy Amos Hochstein and U.S. ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea spoke to senior political and military leaders in Lebanon over the weekend,” adding that both of them “raised concerns about the drones incident and asked the Lebanese government to publicly speak against it.”

Lebanese Resistance movement Hezbollah had released a statement on the three UAVs sent on a recon mission over the Karish gas field, before being shot down by Israeli occupation forces.

Israeli occupation forces had announced that they shot down the three UAVs off the Mediterranean coast. One of the UAVs was downed by an F16 fighter jet, and the other two by Barak missiles launched from the Saar 5 Class Corvette, according to a statement by the IOF.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had recently threatened the Israeli occupation over its attempts to forcibly extract gas from the contested region, saying the resistance is prepared to prevent them from infringing on Lebanese sovereignty.

Israeli media: IOF air force faced difficulty downing Hezbollah drones

A preliminary Israeli occupation forces investigation had revealed that the IOF air force pilots faced difficulty in downing one of Hezbollah’s unmanned drones that were launched towards the Karish platform on Saturday, Israeli news website Walla reported.

The IOF investigation report also revealed that the Israeli pilots failed to track the second Hezbollah drone that was launched at the Karish platform before the drone was downed using a Barak missile from the Saar 5 Class Corvette.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the IOF missile launched missed the target, while Israeli pilots also faced difficulties in identifying the third drone because it was flying at a low altitude.

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Hezbollah announces sending 3 drones to contested Karish gas field

2 Jul 2022 

Source: Al Mayadeen + Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Lebanon’s Resistance releases a statement on UAVs sent on surveillance above the Karish gas field.

An older variant of Hezbollah’s Mersad surveillance drone is showcased in the Resistance Museum in Mlita, Southern Lebanon

Lebanese Resistance movement Hezbollah released a statement on the three UAVs sent on a recon mission over the Karish gas field, before being shot down by Israeli occupation forces.

The statement reads:

“On the afternoon of Saturday 2/7/2022, the martyrs Jamil Skaf and Mahdi Yaghi groups launched three unarmed UAVs of various sizes toward the disputed region of the Karish gas field on a reconnaissance mission. The mission was completed and the message was delivered. ‘And victory is only from God. Indeed, God is Exalted in Might.’

Islamic Resistance, Saturday 2/7/2022″

Israeli occupation forces said that they shot down the three UAVs off the Mediterranean coast. One of the UAVs was downed by an F16 fighter jet, and the other two by Barak missiles launched from the Saar 5 Class Corvette, according to a statement by the IOF.

Israeli officials claimed the UAVs were intercepted “at a safe distance” from the drilling platform that is active in the disputed region.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had recently threatened the Israeli occupation over its attempts to forcibly extract gas from the contested region, saying the resistance is prepared to prevent them from infringing on Lebanese sovereignty.

Palestinians confront IOF in Nablus, brigade commander wounded

June 30 2022

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen English

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Palestinians confront the occupation forces and settlers who stormed the shrine of Youssef, east of Nablus.

Palestinians confront the IOF in Nablus as the settlers storm Youssef’s shrine

Confrontationserupted at dawn after dozens of settlers stormed Youssef’s Tomb, east of Nablus, and 17 Palestinians were wounded after the IOF targeted them with both live and rubber bullets.

Ahmed Jibril, director of the emergency and first aid center of the Red Crescent in Nablus, said that one civilian was wounded by live bullets and taken to the hospital, while 16 others were wounded by rubber bullets.

Jibril added that 40 other civilians suffocated as a result of the tear gas, four of whom were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment, while two families were evacuated from their homes due to the thick gas. The director also reported five cases of burns, and two falls that were dealt with on-site.

Hundreds of settlers stormed Youssef’s shrine Thursday amid tight protection by the occupation forces. Israeli media said that at least three settlers were shot by resistance fighters who responded to the storming of the shrine.

Israeli Walla! news website quoted the IOF spokesman as saying that the commander of the “Shomron” brigade (in the northern West Bank), Col. Roi Zweig, was wounded during the latest confrontations.

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‘Israel’ murders young Palestinian in Jenin Camp

June 30, 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Muhammad Maher Marei succumbed to the serious wounds that he sustained by Israeli occupation forces during their storming of the neighborhood of Jenin at dawn today.

Young Palestinian martyr Muhammad Maher Marei

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) directly opened live fire at young Palestinian Muhammad Maher Marei, 25, during a raid on Jenin Camp at dawn today.

The director of Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital confirmed to local Palestinian media that the young man from Jenin camp died as a result of being shot by occupation forces at dawn during confrontations in the city.

Using excessive force, the IOF arrested two young men, Yahya Yousef Al-Jaafar and Ahmed Asaad Nabhan, after raiding the homes of their relatives in Al-Marah neighborhood in Jenin.

Simultaneously, Palestinians participated in a mass rally in protest of the Israeli violations through Jenin’s neighborhoods.

Protesters held the body of the martyr on their shoulders and chanted slogans condemning the occupation’s crimes and its ongoing aggression against Jenin.

They also called for national Palestinian unity and the continuation of the struggle against the Israeli enemy.

The Israeli occupation forces have been actively storming Jenin Camp, aiming clearly at killing Palestinians and arresting others who, in turn, are confronting the occupation forces.

This is happening as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet has recently given a green light for killing Palestinians.

“There are not and will not be limited for this war. We are granting full freedom of action to the army, the Shin Bet [domestic intelligence agency], and all security forces,” Bennet said last April.

Since the beginning of 2022, the IOF killed more than 70 Palestinians, 27 of them from Jenin and its camp including Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was covering an Israeli raid in Jenin.

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Exclusive: Hamas ready to implement urgent prisoner exchange deal

28 Jun 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Exclusive sources tell Al Mayadeen that Hamas would agree to release a captured IOF soldier, in exchange for releasing ill prisoners from Israeli prisons.

Exclusive sources tell Al Mayadeen that Hamas would agree to release a captured IOF soldier, in exchange for releasing ill prisoners from Israeli prisons.

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Exclusive sources told Al Mayadeen on Tuesday that Hamas movement informed mediators that it is ready to implement an urgent humanitarian prisoner exchange deal.

The sources indicated that under the deal, the Resistance would agree to release the captured IOF soldier Hisham Al-Sayed, in exchange for releasing ill prisoners from Israeli occupation prisons.

The sources pointed out that the Resistance also welcomes any international mediation to release ill prisoners from Israeli occupation prisons in exchange for the IOF soldier.

Earlier, Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas movement, published footage showing Hisham Al-Sayed, a captured soldier in the Israeli occupation forces.

The video showed Al-Sayyed lying on a bed and breathing through a ventilator. A photo of his ID next to him was shown toward the end of the video.

It is noteworthy that Al-Qassam Brigades has four IOF soldiers in custody.

Al-Qassam Brigades has four IOF soldiers in custody (Archive)

Exclusive sources told Al Mayadeen on Tuesday that Hamas movement informed mediators that it is ready to implement an urgent humanitarian prisoner exchange deal.

The sources indicated that under the deal, the Resistance would agree to release the captured IOF soldier Hisham Al-Sayed, in exchange for releasing ill prisoners from Israeli occupation prisons.

The sources pointed out that the Resistance also welcomes any international mediation to release ill prisoners from Israeli occupation prisons in exchange for the IOF soldier.

Earlier, Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas movement, published footage showing Hisham Al-Sayed, a captured soldier in the Israeli occupation forces.

The video showed Al-Sayyed lying on a bed and breathing through a ventilator. A photo of his ID next to him was shown toward the end of the video.

It is noteworthy that Al-Qassam Brigades has four IOF soldiers in custody.

Al-Qassam Brigades reveal deterioration of health of IOF soldier

June 28, 2022

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Al-Qassam Brigades will soon publish information that confirms the deterioration of the health condition of one Israeli prisoner held by the Palestinian Resistance.

Al-Qassam Brigades’ military Spokesperson, Abu Obeida

Al-Qassam Brigades’ military Spokesperson, Abu Obeida, announced Monday that the health condition of one Israeli prisoner held by the Palestinian Resistance has deteriorated.

In a post on Telegram, Abu Obeida pointed out that Al-Qassam Brigades will publish information that confirms this announcement in the coming hours.

في تصريح صحفي.. الناطق باسم كـتـــائــب القــسّــــام، أبــو عـــبــيدة: “تدهور طرأ على صحة أحد أسرى العدو لدينا، وسننشر خلال الساعاتِ القادمة ما يؤكد ذلك”.#فلسطين pic.twitter.com/VK7tuV5thc— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) June 27, 2022

It is noteworthy that Al-Qassam Brigades captured four IOF soldiers.

Israeli media reported that the assessment inside the Israeli occupation is that Hamas’ statement about the deteriorating health condition of an Israeli prisoner is a provocation.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 16-22 June 2022)

June 23, 2022


Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinians were killed; 4 of them by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire, and one after being stabbed by an Israeli settler, while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, except three fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Details are as follows:

On 17 June 2022, in a new crime of extrajudicial execution (assassination), IOF directly opened fire at 3 Palestinians and killed them after surrounding and targeting their vehicle in Jenin, northern West Bank.  The 3 persons killed were identified as Yousif Naser Salah (23), Laith Salah Abu Srour (24) and Baraa’ Kamal Lahlouh (24). Moreover, eight Palestinians were injured; one sustained a serious injury in subsequent clashes. More information available here.

