Historic HRW Report: Israel Committing ‘Crime of Apartheid’ against Palestinians (FULL REPORT)

April 27, 2021

Palestinians cross Israeli apartheid wall. (Photo: via Activestills.org)

Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that Israel is committing the crime of “apartheid” by seeking to maintain Jewish “domination” over Palestinians and its own Arab population, an explosive allegation fiercely denounced by Israel.

Currently under investigation by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, Israel blasted HRW’s accusations as “preposterous and false”, accusing the New York-based group of having “a long-standing anti-Israeli agenda”.

HRW said its finding that Israel is “committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution” against Palestinians was based on robust sourcing including government planning materials and statements by public officials.

The 213-page report finds that the Israeli government is the “single authority” with primary control “over the area between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea”.

Within that territory, there is “an overarching Israeli government policy to maintain the domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians,” HRW said.

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The group said its findings apply to Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, the blockaded Gaza Strip, annexed east Jerusalem as well as Arab Israelis — a term referring to Palestinians who stayed on their land following Israel’s creation in 1948.

HRW said that while apartheid was initially coined with respect to the institutional persecution of black people in South Africa, it was now a universally recognized legal term.

An apartheid system is defined by “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them,” according to the Apartheid Convention.

Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch, told AFP there have been warnings for years that “apartheid is around the corner”.

“I think it’s quite clear that that threshold has been crossed,” Shakir said from Jordan.

A US citizen, Shakir was the first foreign national deported by Israel for allegedly supporting an international boycott movement that seeks to isolate Israel, an allegation he denies.

The rights group listed sweeping movement restrictions, land confiscation, forcible population transfer, denial of residency rights and suspension of civil rights as examples of abuses “Israeli authorities have carried out… against Palestinians”.

(The New Arab, PC, Social Media)

هبّة رمضان: القدس تدوس «شرف» الاحتلال

القدس تدوس «شرف» الاحتلال

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السبت 24 نيسان 2021

تبدو القدس على أعتاب تحوّل مهمّ من شأنه كسر حالة الركود التي أصابت الشارع الفلسطيني منذ بدء جائحة كورونا. فمع اشتداد وتيرة الاقتحامات الإسرائيلية للمسجد الأقصى، وتصدّر متطرّفين يهود تلك الاقتحامات، ووصول أعدادهم إلى المئات أسبوعياً، اشتعلت شرارة الأحداث منذ بداية رمضان. لكن الذروة كانت تحشيد المستوطنين لكسر التجمّع الفلسطيني الشبابي الليلي عند باب العمود، لينفجر الشبّان في مشهد مهيب، لم يستطع فيه المستوطنون، الذين يحملون السلاح، الدفاع عن أنفسهم أمام الغضب الفلسطيني. وحتى محاولة إغلاق المسجد أمام المصلّين سقطت بحشد المقدسيّين وأهالي الـ 48 عشرات الآلاف للصلاة في الأقصى. ومَن لم يستطع الوصول، طوّق البلدة القديمة بصلوات أمام الجنودالقدس | تشهد منطقة باب العمود ومحيط البلدة القديمة في القدس المحتلة، منذ بداية رمضان، مواجهات يومية متصاعدة، تدحرجت يوماً تلو الآخر لتصل إلى إحراق مركبات مستوطنين إسرائيليين وضربهم، ورجم عناصر شرطة الاحتلال بالحجارة من مسافة صفر، ليصير من الواضح أن الحدث سيرتقي إلى هبّة جماهيرية على غرار هبّتَي البوّابات الإلكترونية وباب الرحمة وغيرهما، وقد تستمرّ لأسابيع. وتعود بداية «هبّة رمضان» إلى سلسلة اعتداءات للعدو في المسجد الأقصى والبلدة القديمة، بدءاً من اليوم الأول من رمضان، حيث شرعت شرطة العدو في نصب حواجز في ساحة باب العمود وإغلاقها أمام الفلسطينيين ليلاً، في مسعىً لإخلاء الساحة التي يتجمّع فيها الشبان في جلسات سمر كتقليد رمضاني كلّ عام. وتزامن هذا الاعتداء مع اقتحامٍ إسرائيلي لمئذنتين في الأقصى وقطع أسلاك مكبّرات صوت الأذان بزعم «تشويش صوت إمام المصلّين على احتفالات الإسرائيليين بذكرى قتلى جيشهم في ساحة البراق»، وفق القناة الـ 12 العبرية.

الحادثتان شكّلتا الفتيل الذي أشعل المواجهات اليومية ضدّ شرطة العدو وحدها في البداية، لتستمرّ الاشتباكات في باب العمود ومحيطه على شكل كرّ وفرّ بين الشبان والشرطة. وما هي إلا أيام حتى دشّن المستوطنون ومنظّمة «لاهافا» الإسرائيلية المتطرّفة مجموعات «واتساب» تدعو إلى قتل العرب و«استرداد الشرف اليهودي» في القدس، وكان يوم الحسم ليلة الجمعة، إذ تجمّع عدد كبير من المستوطنين في غربي القدس محاولين الوصول بمسيرات إلى باب العمود، لكن هذه الدعوات والاعتداءات قوبلت بأعنف مواجهات شهدتها المدينة منذ هبّة الشهيد محمد أبو خضير في 2014. وبحسب إحصائية حصلت عليها «الأخبار»، نتجت من مواجهات ليلة الجمعة إصابة أكثر من مئة فلسطيني، وتحطيم ثلاث مركبات لشرطة الاحتلال ومركبتين للمستوطنين، فيما قالت قناة «كان» العبرية إن عشرين شرطياً إسرائيلياً أصيبوا بجراح خلال المواجهات، كما كشفت القناة الـ 20 العبرية عن إصابة قائد شرطة العدو شرقي القدس، إضافة إلى ضابط آخر مسؤول في لواء شرطة المدينة.
وسرعان ما توسعّت رقعة المواجهات ليلة الجمعة، لتمتدّ إلى أحياء جديدة من مثل مفرق قرية الطور وحيّ وادي الجوز وغيرها. ووثّقت فيديوات كثيرة مصوّرة شجاعة الشبان في التصدّي للمستوطنين، إذ يظهر في أحدها شبّان يدوسون بأقدامهم على مستوطن حاول الاعتداء عليهم، وفي آخر ضربُ شابّ شرطياً إسرائيلياً بحجر من مسافة صفر ومن ثمّ انسحابه. وتلفت مصادر مطّلعة إلى أن معظم المتظاهرين الفلسطينيين في شوارع القدس هم من الجيل الجديد، مُبيّنة أن قسماً كبيراً من المعتقلين تراوح أعمارهم ما بين 15 ــ 22 عاماً، مؤكدة أن الهبّة الحالية شعبية بامتياز وبلا قيادة محدّدة. ولا تمتاز الهبّة الجارية بعفويتها وشعبيتها فقط، بل بانتشار واسع لتطبيق «تيك توك» في التفاخر الفلسطيني بالتصدّي للمستوطنين. وسبق أن تحدّث مراسل قناة «كان» العبرية، قبل أيّام، عن وجود خشية لدى شرطة العدو من تصاعد حوادث مهاجمة المستوطنين في القدس وتوثيقها عبر «تيك توك»، وأن تلك الحوادث تشهد ارتفاعاً، في حين أن شرطة الاحتلال لا تستطيع الوصول دائماً إلى الفلسطينيين الذين يظهرون في هذه الفيديوات.

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بعد انتهاء المواجهات ليلة الجمعة، أغلقت شرطة الاحتلال بوّابات الأقصى في وجه المصلّين عند الفجر، لكن وصول آلاف الفلسطينيين من القدس والأراضي المحتلة عام 1948، وتجمهرهم أمام البوّابات، أجبرا العدو على فتحها مجدداً، ليؤمّ الأقصى أكثر من 70 ألف مصلٍّ في الجمعة الثانية من رمضان، على رغم تشديد الاحتلال قيوده. في هذا الوقت، سارعت الفصائل الفلسطينية إلى إصدار بيانات تؤكد دعمها للهبّة، وإدانتها انتهاكات العدو الإسرائيلي، فيما وجّهت الأذرع العسكرية التحية إلى شباب القدس وأهلها. وقالت «كتائب القسام»، الذراع العسكرية لـ«حماس»: «نقول للعدو الذي يظنّ أنه يمكنه الاستفراد بأقصانا وأهلنا بأن لا يختبر صبرنا، فقدسنا دونها الدماء والأرواح، وفي سبيلها نقلب الطاولة على رؤوس الجميع، ونبعثر كل الأوراق»، مضيفة لأهل القدس: «الشرارة التي تشعلونها اليوم ستكون فتيل الانفجار في وجه العدو المجرم، وستجدون كتائبكم ومقاومتكم في قلب معركتكم، وتلقّن العدو الدروس القاسية وغير المسبوقة». كذلك، قال القيادي في «الجهاد الإسلامي»، خالد البطش: «نحن معكم بسلاحنا وصواريخنا ودمنا، ولن نتخلّى عنكم، وسنظلّ نحمي الأرض والشعب والمقدسات»، فيما دعت «الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين» إلى «تحويل الهبة البطولية إلى انتفاضة شعبية عارمة من أجل تأكيد هويّة وعروبة المدينة، والتصدّي لعمليات التهويد». كما شهدت محافظات قطاع غزة، بعد صلاة الجمعة أمس، عدداً من المسيرات والوقفات المساندة للقدس وهبّتها الشعبية، وهو ما تكرّر في مدن الضفة، لكن في فعاليات ليلية مماثلة.
هكذا، بعد عشرة أيام على انطلاق المواجهات، يُجمع مراقبون على أن المشهد يرتقي إلى «هبّة شعبية» جديدة لن تنتهي بفتح العدو منطقة باب العمود، بل يبدو أنها ستستمرّ لأسابيع، وخصوصاً مع دعوات أطلقها المستوطنون لاقتحام الأقصى في الثامن عشر من رمضان. وفي وقت متأخر أمس، عادت المواجهات لتتجدّد في باب العمود، ما يزيد احتمالية استمرارها، وخاصة في ظلّ مواصلة العدوّ ومستوطنيه الاستفزازات. كذلك، انتقلت المواجهات إلى بعض نقاط الاشتباك في الضفة في حاجز «قلنديا» شمالي القدس، وبلدة عزون شرقي قلقيلية، والمدخل الشمالي لمدينة بيت لحم.


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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Palestine (15 – 21 April 2021)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (15 – 21 April 2021)


Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

15 – 21 April 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 7 Palestinians wounded
  • Four IOF shootings reported at agricultural areas (east) and six others on fishing boats in Gaza sea
  • Poultry farm damaged in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip
  • In 95 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 46 civilians arrested, including 8 children and a journalist
  • Two limited IOF incursions into eastern Rafah and Gaza
  • IOF arrest 3 election candidates and all election-related activities banned in the occupied East Jerusalem
  • House self-demolished in occupied East Jerusalem
  • IOF delivers 13 cease-construction and demolition notices in Nablus and confiscates two construction vehicles in Jericho
  • Settler-attacks: 95 trees uprooted and set on fire in Nablus and Bethlehem; assault on Palestinians’ properties in prelude to land confiscation in Silwan
  • IOF established 40 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 11 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians running for the Legislative Council elections and an elections-related meeting was banned in occupied East Jerusalem; IOF also continued to suppress worshipers in Damascus Gate before and after Maghreb prayers. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. PCHR documented 162 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

Seven Palestinians sustained wounds as a result of IOF excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: six were wounded in IOF suppression of worshipers and passersby in Damascus Gate, which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque; another civilian was wounded at the weekly Kafr Qaddum protests in Qalqilya. Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in various IOF assaults  across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes in the Gaza Strip: 2 on lands in Rafah and Buraij refugee camp, causing partial damage to a vacant poultry farm. Additionally, 4 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza; and 6 at fishing boats in the Gaza sea.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 95 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 46 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 children and a journalist. IOF also arrested 3 runners for PLC elections (2 from Fatah List and the third from the United Left List) in occupied East Jerusalem; they were detained for several hours and informed that all election-related activities are banned in the city.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into eastern Rafah and Gaza.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 7 incidents as follows:

  • Hebron: cease-construction notice served against an Islamic cemetery that is being restored; mobile caravan confiscated and a car towing a caravan.
  • Jericho: wheel loader and tractor confiscated in Bardala in two separate incidents.
  • East Jerusalem: under-construction house self-demolished in Jabel Mukaber
  • Nablus: 13 cease-construction and demolition notices served in Qabalan.
  • Bethlehem: construction commenced on 96 new settlement units at “Gush Etzion.”

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 4 attacks:

  • Nablus: 45 olive, fruit and citrus trees seedlings uprooted; construction equipment and materials damaged at construction site.
  • Hebron: assault on civilians and agricultural lands in Maghayir al ‘Abeed
  • Bethlehem: 50 fruitful olive trees set ablaze in Beit Fajjar
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: steel chains removed in prelude to confiscating a land in Silwan.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 00:30 on Friday, 16 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them and fired flare bombs in the sky. At 07:30 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened sporadic fire at Palestinian fishing boats until 10:00. The shooting at fishing boats also recurred at 14:35, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an empty land located near Gaza International Airport, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased young men gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 23-year-old male was hit with a sponge grenade in his back.
  • At approximately 13:30, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. The protestors chanted slogans again against the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Friday, for the 4th consecutive day, clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF near Damascus Gate area, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, after IOF prevented Palestinians from sitting around Damascus Gate area and closed its entrances with iron barriers. As a result, 6 civilians sustained various wounds. It should be noted that Damascus and Herods Gates area witnessed violent clashes, especially following Tarawih prayer when Palestinian worshipers got out of al-Aqsa Mosque. IOF pumped wastewater at the worshipers to disperse them and fired sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. IOF also severely beat some worshipers up. As a result, 6 worshipers were wounded; 4 of them were taken to the hospital for treatment. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society crews stated that on the 4th day of Ramadan, they treated 6 civilians around Damascus Gate area, who sustained fractures and rubber bullets wounds; 4 of them their injuries were classified moderate. Also, IOF arrested ‘Alaa Abu Jum’a (18). It should be noted that since the beginning of Ramadan, IOF escalated their arbitrary measures around the Old City and at al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, including closing Damascus Gate area and preventing Palestinians from sitting on its stairs or organizing any events. Following Tarawih prayer, daily clashes erupt between Palestinian worshipers and IOF, who forcibly disperse the worshipers and prevent them from gathering in the area.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 17 April 2021, an Israeli warplane and a drone fired 2 missiles at an agricultural land in eastern Bureij refugee camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip. As a result, Salem Mohammed Salem Abu ‘Abda (67)’s poultry farm (450 sqm) sustained partial damage, in addition to other damage caused in the targeted area.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 17 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them and pumped water at them. At 14:00 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:00 on Saturday, for the 6th consecutive day, clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF near Damascus Gate area, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem. During which, IOF severely beat Palestinian young men and fired teargas canisters, sound bombs and rubber bullets at them. As a result, a young man sustained fractures and 3 others suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF also arrested two children namely Hasan Mohammed ‘Issa (16) and Mohammed Waleed Sa’idah (17).
  • At approximately 08:10 on Sunday, 18 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Abasan al-Kabira and al-Qarara villages; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 19 April 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, fired live bullets and teargas canisters at agricultural lands and Palestinian shepherds, east of Khuzaʽa village; no causalities were reported.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Tuesday, 20 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 15 April 2021:

  • At approximately 14:00, IOF deployed in the Hebron’s Old City’s neighborhoods arrested Mo’men Salem Idris (18), while present in the Shari’a Court area. IOF claimed that Idris refused to comply with the soldiers’ orders, and he was taken to the police center of al-Ibrahimi mosque and released later.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Arraba, Jaba’ and Silat al-Dhahr, in Jenin governorate; Sa’ir and al-Kum villages, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 16 April 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ramadan Abu Shaqra (19), from Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present near Bab al-Amud “Damascus Gate”, in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 16:15, IOF stationed at Tayasir military checkpoint, east of Tubas, north of the West Bank, arrested Ahmed Ma’moun Daraghmah (33), from Tubas. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Fawwar refugee camp, Beit ‘Amra, and Nuba villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 17 April 2021:

  • At approximately 14:00, IOF banned a second meeting organized in occupied East Jerusalem by civil society organizations (CSOs) and several Jerusalemite candidates running for elections to discuss the Palestinian General elections. IOF also arrested four candidates and referred them to investigation before releasing them and threatening them not to hold similar activities which is part of the Israeli authorities’ attempts to impede holding the Palestinian general elections. Furthermore, these practices reflect a clear political decision to prevent Jerusalem’s participation in the elections and deny the Palestinians in Jerusalem their right to vote or run for the elections.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 17 April 2021, IOF imposed a security cordon around St. George Hotel, established checkpoints at its entrances, banned civilians from reaching it, stopped vehicles passing by, and checked drivers’ IDs, ahead of the meeting organized by CSOs and several Jerusalemite candidates for the second time in the same hotel located on Nablus Street in central occupied East Jerusalem. Afterwards, IOF arrested Dr. Ashraf Hasan al-A’war, the Secretary of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) and candidate on Fatah electoral list. In response, the candidates and their supporters gathered on Salah al-Deen Street sidewalk and protested against banning the meeting. IOF immediately dispersed the gathering, banned holding a press conference, and confiscated Palestinian flags. Moreover, IOF arrested Naser Mohammed Qaws, Director of Palestinian Prisoners Club and candidate on Fatah electoral list, in addition to Ratiba ‘Adnan Abu Ghush, a candidate on the united left-wing list. IOF also tried to arrest Fadwa Saliba Khader, Head of the united left-wing list.

The candidate Naser Qaws said that IOF deliberately closed all streets leading to St. George Hotel in central occupied East Jerusalem, to impede the second meeting organized to discuss holding the Palestinian legislative elections in occupied East Jerusalem. Qaws added that the candidates gathered on Salah al-Deen Street and held a press conference, stressing that no elections will be held without Jerusalem. IOF dispersed the gathering, stopped the conference, and arrested Qaws along with candidate Ratiba Abu Ghush. They were then referred for investigation in Moscovia Detention Centre in West Jerusalem along with candidate Ashraf al-A’war, who was previously arrested near St. George Hotel. Qaws added that the Israeli Intelligence Service interrogated them about their electoral activities, which are banned in occupied East Jerusalem, notified them that IOF will ban any election-related activities under the pretext that the Israeli Government did not issue any decision that allows holding elections in Jerusalem. The candidates were later released.

It should be noted that on 06 April 2021, IOF banned a similar meeting, which was supposed to be held at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested two candidates, including Naser Qaws, a candidate on Fatah electoral list. The two candidates were then referred for investigation, where IOF informed them that any election-related activities are banned in occupied East Jerusalem.

  • At approximately 16:30, IOF arrested Thabet Mahmoud al-Najjar (19), from al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, after stopping him on a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of the camp that leads to Bypass Road (60).
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Ali Melhem (29), after finishing his prayers at the Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.

Sunday, 18 April 2021:

  • At approximately 13:15, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Jericho arrested Mahmoud Ahmed Owda (27) and Khaled Ghassan Abu Halima (24), from ‘Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Jawdat al-Shawish (26), while present near Bab al-Amud “Damascus Gate”, in the occupied East Jerusalem, and took him to a police center. It should be noted that al-Shawish was arrested last Wednesday and released after several hours of investigation.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Bassam Salah al-Dein’s (49) house, a member of the Committee of the Families of Hizma Prisoners and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Taleb Ra’ed Jweihan (22), while passing through al-Walaja military checkpoint, west of Bethlehem, returning from Jerusalem.

Jweihan’s family stated that big forces of the Israeli “Yasam” special unit assaulted their son, Talab, while passing through al-Walaja military checkpoint, returning to his house in al-Thuri neighborhood in Jerusalem, due to losing his ID card. His family added that Talab was provoked, insulted, severely beaten and kicked by the soldiers, resulted in wounds, bruises, headache and pain in his back. Afterwards, he was taken to one of the investigation centers where he was severely beaten again before he was released at approximately 05:00.

