Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (14 – 20 October 2021)

October 21, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14 – 20 October 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

(14 – 20 October 2021)

  • IOF kill Palestinian child allegedly for throwing Molotov cocktails at settlers’ vehicles in Bethlehem.
  • 4 Palestinians wounded in Qalqilya and occupied East Jerusalem
  • In 104 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 100 civilians arrested, including 26 children, and 3 journalists (1 woman)
  • Vehicle confiscated and sums of money confiscated in IOF raid onto Palestinian homes in the West Bank
  • 31 commercial establishments bulldozed and 2 Palestinians forced to self-demolish their properties in occupied East Jerusalem
  • 3 under-construction houses demolished, demolition notices served to several other houses; 10 tents and 2 street bulldozed in the West Bank
  • Settler-attacks: 1 Palestinian wounded and 335 olive trees damaged in occupied East Jerusalem and Ramallah
  • IOF established 43 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 2 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

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

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

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed a Palestinian child and wounded 4 civilians in excessive use of force in the West Bank: on 14 October 2021, IOF killed 16-year-old Amjad Usama Jalal Abu-Sultan from southeastern Bethlehem and detained his body. IOF also arrested another child that accompanied Abu-Sultan; it was alleged that the children were throwing Molotov cocktails at settlers’ vehicles west of Bethlehem. No eyewitnesses were available to refute or confirm the occupation’s narrative. However, given the nature of the crime site near a military checkpoint, the situation could have been handled using less force in accordance with proportionality and necessity shooting standards. PCHR also documented 2 Palestinians sustaining wounds in IOF assault on Kafr Qaddum weekly protest, and 2 others during a raid in occupied East Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, 1 IOF shooting at fishing boats was documented in the Gaza Sea, and another on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 104 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, 100 Palestinians were arrested, including 26 children and 3 journalists (1 female). IOF also confiscated a vehicle and sums of money during raids to civilian homes in the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians, including 1 child, while attempting to cross border area in eastern Rafah.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 11 incidents

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 30 commercial establishments bulldozed and 2 Palestinians forced to self-demolish their properties: a house in al-Tur neighborhood, and part of another in Wadi al-Joz; car wash demolished, and foundations of a retaining wall n Silwan.
  • Ramallah: 10 residential tents bulldozed, as well as, 2 tents used for sheep, and other facilities in al-Mughair.
  • Bethlehem: 3 houses received demolition notices in Al Maniya; house foundations and agricultural land razed in Khlail al-Loz.
  • Hebron: 2 under-construction homes demolished in Ska and Farsh al-Hawa.
  • Tubas: 1.6km long street bulldozed
  • Jenin: paved street connecting Yabad and Moryha villages bulldozed.

Settler-attacks: 

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian civilian assaulted and his vehicle assaulted with rocks.
  • Ramallah: 335 olive trees cut and destroyed

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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

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

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

  • At approximately 11:45 on Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF opened fire at two Palestinian children in Bir Una, Beit Jala, allegedly for throwing Molotov cocktails at settlers’ vehicles. As a result, a child was killed and another arrested.

An hour after the shooting, IOF informed the Palestinian liaison that Amjad Usama Jalal Abu-Sultan (16) was killed and his body was detained. They also informed them that Mohammed Khalil al-Arouj (16) was arrested, without providing information on his health.

IOF announced in a press statement that two persons were shot at for throwing Molotov cocktails at settlers’ vehicles near Beit Jala. Israeli media said that the Israeli military ambushed Palestinians who threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles travelling on the road connecting Jerusalem and “Gush Etzion” settlement, killing one and arresting the other.

PCHR could not locate eyewitnesses to refute or confirm the occupation’s narrative. However, given the nature of the crime site near a military checkpoint, the situation could have been handled using less force in accordance with proportionality and necessity shooting standards.

  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 15 October 2021, IOF stationed on the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, northern Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest led by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased the protestors and clashed with them; IOF fired bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, 2 Palestinians sustained bullet wounds in their extremities.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 16 October 2021, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire in eastern Rafah at nearby agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 9th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles, and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. IOF brought in units of the Mounted Police and canines to entice fear among the protestors; 3 children were arrested and detained at the surveillance office at Bab al-Amoud, they were beaten and dragged, before being taken to al-Bareed police station. The arrestees are: Waseem Barani (14), Mustafa Salim (16), and Mosab al-Abeed (16).
  • At approximately 15:30 on Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF assaulted Palestinians in the surrounding of Bab al-Amoud, Sultan Suliman St, and al-Msurara area, for the 2nd consecutive week. bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles, and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. IOF brought in units of the Mounted Police and canines to terrorize the community; journalist Ahmed Abu-Sbaih (23) was pushed, dragged on the ground, and beaten; as well as Journalist Nisreen Salem (24) who was covering the attacks; her mother, Lamiaa (54) and sister, Sajida (21) were also pushed and assaulted. It should be noted that this attack in Bab al-Amoud area lasted for several hours were dozens of Palestinians suffocated/lost consciousness due to the bad smell. Dozens of civilians, including children, were beaten with clubs. 9 Palestinians were detained, including 2 journalists (1 woman).: Ahmed Abu-Sbaih (23), Nisreen Salem (24), Anan Hamouri, Rebhi Kafrani, Mohammed Abu-Dawoud, Yaser Quraish, Mohammed Jamjoum, and Islam al-Rajbi.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF arrested Bassem M. Zayed (23) after raiding his home in Qalandia refugee camp. Dozens of Palestinians gathered on rooftops and in the alleys, threw stones at IOF vehicles. IOF fired rubber bullets at them, wounding 2 Palestinians, one in the foot and the other in the back. They were treated at hospital; their wounds were minor.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians celebrating Prophet Mohammed’s birthday in Bab al-Amoud, with heavy and arbitrary shooting of sound bombs to evacuate the area. Mounted police assaulted women, children, and elderlies. They pumped sewage water at passersby and shops. Clashes erupted and lasted for hours, IOF fired live bullets at the protestors and assaulted Rami al-Razem (20) after dragging him on the ground and tearing his clothes, he was beat and punched. Women, children, and passersby were all assaulted, wounding an elderly woman, and 3 civilians. IOF arrested 23 Palestinians, including 17 children, who were all assaulted:

Abdulnaser Afana, Rami al-Razem, Izzeldin al-Reshq, Ibrahim al-Mohtaseb, Ahmed Izheiman, Ali Abu-Hedwan, Malek al-Shalaby, Suliman Owaisat, Mahmoud al-Salayma, Majd Abu Amer, Moustafa Baya, Malek Hamamra, Mahmoud Nemr, Miran Burqan, Ihab Badr, Noureddine Abu-Nijma, Baraa Omaira, Ahmed Abu-Dawoud, Mohammed Anaty, Ahmed Shehada, Amir al-Khatib, Mahmoud Hamamra, Adam Jaber

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 14 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ali Asafra (33), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Kahel, northern Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mosab Hussein Rabee (26) after raiding and searching his house in Beit Anan, northwestern occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Mousa Abu-Eid (46) and Abbas Lafy Mansour (27), after raiding and searching their houses in Bidu, northwestern occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Omar Abu-Rateb (21) and Ramez al-Shomali (23) after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Sahour, eastern Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested 8 Palestinians, including 1 children, after raiding and searching their houses in Aroub refugee camp, Hebron.
  • At approximately 05:20, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians, including 1 children, after raiding and searching their houses in Beita, Nablus. IOF confiscated Hamed al-Sarawy’s vehicle (he is imprisoned by Israel). The arrestees are: Majd Saleh, a ranked Palestinian National Security officer, Hamed al-Sarawy (28), and Adel Kronfola (31).
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Momen Hashim (22) after raiding his house in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Nehad Zghair (43) after raiding his house in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. after hours of investigation, he was delivered a travel ban and his passport was confiscated. He was later released.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Yusuf al-Reshq (21) after raiding his house in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem.

Friday, 15 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Fadel Rabei (50) after raiding his house in al-Tawana, Hebron. The arrest followed a complaint pressed by settlers against the local residents for taking part in protests against settlement expansion on their lands.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians from Qalqilya while leaving al-Aqsa Mosque: Khalil Abu-Samra (23), Saleh Theeb Sasa (19), and Alaa Dweiry (27).
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF arrested photojournalist Izat Jamjmoum (30) after leaving al-Aqsa Mosque. He was interrogated at the Moscovia Detention Center and released later.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF stationed at the Gaza border area in eastern Rafah, arrested Amjad Abu-Jrayda (17) and Basel Abu-Jazar (24) while attempting to cross the border area.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Yabad and Kufeirat in Jenin, Beit Ummar and al-Fawwar refugee camp.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Kharas village, western Hebron, and Raided Thaer Aziz Halahla’s house; he was delivered a summonses to appear before the Israeli Intelligence services at “Gush Etzion” settlement.
  • At approximately 04:10, IOF arrested Mohammed Shehada (27), a ranked officer at the Presidential Security Service, and Majd Abu-Helwan (22).
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Mosab al-Abeed and assaulted him at Bab al-Amoud in occupied East Jerusalem.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ragahd Raed Shamroukh (27) after raiding his home in Dheisheh refugee camp.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Raed Zghair (46) near Bab al-Majlis, occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Khaled Elian (42) and Mohammed Elian (23) on a police checkpoint by the entrance of Issaweya village, northeastern occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Adam Ashraf Zaytoun (11) and Abdelkarim Dana (11) after raiding their home in Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Bahaaedin Khatatba (28) at Za’tara checkpoint.

Monday, 18 October 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Abdulrahim Shuman (20), a student, after stopping him on a checkpoint by Turums Ayya entrance, northeastern Ramallah.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Seif Taqatqah (14) after raiding his home in Beit Fajjar, southern Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:20, IOF arrested Ahmed Suliman Katamesh (70), a political researcher and former prisoner in Israeli jails, after raiding and searching his home in al-Bireh.
  • At the same time, IOF arrested Ihab Abdulminem Saoud (47), also a former prisoner in Israeli jails (spent 16 years), after raiding his home in al-Tireh neighborhood, southern Ramallah.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians after raiding their homes in Silwan, southern occupied East Jerusalem: Loay al-Rajbi (26), Hussein Issa (21), and Tamer al-Mohtaseb (21).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Aby-Zayd (18) and Mohammed Abul-Rab, after raiding their homes in Qabatya, southeastern Jenin.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Ramadan (24) while at work in a shop in Silwan.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF raided Sultan Sarhan’s (16) house in Silwan and delivered him a summons to appear before the Israeli Intelligence at Mosvocia Investigation Center.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested ‘Omer Mustafa ‘Odah (23) and Ahmed Moti’a Sleit (18) after raiding their houses in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Hamzah Naser ‘Eid Bassah after raiding and searching his house during their incursion into al-‘Eizariya village, east of occupied east Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Fakher ‘Ahed Ibrahim Khalaf (35) after raiding and searching his house during their incursion into Rantis village, northwest of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF arrested Head of a commission devoted to protecting the Islamic cemeteries in occupied Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahrah (69) when he was in al-Musrarah area in the center of occupied East Jerusalem.

Note: in the same day, IOF carried out 3 incursions into al-‘Arroub refugee camp, Karma village and Beit Oula village in Hebron, but no arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested 5 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses during their incursion into Iskaka village, east of Salfit. The arrestees were identified as Hussam Anis Harb (61); Zaid Hussam Harb (23); ‘Abdel Ghani Bahjat Harb (39); Ayman ‘Abdel Rahman Harb (27) and Zuheir Hasan al-‘Einabousi (27).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Belal Hussein al-Hroub (30) after raiding his house in Deir Samit village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. IOF deployed between the houses in Safa neighborhood, raided, and searched several houses.  During their raid into a house belonging to Mousa Ahmed Abu Dayya, IOF confiscated 3000 shekels and JD 2000 after a thorough search.  At Adam Salem al-Khalil’s house, IOF held the family in a room and searched the whole house, confiscating 1000 shekels.  They also arrested Nael Yousif al-Qadi (28) after searching his house.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Hebron. They stationed in al-Jame’ah neighborhood and raided a house belonging to ‘Adnan ‘Ali al-Haymouni (40).  IOF arrested the latter and confiscated gold and 5000 shekels.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Jihad Mohammed Abu al-Rub (26) after raiding and searching his house during their incursion into Jalboun village, northeast of Jenin.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF handed 3 Palestinians summonses to be interrogated at ‘Oz police station in Jabal al-Mukaber after raiding their houses in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Those summoned were identified as Mohammed Kayed al-Rajabi (19), Mohammed Yehia JAber (20) and Samer Mansour Jamjoum (18).
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested 5 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses during an incursion into Silwad villafe, northeast of Ramallah. The arrestees were identified as ‘Emad ‘Ali Nassar (23); Hamdi Farid Hammad (19); Mohammed Shaher Hammad; Muhannad Samir al-Tawil; and Mohammed Usama Bseiso.  They were all released after few

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

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF accompanied with vehicles and bulldozers moved into Abu Shahid Intersection near Qalendia checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, levelled and carried out demolitions, which included 30 commercial facilities, amid heavy firing of stun grenades.

An eyewitness said that IOF backed by military bulldozers moved into Abu Shahid intersection and closed its surrounding.  They fired stun grenades to disperse civilians there and assaulted their vehicles.  Afterwards, the bulldozers removed around 27 commercial stalls as well as demolishing a 200-sqm vegetable shop belonging to Jaber family, a carwash and gas station, under the pretext they were illegal constructed.  It should be noted that the Israeli authorities declared lately expanding the Qalendia Military checkpoint and opening a tunnel to serve the settlements near the checkpoint that connects settlement Streets 60 and 443.  The demolition near the checkpoint coincides with the Israeli authorities’ plan to build 10,000 new settlement units on the airport area, which Israel took over in 1967.

  • At approximately 07:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and a bulldozer accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Ras al-Teen area “al-Qaboun” in eastern al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, where a Bedouin community has been established for 20 years. The Israeli authorities brought workers from Israeli private companies to dismantle and confiscate residential and agricultural tents.

The damage was as follows:

Owner of affected facilityFamilyChildrenFemaleLivestockConfiscated tents(sqm)
Ahmed Mohammed Habshan al-Ka’abnah40189Residential60-sqm tentLivestockOthersSteel plates
Soliman Ahmed Mohammed al-Ka’abnah5349045-sqm tent
‘Ammar Ahmed Mohammed al-Ka’abnah31160Bathroom built of metal
‘Omer Ahmed Mohammed al-Ka’abnah10869660-sqm tentA 12-sqm tent used as a kitchen,A water tank,and a bathroom built of steel
Soliman Ibrahim Habshan al-Ka’abnah8638045-sqm tentA 12-sqm tent used as a kitchen, a bathroom built of metal, and a water tank
‘Ali Ibrahim Habshan al-Ka’abnah1086114A 60-sqm tent
Mohammed Yasin Abu Kharbish1395140A 60-sqm tent2 livestock troughs
  • On Saturday morning, 16 October 2021, Hamzah and Mohammed Bazbazat demolished a living room attached to their family house in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of building without a license.

Mohammed Bazbazat said that his family built a 60-sqm room in 1998 next to their grandfather’s house in the neighborhood.  He added that back in 2005 the Israeli Municipality imposed fines on his family under the pretext of unlicensed construction that were as follows: 75,000; 25,000; 15,000 and finally 17,000 shekels.  Bazbazat added that the family initiated the necessary procedures to obtain a construction license for the room and paid the preliminary fees; however, it was surprised in 2018 that the Israeli Municipality abolished its approval on the license request.  The case was referred to the court, which decided to demolish the room ceiling to be sure that the room has become uninhabitable. Bazbazat pointed out that the family did demolish the ceiling, but the municipality returned 2 days ago and ordered them to demolish the walls as well as threatening them if they do not carry out the demolition, the municipality crews will do so and fine them with 60,000 shekels as a fine and 45,000 shekels for the demolition costs.

  • On the same day, IOF notified 3 under-construction houses in al-Maniya village, southeast of Bethlehem, allegedly for unlicensed construction.

Director of the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission in Bethlehem, Hasan Breijiyeh said that IOF notified 3 under-construction houses belonging to ‘Abed Rabo al-Kawazbah in al-Maniya village.  Each house is of 2 floors and 500 sqms.  Breijiyeh added that the notices gave the owner only 96 hours to demolish.

  • In the same afternoon, Salman Abu Sbeitan self-demolished his house in al-Tour neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Soliman Abu Sbeitan said that he started building the house 9 months ago on an area of 90 sqms to live with his wife and kid.  He added that the house was still under construction when the Israeli Municipality issued an administrative decision to demolish it.  Abu Sbeitan said that he restored to the Israeli court and hired a lawyer, but the court insisted on the demolition decision and threatened to fine him with 80,000 shekels if he did not carry out the demolition.  Abu Sbeitan said that he had to self-demolish the house especially that he cannot afford paying such a high fine and lack of vacancies in Jerusalem, as he was a former prisoner in the Israeli jails.

  • At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator moved into Sakka village in western Dura, southwest of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the vehicles started to demolish an under-construction house built of bricks on an area of 130 sqms belonging to Ahmed ‘Issa Taha al-Jawa’adah (35) under the pretext of unlicensed construction. The house is only 150 meters away from the annexation wall and Ahmed was supposed to move in with his family of 4 children.

It should be noted that Ahmed received a notice to demolish the new building according to Military Order (1797) issued in 2018 while the notices was issued on 22 August 2021 and gave Ahmed only 96 house to appeal.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and 2 excavators moved into Farsh al-Hawa area, west of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area and started demolishing an under-construction 2-storey house built of stone and concrete on 170 sqms as well as a water well of 300 cubic meters belonging to Eyad Naser ‘Ali ‘Amr (37) from Hebron.

It should be noted that the Israeli authorities had notified Eyad ‘Amer on 06 October 2021 in reference to Military Order (1797), which gives the owner of a notified facility only 96 hours to appeal before the competent authorities at the Israeli Civil Administration.

Eyad ‘Amr said that the Israeli Civil Administration lately visited the building, and its officer did not order to stop construction works, which we started in 10 June 2021; I was surprised with the decision fixed to the house 0n 06 October 2021.  ‘Amr emphasized that the construction of the house so far has cost 50,000 shekels and is built on part of a 500-sqm land in Area C, which is only 120 meters away from the bypass road.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF accompanied with a bulldozer and an Israeli Civil Administration SUV moved into Tayasir village in eastern Tubas. The bulldozer destroyed a paved street between al-Harayeq and Beer Jaber areas, north of the village.  The house destroyed is 1.6 kilometers and paved that cost USD 130,000 funded by the Ministry of Local Governance.  The street was destroyed without any warning, claiming that the street is located in Area C.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF accompanied with a construction SUV and bulldozer moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. The bulldozer destroyed a paved street that connects Ya’bud village with Mariha village, northwest of the village, claiming that the street was established in Area C.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 20 October 2021, Israeli municipality’s bulldozers demolished a carwash and foundations of a retaining fence in Abu Tayeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed building.

