Number of martyrs in Jenin massacre rises to 10 Palestinians

January 29, 2023

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Palestinian Ministry of Health pronounces dead the Palestinian youth Omar Al-Saadi, who was critically injured during the Jenin massacre.

Palestinian martyr Omar Al-Saadi

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced on Sunday the martyrdom of Palestinian youth Omar Al-Saadi after he succumbed to the injuries that he sustained last Thursday during the massacre that the Israeli occupation committed at Jenin refugee camp, north of the occupied West Bank.

According to the Ministry, Al-Saadi, 24, was critically injured by Israeli bullets during the Israeli occupation raid on Jenin and was pronounced dead this evening.

Al-Saadi’s death brings up the number of martyrs in the Jenin massacre to 10 Palestinians.

It is noteworthy that following the Jenin massacre, Palestinian presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the Palestinian authorities have officially decided to halt the so-called “security” coordination with “Israel” and contact the UN Security Council.

Following the bloody raid, Israeli occupation police announced on Friday that seven illegal Israeli settlers were killed and at least 10 others were wounded in the aftermath of a shooting that took place in Nabi Yaqub, occupied Al-Quds. And on Saturday, two settlers were seriously injured in a shooting attack in Silwan, occupied Al-Quds.

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  السبت 28 كانون الثاني 2023

قطع وزير الأمن زيارته إلى واشنطن، وعاد إلى تل أبيب للمشاركة في المشاورات الأمنية (أ ف ب)

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بعد أقلّ من 48 ساعة على ارتكاب العدو جريمة مخيّم جنين، عمد مقاوم فلسطيني من سكّان القدس المحتلّة، إلى إطلاق النار من سلاحه الفردي على مستوطِنين إسرائيليين كانوا خارجين لتوّهم من كنيس في حيّ «نيفي يعقوب» الاستيطاني. وأدّت هذه العملية الفدائية غير المسبوقة منذ حوالى 15 عاماً، إلى مقتل 7 إسرائيليين، وجرْح نحو 10 اثنان منهم في حال الخطر، ما يجعل حصيلة القتلى مرشّحة للارتفاع. في المقابل، استُشهد منفّذ العملية بعد وقت قصير، عند اشتباكه مع شرطة العدو. وكانت المقاومة الفلسطينية في غزة أطلقت، في ردّها الأوّلي على مجزرة المخيّم، عدداً من الصواريخ على مستوطنات «الغلاف»، تأكيداً منها أن «معادلة غزة – جنين» لا تزال قائمة، في وقت تصاعدت فيه مطالبات أقطاب الفاشية لجيش الاحتلال وحكومته، بتعزيز توازنات الردع مع القطاع، عبر إطباق الحصار أكثر، والتجويع، والاغتيالات، والمزيد من القتل العبثي

حتى ساعة متأخّرة من ليل أمس، كانت لا تزال وسائل إعلام العدو تنشر أرقاماً متضاربة حول حصيلة عملية إطلاق النار التي نفّذها المقاوم الفلسطيني في حيّ «نفي يعقوب» الاستيطاني في القدس. لكن في المحصّلة، فإن أبلغ تعبير يخلّص المشهد، يكاد يكون هو الذي استعملتْه «القناة 12» العبرية، تعليقاً على الحدث، إذ قالت إن «مذبحة وقعت في القدس». ومن موقع العملية – والذي زاره في وقت لاحق رئيس الحكومة، بنيامين نتنياهو، في حدث غير معتاد -، وبينما كان وزير «الأمن القومي»، إيتمار بن غفير، محاطاً بعدد كبير من الحرّاس والمستوطنين، وصف الهجوم بأنه «من الأسوأ خلال السنوات الأخيرة»، قبل أن يلتزم الصمت ويبتلع لسانه، في وقت حاولت فيه وسائل الإعلام العبرية استصراحه، وهو المعروف بوصوله دائماً أولاً إلى موقع أيّ ضربة ضدّ إسرائيليين، حيث يشرع في تصريحات مزايِدة على حكومة خصومه السابقة بقيادة نفتالي بينت ثمّ يائير لابيد. لكن أمس، خرس بن غفير أمام هول الحدث ونتائجه، وهو الوزير الأساسي في الحكومة، وتحت سلطته تقع عدّة أجهزة أمنية تعمل في الأراضي المحتلة، وأنصتَ محنيّ الرأس إلى صرخات المستوطِنين، وهم يطالبونه بأن يفي بوعوده الإجرامية، وتصعيد التنكيل بالفلسطينيين، محمّلين إيّاه المسؤولية، كون العملية وقعت خلال ولايته كوزير. وفي آخر المعلومات التي وردت مساء أمس، فإن المقاوم الفلسطيني، منفّذ الضربة، هو الشهيد علقم خيري (21 عاماً) من سكّان شرق القدس. وبحسب مفوض عام الشرطة الإسرائيلية، «كان لوحده، وهو من نفّذ الهجوم كاملاً».

من جهته، قطع وزير الأمن، يوآف غالانت، زيارته إلى واشنطن، وعاد إلى تل أبيب للمشاركة في المشاورات الأمنية التي كان يعقدها نتنياهو مع قادة الأجهزة الأمنية والعسكرية المختلفة، والتي خلصت إلى التوجيه بالاستعداد لتصعيد محتمل. وعلى المستوى الميداني، اقتحمت قوات الاحتلال مخيم شعفاط شمالي القدس، حيث تصدّى لها شبّان المخيم، ووقعت عدّة إصابات في صفوفهم. وأشارت وسائل إعلام العدو إلى أن قوات الأمن الإسرائيلية اقتحمت «شعفاط» لكون منفّذ العملية ينحدر أساساً منه، لكنه يسكن حيّاً آخر في القدس المحتلة.

على صعيد مواز، وقبل ذلك بليلة واحدة، ردّت المقاومة الفلسطينية، مبدئيّاً، على جريمة مخيم جنين، بإطلاقها صواريخ من قطاع غزة، تجاه مدينة عسقلان ومستوطنات «غلاف غزة»، لتؤكد استمرار «معادلة غزة – جنين» التي أراد الاحتلال تحييدها، في الفترة الماضية. وشهدت أجواء القطاع ليلة ساخنة، تخلّلها إطلاق الصواريخ والمضادات الأرضية للطيران من قِبَل المقاومة من جهة، وقصف إسرائيلي وإطلاق صواريخ «القبّة الحديدية» من جهة ثانية. وفي التفاصيل، أطلقت فصائل المقاومة، في ساعة مبكرة من فجر يوم أمس الجمعة، صاروخَين تجاه مدينة عسقلان المحتلّة، وذلك ردّاً على العدوان الذي استهدف مخيم جنين، لم تتمكّن منظومة «القبّة الحديدية» من اعتراضهما، على رغم إطلاقها عشرات الصواريخ لهذا الغرض، ولتدوّي من بعدها صافرات الإنذار في مختلف مناطق «الغلاف». وما هي إلّا ساعات قليلة، حتى شنّت طائرات الاحتلال سلسلة غارات على المواقع العسكرية التابعة لـ»كتائب القسام»، الجناح العسكري لحركة «حماس»، في منطقتَي وسط وجنوب غزة، تصدّت لها المضادات الأرضية التابعة للمقاومة، فيما أَطلقت «وحدات الدفاع الجوي» صاروخَين موجّهَين تجاه الطائرات المغيرة، ما أدّى إلى إبعادها عن سماء القطاع. ولاحقاً، بثّت «كتائب القسام» فيديوهات لعمليات اعتراض الطائرات الإسرائيلية في سماء غزة، ولعمليّات إطلاق صليات من الرصاص المضاد للطائرات والصواريخ الموجّهة. ووفق مصادر محلّية، تحدّثت إلى «الأخبار»، فإن قوات الاحتلال استهدفت موقع «الكتيبة 13» التابع لـ»القسام»، في مخيم المغازي وسط القطاع، بأكثر من 15 صاروخاً، كما استهدفت غارة من طائرة حربيّة من دون طيار مرصداً للمقاومة شرق بيت حانون، شمال غزة.

حمّل مستوطنون بن غفير المسؤولية وطالبوه بالثأر


وتزامناً مع غارات الاحتلال والتصدّي للطائرات المغيرة، أطلقت المقاومة الفلسطينية خمسة صواريخ من غزة تجاه مستوطنات «الغلاف»، فيما أعلن جيش الاحتلال، من جهته، أنه تمّ إطلاق سبعة صواريخ تجاه المستوطنات، زاعماً أنه تم اعتراض أربعة منها، وثلاثة سقطت في مناطق مفتوحة، وأنه تمّ إطلاق عدّة صواريخ أخرى لكنها لم تعبر السياج. وعلمت «الأخبار» من مصادر في حركتَي «حماس» و»الجهاد الإسلامي»، أن تفاهماً جرى بينهما على الردّ من قطاع غزة على جريمة الاحتلال في مخيم جنين، تأكيداً منهما على «وحدة الساحات» الفلسطينية، واستمرار «معادلة غزة – جنين»، وعلى عدم السماح للعدو بالتفرّد بالضفة المحتلة. وأعلن عضو المكتب السياسي لـ»الجهاد»، خالد البطش، أن «سرايا القدس»، الجناح العسكري للحركة، هي المسؤولة عن إطلاق الصواريخ، موضحاً أنه «تجسيداً منّا لمعركة وحدة الساحات هنا في غزة، ردّت، الليلة (أمس)، سرايا القدس بالقصف الصاروخي، وكتائب القسام بالدفاع الجوي، في مشهد متكامل يؤكد وحدة الموقف والسلاح»، مشدّداً على أنه «لن نسمح للعدو بتفريق الساحات».