  • At approximately 23:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Mohammed Bashir Ahmed (23), and his brother, Majd (20), while present near Jaffa Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s gates. IOF took them to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Yatta, Beit Ummar and Tarqumiyah in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 19 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Samer al-Thaher (21), from al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Nur Shams refugee camp, in Tulkarm. They raided and searched Adnan Ahmed al-Husary’s (56) house, a leader of Hamas Movement, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Marj Najah village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched two houses belonging to ‘Aaref Khader Mohammed Bisharat (47), and his brother, Anis (44), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 11:00, an officer in the Israeli Intelligence Services handed al-Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, director of the Aqsa Mosque, a summons to refer immediately to Moscovia Detention Centre in West Jerusalem. He was interrogated about his statements in motivating civilians to intensify their presence at the mosque, and he was released after several hours.
  • At approximately 12:15, IOF stationed at Tayasir military checkpoint, east of Tubas, arrested Ali Thalji Abu Arra (33), from ‘Aqqaba village, northeast of Tubas. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Abdullah Mustafa’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF handed al-Sheikh ‘Akrama Sa’eed Sabri’s (82) house, the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council, a decision signed by the Israeli Minister of Interior, Aryeh Deri, renewing his ban from traveling for another 4 months. It should be noted that on 26 March, IOF issued a decision banning Sabri from travelling for a renewable month, and he was arrested and banned from entering the Aqsa Mosque for several months.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Omar al-Nabulsi (17), while present at Ban al-Amud “Damascus Gate” yards, in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Hebron and al-Shuyukh in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) children; Mahmoud Sami Abu al-Hawa (15), Malek Othman al-Qarrawi (15), and Mohammed Mahmoud Abu al-Hawa (17).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Sa’diya neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) children; Yousef Ragheb Hazina (20), Nawras Hasan Abu Ghazalah (28), Eisa Samer Met’ib (21), and Yazan Maher al-Herbawi (22).
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, near Nablus, arrested Mahmoud Sleit (19) and Mohammed Khalil Dmeiri (21), from Tulkarm refugee camp. IOF took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF stationed at the entrance of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, arrested Nasr Hisham al-Natshah (28), while driving his car at the village entrance that leads to Bypass Road (60). IOF claimed that he attempted to run over a settler and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Ayyad Khalil Ayyad (30) and Tamer Sami Owaidat (24), from al-Shuyukh village, north of Hebron, after stopping them on a temporary military checkpoint established on the entrance of the village and took them to unknown destinations. It should be noted that Oweidat is a member of the Palestinian National Security Services.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud al-Tahhan (21) and Shadi Amira (20), while present near the New Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s gates. A quarrel occurred between a group of Palestinian young men and a group of settlers, turned into small clashes which required the intervention of the Israeli police to protect the settlers, and arrested the abovementioned civilians.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Fawwar refugee camp and al-Rihiya village, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Hebron, and stationed in Dweirian. They raided and searched Nidal Emran al-Qawasma’s (44) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate, and stationed in al-Karmil area. They raided and searched Mohammed Ali al-Jabbour’s (39) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Sateh Marhaba neighborhood in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and deployed in Alaa Hasan al-Rimawi’s (43) house and arrested him. It should be noted that al-Rimawi is a journalist and reporter for al-Jazeera Mubasher TV, and a director of JMedia Network.

His wife, Maymouna al-Rimawi, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “We woke up on the sound of the Israeli military vehicles near the main door of the house, so Alaa headed and opened the door, and suddenly 10-12 Israeli soldiers stormed and deployed in the house. The force officer ordered Alaa to bring his ID card, when he brought it they ordered him to wear his clothes to arrest him and put him in one of the military vehicles. She added: “while arresting Alaa he told me that he will start a hunger strike to condemn his arrest.” It should be noted that Alaa is a former prisoner who spent 12 years in the Israeli prisons.

  • At approximately 06:00, IOF moved into al-Ram village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Nisreen Abu Gharbia;s house, a candidate running for the Palestinian Legislative elections on the list of “Renaissance of a Nation” and arrested 3 of her sons, two of them children: Ahmed (15), Shadi (17), and Fadi (18).
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Khaled al-Zeir (46), while present in front of the Israeli Court in West Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 09:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers moved 100 meters from the border fence between Gaza and Israel heading to al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They combed and leveled lands before they deployed again after several hours.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF reinforced with 14 military vehicles and bulldozers moved into Shejaiya neighborhood, east of the Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands amidst Israeli sporadic shooting for an hour, and then they withdrew inside the border fence. No casualties were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 18 April 2021, IOF backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle moved into al-Deirat village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They deployed around the Islamic Cemetery in the village while the Civil Administration officer fixed a notice to stop the renovation of the old graves and construction of walls around it under the pretext of working without a prior permission.  The notice holding number (266771) gave the citizens until 5/5/2021 to appeal before the competent authorities in the Israeli Civil Administration in Beit El settlement.
  • At approximately 11:20, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a Civil Administration SUV moved into Bardala village, northwest of Jericho in the Northern Jordan Valleys. IOF seized a bulldozer working for a construction company on an agricultural road in the northern area of the village.  The confiscation was under the pretext of working in Area C.
  • On Monday, 19 April 2021, Amjad Mosalam Ja’abees self-demolish his under-construction house in Bashir neighborhood in Jabal Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Amjad Ja’abees said that IOF raided his house last week and gave him 5 days to carry out the demolition or he will be fined with tens of thousands of shekels if the Municipality crew did it.  Ja’abees said that he had to demolish his house on the American Street with his own hands and rented a bulldozer and an excavator to demolish it.  He added that his house was built on an area of 110 sqms and was almost ready.

  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 20 April 2021, IOF accompanied with a Civil Administration SUV moved into al-‘Azb area, north of Qabalan village, southeast of Nablus. The Civil Administration officer notified 13 houses of stopping the construction and demolition works in the area, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C. 
No.NameNotified FacilityNumber of Family Members
1-       ‘Omer Johar MousaA 160-sqm houseUninhabited
2-       Ashraf ‘Abdel SnobarA 2-storey house; the first floor is used as storehouses and the second is residential and each of them is 400 sqms11 members, including 5 children
3-       Soheil ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Az’arA 180-sqm house2 families of 13, including 5 children
4-       Reema ‘Abdel Motaleb YasinA 160-sqm houseUninhabited
5-       Mohammed ‘Abdel ‘Aziz SnobarA 180-sqm house5 members, including 3 children
6-       Eyad ‘Abdel Men’em Az’arA 2-storey house of 150 sqmsUninhabited
7-       Osamah Hassan ‘AabedA 120-sqm houseUninhabited
8-       Saleh ‘Atallah HamlahA 2-storey house of 160 sqmsUninhabited
9-       Baraa’ Naser NajjarA 2-storey house of 150 sqmsUninhabited
10-   Mohammed Samih ZidanA 2-storey house of 100 sqmsUninhabited
11-   Qays Basem Helal Az’arA 120-sqm houseUninhabited
12-   Larem Basem Helal Az’arA 120sqm houseUninhabited
13-   Baker Mohammed ‘Abdel Jaleel Abu ZahrahA 160-sqm houseUninhabited
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle and a truck mounted crane moved into Wad al-Rakhim area, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the Civil Administration officers confiscated a caravan and a car pulling a caravan belonging to Ahmed Nasser Da’ajnah (47) under the pretext of being located in Area C, where the residents are banned holding any activity without a prior permit.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a civil administration SUV moved into Bardalah village, northwest of Jericho in the northern Jordan Valleys. IOF seized a tractor belonging to ‘Ezzat Ahmed Khneifes Rashaydah who was in the western outskirts of the village herding the sheep.
  • In the same morning, the Israeli authorities built new 96 settlement units in Gush Etzion Settlement Cluster, south of Bethlehem.

According to the Director of the Annexation and Settlement Resistance Commission in Bethlehem the Israeli authorities started the construction of a new settlement neighborhood in Evy Settlement in Gush Etzion Cluster, where 96 new housing units will be built.  He added that the new neighborhood will be the first in the settlement since 1999.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • On Thursday, 15 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Ahya” settlement established in eastern Jalud village, southeast of Nablus, attacked the lands in the area and uprooted 45 olive, citrus, and fruit seedlings planted around the house in a plot of land belonging to Hesham ‘Emad Hammoud. They also damaged the fence surrounding the same land as well as causing damage to the equipment and construction materials as they emptied a sack of cement on the construction steel and poured 3 cups of water on the cement.  They also stole construction equipment and a concrete mixer.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 17 April 2021, 2 settlers living “Mitzpe Yair” settlement outpost, south of Hebron, unleashed their sheep in the lands planted with winter crops in Moghayer al-‘Abid area near the settlement outpost, while IOF was watching them in the camp near the outpost. When members of ‘Abdeid Family arrived, the settlers tried to attack them.  IOF then arrived and forced the settlers to leave the area.  It should be mentioned that only one family was left in Moghayer al-‘Abid village due to IOF and settlers’ recurrent attacks and closure of the road leading to it constantly, forcing the residents in the residential caves to leave.
  • On Saturday evening, 17 April 2021, Israeli settlers burnt tens of olive trees in Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.

Director of the Annexation and Settlement Resistance Commission in Bethlehem, said that a group of settlers from Migdal Oz Settlement established on Beit Fajjar village lands burnt 50 fruitful olive trees in Deir Ma’ala area, north of the village, belonging to Nasim Taqatqah.  He added that an Israeli decision was issued to take over the area where the settlers burnt the olive trees and consider it a military zone.

At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 21 April 2021, a group of settlers removed chains and a tank to seize control of a plot of land used as a car park for the residents of Wadi Hilweh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Hamoudah Siyam, one of the houses’ owners next to the park, said that a group of settlers started removing chains and a big tank placed by the neighborhood residents at the land entrance to park their cars and then closed the entrance with sacks of construction materials to prevent the neighborhood’s residents from using the land.  Siyam added that the residents confronted the settlers and expelled them from the land which belongs to the neighborhood’s residents.  Siyam said that the settlers called the Israeli police, which arrived after few hours and handed the residents a notice to remove the tank and steel pillars in front of their houses.

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

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  40 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 11 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 15 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and at the eastern entrance to Jab’ village, west of the city.
  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Nashash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Monday, 19 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, at the entrance to Nahalin village, and near Fureidis village’s square, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.

Ramallah:

  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.
  • On Monday, 12 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ur al-Fauqa and Turmus Ayya villages and at Taybeh village’s intersection.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 15 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to Jericho and at the entrance to Al-Auja village.
  • On Sunday, 11 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 14 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, west of the city’ and at the intersection of “Yitzhar” settlement, east of the city.

Jenin:

  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Arraba village, southwest of Jenin.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 15 April  2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Sa’ir  villages; at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Halhul city, at the southern entrance to Hebron, on Beit Einun road, and on Farsh al-Hawa road.
  • On Saturday, 17 April 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to as-Samu and Beit Awwa villages.
  • On Monday, 19 April 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Kahil village, at the western entrance to Hebron, at the entrance to Idhna village, and at the northern entrance to Yatta city. 
  • On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Surif villages and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Wednesday, 21 April 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Kahil, Hadab al-Fawwar and Beit Awwa villages.

Qalqilya:

  • On Friday, 16 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.

Salfit:

  • On Sunday, 18 April 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Kafr ad-Dik village, west of the city.

‘I Can’t Breathe’: “Israeli” Military Army Closes Case Against Soldier Kneeling on Palestinian’s Neck

23/4/2021

‘I Can’t Breathe’: “Israeli” Military Army Closes Case Against Soldier Kneeling on Palestinian’s Neck

By Staff, Agencies

The Zionist occupation military police said on Wednesday that it will not open an investigation into an officer who was filmed kneeling on the neck of a 60-year-old Palestinian protester while arresting him.

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The video, released in September, shows the officer kneeling on the neck of Khairi Hannoun, whom he had arrested at a demonstration outside the village of Shufa near Tul Karm. Hannoun then entered his car and the officer was filmed breaking the car window with his rifle and pointing it at the head of another Palestinian.

The occupation army claimed at the time that the demonstration was violent and that the clip was “only partial, biased and doesn’t reflect the disruption of order and the violence toward the military force ahead of the arrest.”

Lawyers representing Hannoun asked the Military Advocate General this month whether an investigation had been opened into the incident.

The ‘Israeli’ military first said the event “would continue to be looked into in the coming days,” but on Sunday the Military Advocate General alleged the officer’s conduct was “part of implementing the power to arrest your client, it did not exceed reasonable [conduct] in the circumstances and doesn’t indicate a suspicion of a criminal offense.”

The army claims Hannoun pushed the officer, who in response used reasonable force when Hannoun resisted arrest.

The Military Advocate General’s office said the smashing of the window was intended to prevent Hannoun from fleeing and that he was welcome to ask the Defense Ministry for compensation “as an exception.”

The demonstration Hannoun had taken part in was held by residents protesting the Zionist confiscation of their land.

“It’s a legitimate, entirely non-violent demonstration,” Hannoun said at the time. “We, a few adults, were walking. We didn’t think the soldiers would attack us. But we were wrong. They attacked us like hooligans. I’m 60, what can I do to an armed soldier? But for the officer there I’m a threat and he attacked me brutally.”

Hannoun mentioned George Floyd, who died last May after a policeman kneeled on his neck in a similar way.

“He kneeled on me just like what happened with that Black American [in reference to George Floyd]. I felt he was choking me,” he said.

Hannoun was arrested by a Border Police force two weeks after the video of the demonstration was published. The Border Police said at the time that he was “arrested after he was seen taking part in several order disruptions and actively causing provocations, forcing them to take control of him by force.”

Dozens of Palestinians Injured After Attacks By ‘Israeli’ Police in Occupied Al-Quds

Dozens of Palestinians Injured After Attacks By ‘Israeli’ Police in Occupied Al-Quds

By Staff, Agencies

The Palestinian Red Crescent announced that at least 105 Palestinian were wounded, of which around 20 have been transferred to hospital amid the confrontations that took place with the “Israeli” occupation forces overnight in East occupied al-Quds.

The ‘Israeli’ occupation regime forces fired stun grenades and foul-smelling skunk water cannons at Palestinians trying to hold their usual Ramadan evening gatherings after iftar outside the Damascus Gate, a historic landmark on the north side of the occupied Old City of al-Quds, on Thursday.

Dozens of arrests were made following the attacks and confrontations in downtown al-Quds, where ‘Israeli’ settlers and Palestinian demonstrators squared off with security forces – and reportedly with each other – as police struggled to keep them apart.

The occupied al-Quds District Police kept a heavy presence in the city on Thursday night and into Friday morning amid the confrontations, which saw scores of ‘Israeli’ settlers streamed through the holy city, some taking part in menacing chants such as “Death to the Arabs” and “May your village burn down,” according to local news reports.

Footage circulating on social media showed a number of scenes from the confrontation, including when police unleashed stun grenades and “skunk water” cannons on the crowds. Mounted officers were also present.

Other unconfirmed footage purported to show an attack on an Arab household by a Zionist group, in which settlers are seen hurling objects at the home, while yet another clip appeared to depict a Palestinian demonstrator hitting an officer with a stone at point-blank range.

Fires were also ignited in the street by protesters, with videos showing a vehicle going up in flames and what appeared to be a public security camera destroyed and set ablaze.

The unrest comes amid a string of violence during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which has seen tit-for-tat attacks and reprisals between Palestinians and Zionist occupation settlers.

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Faced with ICC Investigation, Apartheid Israel Asserts Moral Superiority Over The Victims of Its Terror

March 29th, 2021

By Miko Peled

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Having created enemies by its own criminal behavior, Israel then claims the right to protect itself from the very people it alienated through these criminal acts.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel’s army chief of staff, General Aviv Kochavi, recently commented on the International Criminal Court (ICC) decision to investigate Israel for war crimes. In his speech, General Kochavi said:

There is a moral abyss that exists between us and our enemies. They do everything in order to target civilians; we do everything to prevent hurting their civilians. They rejoice when our civilians are killed; we investigate when theirs are killed.”

Sounds like a pretty good opening statement for his defense once the trial at The Hague commences. The only problem is, none of what he said is true.

As these words are being written, Israel is in the process of figuring out the results of its fourth elections in two years. These elections mark what could be the final step in a political strategy that would make Machiavelli proud. This strategy is one that was planned and executed brilliantly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that brought about the total disintegration of his opposition. 

All that is left of those who ran against him are tiny fragments. The hungry politicians who lead these fragments cannot possibly compete with Netanyahu’s domestic political acumen. 

Similarly, no Israeli politician is able to compete with Netanyahu’s gravitas in the international arena. This is something that was clearly demonstrated by the recent visit to Tel-Aviv by the Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, and the Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, to discuss cooperation among the three countries.

“A moral abyss”

The speech given by the Israeli army chief represents a righteous indignation that is typical of Israeli officials. He says that “a moral abyss” exists between Israel and its enemies, and that is a very interesting choice of words. One might think it is self-defeating for the Israeli military and political officials to bring up morality. And yet, here is yet another general who made a career of killing civilians and maintaining a brutal military regime claiming moral superiority.

In truth, a moral abyss does exist between Israel and the Palestinian people. A quick comparison shows the following: From its very founding, Israel had invested billions of dollars in developing and maintaining its military; Palestinians have never had as much as a tank, much less a military force.

For decades Palestinians have been searching for ways to make Palestine peaceful again. Palestinians had suggested establishing a secular democracy with equal rights. When that was rejected, they had agreed to end their resistance and recognized the State of Israel. Then the Palestinian Liberation Organization entered negotiations with Israel and accepted that all it would receive was a small Palestinian State on less than one-quarter of historic Palestine.

When this proved to be impossible, the Palestinians initiated a peaceful, dedicated, and morally just campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanction against the State of Israel. The demands set out by this call are all remedial and are all rooted in international law.

During these same decades, Israel had been engaged in dispossession, land theft, and violence. Palestinians are targeted by Israel regardless of their status or geographic location. Be they citizens of Israel, residents of the West Bank or Gaza, internally displaced, or refugees in camps outside of Palestine, Palestinians are living without rights — pushed off of their lands, prevented from access to basic resources like water, roads, and health care — and are killed on a daily basis.

Israel will not even provide Palestinians with a Covid vaccine. So yes, General Kochavi is right about the moral chasm. However, he and his army have nothing to be proud of.

“Our enemies”

One constantly hears that Israel is surrounded by enemies and that therefore it has no choice but to maintain a strong military force and strike whenever and wherever it sees a threat.

This is not unlike criminals who steal and are then afraid of retribution from their victims or the authorities. The criminals are constantly in need of more weapons, more recruits, and they must always hit first in order to strike fear into their potential enemies.

The State of Israel was established by acts that constitute crimes. Killing, mass displacement of a civilian population, theft of property and money, and the creation of an apartheid regime. Israel then built a military force that to this day continues to terrorize Palestinians and occasionally its neighboring countries, referring to them all as “enemies.”

One could argue, and indeed should argue, that Israel created enemies by its own criminal behavior. Then Israel feels it has the right to protect itself from the very people it alienated through criminal acts.

They rejoice

Driving south from Jerusalem towards Gaza, one reaches an intersection just north of the first entry point into Gaza, called Erez. Then you drive down a road that goes along the Gaza Strip just east. At one intersection there is a gas station and a dirt road that winds from behind the gas station and up a sandy hill.

At the top of the hill, there are a few trees — one can see the Mediterranean from there, and also Gaza City. When Israel drops bombs on Gaza one can see the smoke and hear the explosions from that spot. Someone dragged up a couch and a few chairs, turning this spot into a favorite for Israelis who enjoy the spectacle.

In fact, a piece in the British paper The Guardian describes the place and the scene during the 2014 assault on Gaza: “People drink, snack and pose for selfies against a background of explosions as Palestinian death toll mounts in ongoing offensive.”

It goes on, describing what I too personally witnessed:

A group of men huddle around a shisha pipe. Nearly all hold up smartphones to record the explosions or to pose grinning, perhaps with thumbs up, for selfies against a backdrop of black smoke…Some bring their children.”

“We investigate”

Kochavi claimed the army investigates, though clearly Israel’s investigations of its own crimes are few, far between, and rarely end up with the violators being held accountable.

“We do everything to prevent killing their civilians,” he says, which should make us wonder in what world General Kochavi lives. Israel not only does not do anything to prevent the death of civilians but for decades has been targeting civilians in both Palestine and Lebanon. This is obvious because, as stated earlier, Palestinians have never had an army.

As the world wonders what the next Netanyahu government will look like, it is clear that Palestinians will continue to live in fear of Israeli terrorism. One has to wonder at what point the world is likely to end the destruction of Palestine and its people by Israel.

