Israel Calls for Banning Film Documenting Its Crimes in Jenin (VIDEO)

October 28, 2020

Jenin, Jenin is a film directed by Mohammed Bakri documenting Israel’s siege on the occupied Palestinian West Bank city of Jenin in 2002. (Photo: File)

An Israeli Knesset committee has called for banning a film documenting Israel’s siege on the occupied Palestinian West Bank city of Jenin in 2002 and the crimes carried out against its residents, Quds Press reported yesterday.

The Foreign and Security Committee at the Israeli Knesset submitted a draft resolution that will be raised to the government’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, demanding a ban on the film ‘Jenin, Jenin’.

The film was produced by the Palestinian-Israeli producer Mohammad Bakeri. It documents the Israeli crimes during the invasion of the Palestinian city through accounts by eyewitnesses.

The Knesset committee claimed that the film distorts the image of Israeli soldiers and stressed it should not be displayed.

The film has been beset with legal action since it was first aired 18 years ago. In 2003, Israel’s film rating board claimed that it was a “distorted presentation of events in the guise of democratic truth which could mislead the public.”

It judged the documentary to be a “one-sided propaganda film” and claimed that the public could be misled into thinking that Israeli soldiers had committed war crimes.

The director protested against these claims saying:


“It is a real shame for me because it shows that democracy in Israel is not reserved for all of its citizens… This is a clear political game that the Likud doesn’t want people to see the movie.”

However, the Israeli Supreme Court argued that the film rating board’s decision was an “exaggerated attack on freedom of expression” and ordered the ban to be lifted.

According to Quds Press, during the Israeli incursion of the city, Israeli soldiers “executed” 58 Palestinians, wounded hundreds of others, demolished 1,200 homes, including 450 which were completely demolished.

The Israeli occupation also arrested hundreds of Palestinians and several reportedly disappeared, while the Israeli occupation forces lost 23 soldiers during the siege.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

How Israel Wages War on Palestinian History

By Jonathan Cook

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When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 – filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake – he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth.

Jenin had been sealed off from the world for nearly three weeks as the Israeli army razed the neighbouring refugee camp and terrorised its population.

Bakri’s film Jenin, Jenin shows the young man hurrying silently between wrecked buildings, using his nervous body to illustrate where Israeli soldiers shot Palestinians and where bulldozers collapsed homes, sometimes on their inhabitants.

It was not hard to infer Bakri’s larger meaning: when it comes to their own story, Palestinians are denied a voice. They are silent witnesses to their own and their people’s suffering and abuse.

The irony is that Bakri has faced just such a fate himself since Jenin, Jenin was released 18 years ago. Today, little is remembered of his film, or the shocking crimes it recorded, except for the endless legal battles to keep it off screens.

Bakri has been tied up in Israel’s courts ever since, accused of defaming the soldiers who carried out the attack. He has paid a high personal price. Deaths threats, loss of work and endless legal bills that have near-bankrupted him. A verdict in the latest suit against him – this time backed by the Israeli attorney general – is expected in the next few weeks.

Bakri is a particularly prominent victim of Israel’s long-running war on Palestinian history. But there are innumerable other examples.

For decades many hundreds of Palestinian residents in the southern West Bank have been fighting their expulsion as Israeli officials characterise them as “squatters”. According to Israel, the Palestinians are nomads who recklessly built homes on land they seized inside an army firing zone.

The villagers’ counter-claims were ignored until the truth was unearthed recently in Israel’s archives.

These Palestinian communities are, in fact, marked on maps predating Israel. Official Israeli documents presented in court last month show that Ariel Sharon, a general-turned-politician, devised a policy of establishing firing zones in the occupied territories to justify mass evictions of Palestinians like these communities in the Hebron Hills.

The residents are fortunate that their claims have been officially verified, even if they still depend on uncertain justice from an Israeli occupiers’ court.

Israel’s archives are being hurriedly sealed up precisely to prevent any danger that records might confirm long-sidelined and discounted Palestinian history.