من جهته، قال القيادي في حركة «الجهاد»، درويش الغرابلي، خلال مسيرة جماهيرية حاشدة في خان يونس جنوب غزة، إن «إطلاق صواريخ من القطاع، هي رسالة واضحة للعدو الإسرائيلي بأنّنا لا نخافه ولا نخشى مواجهته»، محذّراً من «توسيع بقعة الزيت»، في حال تكرّرت الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية على القدس وجنين والخان الأحمر وأيّ منطقة من فلسطين، ولفت إلى أن ما حدث من إطلاق صواريخ هو «جزء بسيط من ردّ المقاومة على الجريمة التي ارتكبها الاحتلال في جنين». وفي هذا السياق أيضاً، قال الناطق باسم «حماس»، حازم قاسم، إن «المقاومة الباسلة في قطاع غزة تواصل القيام بواجبها بالدفاع عن الشعب الفلسطيني ومقدّساته، وستبقى درع الشعب وسيفه»، موجّهاً التحية إلى مجاهدي «القسام» الذين «تصدّوا للعدوان الصهيوني بالصواريخ المضادة للطيران والمضادات الأرضية التي أربكت جيش الاحتلال ومستوطنيه». وشدّد قاسم على أن القصف على قطاع غزة يشكّل «امتداداً لجرائم الاحتلال ضدّ الشعب الفلسطيني في الضفة والقدس والداخل المحتلّ»، وأن من «حقّ الشعب الفلسطيني ومقاومته أن يقاتلا بكل الأساليب رداً على عدوان الاحتلال واستمرار جرائمه».

وللمرّة الأولى منذ عام، أُطلقت من قطاع غزة بالونات تحمل أجساماً رمزية تجاه مستوطنات «الغلاف»، في إشارة إلى أن فلسطينيي القطاع قد يعودون إلى أدوات الضغط الشعبي والميداني مع تصاعد جرائم الاحتلال.

وعلى الجانب الآخر، برزت انتقادات لجيش الاحتلال وحكومة بنيامين نتنياهو، حول تعاملها مع قطاع غزة، إذ وجّه الجنرال احتياط، تسيفكا فوغل، عضو «الكنيست» عن حزب وزير الأمن القومي، إيتمار بن غفير، «القوة اليهودية»، انتقاداً لاذعاً إلى وزير الأمن، قائلاً: «غالانت، هل تريد تحقيق الردع؟ حسناً، هكذا يتحقّق الردع: يجب إغلاق المعابر مع غزة، ومنْع مرور البضائع وخروج العمّال حتى عودة الأسرى الإسرائيليين، كما يجب اغتيال كبار المسؤولين في غزة، وعدم إهدار الذخيرة على العقارات، والأهم من ذلك: شنّ هجمات، وليس شرطاً أن تكون ردوداً على حدث ما». من جهتها، قالت الوزيرة السابقة، ميراف ميخائيلي: «نتنياهو عاد – وسياسة تنقيط الصواريخ على الجنوب عادت بعد عام ونصف عام من السلوك الأمني المسؤول خلال فترة حكومة التغيير – نتنياهو يعيدنا إلى الوراء»، بينما رأى معلّق الشؤون العربية في «القناة 13»، تسفي يحزكلي، أن «حركتَي حماس والجهاد تمتلكان السطوة، وقد صنعتا معادلة ردع ضدّنا».

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Palestine Will Be True Holocaust for Israelis

 January 28, 2023

At least 7 Israelis were killed in Al-Quds operation

Mohammad Salami

Historically, the Zionists have blackmailed Germany and the whole globe over the alleged Holocaust, which refers to the Nazi genocide against the European Jews in Poland during World War II.

A short article would not be enough to refute the Zionist Holocaust claims, but we can briefly say history tells us that Britain arrested in 1946 the former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir over connections with its German enemy in preparation for the establishment of ‘Israel’. Moreover, numerous historians and academicians indicated that a large number of people died in the Polish camps due to pandemics caused by the miseries of the war.

Former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir

Israelis have gained more than sympathy and financial support in return. Actually, the Zionists obtained a patent to establish an illegitimate entity in Palestine and commit all the needed crimes to defend their occupation. Around 80 years of Zionist crimes in Palestine and the neighboring Arab countries have been justified, and even supported.

Thus, the Zionists have used an untrue myth to be the political justification of the true crime of usurping Palestine.

The Palestinian Resistance against the Israeli occupation has passed through various stages before reaching the game-changing moment of Al-Quds Sword Battle in May, 2021. During that confrontation, the Palestinian Resistance in Gaza managed to impose new deterrence formula on the Zionist enemy in a way that includes protecting Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The cooperation among the Palestinians in Gaza as well as the occupied West Bank and 1948 lands has comprised a masterpiece that controlled the political and filed movement of the Israeli enemy.

The development of the Palestinian Resistance in Jenin and the entire West Bank has inflicted heavy losses upon the Israelis whose moderate and extremist governments failed to cope with this challenge.

In accordance with the Zionist worries, most of the Palestinian operations in the occupied West Bank are being carried out by young people who rejected to surrender to the bitter reality of the occupation.

On Saturday, January, 28, a Palestinian teen shot and wounded two Israelis outside Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Old City’s so-called David Street, police and medics said.

One day earlier, a resident from Al-Quds killed at least seven Israelis and injured at least ten others in a shooting near a synagogue in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The Palestinian Kheiri Alqam, 21, arrived at the Neve Yaakov street shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday and opened fire at Israelis leaving the Ateret Avraham synagogue, the Jerusalem Post reported.

After entering and attacking the synagogue, the shooter reportedly started chasing after Israelis who were trying to escape. Israeli Channel 12 and The Times of Israel described the attack in Neve Yaakov as a “massacre.”

Scene of the attack

Accordingly, the new generation of the Palestinian resistance has proved readiness to confront the Zionist terror to the extent of destroying the occupation entity. The Zionists may now experience a true Holocaust in Palestine.

They have only one choice: leaving Palestine.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visits scene of the shooting in Al-Quds (January 27, 2023).

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Israeli media: Shooting in Areeha, alleged ramming in Nablus

January 28, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Israeli occupation reports a shooting operation in Areeha and an alleged ramming attempt at the Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus.

The Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus,

The Israeli occupation army reported on Saturday evening a shooting attack near a restaurant at the “Almog Junction” near the city of Areeha in the occupied West Bank.

A spokesperson for the Israeli occupation army claimed that a Palestinian arrived at a restaurant near the “Almog junction”, fired bullets, and withdrew from the scene in a car without causing any injuries.

The occupation indicated that its forces began sweeping the area in search of the Palestinian who carried out the shooting.

Simultaneously, Israeli media claimed that a truck driver tried to ram Israeli occupation soldiers at the Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, without any injuries reported. The media said occupation soldiers opened gunfire at a Palestinian truck driver.

Al Mayadeen correspondent reported that the illegal Israeli settlers deployed heavily at the Za’tara checkpoint and carried out attacks on all roads in the West Bank, the worst of which was in the north of the West Bank.

According to our correspondent, the settlers burned cars and attacked Palestinian citizens who tried to confront them.

Earlier, Israeli media quoted a spokesperson for the Israeli occupation police as saying that settlers who have a gun permit should carry their weapons on them.

This comes a few hours after Israeli media reported that two Israeli settlers were seriously injured in a shooting attack in Silwan, occupied Al-Quds.

On Friday, Israeli occupation police announced that seven settlers were killed and at least 10 others were wounded in the aftermath of a shooting that took place in Nabi Yaqub, occupied Al-Quds.

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Israeli security min cancels US visit, PM rushes to shooting scene

27 Jan 2023

Source: Israeli Media

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli media reports that premier Benjamin Netanyahu headed to the scene of the shooting in occupied Al-Quds amid reports about assessment of security situation.

Photo from the shooting location in occupied al-Quds, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the scene of the shooting in occupied Al-Quds late Friday, Israeli media reported after having previously said there would be an assessment of the situation in the Israeli occupation.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Israeli Security Minister Yoav Galant, who was on his way to the United States as part of an official visit, announced that he was interrupting his visit to the US and getting aboard the first flight heading toward occupied Palestine.