On 19 June 2022, Nabil Ahmed Ghanem (53), from Nablus, was killed after IOF stationed at Eyal Crossing near the annexation wall in northern Qalqilya, opened fire at him while he was trying to infiltrate through a hole in the wall to work in Israel. Ghanem’s corpse is still in the IOF’s custody.

On 21 June 2022, ‘Ali Harab (27) was killed after an Israeli settler stabbed him in Iskaka village, east of Slafit, and was left to bleed to death as the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) obstructed the provision of medical aid to him. More information available here.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of IOF’s excessive use of force and suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

On 17 June 2022, 7 Palestinians, including 6 children, sustained rubber bullet wounds during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 21 June 2022, two Palestinians, including a child, were injured, while another Palestinian was arrested during IOF’s incursion into Qabatiya village in Jenin.

In the Gaza Strip, three fishermen were injured after Israeli gunboats fired rubber bullets at them on 16 June 2022. Also, the Israeli gunboats deliberately crashed into their boat and flipped it in the water, putting their lives at risk and causing severe damage to the boat and its engine. More information available here. Also, 7 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shores. Moreover, IOF opened fire 3 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas in eastern Gaza Strip.  Additionally, on 17 June 2022, IOF warplanes fired a missile at an empty land in eastern Beit Hanoun.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 62 Palestinians, including 48 civilians: 13 children, 5 women (one was a journalist Shireen Abu ‘Aqlah), a Palestinian stabbed by an Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 6 of them were assassinated. Also, 891 others were wounded in these attacks, including 102 children, 4 women, and 19 journalists; all in the West Bank, except 15 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished an under-construction house and a water well and distributed 29 demolition and cease-construction notices in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 17 June 2022, IOF distributed 20 demolition notices in Kherbet Khellet al-Dabi’ in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. The notices included: 13 agricultural tinplated dwellings, a water well and 4 bathrooms.

On 20 June 2022, IOF handed a cease-construction notice against an agricultural room, a water well and a fence, in addition to two other cease-construction notices against a house and a residential room in eastern Yatta city. Also, they handed a demolition notice against 3 agricultural tents in Ma’in village in Hebron.

On 21 June 2022, IOF delivered 3 cease-construction notices to three houses in al-Dayraat village, south of Hebron.

On 22 June 2022, in Ni’lin village in western Ramallah, IOF demolished an under-construction house and a water well belonging to a Palestinian prisoner in the Israeli jails, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 77 families homeless, a total of 445 persons, including 90 women and 210 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 77 houses and 16 residential tents. IOF also demolished 49 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 142 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 68 Palestinians were arrested, including 11 children, 3 women (one of them was a female journalist who was later released), and a journalist.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted three limited incursions into eastern Beit Hanoun, where they placed cement cubes behind the border fence on 19 June 2022; and in norther Beit Lahia, where they levelled 10 dunums planted with watermelon on 21 June 2022; and in eastern Rafah on 22 June 2022. Also, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians during two infiltration attempts into Israel in eastern Rafah on 20 June 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 4137 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2698 Palestinians were arrested, including 273 children and 23 women. IOF also conducted 21 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 65 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 23 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

On 18 June 2022, two Israeli settlers opened fire in the air during their raid on Burj Al-Luqluq Social Center Society in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Afterwards, IOF intervened and secured their withdrawal from the area.

On 16 June 2022, two Palestinians sustained deep wounds and fractures after being assaulted by Israeli settlers with sharp tools and knives in their workplace in “Ramat Eshkol” settlement, west of Jerusalem.  

So far this year, settlers carried out 152 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 80 temporary military checkpoints in the West bank, including East Jerusalem.

On 16 June 2022, IOF closed with sand berms several sub-roads in Kizma village in occupied East Jerusalem. On the same day, IOF closed the metal-detector gate established at Ash-Shawawra village entrance in Bethlehem and re-opened it later.

On 19 June 2022, IOF closed the eastern and western entrances to Husan village in Bethlehem and re-opened them later.  

So far in 2022, IOF established 2006 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 106 Palestinians at those checkpoints

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COGNITIVE WARFARE: ISRAEL TARGETS JOURNALISTS WHO THREATEN ITS REALITY-CREATION TACTICS

JUNE 23RD, 2022

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They were shooting directly at the journalists: New evidence suggests Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in targeted attack by Israeli forces”. Thus read a CNN headline on May 26, 2022, for an article describing what may have been a “targeted killing,” – that is, assassination – of Al Jazeera journalist Shirleen Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old highly esteemed Palestinian-American journalist who had covered Israeli repression of the Palestinian population for about 25 years before she was killed.

With this killing and its aftermath, one knows that it is all hands on deck for an Israeli government cognitive campaign in the perpetual cognitive war Israel wages against the world, as will be explained below.

According to the CNN article, Abu Akleh was killed by a bullet to the head at around 6:30 a.m. on May 11, while standing with a group of journalists near the entrance of Jenin refugee camp as they covered an Israeli raid. “We stood in front of the Israeli military vehicles for about five to ten minutes before we made moves to ensure they saw us. And this is a habit of ours as journalists; we move as a group and we stand in front of them so they know we are journalists, and then we start moving,” a Palestinian reporter, Shatha Hanaysha, told CNN, describing their cautious approach toward the Israeli army convoy before the gunfire began.

Video recordings of the surrounding area showed the killing shots could have come only from the Israeli soldiers in specially designed “sniper” vehicles that were in direct line-of-fire positions to Abu Akleh that morning. Eyewitnesses told CNN that they “believed Israeli forces on the same street fired deliberately on the reporters in a targeted attack. All of the journalists were wearing protective blue vests that identified them as members of the news media.”

“LAWFUL TARGETS” IN A “COGNITIVE WAR”

The “blue vests” might have been what ensured the journalists would be targeted by Israeli forces, if Israeli forces see journalists as “lawful targets” in the war they continue to wage against the Palestinians, in what is in fact a continuation of the 1967 War. That is, an unrelenting military occupation in violation of international law, which constitutes a continuation of the “war.” And the evidence shows Israeli military/intel forces do see journalists as “lawful targets,” as part of the “Cognitive War” they wage against the Palestinians, but more particularly against the global population in an attempt to legitimize their military oppression of the Palestinians in their ongoing effort of “population expulsion” of the Palestinians from Palestinian territory. As Benjamin Netanyahu’s father, Benzion, proclaimed shortly before he died, this is the objective of Israel Zionists like him.

In fact, while Abu Akleh was the only journalist killed that day by Israeli forces, she wasn’t the only Palestinian journalist shot. A group of four Palestinian reporters was fired upon as well, with one also injured in the gunfire. That was not because Israeli forces had an obstructed view; footage showed a direct line of sight between the reporters and the Israeli convoy. That only one of the four was hit, besides Abu Akleh, is probably taken by military superiors as a sign that their marksmanship must be improved.

A firearms expert told CNN: “The relatively tight grouping of the rounds indicate Shireen was intentionally targeted with aimed shots and not the victim of random or stray fire.”

But an indication of how the Israeli military sees journalists, other than “reliable” Israeli press, was revealed on the day of the shooting by an Israeli military spokesperson, Ran Kochav. Kochav told Army Radio that Abu Akleh had been “filming and working for a media outlet amidst armed Palestinians. They’re armed with cameras, if you’ll permit me to say so.” And if they are “armed,” they are “lawful targets” in “war.”

In fact, the killing of journalists has been openly called for in the “flagship publication” of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, The Journal of International Security Affairs, by retired U.S. Army Officer Ralph Peters. The odious 2009 article – potentially a war crime in itself – stated: “Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts, and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media.”

THE POWER OF “COGNITIVE WARFARE”

The Israeli military said it was conducting an investigation into the killing of Abu Akleh, and added, “assertions regarding the source of the fire that killed Ms. Abu Akleh must be carefully made and backed by hard evidence. This is what the IDF is striving to achieve.” In fact, obfuscating that is what the IDF and its Cognitive Warfare component must be seen as “striving to achieve” – at least if Israeli Cognitive War theorists, one of whom is quoted at length below, are to be believed.

Leaving it to those few journalists who report honestly to provide more facts on this assassination – as Abu Akleh would have, giving motive to Israeli forces to particularly target her with lethal fire – “Cognitive Warfare” should be explained further.

The best source for understanding the concept is Israel’s own doctrinal statements about the “cognitive domain” of warfare. A clue to that was presented when an Israeli lawyer filed a lawsuit alleging that “Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs [is] carrying out a global propaganda campaign on behalf of the Israeli government that violates human rights and is acting without authority to do so… Attorney Schachar Ben Meir’s petition demands that the High Court of Justice order a halt to the activities carried out by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, headed by Gilad Erdan.”