Last month Israel’s state comptroller, a watchdog body, revealed that more than one million archived documents were still inaccessible, even though they had passed their declassification date. Nonetheless, some have slipped through the net.

The archives have, for example, confirmed some of the large-scale massacres of Palestinian civilians carried out in 1948 – the year Israel was established by dispossessing Palestinians of their homeland.

In one such massacre at Dawaymeh, near where Palestinians are today fighting against their expulsion from the firing zone, hundreds were executed, even as they offered no resistance, to encourage the wider population to flee.

Other files have corroborated Palestinian claims that Israel destroyed more than 500 Palestinian villages during a wave of mass expulsions that same year to dissuade the refugees from trying to return.

Official documents have disproved, too, Israel’s claim that it pleaded with the 750,000 Palestinian refugees to return home. In fact, as the archives reveal, Israel obscured its role in the ethnic cleansing of 1948 by inventing a cover story that it was Arab leaders who commanded Palestinians to leave.

The battle to eradicate Palestinian history does not just take place in the courts and archives. It begins in Israeli schools.

A new study by Avner Ben-Amos, a history professor at Tel Aviv University, shows that Israeli pupils learn almost nothing truthful about the occupation, even though many will soon enforce it as soldiers in a supposedly “moral” army that rules over Palestinians.

Maps in geography textbooks strip out the so-called “Green Line” – the borders demarcating the occupied territories – to present a Greater Israel long desired by the settlers. History and civics classes evade all discussion of the occupation, human rights violations, the role of international law, or apartheid-like local laws that treat Palestinians differently from Jewish settlers living illegally next door.

Instead, the West Bank is known by the Biblical names of “Judea and Samaria”, and its occupation in 1967 is referred to as a “liberation”.

Sadly, Israel’s erasure of Palestinians and their history is echoed outside by digital behemoths such as Google and Apple.

Palestinian solidarity activists have spent years battling to get both platforms to include hundreds of Palestinian communities in the West Bank missed off their maps, under the hashtag #HeresMyVillage. Illegal Jewish settlements, meanwhile, are prioritised on these digital maps.

Another campaign, #ShowTheWall, has lobbied the tech giants to mark on their maps the path of Israel’s 700-kilometre-long steel and concrete barrier, effectively used by Israel to annex occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law.

And last month Palestinian groups launched yet another campaign, #GoogleMapsPalestine, demanding that the occupied territories be labelled “Palestine”, not just the West Bank and Gaza. The UN recognised the state of Palestine back in 2012, but Google and Apple refused to follow suit.

Palestinians rightly argue that these firms are replicating the kind of disappearance of Palestinians familiar from Israeli textbooks, and that they uphold “mapping segregation” that mirrors Israel’s apartheid laws in the occupied territories.

Today’s crimes of occupation – house demolitions, arrests of activists and children, violence from soldiers, and settlement expansion – are being documented by Israel, just as its earlier crimes were.

Future historians may one day unearth those papers from the Israeli archives and learn the truth. Those Israeli policies were not driven, as Israel claims now, by security concerns, but by a colonial desire to destroy Palestinian society and pressure Palestinians to leave their homeland, to be replaced by Jews.

The lessons for future researchers will be no different from the lessons learnt by their predecessors, who discovered the 1948 documents.

But in truth, we do not need to wait all those years hence. We can understand what is happening to Palestinians right now – simply by refusing to conspire in their silencing. It is time to listen.

Susan Abulhawa Embodies the Spirit of Palestinian Resistance in Her New Book: Against the Loveless World

By Miko Peled

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Writer and political activist Susan Abulhawa weaves a daring tale of a Palestinian woman’s defiant experience in solitary confinement at an Israeli prison.

Book Review — “I don’t care to be accommodating,” Nahr, the lead character in Susan Abulhawa’s new novel, “Against the Loveless World,” tells us. Perhaps she says this to prepare us or even warn us of what lies ahead. Either way, the statement runs like a thread throughout the entire book.