JOE BIDEN’S HEARTFELT ILLOGIC ABOUT ISRAEL

Lawrence Davidson is professor of history emeritus at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He has been publishing his analyses of topics in U.S. domestic and foreign policy, international and humanitarian law and Israel/Zionist practices and policies since 2010

by Lawrence Davidson

Part I—Stale Foreign Policy

Almost everyone in the West who is not a fan of Donald Trump—and if they are a fan, their sanity is to be doubted— assumes that U.S. President Joe Biden is now helping to save both the United States and the world. In some categories such as climate change, environmental regulation, economic reform favoring the poor and middle class, equal rights and, of course, combating the Covid-19 virus, they might have a point.

Nonetheless, it really saddens me to say that, at least in this author’s opinion, President Biden is not “the sharpest tack in the box.” That is, he is not the smartest guy in Washington, D.C. On the other hand, Joe has a strong point. He has the good fortune to have drawn together some very strong and progressive advisers on the domestic side of the political equation. It would also seem that, unlike his predecessor, Biden has the capability to actually listen to these people. He also has accommodated himself to the pressure put forth by true progressives such as Bernie Sanders.

The one exception to this wealth of good advice is on the other half of the job, in the area of foreign policy, in particular foreign policy toward the Middle East, and specifically policy toward the country of Israel. Here is where Joe has difficulty thinking straight and is out of luck with his chosen advisers.

To wit Andrew Bacevich of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft:

“Beneath a veneer of gender and racial diversity, the Biden national security team consists of seasoned operatives who earned their spurs in Washington long before Donald Trump showed up to spoil the party. So, if you’re looking for fresh faces at the departments of state or defense, the National Security Council or the various intelligence agencies, you’ll have to search pretty hard. Ditto, if you’re looking for fresh insights. In Washington, members of the foreign policy establishment recite stale bromides, even as they divert attention from a dead past to which they remain devoted.”

Part II—Analytical Shortcomings Nos. 1 and 1A: Policy Formulation toward Israel and the Palestinians

In the field of U.S.-Israeli relations, there are two areas where President Biden’s analytical shortcomings show themselves.

(1) The inability to formulate foreign policy that takes into account the behavior of the object of that policy.

President Biden says “my commitment to Israel is completely unshakable. As president, I’m going to continue our security assistance … and maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge. I’m not going to place conditions for the security assistance.” Essentially, this position abdicates U.S. national interests in favor of Israeli interests.

Here is a metaphor for such blind commitment. Think of how one adjusts attitudes toward friendships held over time. If you had a friend (we will refer to this friend as male) who, for whatever reason, evolved into a robber, would you give him a gun every year on his birthday? Would you do that because you remember he was a battered child and you think the arsenal you provide will make him feel secure and, hopefully, lead him to give up his criminal behavior? Or maybe you think he needs the gun because he lives in a bad neighborhood?

Biden believes that “Israelis wake up every morning facing an existential threat. That’s why we always have to be adamant that Israel must be able to defend itself.” But this is just a long-obsolete rationalization for spoiling your friend, who turns out to be head of the strongest gang on the block.

In the meantime, Biden points fingers at his predecessor for adopting exactly the same stance toward the Saudi Kingdom. Biden complained that “Donald Trump has given the government of Saudi Arabia a blank check to pursue a disastrous set of policies.”

(1A) The reverse side of this coin entails Joe Biden’s uninformed attitude toward the Palestinians. These are people who allegedly pose an “existential” threat to Israeli lives.

“The Palestinians need to end incitement in the West Bank and rocket attacks in Gaza. … No matter what legitimate disagreement they may have with Israel, it’s never a justification for terrorism.”

The truth is that it is the Palestinians who are under the “existential threat” and it is the Israelis who exercise massive violence against them, more often than not of a terroristic nature. When Palestinians resist Israeli oppression they are labeled terrorists, they are killed and their infrastructure is destroyed. When they do not resist, more and more of their land is taken. Volunteers must come from Europe to the West Bank so that farmers can harvest their olives without getting shot by Israeli settlers.  Gaza is under blockade, not able to obtain basic supplies or vaccines. It should come as no surprise that “the death tolls in the Israel-Palestine conflict are lopsided, with Palestinians far more likely to be killed than Israelis. According to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, which has compiled month-to-month fatality records, looking at the figures since 2005, 23 out of every 24 conflict deaths have been Palestinian.”

Biden also insists that the Palestinian Authority should “acknowledge, flat-out, Israel’s right to exist—period–-as an independent Jewish state and guarantee the borders.” Actually, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) did so in 1993. The Palestinian Authority suspended recognition in 2018 due to incessant theft of Palestinian land by Israel.

It appears that Joe Biden takes none of these facts into consideration. Is it because he does not know them? Such ignorance is certainly possible, though for a U.S. president it would be inexcusable. More likely, he has heard the Palestinian side, but cannot interpret it objectively because he is ideologically committed to the Israeli worldview.

President Biden has declared that “I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.” Commitment to Zionism is commitment to an ideology. Seeing the world on the basis of an ideology—any ideology—must distort your understanding. Thus, Biden’s view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict becomes as lopsided as the conflict’s death toll.

Part III—Analytical Shortcoming No. 2: The BDS Movement

President Biden’s personal refusal to adjust U.S. policy to confront even those aspects of Israeli behavior he says he opposes—settlement activity and threats of annexation—carries over into his personal opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel, active both in the U.S. and Europe. Just as his reasoning is often faulty when refusing to match policy to Israeli behavior, it is also faulty as to his opposition to BDS.

On the one hand, “Joe Biden will protect the constitutional right of our citizens to free speech.” On the other, the president “has been unequivocal in condemning calls in the United States to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel.” In other words, Americans can say it, but in this case, Joe ain’t listening.

According to the president, “the BDS movement singles out Israel—home to millions of Jews—in a way that is inconsistent with the treatment of other nations, and it too often veers into anti-Semitism.”

It is obvious that in the case of the BDS campaign, Israel is “singled out.” However, this is not unusual or “inconsistent with the treatment of other nations.” It is quite consistent. Cuban Americans single out Cuba. Other groups single out China, or Russia, or Myanmar and the like. Does the president dismiss these defenders of human rights because of their single-country focus? Of course not. Thus, he is being a hypocrite when singling out BDS.

In the case of Israel, those involved in BDS are mostly victims of Israeli oppression (Palestinians) or Jews who are utterly disgusted with what the Zionists are doing in their name. Israeli actions, particularly in the Occupied Territories, are in clear violation of international law and human rights declarations, and this gives the BDS a solid legal grounding. So what is Biden complaining about? Nothing that he has seriously thought through. And, when pushed on this, he falls back on the charge of anti-Semitism. Yet, the suggestion that the BDS movement is anti-Semitic is just a red herring.

Here is another quite legitimate justification for Americans, and others in the West, to “single out” Israel for attention by supporting BDS. Israel is indeed unique in that through its agents—Zionist lobbies—it is powerful enough to divert the debate over the aims of foreign policy in relation to much of the Middle East. That is, these agents of a foreign power divert the debate away from what is in the best interests of the U.S. or this or that Western nation, toward the question what is in the best interest of Zionist Israel. As a result, billions of dollars, pounds, euros and other resources have been diverted into making Israel a supremely powerful apartheid state.

Can President Biden understand these arguments? No more than any other self-proclaimed Zionist. As a Zionist he must, if he is to stay ideologically consistent, let Israel off the hook for its crimes. Sometimes this blinkered way of thinking creates embarrassingly contorted positions.

Consider this emotional proclamation made by then Senator Joe Biden at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference, on March 20, 2016.

“Singling out Israel, [either at the UN or by BDS] is wrong! It’s wrong! I know it’s not popular to say, but it’s wrong, because as the Jewish people know better than any other people, any action that marginalizes one ethnic and religious group imperils us all. It’s incumbent upon us, all of us, that we stand up against those who traffic in pernicious stereotypes, who seek to scare and divide us for political gain, because the future belongs to the bridge builders, not the wall builders.”

Let’s unpack this declaration. We start with the sentence “the Jewish people know better than any other people, any action that marginalizes one ethnic and religious group imperils us all.” It is correct that, given their history, many Jews should recognize Biden’s statement as true. But all those who are Zionists will make an exception for Israel. They must do so in order to avoid outright contradiction. Why so? Because Israel has posited both its identity and its security on the “marginalization of one ethnic and religious group,” namely, Palestinians. Maybe President Biden senses that there is some inconsistency here, but being a Zionist he dismisses it as justified. Addressing an AIPAC audience, of course, meant no one challenged him.

We move on to the next sentence. “It is incumbent that all of us to stand up against those who traffic in pernicious stereotypes.” When Israeli leaders and Zionists such as Joe Biden constantly refer to Palestinians who resist Israeli oppression as “terrorists,” they too are “trafficking in pernicious stereotypes.” It is a safe guess that Biden does not realize this.

Next sentence, “It is incumbent that all of us that stand up against those who … seek to scare and divide us for political gain.” I cannot think of a more apt description of what the Zionist/Israeli aim is here in the United States and the West in general—to scare us away from the defense of Palestinian rights and divide us when it comes to legitimate criticism of Israeli behavior, all done for political gain in the form of maintaining an extraordinary level of financial and military support of an apartheid state.

Finally, the last statement, “because the future belongs to the bridge builders, not the wall builders.” It is amazing that, given his immediate audience, Biden made this statement with a straight face. For he was addressing those infamous for building a wall that divides and isolates.

Essentially, this entire declaration by Joe Biden attributes to BDS all the negative characteristics that Israel in fact displays. As a self-declared, true-believer Zionist, he does this without any recognition of the deep irony his declaration contains.

Part III—Conclusion

How much history does Joe Biden, or his foreign policy advisers, know? For instance, do they know the history of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency? Lyndon Johnson could have gone down in U.S. history as a remarkably successful and progressive leader. He could have done this on the basis of his championing civil rights. But he was destroyed by the Vietnam War—a war fought by the U.S. because of ideological imperatives.

President Biden may well be faced with the same choices. He probably could go down in U.S. history as the 21st century’s first truly great president for all those reasons listed at the beginning of this essay. But these achievements may be diminished by adherence to obsolete and dangerous foreign policies in the Middle East. If he follows his current trajectory he will bury the 2015 Iran agreement—one of the most promising diplomatic achievements of the 21st century. He may linger on in that “forever war” in Afghanistan. He will let both the Israelis and the Saudis off the hook for their past and future abominations. And, he will sustain Israeli dominance in the region even as that country confirms itself as a rightist, racist threat to human rights and international law. Through all of this Joe Biden may lose his moment in history.

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The Probe into the Israeli Vaccine Policy and its Outcome is beyond Damning.

 BY GILAD ATZMON

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Report by Gilad Atzmon

In Israel yesterday, an independent legal body that calls itself the Civilian Probe (CP)* published its finding regarding the catastrophic impact of the Pfizer vaccine on the nation.

In their report, which they submitted to the Attorney General and the Health Minister, the committee listed a chain of critical legal and ethical failures that point at a possible attempt to mislead not just Israelis but also the entire world. Since the beginning of January I have been reporting on an undeniable correlation between vaccinations, cases and deaths (here , here, here and here ). The CP confirms my suspicions but their study also presents alarming medical findings regarding the scale of lethal side effects.  

In the document the CP points at a government attempt to conceal its dealing with Pfizer. The document states that “the Pfizer-Israel agreement is suffocated with redacted segments, consequently, it is not possible to analyze it legally and/or fully grasp Its implications as far as public health is concerned… This concealment casts a heavy shadow over anyone who took part in the (Israeli/Pfizer) negotiations…”

The CP then continues arguing that “in order to generate demand (amongst the people) for the vaccine, the government and the Ministry of Health have launched an unprecedented aggressive campaign, aiming to make Israelis rush to ‘get vaccinated.’ During that campaign all the basic rules of medical caution and ethics were disregarded, and with them also key guidelines formed after WWII regarding participation in medical trials (the Nuremberg Code). Instead of transparent and clear explanations, the public was misled by repeated official statements that the (Pfizer vaccine) has been ‘approved by the FDA’ after passing ‘rigorous tests.’”

The CP is accusing the state of Israel of intentionally reckless conduct… “Monitoring systems that enable the detection of side effects are a basic and critical condition for granting a permission for mass use of any new medicine, certainly when a mass operation of treatment that is defined as experimental is given to millions, and especially when this treatment is given to an entire country…”.

But Israel failed to set such a monitoring system.

“On the one hand, the state did not inform the citizens that Pfizer’s vaccine is in experimental stages that have not yet been completed, and that at this stage they are actually taking part in the experiment. On the other hand, the state did not maintain transparent and open control and monitoring systems for the public. As a result, there is a serious concern that this critical and negligent omission stems from: (a) the fear that such disclosure could interfere with the fulfilment of the objectives that may be implied by the Israel-Pfizer agreement or (b) the fear of diminishing demand for the exceptional number of vaccines that were purchased by Israel in advance, and / or (c) the fear of revealing unflattering results of the ‘experiment’ being carried out in Israel.” 

The CP is brave to admit that the lack of a monitoring system isn’t just a potential crime against the Israeli people, it may also be a crime against the rest of the world (i.e., humanity):


“In the absence of a transparent monitoring system that reports on side effects, not only have the Israeli government and the Ministry of Health failed citizens by providing them with misleading information, the Israeli government have failed both Pfizer and the rest of the world awaiting the results of the (so called) ‘real world experiment’ (that is taking place in Israel).”

To remove any doubt, the CP alerts the Israeli Attorney General to the possible criminal act implied by Israel’s vaccine policy.

“This is an alleged deception, suspiciously criminal, which should be thoroughly examined before the Attorney General allows the Israeli government to continue the alleged campaign of deception of Israel’s citizens and the (rest of the) world.”

The CP extended their study well beyond the legal realm, as it also attempts to fill the wide hole created by the State’s lack of a monitoring system.

“What do we learn from the facts on the ground?” the CP report asks. “An examination of mortality data published by the government shows that there is a correlation between number of vaccinations and the number of deaths. The excess mortality is noticeable among people up to 70 and also among adults over the age of 70, and remains even after offsetting the deaths attributed to Corona. In the population over the age of 70 – in January 2021 an excess mortality of 19.5% was observed compared to October 2020 – the month when the corona data were highest, and 22.4% compared to January 2020. In the younger population – an excess mortality of 7% was observed in January 2021 compared to the month October 2020 – the month in which the corona death numbers were the highest, and 7% compared to January 2020. It should be noted that this trend continues in the following month as well.”

As mentioned above I have been writing about the devastating correlation between vaccines and deaths since early January. In Britain and the USA, we detect identical correlation between mass vaccination and death. However, far more problematic is the realm of side effects, something which governments, the WHO, the corrupted pharmaceutical industry, and of course social media giants attempt to suppress in the most Orwellian manner. The Israeli CP seems to have produced the first robust report on Pfizer’s vaccine side effects. They published a table of their findings, which they summarize here:

“As one can detect looking at the table – there are close to 200 deaths, and this – only by examining about 800 reports of cases of serious side effects. As mentioned, the CP is still working on analyzing side effects and we have hundreds of additional reports that are subject to analysis. Our study so far indicates that about 25% of deaths are from people under the age of 60. About 15% of them are under 50 years old. 7 of the deceased are at young ages – below age 30. Also, the study identified 27 cases of heart problems in people under the age of 60, of which 24 cases are among young people aged 17-30.  Regarding the issues to do with female medical complications (including labor-complication, delayed menstruation or irregular menstruation, etc.) – it should be noted that the committee has about 200 additional reports that have not yet been included in the final list of our findings.”

For many years, I doubted whether there was a force in the middle east that could face, let alone defeat, Israel. I am pretty convinced now that with Netanyahu at the helm and Pfizer taking care of the nation’s wellbeing, Israel doesn’t really need enemies. However, every world citizen who is concerned about the future of humanity should be alarmed by the CP’s findings and particularly by the desperate and relentless attempts to suppress free academic, scientific and ethical discussion about Covid, the so-called ‘vaccines’ or anything else.

*To read the CP report click here

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Three Fishermen Killed in Southern Gaza (EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS)

March 7, 2021

Three Palestinian fishermen were killed on Sunday morning while fishing in an area adjacent to the town of Khan Younes. (Photo: The Palestine Chronicle, Supplied)

Three Palestinian fishermen were killed on Sunday morning while fishing in an area adjacent to the town of Khan Younes, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wafaa Aludaini, Palestine Chronicle correspondent from the Gaza Strip, reported.

The Palestinian Ma’an news agency quoted Nizar Ayash, the head of the Fishermen Union in the Strip, confirming the death of the three fishermen.

They have been identified as Yahya Mustafa al-Laham, Hamdi Hijazi al-Laham, Zakarya Hijazi al-Laham. 

The agency also reported that a committee, which documents Israeli human rights violations in Gaza, confirmed that the three fishermen were killed as a result of Israeli shelling. 

The spokesman for the Israeli army, however, claimed that “our forces did not carry out any attacks near the Gaza coast.”

More updates on the story to follow. 

(All Photos: The Palestine Chronicle)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (25 February – 03 March 2021)

March 4, 2021

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

25 February – 03 March 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem: 5 Palestinians wounded, including 4 children
  • Eight IOF shootings reported at agricultural lands eastern Gaza, and once at fishing boats western Gaza Strip
  • In 94 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 104 civilians arrested, including 11 children and 2 women
  • Patient’s companion arrested after a summons for interview with Israeli intelligence services at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing
  • Israeli occupation announces plans to confiscate 193 dunums in Ramallah
  • 4 houses (one self-demolished) and 4 shops (one self-demolished) demolished in occupied east Jerusalem
  • Settler-attacks: a child was injured; entrance of the Romanian Church Monastery set on fire; and the Anadolu News Agency press crew was assaulted.
  • IOF established 60 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 11 Palestinian civilians on said checkpoints

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. Additionally, IOF conducted widescale demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem; settlers launched scales across the West Bank, set fire onto a church and assaulted a media crew in Jerusalem.

This week, PCHR documented 195 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF shot and injured 5 civilians (including 4 children) in its attacks on peaceful protests in the West Bank: 3 Palestinians, including 2 children, in Hebron; another child was arrested after IOF injured him near the Annexation Wall in Ramallah; and another child was wounded during IOF attacks on Kafr Qaddum – Qalqilya weekly protest. Dozens of others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

In the Gaza Strip, eight IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands eastern Gaza Strip, and once at fishing boats, western Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 94 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 104 Palestinians were arrested, including 11 children and 2 women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested the companion of a patient (from Khan Younis) after he was summonsed for an interview with Israeli intelligence at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 11 incidents:

  • Ramallah: the occupation announced plans to confiscate 193 dunums from Deir Dibwan and Rammun.
  • East Jerusalem: residential tent demolished, as well as 2 under-construction houses in Isawiya; another house was self-demolished in Silwan. A shop was self-demolished in Beit Hanina; and a residential building and 3 shops were demolished in Shu’afat refugee camp.
  • Jericho: 2 barracks demolished in northern Jordan valleys.
  • Bethlehem: 2 rooms demolished, and land razed in Battir.
  • Hebron: two residencies and a room were demolished; a tire-made tent was also demolished. A 220 sqm barracks was dismantled and confiscated.

Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 11 attacks:

  • Ramallah: sharp-end steel bars were planted on a dirt road in Kafr Malik, puncturing a tractor’s tires.
  • Bethlehem: 20 olive trees cut in Kisan.
  • Hebron: attacks and provocations against civilians in Haret Jaber and Al-Shuhada Street.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: child assaulted in the French Hill neighborhood; vehicles assaulted; the entrance of the Roman Church was set on fire; and Anadolu News Agency team was assaulted while working in Mea She’arim neighborhood in Jerusalem.
  • Nablus: civilian houses and vehicles assaulted in Jabel Sheikh Basher and Hawwara.
  • Qalqilya: Palestinian was rammed over on the main road near the Al-Funduq village intersection.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

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

  • At approximately 08:30 on Friday, 26 February 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Al-Qarara village; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation, settlers, annexation wall and deal of the century. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. The protestors chanted slogans again against the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 11:30, a peaceful protest took off in front of Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah, in the center of the West Bank, at the call of the villagers towards lands under the threat of confiscation and against the establishment of settlement outpost in al-Shorfa Mount area, where Israeli settlers established a tent and a water tank and conducted excavation works in the agricultural lands 2 months ago. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. The protestors performed Friday prayer and chanted slogans again against the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased Palestinian young men gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired live and sponge bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, Mahmoud Bashar Ishtawi (10) was hit with a sponge grenade in his chest.
  • Following the Friday prayer, on 26 February 2021, dozens of Palestinian young men and international activist organized a peaceful protest to commemorate the 27 anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, which was carried out by American-Israeli Baruch Goldstein against Palestinian worshipers in al-Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994. The Palestinian protestors raised Palestinian flags, chanted slogans and raised banners calling for lifting the closure imposed on Hebron and removing the checkpoints. When the protestors arrived at the gate established at al-Shuhada southern entrance, they found a large number of IOF deployed in the area. IOF fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, IOF declared the area as a closed-military zone and threatened to arrest the protestors if they would not leave the area.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed near the annexation wall, near al-Kherba area, west of Saffa village, west of Ramallah, arrested Ahmed ‘Abed al-Razeq Falenah (16) after opening fire at him and wounding him. It should be noted that Palestinian civilians are used to head to al-Kherba area for picnic. Falenah’s family was later informed that his son was wounded with a live bullet in his lower limbs and taken to an Israeli hospital. Falenah’s family was prevented from visiting his son. PCHR’s fieldworker is still investigating the Falenah’s injury circumstances.
  • At approximately 07:50 on Saturday, 27 February 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:10, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuzaʽa village; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 28 February 202, IOF moved into Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF stationed in front of residential buildings’ entrances and photographed them. During which, IOF deliberately provoked Palestinian young men, pushed them and beat them. Meanwhile, clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and IOF, who fired heavy teargas canisters in the area. As a result, dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF also arrested members of Baten al-Hawa Defense Committee Zuhair al-Rajbi (52) and Mohammed Salah (29) after severely beating them.
  • At approximately 19:30 on Tuesday, 02 March 2021, IOF moved into Ein Yabrud village, northeast of Ramallah. IOF stationed on the village’s main street, adjacent to Ein Yabrud Old mosque, and fired teargas canisters at Abu Shokri supermarket. As a result, the villagers suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, the rear window of Abu Shokri’s vehicle was broken after being directly hit with a teargas canister. Sultan Ziyad Abu Shokri (32), the supermarket’s owner, said to that: “ At approximately 19:30, while my father and I were in my supermarket located in the center of the village, near Ein Yabrud Old mosque on the village’s main street, I saw a military USV parked 30 meters away my supermarket. After that, a number of Israeli soldiers stepped out of the USV and fired at least 18 teargas canisters at the supermarket. Civilians, who were present in the area, suffocated due teargas inhalation. I immediately got my father out of the supermarket and took him to his vehicle to drive it and go to home. When my father got into the vehicle, an Israeli soldier fired a teargas canister at the vehicle, breaking its rear windows. Additionally, my father suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. After that, IOF withdrew from the village and no clashes between Palestinian young men and IOF were reported.”
  • At approximately 23:00, a large number of Israeli soldiers accompanied with Special Forces Units moved into ‘Obaid neighborhood in Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF raided ‘Obaid family’s house after damaging its doors, frightening and assaulting its inhabitan. As a result, ‘Adnan ‘obaid (54) sustained wounds in his head after being hit with a sharp tool and his son Mohammed (23) sustained bruises throughout his body. Also, IOF arrested Tareq Marwan ‘Obaid (21) after severely beating him and took him to an unknown destination. During which a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones, Molotov Cocktails and fireworks at IOF, wounding 5 of them as later declared by Israeli authorities. IOF immediately fired rubber bullets and heavy teargas canisters at the protestors. The clashes continued until next day dawn. IOF called up a wastewater vehicle to spray the protestors and residential buildings with wastewater. As a result, dozens of civilians suffocated due to teargas and wastewater inhalation.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 03 March 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, eastern, central and southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Deir al-Balah city, in Maghazi camp, in Khuzaʽa, al-Qarara and Abasan villages in eastern Khan Yunis; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:10, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of al-Showka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, via a vehicle with a Palestinian registration plate. IOF raided Abu Hashhash family’s house in the center of the camp and locked the family members in one room. They arrested ‘Alaa Ishaq Abu Hashhash (24) and withdrew from the house. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF, who responded with sound bombs, teargas canisters, and live bullets. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded; the first (16) was shot with 2 live bullets in his lower limbs and the second (22) was shot with a live bullet in his right thigh. The wounded were taken via an ambulance to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasem Hospital in Yatta city.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 25 February 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Osarin, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested the police officer Raslan Jaber Adeli (48).
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed at the entrance of Qusra village, southeast of Nablus, stopped the vehicle and arrested Ali Rizq Allah Owda (30) and Fadi Rebhi Kan’an (33), from Qusra.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Yazan Hamza al-Kurdi’s (19) houses and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Rummanah village, west of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mahdi Mershed Bushnaq (47).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Sawahira al-Sharqiya, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Shukri al-Hansh’s (41) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Aroub refugee camp. North of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Hashem Hatem al-Sharif (19) and Mo’ayad Amer Banat (22) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Abu Shukheidim village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mohammed Sami Abu Dhaher’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Hebron, and stationed in al-Hawooz al-Awal area. They raided and searched Ayman Yusri Shannan’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Anwar Sami Obaid (23) and Mahmoud Sa’d al-Rajabi (24) and took them to Moscovia Detention Centre in West Jerusalem. It should be noted that Obaid was arrested 23 times during the last two years.
  • At approximately 05:30, a group of Mista’arvim (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinians) sneaked into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They used a bus and stationed around the house of the former prisoner Wissam Mohammed Abu Zeid. They stormed and searched his house to arrest him, but he was not there, so they broke the glass of his brother’s car, and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched Nehad Ahmed Edris’s (27) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Baqat al-Hatab village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched Zakariya Wasfi Abu Tabikh’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:20, IOF stationed at the entrance of Rujeib village, northeast of Nablus, arrested Morad Ali Sharai’a (20), from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 15:50, IOF moved into several neighborhoods in Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Yousef Antar al-Natour (26), Hammam As’ad Na’alwa (28), and Qais Murad Barhoush (28).
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF arrested Husam Salayma al-Qammousi (17) and Alaa Mohammed al-Kronz (16), from al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, while present in a land adjacent to Bypass road (60), in the southern side of the camp. IOF took the two children to an investigation center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Ali Arabi (16), while present in front of Moscovia Detention Centre in West Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursion in Tammun, southeast of Tubas; Yatta, Fawwar refugee camp, Sa’ir, and Hadab al-Fawwar villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 26 February 2021:

  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Fares Abu Sbeitan (21), after stopping his vehicle while entering al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to Moscovia Detention Centre in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Jamal Ghaith (22) and Yousef Ali Salah (20) and arrested them.

It should be noted that IOF released Salah, on the next day, on conditions that banning his entry to Batin al-Hawa neighborhood for 15-days, and pay a bail of 5,000 NIS, and extended the arrest of Ghaith until the next Monday.

  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at Mevo Dotan military checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, arrested Yazan Sa’eed Hamarsha (17) and Mohammed Yaser Hamdoni (16), from Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, while riding a motorcycle on the main entrance of the village.

Saturday, 27 February 2021:

  • At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed at Qalandiya military checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Maher Hamdallah Othman (28), from Abwein, northwest of Ramallah. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed at Huwwarah military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, arrested Mohammed Ahmed Howeiti (28), from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Halhul and Shuyukh villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 28 February 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed Khaled Khwais’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Feras Khader Obaid (24) and Hadi Ibrahim Derbas (17) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Issam Mohammed Taqateqa’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF stationed at Huwwarah military checkpoint, southeast of Tubas, arrested Zohdi Theeb Qawariq (27), from Awarta village, southeast of Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Ti’nik village, west of Jenin. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 01 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Shuyukh village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Thameen Ahmed Halayqa’s (26) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Bait Kahil, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested (3) civilians; including a father and his son. The arrestees are: Wael Hasan Jouda (55), his son Hassan (21), and Bara’ Yousef Asafra (29).
  • Also around 01:30, IOF, stationed on the entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, arrested Mahmoud Ahmed Mansour (22).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Hamza Salah al-Dein (23), Nadeem al-Khateeb (26), and his brother Mohammed (24).
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Omar Mohammed Thiab’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Araqah village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians including a child; Mohammed Ahmed Mahmoud Yehya (24), Hisham Ahmed Mohammed Yehya (20), and his brother Hussam (17).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Yousef Abdul Malek al-Sa’di’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Awni Yousef Obaid (24) and Hussain Yaser Darwish (15) and arrested them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested two civilians: Izz al-Dein Mustafa Abu Hussain (23), and Mothanna Omar al-Qawasmah (20).
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mahmoud Abdul Fattah Ta’amra’s (33) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Shufa village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched three houses belonging to Mohammed Mofeed Droubi (14), Yousef Mohammed Droubi (14) and Ahmed Ghaleb Droubi (20) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians while riding a car near the annexation wall adjacent to Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem, and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Ahmed Nabeel Bader (26), his brother Abdullah (23), and Khaled Jamal Bader (28).
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Odai (23) and Ahed (21) Qar’oush, from Deir Ballout, near the village entrance in western Salfit.

Tuesday, 02 March 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Bal’a village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ahmed Yousef Samara (30), and the former prisoner Mahdi Hasan al-Hajj (29) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Balata al-Balad village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mousa Mohammed Dwaikat (22).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Khader, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ibrahim Suliman al-Da’doua’ (21) and Mahmoud Ahmed Issa (21) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) former prisoners; Morad Waleed Malaysha (32), Mohammed Mahmoud Alawna (33), Morad Mohammed Fashafesha (31), and Lotfy Taher Malaysha (32). Later, IOF tortured them before they were released.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mohammed Suleiman Kan’an’s (31) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Shwaika, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Khaled Adnan al-Zibda (28), Amjad Waleed Na’alwa (34), Mahmoud Muhanna Musleh (23), and Mansour Mansour Idhelliya (50).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched Ali Abdul Ghaffar Doufish’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Jericho, north of the West Bank. They surrounded, raided, and searched Sa’eed Abu Ali’s house, and arrested Shadi Abdul Ra’ouf Sbeihat (44), from al-Rummanah village, west of Jenin.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Bireh. They raided and searched Majd Mohammed Jarrar’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Rabea’ Hussain al-Sayyad (42) and Eid Waheed Shabana (22) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Malek Belal Shtayyah (28) and Assem Jameel Shtayyah (25).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Ramallah. They deployed into Ein Misbah neighborhood, stormed several houses and arrested Saad Farouq Zalloum (22).
  • In morning hours, IOF stationed at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing, north of the Gaza Strip, arrested Karam Salem Abu Hadayed (38), from Khan Yunis, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services. Abu Hadayed applied to obtain an exit permit to Israel to accompany his cancer patient mother, so the Israeli Intelligence Services summonsed him for security interview.

His sister, Samah, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that her mother, Aziza Mohammed Abu Hadayed (60), got a medical referral to receive treatment at Augusta Victoria Hospital “al-Motale’a” in occupied Jerusalem, so she applied to obtain a permit for her and her son Karam, as a companion. At approximately 08:40, on Monday, 01 March 2021, they received the approval for the mother to travel on Tuesday, and after an hour, Karam received a summons, via a text message, to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in Beit Hanoun Crossing. On Thursday morning, when her mother and Karam headed to the crossing, the Israeli authorities allowed the mother to travel to the hospital alone and informed her that her son may follow her or return to Gaza. At approximately 22:00, we were informed that Karam is under arrest, noting that my mother is an old-sick woman, and seriously needs help during treatment.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF surrounded and stormed the Women’s Center in Shuafat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They stationed on the main door and its yards, arrested Jehad Abu Zneid (54), a member in the legislative council, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Sawaneh neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Alaa Nidal Zughayyar’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 13:30, IOF moved into Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Hussam Sameeh Alian’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Zeid al-Sawwaf (24) and Najy Akram Sughayyar (26), while present at al-Wad neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. IOF took them to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into the African Community Quarter, near al-Majlis Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Belala family and severely beaten, pushed, pepper-sprayed and arrested Ro’a Belalah (23), her brother Mustafa (21), and her cousin Abdullah (23).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Issac Abu-Hashash (62) from al-Fawwar camo in Hebron, after detaining him on a temporary checkpoint at the camp entrance.
  • At approximately 20:40, IOF stationed in eastern Qalqilya arrested Muhanad Rabe’, an employee of the Palestinian intelligence services, and released him by 09:30.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF arrested Hamza Abu Habla (22) from Tulkram while he was reporting for a summons he received earlier by the Israeli intelligence services.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Nur Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm; Beitunia, Birzeit, and Jifna in Ramallah governorate; Aqabat Jabr refugee camp in Jericho. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 03 March 2021:

  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Bassam Ragheb al-Sa’di (61), and his nephew, Abdul Rahman Qasem Ragheb al-Sa’di (34). Later, IOF released them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched Ali Belal Abu Bakr’s (23) house and arrested him. At approximately 03:10, IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Oraib Jaber Darwish’s (33) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Bassam Ragheb al-Sa’di (61), and his nephew, Abdul Rahman Qasem Ragheb al-Sa’di (34). Later, IOF released them.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched Ali Belal Abu Bakr’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved nto Obaidat neighborhood, in Jabal al-Mukaber village, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Hasan Obaidat (16) and Hashem Ahmed Obaidat (19), and arrested them.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Beit Kahil and Dura, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Thursday 25 February 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities announced that 193 dunums will be annexed from the Deir Dibwan village and nearby Rammun village, east of Ramallah, to establish a landfill for the settlements near the village. Mayor of Deir Dibwan, Mansour Mansour, said that IOF distributed leaflets to farmers’ lands about their intention to confiscate 193 dunums from these lands in Deir Dibwan and Rammun villages to establish a landfill site for settlers in the area.  Mansour added that the Municipality has not received from the Israeli authorities any official confiscation decision; also, no official notices were handed to the owners.
  • At approximately 00:45 on Friday, 26 February 2021, IOF demolished a tent sheltering ‘Alian Family that was established by them on the rubble of their residential building, noting that the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished the building last Monday in al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, amidst IOF’s heavy firing of rubber-coated bullets and sound bombs.

Fadi ‘Alian, al-Aqsa Mosque’s guard and one of the owners of the residential apartments demolished, said that IOF tore down his family tent set up on the rubble of their residential building that included 4 residential apartments and sheltered 20 persons, including 12 children, near the entrance to al-‘Issawiya village.  ‘Alian said that IOF was irritated by the citizens’ solidarity with the family cause as they previously raided the tent and attacked those who were inside.  They threatened the citizens in case they returned to the tent in solidarity with the family. ‘Alian added that IOF again raided the tent in the dawn and removed it after firing sound bombs randomly to disperse those inside the tent.  They also removed the solidarity slogans fixed on the building rubble.  It should be noted that ‘Alian family previously stated that the decision to demolish the family building, which was implemented last Monday under the pretext of unlicensed construction, was a political decision par excellence, especially since their son, Fadi, previously received several calls from the Israeli Intelligence threatening him to demolish his family building if he continued to work as the Head of the Guard Unit in the mosque. The family added that Fadi was arrested several times and teased him lately until they demolished the family building which was established more than 10 years ago under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 01 March 2021, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished 2 under-construction houses belonging to Hatem Hussein Abu Riyalah near the eastern entrance to al-‘Issawiya, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Hatem Abu Riyalah said that Israeli Special Forces’ members backed by several vehicles moved into Abu Riyalah neighborhood in the village and closed the area surrounding the building, started to demolish the 2nd floor without any prior warning for the fifth time consecutively.  Abu Riyalah added that the Israeli Municipality has haunted him since 1999, and in 2009 the bulldozers demolished his house for the first time; during which he fell on the ground and since then has become hemiplegic and on a wheelchair.  Before this, he was sentenced to prison allegedly for not paying the fine imposed on him for the unlicensed construction, and only few days after his release, the Municipality demolished his house.  Abu Riyalah said that it was the fifth time IOF demolish his house and the second time within 13 months as in December 2019, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished his house, forcing him to re-build it and trying to obtain a license after submitting all the necessary papers but in vain although the land was identified for construction.   Abu Riyalah added that he built 2 houses above the first floor for him and for his nephew last June but did not receive any construction fine.  He noted that he had monthly paid the engineer a salary of 8300 shekels since last August to organize the land after the Israeli Municipality approved the organization.  He said that he was supposed to live in the house with his wife and 2 sons along with his nephew Yasin with his wife and kids, i.e. 9 persons, noting the house was built on an area of 200 sqms.  Abu Riyalah emphasized that he has paid since last January 650,000 shekels for the construction of the 2 houses.

  • At approximately 09:00, Nidal al-Salaymah self-demolished his house in Wad Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, pursuant to the Israeli Municpality’s decision, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Nidal al-Salaymah said that the Israeli Municipality raided his house at approximately 09:00 and notified him to vacate the house in order to demolish it within hours, forcing him to gather his family members to start the self-demolition for fear of paying a fine and demolition costs of 80,000 shekels in case the Municipality crews carried out the demolition.  Al-Salaymah added that 8 years ago, he got married and lived in an old room of 20 sqms, but the room did not suffice his family as he had 3 kids; the eldest is 7 years old and the youngest is one year old and a half.  Therefore, in 2019, he decided to build 2 additional rooms of 40 sqms, but the Israeli Municipality pursued him immediately and raided the house from time to time despite his attempts to license the house and hire a lawyer to freeze or delay the demolition decision.  Al-Salaymah added that a year ago he was diagnosed with cancer and has become incapable of either building a house or renting another due to the high prices in occupied Jerusalem.

  • On Monday morning as well, the Israeli occupation authorities forced Abu Sneinah family to self-demolish a commercial facility in Atarot” industrial zone, north of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a license.

Adham Tabash Abu Sneinah said that lately the Israeli Interior Ministry’s crews raided his family commercial facility several times; the last was last Thursday, gave him until Monday to self-demolish the facilities or their crews will carry out the demolition and fine him with 300,000 shekels.  He added that he along with his father, brother and cousin work in this land, which is around 1 dunum and 600 sqms.  During the last 3 years, they had prepared the land to establish a car showroom and they had already established a concrete flooring and 3 offices of fortified tinplate on an area of 100 sqms.  They were preparing for the inauguration, but the Ministry of Interior refused their license and insisted on implementing the demolition notice despite all the attempts and efforts to license the facility.

Abu Sneineh said that the land was all hills and stones.  They excavated in the land and built for years costing them 570,000 shekels.  He added that there was an old caravan in the land, and they repaired it; all the money and effort of the last years vanished in hours.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle in addition to a truck mounted crane and a bulldozer moved into Fasayil village in the Northern Jordan Valley, north of Jericho. IOF deployed in central Fasayil village, and the bulldozers demolished 2 barracks built of steel and tinplate.  The barracks were used for sheep-grazing and included a toilet and a water tank.  IOF confiscated the barracks and water tank allegedly for building in Area C.  The 2 barracks belong to Ahmed Musalam Soliman Sawarkah as the area of the first barrack is 200 sqms and used for sheep-grazing while the second is 100 sqms and used for storing the fodder.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 02 March 2021, IOF demolished 2 rooms in an old building, a storehouse and stone fences and leveled plots of lands in Battir village, west of Bethlehem, allegedly for unlicensed building.

Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Battir village, Ghassan ‘Alian, stated that IOF accompanied with bulldozers and workers moved into the al-Batin area on the Graves Street near the railway, west of the village, and demolished two under-construction rooms, which were attached to an old building belonging to Mohammad Fouad ‘Aweinah, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. ‘Alian added that IOF also demolished a storehouse in the area belonging to the ‘Aweinah family and fences built of stones used by farmers to retain the soil and protect it from erosion, while plots of lands were levelled in the area.

It should be noted that Battir village has been under settlers’ attacks accompanied with IOF’s protection as they established caravans and tents in al-Khemar area, northeast of the village that has been targeted in a prelude to annex it for settlement expansion, but citizens there confront the settlers and removed all the encroachments.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator moved into Kherbet Khelet al-Dabe’a, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area, and the Civil Administration officers took out the contents of the dwellings to be demolished by the vehicles.

The following were demolished:

  • A 70-sqm dwelling of bricks and concrete built few months ago and belonging to Jaber ‘Ali Mohammed Dababsah, who was supposed to move in with his family of 5 children and a wife.
  • A 20-sqm room of bricks and tinplate built few months ago belonging to Jaber ‘Ali Dabasah.
  • An 80-sqm unroofed dwelling of bricks belonging to ‘Amer ‘Ali Mohammed Dababsah, who was supposed to move in with his family of 7, including 5 children.