Hatem al-‘Abbasi said that IOF demolished a retaining wall, which his family built in Abu Tayeh neighborhood, and the family lost more than 140,000 shekels to dig and build a retaining fence in favor of the neighborhood.  He added that instead of establishing and funding the fence to protect the families living on the mountain in the area, the Israeli municipality has haunted the families and handed them an administrative decision to demolish the fence foundations immediately.  As a result, they rented a bulldozer and removed part of the foundations, intending to continue the demolition in the coming days; however, the municipality crews did not give them the time and moved into the neighborhood in the early morning and demolished the rest of the fence foundations.  Al-‘Abbasi said that the Israeli municipality handed him a fine of 70,000 shekels for the demolition costs.  It should be noted that IOF demolished a carwash before withdrawing from the neighborhood.  The carwash was built of tinplate on a land belonging to Abu Hussein family only a week ago, supporting 2 families.  IOF also levelled the land.

  • Around the same time, IOF demolished the foundations of a house and levelled an agricultural land in Khalayel al-Loz area, southeast of Bethlehem, as well as handing demolition notices to several facilities in the nearby Khalayel al-Nahlah area.

Rateb ‘Abyyat, head of Hendazah Village Council, said that IOF razed lands planted with olive seedlings on 10 dunums belonging to Ibrahim ‘Abed ‘Abbyat.  He added that IOF notified an under-construction house belonging to Mahmoud Ibrahim ‘Abbyyat in nearby Khalayel al-Nahlah area and caravans belonging to Fadi ‘Adel ‘Abbyat.

Settlers’ attacks on civilians and their property:

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 14 October 2021, a group of settlers from “‘Aadi ‘Aad” settlement, northeast of Ramallah, sneaked into a plot of land planted with olive trees near the fence surrounding the settlement in “Bab al-Kharjah” and “Abu al-Mwas” areas, northwest of al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah. The settlers cut and damaged 135 olive trees planted 20 to 26 years ago.  They cut the branches with sharp tool and damaged 105 trees owned by Jamil ‘Abdullah NAser al-Na’asan (52), who supports a family of 6, including 3 girls and a child whule Ratib ‘Abdullah Naser al-Na’asan, who supports a family of 8, including 3 children and 3 girls, owned 30 trees of those damaged.

Jamil al-Na’asan said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“I own a 9-dunum plot of land, where I planted 265 olive seedlings back in 1996, particularly in in Bab al-Kharjah area that is 3 kilometers away from the residential houses in al-Mughayyir village.  I used to go everyday there to check on my trees and look after them; however, in 2002 when “‘Aadi ‘Aad” settlement was established on our agricultural lands, we were only allowed to enter the area during the olive harvest season and even plowing the land was banned except for some times and sporadically.”  He added, “In the last olive harvest season, the Israeli settlers damaged around 160 olive trees in my land, cut some of them and sprayed toxic chemicals at them, completely damaging them.  Thus, I filed a complaint at the Israeli police but in vain.  In the current olive harvest season, the settlers continued to cut the rest of the olive trees (around 105), so I lost all the trees I took care of like they were my kids.  The trees were a source of income for my family, noting that a tree produces around 40 kilos of olives.” He said, “The Israeli settlers did not suffice with cutting the trees, but when we, the farmers, along with Palestinian Israeli Liaison officers came to the area on Thursday morning to assess the damage, we were surprised with settlers’ attacking us and pepper-spraying our faces.  They tried to set the grass surrounding the trees on fire, causing partial damage in the agricultural lands.”

It is noteworthy that the al-Mughayyir village is 30 kilometers away to the northeast of Ramallah, where around 2,900 persons live, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in 2010.  Most of the village lands are in the eastern side of the village, reaching the Jordan River, with a total area of ​​33,055 dunums. The Israeli occupation authorities confiscated more than 37 dunums of the village lands in favor of Bypass Road 458. The areas (31,360 dunums) classified as C according to the Oslo Accords constitute 95% of the village under the full control of the Israeli occupation while only 5% is classified as Area B (1,695 dunums).

  • At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 16 October 2021, Israeli settlers assaulted Hasan Ref’at Subhi (21) from “Beit Safafa” village, south of occupied East Jerusalem and threw stones at his vehicles when he was on his way back home from work. As a result, he sustained wounds in his face and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Ref’at Subhi, Hasan’s father, said that settlers assaulted his son Hasan, who was with his friend, when he stopped at a traffic light near al-Tantour intersection and at the entrance to Safafa village.  He added that at the time many settlers were crossing the street and then threw stones at his son’s vehicle after knowing he was Palestinian.  They also insulted him and his friend and tried to break the windows and punched them.  His son sustained wounds in his face after a stone hit him and an ambulance took him to the hospital for treatment.

  • At approximately 17:20, a group of settlers from “Kerem Alim” settlement, northern Ramallah, raided Palestinian lands and cut at least 200 olive trees (30 year-old). The destroyed trees belong to Thyab Ladadwa – 140 trees; and brothers Abdulrahm and Abdullah Ladadwa – 60 trees together.

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

The Gaza Strip:

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

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 43 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 2 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

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

Jerusalem:

  • On Sunday, 17 October 2021, IOF tightened its restrictions at Jabe’a checkpoint and blocked traffic.
  • On Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-‘Issawiya village.
  • On Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Ein al-Lozeh neighborhood in Silwan village.

Ramallah:

  • On Saturday, 16 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in Serda village on the Ramallah-Birzeit main road).
  • On Sunday, 17 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Mazra’ah al-Sharqiyah village.
  • On Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Kafr ‘Ein, al-Nabi Saleh and under the bridge of ‘Ein Yabrud village.

Jericho:

  • On Monday, 17 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to southern and northern Jericho.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qadi Foqin village and in ‘Aqbet Hasna area.
  • On Saturday, 15 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near Balal Ben Rabah Mosque and at the northern entrance to Bethlehem.
  • On Sunday, 17 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.
  • On Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near al-Nashash area and at the entrance to Wadi Foqin village.
  • On Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Nahali and al-Jab’ah villages and near al-Nashash intersection.
  • On Wednesday, 20 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in ‘Aqbet Hasnah area and enar al-Nashash intersection.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at entrances to Beit Ummar, Sa’ir and al-Shyoukh villages.
  • On Friday, 15 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to western Hebron, Beit ‘Awwa, Ethna villages and southern Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 16 October 2021, IOF established 5checkpoints at the entrances to al-‘Arroub refugee camp, Beit ‘Ayoun, al-Jalajel and Bani Na’im villages and northern Hebron.
  • On Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances Beit Ummar and western Hebron.

Jenin:

  • On Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint Ya’bud village intersection.
  • On Friday, 15 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Ya’bud village Intersection.

Qalqilya:

  • On Friday, 15 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Azoun and ‘Izzbit al-Tabib villages in eastern Qalqilya.
  • On Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Jayous, ‘Azoun and ‘Izzbit al-Tabib villages, in eastern Qalqilya.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestinian (23 – 29 September 2021)

September 30, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 September 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations

23 – 29 September 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip:
  • 6 Palestinians killed, including 1 child, in the West Bank
  • 17 Palestinians wounded, including 3 children, and a journalist in the West Bank
  • 3 shootings at Palestinians’ fishing boats reported, and 4 others on agricultural lands in the Gaza Strip
  • Settlers attacks: Several Palestinians wounded, including a child in a critical condition, in attack by dozens of settlers in al-Mafraqah and At-Tuwani in Hebron.
  • In 126 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 73 civilians arrested, including 4 children and 2 women
  • IOF established 60 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 5 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

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

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

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed 6 Palestinians, including a child, and wounded 17 others, including 3 children and a journalist in separate incidents across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

In Nablus, IOF killed on 24 September 2021 Mohammed Ali Khabisa (28) from Beit, and wounded two others, including an elderly man, while attacking a peaceful anti-settlement protest in Beita, southeastern Nablus.

In Jerusalem, IOF killed on 26 September 2021, 3 Palestinians after raiding a country house in Bidu village in an extrajudicial execution. Eyewitness statements confirmed there were no clashes in the area, and that IOF killed those civilians in cold blood, and detained their dead bodies. Also on the same day, IOF killed Usama Yaser Sobeh (22) and 16-year-old Yusuf Sobeh; and wounded 6 others during clashes in Jenin after IOF besieged a house in Burqin. IOF detained Yusuf Sobeh’s body and claimed that the incident occurred during an armed clash while arresting activists. Both killings were conducted with the approval of the highest political level in Israel, allegedly while targeting activists who planned violent action.

PCHR documented 4 casualties in IOF attacks on a peaceful protest in Kafr Qaddum, 3 in Jenin and a journalist in al-Bireh, as well as a child in al-Aroub refugee camp in Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 3 times at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, and four times on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 126 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 73 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children and two women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions in northern and central Gaza.

Settler-attacks:

  • Hebron: settlers attacked Palestinian civilian in Susya as an European Union delegation was visiting the area. Settlers also attacked civilian homes in Jabel Jalis, and dozens of them conducted an attack in al-Mafraqah and At-Tuwani.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: shooting in the air in Ras al-Amoud as students were leaving their schools.
  • Ramallah: Palestinians’ lands assaulted in Deir ‘Ammar.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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

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

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

  • At approximately 07:50 on Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire towards agricultural lands in eastern Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:10, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire on and off in eastern Beit Hanoun. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF stationed on the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, northern Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest led by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased the protestors and clashed with them; IOF fired bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, 4 Palestinians, including 2 children, sustained bullet wounds.
  • On Friday evening, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded two others, including an elderly man, , during their attack on a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita, southeastern Nablus, northern West Bank.

According to PCHR investigations, IOF directly shot the Palestinian civilian in his head from a distance of only 40 meters while there was no threat to the lives of IOF, eliminating any justification to the murder crime. This crime is yet another stark example of IOF unjustifiable relaxed shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives.

PCHR field documentation indicates that, a peaceful protest took off from Beita Park towards Mount Sbaih at approximately 13:30, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost three months ago. The protestors held Palestinian flags and chanted against the occupation and settlers. Upon their arrival in Mount Sbaih, they found IOF troops stationed in the area, so a group of elderly men approached the soldiers to ask them why the caravans were still in the Mount although a decision was issued to evacuate the settlement outpost.  However, the soldiers opened fire at the elderly men and wounded a 65-year-old man in his bank.  As a result, violent clashes erupted, and some protestors threw rocks at the soldiers, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets, as well as tear gas canisters and stun grenades, at the protestors. The clashes, which expanded to the western side of the Mount in an area called al-Yatamawi, continued until 15:00 and resulted in the injury of 2 civilians: one with a rubber bullet in the head while the other with a live bullet in the head as well.  The latter’s condition was critical, so he was taken to a field hospital in Beita village and.  He was then referred to An-Najah Hospital in Nablus, where his death was announced at 17:00.  Additionally, several other Palestinian civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.  The civilian killed was later identified as Mohammed ‘Ali Mohammed Khabisah (28), from Beita village.

An eyewitness said to PCHR fieldworker that:

“An Israeli soldier opened fire from a distance of 30-40 meters at Mohammed Khabisah when he poked his head from a stone chain he was behind, without posing any threat to the soldiers’ lives.  The soldier managed to shoot him and he fell on the ground.  I ran towards him and he was around 50 meters away.  His head was open and bleeding, so young men and I carried him and walked 100 meters away to a Palestinian ambulance, which took him to a field hospital established in Beita Elementary School for Boys.  He was then referred to An-Najah National Hospital in Nablus, where he was pronounced dead at 17:00.”

  • At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza border area opened fire on an off in northern Beit Lahia. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:45 on Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00 on Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF raided Kafr Dan village in western Jenin. A group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at the IOF military vehicles, and the occupation’s forces opened fire at them. As a result, a 25-year-old male sustained a live bullet injury in the left leg and was transported to hospital. IOF raided several houses in the village and arrested Ahmed Adnan Abed (30).
  • Also on Sunday, IOF killed five Palestinians, including a child, and wounded at least 6 others in two separate incidents in Jenin and occupied East Jerusalem.

In Jerusalem, three Palestinians, including 1 wanted by IOF, were killed after the Israeli military raided a country home in Bidu in an extrajudicial execution, as eyewitness statements confirmed there were no clashes in the area. IOF raided the house and killed two Palestinians; they killed the third while he was attempting to flee the area. IOF has detained the victims’ bodies. In Jenin, a Palestinian man was killed and 6 others were wounded in clashes with IOF after the latter besieged al-Yamun and Burqin. According to media sources, a fifth Palestinian was also killed after an armed clash with IOF; his body was detained. The murder operation executed by IOF was given the green light by the highest political levels in Israel, allegedly for eliminating activists who planned violent operations.

According to PCHR investigations and eyewitness’ statements, at approximately 04:00 on Sunday, large numbers of IOF moved into Ain Ajab area, eastern Beit ‘Anan in the northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF raided a small farmhouse, detonating the front door and shooting inside; IOF killed two men inside the house, and a 3rd almost 50 meters away as he was trying to escape. Before withdrawing from the area, IOF took the victims’ bodies and later informed the Palestinian Civil Liaison that 3 Palestinians from Bidu village were killed in an IOF raid into Beit ‘Anan. The victims are:

  1. Ahmed Ibrahim Zahran (32)
  2. Zakaria Ibrahim Bedwan (36)
  3. Mahmoud Mustafa Hmaidan (31)

Hmaidan’s ID card, and traces of his blood were found near rocks approximately 50 meters from the house.

An eyewitness stated to our fieldworker that a large force of the Israeli military moved into the area and raided a house, gunfire shots were heard. At sunrise, a number of soldiers were seen wrapping two bodies and moving them. He added that locals gathered in the area after IOF withdrew, and they found traces of blood and Mahmoud Hmaidan’s ID card on nearby rocks; other blood traces were found in a different spot, presumably Zahran and Bedwan’s. The eyewitness confirmed that there were no clashes in the area between IOF and the victims, and it was clear that the shooting was one-sided. It is noteworthy that IOF had raided the area the night before; an infantry unit along with a special military unit moved into the area amidst heavy presence of Israeli military drones.

In Jenin, PCHR investigations indicate that Israeli military forces moved into Burqin, western Jenin, at approximately 04:30. IOF stationed between Burqin and al-Yamun villages and surrounded Mohammed Abul-Hasan al-Zar’yny’s (35) house. IOF demanded residents leave the house and surrender themselves. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at the IOF military vehicles; clashes erupted. At approximately 06:50, Usama Yasser Mohammed Sobeh (22) sustained an explosive bullet in the pelvis and rectum. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition; medical sources pronounced him dead at 08:00. Six others sustained wounds in the clashes that lasted until 07:10 when IOF withdrew from the area and arrested al-Zar’yny along with a 16-year-old child who was wounded in the clashes. The child was identified by Israeli media as Yusuf Mohammed Sobeh (16), and he later died in Israeli custody of his wounds.

The Israeli military spokesperson said that at least 4 Palestinians were killed in shootings between IOF and Palestinians in 5 different areas in the West Bank: 3 in Bidu, and 1 in Burqin – Jenin. He added that 4 armed persons were also arrested.

PCHR investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements refute the Israeli military’s claims that there were clashes with the victims in Bidu as they were extrajudicially executed in cold blood. Also, Usama Sobeh was killed in Burqin in a crime of excessive use of force.

PCHR follow-up indicates that this military operation was conducted upon orders from the highest political levels in Israel, according to Makan the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, told journalists onboard his flight to New York that IOF acted as expected and have the full support of the government.[1]

  • At approximately 19:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered in Bayt Ijza village, northwestern occupied East Jerusalem. they threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli military vehicles in protest to IOF killing 3 Palestinians from Bidu. IOF opened fire at the protestors, firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters, and chasing them in the village. IOF arrested brothers Saleh (27) and Ahmed (24) M. J. Diwan.
  • At approximately 21:00, , IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered in Bidu Ijza village, northwestern occupied East Jerusalem. they threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli military vehicles in protest to IOF killing 3 Palestinians from the village. IOF opened fire at the protestors, firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued for hours and spread to nearby areas. IOF arrested Khaled M. Mansour, and Majdi M. Mansour.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza Strip border area in Central Gaza, opened fire at agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:00, a student-led protest took off from Birzeit University towards Beit El DCO checkpoint in protest to the murder of 5 Palestinians from Jenin and Jerusalem by IOF. The protestors gathered at the checkpoint, set tires on fire. Israeli soldiers fired arbitrarily at the protestors. Clashes erupted where protestors threw stones and IOF shot live and rubber-coated bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. The clashes continued until 16:30. Photojournalist Yusuf A. Shehadeh (21) sustained a minor wound with a rubber-bullet in the left leg; he was treated in the field. Several others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

Photojournalist Yusuf A. Shehada stated to PCHR’s fieldworker:

            “I was covering the clashes in the area along with 6 other journalists, IOF shot several stun grenades at our direction. I tried to retreat along with my colleagues, and that is when I was shot with a rubber bullet in the leg fired by IOF. My colleagues helped me get to a safe place away from the area, and I received treatment in the field. My injury was minor.”