Israeli Walla! columnist and military affairs commentator Amir Bohbot said that in light of the shooting in Al-Quds, Galant was “receiving regular operational reports” from the IOF.

He also said that it was expected for the Security Minister to conduct a special assessment of the situation with the chief of staff and the director of the Shin Bet, as well as other security officials. “He is on his way to Israel.”

Ben-Gvir to blame

Far-right extremist Israeli occupation Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir arrived at the scene where the shooting took place, and he was received by Israeli settlers chanting against him and saying he was to blame for what happened in occupied Al-Quds. “The attack took place under your watch.”

Ben-Gvir, surrounded by armed security guards, told the settlers should instead chant “death to the saboteurs.”

Former Israeli occupation forces spokesperson Ronen Manelis said: “this terrible night reminds that this state has many complex and dangerous challenges that we must formulate a strategy against.”

He also went on to highlight the importance of “working in broad national coordination and consensus instead of quarreling every day over many things that are simply much less important at the moment.”

Former Israeli Knesset speaker and incumbent MK Mickey Levy mourned the illegal settlers, saying “the news coming from Al-Quds are heart-wrenching” and the reports coming from there are “heartbreaking.”

Levy offered his condolences “to the families who lost their loved ones tonight,” lauding all “security forces, who know very well what an arduous task they are doing at this time,” and wishing for “calm days” to return.

Shooting came before Blinken visit

The shooting took place days before a planned visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to occupied Palestine, and the state department was quick to condemn the attack, though it said there were no changes regarding Blinken’s travel plans.

Moreover, the US State Department issued a statement on Thursday, saying it was “deeply concerned” with the violence in the occupied West Bank, urging both the Israeli aggressors and the Palestinian victims to “de-escalate the conflict.”

Several illegal Israeli settlers were killed and a dozen others were wounded in the aftermath of a shooting that took place in Nabi Yaqub, occupied Al-Quds, Israeli media reported on Friday.

“Several Israelis were killed during an attack in Al-Quds, but the exact figures cannot be determined,” Israeli Channel 13 reported, noting that the Magen David Adom (the Red Star of David) announced that there were more than five dead, with 12 others wounded.

Israeli Channel 12 military correspondent Nir Dvori said the shooting in Al-Quds “may be related to what happened in Jenin – an act of retaliation.”

The IOF raided the Jenin camp in occupied Palestine’s West Bank early on Thursday morning, leaving residents and popular resistance groups with no choice but to defend themselves and confront the occupation forces.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that there were 20 injuries as a result of live munition from the Israeli occupation forces, including three civilians in critical condition while adding that there were dozens of suffocations as a result of the IOF raiding the Jenin Governmental Hospital.

The IOF prevented ambulance crews from accessing the Jenin Camp, opening fire directly on the emergency vehicles, the health ministry said. Meanwhile, photos and videos taken in the camp showed the level of destruction and havoc that the IOF caused all over the refugee camp.

Ramallah revealed that taking the martyrs that rose on Thursday in Jenin into account, the camp has lost 19 people due to Israeli aggression since the start of the year.

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Heroic Operation in Al-Quds: Ten Israelis Dead, 12 Others Injured: Videos

January 27, 2023

Scene of the attack

At least ten Israelis were killed and 12 others were wounded in a shooting attack near a synagogue in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Zionist medical sources reported Friday.

The shooter, a resident of Shaafat, opened fire at Zionists leaving the synagogue on Friday night, and was then killed by Israeli forces after attempting to escape in a car.

Car used by the martyr

The Zionist media mentioned that the Palestinian shooter is called Fadi Ayyash, adding that he was driving a car before carrying out the operation which lasted 20 minutes.

Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reported to be receiving updates from the scene and is set to hold a situational assessment later this evening.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

10 “Israeli” Settlers Killed in Heroic Shooting Op. Outside Synagogue in Al-Quds

By Staff, Agencies

At least 10 “Israeli” settlers were killed in a heroic shooting operation outside a synagogue in the holy occupied city of al-Quds.

Many others were also wounded during the incident that took place on Friday, a day after the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] troops raided the city of Jenin and its neighboring refugee camp in the north of the occupied West Bank, martyring nine Palestinians.

The Palestinian man, Khairi Al-Alkam, was behind the heroic operation.

The Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas has praised the operation as “a response to the crime conducted by the occupation in Jenin and a natural response to the occupation’s criminal actions.”

The operation was also welcomed by the Islamic Jihad.

The Jenin raid saw scores of “Israeli” armored vehicles, which were packed with the regime’s troops, attacking the city, opening fire on the Palestinian youths, who were trying to block the invading forces’ way.

The raid turned Thursday into the deadliest single day so far for Palestinians in the current year.

Including the raid’s fatalities, the regime has shot and martyred at least 30 Palestinians throughout 2023.

Later during the day, thousands of mourners flooded Jenin’s streets carrying the bodies of the martyrs overhead, and chanting slogans against the occupying regime.

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“NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN”: ISRAEL’S DANGEROUS CHALLENGE TO AL-AQSA CUSTODIANSHIP THREATENS WORLD PEACE

JANUARY 26TH, 2023

Miko Peled

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The Jordanian Ambassador to the State of Israel was recently denied entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem – the third-holiest site in Islam. This is an incident that is so severe and so dangerous that not only the Jordanian government but the entire Arab and Muslim world – as well as the West – should have reprimanded Israel severely. The governments of Israel and Jordan decided to downplay this incident, but there must be no mistake; it marks a dangerous new development for the Holy Sanctuary, or Haram Al-Sharif, where the mosque sits. With this “incident,” Israel – and particularly the new czar of national security – the racist thug turned minister – Itamar Ben-Gvir is telling the Arab and Muslim world, “there’s a new sheriff in town.”

Preventing the Jordanian Ambassador from entering the Al-Aqsa compound was unacceptable on several levels. As a Muslim, he has the right to go and pray at the mosque at any time he pleases; as an ambassador and representative of another country, he should be afforded courtesy and respect; and as the ambassador of the state which is the custodian of the entire compound, the entire Holy Sanctuary, he is entitled to visit at any time and needs no permission from any other authority.

A SACRED SITE LIKE NO OTHER

Known in English as the Holy Sanctuary, Haram al-Sharif takes up about one-sixth of the Old City of Jerusalem or about one-half square mile. In 2022, I interviewed Dr. Yousef Natshe, one of the leading authorities on Islamic art and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The compound is composed of three levels of topography and over one hundred architectural structures, representing some of the finest examples of Islamic art and architecture. There are fifteen gates leading to the compound, four of which are currently blocked. As Dr. Natshe describes it, “it is a narrative within a narrative.”

The Haram Al-Sharif has been constantly cared for and developed by the most notable figures in Islam going back to Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, who entered Jerusalem in the seventh century, CE. “Wherever you look you see the fingerprints of an amir or a king,” all of whom added something, Dr. Natsche says.

He also added what many Palestinians – young and old – have expressed over and over again: Al-Aqsa is the last resort, the final refuge. As Palestinians lose land and rights and the ability to survive, not to mention lose their children to Israeli bullets, they look to Al-Aqsa as a place of refuge and the place they will protect with everything they’ve got. “Each Palestinian sees him or herself as the protector of Al-Aqsa,” he explained. We have seen this in recent years as settlers and soldiers storm the site and Palestinians from all walks of life stand to protect it.

The Israeli government knows this, and the current administration is challenging Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims by desecrating the Holy Sanctuary, demanding it for themselves. And while this was done slowly and gradually in the past, the current government is marching forward with no regard for the consequences. What we saw take place with the Jordanian Ambassador was the first shot in a war they are declaring on Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims everywhere.

UNACCEPTABLE ON SEVERAL LEVELS

While Israel tried to describe the incident with the Jordanian Ambassador as little more than a misunderstanding, it was nothing of the sort. Militarized and heavily armed Jerusalem police patrol the Al-Aqsa compound regularly in order to intimidate and show who is in charge. The only way to describe these police officers is “goons”; they are large, brutish, usually unshaven, easily provoked and with a dangerous propensity for violence. I have personally seen them many times, including when they are on the attack.

Based on tradition that goes back more than fifteen hundred years, and on diplomatic and legal agreements that have been signed and reaffirmed over and over in the last century, custodianship of the Holy Sanctuary today belongs to the Kingdom of Jordan. That means, in simple language, that they have the authority in the compound. The Waqf, or religious trust that governs the Holy Sanctuary, which includes Al-Aqsa mosque and all that exists within the compound, is a Jordanian institution, governed by the Kingdom of Jordan. One could perhaps compare it to an embassy, and the authority and sovereignty within the embassy belongs to the state it represents.

In the summer of 2022 I visited the Waqf, which is where I interviewed Dr. Yousef Natshe. I had to walk into the offices of the Waqf, the Islamic religious trust, and it was like entering an office within Jordan. For reasons beyond understanding, I had to negotiate with Israeli police about the right to enter the office, which for all legal purposes is under the sovereignty of the Jordanian government and not the Israeli police.