As the pages of the novel turn and the story of Nahr’s life unfolds, we go through the ups and downs of this Palestinian woman’s unpredictable life. Slowly, as we are gripped by the power of her story, we come to realize that Nahr’s unwillingness to be accommodating is admirable but comes at a heavy price.

Susan Abulhawa is the author of the international bestseller, “Mornings in Jenin,” among other important works of prose and poetry. Personally, I found her newest novel to be daring, honest, and totally unaccommodating. Abulhawa is also a friend of mine, and reading her novel felt a lot like listening to her talk.

A cube

Nahr is an inmate held in solitary confinement at an Israeli prison and she tells us the story from her tiny cell. This is no ordinary cell, the Israeli authorities placed Nahr in a highly sophisticated cell where everything is automated: the light and the shower turn on and off on their own; the toilet flushes at set times and Nahr the inmate needs to accommodate herself to their schedule. She lives in this cell and is unable to tell if it is day or night or what time of day it is.

For reasons that she lays out in the story, Nahr is not permitted to have visitors of her choice but from time to time an international observer, a journalist, or a prison guard come into the cell. It is during these random visits that we see Nahr expressing her unwillingness to be accommodating for the first time.

Tatreez

I can’t decide which metaphor better describes Nahr’s story, so I will use two. The first is a piece of Tatreez, or Palestinian embroidery. The characters in the story are the colors and designs that represent the various towns, villages, and regions of Palestine. It is embroidered over a black cloth, which is Palestine, thus displaying both the immense beauty and unspeakable tragedy of Palestine.

The other metaphor is a cluster of vines that twist and grow around the trunk of a large tree. In Palestine, one sees this often. They are particularly beautiful when they are in full bloom, wrapped around large trunks of tall trees. The stories of Nahr and the people around her are the vines wrapping around Palestine.

Nahr is surrounded by several strong characters, many of whom represent the breadth of the Palestinian experience. Their stories are told through Nahr’s story and together they evoke the powerful emotions that we experience together with her:  innocence, passion, love, and hate, sadness and anger as well as delicately threaded tenderness, yearning, and even compassion. Abulhawa seamlessly weaves Nahr’s personal story and the stories of the other characters into the greater story of Palestine.

The story takes us into two of the largest Palestinian refugee communities in the world, Kuwait and Jordan. We come face to face with Palestinians who became refugees in 1948, and then again in 1967, and then brutally kicked out of Kuwait and turned into refugees again as a result of the first Gulf War. Each time they think they can finally rest, something happens and they are forced to move again. Yet throughout this painful and seemingly endless odyssey their anchor continues to be Palestine.

A story of love

Nahr experiences the full scope of cruelty meted out to women by men, by the patriarchy. Since men’s brutality towards women is not unique to a particular race, nationality, or culture, her experience is universal. And yet, although she suffers greatly at the hands of men, she is capable of feeling and expressing a deep, sincere love for a man.

Against the Loveless World A Novel By Susan AbulhawaThough she speaks to us from a cold, lonely cell in which she is held by Israel, Nahr is able to relay her feelings to one man who she truly loves and who loves her completely. She admits to “a sexual yearning made insatiable by love so vast, as if a sky.”

In one scene Nahr watches the man she loves and describes what she sees, “the guilt, the impotence of seeing those settlements, the anguish over his brother, his mother, the years in prison, the torture, the inability to move.” Then, reflecting on her own sense of helplessness she says, “I wanted to take him in my arms and fix everything,” but, Nahr sums it up “all I could do was help carry the tea glasses.”

Palestine, for those who were torn away from her and for those who care for her, is like a loved one dying of terminal cancer. Hard as we may try, all we can do is watch as she is being eaten away by the cancer of Zionist brutality, and make her as comfortable as possible as she slips away.

Nahr’s pain is deep and real and reading this novel one often forgets that it is, in fact, fiction. She experiences pain as a woman, as a Palestinian, and as a human being. In Nahr’s own words, it is “a cloistered, unreachable, immutable ache.”

The spirit of resistance

Nahr tells us about “the epic fabrication of a Jewish nation returning to its homeland.” She goes on to say that the deceit, “had grown into a living, breathing narrative that shaped lives as if it were truth.”