  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 28 September 2021, IOF moved into Qabatiya, Jenin. A group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at the military vehicles invading the area. IOF opened fire at protestors, wounding 2 Palestinians in their lower extremities. They were taken to hospital for treatment. Several others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 14:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered by the entrance of al-Aroub refugee camp in Hebron near an Israeli military checkpoint. They threw stones at the military watchtower, and the soldiers chased the protestors and fired tear gas canisters, and live bullets, Dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and a 12-year-old Palestinian sustained a bullet in the abdomen. He was taken to hospital and his condition was classified as moderate. The military maintained their presence in the area until later in the evening; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered in al-Isawiya in occupied East Jerusalem and threw stones at IOF and its military vehicles. IOF fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors and chased them into the village. Omar Mustafa (15) and Adam Said (17) were arrested.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 23 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Isma’el al-Sweity (29), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Jameel al-Silwadi (18), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Shaher Hasan Khadour (38), after raiding and searching his house in Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF arrested Sameh Mohammed Remaha (18), after raiding and searching his house in Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Baha’ Eyad Hamdan (19), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Sira village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 05:45, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin governorate. The arrestees are: Sameeh Sa’eed Zakarnah (21), Yazan Sa’eed Qabha (24), and Ahmed Zuhair Herzallah (19).
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF reinforced with 4 bulldozers, 2 military tanks and a digger, moved from 50-100 meters to the west of the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah, in the Central Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence for several hours before they deployed again inside the border fence.
  • At approximately 08:45, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 50 meters to the south of the border fence, north of Beit Lahia, in Northern Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands which were previously leveled amidst sporadic shooting until at approximately 10:00. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Ahmed al-Dallal, the Aqsa Mosque guard, while working at the mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. After several hours, IOF released him on a condition that bans his entry to the mosque for 10 days.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Saif al-Qawasmy (26), while present inside the prayer-hall (Musalla) of the Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Adnan Abu al-Hawa (18), while present on the main street in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Medhat Tareq al-Issawi (48), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. it should be noted that al-Issawi is a former prisoner who spent 28 years inside the Israeli prisons in separate periods, released 2 months ago, re-arrested 2 weeks ago, and then released 3 days ago on a condition that bans his entry to his village for 25 days.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Baha’ Fayez al-Rajabi (26), while passing through a temporary military checkpoint near Dung Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Gates.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Dayr Ibzi’, Budrus, Beitunia and al-Tira neighborhood in Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 24 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mousa Majdi Askar (26), after raiding and searching his house in Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Yousef Ya’qoub al-Faqih (22), after raiding and searching his house in Qatanna, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Sa’eed Nofal (45), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Asma’ Assi (29), after raiding and searching her parents’ house in Bayt Liqya village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, in order to pressurize her husband, Ahmed Ibrahim Zahran (34), to surrender himself to the Israeli authorities. It should be noted that IOF stormed a farmhouse where Zahran and 2 of his friends were hiding in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, and killed them on 26 September 2021.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Khaled Abu Hamad (29), after raiding and searching his house in Aqaba, northwest of Tubas governorate.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bidu, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem to pressurize their family member, Ahmed Ibrahim Zahran (34), to surrender himself. The arrestees are: Toqa al-Dein Ibrahim Zahran, her husband, Ibrahim Zahran, and their cousin, Abdul Jabbar Mohammed Zahran.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Jamal Hosney Ghaith while passing through Bayt Iksa military checkpoint, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mahdi Ahmed Nawawera while present near Belal Ben Rabah Mosque, near the northern entrance of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested the journalist Ayman Faisal Qawariq (34), from Awarta village, southeast of Nablus, while leaving the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF extended his arrest until Sunday but the Israeli court decided to release him.
  • At approximately 05:30, IOF arrested Ali Tayseer Zakarnah (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin governorate.

Saturday, 25 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:45, IOF arrested Rafiq Mohammed Zakarnah (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-Shuhada village, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested ‘Amer Twfiq Abu Hlayil (26) and Hamza Nader Abu Hlayil (29), after raiding and searching their houses in Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Khalil Kamal Abu al-Hawa (19), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 23:45, a group of undercover “Mista‘arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Jenin, using a vegetable’s car with a Palestinian registration palate and stationed in front of al-Naffa’ Gas Station. Meanwhile, the special unit attacked a Skoda car which was leaving the gas station and arrested the driver, Ahmed Omar Salah (25), and Mohammed Mazen al-Sa’di (31), both from Jenin refugee camp, west of the city.

Sunday, 26 September 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Omar al-Barghouthi (20), after raiding and searching his house in Kaubar, north of Ramallah.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Yehya Hasan Ladadwah (29) and Mousa Mustafa Shreiteh (29), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 02:45, IOF arrested Alaa Ahmed Abu al-Rab (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Fajjar, south of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Mo’ayad Thawabtah (20), Qusai Jamal Deiriyah (22), and Mohammed Ibrahim Deiriyah (22).
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Saleh al-Shanni (27), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF arrested 3 civilians from Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services on a prior summons. The arrestees are: Mohammed Saleh al-Sheikh, Ameer Sameer al-Sheikh and Mohammed Abed Ayyash.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Hebron and Bani Na’im village in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 27 September 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Yousef Adnan Darwish, Khaled Yousef Darwish and Fares Yousef Darwish.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Khaled al-Qarawi (21), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 18:15, IOF arrested Mustafa Saleh Mizher (20), after raiding and searching his house in Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah. It should be noted that Mizher is a person with disability.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Mohammed al-Hindi (23), while present near al-Majlis Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Beit Ummar, Dura and Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Rami Mohammed al-‘Awiwi (39) and Mohammed Ali al-Qawasmi (44), after raiding and searching their houses in Hebron.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Tawfiq al-Herbawi (27) and Yazan al-Solal (16), while present near Bab al-Amud area in the occupied East Jerusalem.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Eyad Sa’eeda (18) and Izz al-Dein Totah (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Owda Ibrahim Askar (31), after raiding and searching his house in Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Mohammed Waleed al-Sayyad (52), Talal Mohammed al-Sayyad (45), Mohammed Dawoud Abu al-Hawa (23), and Abdul Salam al-Hidra (22).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF handed Awad Mahmoud Asakra (28) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services after raiding and searching his house in al-Asakra village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF arrested Hosney Mahmoud Nazhi (48), after raiding and searching his house in Budrus village, west of Ramallah. It should be noted that the Israeli soldiers severely beaten and pushed Hosney’s son, Mahmoud (20), resulted in a bruises in his hands and shoulders.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Saleem and Ayyoub Mohammed al-Khadour after raiding and searching their house in Bidu, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 06:20, IOF arrested Abdul Ghani Mohammed al-Khadour (35), after raiding and searching his house and his private clinic which located next to his house in Bayt Sira village, west of Ramallah.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Dayr Ghasana and Shuqba, northwest of Ramallah; Dura, Beit Ummar, Sa’ir and Dayr al-‘Asal villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 23 September 2021, a group of settlers accompanied with a bulldozer from “Neria” settlement established in northern Deir ‘Ammar, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank, assaulted the agricultural lands in al-‘Ayoun, north of the abovementioned village, and levelled civilians’ lands. Meanwhile, the villagers tried to confront them with stones, but the settlers randomly opened fire at them.  As a result, IOF intervened and secured the settlers’ withdrawal from the area at approximately 17:10, but no injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 24 September 2021, a group of settlers from “Susya” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of Susya village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron, moved into the village when an EU delegation was visiting the village to be briefed on the villagers’ living conditions. The villagers attempted to ban setters’ from entering their tents while IOF and border guard police arrived and provide protection for settlers.  When the families tried to approach the settlers, verbal altercations occurred with the soldiers who fired sound bombs at the villagers and the visiting delegation in the village.  One of the soldiers then attacked a member of the popular resistance committees, Rateb al-Jbour (50), and kicked him under his abdomen, so he fell on the ground.  Around an hour later, the settlers and soldiers withdrew from the village.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 25 September 2021, a group of settlers from “Havat Gal” in eastern Hebron attacked and threw stones at the houses in Jabal Jales area, east of Hebron. Verbal altercation occurred between the settlers and Palestinians.  Meanwhile, IOF arrived and asked civilians to return to their houses.  They then arrested 24-year-old Faraj al-Tamimi (24) and took him to the Israeli police station in “Karyat Arba” settlement in eastern Hebron.  It should be noted that settlers established a statute on nearby Palestinian lands in Jabal Jales area and cut olive trees in addition to destroying the stonewalls.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 27 September 2021, settlers opened fire in the air in front of Ma’ale HaZeitim settlement complex established on the lands of Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood when students were on their way out from their schools near the settlement, enticing fear among them.

Eyewitnesses said that a settler was in front of Ma’ale HaZeitim settlement on the main street near al-Madares street in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood and pulled his gun to shoot in the air when Palestinian students were on their way out from their schools, enticing fear among them.  Tens of Palestinian young men gathered near the settlement and threw stones and empty bottles.  IOF immediately increased its soldiers in the area to protect settlers and fired teargas canisters at the protesters to disperse them.  An unidentified child was arrested.

  • On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, tens of settlers from “Avijal” settlement and “Havat Ma’oun” settlement outpost carried out widescale attacks on Palestinians in al-Mafqarah complex and At-Tuwani village, east of Yatta, under IOF’s protection. As a result, a number of civilians, including 2 children, were wounded; one child was injured directly in the head and his condition was reported serious.  Moreover, house and car windows were broken as well as solar panels.

According to PCHR’s investigations at 12:30, ten masked settlers with knives and steel clubs coming from Avijal settlement attacked Ra’ed Khalil Jaber Hamamdah (43) from al-Rakiz area when he was with his brother, Murad (37) and his 2 kids grazing their sheep in al-Mafqarah complex.  The settlers threw stones at him and chased his sheep.  They then tried to beat him and the 2 children with the steel sticks.  One of the settlers stabbed 5 sheep and killed them.  Meanwhile, around 50 other settlers from the same settlement; most of them were masked, chased the shepherds towards al-Mafqarah area, where the villagers gathered to protect the shepherds.  The settlers then chased Suhaib Mousa Hussein Hamamdah and stabbed him with a knife in his right leg.  The settlers held 30 civilians, including children, and intensively threw stones at them while 40 other masked settlers from “Havat Ma’oun” settlement outpost, carrying guns and rifles, attacked civilians’ houses  and vehicles, breaking their windows, and puncturing the tractors’ tires with knives.

An hour later, IOF arrived and tried to move the settlers away.  They fired sound bombs at the Palestine civilians and randomly fired in the air.  Settlers’ attacks resulted in many injuries due to stone-throwing; some of them sustained bruises and cuts in the head and legs.  Of those wounded, Mohammed Baker Mahmoud Hamamdah (4) sustained critical wounds in the head when he was in his house.  He was taken to Soroko Hospital in Israel.  Moreover, tens of children suffocated due to teargas inhalation when IOF fired teargas canisters at civilians’ houses.  At approximately 14:00, settlers spread out in the same area and destroyed the solar panels with stones and steel clubs, trying to raid many houses. At approximately 15:00, Israeli police and border guard backups arrived while settlers started to withdraw towards “Havat MA’oun” settlement and a PRCS ambulance arrived to evacuate those injured to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasem Hospital in Yatta.  Meanwhile, near At-Tuwani village, which 100 kilometers away from the village, and in full view of IOF patrols, 40 masked settlers were divided into 2 groups and threw stones at a house belonging to Mos’ab Mousa Rab’ie (37) from 2 sides as there were a group of Palestinian gathered near the house.

 The latter attempted to respond with throwing stones at the settlers at the time IOF opened fire and fired tear gas canisters to disperse the Palestinian civilians and protect the Israeli settlers.  As a result, Rawdah Rab’ie, the wife of the house’s owner, and her children suffocated and was forced to move with her kids to another nearby house.  IOF’s attacks continued for an hour when settlers started withdrawing towards “Havat Ma’oun” settlement.  Moreover, Kamel Rab’ie (38) sustained wounds in the head after he was assaulted with a steel club by one of the settlers while Rebhi Ahmed Rab’ie sustained bruises in his feet after being hit with stones and was treated on the spot.

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

The Gaza Strip:

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

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 60 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 5 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

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

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established tens of police checkpoints in occupied East Jerusalem and its vicinity. They closed many main roads to secure settlers’ celebrations of Jewish Sukkot holiday, blocking traffic in most of the Arab neighborhoods in the Old City.
  • On Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Bir Nabala village and Biddu village.
  • On Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Jeeb village intersection.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints near Biddu tunnel and at its entrance, in al-Khandeeq area and in Beit ‘Anan village.
  • On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, IOF established police checkpoints in many areas in the Old City and its surrounding to secure settlers’ celebrations of “Simhat Torah.”

Ramallah:

  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Abu Mash’al and Sinjil villages, ‘Ein Siniya village intersection and under ‘Atarah village bridge.
  • On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh and Abu Falah villages.

Jericho:

  • On Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the Cable Car intersection, northern Jericho.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints near al-Nashash Intersection: ‘Aqbet Hassnah area and at the western entrance to Beir Fajjar village.
  • On Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints near al-Nashash Intersection, in ‘Aqbet Hassnah area, at the western entrances to Teqoa village and at al-Jab’ah village intersection.
  • On Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Wadi Fukin, Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages.
  • On Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF closed al-Container checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem and re-opened it later. They also established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages and in ‘Aqbet Hassnah area.
  • On Monday, 20 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and near al-Nashash Intersection.
  • On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near the western entrance to Husan village.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron “al-Fahs”, on Beit ‘Aynoun Road and at the northern City entrance.
  • On Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Samou’a, Beit Ummar and Ad-Dhariyah villages and al-Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Fajjar, Ethna, Sa’ir villages and al-Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Samou’a, al-Shyoukh and al-Ramadeen villages.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, western Hebron entrance and at the entrance to Ethna village.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern ‘Asirah village, and Deir Sharaf Intersection. In the next day, the 2 checkpoints were re-established.

Jenin:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at Kafiret intersection and Ya’bud village intersection in Jenin.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Kafiret intersection.

 Salfit:

  • On Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Kafr al-Deek village and northern entrance to Salfit.
  • On Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Yasouf village in eastern Salfit.
  • On Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Ballut, Deir Istiya, Kafr al-Deek and Salfit.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Haris and Kafr al-Deek villages, west of Salfit.

[1] Makan, https://www.makan.org.il/Item/?itemId=113640

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“Israel” – Beyond Apartheid

September 30, 2021

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Source: Al Mayadeen

Fra Hughes

Many observers and organizations make parallels between the apartheid segregated Society of South Africa, the Jim Crow racial segregation laws of North America, and “Israel”.

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Apartheid (/əˈpɑːrt(h)aɪt/, especially South African English: /əˈpɑːrt(h)eɪt/, Afrikaans: [aˈpartɦɛit]; transl. “separateness”, lit. “aparthood”) was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa and South-West Africa (now Namibia) from 1948 until the early 1990s.

20 years on from the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, in conjunction with the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, held in Durban South Africa, where are we now?

The use of the law, in this case, an unjust and immoral law in South Africa by the minority white Dutch Afrikaans and the minority white British colonial invaders, was designed to keep white Europeans, in the ascendancy in South Africa.

Thirteen percent of the population who were white-ruled sixty-eight percent of the population who were black with an Asian community representing the remaining nineteen percent.

First, they ruled through a brutal military occupation, using the gun.

Then they ruled through a brutal racist government using repression and separation laws.

It was the use of apartheid laws that legalized and enforced a system of ‘separateness’. A system of dual apartness which left the races unable to socialize, congregate or work together as brothers and sisters, equal and indivisible under the constitution.

In South Africa, they legalized colonial white supremism through parliamentary statute, police enforcement, and judicial sentencing.

The first apartheid law passed in 1949 was the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act. This was followed by the Immorality Act of 1950 which made it illegal for many South Africans to marry or have sexual relations across racial lines.

The Pass laws were designed to force black people to live in designated areas, corralled as it were, like animals in a pen, thereby making them available as cheap labor for white farmers.

It was the coming to power of the African National Party in 1948 who created the apartheid laws and system of governing South African society, that reinforced the racial discrimination already self-evident in the country. A series of Land Acts gave more than 80% of the land to whites and banned Black crop sharers from working the land.

A series of discriminatory, racially biased laws, saw the permanent separation of the races, alongside a parallel system of separate transport systems, public lavatories, and housing districts.

In effect, the National Party which won the 1948 parliamentary elections on the slogan of Apartheid meaning ‘separateness’ created a privileged white minority class that used the indigenous black South Africans as a labor pool to work on the farms, clean their homes, as a subjugated underclass, kept in perpetual poverty, in appalling substandard housing units in shantytowns with poor education, poor health, and poor social provision.

Like all colonialists, they strove to keep the people apart by fomenting sectarian tensions between the regional ethnic groups in order to prevent a unified opposition to their racist endeavor. They encouraged black-on-black violence in the townships and in the countryside.

A land of milk and honey for the white supremacist colonial invaders beside a land of despair, oppression, and governmental indifference for the natives.

Apartheid lasted for 50 years in South Africa and only officially ended when the ANC, African National Conference which had historically opposed the apartheid system and fought a legitimate war against the unjust white only parliamentary system, finally came to power in 1993, when the majority of citizens were given the right to vote and they elected Nelson Mandela as the first Black President of the Republic of South Africa,

It can be claimed that not much has changed for the indigenous peoples of South Africa, While it is true they have a majority black representative government, the whites still own the land. White farmers still get rich while employing cheap black labor.

The captains of industry are still white although a new elite cadre of black politicians and civil servants may now live in gated (separate) communities, much of the pain of being poor, disenfranchised, and black has changed very little for so many.

A new black capitalist class also rides high above the black dispossessed workers and those who go to bed hungry.

Many observers and organizations make parallels between the apartheid segregated Society of South Africa, the Jim Crow racial segregation laws of North America, and “Israel”. The use of Israeli-only roads and Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank are prime examples of Israeli separation laws.

The discrimination against black African Americans is again reflective of the white European racism that underpins white American society. It is mirrored in the majority of the white legislator, judiciary, police, and army aficionados in power in American civil society and in the corporate, business, and banking sectors.

White Americans control the levers of power and influence, in the media as well as on Capitol Hill.

The continued destruction of black Afro American society through the widespread use of drugs, criminal gangs, poverty, underinvestment, governmental neglect, police brutality, judicial repression, are continued proof if it were needed, that a white European colonial mindset underpins discrimination and racial prejudice in societies where white Europeans want to maintain an internal hegemonic position of superiority which is then reflected in their foreign policies of exploitation and subjugation, in order to maintain white economic privilege in the countries of the EU, North America, Canada, and Australia.

All the countries I have mentioned above are guilty of genocide, racial intolerance, oppression, military adventurism, and ethnic cleansing.

Is “Israel” any different?

“Israel” is a white European colonial settler state.

It has followed all the steps taken by previous white European settler-colonial states such as South Africa, North America, Canada, and Australia,

It has colonized, subjugated, ethnically cleansed, and marginalized the indigenous populations of the country they have militarily conquered and supplanted.

“Israel” has its Nations state Law which many international observers see as a template for a Jewish only Israeli state that separates non-Jews and others from playing an active role in the state.

“Israel” now has usurped 85% of historic Palestine.

To me, apartheid is an abhorrent manifestation of a supremacist ideology that seeks to separate one from the other, to create disharmony, bitterness, hatred, and a divided dysfunctional broken society based on racial or religious purity.

“Israel” fulfills all these roles but it does so much more.