GRAVE CONCERN

If there is anyone watching the developments surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa compound who is not gravely concerned, then they need to wake up. Claims made by Zionists to Al-Aqsa would be equivalent to someone demanding the Vatican – which was built much later than Al-Aqsa – be removed because before it was built there was a temple for some other deity and they have the right to build their own temple again. If someone was mad enough to make such claims, they would be laughed at, and rightly so.

It is probably not possible for someone who is not a Muslim or at least close enough to Islam to comprehend the importance, the significance and the awe surrounding Al-Aqsa. It is equally not possible therefore to comprehend the danger in what Israel is doing. Israel and its current zealot-led government are fully aware that they are placing not only Jerusalem, not only Palestine, not even only the entire Middle East but the entire world on the edge of an unpredictable catastrophe.

It is time for the international community to step in. It is time for Americans to prepare for the possibility that the Sixth Fleet – which controls the Mediterranean region – be mobilized to rescue Palestinians. The longer the world waits, the more Palestinians die and the closer we get to what will surely be an unimaginable loss.

عدوان على جنين.. ومقاومون يتصدون لاعتداءات الاحتلال في الضفة الغربية

 الخميس 26 كانون الثاني 2023

مقاومون من مخيم جنين يتصدون لعدوان إسرائيلي على المخيم شمالي الضفة الغربية، وارتقاء عدد من الشهداء، ووقوع إصابات برصاص الاحتلال في المخيم. 

من تصدي أهالي مخيم جنين لاعتداءات قوات الاحتلال

أفادت وزارة الصحة الفلسطينية، اليوم الخميس، بارتقاء 9 مواطنين فلسطينيين على الأقل بينهم سيدة مسنة، وإصابة عدد كبير من الإصابات، جرّاء عدوان الاحتلال الإسرائيلي على مخيم جنين، في حصيلةٍ غير نهائية. 

أفادت وزارة الصحة الفلسطينية، اليوم الخميس، بارتقاء 9 مواطنين فلسطينيين على الأقل بينهم سيدة مسنة، وإصابة عدد كبير من الإصابات، جرّاء عدوان الاحتلال الإسرائيلي على مخيم جنين، في حصيلةٍ غير نهائية. 

وأشارت الوزارة إلى وجود 16 إصابة بينها 4 بحالة خطيرة، مشيرةً إلى أنّ شهداء قسم الطوارئ هم المواطنة ماجدة عبيد، وعبد الله مروان الغول، ومحمد صادق جرار.

ولفتت الوزارة إلى أنّه باستشهاد شهداء جنين اليوم، يرتفع عدد شهداء المخيم منذ بداية العام الحالي إلى 19 شهيداً.

واستشهد الشاب الفلسطيني عز صلاحات برصاص الاحتلال في مخيم جنين، في إثر العدوان على المخيم، بالتوزاي مع منع الاحتلال أطقم الإسعاف من الدخول إليه. 

كما أفادت وزراة الصحة الفلسطينية باستشهاد الشاب صائب عصام محمود ازريقي (24 سنة)، فيما أصيب 6 آخرين بينها إصابتين خطيرتين بالصدر والفخذ.

وأشارت وزارة الصحة الفلسطينية إلى وصول إصابة بالرصاص الحي في الشريان الرئيسي بالفخذ إلى مستشفى ابن سينا في جنين، مضيفةً أنّ وضعها حرج للغاية.

كما تحدثت وزارة الصحة عن إصابات بالاختناق في صفوف المرضى بينهم أطفال داخل مستشفى جنين الحكومي نتيجة إطلاق قوات الاحتلال قنابل الغاز في تجاه المستشفى. 

كذلك، استهدفت قوات الاحتلال سيارة إسعاف بشكل مباشر في مخيم جنين.

وانتشرت مشاهد فيديو تظهر جرافات الاحتلال وهي تعبث بالمخيم وتحطّم سيارات المواطنين وتدمر أي عائق أمام الآليات العسكرية خلال اقتحامها للمخيم. 

عدوان كبير وغير مسبوق على جنين

وشدّدت وزيرة الصحة الفلسطينية، مي الكيلة، أنّ “الوضع في مخيم جنين حرج”، مشيرةً إلى أنّ “الاحتلال يمنع إسعاف المصابين”. 

وأضافت الكيلة أنّ الوزارة تبلغت من الهلال الأحمر بوجود إصابات عديدة يصعب إنقاذها وإخلاؤها حتى الآن، مؤكّدةً أنّ “قوات الاحتلال يمنع دخول مركبات الإسعاف إلى داخل مخيم جنين”. 

وأفادت وزيرة الصحة الفلسطينية بأنّ “قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي اعتدت على مشفى جنين وأطلقت قنابل غاز في اتجاه المرضى”. 

وفي السياق، قال مراسل الميادين إنّ “جيش الاحتلال يستعد لتشكيل القبة الحديدية خوفاً من رد فعل من غزة في أعقاب العملية غير العادية في جنين”.

ووصف العدوان الإسرائيلي بالـ”عدوان الكبير غير المسبوق منذ سنوات لقوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي على المخيم”. 

وتابع أنّ “العدوان الاسرائيلي على مخيم جنين غير مسبوق منذ سنوات، وهو جريمة منظمة”، مشدداً على أنّ “معظم الإصابات هي في الأطراف العلوية”. 

بدورها، ذكرت قناة “كان” الإسرائيلية أنّ “العملية العسكرية في جنين انطلقت بعد معلومات استخبارية من جهاز الشاباك حول نية حركة الجهاد الإسلامي تنفيذ عملية كبيرة ضد أهداف إسرائيلية، وكان الهدف من العملية اعتقال عضو بارز في الحركة”.

25 عملاً مقاوماً في الضفة الغربية والقدس

بالتزامن، رصد مركز المعلومات الفلسطيني، تنفيذ 25 عملاً مقاوماً في الضفة الغربية والقدس المحتلة خلال الـساعات الـ24 الماضية، بينها 5 عمليات إطلاق نار، وتفجير عبوات ناسفة وإلقاء زجاجات حارقة ومحاولة طعن.

وأوضح المركز بأنّ أعمال المقاومة تتواصل في الضفة الغربية والقدس المحتلة ضد قوات الاحتلال ومستوطنيه، حيث تصدى الشبان لاعتداءات المستوطنين أصيب خلالها اثنان من جنود الاحتلال.

كذلك، استهدف مقاومون حاجز قلنديا العسكري بالرصاص، وأطلقوا النار وألقوا العبوات الناسفة والزجاجات الحارقة في اتجاه قوات الاحتلال خلال اقتحامها مخيم شعفاط في القدس المحتلة.

وكان استشهد في مخيم شعفاط الفتى محمد علي محمد علي (16 عاماً)، برصاص قوات الاحتلال خلال المواجهات والاشتباكات التي اندلعت دفاعاً عن المخيم، أثناء هدم الاحتلال لمنزل ذوي الشهيد البطل عدي التميمي.

هذا وأطلق المقاومون النار وألقوا الزجاجات الحارقة في اتجاه قوات الاحتلال عقب اقتحامها بلدة بيت أمر في الخليل، وخلال اقتحام مخيم نور شمس في طولكرم.

وألقوا عبوات ناسفة على حاجزي الجلمة ودوتان في محافظة جنين، كما حاول الشهيد عارف لحلوح من مخيم جنين، تنفيذ عملية طعن ضد قوات الاحتلال قرب قلقيلية.

كذلك، اندلعت مواجهات في 9 نقاط متفرقة، شهدتها مناطق القدس ورام الله ونابلس وسلفيت وطولكرم والخليل.

شار إلى أن المقاومين يتصدّون بشكل كثيف لاقتحامات الاحتلال في الضفة الغربية.

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حملة اعتقالات في الضفة الغربية

في غضون ذلك، اعتقلت قوات الاحتلال، فجر اليوم الخميس، 3 مواطنين من الضفة الغربية.

وأفاد مكتب إعلام الأسرى، بأنّ قوات الاحتلال اعتقلت الأسير المحرر أحمد خليل أبو لطيفة بعد مداهمة أحد المحال التجارية خلال اقتحامها لمدينة رام الله.

وأضاف مكتب إعلام الأسرى أنّ قوات الاحتلال اعتقلت الطالب في الثانوية العامة، أحمد محمد أبو نفيسة، بعد مداهمة منزله في بلدة طمون جنوب طوباس.

كما اعتقلت قوات الاحتلال الشاب عيسى المعطي بعد مداهمة منزله في مخيم الدهيشة في بيت لحم.

Resistance fighters respond to IOF attacks in the West Bank, Al-Quds

January 23, 2023 

Source: Al Mayadeen Net + Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The IOF arrest 14 Palestinians during their storming of the West Bank today, according to Al Mayadeen correspondent.