The substance of the claim was that the Israeli government had approved the payment of NIS 128 million ($38 million) to a private organization called Kela-Shlomo to carry out “mass consciousness activities” within the framework of what the Ministry of Strategic Affairs calls “extra-governmental discourse.” That is, publication of government propaganda on social networks and newspapers often carried out through private businesses and non-profit organizations operating in Israel and abroad.

But to determine the correct “messages” to promote or counter requires “surveilling citizens and conducting illegal operations intended to influence and manipulate public opinion.” That is what constitutes “mass consciousness activities” – a fascist type of governmental activity if there ever was one, but “updated” to utilize “private contractors” to conduct operations, in addition to governmental military/intel assets. This explains the proliferation of “private Israeli intelligence/influence” firms.

THE MUSINGS OF A COGNITIVE WARFARE THEORIST

The current Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Nachman Shai, who in the past was a spokesperson for the Israeli military, explained and promoted the higher level to which cognitive warfare has been taken from its origins as mere “propaganda” or “hasbara,” in his book “Hearts and Minds: Israel and the Battle for Public Opinion.”

He explained that, in the expected 21st-century wars of Israel and the United States, the “principal effort will be the battle for consciousness.” He explained further:

[There] are various terms to describe the battle for consciousness. In Britain, it is called the fight for hearts and minds. The U.S. military uses the expressions psychological warfare, perception management, influence management, and information operation. The idea speaks about consciousness: the strategy of limited conflict is to win a decision of consciousness in the society with the help of military means. The battle is for the society’s consciousness and for national resilience.”

Furthermore, according to Shai: “Consciousness is not a natural and inherent concept but rather a structured process, continually shaped by interested parties and by those who wield wealth and power.” How this is done in its current terminology is described in a publication of the Israeli “Institute for National Security Studies” entitled: “The Cognitive Campaign: Strategic and Intelligence Perspectives.” Its Preface states:

It is important to distinguish between cognition and the cognitive campaign. Cognition is the set of insights that an individual or individuals have regarding the surrounding reality and the way they want to shape it, derived from the set of the values and beliefs through which they examine and interpret their environment and work to confront its inherent challenges, and even to change it. In contrast, the cognitive campaign involves the actions and tools that entities that are part of a certain campaign framework use to influence the cognition of target audiences or to prevent influence on them. The purpose of  the cognitive campaign is to cause target audiences to adopt the perception of reality held by the side wielding the effort, so that it can more easily advance the strategic and/or operational objectives that it sees as critical. The cognitive campaign can be negative, that is, prevent the development of undesirable cognitive states, or positive, with an attempt to produce the desired cognition.

That the “cognitive campaign can be negative, that is, prevent the development of undesirable cognitive states,” is why Julian Assange has been imprisoned for years now, with no likelihood he will ever be freed by the U.S. government and why Edward Snowden was forced to take refuge in a foreign country to avoid the same fate. The U.S. must silence them and other dissidents, lest an “undesirable cognitive state” develops in the U.S. population – as one eventually developed over the Vietnam War, and eventually forced the U.S. out of Vietnam.

Thus it is reasonable to believe that is why Israel has targeted so many journalists over the last couple of decades – as has the U.S. It would be foolish and/or naïve not to believe that when retired military officers openly call for “targeted killings” of journalists, that they aren’t already being targeted!

MAKING OUR OWN REALITY

When Karl Rove was alleged to have said how the United States is now “an empire, we make our own reality,” he was not just making a hubristic statement. Rather, it can be seen as an indication that he was aware of how powerful a “cognitive campaign” is. In fact, such campaigns were always how the CIA conducted post-World War II coups, and it can be speculated that “cognitive campaigns” were introduced into U.S. political campaigns by Arthur Finkelstein and his “Six-Party Theory” in the 1972 Nixon campaign, down to the 2016 Trump campaign, based upon cognitive warfare principles drawn from CIA coups and the Israeli military occupation.

The authors of “The Cognitive Campaign: Strategic and Intelligence Perspectives” wrote:

The cognitive campaign is not new, and it is an inseparable aspect of every strategic and military conflict. In recent years, this struggle has played a much more important role than in past conflicts; at times it takes place without a direct military context and is not even led by military bodies. The cognitive campaign is a continuous campaign; thus, its prominence is greater in the period between wars (as a part of the “campaign between wars).”

In fact, as these authors know, there is no such thing as “between wars” in Israel or the United States, with both countries in “Perpetual War” regardless of the level of aggressive kinetic war they are waging at any given moment.

Carl von Clausewitz wrote in “On War” that two different motives make men fight one another: hostile feelings and hostile intentions. Inciting those “feelings” is done by both Israel and the U.S. continuously, by multifarious networks to “condition” their populations with “hostile feelings and hostile intentions.” As has been done in the U.S. to incite hatred of Russia, China, Iran, et al., so that a war with either one, or all, can explode at any moment. Israel does the same against Iran and the Palestinians. Mission Accomplished!

“Moses Staff” Group Hacks Phones of Three Zionist Military Officials

 June 23, 2022

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The “Moses Staff” group announced reaching data of three Zionist military officials shortly after successfully hacking the ‘Israeli’ entity’s electricity company.

The group published on Wednesday evening the phone numbers of the three ‘Israeli’ officials, claiming responsibility also for hacking the ‘Israeli’ sound system in the occupied territories earlier this week in which sirens went off triggering a false alarm.

In a video it published, “Moses Staff” said it obtained the phone numbers of the former ‘Israeli’ occupation army spokesperson, a former commander of the Northern Command in the occupied territories, and a former head of the Mossad spy agency.

“We warned you that this is just the beginning. You will sink into the deep darkness very soon. We will strike you internally. Wait for our synthetic attacks,” the video read.

Spike in number of suicides among Israeli occupation soldiers – Report

June 22, 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The head of the workforce department convenes an emergency meeting to address the reasons behind the spike in suicide numbers among Israeli occupation soldiers.

Report: Spike in the number of suicides among Israeli occupation soldiers.

“Israel’s” national broadcaster Kan reported that the number of suicides in the Israeli occupation forces has increased in the last six months. Since the beginning of 2022, 11 troops have committed suicide, compared to 11 soldiers in the previous year and nine soldiers in 2020.

In the wake of this alarming jump, Kan reported that the head of the Labor Force Department in the IOF, Yaniv Ashour, held an emergency session with mental health officials to study the reasons that led to this alarming rise in suicide cases.

The session didn’t have a clear conclusion, but the army commanders ordered increased vigilance and attention to the issue. The head of the workforce also ordered the opening of a hotline for the Israeli army. 

The IOF’s spokesman stressed that all deaths of Israeli troops would be investigated in-depth, with aim of reaching the truth and obtaining the required conclusions. “This also happened during the recent incidents, after investigations were completed, and conclusions were sent to the Military Prosecution for examination.”

In a report last year, three Mossad agents committed suicide in one year, Israeli Channel 12 reported. “Two of the agents committed suicide in the Mossad headquarters,” Israeli media said.

The agents’ families argued that working in the Mossad is what pushed the agents to kill themselves. “Their families are now struggling to have the Mossad acknowledge its responsibility” for the suicides, the reports added.

The Mossad has always been unstable, especially during the latest period, as Channel 13 reported in November that three senior Mossad officials, whose ranks equated that of a lieutenant in the IOF, resigned following adjustments made by the new Mossad chief.

Moreover, while “Israel” investigates the reasons behind the high number of suicides, children in Gaza are suffering from trauma, as a result of the Israeli occupation and its aggression on Palestine. 

A report by Al Mayadeen English discussed that children in Gaza, with a total area of 365 km2 and a population of over 2 million, were already under Israeli occupation and suffered from a 15-year blockade.

“Any aggression against children leaves very difficult psychological effects. The difficulty lies in the fact that we are restoring the psychological situation of children as much as possible, but in the event of renewed aggression, we relapse from zero”.

It is worth mentioning that 91% of Gazan children now suffer from some form of trauma, to say the least, according to a new report from the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, a Geneva-based independent, nonprofit organization that the Israeli occupation government outlawed in 2016.

Before May 2021, approximately 33% of children in Gaza required mental health support as a result of trauma, the same study reported.

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Forty Years of Brilliance أربعونَ عامًا من التألُّق

June 21, 2022

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Hezbollah was established in Lebanon 1982 when the Islamic forces gathered and formed a committee of nine clerics and commanders. The committee set fighting the Israeli enemy and liberate the occupied territories as a central goal.

Upon the Israeli invasion in 1982, IRGC officers started training Hezbollah military units in the Syrian city of Al-Zabadani. Hezbollah engaged in secret operations against the Israeli occupation forces till November 11, 1982, when the martyr Ahmad Kassir carried out his martyrdom attack on the Zionist military command in Tyre.

The Israeli enemy later realized the importance of the role played by the Resistance clerics, assassinating Sheikh Ragheb Harb on February 16, 1984. However, the continuous resistance operation led to the Israeli withdrawal from several cities and towns in southern Lebanon, except an area of around 1100 square kilometers.

On the first anniversary of Sheikh Harb’s martyrdom, Hezbollah announced its political document and began appearing via the media outlets and documenting its military operations via the available means.

In 1990, the civil war, which witnessed unfortunate incidents of brethren fights, ended and let Hezbollah concentrate its operations against the Israeli enemy.