The Israeli authorities carried out the demolition without any prior warning, claiming that the citizens built in the same place where the previous dwellings were demolished on 25 November 2020.

  • At approximately 13:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator moved into Kherbet al-Rakiz, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed between civilian houses and demolished a tent that included tires, stones and shade cloth belonging to Hatem Mohammed Ibrahim Makhamrah who was set to shelter his family of 11, including 8 children after IOF demolished his dwelling on 25 November 2020.  It should be noted that the new demolition occured without any prior warning.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an excavator, a truck mounted crane and an Israeli Civil Administration in Zeef area, north of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the Civil Administration officers dismantled the 220-sqm tinplate barrack used for sheep-grazing and confiscated it.  The barrack belonging to Farid Khader al-Ja’abrai (70) was established 4 months ago with a cost of 170,000 shekels.  The Civil Administration officer handed al-Ja’bari a confiscation writ and IOF withdrew from the area.
  • On Wednesday, 03 March 2021, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished an under-construction residential building belonging to Khalil Abu Mayyalah and 3 under-construction shops belonging to ‘Issa Ghaith in Sho’afat refugee camp, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, allegedly for unlicensed construction. Khalil Abu Mayyalah said that IOF moved into Sho’afat refugee camp at approximately 08:00 via the annexation wall gate next to Ras Khamis neighborhood and deployed way to al-Harah al-Tahta, which was closed to surround the building and demolish it without any prior warning.  Abu Mayyalah said that his 2-story building was built on an area of 200 sqms and included 4 under-construction apartments.  Abu Mayyalah added that he self-demolished his 50-year-old house 7 months ago to reconstruct it and build the new building instead; however, the Israeli authorities handed him a demolition notice although he obtained a license from UNRWA which owns the land.  It should be noted that when IOF was on their way out of al-Hara al-Tahta in Sho’afat refugee camp via the annexation wall gate, they surprisingly fired teargas canisters at the residents; as a result, some of them suffocated due to the gas inhalation.  After IOF bulldozers returned to Ras Khamis neighborhood in the refugee camp, they demolished 3 under-construction shops and arrested Mohammed Ra’ed Ghorab (22) after beating him all the way out of the neighborhood.  The father of the arrestee said that IOF beat his son, Mohammed, because he asked them not to sit on his car during their presence in the area, where the demolition was carried out.  He added that IOF attacked him and his wife while trying to rescue Mohammed and his brother Mo’ataz from the Israeli soldiers.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 06:00 on Friday, 26 February 2021, a group of settlers from “Kokhav HaShahar” settlement, northeast of Ramallah, fixed iron bars on the dust road between al-Tbeil and ‘Ein Samiah areas in Kafr Malik village, northeast of the city. As a result, the wheels of a tractor belonging to Majed Jaser Mohammed al-‘Omari were punctured, costing him between 7000 to 10,000 shekels, when he was on his way to fill water from ‘Ein Samiah area, where he lives in the Bedouin Community established near the abovementioned area.

Lately, the settlers many times attempted to storm al-Tbeil and ‘Ein Samia areas and seize its agricultural lands and was followed by clashes between IOF, the settlers and the residents.  It should be noted that there are 6 water wells in ‘Ein Samiah, which supplies most of Ramallah’s eastern villages with water since 1960s, and settlers have been trying for years to seize them.  Over the past months, the attempts escalated as the settlers had beaten up and intimidated the farmers, forcing them to leave their lands in the above-mentioned area.  IOF also close the entrance from time to time with sand berms and deny citizens access to the area.

  • At approximately 17:00 on Friday, Israeli settlers cut 20 olive trees from a plot of land belonging to Ayoub Yousif ‘Abyyat in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem.

The Head of the village Council, Ahmed Ghazal, said that the settlers under IOF’s protection uprooted 20 olive seedlings from a plot of land belonging to Ayoub Yousif ‘Abyyat near “Eibi Hanahel” settlement established on the village lands.  Ghazal added that the villagers confronted the settlers and prevented them from continuing to uproot more seedlings.  Ghazal added that this is the second attack by settlers within 48 hours as last Wednesday Nayef Mohammed ‘Abyyat was attacked by settlers and their dogs while grazing sheep near “Ma’ale Amos” settlement, southeast of the village, under IOF’s protection for the settlers.  He was held for few hours and later withdrew from the area.

  • At approximately 15:00 on Sunday, 28 February 2021, dozens of settlers living in Hebron’s Old City center under IOF’s protection organized protests in Jaber neighborhood and on Shuhadaa Street, where Palestinians live. They chanted racist slogans calling for Arabs to leave.  IOF prevented the Palestinian residents from getting out from their houses while settlers threw stones at their houses in Jaber neighborhood and knocked on the doors on al-Shuhdaa’ Street with batons as well as shouting at the residents.  These protests came after hundreds of settlers arrived at the City Center to celebrate “Purim”, which is a Jewish holiday; thus, IOF denied Palestinians’ movement and closed al-Ibrahimi Mosque for the Muslim worshippers. 

An hour later, a number of settlers living in the settlement outposts in Hebron’s Center attacked civilian houses with stones in Wad al-Hasin area near “Kiryat Arba” settlement established on the confiscated Palestinian lands. They also broke the windows of a car belonging to Thaer Fadel Da’na.  After the residents confronted the settlers, IOF arrived at the area and moved the settlers away.  At approximately 23:00, IOF raided 3 houses belonging to Da’ana Family in the same area and arrested Adham ‘Abdel Jalil Da’ana (22), Mustafa Yousif Da’ana (28) and Thaher Fadel Da’ana (30), claiming the settlers filed a complaint against them.  They were taken to an interrogation center in “Kiryat Arba” settlement and later released.

  • At approximately 15:30 on Sunday, 28 February 2021, a group of settlers attacked Mohammed Hasan Abu al-Hummus (17) when he was on his way to work in the French Hill neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. As a result, his finger was fractured, and he sustained an open wound in his face and bruises all over his body.

Abu al-Hummus said that when he was on his way to work in the French Hill neighborhood, he found a large group of more than 30 settlers; some of them were drinking alcohol and dancing while the others were beating and insulting a citizen he knows from Shuafat neighborhood. Abu Al-Hummus explained that when the settlers saw him, they ran towards him and shouted, “an Arab, an Arab” and hit him with a bottle of wine on his head and with another bottle under his left eye.  They then started punching and kicking him, causing him a deep wound under his left eye and wounds to his head and hand in addition to a fracture in his finger in the right hand. Abu Al-Hummus added that he was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Al-Issawiya and then to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem, where glass was extracted from his under eye area, and he received treatment for his retina, which was severely damaged. Abu Al-Hummus pointed out that the Israeli police did not investigate the attack against him and did not arrest any of the settlers who attacked him.

  • At approximately 20:00, dozens of Israeli settlers protested on Street (1) in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, and closed it, teasing the Palestinians. They then moved to al-Musrara neighborhood and threw stones at the Palestinian civilians and their vehicles, breaking windows of many vehicles. Eyewitnesses said that the settlers closed the street near al-Musrara tunnel and started provoking the Palestinians and insulting them with racist words.  They then threw stones at the vehicles parked in the area, breaking the windows of 3 of them.
  • On Monday, 01 March 2021, Israeli settlers set fire to the entrance of the Romanian Church Monastery in Musrara neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s center, causing damage to the entrance. The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (ACOHL) said in a statement that unknown persons set fire on Monday afternoon to the entrance of the Romanian Church Monastery, but the local priest managed to extinguish the fire quickly.  “This act of vandalism is the fourth in a month that targeted the same monastery; according to the authorities, some religious Orthodox Jews are suspected as the probable assailants,” ACOHL said in a statement, calling upon the Israeli authorities to open a serious investigation into these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

It is noteworthy that this attack on the Romanian Church in Jerusalem is the fourth in one month and was preceded by a long series of attacks by extremist settlers and their attempts to attack the clerks there. The Romanian Church is considered one of the oldest churches in Jerusalem with a historical landmark and was built hundreds of years ago in an area adjacent to the “Mea Shearim” Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, which is inhabited by ultra-Orthodox Jews.

  • At approximately 00:50 on Tuesday, 02 March 2021, a group of settlers from “Ahyah” settlement established on the southern lands of Jalud village, southeast of Nablus, threw stones at the Palestinian houses in Jabal al-Sheikh Beshr in southern Jalud around 200 meters away from it. They broke the windows of a vehicle parked in front of one of the houses and belonging to Mohammed Kamal Farah ‘Ayyad.  The citizens then wake up and confronted the settlers with stones, forcing them to withdraw.
  • At approximately 23:00, a group of settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established in southern Huwara village, southeast of Nablus, threw stones at the Palestinian houses in the southern village and broke the windows of the second floor in a 2-storey house belonging to Ghaleb ‘AbdulalAtif Demdi. They also broke the windows of a car parked in front of Demdi’s house belonging to Hazim Walid ‘Odah and another vehicle parked 30 meters away belonging to Mohammed Soliman ‘Odah before the residents could wake up and confront the settlers with stones, forcing them to leave.
  • At approximately 20:35, a settler who was driving on the main road near al-Fondoq village’s intersection, east of Qalqilya, ran over ‘Ali Sa’id Zidwan (26) from Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit. As a result, he sustained bruises and taken to the governmental hospital in Nablus to receive treatment.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, 03 March 2021, Israeli settlers attacked assaulted the Anadolu News Agency team who were making a report in the “Mea Shearim” neighborhood, in West Jerusalem.

The team included: The Agency’s editor for the Middle East news, Turgut Alp Bouiraz, photojournalist Mustafa Kharrouf (33) and photographer Fayez Abu Rumailah (28.)  Anadolu Agency said in a statement that while its team was making interviews on the streets of ” Mea Shearim” neighborhood, which is densely inhabited by the “Haredi” groups, they were informed that their car was attacked, so they immediately rushed towards it. Upon their arrival at the scene, the team saw that the car’s windshield, front part and registration plate were all damaged, and there were sticks, stones and garbage inside, so they reported to the police directly. When the police arrived at the scene, a group of “Haredi” Jews tried to attack the team with sticks and stones. The team managed to run away without any injuries and filed a complaint against the attackers, while the police opened an investigation into the incident.

It is noteworthy that “Mea Shearim” Jewish neighborhood is one of four neighborhoods in the Old City of Jerusalem, with an area of ​​116,000 sqms, and located southeast of the Jerusalem City’s wall.  More than 20,000 Israeli settlers from the Haredi Community live in it. The “Mea Shearim” neighborhood attracts all the Israeli radical and fundamentalist Jewish religious movements or organizations that adhere to the biblical rituals strictly.

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

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals  60 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 11 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.

Jerusalem:

  • On Sunday, 28 February 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Anata village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On Monday, 01 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Khan_al-Ahmar intersection, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 02 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Eizariya village, east of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 03 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near Jab’ village intersection, northeast of the city.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 25 February 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Nshnash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Friday, 26 February 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 27 February 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and checkpoint near al-Nshnash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Sunday, 28 February 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and checkpoint near al-Nshnash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Monday, 01 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Nshnash intersection, south of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 02 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near al-Nshnash intersection, south of the city.
  • At approximately 07:30 on Wednesday, 03 March 2021, IOF closed a metal detector gate established at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, obstructing vehicles’ movement, and reopened it later.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 25 February 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Atara village’s bridge and at “Halamish” settlement intersection, northwest of Ramallah.
  • On Sunday, 28 February 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih, Dura_al-Qar’ and Turmus Ayya villages and Birzeit city.
  • On Monday, 01 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Aboud and Nabi Salih villages.
  • On Tuesday, 02 March 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints on a road connecting between Ras Karkar and Deir_Ibzi villages, and at the entrance to Nabi Salih village.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 25 February 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jericho.
  • On Saturday, 27 February 2021, IOF stationed at al-Hamra northern checkpoint tightened their measures against Palestinians’ vehicles’ movement and checked the passengers’ IDs. IOF also established a checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Jiftlik village, north of the city.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 25 February 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at al-Moraba’a intersection between Nablus southern and eastern villages and at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, that connects between Tulkarm and Nablus, west of Nablus.
  • On Friday, 26 February 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at, the intersection of “Yitzhar” settlement and at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, that connects between Tulkarm and Nablus, west of Nablus.
  • On Saturday, 27 February 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at al-Moraba’a intersection between Nablus southern and eastern villages and at the intersection of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, that connects between Tulkarm and Nablus, west of Nablus.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 25 February 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron, at the entrances to Beit Ummar and ad-Dhahiriya villages and at the entrance to Al-Arroub  refugee camp.
  • On Friday, 26 February 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna and Beit Kahil  villages, and at the western entrance to Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 27 February 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the western entrance to Hebron, and at the entrances to Bani Na’im and as-Samu
  • On Monday, 01 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, Ash-Shuyukh, Bani Na’im and Beit Awwa villages.
  • On Tuesday, 02 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrances to Idhna and al-Moreq villages and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Wednesday, 03 March 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir, Bani Na’im and as-Samu

Qalqilya:

  • On Thursday, 25 February 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrances to Izbat al-Tabib village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 27 February 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Azzun and Izbat al-Tabib villages and between Jayyous and Azzun villages.
  • On Tuesday, 02 March 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to the city, at the entrance to Izbat al-Tabib village, on a road connecting between Jayyous and Nabi Ilyas villages, and at the western entrance to Azzun villages, east of the city.

Salfit:

  • On Thursday, 25 February 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kafr ad-Dik village, west of Salfit.
  • On Saturday, 27 February 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Haris village, north of Salfit.
  • On Tuesday, 02 March 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit.

US Backs ’Israel’ Amid ICC Probe into War Crimes against Palestinians

US Backs ’Israel’ Amid ICC Probe into War Crimes against Palestinians

By Staff, Agencies

If you don’t feel shy, do whatever you want!

In brazen contempt for the international law, the US administration announced that it backs the ‘Israeli’ occupation entity’s war crimes against Palestinians in the occupied territories amid the International Criminal Court [ICC] probe into those crimes.

In a phone call with Zionist premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, US Vice President Kamala Harris underscored Washington’s support for the Tel Aviv regime, opposing what she referred to as the ICC’s “attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over ‘Israeli’ personnel”, the White House said in a statement.

Harris, the statement noted, “emphasized the United States’ unwavering commitment to ‘Israel’s’ security”, while resisting any move to expose the regime’s genocidal project in the occupied territories.

The first call between the two officials came a day after the ICC prosecutor said her office will formally launch a probe into Zionist war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The announcement follows a February 5 ruling by the international court claiming jurisdiction in the case.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who is set to be replaced by British prosecutor Karim Khan in June, said in December 2019 that war crimes had been or were being committed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

She named the Zionist military, which has for years unleashed a reign of terror on Palestinians, as perpetrators of war crimes.

Bensouda further noted that there was a “reasonable basis” to launch a probe into ‘Israeli’ military actions in the besieged Gaza Strip, as well as illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

She then asked judges to rule on the extent of the court’s jurisdiction in the case, and the court last month established that it had jurisdiction.

Judges at ICC said the decision was based on jurisdictional rules in court’s founding documents, and it does not imply any attempt to determine statehood or legal borders.

The international court, which has often sought to expose war crimes committed by the ‘Israeli’ regime and the US around the world, has faced bullying and intimidation from both Tel Aviv and Washington.

The ‘Israeli’ regime occupied East al-Quds, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip in 1967. It later had to withdraw from Gaza.

About 700,000 Zionists currently occupy in over 230 illegal settlements built in the West Bank and East al-Quds, which have been deemed illegal under international law.

Palestine is a party to the ICC’s founding Rome Statute and has long carried out diplomatic efforts for the investigation of the war crimes by the ‘Israeli’ regime in the occupied territories.

Both the Tel Aviv regime and the United States have refused to be a party to the ICC, which was set up in 2002 to be the only international tribunal to investigate war crimes.

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Israel: How a Trifecta of Court Cases Could Cement King Bibi’s 12-Year Reign

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By Miko Peled

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Three separate court cases have converged in Israel to provide Netanyahu the cover he needs to maintain power amid an endless stream of controversies.

Three judicial matters have been in Israeli headlines recently, all of them very serious in nature and all likely to serve Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections.

The first is the indicted prime minister’s court hearing in early February regarding his ongoing corruption case. The second is that the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that the territories Israel occupied in 1967 are within its jurisdiction, meaning that many Israelis may well be the subject of war-crimes investigations. The third is an Israeli court ruling from January 2021 banning the 2003 film “Jenin, Jenin,” made by Palestinian actor and director Mohammad Bakri. The film documents the atrocities committed by IDF forces in the Jenin refugee camp in the spring of 2002. All three are likely to raise serious concerns among the highest echelons of the Israeli government.

Yet even as these court cases loom over him, his government, and the Israeli military, and with national elections rapidly approaching, for Netanyahu these crises present opportunity. Taking the familiar pages from the Trump playbook, Netanyahu can turn every accusation of corruption into an attack by liberals, any claims of war crimes, or even misconduct by Israeli forces, into an attack on all Jews by antisemitic forces. Only in Netanyahu’s Israel could so many problems be a blessing.

Indeed, Netanyahu and his supporters claim that the corruption charges against him represent persecution of the prime minister by the liberal press and a biased judicial system. He is leading the charge to attack the ICC and has already stated that its decision is antisemitism raising its ugly head again. As for “Jenin, Jenin,” it is being universally condemned in Israel and is characterized as libelous and totally false.

When you are Benjamin Netanyahu, the best card player in the casino of Israeli politics — when you are the one who knows how to play everyone else in the room, possessing decades of experience — there’s nothing better than a good crisis. It helps to rally people around you. As a matter of fact, dealing with crises is what Netanyahu does best.

Indictment? No problem!

According to the Times of Israel, because Netanyahu’s corruption case has been in the news cycle for close to five years already, “[a]ny political fallout is already baked into the views, poll responses, and voting calculations on all sides.” In other words, nobody cares, and the election results will not be affected in any significant way.

Furthermore, the Times states that many of Netanyahu’s supporters “agree with Netanyahu that he is being unfairly targeted by a politicized prosecution.” Those who feel that the accusations of corruption against him have merit argue that “the advantages he brings as a leader far outstrip any possible malfeasance claimed in the indictment.” In fact, polls quoted in the Times show that “up to 54 percent of Israelis think he’s the best prime ministerial candidate.”

a politicized prosecution.” Those who feel that the accusations of corruption against him have merit argue that “the advantages he brings as a leader far outstrip any possible malfeasance claimed in the indictment.” In fact, polls quoted in the Times show that “up to 54 percent of Israelis think he’s the best prime ministerial candidate.”

Making a deal with the devil

When no crisis is available, Netanyahu creates his own. Tensions along the border with Syria, a threat from Iran, or an impending War on Gaza are the usual favorites and work very well.

In recent days Netanyahu and his Likud Party signed an agreement with the most right-wing elements in the Zionist political spectrum. The worst neo-fascist religious fanatics within Israel have always been his natural allies and he has now come to an official agreement with them on a vote-sharing deal called “surplus votes.” Under the agreement, “Likud promised that Netanyahu would include Religious Zionism MKs ‘in any government he forms.’” That means that after Knesset votes are counted and applied towards seats in the Israeli Parliament, any leftover votes must be shared with Israel’s militant, right-wing religious fanatics.

Surplus vote-sharing agreements are widely used in Israeli elections and allow parties to ensure that extra votes do not go to waste. Instead, the parties utilize them through special agreements with other parties.

While the vote-sharing agreement has irked many in the center and what is sometimes referred to as the center-left of Israeli politics, it shows once again that Netanyahu calls the shots as he sees fit. If other members of the Knesset and even of his own party are unhappy, well then, they are welcome to go elsewhere. However, with nowhere else to go, year after year and election after election, not only do members of his party come running to him, members of the other parties do too.

The parties with which Netanyahu’s Likud signed the vote-sharing agreement include the far-right Religious Zionism Party and the openly racist “Otzma Yehudit,” or Jewish Might. Members of these parties support an ideology that includes expelling Palestinians who refuse to declare loyalty to Israel and accept diminished status in an expanded Jewish state. Some party members also support LGBT conversion therapy. These fanatic religious-Zionist parties represent armed gangs that openly terrorize Palestinians across the country.