Israeli occupation forces storming Jenin (Archive)

Al Mayadeen correspondent in Ramallah reported that the IOF arrested around 14 Palestinians during their storming of the West Bank today.

Violent armed confrontations broke out between the Palestinian Resistance and the occupation forces in the city of Jenin, during which 3 brothers from Al-Mohr family were arrested.

Local sources reported that the IOF arrested the brothers Samer, Ahmed, and Mahmoud Al-Mohr, during their raid on the Jabriyat neighborhood in the city of Jenin, at dawn today, after which the Resistance fighters opened fire on Israeli occupation forces as they stormed the Jabriyat neighborhood in Jenin, according to Al Mayadeen correspondent in Ramallah.

The Resistance fighters also opened fire on the occupation forces as they stormed the city while carrying out simultaneously several incursions into many areas, including the Shuafat camp, north of occupied Al-Quds, and Aida Camp in Beit Lahm, where Israeli soldiers arrested the child Saif Darwish.
Yesterday, Palestinian Resistance fighters opened fire on the occupied territories, west of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian sources reported that Resistance fighters targeted the “Shaked” settlement inside the occupied territories, west of Jenin, opening heavy fire on it, without any injuries reported.

Earlier yesterday, the Israeli occupation police arrested a 13-year-old Palestinian from Al-Isawiya in occupied Al-Quds for allegedly intending to carry out a stabbing attack, claiming that a knife was found in his possession.

IOF seek to demolish the village of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar in occupied Al-Quds

In another context, Al Mayadeen correspondent mentioned that the Israeli Police Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a government meeting, to demolish the village of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar in occupied Al-Quds.

In this context, the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission called for a demonstration in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar this morning to prevent a delegation from the Likud Party from visiting the area in defiance of the demolition decision.

Ben Gvir storms Al-Aqsa Mosque protected by IOF, tensions rise

January 3, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net + Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Israeli Police Minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, storms Al-Aqsa Mosque, under heavy security despite Hamas warnings.

Israeli Police Minister Itmar Ben Gvir storms Al-Aqsa Mosque ignoring threats from Hamas

Israeli Police Minister, Itamar bin Gvir, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, protected by a large number of Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) according to Al Mayadeen correspondent.

Israeli media indicated that despite threats from Hamas, Ben Gvir stormed the Al-Aqsa courtyard towards Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Yesterday, Al Mayadeen sources revealed that Hamas relayed strongly-worded messages through Egyptian and UN mediators, regarding Ben-Gvir’s plans to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque

For his part, the movement’s spokesperson, Abdel Latif Al-Qanoua, said in a statement, “The criminal Ben Gvir’s announcement of his intention to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque reflects the arrogance of the fascist settler government and its premeditated intentions to escalate incursions and attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque with the aim of dividing it.”

He pointed out that “the escalation in Al-Aqsa Mosque represents a detonator, and the occupation government will bear the consequences of that,” stressing at the same time that “the Palestinian people will bravely confront these follies and provocations, and will not allow the occupation’s plans to pass.”

Ben-Gvir’s storming of Al-Aqsa could trigger the battle early and puts the resistance in front of a major confrontation, added Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent.

Following Hamas’ warnings, Israeli media stated that Netanyahu had received messages from Egypt and the United Nations, and stated that it would be very difficult to influence Hamas not to respond to such a move by Ben Gvir.

Despite this, according to “Walla News,” Netanyahu did not try to stop Ben Gvir from storming Al-Aqsa hours after they discussed the case.

Israeli media responds of Ben Gvir decision to storm Al-Aqsa

Knesset Member Avigdor Lieberman said, Ben-Gvir pays no mind to Netanyahu, like all coalition members, Hamas knows that Netanyahu is a coward.

Diplomatic affairs analyst Barak Ravid said in an interview with the Israeli Walla website argued that Netanyahu cannot influence Ben Gvit and that it is naive to believe otherwise. He further added that Ben Gvir controls the police and border guards and that such an event, at this time, is unlikely to pass quietly especially given Ben Gvir’s history.

In turn, MK Almog Cohen of the Jewish Power party said that Ben Gvir stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque with Netanyahu’s approval.

Israeli Channel 7 cited MK Gilad Karif noting he condemned Ben Gvir’s storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that this came to prove that Ben Gvir’s top priority is to push for an “extremist ideology” and “nationalism.”

MK Naama Lazimi also added that what Ben Gvir did was “incitement that will lead to violence and bloodshed.”

Concurrently, the Likud confirmed that Netanyahu did not attempt to stop Ben Gvir from storming Al-Aqsa.

Read more: Palestinian Resistance: Itamar Ben Gvir pours fuel on the fire

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Exclusive: Armed Intifada taking place in West Bank – Al-Nakhalah

December 30, 2022 

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen English 

PIJ chief Ziyad Nakhalah tells Al Mayadeen that the upcoming year is a challenging one for the Palestinians.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziyad Al-Nakhalah during a Twitter Space with Al Mayadeen

The upcoming year will be one full of challenges for the Palestinian people, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Secretary-General Ziyadh Al-Nakhalah told Al Mayadeen on Thursday during an interview on Twitter Space.

“2022 saw the establishment of the Jenin Brigade and the Lions’ Den, and it also saw [the Palestinians in] a state of continuous confrontation with the Israeli enemy,” Al-Nakhalah told Al Mayadeen. “A true armed intifada is taking place in the West Bank.”

“The enemy is not halting its settlement process in the West Bank,” the PIJ chief noted, stressing that the Israeli occupation was relentlessly attacking the resistance in the occupied West Bank.

“The resistance has a clear challenge before it this year,” Al-Nakhalah said, stressing that the resistance in the Gaza Strip was “coordinating with the newly established brigades in the West Bank, as there is no option but a united front against the enemy.”

“The battle is open against the enemy throughout the West Bank, and the developments taking place in the Bank were an extension of Operation Unity of Battlefields,” he underlined.

Meanwhile, he touched on the aforementioned operation, saying the main message the operation delivered was that the Israeli occupation could not pick an individual fight with a single resistance faction or Palestinians. 

“The Palestinians are one people in the face of one enemy,” Al-Nakhalah underscored. “Coexisting with the enemy is not a possibility, even if certain parties agree with this notion.”

PIJ ready for unity despite political disputes

Al-Nakhalah said his movement, the PIJ, was not currently discussing any political campaigns, stressing that the various factions had to form a united front, or else they would be picked off individually.

“The [PIJ] is ready for a united battlefield unconditionally and for cooperation with the various powers, even if we have political disputes with them,” he added. “The upcoming year will herald an era of unity between the battlefields and the fighters on the front lines.”

He also noted how the Palestinian Authority has started to limit its prosecution of Palestinian freedom fighters.

Aggression on Gaza expected

Touching on the Israeli occupation’s aggression against Palestine as a whole, and the Gaza Strip, in particular, Al-Nakhalah expected that 2023 will see “Tel Aviv” waging a new round of aggression on Gaza.

“Gaza is not isolated from the developments in the West Bank, and it is preparing itself for battle. It is not completely off the table for Gaza to maintain a presence on the battlefield,” he stressed.

The resistance in Gaza, Al-Nakhalah underlined, will participate in any battle in a timely manner if the situation calls for an intervention. “Gaza will have the West Bank’s back through thick and thin.”

Prisoners a PIJ priority

The PIJ Secretary-General underlined that the Palestinian prisoners’ issue was of high priority for the Palestinian people and the resistance factions, chiefly Al-Quds Brigades.”

The Palestinian resistance “will stop at nothing to liberate the prisoners,” Al-Nakhalah said. “The resistance highly prioritizes capturing Israeli soldiers.”

Sayyed Nasrallah true leader of resistance

“Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is the real leader of the resistance, and he is a pivotal part of the Palestinian resistance,” Al-Nakhalah said upon being asked by a participant about the Palestinian resistance’s relations with Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Days before the third anniversary of the martyrdom of the IRGC’s Quds Force commander, martyr Qassem Soleimani, Al-Nakhalah mourned the late leader, saying: “Martyr Soleimani is truly the martyr of Al-Quds, and he truly deserves this title.”

“Hajj Soleimani is always present, and he gave his soul for the liberation of Al-Quds.”

Only Iran, Hezbollah, Syria supporting Palestine

“The Palestinian people might be fighting in the West Bank, but Iran and Hezbollah are key backers of these Palestinian freedom fighters,” Al-Nakhalah highlighted.

“The enemies want to delude the world by asserting that the war in Palestine is against Iran and that the Islamic Republic is using Palestinians as cannon fodder in its war against Israel,” the resistance leader stressed, noting that this was the enemy’s false narrative.

He also stressed that his group was ready to receive the funding or backing of any Arab or Islamic country, calling on the rest of the Arab World to fulfill its duties toward Palestine.

“We are fighting the United States in Israel, for it is its main backer. Meanwhile, we do not see any backers of Palestine aside from Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria.