In 1992, Hezbollah decided to participate in the parliamentary elections, winning a number of parliamentary seats in. However, the Party did not take a share in the governments before the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon in 2005 when Hezbollah found it was necessary to maintain the political stability in the country by attending the ministerial council sessions.

In 1993 and 1996, Hezbollah managed to confront two Israeli wars on Lebanon, imposing its formula on the enemy. The Israelis realized that the Resistance military capabilities can never be undermined. April Agreement concluded in 1996 secured the Resistance rights to defend Lebanon and face the Israeli aggression on Lebanon.

In 2006, Hezbollah carried out a military operation on Lebanon’s border, capturing two Zionist soldiers. The Israeli enemy used the attack as a pretext to launch a plotted war on Lebanon. The steadfastness of the Resistance, Army and people defeated the Zionist aggression and maintained the balance of deterrence formula.

This formula has been protecting Lebanon from the Zionist aggression for 16 years. However, the local anti-Resistance propaganda remained underestimating the achievements of Hezbollah that oppositely bridged gaps in the relations among the Lebanese parties and signed an Understanding with the Free Patriotic Movement in 2006.

The terrorist war on Syria pushed Hezbollah to dispatch military units to fight the militant groups in Syria and in the border towns between Lebanon and Syria. Therefore, Hezbollah contributed effectively to the defeat of ISIL scheme in the region.

Hezbollah military units also supported the Lebanese army to overcome ISIL terrorists in Bekaa barrens on the borders with Syria in 2017. Later on, the United States started blockading Lebanon financially, pushing its banking sector to collapse. USA also utilized the 2019 protests in Lebanon to create a chaotic situation that targets the public institutions and instigates the Lebanese people against the Resistance.

In addition to professional performance of Hezbollah representatives in the state institutions, the Party benefited from its huge capabilities to serve the Lebanese people financially and socially in the various towns and cities.

Hezbollah journey, which is full of victories against the Israeli enemy and the United States, will witness more and more victories in Lebanon, Palestine and the whole region.

This is a translated and edited version of the article written by Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

أربعونَ عامًا من التألُّق

الشيخ نعيم قاسم

تأسَّس حزب الله عام 1982 بعد أن تداعت القوى والشخصيات الإسلامية والعلمائية العاملة على الساحة إلى تشكيل لجنة مؤلفة من تسعة أفراد سُمِّيت “اللجنة التُساعية”، وهي مؤلفة من: ثلاثة عن التجمع العلمائي في البقاع، وثلاثة عن اللجان الإسلامية، وثلاثة عن حركة أمل الإسلامية. حمل التسعة وثيقة واحدة تم الاتفاق عليها بين الجهات المتمثلة فيها، تُبيِّن رؤيتهم الإسلامية، والتزامهم بخط ولاية الفقيه بقيادة الإمام الخميني(قده)، وإيمانهم بالعمل الجهادي المقاوم لمواجهة “إسرائيل” وتحرير الأرض، واستعدادهم لتشكيل إطار موحَّد بديلًا عن كلِّ الأطر التي أنجزت وثيقة التسعة.

* بداية تشكيل حزب الله

تشكَّل حزب الله بمباركة الإمام الخميني(قده)، في سنة الاجتياح الإسرائيلي للبنان عام 1982، حيث واجهت مجموعات تؤمن بهذا الخط “إسرائيل” على مشارف خلدة ثم في محيط مدينة بيروت مع حركة أمل وقوى فلسطينية ولبنانية. بدأت التدريبات العسكرية المنظمة للمنتسبين إلى خط حزب الله في الزبداني في سوريا من خلال حرس الثورة الإسلامية الإيرانية، وأصبح للحزب الناشئ قيادة هي الشورى، وتأسست مجموعات المقاومة التي كانت تعمل سرًّا حيث يتواجد الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، من دون أنْ تُدركَ “إسرائيل” من هم الذين يقاتلونها، إلى أنْ كانت عملية الشهيد أحمد قصير، وهي العملية الاستشهادية الأولى ضد “إسرائيل” في مدينة صور الساحلية المحتلة ضد مقر الحاكم العسكري الإسرائيلي في 11/11/1982، والتي نتج عنها تدمير المقر، وقتل وفقدان 150 من الجيش الإسرائيلي وعملائه. لم يعلن الحزب عن اسم الشهيد لوجود عائلته في بلدة دير قانون النهر الجنوبية التي كانت تحت الاحتلال إلّا بعد الانسحاب الإسرائيلي سنة 1985، وذلك في بلدته دير قانون النهر، في احتفال حاشد في آخر شهر نيسان، كما عرضت تصويراً بالفيديو لتفاصيل العملية.
بدأ الحزب يعلن عن عملياته ضد “إسرائيل” بعد فترة من الزمن باسم المقاومة الإسلامية، وبدأت “إسرائيل” تتلمَّس مواجهةً لها من قوىً جديدة، وأنَّ إخراجَ الفلسطينيين المقاومين من لبنان إلى تونس لم يحقق هدفهم في إنهاء المقاومة في لبنان ضد “إسرائيل”.

عملت “إسرائيل” على رصد مكامن الخطر الجديد عليها، فوجدت أنَّ العلماء لهم دور كبير في التعبئة والجهاد، فاغتالت الشيخ راغب حرب(قده) في 16 شباط 1984، ثم اغتالت السيد عبد اللطيف الأمين(قده) في 15/11/1984. ولكن مع العمليات المتواصلة للمقاومة لم تستطع الاستقرار في المساحة الواسعة التي احتلتها وبقيت فيها في الجنوب، فاضطرت للانسحاب من مناطق صيدا وصور والنبطية وقرى من البقاع الغربي وغيرها مبقية على الشريط المحتل في الجنوب والبقاع الغربي والذي بلغت مساحته حوالى 1100 كلم2 أي ما يعادل 55 % من مساحة الجنوب اللبناني، و11 % من مساحة لبنان البالغة 10452 كلم2.

وقد قال عضو الكنيست الإسرائيلي مردخاي بار: “الجرأة البالغة لعمليات حرب العصابات الشيعية في جنوب لبنان، بل والمدى الذي لا يستهان به من النجاحات خلال الشهور الأخيرة، أثارت في أوساط الرأي العام الشعبي (الإسرائيلي)، المقارنة التي تطرح نفسها بين الإرهاب الشيعي والإرهاب الفلسطيني، وهناك من يعتقد أن تزايد النشاط المعادي في أوساط السكان الفلسطينيين في المناطق (المحتلة) خلال الشهور الأخيرة، نابع هو الآخر من وحي النجاحات الشيعية في الشمال”.

* المرحلة الثانية

أعلن حزب الله عن حضوره العلني والسياسي في الذكرى السنوية الأولى لاستشهاد الشيخ راغب حرب في 16 شباط 1985 من خلال وثيقة تُبيِّن رؤيته الفكرية والجهادية والسياسية اطلق عليها اسم “الرسالة المفتوحة”، ومعها بدأ العمل السياسي المعلن والظهور الإعلامي المواكب لعمل المقاومة الإسلامية. كانت المرحلة الأولى سريَّة منذ التأسيس إلى إعلان “الرسالة المفتوحة”، وهي ضرورية للتأسيس وتنظيم بُنية الحزب ومقاومته، خاصة أنَّ المقاومة السريَّة في الجنوب ضرورة كي يبقى الإسرائيلي محتارًا وجاهلًا بمعرفة من يُقاتله، ولمزيد من حماية الأهل في المنطقة المحتلَّة، كما أنَّ اكتمال البناء الداخلي ضروري قبل البدأ بالعمل السياسي المعلن والظهور الإعلامي.

امتدت المرحلة الثانية من إعلان “الرسالة المفتوحة” إلى زمن حل مشكلة الحرب اللبنانية التي استمرت خمسة عشر عامًا وذلك في العام 1990، حيث تصاعدت قدرة المقاومة ضد “إسرائيل”. ولكنَّ حزب الله واجه مشكلة داخلية مع حركة أمل أدَّت إلى اقتتال الإخوة لمدة سنة ونصف، انتهت بحمد الله تعالى بالاتفاق في 9/11/1990، وهو الذي أطلق مرحلة جديدة من التعاون تُوِّجتْ بتحالفٍ فعَّال على الساحة اللبنانية، أصبح مضرب مَثَل في عمق التَّحالف والتَّعاون، وكانت له الآثار المهمة في حماية مشروع المقاومة، والتماسك الداخلي، وما زال مستمرًا صلبًا بحمد الله تعالى.

* المرحلة الثالثة

بدأت مع تَشكُّل المؤسسات الدستورية في لبنان وخاصة انتخاب المجلس النيابي عام 1992، حيث شارك فيه الحزب ترشيحًا لأول مرة، وحصل على كتلة مؤلَّفة من اثني عشر نائبًا. لم تتعارض مشاركة الحزب في المجلس النيابي مع استمرار المقاومة وتصعيد عملياتها وزيادة فعاليتها، خلافًا لما اعتقده بعض السياسيين من إمكانية التخلي التدريجي عن المقاومة لمصلحة العمل السياسي والمواقع في تركيبة النظام، وفاتهم أنَّ مشروع الحزب المقاوم هو الأساس، وأنَّ العمل السياسي يتكامل معه لتلبية حاجات الناس وتمثيلهم، ولحماية المقاومة ومشروعها من هذا الموقع.