She describes the Jewish-only settlements that she sees spreading all over Palestine. Entire cities, neighborhoods, and homes of people she knows and loves who were forced to flee their homeland, taken over by Jewish settlers. She describes the silences of older Palestinians who cannot bear to talk about their loss.

But the spirit of resistance is alive in Palestine and Nahr will not stand idly by as others prepare to act. Nahr is enraged by the ruthlessness of settlers and soldiers, tucked away safely in their exclusive, Arab-free colonies. They live on stolen Palestinian land and come out periodically to attack Palestinians with impunity.

Once she realizes that people around her are engaged in acts of resistance, she wants in on the action. Here, once again, we see Nahr unaccommodating, fierce, and willing to face the consequences.

From her solitary cell in an Israeli prison, Nahr recalls Ghassan Kanafani and James Baldwin, two great writers, who, like her, were unwilling to be accommodating. They suffered greatly because of who they were, one a Palestinian, the other a Black American. They both wrote and spoke with unmatched courage and clarity, and although dead for decades, (Kanafani was murdered by Israel in 1972, Baldwin died of cancer in 1987), they remain icons of the struggle against racism, oppression, and colonialism.

Feeling the pulse

Along with Ghassan Kanafani and Ibrahim Nasrallah, Susan Abulhawa’s writing has the rare quality of allowing us to taste the flavor, to smell the fragrance, and to feel the pulse of Palestine. A  true understanding of the Palestinian experience is not possible without reading the work of these three writers.

أحمد النصر

أحمد جرّار شهيداً: المطارد الناجي من «الذل»

قال جيش العدو إنّه هدم المبنى الذي تحصّن فيه الشهيد جرار في بلدة اليامون قرب مدينة جنين في شمال الضفة الغربية (الأناضول)

كان يعلم أن طريق «العبث بأمن إسرائيل» ومستوطنيها يتفرّع إلى ثلاثة خيارات: الاعتقال، المطاردة، الشهادة، لكنه سلك الدرب غير آبهٍ للنتائج. فرحت إسرائيل بما سمّته إنجازاً، لكنها تعلم أن جيشاً بكامله، ومعه أجهزة أمن قوية وكبيرة، طاردوا شاباً في منطقة تخضع لحكمهم، وقد أخفقوا في الوصول إليه أربع مرات على الأقل، ليموت بطريقة تشهد أنه رفض المذلة، وأن الذي أُذِلّ هو «الجبروت الإسرائيلي» المكسور على أعتاب بندقيته. خلف كيان العدو، أيضاً، كيان طفيلي آخر من «جلدة» الشهيد أحمد. «سلطة أوسلو» تتقدّم خطوات في ما هو «مطلوب» منها لتمثّل في مسألة ملاحقة ثم استشهاد جرّار، آلة عدوانية شريكة في كشف المقاومين وسفك دمائهم

سلفيت | في التاسع من كانون الثاني 2018، أعلن أحمد نصر جرّار بطلقات بندقيته افتتاح العام الجديد، مستهدفاً مستوطناً ــ حاخاماً ــ إسرائيلياً في عملية نوعية غرب نابلس. جهود مضنية قضاها «الشاباك» الإسرائيلي وأجهزة الجيش والأمن الأخرى على مدار أيام طويلة، محاولاً فك لغز العملية، ليصل بعد نحو أسبوعٍ إلى أن جرّار هو «قائد خلية حماس» المسؤولة عن العملية.