An apartheid state might use the law to discriminate. It may use the law to repress and isolate those it seeks to subdue but it doesn’t bomb kindergartens, schools, hospitals, and bakeries, does it?

It may have separate roads and separate housing areas but it doesn’t shoot countless children in the legs for throwing stones or bringing water to the kids resisting an illegal occupation, creating crippled boys, does it?

It does not shoot paramedics and leave the wounded to bleed out on the street to die, does it?

It does not murder physicists in another jurisdiction, indiscriminately bomb bridges and civil infrastructure in neighboring countries, does it?

It does not count the calorific intake of those it is legally responsible for, to break their will to resist, to withhold food, medicine, vaccines, fuel in order to impoverish and emasculate an entire population of 1.8 million people, does it?

It does not bomb neighboring countries that are not at war with it, deny building permits to the indigenous population while simultaneously dismantling their homes in a land you are illegally occupying, and forcing homes owners to destroy their properties. To detain citizens under Administrative detention, internment without trial. To murder, maim, imprison, torture, and kill at will with impunity, is this Apartheid? I think not. Yet these are the everyday actions of a rogue unaccountable state immune to international law and international sanctions, actively supported protected, and facilitated by the other white European ethnic colonies that Israel aspires to be.

“Israel” is Beyond Apartheid.

We must find a new way to describe “Israel” based on its everyday practices of Ethnic cleansing, murder, colonization, dispossession, and expansion.

We must call “Israel”, not an Apartheid State which it is, but an Ethno cleansing pariah genocidal rogue state, because that it was, it does? That is what it is. That is what we must call it.The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

The Policy of Neglect; Behind the Walls of the Occupation Prisons

September 23, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Lea Akil

In violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and others, the Israeli occupation pursues a policy of medical neglect against Palestinian prisoners who are continuously subjected to torment and maltreatment.

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The Israeli occupation’s neglect of Palestinian prisoners violates the Fourth Geneva Convention

Behind the walls of the Israeli occupation prisons, Palestinians are always exposed to aggression and brutality under the Israeli apartheid regime. As a result of neglect and abuse, some freed prisoners with forsaken medical cases are reported dead shortly after their release, and others are reported dead inside the prison.

The methods to weaken both the will and the body are a tragic duality practiced amidst an Israeli political and judicial system that legitimizes torture and psychological pressure against Palestinian and Arab prisoners.

The reported health status of prisoners proved that the Israeli occupation, specifically the Israeli Prison System (IPS), flagrantly violated many international treaties and covenants, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention. 

According to the Addameer Association for prisoners’ support, there are 4,650 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails, including 200 children and 520 administrative detainees held without trial or charges.

The latest victim of negligence

The most recent case was reported on Wednesday after a Palestinian man diagnosed with cancer was medically neglected, resulting in his death. 

The released Palestinian prisoner, Hussein Masalmeh, 39, was reported dead by the Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs on Wednesday night.

A statement by the Commission stated that the Israeli occupation’s medical negligence resulted in Masalmeh’s martyrdom. 

They revealed that the prisoner spent 19 years of his 20-year sentence in prison, beginning in 2002 until February 14, 2021, when he was released to his painstaking medical journey in the Hadassah Hospital in the occupied city of al-Quds for seven months. 

A week ago, he was transferred to Istishari Hospital in Ramallah where he died as a result of Israeli negligence. 

Hussein Masalameh complained of abdominal pains for two months, while incarcerated in “Israel’s” southern an-Naqab prison, before he was admitted to the Soroka Hospital to be treated for what was later diagnosed as blood and bone marrow cancer.  

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club held the Israeli occupation responsible for the liberated prisoner’s death, condemning the Israeli occupation’s crimes of “medical negligence” that has been practiced for years against hundred of ill prisoners.

The adopted policy of neglect

Prisoners are subjected to systematic brutal physical and psychological torture methods, which harm and weaken their bodies. These methods include denial of access to real medical care, delaying the provision of treatment to sick and injured prisoners, oppression, humiliation, and torture, followed by fierce interrogations.

The Commission revealed that more than 500 male and female Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails suffer from illnesses and diseases, which include severe cases of cancer. 

Prisoners’ testimonies revealed that “200 prisoners are suffering from chronic illnesses, 25 from cancer, and 85 from various disabilities (physical, mental, psychological, and sensory), while the remaining 25 prisoners permanently reside in the clinic of Ramleh prison”, according to the Commission. 

According to a report by the United Nations“206 Palestinian prisoners and detainees died in Israeli jails as a result of cruel treatment and harsh conditions; 71 died as a result of torture; 54 died due to medical negligence; 74 were assassinated after detention.” 

The Israeli occupation prisons’ administrations continue to delay the transfer of incurable cases to hospitals, and if they are ever transferred, it would be with their hands and feet handcuffed, not to mention the harsh and cruel treatment they are subjected to. According to the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs, ill or injured prisoners are transported in unsanitary closed cars, instead of properly sanitized ambulances.

Factors that could increase the number of ill prisoners

The factors that contribute to consolidating the policy of deliberate medical negligence are many, and they include delaying providing treatment and committing medical crimes. The policy of neglect adopted by the occupation forces means neglecting their responsibility in providing the necessary medical care for prisoners. 

Other factors include the abstinence from maintaining hygiene in the prisons necessary for the wellbeing of ill patients. There are no reports whatsoever of ensuring healthy and clean environments for prisoners. In the same context, no measures are taken to prevent insects and rodents from swarming into the imprisonment areas. 

Another factor is overcrowdedness in cells and the absence of isolation rooms for patients with infectious diseases, such as acute and infectious viral intestinal infections and scabies, which threaten the health condition of fellow inmates. 

Moreover, punitive measures are taken against the prisoners, which worsens their psychological conditions, and they can be summarized by the delays in transferring them to specialized external hospitals, denial of visits, sudden night searches, placing prisoners in solitary confinement cells, and forcing prisoners to take off their clothes in a humiliating and degrading manner.

Furthermore, the prisons lack any auxiliary medical devices for people with special needs, such as prosthetic limbs for amputees, medical glasses, and breathing devices and nebulizers for patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other pulmonary diseases.

Female prisoners 

Female prisoners of course do not get any kind of special treatment in Israeli occupation prisons. According to the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs, female prisoners suffer from the absence of any gynecologist or female specialist or assistant, especially for pregnant prisoners who need regular follow-ups. 

This only leads us to the injustice of forcing pregnant female prisoners to give birth with their hands and legs cuffed, without any consideration for the prenatal and postnatal care required, not to mention their suffering during labor.

Anhar al-Deek, a 25-year-old Palestinian prisoner, is one of many women in Israeli prisons who had to go through tough pregnancy circumstances until she was conditionally released from an Israeli prison before giving birth. She sent a message that described her sufferings in captivity, which caught the attention of the international community and triggered public opinion, thus pressuring the Israeli occupation to release her. 

“What shall I do if I give birth while I’m away from you (her family)? I am handcuffed and you know how cesarean operations are [difficult enough] outside prison, so how [do you think it’ll be] in prison, with me handcuffed and alone?” Anhar wrote in agony prior to her release.

Israa Jaabis is another prisoner that has been suffering from medical neglect in the occupation prisons for 11 years since her arrest. Jaabis has third degree burns all over her fragile body, which she sustained after her car exploded near an Israeli occupation checkpoint in 2015. As a result, she was charged with attempted murder.

In a statement to her lawyer, she mentioned that the Israeli Prison System (IPS) did not provide her with the proper health care necessary for her treatment.

Even teenagers are not spared 

In a statement from Ofer Prison to Addameer Association, an 18-year old teenager revealed his suffering inside the occupation prison. The boy stated that the doctor in the occupation prison only made quick tests after he started suffering from severe stomach pain. The doctor only gave him pills to help with the pain, which only worked at first. But after he was admitted to the clinic again, the medical staff said he was dehydrated. Yet after his release, he was struck with severe pain, and he was diagnosed with appendicitis that led to an infection spreading all over his body after his appendix burst. This is only one example of a series of easily avoidable prolonged agony the prisoners have to go through due to the maltreatment and negligence of the Israeli occupation in prisons.

“It turned out that my appendix had burst and an infection spread throughout my abdomen”, he revealed.

The 22-year-old wounded prisoner, Ayman al-Kurd, from occupied al-Quds, who received a 35-year prison sentence, is yet another example of the Israeli occupation brutality.

Al-Kurd now suffers from paralysis in his lower limbs, moves in a wheelchair, and lives in extremely difficult, agonizing health conditions in the Ramle Prison Hospital, following a rampage by the Israeli forces who shot him 13 times at close range.

Statements from behind the prison walls 

Several prisoners shared statements with the Commission from inside the occupation prisons. They emphasized that prisoners live under difficult conditions without taking into account their physical and medical situation, in addition to being subjected to continuous physical assaults and psychological pressure.

In a statement from the Gilboa Prison, from which 6 prisoners managed to break out, Prisoner Amir Makhoul stated that the administration medically neglects around 70 prisoners that require immediate professional aid, some of whom suffer from hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Prisoner Bilal Zayed said that the number of medical cases in Megiddo Prison that require immediate and serious healthcare exceeds 300. He also mentioned that some detainees who arrive in the prison suffer from depression, introversion, and lack of self-esteem due to the applied interrogation methods that involve psychological and physical torture, solitary confinement, degrading treatment, and verbal abuse.

The Fourth Geneva Convention 

The Israeli occupation has always violated the basic humanitarian laws and the laws endorsed by the Geneva Conventions, precisely the Fourth Geneva Convention, and continues to do so by adopting the policy of medical neglect towards the Palestinian prisoners suffering under the occupation. 

The IPS continues to violate the relevant provisions of the Geneva Conventions by neglecting the basic medical needs of prisoners. In contrary to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the occupation deprives Palestinian prisoners of family visits, clothing, and blankets during the cold. 

A report by the United Nations mentions that, in 2014, the Israeli occupation issued new “legislations” against Palestinian prisoners that include “forced feeding during hunger strikes, increasing the punishment for children up to 20 years of imprisonment, denial of secondary and higher education, the illegal fighter law, torture, and the imposition of unaffordable fines on prisoners”, all of which are in violation of the adopted Fourth Geneva Convention. 

What is the Fourth Geneva Convention?

The Fourth Geneva Convention was adopted by the Diplomatic Conference for the Establishment of International Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War held in Geneva, as one of the four treaties signed in 1949. 

The Geneva Convention IV stipulates protecting the people “who, at a given moment and in any manner whatsoever, find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a Party to the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals”.

What does the Geneva Convention IV State?

Under the Convention, article 76 states that prisoners and detainees “shall, if possible, be separated from other detainees and shall enjoy conditions of food and hygiene which will be sufficient to keep them in good health, and which will be at least equal to those obtaining in prisons in the occupied country.” It also states that all prisoners should receive the proper medical attention based on their health conditions. 

Article 85 emphasizes that the detaining power should take the necessary measures to ensure that proper accommodation is offered, which includes a safeguard from humidity, sufficient sleeping space, and ventilation.

Articles 91 and 92 of the Geneva Convention IV emphasize that prisons should include a proper infirmary, with the presence of a qualified doctor, in addition to medical inspections at least once a month in order to monitor the nutrition of prisoners and to detect any contagious diseases.

No accountability 

With the Geneva Convention IV put on hold, and with easy comparison to how the Israeli occupation treats the Palestinian prisoners, one cannot but ask: Why is the Israeli occupation not held accountable for its acts? Why is it not convicted of committing war crimes over the endless violations of humanitarian laws? Until they are held accountable, Palestinian prisoners will continue to suffer under the injustice of the occupation.

‘Israel’ Practices Collective Revenge against Palestinian Detainees, Scandalous Medical Negligence in Nafha Prison

September 22, 2021 

‘Israel’ Practices Collective Revenge against Palestinian Detainees, Scandalous Medical Negligence in Nafha Prison

By Staff

In wake of the heroic Gilboa Prison Break, ‘Israeli’ prisons administration tended to punish detainees to compensate its intelligence failure.

In further details, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees stressed that the ‘Israeli’ prisons’ administration has been recently intending to apply the policy of ‘collective revenge’ and tightening its grip against Palestinian detainees in different prisons, namely in “Nafha.”

In a statement, the Commission said that the Nafha Prison administration is intending to carry out punitive measures against the detainees, in addition to tight security measures, all-night inspections, and exposing the faces of detainees to light every five minutes.

Additionally, the Nafha Prison administration is specifically tightening the measures against the Islamic Jihad detainees, preventing them from remaining in their organizational cells, and transferring them instead to other cells.

The Commission also pointed to two separate cases involving sick detainees, one of which is the case of detainee Mahmoud Abu Wahdan from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. He is serving three life sentences.

Abu Wahdan suffers from hemiplegia causing paralysis in the right side of his body. As a result, he is unable to move his right leg and hand, as well as his tongue, which caused a twisting of the face from the right side.

The Commission reported that he was transferred to the ICU in Soroka Medical Center, where he underwent many tests, including a blood test and CT scan. It turned out that he had been subjected to psychological pressure. The Commission pointed out that Abu Wahdan’s condition is now stable, but he is now taking four types of medication and is waiting for an MRI scan to determine the cause of the hemiplegia.

In 2003, the prisoner was also beaten on the head, which lead to vision problems. He needs a referral to an ophthalmologist.

The second case is that of detainee Jamal Amro from the city of Al-Khalil. He is serving a life sentence. Amro is in very poor health and is in dire need of urgent medical care.

He has tumors in the liver and kidneys and suffers from stomach and intestinal problems. He recently experienced nerve problems, and his hands often tremble. Amro also has severe dental problems.

The Commission indicated that the Nafha administration was procrastinating in providing him with treatment and deliberately neglected him medically, as he has been suffering from these health problems since 2018.

It further added that a date was set for a gland operation at Soroka Medical Center a month and a half ago, and on the day of the operation, he was informed of its cancellation. The reason was that the prison doctor refused to take him out claiming that he does not need an operation.

Palestinian Prisoners Set Fire to Cells in Response to Suppression

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Media Office says that Section 6 detainees in the Naqab Prison set fire to their cells in response to the brutal campaign of suppression the Israeli occupation is carrying out against them.

  • Photos of the place the confrontations took place between the Palestinian detainees and the Israeli occupation forces | Newpress
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    The Naqab Prison, also known as “Ktzi’ot” Prison, is in a state of alert after a large number of Israeli occupation soldiers raided it.

    The Palestinian Prisoners’ Media Office said the detainees in Section 6 set their cells on fire in response to the Israeli occupation’s brutal suppression campaign against them.

    The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said that Naqab Prison is in a state of chaos after Section 6 caught on fire, which was done in protest of the prison administration’s violations, harassment, and mistreatment.

    Al Mayadeen correspondent reported that the Israeli occupation is also assaulting the Palestinian detainees in Megiddo Prison.

    Muhjat Al-Quds, a foundation concerned with Palestinian detainees and martyrs, obtained a letter written by PIJ detainees from Naqab Prison in which they said they would burn any room they are taken out of. This was in response to the administration illegally transferring detainees within the prison.

    This comes two days after six Palestinian prisoners broke out of the Gilboa Prison through a tunnel they dug under the Israeli prison. This was followed by Israeli escalation, especially against prisoners, as the occupation has increased its oppression of Palestinian prisoners, going as far as depriving them of their daily food portions.

    Al-Quds Brigades, PIJ’s military wing, said they would not allow for the constant violation of the detainees’ rights, asserting that they would neither abandon their detainees nor let them down.

    Palestinian Prisoners Rebel against Israeli Punitive Measures, Islamic Jihad Calls for Confronting Enemy

    September 8, 2021

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    The Palestinian prisoners rebelled against the punitive measures taken by the Israeli occupation authorities in light of Gilboa escape operation, incinerating the dungeons at Negev jail.

    The Islamic Jihad Resistance Movement pledged to protect the Palestinian prisoners from the Zionist oppression, calling on all the Palestinians to clash with the Zionist enemy at all the contact points in the occupied West Bank.

    The Israeli occupation has deployed full weight of its security arsenal to capture the six Palestinians who managed early Monday to break out of high-security Gilboa prison.

    Manhunt for the six Palestinians continued into third day on Wednesday, with Palestinian and Israeli media reporting arrest campaign across the West Bank.

    Source: Al-Manar English Website

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    Israel-Palestine: ‘No war, no peace’ apartheid is Bennett’s best case scenario

    The Israeli prime minister is first since Golda Meir to propose the racist status quo as a political platform

    In March 2015, then Israeli economy minister Naftali Bennett during an election campaign gathering in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion in the Gush Etzion settlement in the West Bank (AFP)

    By Meron Rapoport

    Published date: 7 September 2021 13:02 UTC 

    “There is no diplomatic process with the Palestinians, nor will there be one,” said a source close to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last week after his defence minister, Benny Gantz, met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.Biden-Bennett summit a meeting of wishful thinkers who oppose NetanyahuRead More »

    Thus is Bennett’s spiritual world revealed: a world in which Israel, and only Israel, exists, and where the Palestinians will never, under any circumstances, even if they change their positions, be able to attain equality with Israelis and negotiate with them as equals. There is a word for that: racism.

    Nearly a decade ago, Bennett entered national politics after serving as director-general of the Yesha Council, the leading settler institution, although he himself was never a settler and doesn’t live beyond the Green Line. In a now-famous interview, he said: “The Palestinian problem is like shrapnel in the butt.” 

    Today, his approach has not changed, although as prime minister, he may express himself less bluntly, as he admitted just before taking office in early June.

    Bennett expressed this approach in an interview he gave the New York Times ahead of his recent trip to Washington. “This government will not annex, nor establish a Palestinian state, everyone understands that,” he said. “Israel will continue the standard policy of natural growth [of West Bank settlements].” 

    In saying this, Bennett became the first Israeli prime minister, with the possible exception of Golda Meir in the years prior to the 1973 war, to propose what amounts to apartheid as a political platform.

    Permanent status quo

    It is true that the policy of “managing the occupation” is almost as old as the Israeli occupation itself. In February 1973, for example, then-Defence Minister Moshe Dayan said, “We must plan ahead for our actions in the territories [conquered by Israel in June 1967] … so that a situation of ‘no war and no peace’ will not be unbearable for us… Authority for deciding on what happens from Suez to the [Mt] Hermon is in the hands of the Israeli government. We will not idly delineate boundaries for our settlements nor be threatened by smouldering embers.”