كانت “إسرائيل” قلقة من آثار المقاومة في تقييد حركة الجيش الإسرائيلي وعملائه، وتخشى منها على مخططاتها، فاغتالت الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد عباس الموسوي(قده) في الذكرى السنوية لاستشهاد الشيخ راغب حرب(قده) عام 1992، على طريق بلدة “تفاحتا” وهو في طريق العودة من الاحتفال بالذكرى في جبشيت، واستشهد معه زوجته أم ياسر وطفله حسين، ظنًّا من “إسرائيل” أنَّها تُضعِفُ قدرة المقاومة باغتيال رأس الهرم، ولكن – والحمد لله تعالى – أثمرت شهادته انتخابَ خليفة له هو سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله(حفظه المولى)، الذي نقل الحزب إلى مرحلة جديدة متقدِّمة ومتطوِّرة، تتابعت فيها الانتصارات، وتراكمت فيها الإمكانات، وأصبح للحزب مكانته محليًّا وإقليميًّا ودوليًّا بما فاق تصور العدو الإسرائيلي وكثيرٍ من المحللين. لقد نَمَتْ قدرةُ حزب الله بشهدائه وعطاءاتهم وجرحاه وأسراه ومجاهديه وعوائلهم، فالشَّهادة حياة، “وَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ أَمْوَاتاً بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ”، ولكنَّ أعداءنا جاهلون.

شنَّت “إسرائيل” عدوانًا على لبنان في 25 تموز 1993 استمر لسبعة أيام، وكما قال شيمون بيريز: “إنَّ للهجمات هدفين: الذين يهاجموننا مباشرة وخصوصاً حزب الله، ولفتُ انتباه سكان لبنان والحكومات المعنية إلى ضرورة ممارسة الضغوط لوقف نشاط حزب الله”، فاكتشف أنَّ المقاومة متقدمة في قدراتها وصمودها وثباتها، ما اضطرَّ العدو إلى “وقف العدوان الإسرائيلي في مقابل وقف إطلاق صواريخ الكاتيوشا، في الساعة السادسة من مساء السبت 31/7/1993، وهكذا ولد “تفاهم تموز” كتعبير عن هذا الاتفاق الشفهي الذي تم عبر الوسطاء، من دون وجود أي صيغة خطية له”.

اعتبرت “إسرائيل” أنها استعدت بما فيه الكفاية، وحصلت على دعم دولي مهم عندما التأمتْ قمة شرم الشيخ في مصر في 13 آذار 1996 دعمًا لـ”إسرائيل”، وحضرها إلى جانب أمريكا أغلب دول العالم والدول العربية، فشنت حربها على لبنان في 11 نيسان 1996 بحجة الرَّد على صواريخ حزب الله ضد المستعمرات الإسرائيلية، وفوجئت مرةً جديدة بتطور قدرات المقاومة الإسلامية وتكبيد العدو الإسرائيلي خسائر لا يتحمَّلها في نقاط ضعفه، ما اضطر العدو بعد ستة عشر يومًا أن يعقد اتفاقًا خطيًّا هذه المرة، هو “اتفاق نيسان”، الذي وقعه لبنان الرسمي مع سوريا وفرنسا وأمريكا ومن جهة أخرى “إسرائيل”، وهو “يعطي مشروعية للمقاومة بإقرار العدو من خلال حق الدفاع عن النفس، والحديث عن تحييد المدنيين، وهو منسجم مع تفاهم تموز بالتأكيد على عدم قصف إسرائيل للمدنيين والمنشآت المدنية في لبنان مقابل عدم إطلاق حزب الله لصواريخ الكاتيوشا واستهداف المدنيين في المستعمرات الشمالية”، على أن يكون الرَّد على “إسرائيل” من خارج الأماكن السكنية، وهو ما ينسجم مع أداء وتوجهات المقاومة، لكنَّه مخرجٌ لإيقاف عدوان إسرائيل على لبنان.

تكثَّفت عمليات المقاومة، التي استهدفت مواقع عملاء “إسرائيل” على امتداد الشريط الحدودي المحتل، فأدركت “إسرائيل” أنَّ استمرارها في احتلال لبنان من دون جدوى، وأنَّ خسائرها المباشرة من جنودها وضباطها تتصاعد يومًا بعد يوم، فحاولت أنْ تُمهِّد الطريق للانسحاب من لبنان باتفاق معه أو مع سوريا، لكنَّها لم تحصل على شيء، فاضطرت للانسحاب ذليلة من دون قيد أو شرط في 25 أيار 2000، مبقيةً على احتلالها لمزارع شبعا وتلال كفرشوبا.

ظنَّت “إسرائيل” بأنَّ انسحابها سيؤدي إلى حالةٍ داخلية في لبنان تضغط لإيقاف عمل المقاومة بمؤازرة الضغط الدولي، لكنَّ المقاومة استمرت وكثَّفت تدريباتها وإمكاناتها وزادت عديد مجاهديها وطوَّرت كفاءاتهم، واستحضرت المزيد من الأسلحة النوعية، فكان مرورُ الزمن عاملًا في زيادة القدرة المقاومة كمًّا ونوعًا، استعدادًا لأيّ مواجهة متوقعة من هذا العدو، فهو لن يسكت على خروجه ذليلًا، وهو يريد لبنان ضعيفًا بلا مقاومة، ليتسنى له أن يعتدي متى شاء، ويفرض شروطه بالتهديد العسكري والحرب على لبنان متى شاء. لكنَّ حزب الله كان مدركًا لهذه الأخطار، لذا استمر في إعداد القوة والعدة ليوم العدوان القادم.

ردع “إسرائيل”

أسَرَ حزب الله جنديين إسرائيليين في 12 تموز 2006 على الحدود اللبنانية الفلسطينية للاستفادة منهما في الإفراج عن الأسرى المعتقلين في السجون الإسرائيلية، فاستغلَّت أمريكا الفرصة، وألزمت “إسرائيل” بشن عدوان على لبنان بحجة استعادة الأسيرين، ولكنَّ الهدف هو “سحق حزب الله” وإنهاءُ وجوده. وكما تبيَّن لاحقًا، فإنَّ عملية العدوان كان مخططًا لها أن تكون بعد حوالى شهرين، ولكن الأسر أتاح المبرِّر، فكان عدوان تموز الذي استمر ثلاثة وثلاثين يومًا.

أربعونَ عامًا من التألُّق

فاجأ حزب الله العدو الإسرائيلي بالمفاجأت العسكرية في البر (صواريخ كورنيت) والبحر (ضرب ساعر)، وبالإمكانات النَّوعية والكثيرة التي وفَّرها قائد محور المقاومة الشهيد قاسم سليماني(قده) مع حضوره المباشر في غرفة عمليات المقاومة أثناء العدوان. كما فاجأ حزب الله العدو بالتَّخطيط الدَّقيق، والانتشار الواسع في بقع المعارك العسكرية مع تجهيزها بشكل مستقل لتكون وحدات قتالية مستقلة في المواجهة، ومترابطة مع المركز والوحدات الأخرى في مواجهة العدوان الشامل، وهذا من إبداعات وخطط القائد الملهم والاستثنائي الشهيد عماد مغنية(قده) الذي أعلنه سماحة الأمين العام السيد حسن نصر الله قائدًا للانتصارين في 2000 و2006. ولا زالت أصداءُ كلمات وخطب سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله(حفظه المولى) تصدحُ أثناء الحرب في الأرجاء، موضِّحًا للحقائق، شارحًا لمسار المعركة، مُبشرًا بالنَّصر، وكاشفًا لنقاط ضعف إسرائيل، ومعبئًا لجمهور المقاومة ومحبيها، ومثبتًا له على الموقف المؤيد والداعم بكل أشكال الدعم للمواجهة مع “إسرائيل”، والتي انتهت بهزيمةٍ مدويَّة لـ”إسرائيل”، ونصرٍ عظيم للمقاومة، وذلك بإعلان توقف الأعمال العدائيَّة بإعلان قرار مجلس الأمن رقم 1701.

منذ عدوان 2006 حتى اليوم 2022، و”إسرائيل” مردوعةٌ عن العدوان ضد لبنان، بسبب جهوزية حزب الله الحاضرة دائمًا لأيّ مواجهة ولو وصلت إلى مستوى الحرب، ذلك أنَّ الحزب يراكم قوته وقدرته وعديده وإمكاناته ليبقى حاضرًا للمقاومة والدفاع في مواجهة أصعب الظروف. لولا استمرار مقاومة حزب الله وجهوزيته لاعتدت إسرائيل على لبنان لابتزازه سياسيًّا، وتحقيق مكتسبات له ميدانيًّا، واستدرجت عروضًا سياسية داخلية تخدم الصهاينة. إنَّ دور حزب الله الدفاعي هو الذي حمى لبنان خلال هذه الفترة، وهو الذي مكَّن أن لا يكون معبرًا للمشاريع السياسية الإسرائيلية، في إطار التكامل بين دعائم ثلاثي الجيش والشعب والمقاومة.