The International Criminal Court ruling

After lengthy deliberations that led to a landmark decision, the International Criminal Court ruled that it has jurisdiction over war crimes committed by Israel in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. This ruling opens the door to possible criminal charges against Israeli military personnel and potentially even against government officials.

Netanyahu called the international tribunal’s decision “pure antisemitism,” a meritless claim he failed to explain. The ruling addresses specific incidents in which the Israeli military was involved and has absolutely nothing to do with Jewish people.

After nearly 20 years, court ruling bans Jenin Jenin

Israel’s Central District Court has banned the screening of the 2003 documentary film “Jenin Jenin” and ordered the confiscation of all copies of the film in the country. In addition, the court ordered the film’s director, Mohammed Bakri, to pay Lt. Col. Nissim Magnagi, one of the reservist officers who was allegedly present during the assault on the Jenin refugee camp and was shown for a brief moment in the film, 175,000 shekels in damages on top of 50,000 shekels in legal expenses.

One has to question the merits of banning a film in 2021 when it was made in 2003. There are no public screenings of the film and the only viewers that watch it do so online — and that of course cannot be banned. The fine, however, is a blow and it has yet to be seen what will happen when the decision reaches a higher court for appeal.

Of the three judicial issues stated here, only one pertains to Netanyahu and is likely to have little or no effect on his chances to win the elections. The other two only confirm what the Israeli electorate already believes, that the International Criminal Court is antisemitic and that a film made by a Palestinian showing Israeli military crimes must be a vicious, libelous lie, and the common wisdom is that Netanyahu knows better than anyone how to deal with the anti-Semites.

The Israeli electorate is used to both crises and to the controversy surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The results of the next election, just like the results of the three previous ones, are almost guaranteed to go in his favor.

Court Rules Palestinian Filmmaker Must Pay Damages To Israeli Soldier Who Took Part in Massacre

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“Jenin, Jenin” documents a deadly Israeli assault on a Palestinian refugee camp that left hundreds of civilians dead and over fifteen hundred wounded, and its release has caused an uproar in Israeli society.

In a particularly draconian decision, an Israeli court has ruled that the documentary film “Jenin, Jenin” will be banned from screening in Israel. Additionally, all copies of the film must be collected and destroyed. The court went even further and ordered producer, director, and actor Mohammad Bakri, the man behind the film which documents the Israeli assault on the Jenin refugee camp, must pay damages to an Israeli officer who participated in the massacre and appears in the film for about five seconds. 

Israel’s military invasion of the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin and the slaughter which followed took place in March of 2002. The army entered the camp with tanks, special forces, commando units, and several reservist brigades. The camp was bombarded from the air and from the ground. Several hundred Palestinian fighters fought heroically, armed with nothing but semiautomatic rifles and rudimentary guerrilla warfare skills. Twenty-five Israeli soldiers lost their lives in the camp and countless Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed.

Silencing the survivors’ point of view

Jenin, Jenin” includes testimony from people of all ages who lived through the Israeli assault on the camp. There is no question that hearing the descriptions and experiences of the survivors of that awful trauma is heart-wrenching. But Bakri himself never makes any direct accusations in the film. He shows footage of Israeli soldiers, tanks, and armored personnel carriers, and of Palestinians being arrested, but at no point in the movie is an actual accusation made and it is clear that the only perspectives offered in the film are from those who live in the camp.

Protests erupted in Israel as soon as the movie was shown. Bakri was called a Nazi and slandered by the press and the public for daring to show what Palestinians had experienced at the hands of the Israeli soldiers who entered the camp. Soldiers who had participated in what is known as “The Battle of Jenin” demanded that Israeli authorities censor the movie and not allow theaters to show it, and they eventually got their way.

Jenin Refugee Camp
Palestinian rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of the Hawashin district. No heavy equipment was available during the first days after the fighting had ended, and rescue workers had to dig through the rubble with their hands. Jenin Refugee Camp, 2002. Peter Bouckaert | Human Rights Watch
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A young boy is treated at the Jenin hospital moments after he and his friend were wounded in an explosion in the Jenin refugee camp. His friend died the next morning. The Jenin refugee camp was strewn with leftover Palestinian explosives and unexploded Israeli ordinance after the attack, causing additional injuries and deaths. Jenin Refugee Camp, 2002. Peter Bouckaert | Human Rights Watch

The film was banned by the Israeli Film Ratings Board on the premise that it was libelous and might offend the public. Bakri appealed the decision and the case went all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court, which ultimately overturned the board’s decision. Since then, those who have participated in the assault have been looking for ways to challenge the film. 

In November 2016, Nissim Meghnagi, a reserve officer who took part in Operation Defensive Shield, also known as the massacre at the Jenin refugee camp, sued Bakri for 2.6 million shekels, the equivalent of around 745,000 U.S. dollars. In his suit, Meghnagi claimed that he appears in, and was named in the film and that it libeled Israeli soldiers by presenting them as war criminals. 

Bakri argued, correctly, that the purpose of the lawsuit was persecution and political silencing, and that the movie makes no accusation against Meghnagi specifically. It only shows, Bakri continuously yet fruitlessly claimed, the point of view of the Palestinians who experienced the onslaught on the camp. Still, the District Court in the Israeli-occupied city of Lyd ruled in Meghnagi’s favor and ordered Bakri to pay Meghnagi the equivalent of $55,000. Now the case is expected to go back to the Supreme Court.

A History of War Crimes

Israeli forces did not allow the Red Cross or any other international observers to enter the camp for many days after the assault was over. This allowed them to clean up the camp before anyone from the outside was able to witness what had been done.

Israeli authorities, courts, media, and public opinion tend to view Palestinian claims regarding human rights abuses, violence, and massacres committed by military units as lies. Internal investigations by the military and other Israeli government agencies rarely find Israeli forces guilty of any crimes.

The reason that “Jenin, Jenin” created such a strong reaction in Israel is that the people involved, and even those who were not directly involved, know that Israel has a history of atrocities and war crimes. Israel claims that the IDF is the “most moral army in the world,” yet almost every single Israeli has either been witness to or knows someone who has witnessed – or even committed – atrocities. 

Committing war crimes of all kinds is a deeply rooted tradition in the Israeli military. It goes back to the earliest days of the pre-state era when Zionist militias operated before an actual Israeli Army was formed. These militias were turned into an organized army in the middle of the 1948 ethnic cleansing campaign of Palestine. They were in the midst of committing a horrendous crime for which no one has yet been brought to justice when they became an official army and when Jewish Zionist settlers in Palestine became citizens of a newly established Apartheid State, a state whose very establishment was a war crime.

This is why there is such opposition to the movie and to Mohammad Bakri himself amongst Israelis. Bakri touched an open nerve and because as a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, he also happens to be a household name among Israelis, Israelis are furious at him. Bakri dared to enter the camp and to talk to its residents without showing what is commonly known as “the other side.”  Furthermore, as is made very clear throughout the movie, the spirit of the people in the camp remains undefeated. 

Over and over again throughout the movie, we hear survivors of the assault, even as they sit on the rubble of their own homes, repeat that they will rebuild the camp house by house and that they will never surrender. This is hardly the message that Israelis – who only a short time before had voted for the notorious Ariel Sharon to be their prime minister – want to hear.

The Driver of a D9

On May 31, 2002, Israeli journalist Tsadok Yehazkeli, working for the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, published an article in Hebrew about the driver of a D9 bulldozer who went by the moniker, “Bear the Kurd.” “Bear” made a name for himself during the assault on the Jenin refugee camp, when for 72 hours straight he drove his bulldozer into countess houses and destroyed everything in his path, ramming into homes regardless of whether or not they were inhabited. 

He was quoted as saying “I made them a football stadium,” and “I have no regrets. I’m proud of my work,” and, “I never gave the people a chance to run out of the houses before I ran over them and ruined the houses with my bulldozer.” None of this is shown or mentioned in Bakri’s film yet it provides a picture of the atmosphere among the Israeli troops that entered the camp.

The army unit in which the D9 driver operated went on to receive a medal for its actions during the assault, and the man known as “Bear the Kurd” became a hero to the troops. Because so many were buried under the rubble, to this day no one knows how many Palestinians were killed in 2002 at the Jenin refugee camp.

It is hard to anticipate what the Israeli Supreme Court will rule when it hears the Bakri case. However, in a state that was built on war crimes and atrocities, one may expect that all branches of government will work together to keep the truth from coming out. Either way, few Israeli war crimes are as documented as this one, and so “Jenin, Jenin” must be viewed and shared widely.

Israel & United States Unite Efforts In Large-Scale Strikes On Iranian Infrastructure In Syria

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The first two weeks of 2021 have, so far, been marked by an incredible increase in Israeli activity in the skies over Syria.

The most intense strike took place on January 13 morning hitting multiple Syrian and Iranian-affiliated targets in the province of Deir Ezzor, including the underground base of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Corps near al-Bukamal.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Israeli strikes have killed 57 and wounded another 37. Pro-government sources confirmed only 5 casualties.

The airstrikes were so numerous that even Abu Yatem al-Katrani – the commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) 4th Brigade was killed in an airstrike.

The Israeli operations were carried out with the assistance of the United States – it provided intelligence and Israeli struck on them. Former CIA Director, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was reportedly discussing the airstrikes with Yossi Cohen, chief of Israel’s spy agency Mossad.

The US support of Tel Aviv’s aerial raids is a clear message to Iran, and is a very open support to Israel’s undeclared war against Iran, which it has been waging in Syria since hostilities began.

All of the airstrikes in the first two weeks of 2021 are the most significant by Israel, and over all, since the beginning of the war in Syria. They were so significant, that Damascus even accused Tel Aviv of carrying out the strikes in very open support of ISIS militants which the Syrian Arab Army is hunting.

Meanwhile, there appears to be a sense of urgency, or a sense of danger in the air, as the United States reinforced its troop positions in the Omar oil fields with artillery pieces and other equipment.

The US troops, together with their local proxies also hold frequent drills in the area, to keep ready, for some future unknown escalation.

Prior to New Year’s Eve, Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated, in what Tehran claimed to be an elaborate Israeli operation.

Additionally, since around the same time, a farewell strike on Iran has been expected from US President Donald Trump, and the general chaos in the US ahead of Joe Biden stepping into office has been used by Israel as a chance to inflict as much damage as possible on Tehran and its allies.

Russia, at the same time, appears to also be preparing for an escalation of some sort, by building up its forces and is lying in wait.

Israel appears dead set on continuing its crusade against Iran and its allies in Syria. An urgency is felt, since Biden is unlikely to support Tel Aviv as much as Trump did, and every possible chance should be used. This is all in spite of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed the photo of Donald Trump from his Twitter, but all is fair in love and war.

Finally, both the American and Russian forces appear to be biding their time, waiting for an escalation that, with tensions at the breaking point appears closer than ever.

The year began with terrorist attacks in Syria, increased Israeli strikes, Iran threatening against any aggression against it, and the two most significant players in the face of Moscow and Washington are expecting an escalation, and no amount of preparation would be enough for the incoming storm.

US nuclear submarine comes in close contact with Iranian anti-submarine chopper: video

Iran ends massive war games in Strait of Hormuz, issues stern warning to enemies: photos

BY NEWS DESK 2021-01-14

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A U.S. nuclear submarine was spotted making close contact with an Iranian military chopper this week, in a new escalation in the Persian Gulf region.

In a video released by the Iranian media and shared on social media, the U.S. nuclear submarine can be seen making close contact with the Iranian anti-submarine helicopter, the SH-3D, in the Persian Gulf waters.

The video, which is shared below, was allegedly take on Thursday, January 14th, in the Persian Gulf; however, the U.S. and Iranian forces have yet to comment on this close approach.

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The Assassin’s Creed: Murder As Israeli State Policy

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“If our dreams for Zionism are not to end in the smoke of assassins’ pistols and our labor for its future to produce only a new set of gangsters worthy of Nazi Germany, many like myself will have to reconsider the position we have maintained for so long in the past.” — Winston Churchill, November, 1944, from his address to the House of Commons on the murder of Britain’s Resident Minister in the Middle East, Lord Moyne, by two members of the zionist terrrorist organization, Lehi. [1]
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Israel’s crimes against Iran in the past decade include the sabotage through the Stuxnet virus of the centrifuges in its nuclear development program,  the killing through missile attack of its militia members in Syria, the sabotage of its Natanz nuclear plant in July this year and the murder in recent years of five of its leading nuclear scientists,  most recently, a few days ago, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Each of these attacks would have been carried out at least with the approval of the US government, if not the active involvement at some level of both the US and its puppet Iranian terrorist organization, the MEK (Mujahedin e-Khalq). In reverse,  Israel would have been closely involved in the US assassination of  Qasim Suleimani in Iraq in January this year.  These murders might be state operations but are no different in their brazen nature,  their illegality and their brutality from hits organised by Mafia gangs.  In the case of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh,  a distinguished physicist,  he was apparently dragged from his car during the attack and finished off in the middle of the road.  The crime was so heinous that even voices usually hostile to Iran (including the New York Times and former CIA director John Brennan) were appalled.

Each of these attacks is a casus belli for war. Two can play at this game, which means that by these attacks, Israel is virtually inviting the assassination of its own political leaders and military commanders, or its senior representatives abroad. That Iran does not strike back, in the same way, is not necessarily a sign that it does not have the capacity to organise such retaliation.  Apart from the criminality and violations of international law that such actions represent,  Iran is never going to strike back at a time of Israel’s choosing.

Nevertheless, the government is under pressure from its own people to deal a devastating counter-blow, not necessarily against individuals but against Israeli infrastructure such as the port at Haifa.  Each of these provocations pushes Iran closer to the edge, as intended by Israel.  The repeated refusal of the government to respond is being criticised in Iran as a sign of weakness,  as the more Israel gets away with the more it will try to get away with. At the same time, even though Israel is responsible, an Iranian reprisal would trigger off a large-scale military response by Israel and full-scale war that no one in their right mind would want. It is a further sign of the moral void at their centre that Netanyahu and many of the fanatics around him do want such a war and are prepared to drop bombs on live nuclear reactors to achieve their aims

The general view seems to be that Israel did this so Biden would not be able to sign back on to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement from which Trump withdrew the US in 2018. That may be so, but Netanyahu might have calculated that this latest savagery would be the final spark igniting the war he has wanted for years.  Either of these outcomes would suit him.

There are always parallels in history and for Israel’s attempts to provoke an open war with Iran, one parallel would be Israel’s attempts to draw Egypt’s President Gamal Abd al Nasser into war in 1967.  This was no ‘preemptive’ war but another war of choice.  1948 was the first, because only through war could the zionists seize  Palestine, at least most of it.  1967 was the second,  launched to destroy Egypt’s armed forces, to destroy Nasser’s Arab world leadership, and to occupy the rest of Palestine. 

It was strikingly successful. All Palestine ended up under occupation and the Egyptian military was shattered.  Nasir’s pan Arab leadership was not destroyed but gravely weakened by Egypt’s failure to see the war coming and defend itself.

Just as Israel has been trying to draw Iran into the open through the assassination of its scientists and the sabotage of its nuclear plants,  so in the year before the 1967 war it set out to draw Nasser into the open through provocations along the Syrian armistice line.  These took the form of incursions by armored tractors into the DMZ, triggering off shelling by the Syrian army and then air attacks by Israel.  

Although Israel was determined to destroy any Arab nationalist government and to destroy Arab nationalism itself, the main target of these provocations was Nasser.  He was the foremost Arab champion and Israel wanted him where it could get at him.  It knew that sooner or he would have to respond to its provocations on the Syrian front by taking action on the Egyptian front.

When Israel shot down six Syrian planes in April 1967, the ball started to roll.  Israeli politicians talked of going further than ever before, of teaching Syria a lesson, and even of invading Syria and occupying Damascus, 15 years ahead of its invasion of Lebanon and occupation of Beirut. 

By the second week of May, war was regarded as inevitable.  Nasser moved troops and tanks into Sinai and called for the withdrawal of the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) from the armistice line.  Although Israel was the aggressor in the 1956  war, UNEF forces were inside Egypt because Israel refused to accept them on its side of the armistice line, and as usual, it got its way. 

On May 22 Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran, the entrance point to the Gulf of Aqaba, but without actually blocking them to Israeli shipping.  Under pressure,  however,  to stand up to the Israelis,  he had moved the final piece on the board that set the stage for war. 

Israel repeated the rhetoric of 1948.  İt was again being threatened with extermination and annihilation at the hands of an Arab ‘ring of steel.’ In fact,  it knew, and so did the CIA, that it would easily defeat any Arab army or combination of Arab armies.  Behind the panic deliberately set in motion among the Israeli population,  the generals could not wait to get going.   They vowed to be on the banks of the Suez Canal within a week. This was an opportunity  – one they had created – that Israel could not afford to miss. The military would deliver a knockout blow: according to Yigal Allon, “There is not the slightest doubt about the outcome of this war and each of its stages.”

And so it turned out to be.  On the Arab side, there is not the slightest doubt that Nasser did not want war. His threats were those of the Arab champion and his intended audience the Arab world,  but behind the scenes, he was looking for a way out of the crisis into which he had been maneuvered. An Egyptian delegation led by  Vice-President Zakaria Muhi Al-Din was due to fly into Washington on June 7 for talks to begin the following day on bringing the crisis to an end. On June 5, with the window of the opportunity for war about to close,  Israel attacked.

There is symmetry in all of these wars. Israel plays the role of the victim even while preparing to attack.  In 1948 Chaim Weizmann talked of extermination while assuring the Americans behind the scenes that the Arab armies counted for nothing. Israel’s arrogance was checked in the first week of the 1973 war, with humiliation at the hands of Hizbullah waiting in 2000 and 2006.  Yet if there is a learning curve Israel does not see it, an example of what long ago US Senator J. William Fulbright called the “arrogance of power.”

Israel applies the same tactics at the micro as well as the macro level.  On the West Bank and Gaza, it murders and massacres, and when there is a Palestinian response it has its rationale for more crushing blows.  On the West Bank, this usually takes the form of enlarging settlements or building new ones. 

From the Zionist point of view, this has been a good year.  Following the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel by the UAE and Bahrain, the UAE has gone as far as blocking entry visas to the citizens of a dozen Muslim countries while allowing Israelis visa-free entry.  Talks in Saudi Arabia between Netanyahu and Muhammad bin Salman – apparently arranged without the knowledge of the king – open the way to the establishment of diplomatic relations, although for the time being this is not expected.  MBS can give Israel most of what it wants without needing to come into the open, and as the nominal custodian of the two holy places such a move would enrage Muslims around the world,  with explosive consequences possible at the time of the hajj.

Israel’s strategic advances also include the commercial,  military, and strategic relationship it is establishing in the eastern Mediterranean with Greece and the Greek government of southern Cyprus, which has already allowed Israeli military units to train on the island because of the similarity of the topography to southern Lebanon. Successfully playing off fears of Iran in the Gulf,  Israel plays off Greek rivalry with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.  

Able to attack from the very centre of the central Arab lands – occupied Palestine – Israel is now steadily moving into a position that will eventually enable it to threaten Arab states and Iran from the periphery, from the gulf in the southwest and from the northeastern corner of the Mediterranean.  It has pushed these doors open and on the basis of all its past behavior, it will keep pushing until it gets what it wants.

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has antecedents dating back to the barrel bomb murders in Palestinian markets in the 1930s, the assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo on November 6,  1944,  the blowing up of the King David Hotel in 1946, the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte in 1948  and the massacres and destruction that have marked the zionist presence in the Middle East ever since.  Whether the enemy is a state, an organization, or an individual,  the enemy must be destroyed.   The standing refusal of the international ‘community’ to punish Israel for any of these crimes only encourages the zionist state to go still further.

Speaking to the House of Commons after the murder of Lord Moyne, Churchill, a strong advocate of Zionism all along,  remarked that “If there to be any hope of a peaceful and successful future for Zionism  these wicked activities must cease and those responsible for  them must be destroyed root and branch.” [2] These wicked activities have never ceased, those responsible for them have never been destroyed root and branch, the smoke of the assassins’ pistols now hangs over an entire region and Zionism has produced generations of criminals fully worthy of Nazi Germany.    

No state can endlessly endure Israel’s provocations. Iran and Hizbullah are playing the long game, compared to Netanyahu’s greed for instant satisfaction but at some point, there will be a limit to what they can endure and then there will be war,  possibly if not probably the most devastating in the modern history of the Middle East.  What will the international ‘community’ say then? It will be far too late to regret that it should have done something to stop Israel earlier.