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الضفة التي تغيّرت: هل هي بلاد المطلوبين؟

صورة للشهيد أحمد (يسار) في طفولته

رام الله ــ الأخبار
لا عجب في أن يترك أحمد نصر جرار هذا الأثر وراءه عند رحيله، فلم يصدق كثيرون من الفلسطينيين النبأ لحظة وروده صباح أمس، وصاروا أشبه بـ«اليتامى» عند مواجهة لحظة الحقيقة؛ الشهيد أحمد لم يكن مقاوماً فحسب، بل أخذ القرار عن مئات الألوف من الذين يؤمنون بالمقاومة، وتحديداً المسلحة. لذلك، ليس غريباً أن يشعر هؤلاء بشعور الأم عندما تُكذّب الفاجعة في فلذة كبدها عند الساعات الأولى، لكن، لماذا شكّل جرار «استثناءً» يتشابه مع ما فعله الشهيد باسل الأعرج قبل نحو عام. وثمة سؤال آخر مبكر: لماذا لم يمكث مطارداً أكثر من 20 يوماً؟

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فدائي بيْننا… عاش «أحمد النصر»

قبل تعميم «سلطة أوسلو» لغة التسامح والسلام، كانت بيانات التنظيمات الفلسطينية تُذيَّل بعبارة «الخزي والعار للخونة والعملاء». شركاء «الحل السلمي» أعادوا تدوير الجملة في ماكينة السردية المضادة. هرول العرب قبل العجم نحو التطبيع مع العدو، لتصبح «أدبيات الثورة» مادة تهكمية لدى «الواقعيين» (اقرأ المنبطحين). معاودة إنتاج ثقافة استحالة التغيير واستهداف «الفئة المغامرة» مارسهما 99% من حكومات العالم. النسبة هنا لا تُزعج أنصار الديموقراطية.

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زرع ذاكرة في أرضه واستشهد: هنا مقرّ إقامتي الأخير

 لو كان بالإمكان اختصار سيرة أحمد جرار في قصيدة، لوقع الاختيار على «أحمد الزعتر» للشاعر الراحل محمود درويش. فهو الذي «كان في كل شيء يلتقي بنقيضه»: حين كان ابن ست سنوات لم يحيَ عيشة أترابه المعهودة، إذ وُلِدَ لأبٍ مقاوم يسير إلى المستحيل بأطرافه المبتورة، ويطارده جيشٌ بأكمله كأنما هو بطل أسطوري يصارع وحشاً عملاق، حتى استشهد بعد مطاردة طويلة، وهدم المكان الذي كان يتحصّن فيه فوق رأسه، تماماً كما انتهى المطاف بجرار الابن.

جيش أحمد جرار

 

فبراير 7, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– تشهد مواقع التواصل عبر الصفحات الفردية والجماعية للفلسطينيين ثورة وطوفاناً تتصدّرهما صور الشهيد أحمد جرار والكتابات الوجدانية التي تفيض حباً وتقديراً لرمزية هذا الشهيد الذي اغتال حاخاماً صهيونياً متطرفاً يتصدّر لائحة العنصريين بين المستوطنين في التحريض على قتل الفلسطينيين، ونجح أحمد بعد الاغتيال بالتخفّي عن أعين مخابرات الاحتلال وعملائه متنقلاً في بيوت الناس وقراهم وبلداتهم، يطارده الاحتلال بفرق من جيشه ويفشل في الوصول إليه، حتى كانت معركة المواجهة بينه وحيداً، مقابل مئات الجند ورجال المخابرات ووحدات الكوماندوس، فيقاتل ومعه كسرات خبز وقنينة ماء حتى تنفد منه ذخيرته، فيُستشهَد.

– يكرّر الفلسطينيون في حديثهم عن أحمد جرار ما قاله محمود درويش عن أحمد العربي، ويردّدون كلنا أحمد، ويتباهون بمن يتمثّل قبل الآخر صورة أحمد ويكرّر فعله، فتكون الحصيلة البسيطة بعد استشهاد أحمد جرار، أنّ جيش الاحتلال ومخابراته وقد دوّخهم أحمد،

لم يتسنّ لهم الاحتفال بتسديد الرصاصات القاتلة إلى صدره، فقد كان أحمد آخر يستدرجهم لدفن أحد مستوطنيهم، الذي طالته سكين أحمد، وكان عليهم أن يواجهوا سيلاً من التظاهرات التي تهتف لأحمد على مساحة الضفة الغربية، وكان عليهم أن يقرأوا في سخونة التفاعل الشعبي والشبابي، خصوصاً مع استشهاد أحمد وتقدّمه أيقونة للشباب الذاهب للمقاومة بالمئات والآلاف بلا انتظار السلاح، وبما تيسّر من وسائل وأدوات ينفع بينها الدهس وينفع الطعن، وتنفع كلّ وسيلة متاحة أخرى يبتكرها شعبٌ أثبت على مدى قرابة مئة عام أنه لا ييأس ولا يتعب.