    But the philosophy Dayan articulated then still exists and every prime minister since, except perhaps Yitzhak Rabin – whose assassination makes it impossible to know whether he meant to break the mould – has adopted it with different variations: “No war, no peace” or, in other words, a continuation of the status quo. Seven months later, the “smouldering embers” that Dayan dismissed had become the firestorm of the October 1973 war, with thousands killed on both sides, forcing Israel to subsequently return the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. 

    Bennett basically said that this status quo of ‘no war, no peace’ is not an interim situation, but rather the permanent situation

    But Bennett has gone one step further. Even Dayan called the territories occupied by Israel a “deposit” to be returned in exchange for a peace agreement meeting Israel’s needs. Since the 1990s, Israeli prime ministers have been discussing, at least officially, support for the two-state solution, including Ariel Sharon and even Benjamin Netanyahu, who adopted the Palestinian state idea in his 2009 Bar-Ilan speech. In 2020, he also accepted former US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” which included the establishment of a Palestinian state, however crippled and fragmented. 

    In his New York Times interview, however, Bennett basically said that this status quo of “no war, no peace” is not an interim situation, but rather the permanent situation to which he aspires.

    In this situation, Israel, on the one hand, will continue its military rule over the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and continue to accord Jewish citizens in the West Bank preferential rights as compared with Palestinians.

    On the other hand, Israel will not accord Palestinians civil rights equal to those of their Jewish neighbours as would be necessitated by a partial or full annexation of the West Bank. This approach also has a name – apartheid – and Bennett believes it to be the only one possible.

    ‘Shrink the conflict’

    We don’t know precisely what was said in Bennett’s discussions with President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but publicly at least no American reservations were heard about Bennett’s positions. Nor did the Jewish centre-left parties in Israel like Labor and Meretz, which are part of Bennett’s coalition, voice any protest. This is a dangerous precedent.

    But it would be overly simplistic to say that the Bennett government will be more rightist or more violent toward the Palestinians. The opposite might be true.How Beita became a model of Palestinian resistance against IsraelRead More »

    First of all, Bennett came into office from a position of political weakness. He heads a small party with six Knesset seats out of 120, and most of his coalition members are more leftist than he is – at least for Israel whose Labor Party positions toward the Palestinians would be considered right in Europe.

    And there’s more. Bennett himself, along with his coalition partner, Gideon Saar, who had been a senior Likud figure and a leading candidate to replace Netanyahu, has changed his attitude considerably to the Palestinian question.

    As the present government was being formed or immediately thereafter, both Bennett and Saar appeared to have relinquished the idea of Greater Israel and/or annexation, partially or wholly, embracing instead the new political concept of “shrinking the conflict”. The term originated with Micah Goodman, an Israeli of American extraction living in a West Bank settlement, whose books on the conflict have become bestsellers.

    Goodman argues that the left in Israel has failed to bring an end to the occupation or to establish an independent Palestinian state, whereas the right failed with its idea of Greater Israel. Therefore, instead of talking about ending the conflict or continuing with the status quo, ways should be sought to “shrink the conflict”: to enable the Palestinians to manage their own affairs as independently as possible, while leaving “security” to Israel. After the conflict has been “shrunk,” says Goodman, it will be possible to discuss a permanent solution.

    For a decade, Bennett pushed for annexation, but when the UAE and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords in 2020, he realised it was impossible.

    Goodman was an adviser to Saar and is considered to be close to Bennett. His influence was perceptible in an interview Bennett gave before taking office. “My approach is to shrink the conflict,” he said. “Where it is possible to have more crossings, better quality of life, more business, more industry, we will do it.”

    For Bennett, this is a considerable shift. When he entered national politics in 2013, Bennett presented a detailed plan for the annexation of Area C, which is 60 percent of the West Bank. Over the years, he criticised Netanyahu and the Israeli army for not being aggressive enough toward the Palestinians and not “decisive” enough with Hamas. 

    For a decade, Bennett pushed for annexation, but when the UAE and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords in 2020, he realised it was impossible. He also understood that a “final resolution” of the conflict by achieving a victory over the Palestinian so crushing that they would relinquish their national aspirations was also impossible. Thus, his adoption of the idea of “shrinking the conflict” is coming from failure and weakness, even if he refuses to admit it.

    Israeli right in crisis

    Bennett, then, reflects the situation of the Israeli right. On the one hand, he sanctifies the status quo and has no desire or intention of relinquishing the occupation or ending apartheid. On the other hand, the right is gradually losing its faith in its own power to shape the Israeli-Palestinian reality as it sees fit. 

    The fall of Netanyahu should be viewed in this context. Under Netanyahu, the right in Israel was united in a coherent, homogeneous bloc. The internal contradictions on the right, which Bennett represents, led to the fragmentation of this bloc and the establishment of a mixed government that contains elements of both right and left, including the United Arab List, an Palestinian-Islamist party headed by Mansour Abbas.Palestinian Authority losing control of West Bank, say insiders and activistsRead More »

    Outwardly, all of these changes have not affected the situation on the ground. The occupation, and the settlements, continue. The political discourse in Israel remains stuck, in the best case, or else propounds Bennett’s thesis of “no peace, no war”. Israel is so strong – militarily and economically – that something significant would have to happen in order to threaten its control of the Palestinians and its power in the Middle East as a whole.

    But at the same time, one cannot ignore the cracks. The ideological right in Israel is in trouble and the question is how and whether the radical left in Israel, or even more so the Palestinians, can turn that to advantage.

    “Where there’s a crack, we have to make it a fissure, and where there’s a fissure, we have to make it a chasm,” a left-wing anti-occupation activist told me. Maybe that approach really will accomplish something.

    Critical Race Theory and the Jewish Project

     BY GILAD ATZMON

    by Gilad Atzmon

    There is a growing debate in the USA about Critical Race Theory (CRT). Peculiarly enough, CRT’s opponents insist that the ‘Marxist’ discourse must be uprooted from American culture and the education system. I am puzzled by it, as I cannot think of anything more removed from Marx’s thinking than CRT.

    Marx offered an economic analysis based on class division. For Marx, those at the bottom of the class stratum were destined to unite regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. Marx as such was race-blind. However, his vision was unifying as far as at least the working class are concerned. But Critical Race Theory aims in the complete opposite direction. CRT’s advocates believe that people are and should be defined politically by their biology: by their skin colour, often by their gender and/or sexual orientation. CRT attempts to fight racism, not by eliminating it but actually elevating biological determinism into a constant battleground.

    Critical race theorists aren’t too original on that biological determinist front. Already in the late 19th century, Zionism called the Jews to identify politically with their biology. Hitler’s call for the Aryan people to do the same happened about two decades later. Ironically, even the so-called Jewish ‘anti’ racists within the ‘Jews only’ anti-Zionist political cells (such as JVP, JVL, IJAN) follow the exact Zionist and Hitlerian agenda. They also insist on identifying politically and ideologically as ‘a race.’*

    One may wonder at this stage why people within the conservative right refer to CRT as ‘Marxist’ despite it having nothing to do with Marx and having much to do (ideologically) with Zionism and Hitlerian biologism. One option is that people within the American Right believe that the reference to Marx communicates well with their supporting crowd. Another slightly less genuine option is that Marx is a code name for a ‘subversive Jew-related discourse.’ The American conservative universe is largely inspired by Israeli nationalism, however it is disgusted by Soros-type cosmopolitan interventionism. The American Right may be using codified language to tackle its own paralysis. It clearly struggles to call a spade a spade.

    Considering the above it is fascinating to examine the Jewish American take on the CRT debate.

    Last month Jewish Historian Henry Abramson used the Jewish Telegraphic Agency platform to inform us that “anyone teaching the past by skipping over the unpleasant parts isn’t teaching history. They are engaged in propaganda.” This firm statement took me by surprise. Like Abramson I oppose all forms of memory laws that restrict the free historical discussion. Yet, Jewish institutions are invested heavily in policing the historical debate. They often castigate as Holocaust Deniers everyone who dares to question the primacy of Jewish suffering or even offer a slightly unorthodox vision of WWII. The Jewish intellectual tradition isn’t famous for its list of historical texts either, quite the opposite. There is a complete lack of Judaic historical texts in between Flavius Josephus (AD37-AD100) and Heinrich Graetz (1817-1891). The rabbinical universe has tended to skip the historical tradition because the Talmud and Torah are there to determine the manner in which Jews react to the universe around them. Israeli historian Shlomo Sand has pointed out that the Jews and Zionists in particular largely invent their past to fit with their political, existential, and spiritual interests. Maybe it shouldn’t be down to Jewish institutions to preach how to discuss the past.

    Abramson is upset by the fact that in “nearly two dozen states, the movement to impose restrictions on the teaching of history is gaining momentum.” Abramson is also upset by the new Polish memory law and Putin dictating a vision of the Holodomor. Maybe before I delve into Abramson’s concern, I should mention that using Google search, I didn’t manage to find any opposition made by Abramson to the Israeli Nakba Law that similarly restricts the discussion on the Israeli 1948 ethnic cleansing crime.

    Abramson claims that opponents of CRT attempt to avoid the discussion over the “controversial and painful moments in America’s history.” I am not sure that this is the case. I am not sure that America can or even intends to deny its problematic abusive past, but I do know that every black academic who attempted to discuss the role of Jews in the African slave trade has witnessed hell breaking loose. I highly recommend Abramson and everyone else read Prof. Tony Martin’s spectacular The Jewish Onslaught , a reportage of an orchestrated and abusive Jewish institutional campaign against a Black scholar who didn’t follow the script and tried to examine what was the role of some Jews in the African Slave Trade.

    Watch Prof. Tony Martin:

     For Abramson and others, CRT is a study of the impact of systemic racism. It is the adherence to the belief “that the legacy of slavery is baked into American society and culture to such a degree that African-Americans continue to suffer long-term, systemic economic harm.” It suggests that discussing reparations should be on the national agenda.

    The truth of the matter is that many of those who oppose CRT would agree with Abramson that racism is alive and kicking in the USA. A few may even suggest using America’s aid to Israel as reparation for the black slavery’s offspring. Would the JTA, AIPAC or Abramson join such a call for overdue justice? I doubt it.

    The JTA insists to give the impression that Jews and Blacks are both share a similar marginalized past. Abramson writes: “Blacks were, like Jews, forbidden to buy homes in newly developed suburbs, while white Americans received help from the government to purchase homes in these leafy neighborhoods and to build generational wealth.” Yet, there is one difference our Jewish ‘historian’ forgets to mention: Jews immigrated to America voluntarily. For them, America was a ‘Golden Medina’ (Golden Land), the true promised land of free opportunities and ultimate capitalism. Blacks, on the other hand, made their way to the ‘land of the free’ chained in salve ships. Jews came to America in their search for better life, they faced obstacles but prevailed, and are now amongst the most privileged ethnic groups in the USA, if not the most privileged. Blacks were brought over to be exploited as slave labour. They had a very different beginning in the USA. The attempt to compare between the two is intellectually dishonest to say the least, but it may come to serve a purpose.

    A decade ago in a rare moment of honesty, Philip Weiss, the dominant contributor to the Jewish pro-Palestinian outlet Mondoweiss, admitted to me in an interview that it wasn’t altruism that motivated his pro-Palestinian stand. It was “Jewish self-interest.” I learned a lot from this encounter with the Jewish activist and since then I have been very suspicious of Jewish solidarity projects. I somehow always see the self-interest popping out at one stage or another.

    Jewish institutions and individuals have been involved in most solidarity projects in the last century. They insist to save the working class, to universalize civil rights, to liberate women and gays, and of course the transsexual. The outcome has never been too good. Instead of marching society forward as a whole, we ended up with an amalgam of conflicts that practically resembles the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

    If you ask yourself why the Taliban managed to take over Afghanistan in 72 hours, one possible answer is that Jews for Taliban is yet to be formed. The same applies to the Hezbollah and Iran. If you ask yourself why it is taking so long for Palestine to emancipate itself, it is partially because its discourse of solidarity is defined (literally) by the oppressor.

    If America or anyone else wants to fight racism for real, the way forward is to seek human brotherhood as opposed to inducing victimhood. If the JTA or any other Jewish institution cares for blacks for real, then embrace the Nation of Islam today before sunset. Encourage Black critics and intellectuals to look fearlessly at Jews and at the African slave trade. Show us an example of great transparency. Lead the way and be light unto the nations for the first time in history instead of expecting the rest of humanity to zigzag endlessly around your sensitivities.

    * Yours truly believes that Jews are not a race, however, not being a race doesn’t stop people identifying ‘as a’ race.

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    The Palestinian Cause is Neither a Religious nor a Human Rights Cause

    Susana Khalil

     August 15, 2021

    Source: Al Mayadeen

    Susana Khalil

    The Palestinian cause is political, it is a cause of National Liberation.

    The Palestinian Cause is Neither a Religious nor a Human Rights Cause

    The violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people is the consequence of the violation of their right to struggle for their national liberation, their right to exist as a nation-state.

    The Palestinian cause is political, it is a cause of National Liberation, and it is the cause of a native people that today in the 21st century is fighting against a colonial yoke and anachronism called “Israel”. That’s all, I repeat that’s all. 

    To hide the colonial character, Zionist propaganda has successfully managed to plague a pseudo-narrative, claiming it is a prehistoric, millenarian, religious, anti-Semitic, complex, metaphysical conflict. All an attractive abstract… all an aesthetic blah, blah of aromatic lies.

    The Palestinian Cause is a political issue of liberation and national independence like the Algerian cause against French colonialism, the struggle for independence lead by the Indian people against British colonialism, the Libyan struggle for liberation against Italian colonialism, the struggle of the Mexican people against Spanish colonialism, the Haitian struggle for liberation against French colonialism and more. These people had their human rights violated, their humanity dismembered.

    All colonization registers were showing the violation of the human condition, it is a whole regime and logic of torture, Apartheid, slavery, spoliation, hatred, contempt, racism, supremacy, bestiality, terror, massacres, genocide, memoricide, historicide, culturicide, epistemicide. And all this is done and instrumentalized through the human values of the time.

    If the Palestinian people renounce the struggle for their National Liberation against the Israeli colonial yoke, if they renounce their Right of Return to their historical Palestine, if they renounce their Palestinian demonym, then the violation of these human rights will cease, and the Palestinian people will disappear. However, the liberation from the colonial yoke will lead to end human violations and eradicate violence.

    The vulnerable West fails to understand the colonial nature of Zionism in Palestine. Likewise, the Palestinian Authority and some Palestinians do not want to talk about the Palestinian Cause as a reason for National Liberation and today the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) has become an entelechy.

    There are those who limit themselves to the framework of human rights and there are Arab dictatorships that want to limit the Palestinian Cause to a charitable, humanitarian and benevolent mission. They want to make “Jerusalem” an Islamic symbol; they don’t only disregard the Palestinian National Liberation Cause against Israeli colonialism, but they see it as a religious duty to defend “Israel”. These Arab tyrannies use Palestinian blood to make gigantic economic investments and especially to perpetuate themselves in power as a plan of the imperial West.

    In the first instance and till this day, the Palestinian cause is believed and felt to be a religious conflict…the Western displayed remarkable ineptitude to bring the Arab world to a religious commodity…After the end of the Cold War which meant the spread of the internet, the whole world discovered the human atrocities against the Palestinian people. It was obvious that there was no way to hide the barbarity. The well-hidden corpse stinks and there is no way to conceal the stench. Human Rights became a real opportunity for Palestine, as the bestial victim is humanized, while the real victim was guilty, and the fascist character of that bohemian “state” known as “Israel” is unveiled. It is a huge breakthrough, but be warned, there is less talk today of the liberation of Historic Palestine against the Israeli colonial yoke.

    Within that grandiose opportunity of the human rights scene, there is also much taboo, repression, persecution and corruption. Repression in the Arab world is brutal but in the West, repression is sophisticated. In the West, as far as Zionism is concerned, repression goes through euphemisms like, you have to be prudent, strategic, intelligent, objective (self-censorship), don’t say this, don’t go near such and such a group, you won’t get a job, you won’t get a grant if you say that, don’t talk about armed struggle as an alternative, you can go to jail as an anti-Semite. Fear operates elegantly.

    Fear is the big problem, fear is an infidel component inside of us, and solidarity, struggle, creativity and even talent revolve around fear.

    That “our fear”, that cowardice turns us into creative and talented colonized people.

    Pro-Palestinian consciousness has been stifled in the colossal Zionist propaganda agenda, for example, they must plead that to be anti-Zionist is not the same as to be an anti-Semite. The tool of Human Rights is valuable and meritorious; it has dismantled religious stereotypes and raised public awareness. People are already talking about Apartheid, ethnic cleansing, occupation, political prisoners, the Wall of Shame, the false two-state solution; no one is talking about the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is perhaps the most valuable tool. But it is less visible to speak of the Palestinian Cause as a reason for National Liberation against a colonial yoke. Talking about the consequences and not the Cause is not the most honest thing to do. There is a desire to make that seem outdated, rhetorical, conventional…we have to evolve, we have to move forward, and there are those who say that we have to think about peace. We are becoming Zionists, thus defrauding life. The Galilean Mahmud Darwish said, we resist because we love life.  

    Fear operates and we think we are clever in our cowardice. Let us not confuse fear with strategy. Let us assume that we are fighting against the greatest power in the world, Zionism.

    The Palestinian people are facing a classical colonialism that not only usurped their homeland but usurped their history because it comes from a European movement that has the purpose to turn a certain religious community into a People. That’s why it usurps the history, its culinary territorial characteristics and the whole cultural expression of the native people. The ideologists of Zionism clearly see the need to exterminate this native people in order to guarantee their nation-state project for the sake of the Jewish religious community. The existence and continuity of the Palestinian people is threatened. The Palestinians were expelled from their homeland and are being expelled from history. Palestine, a people with more than 11,000 years in the light of history, has become today a forbidden people.

    I renounce intelligence, strategy, prudence and moderation. I cling to justice, to what is honest, sane, noble, generous, humanistic and dignified; the National Liberation of the native people against anachronism and the colonial yoke. I do speak of the abolition of the colonial regime of “Israel”. And I clarify, don’t ever expel those who expelled us, instead, make them Palestinian citizens, as did the Zionist Ukrainian Aryan Golda Meyer, the Belarusian Aryan Shimon Peres and thousands of Zionist Jews, when the extinct League of Nations, established that every Jew who wished to live in Palestine, should apply for Palestinian citizenship. 

    We have a date with Universal History, to abolish colonial anachronism from our historical time.