Endnotes

[1] Catrina Stewart ‘Sir Winston Churchill: Zionist hero,’ Independent, November 3, 2012[2] ‘Palestine (Terrorist Activities) in the House of Commons at 12am on 17th November, 1944.’ theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=1944-11-17a.2242.1  For more on Commons debate on the murder of Lord Moyne,  see also api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1944/nov/07/assassination-of-lord-moyne#S5CV0404PO_19441107_HOC_294  Churchill assured the House that the Zionists had lost a good friend in Lord Moyne.  According to Yitzhak Shamir, however, one of the architects of the murder, and a terrorist who later became an Israeli Prime Minister (like Menahim  Begin), Moyne was an anti-semite who did not believe in a Jewish nation or a Jewish people.  See Joanna Seidel ‘Yitzhak Shamir: why we killed Lord Moyne,’ Times of Israel, July 5, 2012. 

Response to Fakhrizadeh’s assassination in Iran time الردّ على اغتيال فخري زاده بتوقيت إيران

Response to Fakhrizadeh’s assassination in Iran time

Munther Suleiman and Jafar al-Jaafari

Security experts agreed that the operation required high-level intelligence and professionalism capabilities that only professional states possessed for “state terrorism” operations.

Immediately after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (November 27th), Siham accused the Israeli-Mossad intelligence service of u.S. cooperation, not only from the Iranian side concerned, but also from the “semi-official” U.S.side.

The scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been at the top of the u.S. most wanted list since the time of former President George W. Bush, Jr., and “Israeli”, evidence that Israeli intelligence officials acknowledged that an earlier attempt on his life had been prepared and delayed at the last minute. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reviewed Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s name at a media festival in 2018, boasting: “Remember that name:Fakhrizadeh.”

We can say that the United States also acknowledged the “unofficial” words of President Trump himself during the first hours of the assassination, by posting a tweet on his official account conveying the news about “Israeli” sources, and in Hebrew, which he did not master at all.

He soon recalled the man’s history in the media, as “the father of the nuclear bomb, and in recent years he has been working on a project to reduce the size of the nuclear warhead and enable it to maintain its effectiveness in the phase of the entry of the carrier ballistic missile into the atmosphere towards the target”.

The reasons for the assassination and the more likely possibilities for how it occurred remain subject to the availability of accurate operational information, which is unlikely to be completed soon for reasons of confidentiality, and we have a return below to discussit.

Later on the day of the assassination, the New York Times revealed what a “high-ranking U.S. source” told her, saying that “Israel is responsible for carrying out the assassination,” without explaining his identity or why he was sure of the perpetrator.

The assassination coincided with the U.S. mobilisation of additional military resources, with the Navy announcing the movement of the Nimitz nuclear aircraft carrier stationed in the region, as the decision to withdraw a number of U.S. troops from Afghanistan matured, u.S. commanders said.

Moving the nuclear carrier into the region may not be sufficient to conclude that a military attack is about to take off, assuming u.S. operational experience and military doctrine and requiring the movement of a number of other naval pieces, reinforced by missile-carrying submarines, destroyers and cruisers.

The weapon of assassination of scientists entered active service with political decision makers since the beginning of the era of nuclear technology in the early 1940s, with an American plan to “kidnap or assassinate” German physicist Werner Heisenberg in 1942, given the scientific gap at the time between the progress of German technology and the inevitability of its success in the manufacture of a nuclear bomb, and parallel U.S. efforts in the “ManhattanNuclear Program”.

William Toby, an American nuclear energy expert at harvard University, said that “the most important thing to achieve is to postpone, not stop, the nuclear program of the. adversary, and perhaps form a deterrent to the accession of other minds and competencies to the program” (November 27, 2020).

Toby stressed the “denial of responsibility” space provided by the weapon of assassination of scientists to the aggressor, given the complexities of any state’s nuclear programme, as well as the nature of direct military action and its crucial identity. He also warned of the short- and medium-term adverse consequences of the effectiveness of the assassination, as the attacking party would lead to a reduction in the ceiling of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and “possibly an end to cooperation with it altogether”.

After the assassination, there was unprecedented confusion in the narrative of the Iranian authorities, and the multiplicity of officials who gave their opinions, but the most prominent common factor is the detection of a security gap in The Iranian agencies, not the first in the targeting of their scientists, which led to what led to it.

It is certain that since 2007 we have witnessed a series of bombings that killed four Iranian scientists and failed another operation. Their activities were said to have been in the process of developing Iran’s nuclear program, ranging from “toxic gas possibly the real source of an accident at the facility, to remote-controlled explosion, and direct shooting at a car carrying the person concerned.” Now, a new narrative is echoed by the use of a marching aircraft and infrared surveillance devices also controlled by remotes.

The successive Iranian statements were not based on a specific narrative, except that the assassination is considered a war decision, but we witnessed 3 interpretations or jurisprudence that simulate the mechanisms of carrying out the operation: the car Of Fakhrizadeh was subjected to a barrage of bullets, in conjunction with the explosion of a locomotive before his arrival, which slowed down his movement, a human ambush reinforced by about 12 elements, including snipers, and the firing of a “remote-controlled machine gun” prayers of bullets.

The latest theory – remote-based machine gun – is not entirely excluded as electronic technologies advance, especially “sophisticated weapons. through the use of robots,” according to The Forbes Weekly (November 30, 2020).

The magazine, quoting its military sources, confirmed that an innovative weapon for remote shooting and firing was used in Syria “through the Free Syrian Army in the vicinity of Idlib city in 2013”, and the prototypes of it moved to the control and use of Kurdish forces and elements of “ISIS”, according to a 2016 U.S. army report, entitled “Remote control of sniper weapons and machine guns by terrorists and insurgents.”

With an intense targeting of the U.S. tank tower in Afghanistan and Iraq, u.S. military command replaced the human element in the tower through the CROWSsystem, which allows remote control ofa weapons center, and provided the Norwegian company Kongsberg with some 200,000 such systems for the U.S. Army, a system reinforced with thermal camera technologies, introduced to service on U.S. combat vehicles..

Infrared landscape technology is available in the U.S. commercial market, albeit with relatively low specifications for military models, manufactured by the American Network of Technology(ATN),supplied by U.S. Special Forces. One of its features is remote control of night binoculars, which is reinforced by a ballistic computer to ensure accuracy..

One of the most prominent conclusions of the report of the magazine mentioned what it described as the “positive advantages” of that weapon, namely, reducing the element of adventure by killing or arresting the control of the weapon to zero, and the impossibility of monitoring and tracking the coordinates of the source of the attack.

The magazine suggested that the use of remote weapons left no trace of Iranian investigators, despite one of the official narratives that indicated that there was evidence at the site linking the attack to Israeli agencies, and that the “concealment of the identity” of the executor was the main motive behind the use of this technology by a number of countries using drones, for example.

Security and military experts agree that this operation “constitutes a major security breach that necessitated high-level intelligence and professionalism capabilities that are possessed only by professional states for “state terrorism” operations, and that the perpetrator discovered a loophole in the internal security system in Iran, and exploited it and was able to carry it out, enabling it to succeed,” which refutes one of the Iranian narratives that its intelligence services were “aware of an imminent attack.”

In a purely political dimension, since wars are the application of politics with other tools, according to Carl von Klaus Fitz, the centre of gravity for the objectives of the process is shifting to the conflict between American politicians, given president-elect Joe Biden’s conciliatory statements that he will resume U.S. membership in the international nuclear agreement, “with some conditions tightened and others added.”

From this perspective, U.S. observers specifically emphasise the “postponement” of iran’s promised response, leaving time for the next administration to deal positively with the international agreement, and possibly a return to the elimination of some U.S. sanctions imposed by the outgoing Trump administration.

In this regard, the fact of the official U.S. hostility to the Iranian regime and its roots should not be. overlooked, and from time to time the incident of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the detention of its employees for several years with the victory of the Iranian revolution in 1979.

At the same level, one recognizes the consensus of U.S. decision makers not to allow Iran to possess nuclear knowledge and weapons, based on the commitment of the ruling institution in its entirety and currents “to maintain Israel’s superiority over all countries in the region” with qualitative weapons that are forbidden to other parties, individually or collectively, to acquire, Indeed, some senior U.S. strategists argue: “Regardless of the identity of the U.S. president, hostility will continue in relations with Iran as we have seen and seen over the past four decades, and Iran will continue to blame the United States and Israel for any incidents they face in the foreseeable future, whether or not they are found to be involved.”

With these lines written, the possibility of postponing the Iranian retaliatory strike, not the possibility of its cancellation, is reinforced by the view of the internal interactions in the israeli crisis entity, and the flexible statements of President-elect Biden on the Iranian nuclear file, accompanied by an argument at home iran about the tactic and the short-term strategy for the best response to the assassination, as factors that will not make Tehran rush a military/security response, to keep it a margin of movement and appropriate options, depending on the schedule, not the schedule ofothers.

الردّ على اغتيال فخري زاده بتوقيت إيران

منذر سليمان   جعفر الجعفري

خبراء أمنيون أجمعوا على أنّ العملية استلزمت قدرات استخباريّة واحترافاً عالي المستوى لا تملكه إلا الدول المحترفة لعمليات “إرهاب الدولة”.

فور تنفيذ عمليّة اغتيال محسن فخري زاده (27 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر)، توجّهت سهام الاتهام إلى جهاز الاستخبارات “الإسرائيلي – الموساد”، بتعاون أميركيّ، ليس من الجانب الإيرانيّ المعنيّ الأوّل بذلك فقط، بل من الجانب الأميركي “شبه الرسمي” أيضاً.

العالم محسن فخري زاده كان على رأس قائمات المطلوبين أميركياً منذ عهد الرئيس الأسبق جورج بوش الابن، و”إسرائيلياً”، بدليل اعتراف مسؤولي استخبارات “إسرائيل” بأنّ محاولة سابقة لاغتياله تم إعدادها وتأجَّل تنفيذها في اللحظات الأخيرة. أما رئيس الوزراء بنيامين نتنياهو، فقد استعرض اسم الدكتور محسن فخري زاده في مهرجان إعلامي عقده في العام 2018، متبجّحاً: “تذكّروا هذا الاسم: فخري زاده”.

 بوسعنا القول إنَّ الولايات المتّحدة اعترفت أيضاً بكلام “غير رسمي” على لسان الرئيس ترامب نفسه خلال الساعات الأولى للاغتيال، بنشره تغريدة في حسابه الرسمي ينقل فيها الخبر عن المصادر “الإسرائيلية”، وباللغة العبريّة التي لا يتقنها مطلقاً.

وسرعان ما استُحضر تاريخ الرجل في الإعلام، بوصفه “أب القنبلة النووية، وأنه انكبّ يعمل في السنوات الأخيرة على مشروع تصغير حجم الرأس الحربي النووي وتمكينه من الاحتفاظ بفاعليته في مرحلة دخول الصاروخ الباليستي الحامل إلى الغلاف الجوي نحو الهدف”.

 حيثيات الاغتيال والاحتمالات الأكثر ترجيحاً لكيفية وقوعه، تبقى مرهونة بتوفر معلومات عملياتية دقيقة، وهو أمر يستبعد إنجازه قريباً لدواعي السرّية، ولنا عودة أدناه لمناقشة الأمر.

في وقت لاحق من يوم الاغتيال، كشفت صحيفة “نيويورك تايمز” عما أخبرها به “مصدر أميركي رفيع المستوى”، قائلاً “إن إسرائيل هي المسؤولة عن تنفيذ الاغتيال”، من دون أن توضح هُويته أو سبب يقينه من الفاعل.

 تزامن الاغتيال مع حشد الولايات المتحدة موارد عسكرية إضافية، بإعلان سلاح البحرية عن تحرك حاملة الطائرات النووية “نيميتز” للمرابطة في المنطقة، مع نضوج قرار سحب عدد من القوات الأميركية من أفغانستان، بموجب تصريحات القادة الأميركيين.

 ربما لا يشكّل تحريك الحاملة النووية إلى المنطقة عاملاً كافياً للاستنتاج بأنَّ هجوماً عسكرياً على وشك الانطلاق، إذ تفترض الخبرة العملياتية والعقيدة العسكرية الأميركية وتتطلَّب تحريك عدد من القطع البحرية الأخرى، تعززها غواصات حاملة للصواريخ ومدمّرات وطرادات.

 سلاح اغتيال العلماء دخل الخدمة الفعلية عند صناع القرار السياسي منذ بدء عصر التقنية النووية مطلع عقد الأربعينيات من القرن الماضي، بمخطط أميركي “لخطف أو اغتيال” عالم الفيزياء الألماني فيرنر هايزنبيرغ في العام 1942، نظراً إلى الفجوة العلمية آنذاك بين تقدم التقنية الألمانية وحتمية نجاحها في صنع قنبلة نووية، والجهود الأميركية الموازية في “برنامج مانهاتن” النووي.

 الخبير الأميركي في الطّاقة النووية لدى جامعة “هارفرد” العريقة، ويليام توبي، اعتبر أنَّ “أقصى ما تطمح إلى تحقيقه الجهة المنفّذة لاغتيال علماء الطاقة النووية هو تأجيل وليس إيقاف سير البرنامج النووي للخصم، وربما تشكيل عامل ردع لانضمام عقول وكفاءات أخرى إلى البرنامج” (27 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر 2020).

وشدّد توبي على ما يوفّره سلاح اغتيال العلماء من مساحة “إنكار المسؤولية” للطرف المعتدي، نظراً إلى تعقيدات البرنامج النووي لأيّ دولة، وإلى طبيعة العمل العسكري المباشر وهويته الحاسمة أيضاً. وحذّر أيضاً من النتائج العكسية على المديين القصير والمتوسط من فعالية الاغتيال، إذ سيقود الطرف المعتدى عليه إلى خفض سقف التعاون مع الهيئة الدولية للطاقة النووية، “وربما إنهاء التعاون معها بالكامل”.

في بُعد ساحة الاغتيال، لوحظ ارتباك غير مسبوق في سردية السلطات الإيرانية، وتعدّد المسؤولين الذين أدلوا بدلوهم، لكنَّ العامل المشترك الأبرز هو الكشف عن ثغرة أمنيّة في الأجهزة الإيرانيّة، ليست الأولى في استهداف علمائها، أدّت إلى ما أدت إليه.

 الثّابت أمامنا أننا شهدنا منذ العام 2007 سلسلة عمليات تفجير أدت إلى مقتل 4 علماء إيرانيين وفشل عملية أخرى. وقد قيل إن نشاطاتهم كانت في سبيل تطوير البرنامج النووي الإيراني، وتراوحت الآليات بين “غاز سام ربما مصدره الحقيقي حادث عرضي في المنشأة، إلى التفجير بالتحكم عن بُعد، وإطلاق النار مباشرة على سيارة تُقلّ الشخصية المعنية”. والآن، تتردّد سردية جديدة عبر استخدام طائرة مسيّرة وأجهزة مراقبة تعمل بالأشعة تحت الحمراء أيضاً يتم التحكم بها عن بعد.

التصريحات الإيرانية المتتالية لم تستند إلى سردية معينة، سوى أن الاغتيال يعتبر قرار حرب، بل شهدنا 3 تفسيرات أو اجتهادات تحاكي آليات تنفيذ العملية: تعرض سيارة فخري زاده لوابل من الرصاص، بالتزامن مع انفجار قاطرة قبل وصوله، ما أدى إلى إبطاء حركته، وكمين بشري معزز بنحو 12 عنصراً، من ضمنهم قناصة، وإطلاق “رشاش بتحكّم عن بعد” صليات من الرصاص.

النظرية الأخيرة – رشاش عن بعد – ليست مستبعدة تماماً في ظل تقدم التقنيات الإلكترونية، وخصوصاً “أسلحة متطورة عبر استخدام الإنسان الآلي”، بحسب أسبوعية “فوربز” الأميركية (30 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر 2020).

أكّدت المجلة، نقلاً عن مصادرها العسكرية، أن سلاحاً مبتكراً للتصويب والإطلاق عن بُعد استخدم في سوريا “عبر جيش سوريا الحر في محيط مدينة إدلب في العام 2013″، وانتقلت النماذج الأولية منه إلى سيطرة واستخدام القوات الكردية وعناصر “داعش”، بحسب تقرير للجيش الأميركي في العام 2016، بعنوان “التحكّم عن بعد لأسلحة قناصة ورشاشات من قبل الإرهابيين والمتمردين”.

ومع استهداف مكثّف لاصطياد برج الدبابة الأميركية في أفغانستان والعراق، استبدلت القيادة العسكرية الأميركية العنصر البشري في البرج عبر نظام “CROWS”، الذي يسمح بالتحكّم عن بعد بمركز أسلحة، زوّدت الشركة النرويجية “كونغزبيرغ” بنحو 200،000 نظام من هذا النوع للجيش الأميركي وهو نظام معزّز بتقنيات الكاميرا الحرارية، تم إدخالها الخدمة على العربات القتالية الأميركية.

تقنية المناظر الليلة العاملة بالأشعة تحت الحمراء متوفرة في السوق التجاري الأميركي، وإن بمواصفات متدنية نسبياً عن النماذج الحربية، وهي من صناعة شركة “الشبكة الأميركية للتقنية” (ATN)، زوّدت بها القوات الخاصة الأميركية. ومن ميزاتها التحكّم عن بعد بالمناظير الليلية، وهي معزّزة بحاسوب “باليستي” لضمان الدقّة.

من أبرز استنتاجات تقرير المجلّة المذكورة ما وصفته من “ميزات إيجابية” لذاك السلاح، وهي تقليص عنصر المغامرة بمقتل أو اعتقال المتحكّم بالسلاح إلى الصفر، واستحالة رصد وتعقّب إحداثيات مصدر الهجوم.

ورجَّحت المجلّة أنَّ استخدام السلاح عن بُعد لم يترك أي أثر يستفيد منه المحقّقون الإيرانيون، على الرغم من إحدى السرديات الرسمية التي أشارت إلى توفّر أدلة في الموقع تربط الهجوم بالأجهزة الإسرائيلية، بل إن “اخفاء هوية” المنفّذ هو الدافع الرئيسي وراء تسخير عدد من الدول لتلك التقنية باستخدام الطائرات المسيّرة، على سبيل المثال.

الخبراء الأمنيون والعسكريون يجمعون على أنّ هذه العملية “تشكل خرقاً أمنياً كبيراً استلزم قدرات استخباريّة واحترافاً عالي المستوى لا تملكه إلا الدول المحترفة لعمليات “إرهاب الدولة”، وأن الفاعل اكتشف ثغرة ما في المنظومة الأمنيّة الداخليّة في إيران، فاستغلَّها واستطاع أن ينفذ منها، ما مكّنه من النجاح”، وهو ما يفنّد إحدى السرديات الإيرانية بأن أجهزة استخباراتها كانت “على علم بهجوم وشيك”.

في البعد السياسيّ الصرف، بما أنَّ الحروب هي تطبيق للسياسة بأدوات أخرى، وفق كارل فون كلاوس فيتز، ينتقل مركز الثقل لأهداف العملية إلى الصراع الدائر بين الساسة الأميركيين، في ظلّ تصريحات مواربة للرئيس المنتخب جو بايدن، بأنه سيستأنف عضوية الولايات المتحدة في الاتفاق النووي الدولي، “مع تشديد بعض الشروط وإضافة أخرى”.

ومن هذا المنظار، يؤكّد المراقبون الأميركيون تحديداً “تأجيل” الرد الإيراني الموعود، كي يترك فسحة زمنية للإدارة المقبلة للتعامل إيجابياً مع الاتفاق الدولي، وربما العودة إلى إلغاء بعض العقوبات الأميركية التي فرضتها إدارة الرئيس ترامب المنتهية ولايته.

في هذا الصدد، لا يجوز إغفال حقيقة العداء الأميركي الرسمي للنظام الإيراني وتجذّره، والتذكير بين فترة وأخرى بحادثة السفارة الأميركية في طهران واحتجاز موظفيها لعدة سنوات مع انتصار الثورة الإيرانية في العام 1979.