– تخلّصت «إسرائيل» من أحمد جرار، لكنها اكتشفت أنّ عليها أن تنتظر المواجهة مع جيش جرّار هو جيش أحمد جرار، حيث الشباب اليافع والصبية في الأحياء يلعبون لعبة التخفي والمخابرات والفائز في التخفي تكون جائزته أن يكنّى بأحمد، والعرائس تتحدّث لأزواج المستقبل عن مهر لعرس يتقدّمه إثبات الرجولة في ميزان أحمد، وحيث الفصائل التي تنابذت على أشياء كثيرة وتنافست وأحياناً تقاتلت، تجتمع على النموذج المثال لأحمد، وحيث البلدات والمخيمات تتنافس وتتبارى في مَن تكون البلدة ومَن يكون المخيم، حيث يكون الصمود والثبات، كما في جنين بلدة أحمد ومخيم أحمد.

– مَن يقرأ علم الاجتماع السياسي بين «الإسرائيليين» ويدرك معنى ما يسمّيه العلماء بالتيار والموجة العارمة، والأيقونة، سيعلم أنّ المواجهة مع الفلسطينيين قد دخلت بعد استشهاد أحمد جرار مرحلة جديدة. فليست القضية هنا دعوة للتضامن مع الطفلة المكافحة والصامدة عهد التميمي، ولا القضية إدانة واستنكار إقدام جنود الاحتلال على قتل طفل بدم بارد. إنّها شيء مختلف، لا مكان فيها لدعوات التضامن والحديث عن المظلومية. القضية هنا هي التباهي بالدم والشهادة لشاب أرهق جيش الاحتلال لشهر كامل بعد أن تمكّن من تسديد ضربة موجعة له على الأنف مباشرة وتركه في الأرض نازفاً، ومن ثم استطابت له الشهادة. القضية لا مظلومية فيها بل حداء نصر، وأنشودة الشهادة، والشعوب عندما تبلغ هذه المرتبة من العزم، وتصير هذه الحالة مشهداً طاغياً في كلّ بيت وكلّ شارع، على مَن يعاديها ويحتلّ أرضها ويصادر حقوقها، أن يشعر بالذعر لا بالخوف فقط.

فالآتي أعظم، وما خلف الستار وتحت السجادة أهمّ بكثير مما يبدو في كادر الصورة.

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Palestinian Hero Ahmed Nasser Jarrer Martyred by ’Israeli’ Raid

06-02-2018 | 09:22

The Palestinian hero Ahmed Nasser Jarrer of Jenin, was martyred early Tuesday morning in a raid by “Israeli” security forces.

 

Palestinian Hero Ahmed Nasser Jarrer


According to “Israeli” reports, Jarrar was hiding in a complex of buildings in the village of Yamun, 9 kilometers west of Jenin, in the West Bank.

The “Israeli” forces also arrested several Palestinians in the assault.

His martyrdom came after more than a month-long “Israeli” manhunt for him after he killed the apartheid entity’s Rabbi, Raziel Shevach.

A graphic photograph from the scene showed Jarrar lying on the ground, covered in blood and surrounded by M-16 assault rifle ammunition cartridges.

The 22-year-old Jarrar is the son of Hamas Resistance Leader Martyr Nassar Jarrar.

The Martyr father, born in 1958, was imprisoned in 1978.

After he was released from prison in 1998, Jarrar became a senior commander of Hamas’s forces during the Second Intifada of the early 2000s.

In 2001, the elder Jarrar lost both his legs and an arm.