* المشاركة في الدولة

منذ 1992 بدأ نشاط حزب الله النيابي، واستطاع أن يكون مؤثرًا في القوانين وخدمة المناطق التي يمثلها، وعمل بنشاط تشريعي كبير، لكن لم يشارك في أي حكومة إلى عام 2005، ذلك أنَّ المشاركة في الحكومة في تلك المرحلة لم تكن تُشكِّل أيّ إضافة أو تأثير أو خدمة بنظر الحزب، فالقرار السياسي كان بيد سوريا وهي داعمة لحقِّ المقاومة، وهو ما كان مطلوبًا وكافيًا آنذاك. أمَّا بعد شهادة الرئيس رفيق الحريري وخروج السوريين من لبنان، فقد أصبح للحكومة موقع التأثير في القرار السياسي فضلًا عن خدمة النَّاس ورعاية شؤونهم، فإذا كان الحزب جزءًا من صناعة القرار يمكن أن يضمن صوابيته، ويطمئن إلى عدم استهدافه، كما يساعد على خدمة الناس في الوزارات المختلفة. ظهرت أهمية المشاركة في الحكومة من خلال نقاش البيان الوزاري الذي كانت تنعقد له جلسات كثيرة أغلبها حول بند حق المقاومة ضد “إسرائيل”، وهو البند الذي يشكِّلُ غطاءً مساعدًا لدور المقاومة في حماية لبنان، وهذا الأمر مخالفٌ لما تريده “إسرائيل” وأمريكا والمؤيدون لمشروعهما داخليًّا وخارجيًّا.

لم تتوقَّف الحملة على المقاومة وسلاحها، بحجة حصرية السلاح بيد الجيش اللبناني، وكان رد حزب الله بأنَّه عاملٌ مساعد في حماية لبنان وليس بديلًا عن الجيش، الذي لا تسمح إمكاناته بمواجهة “إسرائيل”، ولا تقبل الدول الكبرى بتسليحه بما يساعده على صدِّ العدوان الإسرائيلي أو مواجهته.

في هذه المرحلة تنامت قدرة حزب الله وشعبيته، وكان حضوره السياسي والإعلامي مؤثرًا، ومع كل التآمر الأمريكي – الإسرائيلي على لبنان ومقاومته، صمدَ وجمهوره وحلفاؤه أمام التحديات. وتميَّز عام 2006 في بدايته بعقد تفاهم بين حزب الله وبين قوة سياسيَّة وشعبية مؤثرة في الساحة المسيحية خاصة وهي التيار الوطني الحر الذي كان يرأسه العماد ميشال عون.

* استمرار التحديات

أحد أهداف الحرب على سوريا عام 2011 هو قطع التواصل مع محور المقاومة، بين إيران وبين حزب الله والفلسطينيين، والتي فشلت بصمود القيادة والشعب السوري، وبدعم من إيران وحزب الله ومعها التضحيات الكثيرة، فبدل أن تسقط سوريا لمصلحة المشروع المعادي للمقاومة خلال أشهر كما كانوا يخططون، انتصرت سوريا على التكفيريين (داعش، والنصرة، والقاعدة…)، وحرَّرت الجزء الأكبر من أراضيها، وأسقطت دولة التكفير التي ترعاها أمريكا والغرب وبعض دول الخليج وعلى رأسها السعودية.

استطاع الجيش اللبناني بمساندة حزب الله تحقيق الانتصار الثاني بهزيمة التكفيريين في لبنان عام 2017، وتعطَّل مشروع إمارتهم التكفيرية التي أرادوها انطلاقًا من بلدة عرسال وجوارها في البقاع.
أذهلت إنجازات حزب الله المستكبر الأمريكي وأدواته، فلم تُفلح الحروب العسكرية ضدَّه، أكانت من “إسرائيل”، أم من أذنابها وأدواتها التكفيرية، ولم تنجح محاولات التحريض داخل لبنان من جرِّ الجيش إلى اقتتال داخلي، ولا في توريط حزب الله بفتن طائفية ومذهبيَّة، فخرج حزب الله أقوى بانتصاراته المتتالية في مواجهة التحديات العسكرية.

بدأت أمريكا بنهج جديد وهو العقوبات والحصار على حزب الله ولبنان، ماليًّا بالضغط على النظام المصرفي والضغط على سعر صرف الليرة اللبنانية، واقتصاديًّا بالتَّحكم بمسار ما يستورده من الخارج والدول المسموح الاستيراد منها، والمنع من الاتفاق مع شركات من البلدان الشرقية كروسيا والصين وإيران… لتستثمر في قطاعات أساسية كالكهرباء والماء وغيرهما، وسياسيَّا من خلال رفض عودة النازحين السوريين إلى بلدهم، وقد ناهز عددهم المليون ونصف المليون نازح، بإغرائهم بالمساعدات، وتخويفهم من العودة إلى سوريا، والضغط على الدولة اللبنانية لتسهِّل لهم الأعمال في المهن المختلفة وتوفر لهم البنية التحتيَّة اللازمة للتواجد في لبنان، مع ما لهذا الوجود من أعباء اقتصادية واجتماعيَّة وأمنيَّة، فالنازحون يمثلون أكثر من ربع المقيمين على الأراضي اللبنانيَّة.

استغلَّ الأمريكي انتفاضة 17 تشرين الأول 2019، التي انطلقت بعفويَّة من ألم الناس بسبب التدهور الاقتصادي والاجتماعي الذي بدأ يلوح في الأفق، ولرفض المعالجات التي تعتمد الضرائب وتؤثر سلبًا في حياة الفئات الفقيرة في المجتمع، فعملت سفارة أمريكا من خلال بعض جماعات وشخصيَّات المجتمع المدني الذين تمولهم، بالتحريض على إثارة الفوضى، وتحريك الفتن المذهبيَّة، والاعتداء على الممتلكات العامة والخاصة، وقطع الطرقات الرئيسيَّة، وتعطيل المؤسسات الدستوريَّة وخاصة المجلس النيابي، والاشتباك مع القوى الأمنية لاستثمار الدم في تسريع نتائج التحرك لإسقاط مؤسسات رئاسة الجمهورية والحكومة والمجلس النيابي… وعملوا على استفزاز حزب الله وحلفائه والبيئة المؤيِّدة لهم لجرِّهم إلى المواجهة الفتنويَّة، لكن حكمة وصبر الحزب وحكمة قيادته وتفاعل جمهوره مع قراراته، وتعاون حلفائه، أدَّى إلى تعطيل هذا المخطط الأمريكي – الإسرائيلي الخطير، لكنَّه أوقع البلد في أسوأ أزمة اقتصادية – اجتماعيَّة منذ الاستقلال.

لا تقتصر أسباب الأزمة الاجتماعية الاقتصادية على إرهاب ومؤامرة أمريكا على لبنان، بل تشمل الفساد المستشري في الدولة على كل المستويات، وطبيعة النظام الطائفي الذي يحمي المرتكبين، وعدم المحاسبة بوجود قضاء غير فعَّال ومتأثر بنسبة ما بالفساد، والاقتصاد الريعي الذي حوَّل لبنان إلى بلد استهلاكي يضر بالإنتاج الزراعي والصناعي والمحلي أي بموارد تقوية الاقتصاد…
وضعَ التدهور الاقتصادي والاجتماعي اللبنانيين في المأزق، وسار التدهور في العملة الوطنية وفي كلِّ شيء إلى الأسوأ، ومع ذلك لم تتمكن أمريكا من إضعاف حزب الله في هذه الأزمة على الرغم من كلِّ التصويب عليه.

* أربعون عامًا من الجهاد

أربعون عامًا مرت على انطلاقة حزب الله، الذي بدأ بإمكانات محدودة، ولكن من فكرٍ إسلامي ملتزم أصيل، رسَمَ عناوين العمل الثقافي والجهادي والسياسي والاجتماعي، وأثبت أنَّه ميزان الطريق المستقيم نحو الوطنية والمقاومة والوحدة وخدمة الناس.

أربعون عامًا من الجهاد، واجه فيها حزب الله “إسرائيل”، التي أربكت المنطقة، واحتلت فلسطين واحتلت أجزاء من لبنان وسوريا والأردن ومصر، وكانت تعتبر جيشها القوَّة التي لا تُقهر، فهزمها حزب الله هزائم نكراء في حروبها الثلاثة على لبنان وآخرها عدوان تموز 2006، وأثبتَ أنَّ إرادة الشعوب لتحرير الأرض والإنسان أقوى من جحافل الجيوش والظلم العالمي والإقليمي.

أربعون عامًا من العمل في خدمة الناس، من خلال دور الحزب في الدولة، فعمل نوابه بالمساهمة في تقديم بعض اقتراحات القوانين، ودراسة ما يُعرض على المجلس، بالاستفادة من الخبرات والاختصاصيين، لتحقيق العدالة وإنصاف المناطق اللبنانيَّة بتوازن. وكان النواب بين النَّاس ومعهم في قضاياهم ومعالجة مطالبهم مع أجهزة الدولة. كما كان أداء وزراء حزب الله مميَّزًا على الصعيد الوطني، وتركوا بصمتهم واضحة في الوزارات التي أداروها، فضلًا عن مساهماتهم الفعَّالة في جلسات مجلس الوزراء ومناقشة وتصويب البنود المطروحة على جداول أعماله.