وفي المستوى عينه، يدرك المرء إجماع صنّاع القرار الأميركي على عدم السماح لإيران بامتلاك المعرفة النووية وصنع الأسلحة، استناداً إلى التزام المؤسّسة الحاكمة بكامل أجنحتها وتياراتها “بضرورة الحفاظ على تفوّق إسرائيل على جميع الدول في المنطقة” بأسلحة نوعية ممنوع على الأطراف الأخرى، منفردة أو مجتمعة، اقتناؤها، بل يذهب بعض كبار الاستراتيجيين الأميركيين إلى القول: “بصرف النظر عن هوية الرئيس الأميركي، فسيستمرّ العداء في العلاقات مع إيران كما رأينا وشهدنا خلال العقود الأربعة الماضية، وستستمرّ إيران في لوم الولايات المتحدة وإسرائيل على أيّ حوادث تتعرض لها في المستقبل المنظور، سواء ثبت تورطهما فيها أم لا”.

مع كتابة هذه السّطور، تتعزّز إمكانيّة تأجيل الضّربة الانتقامية الإيرانيّة، وليس إمكانية إلغائها، إذ ينظر إلى التفاعلات الداخلية في الكيان الإسرائيلي المتأزّم، والتصريحات المرنة للرئيس المنتخب بايدن حول الملفّ النووي الإيراني، مصحوبة بجدال في الداخل الإيراني حول التكتيك والاستراتيجية القصيرة المدى للرد الأفضل على جريمة الاغتيال، باعتبارها عوامل لن تجعل طهران تتسرع برد عسكري/أمني، لتبقي لديها هامشاً من الحركة والخيارات المناسبة، بحسب جدولها، وليس جدول الآخرين.

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Fakhrizadeh Assassination, Peak of US and ‘Israeli’ Cowardness

Fakhrizadeh Assassination, Peak of US and ‘Israeli’ Cowardness

By Elham Hashemi

Tehran – One week after the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist Fakhrizadeh, al-Ahed news went on the streets of Tehran to ask people their opinion and feelings on the matter.

Nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in a military-style ambush last week on the outskirts of Tehran. The attack saw a truck bomb explode and gunmen open fire on Fakhrizadeh’s vehicle.

Sara Sadat, a student at Beheshti University told al-Ahed news “Trump and the US administration do not have the guts or courage to confront Iran directly and that is why they always resort to covert ops. This is the peak of cowardness and I am not surprised. Anyways it is obvious that such acts of war will not stop the Iranian people from continuing what they started. We have all the right to advance and all the right to enjoy our rights as human beings.”

Mohamad Reza who works at a shipping company for his part said that “my abhorrence towards ‘Israel’ and the US regime keeps increasing with their heinous crimes. They breach human rights, kill, destroy, and then claim their rights are being violated. This is very silly and I think that not only the people of the region but also the people of the world are starting to realize more and more the dual standards and lying of these two supremacy powers. We will not forget the blood of our martyrs and the least to do is take revenge. They will keep living in fear forever.”

Moussa, who was taking a walk on Vali Asr near the famous Mellat park, told al-Ahed that he was outrageous when he heard the news of the assassination. He pointed out “Trump and his allies think that by killing our scientists we will stop our activities. We never sought nuclear arms and all we are doing is trying to use peaceful technology to better our lives. Is that too much for them to take? That Iranians enjoy a good life? I am outrageous but I remain silent, I know our country will do something about this and Trump and “Israel” will for sure regret their actions.”

Lila’s opinion reflects that of many other Iranians. Lila told al-Ahed news “The US keeps proving it is not a friend. The incidents that take place keep proving that Mossad supporters and agents are in the country. So please from now on when a suspect is arrested or someone is sentenced to death do not come and teach us human rights and cry over the story, while lying and telling the world we are terrorists. We have the right to protect ourselves and the criminals must be punished.”

A senior US administration official said “Israel” was behind the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist but declined to give details about whether the Trump administration knew about the attack before it was carried out or provided support.

However, an “Israeli” TV report on November 21 reported that “Israel” and the US are planning to increase pressure on Iran with “covert operations” and economic sanctions during US President Donald Trump’s final weeks in office, which implies that the US is involved in the act of violence.

Of course it is important to keep in mind that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited “Israel” less than two weeks before the attack was carried out, part of a regional trip that included the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. President Donald Trump has given Pompeo carte blanche to continue carrying out the administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign over the next two months, the official said, adding that there will be more US sanctions on Iran this week and next.

Weapon Used in Nuclear Scientist’s Assassination Made in ‘Israel’ – Report

Weapon Used in Nuclear Scientist’s Assassination Made in ‘Israel’ - Report

By Staff, Agencies

The remains of the weapon used in the Friday assassination of senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh show that it was made in the Zionist entity, an informed source has told Press TV.

The source made the revelation on Monday, saying the weapon collected from the site of the terrorist act bears the logo and specifications of the ‘Israeli’ military industry.

Additionally, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence said it had obtained “new leads” on the identity of the perpetrators and that the information “will be publicized very soon.”

A former head of the Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Fakhrizadeh was targeted in a terrorist attack involving at least one explosion and machinegun fire in the town of Absard near Tehran.

Relatively, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that the assassination bears all the hallmarks of the ‘Israeli’ regime.

The history of Tel Aviv’s sabotage targeting Iran’s nuclear energy program is as old as the program itself.

Many observers believe the Zionist entity is not able to carry out such dangerous operations without the prior information and support of the United States which left a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in 2015.

The Zionist entity possesses the Middle East’s sole nuclear arsenal estimated to contain at least 200 warheads. The occupying regime maintains a policy of ambiguity concerning its nuclear weapons, neither confirming nor denying publicly that it has the capability.

Unlike Iran, it also refuses to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT] and does not allow any international inspection of its nuclear weapons program.

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العالم النوويّ الإيرانيّ…. والردّ؟

جريمة اغتيال

العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط

لا يحتاج الباحث لوقت أو جهد كبير للقول وهو متيقّن أنّ «إسرائيل» أقدمت على اغتيال العالم الفيزيائي النووي الشهيد محسن فخري زادة في داخل إيران، فـ «إسرائيل» في استراتيجيتها تعتمد قتل أعلام العدو في كلّ المجالات لتمنع عدوها من الاستفادة من طاقاتهم القيادية أو العلمية أو أيّ طاقات أخرى وفي أيّ مجال في سياق عملها باستراتيجية «حرمان العدو من مصادر القوة»، و«إسرائيل» تظهر وبشكل يومي انّ المشروع النووي الإيراني يقضّ مضاجعها، لأنها كما تروّج وتخشى من تطور هذا المشروع الى درجة الوصول الى تصنيع القنبلة النووية وعندها تسقط طمأنينة «إسرائيل» الى وضع التفوّق العسكري في المنطقة، التفوّق الذي يعطيها الاطمئنان الى استمرارية الوجود كما تزعم، ولأجل ذلك تقود «إسرائيل» الحرب الشعواء على هذا البرنامج وتحشد كلّ من تستطيع الوصول اليه ضده، ولأجل ذلك وقف نتنياهو قبل سنتين مهدّداً علانية إيران ومشيراً الى عالمها النووي زادة قائلاً «احفظوا هذا الاسم» في أوقح عملية تهديد تمارس على الهواء مباشرة.

فـ «إسرائيل» قتلت العالم زادة، هذه حقيقة واقعة، وفرضت السؤال على إيران والعالم أيّة تداعيات ستكون لهذه الجريمة وكيف ستردّ إيران، خاصة أنّ المنطقة والعالم يمرّان في مرحلة حساسة ودقيقة في ظلّ ما يمكن تسميته متغيرات انتقال السلطة في الولايات المتحدة الأميركية وتحوّلات العلاقات بين «إسرائيل» وبعض الدول العربية في سياق ما يُسمّى «التطبيع» الذي انطلق قطاره بدفع أميركي ترامبي، فضلاً عن تعقيدات المشهد الميداني في أكثر من منطقة في الشرق الأوسط وجواره بدءاً من لبيبا الى اليمن وسورية والعراق الخ…

لكن قبل مناقشة ما تقدّم لا بدّ من الإشارة الى مسألة الاغتيال بذاتها والإجابة على سؤال حول نجاح المعتدي في تنفيذ جريمته ونقول لا شكّ في أنّ هذه الجريمة تشكل خرقاً أمنياً كبيراً استلزم قدرات استخباريّة واحترافاً عالي المستوى لا تملكه إلا الدول المحترفة لعمليات «إرهاب الدولة «، وان الفاعل اكتشف ثغرة ما في المنظومة الأمنيّة الداخليّة في إيران فاستغلها واستطاع ان ينفد منها ما مكنه من النجاح في تنفيذ خطته الاجرامية، وبالمناسبة نقول لا يوجد نظام أمني في العالم يمكن أن تصل درجة الإحكام فيه الى المستوى المطلق بنسبة 100%، فمهما جهد المسؤول وعمل للوصول الى الإحكام المطلق يبقى هناك شيء، صغيراً كان أو كبيراً، يمنعه من تحقيق النجاح المطلق في الإحكام. واليوم سيكون على إيران البحث في الثغرة أو الثغرات التي نفذ منها العدو لمعالجتها بالقدر الأعلى لمنع تكرار ما حصل.

ونعود إلى مسألة التداعيات والردّ على الجريمة، ونقول إنّ مَن أمر بعملية الاغتيال ونفذها أيّ «إسرائيل» وفريق ترامب طبعاً، أراد وضع إيران في وضع من اثنين فإما ان تتقبّل الضربة وتبتلعها منتظرة بايدن لتعالج معه الملف النووي ولا تردّ هنا حتى لا تتدحرج الأمور الى حرب شاملة تجبر أميركا على التدخل ويكون التدمير الواسع لإيران ولمحور المقاومة، أو أن تردّ إيران أولاً ويتبعها محور المقاومة ما يستدرج أميركا الى الردّ وخلط الأوراق وصياغة المسرح والمشهد الميدانيّ بشكل يقطع الطريق على بايدن ويمنعه من تنفيذ خطته في إعادة إحياء التوقيع الأميركي على الاتفاق النووي الإيراني مع ما يوجبه من رفع العقوبات على إيران. أيّ أنّ «إسرائيل» في خطتها تجد الربح في الوضعين؛ فهي رابحة إنْ لم يحصل الردّ لأنها تكون جنت مكسباً بلا مقابل وأفلتت من العقاب، أو تكون افشلت خطة بايدن قبل أن ينطلق في تنفيذها. فهل هذه هي الحقيقة الحصرية؟

لا نعتقد أنّ مصلحة إيران ومعها مَن تبقى من محور المقاومة وبكلّ مكوّناته، لا أعتقد انّ مصلحتهم ان يحبسوا أنفسهم أسرى الحرب الشاملة وإعادة التوقيع الأميركي على الاتفاق النووي، خاصة أنهم يعلمون أنّ العدو شرس ووقح وفاجر لا يتورّع عن استغلال أيّ جزئية وهن في مواقفهم اذ يفسّرها فوراً بأنها ضعف او تردّد وخوف فيقدم على التصعيد في العدوان، ثم من قال إن بايدن الآتي باسم الديمقراطيّين الى الحكم هو حمامة سلام ستتصرّف بعيداً عن إملاءات الدولة العميقة، ومن يضمن ان يحدث بايدن انقلاباً حقيقياً في السياسة الأميركية في الشرق الأوسط، وهل ننسى أنّ بايدن كان نائب الرئيس الديمقراطي أوباما الذي أشعل نار الحريق العربي المسمّى تزويراً بأنه «ربيع عربي»؟ أو انّ الديمقراطيين هم مَن دمّروا لبيبا ومنعوا إعادة تشكل دولتها حتى الآن، أو انّ بايدن هو صاحب مشروع التقسيم للسيطرة المباشرة على الجزء انْ لم تتمكن اميركا من السيطرة على الكلّ لأنّ المبدأ لديه «ان اميركا وحدها يجب ان تقود العالم؟».

يجب أن يتعامل محور المقاومة مع هذه الحقائق والوقائع وقد كان مهماً جداً وفي موقعه في الزمان والظروف كلام السيد على الخامنئي مرشد الثورة الإسلامية في إيران، عندما قال «جرّبنا مسار التفاوض لرفع العقوبات ولم نحصل على نتيجة ترضي، وعلينا أن نجرّب مساراً آخر»، وكان مهماً أيضاً قرار مجلس النواب الإيراني المتخذ بعد اغتيال الشهيد زادة، والذي أكد فيه على الحكومة وفي مهلة 3 أشهر السعي الى رفع العقوبات او التنصّل من التزاماتها في الاتفاق النووي بما في ذلك رفع مستوى التخصيب الى 20% ووقف التعاون مع وكالة الطاقة الذرية الدولية وعدم استقبال مفتشيها في طهران خاصة أنّ الجزء الأكبر من هؤلاء هم جواسيس لأميركا ويظنّ انهم أسهموا بطريقة أو بأخرى في عملية الإعداد لاغتيال الشهيد زادة.

على ضوء ذلك نقول إنّ الردّ على جريمة الاغتيال ينبغي أن يكون حتمياً من أجل منع إرساء «سياسة الإفلات من العقاب» ما سيشجّع «إسرائيل» على المضيّ قدماً في اعتماد الاغتيال وسيلة أساسية في الصراع، فالردّ يجب أن يكون حتمياً وموجعاً من أجل حماية مَن تبقى من علماء ومن أجل الانتقام والثأر لدم الشهيد. كما يجب أن يكون الردّ من أجل ترميم او معالجة الندوب التي أحدثها الاغتيال في صورة او هيبة الأمن الإيراني، ولذلك يجب أن يكون الردّ من طبيعة مركبة في بعض جزئياتها شيء من طبيعة الاغتيال ذاته لتفهم «إسرائيل» انّ في بنيتها الأمنية ثغرات أيضاً يمكن النفاد منها.

أما الحذر وإعداد الحسابات للحرب الشاملة فإننا نميل الى القول بانّ أحداً من معسكر أعداء إيران ومحور المقاومة جاهز للحرب الشاملة، وهم يهوّلون بها في إطار حرب نفسيّة، لكنهم لا يجرؤون عليها، لانّ أيّ حرب مقبلة ستكون خلافاً لسابقاتها، ستكون حرباً لا متماثلة ولا يقوى معسكر العدوان على مجاراة معسكر المقاومة بها، لذلك نظنّ بانه مهما بلغت قسوة الردّ على «إسرائيل» عقاباً لها على جريمتها فإنّ الأمور ستبقى تحت السيطرة ولن تنزلق الى حرب شاملة، لأنّ العدو يعرف انّ الحرب الشاملة ليست في مصلحته.

ونختم بالقول إنّ الردّ الحتمي الآتي ينبغي أن يكون من القوة والتأثير بحيث يعزز معادلة الردّ الاستراتيجي الفاعل الذي يحمي محور المقاومة وجوداً ودوراً ومصالح، ردّ يقوم على أركان ثلاثة: الركن الداخلي وفيه تحسين أداء المنظومة الأمنية الإيرانية وسدّ الثغرات فيها، وسياسي لوضع المجتمع الدولي أمام مسؤولياته حيال دولة مارقة تمارس «إرهاب الدولة»، وعسكري أمني تختار إيران زمانه ومكانه ليأتي موجعاً لـ «إسرائيل» يمنعها عن التكرار.

أستاذ جامعي – باحث استراتيجي.

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حرب الاغتيالات المفتوحة من طهران إلى فلسطين

محمد صادق الحسيني

يقول الإمام علي عليه السلام:

“… فإذا نزلتم بعدو أو نزل بكم، فليكن معسكركم في قبل الاشراف، أو سفاح الجبال، أو أثناء الأنهار… واجعلوا لكم رقباء في صياصي الجبال، ومناكب الهضاب… واعلموا أنّ مقدّمة القوم عيونهم، وعيون المقدمة طلائعهم، وإياكم والتفرّق، فإذا نزلتم فأنزلوا جميعاً، وإذا ارتحلتم فارتحلوا جميعاً، وإذا غشيكم الليل فاجعلوا الرماح كفّة، ولا تذوقوا النوم إلا غراراً…”.

هي حرب الاغتيالات الجبانة إذن بديلاً عن حرب المواجهة الميدانية كما توقعناها وحذرنا منها…!

ولا بدّ لنا ان نحزم أمرنا ونستعدّ لها على كلّ المستويات وبكلّ ما أوتينا من قوة وحيلة.

نعم لقد أوذينا كثيراً في استشهاد عالم الفيزياء الأول في إيران البروفيسور محسن فخري زاده.

وبالمناسبة فهو صاحب إنجازات علمية مهمة جداً آخرها كما أعلنت الجهات الإيرانية كلّ الإنجازات المتعلقة بمواجهة وباء كورونا.

هو أيضاً رجل منظومة الدفاع الإيرانية المقتدرة ومساعد وزير الدفاع لشؤون البحث والتحقيق العلمي.

لكنه قطعاً هو ليس عبد القدير خان (إيران) صاحب القنبلة الباكستانية، كما يحاول العدو الصهيوني الإيحاء بذلك كذباً وزوراً بهدف اتهام إيران بالتسلح النووي..!

هل تتذكّرون عشرات الاغتيالات لعلماء عرب ومسلمين بينهم سوريون ومصريون وعراقيون وآخرهم عالم الفيزياء الفلسطيني فادي البطش!؟

هم يضربون في العلم والعلماء ولا عزاء لنا إلا الحكمة والحزم وشجاعة الإقدام في اللحظة التي تختار قيادتنا.

هو نال كلّ ما يريد في الدنيا والآخرة؛ هنيئاً له. ونحن خسرناه وهي ضربة مؤلمة لا ننكرها، لكن انْ فكّر أحد، أيّ أحد، بأنّ أيّ مشروع علمي قد توقف او سيتوقف في إيران باغتيال عالم هنا او هناك فهو واهم.

فكلّ بقعة من إيران مختبر للعلوم ومنظومة للدفاع.

عن الانتقام والردّ والإجراءات العقابية نترك الكلام لأصحاب العلاقة والمعنيين وفي مقدّمهم إمام المقاومة وسيدها الخراساني العظيم الإمام السيد علي الخامنئي ربان هذه السفينة، والذي يعرف تماماً كيف يدافع عن أبنائه ويحفظ لهم كراماتهم.

لكن الدرس البليغ الذي نستخلصه ولا بدّ أن نسجله هنا هو:

1

ـ أميركا كما ربيبتها الاسرائيلية عدو واحد لا يقبل القسمة على اثنين. وهما من خططا وأشرفا على عملية الاغتيال الجبانة هذه كما في عمليات اغتيال العلماء النوويين السابقة.

2

ـ الحوار والمفاوضات مع هذا العدو المتوحش حول المبادئ والسياسات العامة والإنجازات بكلّ مستوياتها سمّ قاتل. ومَن لم يتعلم الدرس بأنّ هؤلاء غير موثوقين كما يقول السيد القائد: إما أنه لا يعرف ألف باء السياسة أو لا يعرف ألف باء الغيرة والحياء.

3

ـ منذ الإنزال الاسرائيلي في أبو ظبي والذي سمّيناه بالإنزال خلف خطوط التاريخ والجغرافيا، قلنا إنها حالة إعلان حرب “إسرائيلية” استخبارية ضدّ إيران وليست مجرد تطبيع…!

وحسب اعتقادنا فإنّ التحقيقات حول الاغتيال اليوم ستؤكد ما نعتقده بانّ ابن سلمان ورهطه في بقايا قراصنة الساحل متورّطون في هذا العمل الإجرامي الجبان وغيره.

وذلك من خلال تدريب وتجهيز صغار العملاء من منظمة منافقي خلق ومثلهم من بائعي الضمير والوجدان ومرتزقة البترودولار.

4

ـ بالوثائق والمعلومات فإنّ كلّ أجهزة الأمم المتحدة من الصحة العالمية الى الطاقة الذرية، انما هي حسب العقيدة الأميركية أجهزة تابعة للجيش الأميركي.

تفصيل ذلك وماذا ينبغي علينا فعله أمر موكول لأصحاب الشأن وكل ذي عقل حصيف.

المعركة مفتوحة ولم تنته بعد، وبرنامج اغتيالاتهم لن يتوقف عند هذا الحدّ، وساحة عملهم ليست إيران فقط.

كلّ ساحات محور المقاومة مسرح متاح لعملياتهم.

قلنا ذلك من قبل، نعيد ونكرّره هنا… العدو يعمل ليل نهار محاولاً إيقاف دورتنا العلمية والدفاعية. وقياداتنا تعرف ذلك تماماً وهي على قدر الموقف. أُسود لا تهاب أحداً الا الله وثقتنا بها عالية جداً، والأمر لله من قبل ومن بعد.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

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