Source: Al-Ahed- Palestine

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IOF Raids Jenin, Kills Palestinian Who Carried out Nablus Operation

January 18, 2018

IOF manhunt

Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian late Wednesday in the north of the occupied West Bank.

Occupation forces raided the Palestinian city of Jenin late Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, with violent clashes breaking out in which Israeli occupation police said there were a “number of injuries”.

Palestinian health ministry announced that Ahmed Ismail Jarrar, 31, was martyred in Jenin raid.

For its part, Israeli security agency, the Shin Bet, said border guards raided Jenin to capture Palestinians who took part in Nablus operation, in which a rabbi was shot dead earlier this month.

“During the clashes, one of the suspects was killed while others were arrested,” Shin Bet said in a statement without giving further details.

Israeli media reported that at least two border guards were wounded in the gunfire exchange, one of them seriously.

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IOF Shuts down Al-Aqsa Mosque for Second Day

July 15, 2017

Aqsa closure

Israeli occupation forces were on Saturday shutting down Al-Aqsa Mosque for the second day after Friday’s operation near the holy site that killed two Israeli police.

Palestinian sources said that IOF were heavily depoloying at the gates of Al-Aqsa and preventing Palestinians from getting into the holy compound.

The Muslim call for prayer (Adhadn) has not been recited in the holy compound since Friday, the sources said.

The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs said the occupation forces were storming Muslim utilities in Al-Aqsa (offices, clinics, libraries and many others).

Photos released by Palestinian sources showed Israeli vehicles raiding the holy compound.

Earlier on Friday, three Palestinians shot at Israeli police in Al-Aqsa Mosque, killing two of them in a heroic operation. The three youths, who are cousins and hold the same names (Mohammad Jabbarin) were martyred after being shot dead by occupation forces.

The occupation forces then shut down the holy site for Palestinians. Al-Quds Mufti, Sheikh Ahmad Hussein was arrested because he decried the mosque’s closure.

He was taken into custody from the Bab Al-Asbat area (Lion’s Gate) after leading an open-air prayer nearby.

Sheikh Hussein was later released on $2,800 bail.

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PCHR: “In New Crime of Excessive Use of Force, Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Civilians from Jenin Refugee Camp, Northern West Bank”

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 In new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian civilians and wounded a third one in Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns this new crime. PCHR hereby stresses this crime was committed after the Israeli political and military leaders gave the Israeli soldiers the green light to shed the Palestinian blood in light of the international community’s policy to tolerate Israel for crimes committed by the Israeli soldiers against Palestinian civilians.

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ testimonies, at approximately 02:00 on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and dozens of infantry soldiers moved into Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

They stationed in the center of the camp and then stepped out of their vehicles.  They surrounded several houses to raid them and arrest some of its residents.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men and children gathered and threw stones at the soldiers, who heavily opened fire at the stone-throwers.

As a result, a child and young man were killed while another young man was only wounded after being hit with a bullet to the leg.  The latter was identified as ‘Oday Nizar Abu Na’asah (19) while the two killed were identified as follows:

  1. Sa’ed Naser ‘Abdel Fattah Salah (20), from al-Harah al-Sharqiyah in Jenin, was hit with two bullets to the head and left side of the chest and died on the spot.
  2. Aws Mohammed Yousif Salamah (17), from Jenin refugee camp, was hit with a bullet that entered his abdomen and exited from the chest.  He was transferred to Martyr Dr. Khalil Soliman Governmental Hospital in Jenin, and doctors there tried for hours to save his life, but he died succumbing to his serious wounds.

The Israeli forces claimed that the soldiers opened fire at “two attackers” after “Palestinian armed persons opened fire at them and threw explosive devices at the forces stationed in the camp.

However, eyewitnesses said that the Israeli soldiers stationed near the camp buildings opened fire at a motorbike driving to the western side of the camp and traveled by the two killed persons, who were not involved in the clashes which broke out between the Palestinian civilians and Israeli soldiers.