أربعون عامًا من العمل في خدمة الناس، وما قدَّمه حزب الله من خلال بنيته التنظيمية في مناطقه، وعبر مؤسساته المختلفة، من أنواع الخدمات والمساعدات الاجتماعية والتموينيَّة والصحيَّة والماليَّة والتربويَّة… في إطار من التكافل والتضامن والتعاون باحترام وأُخوَّة. وقد عبَّر الناس عن ثقتهم بالحزب وتماسكهم حوله ووفائهم له، وهم الذين تماسكوا حوله في كل المراحل، وفي مواجهة كل الأزمات، ورفدوه بالطاقات الشابة، وصمدوا في مواجهة التحديات.

أربعون عامًا واجه فيها حزب الله كل أنواع التحديات الداخلية والخارجية، القريبة والبعيدة، وواجه هجمة دولية منظمة ترعاها أمريكا لتجريده من قوته ولإسقاطه والتضييق عليه، فاستطاع حزب الله أن يتخطى هذه الصعوبات، ويخرج من كلِّ تحدٍ بنصرٍ وتوفيقٍ وعزةٍ ومنعةٍ أقوى وأكبر وأهم مما كان عليه.

أربعون عامًا أصبح فيها الحزب خيارًا ودعامة من دعامات حاضر ومستقبل لبنان، وأصبح ملهمًا بمقاومته لشعوب المنطقة وكلِّ الأحرار الذين يتوقون إلى التحرير والاستقلال من التبعية.

أربعون عامًا نجح فيها حزب الله بأن يبني تحالفات مع قوى وأحزاب وفعاليات ومذاهب وطوائف من مشارب ثقافية وفكرية مختلفة، على جامع المقاومة والوحدة الوطنية والاستقلال ونصرة الحق.

أربعون عامًا تعاون فيها حزب الله مع قوى التحرير في المنطقة، وعلى رأسها الشعب الفلسطيني ومقاومته، فقدم التضحيات ونقَلَ الخبرة، وساعد في الإمكانات بما جعله رمزًا للتعاون مع أصحاب الحق من دون انتظار الدول، ومن دون ابتغاء البدَل أو الثمن.

أربعون عامًا من العلاقة بين حزب الله وبين الجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية وقائدها الإمام الخميني(قده) ومع الإمام الخامنئي(دام ظله)، بمعونة حرس الثورة الإسلامية في إيران وتدريبه ودعمه وخبرته، ونُصرة شعب إيران العزيز للمقاومة في فلسطين ولبنان، وبدعمٍ وعطاءات ومساعدات قدمتها إيران مالًا وتسليحًا وتموينًا ونفطًا ودواء… وفي كل المجالات، على قاعدة دعم المقاومة وتحرير الأرض وبوصلة فلسطين، من دون أن تطلب شيئًا لها، في أشرف وأعز وأنبل وأرقى علاقة، وفي نموذجٍ لم يشهده العالم في الماضي والحاضر بأن تعملَ حركةٌ جهاديةٌ بقناعاتها ولمصلحة بلدها ومنطقتها من دون أوامر أو إملاءات أو استثمارات، ومن دون مساومة مع القوى الكبرى عليها.
حيَّا الله الجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية وقيادتها وحرسها وشعبها على هذا النموذج الراقي من الأخوَّة ونصرة الحق ودعم المظلومين والمستضعفين.

أربعون عامًا في مسيرة تصاعدية، وانتصارات عظيمة، وتحولات مفصلية في المنطقة، وكسرٍ للمشروع الأمريكي – الإسرائيلي، واستنهاضٍ لشعوب المنطقة، وإحياء لقضية فلسطين والقدس، وارتقاء بها إلى الصف الأول كبوصلة على طريق التحرير والاستقلال. قال تعالى: “الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَهَاجَرُوا وَجَاهَدُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنْفُسِهِمْ أَعْظَمُ دَرَجَةً عِنْدَ اللهِ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْفَائِزُونَ”.

أربعون عامًا ثبَّتت وجود وحضور وقوة حزب الله فكرًا وجهادًا وسياسة، وإلى المزيد من النصر والتوفيق بإذن الله تعالى.

نائب الأمين العام لحزب الله سماحة الشيخ نعيم قاسم

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Three Palestinians killed in a raid on Jenin camp

June 17, 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli occupation forces kill three Palestinians in Jenin which has been targeted in the occupation’s latest wave of violence.

The three martyrs are Laith Abu Sorour, Youssef Salah, and Baraa Al-Halhouh from Jenin camp.

Three Palestinian youths were murdered and another eight wounded during an Israeli raid on Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry reported that the three martyrs are Laith Abu Sorour, Youssef Salah, and Baraa Al-Halhouh from Jenin camp.

Local witnesses said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have opened fire at four Palestinian young men while they were in a vehicle during a military raid into the occupied West Bank camp of Jenin.

Simultaneously, confrontations were renewed after the IOF brutally stormed the refugee camp and fired live ammunition and tear gas bombs at civilians there.

It is worth noting that the occupation forces have been actively storming Jenin and its camp, aiming clearly at killing Palestinians and arresting others who, in turn, are confronting the occupation forces.

This is happening as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet has recently given a green light for killing Palestinians. 

“There are not and will not be limited for this war. We are granting full freedom of action to the army, the Shin Bet [domestic intelligence agency], and all security forces,” Bennet said last April.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF killed at least 70 Palestinians,  27 of them from Jenin and its camp.

Shireen Abu Akleh

When talking about Jenin, the name of Shireen Abu Akleh, famed Al Jazeera journalist and veteran reporter, comes to mind. Shireen was murdered on May 11 when Israeli occupation forces storming the Jenin refugee camp, north of the West Bank, shot her with a live bullet to the head as she was covering the events of the storming.

The Washington Post has lately published a detailed examination of the deliberate murder of Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli Occupation Forces.

Read more: 

Confrontations break out after IOF storm east Nablus

June 14 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Palestinian freedom fighters open fire on Israeli occupation forces as they stormed Nablus.

Israeli occupation forces fire tear gas at Palestinian civilians.

Palestinian media outlets reported that occupation forces stormed Khallet Al-Amoud neighborhood in eastern Nablus.

Freedom fighters opened fire on Israeli occupation forces as they stormed the neighborhood, with local sources reporting confrontations at the entrance of Jalazone Camp, north of Ramallah.

After a series of storming, the IOF arrested a youth after searching his family’s home. Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent pointed out that the IOF arrested more than 10 Palestinians from Ramallah and Nablus, during a storming campaign, and reported that two Palestinians were shot by Israeli occupation forces.

The IOF also fired sonic grenades and tear gas at the people of Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood, in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Eyewitnesses said the IOF also set fire to one vehicle in Khallet Al-Amoud, Nablus.

For their part, Israeli media claimed that gunmen used assault weapons on Tuesday morning against Israeli soldiers in Nablus, pointing out that “activities” are being carried out in Ramallah, Beitunia, and Qalqilya to arrest suspects for “terrorist activities”.

Palestinian factions held an emergency meeting in Gaza on Monday night, discussing the Israeli escalation in the occupied territories, in addition to the deteriorating health of the hunger-striking prisoners.

The factions decided to choose next Friday as a day of popular protest against the Israeli occupation.

‘Israel’ unequipped for next war: Officials

June 13, 2022

Source: Israeli Media

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Israeli occupation is highly unequipped to confront any major disaster or emergency, such as a war or an environmental disaster, but the IOF is still making threats against Lebanon.

IOF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi

The Israeli occupation is not prepared to respond comprehensively when the next Seif Al-Quds takes place, Israeli Occupation Police Force Operations Division Deputy Chief Sigal Bar Zvi said Sunday.

Bar Zvi’s warning came at a meeting for Israeli mayors and emergency and security officials, set to discuss “Tel Aviv’s” readiness to respond to a major emergency, such as war or a devastating earthquake.

“We will not be able to respond to the full extent of such an event with the resources we have. Guardian of the Walls was a watershed moment, and we are not in a place that can give a real response,” she added.

Opening the conference, the head of the Home Front Command of the Israeli occupation forces warned Israeli citizens to brace for the next war, pointing out that the occupation would suffer major losses.

Highlighting how domestically troubled the Israeli occupation is, Major General Uri Gordin noted that the “reality” for the Israeli occupation has shifted dramatically over the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which “Tel Aviv” grossly mishandled, and mainly because of Seif Al-Quds.

Seif Al-Quds had a major impact on the Israeli occupation, damaging the Israeli infrastructure and busting many myths “Tel Aviv” had built around its air defenses.

“The bad news is that in the next war – the third Lebanon war or the first northern war, whatever we call it – tens of thousands of rockets will be launched toward Israeli homes,” he explained.

“Thousands of rockets and missiles every day, at Israeli cities, over the entire length and width” of occupied Palestine.