    Before They Preach to us about White Privilege

     

    BY GILAD ATZMON

    Stanford University study reveals: “Some 80% of (Jews of colour) respondents said that they had ‘experienced discrimination’ within Jewish settings, including synagogues, congregations, and Jewish spiritual communities.”
    Stanford University study reveals: “Some 80% of (Jews of colour) respondents said that they had ‘experienced discrimination’ within Jewish settings, including synagogues, congregations, and Jewish spiritual communities.”

    By Gilad Atzmon

     People who are familiar with the history of Zionism are aware of the rich history of White Jewish (AKA Ashkenazi) abuse towards Arab and Sephardi Jews in Israel. In the years after the creation of the Israeli state hundreds of babies went missing. Their parents, mostly Jewish immigrants from Yemen, were told their children had died, but suspicions linger that they were secretly given away to White Jewish childless families. The Israeli government approved earlier this year a NIS162 million settlement with the families of these ‘vanishing’ children.

    Volunteering the Israeli population as guinea pigs wasn’t invented by Netanyahu or/and Pfizer. Blood samples drawn from Yemenites Jews in the 1950s were tested to determine whether they had “Negro blood.” According to the Times of Israel “60 hearts were harvested from the bodies of new immigrants from Yemen post-mortem for purposes of medical research, in a project purportedly funded by the US.” Also in the same period, the Jewish state irradiated children who arrived from North Africa and the Middle East en masse in an attempt to fight ringworm. In the years to follow many of these children died from cancer. In 1995 the Israeli government decided to compensate the victims and families of the Ringworm Affair.

    In the late 1950-1960s Jewish immigrants from Morocco were sprayed with DDT as soon as their feet touched the ‘promised land.’ For them, this bitter departure was merely an introduction to decades of abuse and humiliation that is still taking place.

    It took the Israeli Government more than a few decades to lift its 1977 ban preventing Jews from Ethiopia donating blood.  This late immigration wave of African Jews sent their children to serve in the army and to die for Israel but apparently their blood wasn’t as good as their fellow Israelis.

    The Yemenites, Moroccans and Ethiopians have something in common. They are ‘Jews of colour,’ not exactly the most privileged Jews in Israel. Just slightly above the Palestinians and the African non-Jewish immigrants.  Some anti-Zionists may insist that this is exactly what we should expect from a racist criminal State. However, the fate of American Jews of colour isn’t any better, in fact it is far worse.

    The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday on a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University that delved into the experiences of American Jews of Color. The new report titled Beyond the Count revealed large and systemic discrimination and scrutinization based on race in the Jewish Society.

    The data was gathered at Stanford University by a multi-racial team of researchers, with over 1,118 respondents participating. It revealed that “Some 80% of respondents said that they had ‘experienced discrimination’ within Jewish settings, including synagogues, congregations, and Jewish spiritual communities.”

    “Additionally, respondents indicated that they had previously experienced an increased sense of awareness regarding how others perceive them because of either their race or their Jewishness.” Some participants admitted they found it “more difficult for their identities to co-exist in predominantly white Jewish spaces than in Black indigenous people of color spaces.” Furthermore, 44% said they had changed how they dress or speak in white Jewish spaces, and 66% reported feeling “disconnected from their Jewish identities at times.”

    I wouldn’t dare to ask Jews or anyone else to morph, to become more tolerant or harmonious, as that is not my task in life. I wouldn’t expect anyone who upholds racist and/or white supremacist views to change their spots. I just expect Jews in general and Jewish institutions (such as the ADL or AIPAC) in particular, to look in the mirror twice before they preach to us about ‘race’ in general or white privilege in particular.  

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    Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine(8 – 14 July 2021)

    15  July 2021

    Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (8 – 14  July 2021)

    8 – 14  July 2021

    • 13 Palestinians wounded, including 2 children and 1 female, in IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank
    • Two IOF shootings reported at fishing boats and agricultural lands, northern Gaza Strip
    • In 126 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 72 civilians arrested, including 3 children, a woman, and a journalist
    • 45 Birzeit University students were arrested at an IOF military checkpoint in Ramallah, while returning from a visit to the demolition site of a Palestinian prisoner’s house
    • Collective punishment policy: IOF demolished the house of a Palestinian man in Israeli prison
    • Demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem:  residential building (4-floor) and sheep barn demolished by IOF, and two houses were self-demolished
    • IOF Demolitions across the West Bank: 11 barracks, 5 used for residence and the others used for commercial purposes; demolition notice served against a graveyard; a health clinic confiscated
    • Israeli settlers’ attacks in the West Bank: olive trees cut, civilians assaulted, and an electric grid damaged
    • IOF established 50 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 2 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, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlement expansion on Palestinian properties and land continued.. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

    IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

    Thirteen Palestinians were wounded in IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, including two children and a female: 6 were wounded, including 1 child, in IOF attacks on a peaceful protest in Sabeih Mount, Nablus; a shepherd was wounded -and arrested afterwards- in Nablus; 5, including 1 child and a female, were wounded during an IOF incursion into Jenin refugee camp. Another Palestinian sustained critical wounds in Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, fired by IOF in its attacks in the West Bank.

    In the Gaza Strip, 1OF shooting was  reported against agricultural lands, and another incident was reported against fishing boats at sea, in northern Gaza Strip.

    IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 126 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, 72 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children, a woman, a photographer, and a journalist.

    In another blatant violations, IOF arrested 45 Birzeit University students on Wednesday, 14 July 2021, after ambushing them with a temporary military checkpoint at the entrance to Turmus Ayya village in Ramallah, while returning from a solidarity visit to Palestinian prisoner, Montaser Shalabi, house -which IOF demolished on 08 July 2021 in practice of its collective punishment policy against Palestinians. Twelve students were later released, while the others remain in IOF custody to this moment.

    In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians, including 1 child, while trying to cross the Gaza border fence in eastern Khan Younis. Two were later released, including the child.

    Demolitions:

    PCHR fieldworkers documented 10 violations:

    Hebron: demolition notice served against a graveyard, health clinic confiscated in Yatta, two agricultural rooms destroyed and a wall in eastern Bani Naim.

    Occupied East Jerusalem: 4-floor residential building destroyed in Shufat; 2 houses self-demolished in Jabel Mukaber and Silwan; sheep-barn barracks destroyed in Nabi Samuil.

    Salfit: 5 commercial facilities (barracks) destroyed in Haris.

    Qalqilya: cease-construction notice served against a house (under-construction) and two rooms were demolished in Azzun Atma.

    Ramallah: 7 barracks (made with tin-plates) destroyed, including 5 used for residential purposes, 2 for cattle in al-Mughayer.

    Settler-attacks: PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 3 attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

    Nablus: electric grid assaulted and 150 olive trees cut.

    Hebron: Palestinian civilians and their lands assaulted in Yatta.

    Collective punishment

    As part of IOF collective punishment policy against Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against IOF or settlers, on Thursday, 08 July 2021, IOF demolished of Montaser Ahmed ‘Ali al-Shalabi’s family house, Shalabi is a Palestinian from Ramallah imprisoned by Israel allegedly for killing a settler and wounding others in an attack earlier this year.

    Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

    The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip by strictly tightening its closure on the Gaza Strip, which entered its 15th year, without any indication for a solution in the future, depriving the Gaza population from enjoying their economic, social, and cultural rights. This week, IOF loosened its restrictions on the movement of goods and individuals, which were enforced since the May IOF military aggression on Gaza, expanding the fishing area from 9 to 12 nautical miles, and allowed the export of agricultural and fabric goods to Israel, and the import of some raw materials and medical supplies via Karm Abu Salem crossing. IOF also announced that journalists working for international media organizations and the Palestinian Ministry of media would be allowed travel via Beit Hanoun crossing, as well as all those with appointments with foreign embassies or have medical training abroad.

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

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

    • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 09 July 2021, a group of Palestinians gathered in central of Beita village, southeast of Nablus, and then headed towards Sabeih Mount, south of the city, where IOF established “ Avitar“ settlement outpost few weeks ago, to protest against the establishment of the outpost there. The Palestinians gathered in the western side of the mount, set fire to tires on a road leading to the mount. IOF indiscriminately opened fire at the protestors and clashed them. During which, the protestors threw stones at IOF, who continued to fire live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. The clashes continued until 19:00 and resulted in the injury of 6 protestors, including a child. All of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. During the clashes, IOF fired rubber bullets at an ambulance belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), breaking its windshield.
    • Following the Friday prayer, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized against settlement in Hizma village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. As a result, dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Afterwards, dozens of Hizma villagers gathered in al-Thaghra area, where they performed the Friday prayer and then headed towards barbed wires that separate al-Thaghra area from the main street, protesting at the establishment of a settlement road in the village lands. The protestors carried Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against settlement. During which, IOF deployed in the area, surrounded the protestors and fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. It should be noted that Israeli authorities built a settlement road on Hizma village lands, denying Palestinian citizens and shepherds access to their lands.
    • At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, 11 July 2021, IOF moved into Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF deployed on the neighborhood streets, closed the main street, established several military checkpoints, searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, prevented them from entering the neighborhood, and forced them to pass through bypass roads. Afterwards, dozens of Palestinians gathered in the area, threw stones at IOF and their vehicles, and fired fireworks at them. IOF immediately assaulted the protestors, indiscriminately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them and chased Palestinians who burned columns, where IOF’s surveillance cameras were fixed.

    Accordingly, clashes erupted and continued until dawn hours. As a result, Harbi Nidal al-Rajbi (18) was shot with a live bullet in his back while getting out of his house and heading to perform ‘Isha paryer. Al-Rajbi was taken to al-Maqased Hospital in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the city, due to his serious health condition. Nidal’s father said to PCHR’s fieldworker that his son underwent to several surgeries, during which, doctors removed his kidney and part of his spleen. He added that the health condition of his son is still serious, and he receives treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Al-Rajbi pointed out that IOF raided al-Maqased Hospital looking for his son. Afterwards, the hospital administration intervened and told IOF that Harbi’s health condition is serious and he undergo to a serious surgery. It should be noted that al-Rajbi was arrested by IOF several times, last of which was 2 weeks ago as IOF raided his father shop in al-Bostan neighborhood and severely beat him along with his family members. It should be noted that Harbi suffers from diabetes.

    • At approximately 04:00 on Monday, 12 July 2021, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, al-Jabriyat area and Abu Duhair Moubt, adjacent to the camp, west of Jenin, north of the West Bank, where they conducted arrest campaign. During which, a group of Palestinians gathered and confronted IOF vehicles. IOF responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, 5 Palestinians, including a child and a girl, were shot with live bullets. PCHR keeps the names of those wounded.
    • At approximately 00:30 on Tuesday, 13 July 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, north of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at border area, but no casualties were reported.
    • At approximately 22:15, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, and off al-Sodaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian gunboats sailing within 1-5 nautical miles, opened heavy fire around them and fired flare bombs in the sky, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
    • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 14 July 2021, IOF stationed in “Yitzhar“ settlement, which is established on Madama village’s lands in Nablus, opened fire at a Palestinian shepherd, who was breeding his sheep in al-Rasem area. As a result, the shepherd namely Ma’moun Ameen Fayiz Nassar (47), from Madama village, was shot with a live bullet in his foot and arrested later. Ma’moun received treatment at Beilinson Hospital in Israel. 

    Incursions and arrests

    Thursday, 08 July 2021:

    • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians, including a father with his son. The arrestees are: Dawoud Ahmed Banat (48), his son Ayoub (21), Ehsan Mohammed Tafish (30), Abdullah Mahmoud Tafish (35), and Hisham Rawhi Tafish (29).
    • Around the same time, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Yousef Ahmed al-Hawas’s (23) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 01:40, IOF moved into Tell village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Emad Yousef Raihan’s (54) house, a former candidate on “Jerusalem is our destiny” electoral list of 2021 and arrested him.
    • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Hebron and stationed in Juneid area. They raided and searched Yehya Mohammed Qawasmah’s (39) house and arrested him.
    • Around the same time, IOF moved into Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Abdul-Salam Ayyad’s (49) house, a member of Abu Dis municipality, and arrested him.
    • At approximately 02:10, IOF moved into Thinnaba village in Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Eman Khalil ‘Amarnah (52), and her son, Mohammed Belal ‘Amarnah (31).
    • At approximately 03:05, IOF moved into Beita village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Rani Hashem Dweikat’s (23) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Khaled Isma’el Abu Ghannam’s (46) house and arrested him. IOF left a summons to his son, Emad (16), to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
    • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ahmed Yousef Bader (31), an employee in the Palestinian customs police, from Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established near “Ma’ale Adumim” settlement, east of the city.
    • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Ibrahim Sami Mutair (29), from his shop near Qalandiya refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem.
    • At approximately 15:30, IOF arrested Khaled al-Zeir (46), from Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while present on al-Jesir street in Beit Hanina, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
    • At approximately 21:00, a group of Mista’arvim, (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians), sneaked into Birzeit, north of Ramallah, and stationed at the Old City’s crossroad. They stopped a gray vehicle and arrested the driver, Abdul Rahman Husain al-Jalies (35), and Fares Ahmed Zumra (33), while back home in Jalazone refugee camp, north of the city.
    • IOF carried out (8) incursions in Jalamah and Beit Kad, northeast of Jenin; Deir Sharaf and Beit Iba, west of Nablus; Badhan, north of Nablus; Sarra, Awarta and Usarin, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

    Friday, 09 July 2021:

    • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Sa’ir village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Nassar Eissa Jabarin (40), and his brother, Ayyoub (37).
    • Around the same time, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched Bassam Hamed Qufeisha’s (35) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate and stationed in Ruq’a area. They raided and searched Isma’el Abdul Hadi Makhamera’s (42) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 07:00, IOF moved into Bab Huta neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Sufian Omar al-‘Ajlouni’s (23) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Naser Mohammed Nawaj’a (38), a field researcher at the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the oPt, from Susya village, south of Yatta, after stopping him while returning to the village. IOF released him later.
    • At approximately 14:30, IOF arrested three civilians while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, after finishing the Friday Prayers, and took them to one of the detention centers in the city. The arrestees are: Ahmed Yasine Kmail (28), from Qabatiya in Jenin governorate; Baker Awni Barri (26), from Immatain in Qalqilya governorate; and Yousef Shehada Khalil (26), from Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm governorate.
    • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Sameer Mohammed Shahin (39), from Hebron, after stopping his vehicle on a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Samu village, south of Hebron.

    Saturday, 10 July 2021:

    • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched Sameer Mohammed Shahin’s (39), house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Karkafe area in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Hamza Da’dara’s (24) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested (3) civilians including a child, while attempting to sneak through the border fence in Khan Yunis. The arrestees are: Qusai Hasan Abu Selmi (17), from Abasan al-Kabeera; Mohammed Ramadan al-Derdisi (20) and ‘Ahed Ahmed Abu Shehada (19), both from Bani Suheila. IOF released Selmi through Erez crossing on the next day morning, and kept al-Derdisi and Abu Shehada under arrest.
    • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Kaubar and Kafr Malik in Ramallah; Beit Ummar, Bayt Kahil, Beit Mirsim and Hadab villages. No arrests were reported.

    Sunday, 11 July 2021:

    • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed al-Salaima (23) and Mohammed al-Tweity (21) and arrested them.
    • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Khaled Omar Rweidy’s (12) house and arrested him.

    Monday, 12 July 2021:

    • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Idhna village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Ahmed Abdul Rasoul Bashir’s (44) house, but no arrests were reported.
    • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Qabatia, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Hussain Amin Samadi (35), and Adham Khaled Abu Aisha (18).
    • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Beita, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Issam Ghassan Hamayil’s (23) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, Jabriyat area and Jabal Abu Thhair adjacent to the refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mo’tasem Omar Steity (37), from Jenin refugee camp, Omar Bayan Abed (28) and his brother, Osaid (20), from Jenin. Meanwhile, IOF opened fire at the protestors who protested against storming their village. As a result, 5 civilians; including a child and a girl, were injured. For more details check “Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity” in this report.
    • At approximately 10:00, IOF summonsed Mazen al-Jabari, Director of the Arab Studies Society’s Youth Development Institute, from interrogation in al-Maskobiya police center in West Jerusalem.
    • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ra’fat Tareq al-Isawiya’s (50) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Ra’fat was arrested on the same day of his daughter’s engagement party, and a day before releasing his brother, Medhat, who spent over than 27 years in the Israeli prisons.
    • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Zeid Anwar Rabay’a (26), from Ubeidiya village, east of Bethlehem, while present near Bab al-Amud area in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
    • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Dura and ‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

    Tuesday, 13 July 2021:

    • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses, arrested (3) civilians and took them to unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Ahmed Khaled Taqatqa (22), Eyad Nader Taqatqa (20) and Mohammed Akram Taqatqa (26).
    • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Sur Baher village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mo’tasem Emad ‘Atwan (20) and Mousa Zeyad ‘Atwan (21), and arrested them.
    • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into al-Tabqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Hani Mohammed Amro’s (37) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Hammam Waleed Bani Fadel’s (23) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Hebron. They raided and searched Belal Saleem Salhab’s (35) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 07:00, IOF stationed at al-Container military checkpoint, east of Bethlehem, arrested Mahmoud Hasan Salah (32), while passing through the checkpoint. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
    • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ra’ed Hazem al-Sayyad (16) and Na’eem Ibrahim Abu al-Hawa (16) and arrested them.
    • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. they raided and searched Ayyoub Mohammed al-Khadour’s (29) house, arrested him and confiscated his vehicle.
    • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Halhul and Surif villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

    Wednesday, 14 July 2021:

    • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Ram village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Yazan Ahmed Shawabka’s (24) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including a photojournalist. The arrestees are: the photojournalist Khaled Adnan al-Zebda (30), Hamada Abdullah Badawi (27), Ahmed Mohammed Owda (26), and his brother, Ra’d (28).
    • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Beita village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (11) civilians, including a child and 2 siblings. The arrestees are: Adham Sameer al-Shorafa (24), Yousef Mohammed al-Shorafa (28), Hamad Taleb Ma’ali (23), Yousef ‘Ahed Hamayil (26), Rashed Hasan Qawariq (21) and his brother, Ramiz (20), Omar Dawoud Borhom (21), Bayan Abdul Jalil Borhom (21), Emad Faleh Dawoud (31), Qassam Zahi ‘Adili (17), and Na’eem Taleb Dweikat (22).
    • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Abdullah Adel al-‘Ammour’s (27) house and arrested him.
    • At approximately 18:30, IOF raided Turmus Ayya village, northeastern Ramallah, and stationed near the village’s main entrance. IOF soldiers deployed in the agricultural fields near the village entrance and established a temporary military checkpoint. The soldiers stopped a Mercedes bus, property of al-Tamimi company- that carried Birzeit University students on their way back from a solidarity visit to Montasser Shalabi’s family, whose house was demolished b y IOF on 8 July 2021. Shalabi is imprisoned by Israeli allegedly for killing a settler and wounding 2 others in an attack at Zatara checkpoint in southern Nablus.