In light of the above, PCHR condemns this new crime committed by the Israeli forces resulting in the death of Salah and Salamah.  Thus, PCHR:

  1. Calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection for Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) and ensure guarantees to protect civilians in the oPt;
  2. Calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to oblige Israel, in its capacity as a Member State, to apply the Geneva Conventions in the oPt;
  3. Calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under these Conventions by exercising their Universal Jurisdiction to hold Israeli war criminals accountable regardless of the criminals’ nationalities and the place where the crimes were committed and put an end to their impunity; and
  4. Calls upon the States, which extended their domestic jurisdiction, to hold war criminals accountable regardless of their origins and not to obedient to the Israeli pressures aiming at limiting this jurisdiction in favor of maintaining the impunity enjoyed by the Israeli war criminals.

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Palestine TV covers up the crimes of the Palestinian Authority

A Palestinian security officer looks at a poster of president Mahmud Abbas as he is greeted by supporters (unseen), following his trip to Washington DC, on March 20, 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani)

By: Orouba OthmanPublished Monday, March 31, 2014
Gaza: It is not only some political leaders who exploit the cause of Palestinian resistance fighters, even satellite TV channels do it. An example was displayed by Palestine TV that is run by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The channel pretended to grieve martyred Hamas activist Hamza Abu al-Haija by featuring dramatic scenes on the screen. They entreated the Palestinians to forgive the PNA for its involvement in the killing of the martyr by the occupation forces in Jenin camp in the West Bank on 22 March.

The program Li Ajlikom (For You), presented by Manal Seif on Palestine TV last Thursday evening, began with a scene of the martyr at home with dramatic music in the background. For 14 minutes, the program dedicated to the prisoners, took its audience on a journey inside Abu al-Haija’s life. The program trumped up crude emotions, ignoring the fact that the occupation had coordinated the operation to kill Abu al-Haija with the PNA’s security apparatus. The station reached a climax in feigned lament for the martyr when it considered itself a main actor in the Jenin battle with Abu al-Haija, who died with two other martyrs,Yazan Jabarin and Mohammed Abu Zeina.

Li Ajlikom began by replaying an old interview with the martyr. The camera zoomed into his eyes full of tears and anguish for his father, who is serving nine life sentences for belonging to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. The program aired statements by the martyr talking about his longing for his father, and showed pictures of him with his friends and relatives. Next it moved to a segment about Abu al-Haija’s resilience against the Zionist Alimam unit, which killed him after a crippling siege. The program showed the martyr’s assassination without mentioning that it will have an opposite impact on the viewer.

The perpetrator had called on the PNA to remain in their headquarters until 22-year-old Abu al-Haija was killed. The program exonerated the PNA, despite the compelling evidence about its role in the assassination.
The program also failed to speak about the young man being hunted down by the PNA in his final years. PNA security forces had attempted to arrest him more than 20 times after having done so 10 times in the past. For five minutes, the song “You fascinated my soul, O martyr” rang loud, while the voices of the Jenin refugee camp condemning the PNA’s involvement in the assassination of the three martyrs were muted. In the segment focusing on his funeral, the program deliberately muted the sounds of angry voices roaming the streets of the camp.
The assassination of Abu al-Haija came only a month after the martyrdom of Motaz Washha, who resisted the occupation’s mightiest force alone, while the PNA refused to help him. The only action the security forces took was to carry his body in the military funeral they organized for him. But Palestine TV turned a blind eye to the truth of his killing and its Palestinian perpetrator. In both cases, the PNA had killed the two martyrs and marched in their funeral while Palestine TV’s job was to cover their tracks.
In the hospital
During Li Ajlikom, broadcast last Thursday, the cameraman and the presenter went to the hospital where Abu al-Haija’s mother was admitted. Over the song “Ajmal al-Ommahat” by Marcel Khalife, the presenter approached the mother whose son’s martyrdom added to her illness. With a short message, the mother congratulated her husband and her two sons Imad al-Din and Abdul-Salam, who are detained in the occupation’s prisons, for Hamza’s martyrdom. The program also interviewed the martyr’s two sisters, a friend, and the wife of prisoner Abbas al-Sayyid who said they were proud of the young man.
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This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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