He also acknowledged that the situation would be difficult for the Israeli “home front”, stressing that it would be difficult to imagine what would happen in Lebanon.

Warnings from a position of disadvantage

IOF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi warned the people of Lebanon during the conference, stressing that “Tel Aviv” would strike with “immense power”.

With bold claims of bombarding Lebanon, the Israeli official also said that the regional situation would become far more difficult as soon as tensions start flaring up, “before the first shot is fired.”

Discussions and threats of war come in light of tensions between Lebanon and the Israeli occupation over the Israeli occupation planning to extract gas from the contested Karish gas field instead of waiting for negotiations to conclude with Beirut to determine whether the field falls under Lebanese sovereignty.

The Israeli provocations have prompted a response from Hezbollah, with the resistance movement’s secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, stressing that they would prevent the Israeli occupation from exacting its plans to extract natural gas from the Mediterranean, including by force.

Israeli media had previously reported that the IOF was anticipating Hezbollah’s possible response to the placement of the new Energean platform in the Karish field, a contested maritime zone, to extract gas. The new platform was installed on 5 June, at a distance of 80km away from Haifa, by the British-Greek exploration company Energen.

The Israeli occupation said it was prepared to defend the facility they claim to be theirs, deploying naval forces to the area, including a sea-borne version of the Iron Dome SAM battery, the Israeli government-funded Kan TV channel said. The IOF worked on securing the area by means of naval vessels situated both above and below the surface of the sea, including submarines. These preparations, according to the Israeli channel, come in light of the Lebanese warnings against any Israeli “aggressive action” in the disputed waters.

‘Israeli’ Military Chief Warns Of “Overwhelming Force” in Next War with Hezbollah

 June 13, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The ‘Israeli’ occupation forces chief of staff, Aviv Kochavi, on Sunday warned that an overwhelming force would be used in Lebanon during the next potential war with Hezbollah.

Kochavi detailed the Zionist military’s strategy for responding to an offensive by the Lebanese resistance movement.

“We will deal very big strikes in the war, but we will warn the residents and allow them to leave the areas. I say to the residents of Lebanon: I advise you to leave, not only at the beginning of the war, but from the beginning of tension and before the first shot is fired. I advise you to leave those areas because the attack force will be unimaginable like nothing you have witnessed before,” Kochavi claimed.

He also alleged that the military would target rocket launchers inside homes and buildings, and would target buildings used as enemy headquarters.

“Every target associated with missiles and rockets will be targeted in the next war,” Kochavi elaborated.

“A house in which a missile is located or located near a missile, an activist who deals with a missile, a command headquarters that deals with a missile, or electricity connected to a group of missiles – all of this network will be hit on the day of the war.”

He claimed that the Zionist occupation military pinpointed thousands of targets in Lebanon to destroy in the event of a war, including Hezbollah headquarters, rocket-propelled grenades, and launchers.

Kochavi then alleged that the biggest threat that the Tel Aviv regime faces is the nuclear threat and simultaneous missile attacks from all fronts.

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occupied Palestine (Weekly Update 01 – 08 June 2022)

09. 06. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinians were killed and 11 others, including 4 children, were injured by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, except three fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Details are as follows:

On 02 June 2022, Ayman Muhassain (29) was killed in front of his house after IOF unjustifiably opened fire at him during the latter’s withdrawal from Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. More information available here.

On the same day, ‘Odah Sedqah (17) was killed by IOF’s fire while he was playing with his friends near the annexation wall in Ramallah. More information available here.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of IOF excessive use of force and suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

On 02 June 2022, a Palestinian was hit with a live bullet in his right foot during clashes with IOF at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

On 03 June 2022, three Palestinians were injured during clashes that accompanied IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya.

On 04 June 2022, a Palestinian child was hit with a live bullet in his left leg during clashes with IOF in central Hebron.

On 07 June 2022, three children were wounded; one was hit with a rubber bullet in his face during clashes with IOF on Ramallah-Jerusalem Street in occupied East Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, three fishermen were wounded with rubber bullets and four others were arrested. Also, a fishing boat was confiscated, and 3 other boats sustained damage after IOF targeted Palestinian fishing boats off northern Gaza Shore on 04 June 2022. More information available here.  Moreover, IOF opened fire 5 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas in eastern Gaza Strip. Also, eleven IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 55 Palestinians, including 44 civilians: 13 children, 5 women (one was a journalist) and the rest were activists; 3 of them were assassinated. Also, 852 others were wounded in these attacks, including 88 children, 4 women, and 19 journalists all in the West Bank, except 12 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, notices, and settlement activity

On 03 June 2022, IOF confiscated an excavator while reclaiming a plot of land in eastern Yatta city, south of Hebron.

On 06 June 2022, IOF distributed eviction notices of 600 dunums in Kherbet al-Tiba, northwest of Hebron, under the pretext of being “Stated-owned Lands”, and as a prelude to annex them to Israeli settlements. The orders gave Palestinians 45 days to challenge.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 76 families homeless, a total of 441 persons, including 89 women and 208 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 73 houses and 16 residential tents. IOF also demolished 47 other civilian objects, leveled 246 dunums and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

Settlers conducted at least 6 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank.  The attacks included raiding a church, attacking vehicles and shooting in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Details are as follows:

On 02 June 2022, an Israeli settler attacked Palestinians’ vehicles at the entrance to Deir Istiya village in Salfit, causing damage to them.

On 03 June 2022, Israeli settlers, from “Efrat” settlement, threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles and passersby near the settlement entrance, southwest of Bethlehem. As a result, windows of several vehicles were broken and a Palestinian was wounded.

On 06 June 2022, an Israeli settler indiscriminately opened fire at a group of Palestinians near Al-Funduq village in Qalqilya, under the pretext of throwing stones at him. No casualties were reported.  Also, settlers gathered near the entrance to Izbat al-Tabib village in easterm Qalqilya and removed Palestinian flags in the area. On the same day, dozens of settlers raided and vandalized the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Greek Garden on Zion Mount in occupied East Jerusalem. Also, they threw garbage in the Greek Garden, dug up the graves and threatened its guard with death.

On 08 June 2022, Israeli settler threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles in western Salfit. As a result, a vehicle’s windows were broken.

So far this year, settlers carried out 146 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Collective Punishment Policy

As part of its collective punishment policy against Palestinians accused of conducting attacks against IOF or settlers, on 02 June 2022, IOF blew up the family house of Diaa Hamarsha, who was killed after carrying out a shooting attack that resulted in the killing of 5 Israelis in Tel Aviv on 29 March 2022.  As a result, 5 apartments were completely destroyed; one of them was an office while the rest were residential apartments, rendering a family of 6 persons, including a child, homeless. Also, IOF arrested the owner of the house.

So far this year, IOF demolished 6 houses and closed a sixth house after damaging its contents as part of its collective punishment policy.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 198 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 78 Palestinians, including 11 children and 2 women, were arrested. Also, on 07 and 08 June 2022, IOF conducted two limited incursions into Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip. In addition, IOF arrested 12 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip; 6 of them, including 3 children, tried to infiltrate via the border fence, eastern Rafah and eastern Juhor al-Deek in the central Gaza Strip. Also,  6 fishermen were arrested by Israeli naval forces; 4 while sailing off northern Gaza shore on 04 June 2022 , and were released  the next day. More information available here; and 2 while sailing off Gaza City shore on 08 June 2022, and later released, more information available here.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 3775 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2573 Palestinians were arrested, including 260 children and 19 women. IOF also conducted 18 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 62 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 20 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 115 temporary military checkpoints and arrested a Palestinian at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established 1824 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 104 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Israeli media: “Israel” preparing for Hezbollah response over Karish

June 10, 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli media say the occupation is preparing for various security scenarios in response to the placement of the new Energean platform in the Karish field, a contested maritime zone, to extract gas.

The Energean vessel that will extract gas from the Karish gas field for “Israel”

Israeli news website Walla reported on Friday that the Israeli occupation forces are preparing for a response by Lebanese Hezbollah to the Israeli activity at the Karish gas platform.

According to the website, the IOF claimed that it was preparing for a “provocation”, adding that the current issue requires military and diplomatic thinking.

In addition, the website said that Israeli security forces warned of a drone attack, a bombing, or even missiles fired at the Karish platform.

It is noteworthy that the Karish field is located within borderline number 29, which the Beirut negotiating delegation considers a Lebanese border.

Walla said that the Israeli occupation forces are preparing for various security scenarios after activating the platform in the disputed area, quoting security sources as saying that the IOF is not deploying sufficient forces around the Karish field.

On Thursday, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, stressed that “The main goal should be preventing the enemy from extracting oil and gas from Karish and impeding the activity that will start or that might have already started.”

Sheikh Naim Qassem, the Deputy Secretary-General of Hezbollah, had said that the Lebanese Resistance is prepared to take appropriate measures against “Israel’s” attempts at gas exploration in disputed maritime zones.

In the same context, the head of the Lebanese military-technical delegation and negotiator, Brigadier General Bassam Yassin, had explained that “Israel” would be violating the Lebanese sovereignty by extracting gas from the Karish field and exporting it.

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