Twitter shuts down Al Mayadeen Space during Al-Nakhalah interview

It is noteworthy that Al Mayadeen‘s Twitter Space was shut down as the network was conducting an interview with Al-Nakhalah.

Twitter Space was shut down in light of an onslaught of reports from the Israeli occupation, in light of the strong-worded, unwavering, and truthful statements made by Al-Nakhalah. 

The Twitter Space was joined by Al Mayadeen CEO Ghassan Ben Jiddou, who praised the PIJ leader, saying he played a pivotal role during the decade when Syria was engulfed in war.

“Al-Nakhalah is an adamantly exceptional leader when it comes to all his actions,” Ben Jiddou concluded.

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (Weekly Update 01-07 December 2022)

December 8, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinian civilians were killed, and 18 others, including 3 children, were injured, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

On 12 December 2022, ‘Ammar Mefleh (23) was killed after being executed in cold blood when one of the Israeli Border Police officers opened fire at him from a gun on the main street in Huwara village, Nablus. ( Details are available in PCHR’s press release).

On 05 December 2022, ‘Omar Manna’a (23) was killed after IOF opened fire at him and left him to bleed to death during the latter’s incursion into al-Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. ( Details are available in PCHR’s press release).

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

On 01 December 2022, a Palestinian was wounded in his feet after IOF opened fire at him and then arrested him before taking him to Hadassa Hospital- ‘Ein Kerem in clashes near the annexation wall gate in Beit Duqqo village in East Jerusalem.

On 02 December 2022, 3 Palestinians were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum peaceful weekly protest, northern Qalqilya.

On 03 December 2022, a Palestinian was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet during clashes with IOF at the entrance to Qasra village, southern Nablus.

On 06 December 2022, 3 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with IOF near Psagot settlement established on the Palestinian lands of Jabal al-Taweel area, al-Bireh.

In the Gaza Strip, on 04 December 2022, IOF’s warplanes carried out several strikes on an agricultural land in al-Shokah village, Rafah and another in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, causing damage without reporting any casualties.  . Meanwhile, 8 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 7 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 180 Palestinians, including 120 civilians: 35 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 18 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 5 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 2 tents used as classrooms and confiscated them with the desks as well as demolishing 4 agricultural rooms and 2 facilities and razing agricultural lands in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 04 December 2022, IOF demolished a tinplate room in western Dura, Hebron, noting that the owner built it only 10 days ago on the rubble of his house that was demolished by IOF for the second time on 06 October 2022. 

IOF also demolished an agricultural room in western Ethna village, Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 05 December 2022, IOF demolished a tinplate barrack of 1400 sqms used fot recycling steel and copper scrap in western Ethna, Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.  IOF also demolished a tinplate barrack of 100 sqms used as a livestock barn at the southern entrance to Terqoumia village, Hebron.  On the same day, IOF handed notices to cease construction works in 3 commercial warehouses near the entrance to Beit Rima village, northwestern Ramallah, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

On 07 December 2022, Israeli vehicles razed an agricultural land and destroyed a retaining wall in al-Walajah, Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 137 families homeless, a total of 805 persons, including 158 women and 368 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 154 houses and dozens of residential and agricultural tents. IOF also demolished 109 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered hundreds of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

Israeli settlers carried out 4 attacks that included demolishing an archeological hotel’s internal walls and assaulting Palestinian vehicles as well as uprooting trees. Details are as follows:

On 02 December 2022, settlers from “Ateret Cohanim” organization destroyed the internal archeological walls of “Little Petra” Hotel, which is part of and annexed to Petra Hotel overlooking ‘Omar Square in Bab al-Khalil area, East Jerusalem, preluding to seize it completely.

On 04 December 2022, settlers backed up by IOF assaulted Palestinian vehicles passing via the western entrance to Huwara village in Nablus and broke the windows of some of them as well as causing damage to their structures.

In the afternoon, 4 settlers assaulted with batons a Palestinian vehicle at Yitsihar settlement intersection in Nablus and broke the front and side windows before the driver could flee away.

On 05 December 2022, settlers uprooted around 30 olive trees and planted forest trees in an agricultural land in Qarawet Bani Hassan, western Salfit.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 253 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 165 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 85 Palestinians were arrested, including 14 children and 4 women.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 8,270 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 4,581 Palestinians were arrested, including 457 children and 49 women. IOF also conducted 34 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 105 Palestinians, including 64 fishermen, 32 infiltrators, and 9 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

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

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

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 85 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem arrested a Palestinian at those checkpoints.

On 05 December 2022, IOF closed the entrance to al-Jalazone refugee camp, northern al-Bireh, with cement cubes and remain it closed so far.

On 07 December 2022, IOF reclosed checkpoints and detector gates in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem and later reopened them while keeping restrictions on movement.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 4,266 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 191 Palestinians at those checkpoints

IOF preparedness diminishing amid latest developments: Israeli media

5 Dec 2022

Source: Israeli Media

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli media reports on the damage dealt to the Israeli occupation forces due to the escalations taking place in the occupied West Bank and the Israeli struggle for power.

Soldiers in the Israeli occupation forces

The qualifications of the Israeli occupation’s ground forces and its preparedness are diminishing very quickly when 2023 will be a year full of challenges, Israeli media said on Monday.

“A large part of the ground forces of the Israeli army is being invested in the West Bank as part of the ongoing security missions,” Israeli author and military affairs analyst Ron Ben-Yishai said in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. “This is at the expense of the training they did not undergo.”

“This is dealing a direct blow to the readiness of the military to go to war, whether with Lebanon or other parties, he added. “In case of an escalation and a multi-front war, the Israeli army might not be ready, such as what happened in Lebanon in 2006.”

“The regular field formation of the Israeli army trains very little. This also applies to 66 reserve battalions that the Israeli army will have to recruit this year with the exceptional approval of the Knesset,” Ben-Yishai noted.

“The problem lies in the fact that the situation will not improve and that the Israeli army will not train in the foreseeable future,” the Israeli journalist wrote. That is when “the need arises to bolster the Israeli forces in the West Bank due to the reoccurring escalation in the region in a phenomenon that could be described as a mini-intifada, and this phenomenon, according to the Shin Bet, is based on previous experiences.”

The journalist further noted that it is no longer only about the stabbings, the vehicle ramming operations, or group operations, but rather about the widespread use of firearms in an efficient manner, as well as the proliferation of the events that have for long been outside the constraints of the northern West Bank, the Lions’ Den, or the Jenin refugee camp.

Ben-Yishai also touched on the Israeli power struggle and how there is infighting within the ruling class, stressing that this would have grave repercussions that will affect the Israeli occupation forces, the police, and the Shin Bet, leading to disarray among soldiers on the ground.

“Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu claiming that he will handle things and that he has both hands on the wheel is simply impractical, as his personal control is limited,” he added.

Ben-Yishai concluded by saying the “qualifications and preparedness of the Israeli ground forces are rapidly diminishing, and the likelihood of an explosion in the West Bank, perhaps Gaza as well, is increasing, as chaos within the governmental institutions is threatening to deal critical damage to the rule of law.”

“There is one thing that can be said with confidence: 2023 will be a year full of challenges.”

Israeli media said on Tuesday that the recent period in the occupied West Bank saw an escalation in the security situation, which became “dangerous”, stressing that the status quo was reminiscent of the situation that prevailed ahead of the Second Palestinian Intifada.

“Since the latest operation in Gaza, there have been IOF soldiers stationed in the area,” an Israeli Channel 12 correspondent said, noting that military censorship prevents the size of these forces is revealed or reported on by the media.

“It is prohibited for us to talk about the size of the deployed forces, but we confirm that they are heavily deployed, and the military is starting to complain about how difficult the situation has become.”

According to the political commentator, the officials warned before the Knesset that an increase was expected in terms of Palestinian operations and an escalation in terms of the operations’ quality. The first sign of this was the twin operation that took place in occupied Al-Quds last week, he added.

Former chief of the Israeli occupation forces’ military intelligence directorate Major General Tamir Hayman said Thursday that there were clear signed pointing to the outbreak of a Third Palestinian Intifada in light of the latest round of escalation from the people of occupied Palestine.

The region between two models of resistance / with Anis al-Naqqash

Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine ( Weekly )

 December 1, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinian civilians, including 2 brothers, were killed and 18 others, including 5 children and a paramedic, were injured, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

On 29 November 2022, three Palestinian Civilians, including 2 brothers, were killed and 6 others, including 2 children, were injured by IOF fire in the West Bank. The two brothers were killed in Ramallah, while the third civilian succumbed to his injury in Hebron. ( Details are available in PCHR’s press release).

On 29 and 30 November 2022, two Palestinian civilians were killed by IOF fire during the latter’s incursion into Jenin and Ramallah in the West Bank. ( Details are available in PCHR’s press release).