    The soldiers arrested the entire group, 45 students, and took them along. At approximately 23:00, IOF released 12 students while the others remained in custody.

    Note: A group of the arrestees’ names is available at PCHR.

    • IOF carried out 2 incursions in Dura and Sa’ir villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

    Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

    • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 08 July 2021, IOF backed by a military vehicle and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into al-Deirat village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  The Israeli administration officer handed a notice (final decision) to demolish a cemetery, which the villagers are building in the area.  The cemetery includes a number of graves built of concrete, and on 18 April 2021, IOF handed the villagers a notice to stop the construction works and then confiscated 2 excavators in an agricultural land in the same village under the pretext of working in Area C.
    • At the same time, IOF handed Nasser Abu Khudeir a notice to vacate his house as the Israeli municipality intends to demolish the 4-storey residential building he lives in in Shuafat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, within 14 days. The building houses 10 families of 55 individuals.

    Abu Khudeir said that an Israeli intelligence officer called him to vacate his house as the municipality intends to carry out the demolition within 14 days.  Abu Khudeir said that the building was established by a number of civilians on a plot of land to the west of the Shuafat structural plan.  The plot of land is planned for construction but located in an unorganized zone.  Abu Khudeir added that the Israeli municipality stopped the construction at the time and imposed a high fine of more than USD 200,000, and in 2005, it issued a decision to demolish the residential building.  During the hearings, the demolition decision was replaced with a decision to close completely all the building’s outlets with bricks.  It should be noted that Ramat Shlomo settlement is only 200 meters away from the building that was established on lands confiscated from Shuafat neighborhood.  Abu Khudeir highlighted that the settlement’s setters raised the building issue at the Israeli municipality, followed up the case of its demolition and then sought for its closure.

    ‘Ezzatt Ghaith, one of the apartments’ owners in the building under the threat of demolition, said that the building houses 10 different Palestinian families, who prepared their apartments again after 2015 when the owners obtained the decision to lift the closure.  Ghaith added that all the apartments’ owners worked hard to get the building license and did all the necessary legal proceedings.  Thus, the Israeli municipality lately allowed them to submit a request to the Israeli Tabu in order to obtain a building license. The municipality also allowed them to add a floor and a half to the building.  Ghaith said that they were all surprised with the demolition decision as the licensing procedures were going perfectly fine, emphasizing that the Israeli municipality’s decision to demolish the building is part of its collective punishment policy as Naser Abu Khudeir who lives in the building is wanted by the Israeli municipality and intelligence.

    • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 12 July 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers and a mounted-crane truck moved into Um Qussa area, east of Yatta city, south of Hebron. IOF deployed around a school and confiscated a tin-plate room (10 sqm) used a clinic, under the pretext of non-licensing.
    • Around the same time, Israeli bulldozers demolished 5 barracks in western Haris village in Salfit, under the pretext of being in Area C. The barracks, which is located on the bypass road (Samaria), belong to Fadi Hasan Saleh Suliman. These tin-plate barracks used as a vegetable shop, an auto repair workshop, a workshop for selling aluminum, a blacksmith workshop, and a carpentry workshop. Fadi Suliman said that this is the fifth time that IOF demolished his barracks, and in each time, he rebuilt them. He added that IOF demolished the barracks over its contents, which caused heavy loses.
    • At approximately 11:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers and 2 diggers moved into Wadi al-Joz area, east of Bani Na’im village in eastern Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the diggers demolished the following facilities:
    1.  A 30-sqaure-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin plates, a water well of 150 cubic metres, and a 100-meter-high cement wall belonging to Nader ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Mahmoud ‘Odah.
    2.  A 100-meter-high concrete wall belonging to ‘Azzam ‘Abdul ‘Aziz ‘Odah.
    3. A 30-sqaure-meter agricultural room built of bricks and tin plates, a 1.5- square-meter bathroom built of tin plates, and a 100-meter-high concrete wall belonging to ‘Abed al-Salam ‘Azzam al-Qimiri.
    • On Monday, Jamal ‘Ajaj implemented the Israeli Municiplaity order and self-demolished his house in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Ajaj said that his 4-story under-construction house ( 110 sqm) was built 3 months ago to live in it with his wife. The house was comprised of 3 rooms, a bathroom and a kitchen. ‘Ajaj clarified that a month ago, the Israeli municipality delivered him an administrative demolition notice, and yesterday evening, he received a phone call from the Israeli police, which gave him 24 hours to implement the demolition or he will be fined NIS 100,000 if the  municipality crews will do so.
    • At approximately 23:00, Mohammed Nassar al-Hussani implemented the Israeli municipality order and self-demolished his house in Wad Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Hussani said that his 124-sqaure-meter house sheltered his family comprised of 7 persons, including 2 children, his father and mother, and his sister. He clarified that his house was built in 2013 and since that time, IOF file lawsuits against him in the Israeli courts and impose fines on him. In 2019, IOF imposed a fine of NIS 40,000 on him. He added that despite all attempts to licsene his house through lawyers and engineers, in January 2021, the Israeli court refused to delay the demolition and issued a decision to implement it. Al-Hussani pointed out that the Israeli police phoned him and told him to self-demolish his house or it will impose a fine of NIS 200,000 on him as a demolition costs. Accordingly, he vacated his house contents and rented a bulldozer to implement the demolition.
    • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 13 July 2021, IOF handed 3 civilians from Azun Atme village, south of Qalqilya, decisions; one to cease-construction of a house which is under-construction belonging to Mohammed Isma’el Younis, and the two others notices to demolish 2 agriculture rooms belonging to Mohammed Ibrahim Younis and Ahmed Abdul Fattah Younis.
    • At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 14 July 2021, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles along with 2 vehicles belonging to the Israeli Construction and Organization Department in the (Civil Administration), a bulldozer, truck and a digger moved into Qaboun Complex area, east of Mughayir village, northeast of Ramallah. They demolished 7 barracks (2 used for cattle, and 5 for residence). Furthermore, IOF brought Israeli workers who confiscated 3 tents and a tractor. Following are the details of the damaged priorities:
    NameFamily membersChildrenCattlesConfiscated facilitiesnotes
    Atallah Hamed Hamed8350· 2 (70 sqm) barracks·        (90 sqm) cattle tent·        Water tank·        6 cattle feeders·        Tractor No prior notices received
    Abdullah Jaber Hamed7470·        (60 sqm) residence barrack·        (60 sqm) cattle barackNo prior notices received
    Abdul Raheem Atallah al-Qabouni12590·        2 (70 sqm) residential barracks·        (90 sqm)  cattle tentNo prior notices received
    Abdullah Hassan al-Qabouni103·        (70 sqm) residential barrack·        (50 sqm) residential tentNo prior notices received
    • At approximately 09 on Wednesday, 14 July 2021, Israeli bulldozers demolished a barrack for cattle belonging to Ibrahim Obaid, in al-Nabi Samuil village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, and ordered to demolish 2 barracks under the pretext of non-licensing.

    Ibrahim Obaid stated that he was surprised when IOF stormed the area and demolished his cattle barrack, noting that demolishing his (26 sqm) barrack will cause him many losses and troubles. It should be noted that IOF handed Mohammed Ayed and Za’al Abu Dahouk 2 notices to demolish their barracks.

    Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

    • On Sunday morning, 11 July 2021, a group of settlers from “Ahya” settlement established on Jalud village’s eastern lands, southeast of Nablus, assaulted the electricity network in Kherbet Sarah in the southeastern area of the village, damaged the network lines and cut the network’s poles.
    • At approximately 10:00, a group of settlers of “Ma’on” settlement east of Yatta, south of Hebron governorate, threw stones at Palestinian shepherds while present in their pastures near the abovementioned settlement, and forced them to leave their lands. Meanwhile, IOF came and did not prevent the settlers from throwing stones and attacking the Palestinian shepherds.
    • On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, a group of settlers launched from “Yitzhar” settlement established on lands southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, attacked Palestinian agricultural lands in Jabal Salman, eastern side of Burin village. As a result, the Israeli settlers cut 150 olive trees aged between 60-70 using hand and automatic saws and stones, belonging to Mohammed Mustafa Zebin, from Nablus.

    Collective punishment:

    As part of IOF collective punishment policy against Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against IOF or settlers, on Thursday, 08 July 2021, IOF demolished the family house of a prisoner  from Ramallah at the Israeli prisons after accusing him of killing a settler and wounding others.

    According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 00:00 on Thursday, IOF backed by dozens of military vehicles moved into Turmus Ayya village, northeast of Ramallah.  They stepped out of the military vehicles and deployed between houses, where 30 soldiers topped the roofs.  Meanwhile, large number of Israeli forces raided the family house of Montaser Ahmed ‘Ali al-Shalabi (44), who has been arrested since 06 June 2021 to carry out the demolition decision, which the family was informed of following IOF’s claims  that the prisoner killed a settler and wounded 2 others at Za’atarah checkpoint, south of Nablus.

    IOF forced the neighbors of Shalabi’s house to vacate their houses.  Meanwhile, IOF surrounded another house belonging to the family of the prisoner’s wife, Sanaa’ Hamdi al-Shalabi, who said to PCHR’s fieldworker that she moved to her family house with her 3 children, Sarah, Mohammed and Ahmed, after she received a call from her lawyer on 30 June 2021 informing her of the decision to demolish the house.  After IOF surrounded her family house, she tried to get out and be near her house, but IOF prevented her.  Therefore, she went back to her family house and via the live video on Turmus Ayya page and from her family house window, she watched IOF surrounding her house in the eastern neighborhood near Turmus Ayya School and planting explosives in the walls.  At 06:15, they exploded the house from the inside but part of a floor was still there, so the soldiers again planted explosives in the land under the first floor.  At 08:30, the house was completely blown up and IOF withdrew from the village,

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

    The Gaza Strip:

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

    The Gaza Strip still suffers under the Israeli-imposed closure, which entered its 15th year recently, with extreme restrictions on the movement of goods and individuals, exacerbating the continued deterioration of humanitarian conditions and causing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. For further information, please see PCHR State of the Border Crossing monthly update, and PCHR reports on the closure.

    On Monday, 12 July 2021 IOF announced that it would be easing some its restrictions after a few days of calm, including expanding the fishing area from 9 to 12 nautical miles. Also according to the announcement, IOF would allow the import of fishing materials, raw material for production and manufacturing, from Israel to the Gaza Strip via Karm Abu Salem; export of agricultural produce and fabric will be allowed from Gaza to Israel. Additionally, there are facilitations on the movement of individuals via Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, namely journalists, medical personnel, and certain humanitarian cases like couples who do not live in the same area will be allowed to travel to and from the Gaza Strip.

    The West Bank:

    In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 50 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 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. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

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

    Jerusalem:

    • On Thursday, 08 July 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Biddu village, northwest of the city.
    • On Friday, 09 July 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
    • On Tuesday, 13 July 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Wadi Helwa and ‘Ein al-Louz neighborhoods in Silwan village, at the entrance to al-Thawri neighborhood, and at the entrance to Hizma village, northeast of the city.
    • On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, IOF closed Kalandia military checkpoint after carrying out a shooting attack by unknown person at the checkpoint. IOF chased the person and arrested him. The checkpoint was later opened. Also, IOF established a checkpoint at Biddu village’s tunnel, northwest of the city.

    Bethlehem:

    • On Thursday, 08 July 2021, IOF established 2checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and at the entrance to Wadi Fukin village, west of the city.
    • On Friday, 09 July 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and at the northern entrance to Nahalin village, west of the city.
    • On Saturday, 10 July 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the northern and western entrances to Tuqu village, and at the northern entrance to Nahalin village, west of the city.
    • On Sunday, 11 July 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern and western entrances to Tuqu village.
    • On Monday, 12 July 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and near al-Nashash intersection, south of the city.
    • On Tuesday, 13 July 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village, at the entrance to Wadi Fukin village, at the intersection of Fureidis village, east of the city.
    • On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Tuqu village and at the western entrance to Husan village, west of the city.

    Nablus:

    • On Sunday, 11 July 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrances to Beita village.
    • On Tuesday, 13 July 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints between Urif and Asira al-Qibliya villages, and in al-Moraba’a area near the entrance to Tell village, southeast of Nablus.

    Jenin:

    • On Thursday, 08 July 2021, IOF established a checkpoint on Jenin-Hifa Street, west of Jenin.

    Hebron:

    • On Thursday, 08 July 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the entrances to Idhna, Bani Na’im and as-Samu villages.
    • On Friday, 09 July 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron and at the entrance to Beit Ummar village.
    • On Saturday, 10 July 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Surif and as-Samu villages and on Wadi al-Joz road.
    • On Sunday, 11 July 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Halhul City and at the western entrance to Hebron.
    • On Monday, 12 July 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at at the entrances to Idhna, ad-Dhahiriya and as-Samu villages, and at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp.
    • On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Khasa and Beit Awwa villages, and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.

    Salfit:

    • On Monday, 12 July 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Istiya, Deir Ballut and Kafr ad-Dik villages, and at the entrance to Salfit.

    Israel, Don’t Raise the Roof Beams High As You “Resettle” Lifta; Its Owners Will Return

    By Rima Najjar

    Global Research, June 01, 2021

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    The latest crisis in Palestine cannot be set aside as another passing episode in Israel’s forever war against the Palestinian people.

    We are now witnessing shocks within Israel behind the Green Line, something that Israel had hitherto been able to contain. In the process, it pretended, along with much of the western world, that it is the “longest-lived democracy in the Middle East” and that only its continued occupation of the West Bank and its harsh blockade of Gaza undermine its “constitutional ideals”- ideals now exposed for what they’ve always been: Jewish supremacist in nature. 

    We know, as CJ Werleman wrote in Inside Arabia on May 14, 2021,

    “Israel is a country built on racism, dispossession, and genocide. The recent rise in attacks by Israeli settlers, vigilante groups, and lynch mobs targeting Palestinians are a continuation of that history and must be addressed.”

    There is an unbreakable thread between the Palestinian man lynched by Israeli Jews on the pavement after being pulled from his car in Jaffa and then beaten unconscious recently and the killings and massacres at the hands of Zionist militia in Jaffa and elsewhere in 1948 that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, as recounted by Israeli historian Benny Morris.

    The myth, amplified by Wikipedia, is that historians [presumably Israeli] disagree “concerning the effect these killings and massacres had on the Palestinian refugee flight and whether or not these killings and massacres were carried out with the intent of hastening it.”

    Palestinian historians have absolutely no doubt about what happened then and why, just as we Palestinians have no doubt about what is happening now in occupied Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, in Gaza and in several towns and cities behind the Green Line where Israel has imposed states of emergency — and why.

    Take, for example, my own father’s village of Lifta on the northwestern edge of Jerusalem. It is the last remaining Palestinian village that was ethnically cleansed of its population in the 1948 Nakba. Now, Israel is set to destroy what remains of it.

    The Jerusalem Post (JP), an Israeli English newspaper where facts are shaped by a narrative driven by Zionist values instead of knowledge, reported on this deeply disturbing piece of news this month by denying, like those Israeli historians who are still disputing historical facts, that any ethnic cleansing took place in Lifta — apparently, my grandfather just up and put his eight children and wife in a truck and abandoned his home so that, 73 years later, his village would be “resettled” by Israeli Jews and a luxury hotel built there.

    The Israeli newspaper published the following shameful headline:

    “Arab village of Lifta, abandoned in ’48, to house new Israeli neighborhood: The western neighborhood in Jerusalem which was abandoned in ’48 will be resettled with 259 housing units, including a luxury hotel.”

    report by Hidden Palestine: a News & Media Website, which, unlike JP, is a site driven by a narrative that values freedom from oppression, provides us with the following facts:

    The Israeli land authority announced this month that it is taking bids from construction companies to take charge of the real estate development of Lifta, with the contract set to last 98 years.

    The agreement includes the construction of 259 buildings, as well as commercial and business units, in addition to a hotel. If it moves forward, the deal would also see the majority of the Palestinian village’s remaining buildings razed to the ground.

    Thanks to petitions by its past Palestinian residents, Lifta was declared as one of 25 endangered sites on the 2018 World Monuments Watch list. It also appears on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites, which has led to threats from Netanyahu that Israel would withdraw from UNESCO.

    Lifta has few parallels anywhere in the world. The Palestinian village, lying on a slope at the entrance to Jerusalem, is the last ethnically cleansed Palestinian village to be frozen in time. Here, hundreds of beautiful Palestinian stone houses have continued to stand the test of time, empty and neglected for the past 73 years.

    With a history dating back at least 700 years as a Palestinian Arab village, Lifta was among the wealthiest communities in the Jerusalem area, and the women were known for their fine embroiders. Thob Ghabani bridal dresses were sewn in Lifta, which were made of ghabani, a natural cotton covered with gold color silk floral embroidery produced in Aleppo. The village’s clothing stores attracted Palestinians and Arabs from across the Levant.

    The entire population was forced out following brutal attacks by the invading Hagannah militias in early 1948. It is an incredible but depressing place to visit, and its destruction would contribute to the continued erasure of Palestinian culture and heritage.

    The Jerusalem Post’s story made it sound as though the “resettling” of Lifta was a preservation and development project. What it is, in fact, is a rewriting of history.

    Destroying Lifta destroys opportunities for Palestinians to uncover the past of both Palestinians and Israelis: “Lifta has a lasting value in its own right, as it can link restitution to the right of return. Moreover, its preservation will be an opportunity to assert the restoration of dignity in the Palestinian as well as the Jewish community. Finally, by halting the new development in Lifta, UNESCO will affirm its global credibility in response to cultural cleansing.” [See LIFTA AFTER ZIONIST PLANNING and PLANNING AS A CRIMINAL ACT]

    Israel’s expulsions of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, Jerusalem neighborhoods just outside the Green Line, are motivated by the same Zionist objective that resulted in the expulsion, also known as ethnic cleansing, of Palestinians like my family from Lifta, which is just inside the Green line. (See Israeli 2019 map of so-called “Greater Israel” below with Lifta, Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan circled). That objective is Israel’s desire to Zionize/Judaize all of Jerusalem and all of Palestine.