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

On 25 November 2022, three Palestinians, including a child, were shot with rubber-coated bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 29 November 2022, a Palestinian was shot with a live bullet in his foot by IOF while trying to infiltrate through a hole in the annexation wall near Rummanah village in western Jenin, to work in Israel. Also, another Palestinian sustained a rubber bullet injury in his foot during clashes with IOF in Zeita village in Tulkram.

On the same day, six Palestinians, including a paramedic and 2 children, were shot with live and rubber-coated bullets, while dozens of others suffocated during clashes with IOF following the latter’s suppression of the participants in the funeral of Mofeed Ikhlayil, who at dawn succumbed to his injury he sustained the day before by IOF fire.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 2 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shore. The shooting on 24 November 2022 wounded a fisherman with a rubber-coated bullet in his leg off Beit Lahia shore. (Details available in PCHR’s press release.)  

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 175 Palestinians, including 118 civilians: 35 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers and the rest were activists; 18 of them were assassinated. Also, hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 5 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished 4 houses and 4 residential tents, rendering 3 families of 22, including 4 women and 14 children, homeless. Also, IOF demolished 5 economic facilities, razed, and seized a plot of land and confiscated agricultural vehicles in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 26 November 2022, IOF confiscated a bulldozer belonging to Qarawet Bani Hassan Municipality in Salfit while cleaning the sides of the main street and water channels from stones and sand. They also chased the workers while working in various areas in the village.

On 27 November 2022, the Israeli occupation authorities confiscated an excavator and a generator in al-Bowaib village in southern Hebron.

On 28 November 2022, IOF demolished a 120-sqm house in southern Hebron, displacing a family of 7, including 5 children. In the same area, IOF demolished another 105-sqm house, displacing a family of 8, including 6 children. Additionally, IOF demolished a 2-storey house of 170 sqms in Kafr ad-Dik village, west of Salfit.  Moreover, IOF demolished a plant nursery and a stone chain and arrested 3 Palestinian young men in al_Jib village in occupied East Jerusalem.

On the same day, IOF handed a demolition notice to Khashm al-Karam School built of bricks and tinplate a week ago with European funds in eastern Yatta city in Hebron, under the pretext that the construction located in the firing zone (917). The school was built to serve 50 male and female students from the village, who were receiving their education in Hamida School, which is about 6 km away from their houses. Also, IOF distributed a notice to raze a 500-meter-long paved street in Wad al-‘Amayir area in southern Hebron, under the pretext of working without a prior Israeli permission.

On 29 November 2022, IOF demolished a 70-sqm residential barrack in ‘Anata village in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering a family of 7, including 2 women and 3 children, homeless. Also, IOF razed a 2-dunum agricultural land (2 dunums) and uprooted olive, citrus and palm trees in Hizma village in occupied East Jerusalem for settlement expansion purposes. It is worth noting that last year the Israeli authorities announced the confiscation of 13 dunums from Hizma village’s lands to build a new settlement road (one kilometer long and 16 meters wide), including the land mentioned above.

On 30 November 2022, IOF demolished 4 residential tents and 4 livestock barns in eastern Aqraba village in Nablus, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 137 families homeless, a total of 805 persons, including 158 women and 368 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 154 houses and dozens of residential and agricultural tents. IOF also demolished 107 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

On 24 November 2022, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles travelling on Yitzhar Bypass Road, southeast of Nablus, with stones and sticks, causing material damage to two vehicles.

On 29 November 2022, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles traveling on Road (90), northeast of Ramallah, wounding a Palestinian and damaging two vehicles.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 249 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 181 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 54 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children and a journalist. In the Gaza Strip, on 27 November 2022, Israeli naval forces arrested 6 fishermen on board of 2 fishing boats off Gaza shore and confiscated the fishing boats. The fishermen were released later. (Details available in PCHR’s press release)

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 8094 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 4496 Palestinians were arrested, including 443 children and 45 women. IOF also conducted 34 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 105 Palestinians, including 64 fishermen, 32 infiltrators, and 9 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

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

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

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 92 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 4181 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 190 Palestinians at those checkpoints

How did IOF become a symbol of division within the Israeli occupation?

30 Nov 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen’s Israeli Affairs Department

By Al Mayadeen English 

    The lack of discipline within the Israeli occupation forces reflected in actions carried out in occupied Al-Quds and the West Bank is causing discord within the political and military establishments.

    Soldiers in the Israeli occupation forces

    Ever since the latest elections in the Israeli occupation showed right-wing and far-right parties winning the required majority for the formation of a cabinet, the Israeli occupation did not stop talking about the repercussions of the election results and its reflection on the performance of the security and military establishments.

    One of the most significant establishments in the limelight is the Israeli occupation forces, or the “Israeli army”, which is seen as one of the last establishments bringing illegal Israeli settlers together.

    Israeli media has been criticizing the undisciplined behavior of IOF soldiers, which was prevalent in the occupied West Bank and occupied Al-Quds through various actions carried out by the occupation forces.

    The actions in question have sparked a heated debate within “Israel” that reached the top of the political and military-security establishments in light of the public stances and statement, seen by many as “incitement” against senior IOF officials, as well as calls for soldiers to disobey direct orders from their superiors.

    The aforementioned debate saw Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli occupation forces Aviv Kochavi stressing that he would not allow for the IOF to be used to push certain political agendas.

    IOF warns government

    Several Israeli media reports said Kochavi held talks with the commander of the 84th “Givati” Brigade, Colonel Eliad Maor, and the commander of the Givati infantry brigade’s Tzabar battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Aviran Alfasi, during which he declared his support for the two and criticized the Knesset Members that attacked the IOF because the aforementioned officers sentenced a soldier to 10 days in military prison for taunting left-wing activists in Al-Khalil.

    This comes after far-right Otzma Yehudit chief Itamar Ben Gvir condemned the IOF for punishing the soldier, prompting Kochavi to draw the line at political interference in military decisions, saying that was “unacceptable”.

    “Slandering commanders on political grounds is a slippery slope that we as a society must not slide down. We will not allow any politician, neither from the right nor from the left, to interfere in command decisions and use the army to promote a political agenda,” Kochavi said, noting that any political interference in the IOF drastically impacts its ability to carry out tasks, as well as its so-called “legitimacy”.

    Kochavi had issued a letter to Israeli soldiers condemning their behavior in Al-Khalil and stressing that the IOF was an establishment that did not allow its members to express their political affiliations or carry out actions that stem from their political beliefs.

    Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid touched on far-right MKs’ criticism of the IOF and noted that the new government’s ministers were already inciting the Israeli soldiers against their officers and superiors before it even started performing its duties. “The incitement against the [Israeli army’s] officers is dangerous and destructive. It is unbelievable that ministers and MKs are asking soldiers to disobey their superiors,” Lapid said.

    Former Chief of the General Staff, the founder of the Dahya Doctrine, and Knesset member Gadi Eizenkot warned that the incoming government coalition could lead to the disintegration of the Israeli occupation forces.

    Meanwhile, incoming Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement commenting on the issue, saying: “The Israeli army is the army of all Israelis, and I call on everyone, whether the right or the left, to keep [the IOF] out of any political conversation.”

    Netanyahu had held back from commenting on the conduct of Israeli soldiers at a time when his son, Yair Netanyahu, attacked Kochavi several times over the past few days.

    IOF warns of dark future

    The increase in resistance operations in the occupied West Bank pushed the Israeli occupation forces to send a message to the Israeli government, basically telling “Tel Aviv” that the situation in the West Bank was getting worse.

    Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth political affairs analyst Yossi Yehoshua said IOF officials were highly pessimistic regarding whether the Palestinians were heading in the coming months, especially in light of the latest security and political development. 

    The status quo has promoted the Israeli occupation forces to send a strategic alert to the political institutions that the situation in the occupied West Bank, occupied Al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip could deteriorate at any given moment, Yehoshua added before noting that the faces of the officers that delivered the message looked just like the intelligence they provided, i.e., they looked pessimistic.

    The message came after data showed that 134 Palestinians have been martyred so far this year, a stark increase from last year’s 76 martyrs, according to an Israel Hayom correspondent.

    The newspaper reported that the Israeli Central Command (Pakmaz) described the latest developments in Al-Khalil, which saw a soldier facing off with several left-wing protestors, as highly dangerous, admitting that they need to find a way to nip such situations in the bud.

    The correspondent, Lilach Shoval, added that the Israeli security and military establishments perceived the future with cynicism due to violence being prevalent in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians are increasingly using firearms as the Palestinian Authority is losing its grip on the region.

    Shoval also said that the aforementioned establishments were also worried about “local groups of violent subverters” in the West Bank that could try and follow in the footsteps of the Lions’ Den, noting that the heightened concern within “Israel” also goes back to the stark increase in nationality-based crimes committed by Israelis against Palestinians and the Israeli occupation forces.

    The uptick in violence and the Palestinian Authorities’ inability to establish control over its territories sparked pessimism within the security and military establishments, Shoval claimed, adding that the latter has long been noticing the lack of governance from the PA.