    Israeli 2019 map of so-called “Greater Israel” below with (left to right) Lifta, Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan circled

    I hope the ongoing worldwide protests on social media against Israel’s crimes will now add the rallying cry of #SaveLifta, in addition to #SaveSheikhJarrah and #SaveSilwan.

    If you are still in doubt about Israel’s intention, listen to two Palestinian citizens of Israel reacting to the message they have heard loud and clear all their lives from successive Israeli governments:

    Eva Najjar, Haifa-based lead designer and developer at Just Vision, writes:

    “I knew I was bringing my children into an ethnic-supremacist state when they were born. But after these past weeks, I don’t know how I can continue to raise them here.” (In The Washington Post: Palestinian citizens of Israel like me are facing terrifying new attacks)

    Diana Buttu wonders:

    “How do I explain to my 7-year-old son what being a Palestinian citizen of Israel means? What future can he look toward, when the leaders of the government incite hatred against him? What audacious hope can he have when he is bound to face racism and discrimination in education, employment and housing? For now, I try to shield him from the images on television and on our phones, but there will soon come a time when I cannot shield him from the reality that he is surrounded by people who consider him a second-class citizen.” (In The New York Times: The Myth of Coexistence in Israel)

    I am heartened by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) Special Session held on May 27, which for the first time has included a geographic scope encompassing Israeli violations targeting the Palestinian people on both sides of the Green Line.

    Israel’s institutionalized regime of racial domination and oppression targets the Palestinian people as a whole, including those no longer in Lifta through no fault of their own, who have more right by far to reconstruct their homes in Lifta than Israeli Jews have in constructing housing and luxury hotels to “resettle” the village. We will return, so don’t raise the roof beams high, Israel.

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    Over 500 Democratic staffers (zero GOP) urge Joe Biden to ‘hold Israel accountable’

    Open letter comes amid a deepening split in Democratic ranks between progressives and more centrist figures

    By VT Editors -May 24, 20211496

    Joe Biden has come under increasing pressure to take a firmer stance against Israel after the recent conflict in which more than 230 Palestinians and 12 Israelis were killed. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    VT: As the exclusive video below goes viral around the world, Israel’s friends in Washington with the exception of the GOP, are dissolving away as is the support Israel has always received from an American Jewish community now in shock watching this horrific child murder…done as though it were something Israeli police do all the time…

    https://www.bitchute.com/embed/G6SIyALy911r/

    Guardian: More than 500 Democratic party staffers and alumni ofJoe Biden’s 2020 campaign have signed an open letter calling for the US president to do more to protect Palestinians and hold Israel accountable for its actions in and over Gaza, where a ceasefire currently holds.

    The move comes amid a deepening split in Democratic ranks, between some vocal members of its progressive wing – such as Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez – and more centrist figures including Biden who have taken a consistently pro-Israel stance.

    Biden has come under increasing pressure to take a firmer stance against Israel after the recent conflict in which more than 230 Palestinians were killed and dozens of buildings leveled in Gaza, while 12 Israelis died from rockets fired by Hamas.

    The letter will add to that push and also reflects a more subtle turning point in broader US public opinion, which has become more critical of Israel.

    The signatories write that they “commend [Biden’s] efforts to broker a ceasefire. Yet, we also cannot unsee the horrific violence that unfolded in recent weeks in Israel/Palestine, and we implore you to continue using the power of your office to hold Israel accountable for its actions and lay the groundwork for justice and lasting peace.”

    The letter adds: “The very same values that motivated us to work countless hours to elect you demand that we speak out … we remain horrified by the images of Palestinian civilians in Gaza killed or made homeless by Israeli airstrikes.”

    While condemning violence on both sides, the letter singles out Israel for more blame due to its greater military power and its ongoing occupation of Palestinian communities and blockade against Gaza.  read more…

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/24/joe-biden-israel-palestine-letter-democratic-staffers

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    Gaza Children Narrate Horrifying Scars from “Israeli” Aggression: We’re Afraid

    24/05/2021

    Gaza Children Narrate Horrifying Scars from “Israeli” Aggression: We’re Afraid

    By Staff- Agencies

    When an “Israeli” air strike targeted a security office near her home in Gaza this month, 10-year-old Zeina Dabous frantically scribbled a note and slipped it under her mother’s pillow.

    “Mummy, my love, I am very very scared. If we all die, put us in the same grave all together so I can stay in your arms,” she wrote.

    “I want to wear my Eid clothes,” she added, of the outfit she never got to wear for the Muslim celebration after “Israeli” air strikes on the Palestinian enclave started on May 10.

    Though a ceasefire has since Friday halted the 11-days aggression, experts warn that children in the besieged coastal strip will likely carry the mental scars for years to come.

    Psychologists say many are showing signs of depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders or irritability, and many are wetting their bed.

    At home in Gaza city just before the bombing stopped, Zeina said she was constantly petrified and barely sleeping.

    “They’re always bombing,” she told AFP.

    After a strike hit very close, “before sleeping I wrote a note in red pen to my mother and slipped it under the pillow because I was scared I would die,” she said.

    Zeina is one of around a million children living in Gaza, according to the UN’s children agency UNICEF.

    “Israeli” strikes on Gaza martyred 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, and have wounded another 1,900 people, the Gaza health ministry says.

    “Israeli” air strikes also pounded the densely populated enclave in 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014.

    When the last war raged, Zeina was no older than four.

    “A whole generation of children has been ravaged by repeated conflicts,” said Zeina’s grandfather, Saeed Dabous.

    The charity Save the Children on Friday warned that children in Gaza would suffer for years to come.

    They “are suffering from fear and anxiety, a lack of sleep, and are displaying worrying signs of distress, such as constant shaking and bedwetting,” it said.

    In their grandfather’s home, Maysa Abu al-Awf, 22, held her two-year-old brother Ahmad on her lap and tried to comfort him after they lost two sisters and dozens of relatives in a devastating air strike.

    “I’m scared, I’m scared,” Ahmad constantly repeated, a scab on his hand and stitches on his bare foot.

    Maysa said that whenever he heard an explosion, he cried out. “I tell him, ‘don’t be scared, it’s just the sound of balloons popping’.”

    After air strikes demolished their four-story family home in Gaza city on Sunday last week, Maysa, little Ahmad and their sister Maram, who is seven, screamed for hours under the rubble before they were rescued.

    Their two sisters — 20-year-old dentistry student Shaima and 17-year-old school pupil Rawan — did not survive.

    Sitting beside her grandfather, Maram shook as she recounted being trapped under the rubble.

    “I called out for Mummy… I called for them to get me out,” she said.

    At the site of her demolished home, AFP saw Maram’s favorite red teddy bear lying in the debris, foam spilling from its left leg.

    “I am sad,” Maram said. “All my books and notebooks were burnt.”

    In the Gaza Strip’s main Shifa hospital, their 16-year-old cousin Omar was in shock after the same strike martyred his two brothers and father, who was the head of internal medicine at the facility.

    He had stopped talking, his family said.

    Palestine Will Prevail Against Zionism

    By Konrad Rekas

    Source

    Palestine Will Prevail Against Zionism

    This political violence cannot last forever, and resistance to supporting Zionism is also growing in the West. Peace and justice are the only acceptable solutions for Palestine, and this must mean the end of the Zionist regime.

    It’s not a coincidence that the great Imam Khomeini (blessed be His name) referenced Al-Quds Day in the last Friday of Ramadan. We are used to seeing the Palestinian cause in terms of mourning. So much Palestinian blood was shed by the Zionist occupiers, so much damage was done on Palestinian land, so devastating was Zionist occupation in the Palestinian capital, Al-Quds. These Zionist crimes must of course never be forgotten, the same as we will always remember the Nakba and never accept the existence of the Zionist occupation entity. The mood of Ramadan, its sacred atmosphere, perfectly fosters this absolutely necessary historical reflection.

    But we must also think about the Al-Quds Day in terms of hope. Above all hope and future happiness! The great Imam Khomeini with His unparalleled acumen surely saw this as the inevitable event of the future: the return of the liberated Al-Quds to its role as the Palestinian capital, the city of the faithful. To a role that Jerusalem has never lost in our souls. This is what makes each Al-Quds Day event so profound and important, combining the memory of the tragic past, the awareness of the crimes still happening before our eyes, with the certainty of the irreversible victory that will be enjoyed by Palestine and all its friends.

    Cut Off The Cancer

    Of course, for now we are all in situation of a body attacked by a cancer.A cancer cell is a killer that pretends to belong to the body it kills. This is what the Zionist occupation regime is doing. It has no rights or any grounds for the occupation of Palestine other than its own crimes and the support of the American and British centres serving the Zionists. For centuries, the Jewish population in the Middle East lived in harmony and peace with their Arab neighbours, and thanks to the rule of Islam, they could develop freely, unlike in full-blooded and intolerant Western Europe. And it was from Europe that the invasion of foreigners, attackers of unknown origin, who declared themselves rulers of this land and the World as a whole fell on Palestine! On the basis of a sick, criminal Zionist ideology and invented genealogy children of Eastern European stallholders and Western European doctrinaires, they all turned out to be terrorists attacking a peaceful, friendly Palestine. They came out of the sea like the Jinns, and like the Jinns, they should be thrown back into the sea.

    Over the years the Zionists enslaved not only all of Palestine, but also tried to impose their tyranny on their neighbours, especially Lebanon. With the help of their American servants, the Zionists also tried to create “Greater Israel” in Syria and Iraq, and in cooperation with the Saudi traitors of Islam, they tried to impose their power on the entire Middle East. This sect is no different in Europe, where, using especially the myth of the “Holocaust“, it imprints on European nations its ideological and financial dictatorship. Indeed, Zionism is a cancer, not only for Palestine and the Middle East, but for the whole World. And for the sake of all mankind, it must be cut down!

    Path Of The Martyrs

    The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the great Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, was the only one to present a viable and rational program for settling the Palestinian question via voting by all the true inhabitants of this land and their descendants. No other government, no state, including the European one, has devoted itself to such a profound and sensitive focus on the tragedy of Palestine. And this despite the fact that the crimes of the Zionists are not a secret in Europe. On the contrary, in many European countries, for example in Scotland, where I live, the social support movements for the victims of Zionist terror are more than strong. Governments, however, prefer to turn a blind eye, frightened by the myth of the “Holocaust” as well as under the pressure of the American Zionist chain dog, which, especially under Donald Trump, brutally forced the unconditionally pro-Zionist political line on its dependent states. And as we can see now, there is no big difference as far as Joe Biden’s administration concerned.

    However, this political violence cannot last forever, and resistance to supporting Zionism is also growing in the West. Peace and justice are the only acceptable solutions for Palestine, and this must mean the end of the Zionist regime. Eventually, it will be forced to bow to the increased pressure of heroic Palestinian resistance, economic boycott from the rest of the World, and above all the unshakable will of Islam, led by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its Supreme Leader.

    The road to a free Palestine is marked by the graves of the martyrs, and we all know that General Soleimani is one of the greatest of them. No one has ever caused so many losses to Zionism in his whole life, while saving so many believers and, in fact, helping the whole World. It is no coincidence that the Great General was targeted by the Zionist criminals and the American murderers acting on their behalf. However, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of faith. Faith in the final victory, in pushing the Zionists into the sea, in a free Palestine and in the Middle East without the imperialist troops and their Saudi henchmen.

    At the same time, however, we must also remember that Zionism is not defenceless. On the contrary, the Zionist regime is held hostage by millions of Palestinians, the entire Middle East is hostage as it is threatened by Zionist nuclear weapons. It is of course possible to destroy the Zionist occupation by military means, but the cost would be enormous. Therefore, Zionism is actively fought wherever it is manifestly aggressive, just as General Soleimani did. However, we must overcome the Zionist occupation from within, by strengthening Palestinian potential and by intensifying the external blockade. Zionists are greedy people, thinking only about profits. Let’s deprive these bandits and thieves of the profits from the exploitation of Palestine and they will run away, rob Mars, work up a trillion-dollar debt to Jupiter or whatever the Zionists come up with. And this victory is inevitable, thanks to the example of General Soleimani and everyday heroes.

    We Are Not With Palestine… Enough

    In whole Europe we can see now thousands of people attending meetings of solidarity with Palestine. It is an important and touching experience. I have helped to organise some of them, but every time I have one, I share a strong message with the attendance:

    We should not say and write “We are with Palestine” because we are… not there.

    We were not banished from our homes during Nakba. We did not live in Sabra and Shatila. We were not kids shot at during the Intifada. Water was not shut off from our houses in the Autonomy. No one shot us when we were sailing towards the ships in Gaza. We are not where the Zionists are murdering Palestine.

    And let’s not lie to ourselves that we can really do something for Palestine, that we change something by putting away on the shelf of a supermarket oranges fertilized with the blood of children from the West Bank. Because there will always be some other news of the day eventually. Because someday we have a whim to go on a trip to Eilat. Because the governments we vote for will talk us down again into making another deal with the Zionists.

    Let’s not say we are with Palestine until we are truly consistent. As long as the chain of economic and political blockade around “Israel” is tighter than the barbed wire strangling the Autonomy. Until real sanctions against the Zionists hit Tel Aviv more accurately than their missiles hit Gaza.

    The World conducts so many wars on our behalf, but against ourselves. This one, the one for the liberation of Palestine, let’s help lead it in our own well-understood interest. Not only for a moment, when we are once again saddened by another murdered Palestinian children, but for the final victory.

    Otherwise – we will never be with Palestine.

    Otherwise – we will become it ourselves.

    Unity at Last: The Palestinian People Have Risen

    May 21, 2021

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

    By Ramzy Baroud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Finally, they are rising.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Palestine’s ‘Day of Anger’: From River to the Sea

    17/5/21

    Palestine’s ‘Day of Anger’: From River to the Sea

    By Staff, Agencies 

    Palestinians staged a nationwide general strike across the occupied West Bank and towns occupied in 1948 lands to protest the ongoing “Israeli” aggression on the Gaza Strip.

    Shops, business centers, civil institutions, banks, and universities shut their doors across the West Bank.
    The general strike was called by Palestinian parties and unions as a “day of anger” over “Israel’s” military aggression in Gaza and Al-Quds.

    “The strike is an expression of anger against this barbaric aggression by the ‘Israeli’ occupation and international silence toward [‘Israeli’] aggression against our people in Al-Quds, Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Gaza,” Fahmi Shaheen, the coordinator of the national and Islamic forces in Al-Khalil said.

    He further stated: “This strike acquires a special importance because it is joined by all the Palestinian people across historic Palestine.”

    Meanwhile, shops and private institutions in Arab towns in 1948 occupied lands closed down as part of the general strike.

    On Sunday, activists called on Palestinians to join the strike in protest of the ongoing “Israeli” attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

    “Israel’s” Unlimited Barbarism: Gaza’s Main Lab Damaged in Zionist Strikes

    “Israel’s” Unlimited Barbarism: Gaza’s Main Lab Damaged in Zionist Strikes

    By Staff, Agencies 

    Again it’s “Israel’s” brutality that governs the scene. 

    As part of the continuous “Israeli” barbarism in Gaza, the besieged strip’s Covid-19 testing and vaccination site was taken offline after it was struck in an “Israeli” air raid.

    This comes as Palestinian health officials warned that Tel Aviv’s bombing campaign will drive a surge in the pandemic.

    The strikes triggered a “complete halt” to immunizations, virus screenings and telemedicine services at Gaza’s Al-Rimal clinic on Monday, the territory’s Health Ministry said on Monday, noting that its own headquarters was also damaged in the bombing. 

    “The ‘Israeli’ occupation’s targeting of the Ministry of Health and Al-Rimal Clinic caused a complete halt to the work of the only central laboratory examining coronavirus tests in [Gaza],” Health Ministry Undersecretary Youssef Abu al-Rish said in a statement, condemning the airstrikes as “a heinous crime aimed at dissuading the ministry from continuing its humanitarian work.”

    In a separate statement, the ministry said that “Israeli” forces were targeting “densely populated residential areas,” sending some 40,000 families to crowded shelters, which have become “a dangerous environment for the rapid spread of Covid-19.” It urged the international community to provide “critically needed personal protection equipment” for the shelters.

    The official announcement followed similar reports from both the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO], as well as the territory’s UN mission, which relayed a warning from UN chief Antonio Guterres that the fighting could “unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis” in Gaza.

    The UN’s Gaza relief agency, the UNRWA, has also voiced fears that the eruption of violence could fuel a surge in the pandemic, with agency official Matthias Schmale observing that “Israeli” airstrikes were sending large numbers of unvaccinated Palestinians into cramped shelters, saying they “could turn into mass spreaders.”

    With Gaza under a tight Israeli blockade, health agencies have found themselves ill-equipped for the ongoing health crisis, seeing major shortages in tests, treatments and vaccines. The latest aggression has only made matters worse, overwhelming Gaza’s hospitals with dead and wounded, and even martyring some healthcare professionals.

    The raw, genocidal racism of Israelis in West Jerusalem

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

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

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

    (TRT)

    Palestinian Priest Urges Christians to Protect Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

    May 11, 2021

    Father Manuel Musallam. (Photo: FB Page)

    Palestinian Catholic priest, Father Manuel Musallam, has urged Christians to join with Muslim worshippers and protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, Islam’s third holiest site, against aggression by Israeli security forces.

    “Whoever is not with his people in war is not entitled to be with them in times of peace,” Father Musallam wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday night.

    “This is the day… when Christians will affirm to Muslims that we all have one destiny and one civilization, that we are one people in this holy land,” the 82-year-old priest said.

    Father Musallam’s comments came as Israeli forces continued to surround the Al-Aqsa Mosque and assault worshippers there.

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered at the mosque, which is Islam’s third most holy site, during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Israeli police have used tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshippers in the mosque in a series of assaults starting on Friday.

    Several hundred people have been injured, more than 300 on Monday alone, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

    Musallam, who is a member of the Defence Committee for Islamic and Christian Holy Sites, also condemned attempts by Israeli authorities and settlers to expel Palestinians from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

    A longtime interfaith and anti-occupation activist, Musallam has campaigned against the seizure of Palestinian properties and religious sites in Jerusalem.

    “We will not allow the stealing of Muslim homes in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and Wadi Al-Joz, and for [Palestinians] to be sent to the diaspora,” the priest wrote.

    “Stand up, Christian clergymen, next to your people – the oppressed, the fearful and the poor – for the church is the church of the oppressed, the fearful and the poor,” Musallam said.

    Israel occupied east Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a violation of international law and has sent hundreds of thousands of settlers to live there in an attempt to change the demographic character of the city.

    (The New Arab, PC, Social Media)

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