    Israeli Haaretz newspaper political affairs analyst Amos Harel said that the security coordination between the PA and the Israeli occupation was still working well for the occupation, especially in places where the PA had interests undermining Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement.

    Harel also spoke about the IOF’s preparedness for war after “Tel Aviv” called dozens of reserve battalions to service this year in an unplanned manner and against the proclaimed goals of the Chief of Staff to lessen the load on the reserve soldiers.

    IOF to become an army for half the Israelis

    The state of anxiety about the bleak future in the Palestinian and internal arenas, which was expressed by the IOF, was also echoed in Israeli media, whose commentators pointed out that recent events, such as the incident in Al-Khalil, indicate a division among Israeli settlers.

    Militias within the IOF: Israeli Walla! website political correspondent Barak Ravid, warned that the campaign in support of the soldier who attacked a left-wing activist in Al-Khalil was a guaranteed recipe for disaster for the Israeli occupation forces, as it could dismantle it from within and turn it into a group of militias.

    Kochavi’s weakness: Israeli Haaretz newspaper columnist Rogel Alpher criticized Kochavi harshly. He said that the message Kochavi sent Israeli soldiers, in which he condemned the incident in Al-Khalil, proves that he completely failed on a professional and moral level.

    Alpher highlighted how the IOF was acting in the West Bank contrary to the values ​​and morals cited in Kochavi’s letter. He said that the entire chain of command under Kochavi had a different spirit than the military leader wants, the spirit of Ben-Gvir. According to the writer, Kochavi’s letter proves that he has no control over his soldiers’ conduct, as they openly go against his directions.

    Ben-Gvir’s mood: The incident that took place in Al-Khalil once again caused a heated debate about the reality and repercussions of the politicization of the Israeli occupation forces and the polarization within them. 

    The discussion then arose about far-right MK Itamar Bin-Gvir and his prevalence within the IOF, as well as the challenges the military will face under a pure right-wing government where Ben-Gvir, a convict and Zionist extremist, the minister of security, and where Benjamin Netanyahu is the most “left-leaning” official.

    In a similar vein, a recent opinion poll conducted by Israel Democracy Institute showed that the mood of the general Israeli public was becoming increasingly violent and extremist toward Palestinians.

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    IOF cry: We are before popular Palestinian Intifada – Israeli media

    29 Nov 2022

    Source: Agencies

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    Israeli media reports on the dangerous security situation for the Israeli occupation that has been ongoing for months in the occupied West Bank.

    Palestinians during confrontations in the occupied West Bank, occupied Palestine

    The recent period in the occupied West Bank saw an escalation in the security situation, which became “dangerous”, Israeli media said on Tuesday, stressing that the current situation is reminiscent of the situation ahead of the Second Palestinian Intifada.

    An Israeli Channel 12 correspondent said that “since the latest operation in Gaza, there have been IOF soldiers stationed in the area,” noting that military sponsorship prevents the size of these forces is revealed or reported on by the media.

    “It is prohibited for us to talk about the size of the deployed forces, but we confirm that they are heavily deployed, and the military is starting to complain about how difficult the situation has become.”

    Military affairs commentator Amir Bar Shalom confirmed the report, saying that the situation was very reminiscent of a “dangerous phenomenon: the Second Intifada.”

    “In light of the recent wave of attacks, there have been reports that senior officials in the security and military establishments attended today a closed discussion in the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, whereby they warned clearly about the coming months. Is this true?” the anchor asked.

    “That is true. There was a discussion today within the temporary Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of the Knesset, which was attended by senior officials in the security and military establishments, as well as representatives of the Israeli army and the Shin Bet,” the political affairs commentator responded.

    “The attendees spoke pessimistically regarding everything related to the continuation of the wave of Palestinian [operations],” he added.

    According to the political commentator, the officials warned before the Knesset that an increase was expected in terms of Palestinian operations and an escalation in terms of the operations’ quality. The first sign of this was the twin operation that took place in occupied Al-Quds last week, he added.

    The explosion came after a long period of increased oppression of the Palestinian people at the hand of the Israeli occupation, which has been on a usual yet increased rampage, which has seen “Tel Aviv’s” forces brutally murdering Palestinians left and right.

    Former chief of the Israeli occupation forces’ military intelligence directorate Major General Tamir Hayman said Thursday that there were clear signed pointing to the outbreak of a Third Palestinian Intifada in light of the latest round of escalation from the people of occupied Palestine.

    There are “clear signs that cannot be ignored indicating that there is an increased probability that a third Palestinian Intifada with unprecedented characteristics will occur,” Hayman stressed.

    “The Palestinian arena is becoming more fomented than the majority of the public imagines,” the Israeli military official said, stressing that the occupation must “deal with the terrorist operations that took place in Al-Quds, such as kidnapping the body of Tiran Fero, as a sign that there will be an [Intifada] eventually.”

    Palestinian freedom fighters managed on Wednesday dawn to seize the body of an illegal Israeli settler after he was killed in a traffic accident near the American University in the city of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank.

    Palestine: The Return of the Specter of the Second Intifada

    New Era of “Israel’s” War Crimes Accountability

    November 29, 2022 

    Source: Al Mayadeen English

    By Ruqiya Anwar 

    Notably, ongoing violence and crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including limited access to health care, education, and livelihood activities, affect socioeconomic conditions.

    Notably, ongoing violence and crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including limited access to health care, education, and livelihood activities, affect socioeconomic conditions. Plans to change the demographic mix, character, and status of the holy city of Jerusalem “were also mentioned. The resolution queries the court on how these Israeli policies and activities” impact the legal status of the occupation, and what are the legal ramifications that arise for all states and the United Nations from this position. The Palestinian UN envoy, Riyad Mansour, recommended mobilizing “all elements of the international law-based order, including international justice”.

    Significantly, the first report to the General Assembly from the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including “East Jerusalem and Israel”, was published earlier. It affirms that there are compelling reasons to believe that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is now illegal under international law due to its permanence and the Israeli Government’s de facto annexation policies. Furthermore, the Commission has concluded that “Israel’s” continued use of force to occupy Palestinian territory creates international obligations and keeps “Israel” responsible for past atrocities on Palestinian civil and political rights.

    The ICJ addresses international conflicts between nations or offers legal advice on problems that the UN Security Council or General Assembly refers to it. An ICJ legal opinion typically takes at least a year to obtain. “Israel’s” separation wall and settlements in the occupied West Bank were found illegal by the International Court of Justice in a 2004 legal ruling. Israelis fear that the ICJ would support the Palestinian position that the occupation equates to annexation, which would undermine efforts by governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to boycott, divest and sanction “Israel”. To prevent the Palestinians from enacting the resolution, the Israeli Government has recently begun an all-out offensive.

    In this scenario, International support for the special committee’s mandate is required to spread the message that the Israeli occupation is the root cause of all Middle Eastern problems and to inspire global action to end the suffering. It should call attention to the violent eviction and transfer of Palestinian families, the trespassing and intimidation of Palestinians by Israeli settlers, and the efforts to hasten al-Quds’s Judaization at the expense of the city’s Christian and Muslim Palestinian inhabitants.

    The Israeli Government’s policies have severely and in many ways affected many facets of Palestinian life, including women’s access to clean, inexpensive water, negatively influencing the whole Palestinian agriculture industry. Moreover, the erosion of economic, social, and cultural rights causes a great deal of “silent harm” and psychological distress, some of which may not be immediately obvious. Nevertheless, the effects of these incapacitating processes, both now and in the future, are devastating.

    Furthermore, “Israel” cannot continue to promote its narrative that it has done nothing wrong while also pursuing annexationist policies and denying the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination; it is now abundantly evident. Essentially, international law stands on the side of the Palestinians, and all they needed was the ultimate political environment for the world to applaud such a courageous act.

    The situation on the ground has gotten worse in the occupied territories. Palestinian human rights have consistently been violated by “Israel”, which has continued its policy of repression. Human rights organizations worldwide agree that the ongoing Israeli occupation has established apartheid-like conditions.

    The Palestinian diplomats’ ultimate goal was for the United Nations Security Council to vote to recognize Palestine as a full member state without any veto interference from the United States. Recognizing Palestine as a full UN member state, even while it is occupied, would signify that the international community is committed to the two-state solution.

    Additionally, the rules of conduct for nations under temporary occupation are specified in international humanitarian law. However, because this is a 55-year-old occupation, it is not a temporary one. Therefore, the highest court in the world must rule that it is an occupation that leads to illegal annexation — a decision that will have global ramifications. In demanding such a legal requirement, the Palestinians astounded the Israelis and their allies.

    Most importantly, the repeated statements before the United Nations have not stopped severe breaches of Palestinian rights. While nations continue to express outrage and resolutions are passed, nothing appears to change. No amount of occupation by the occupying power of Palestinian territory will ever lead to peace.

    The Palestinian people’s intrinsic rights, such as the right to self-determination and the right of return, have been violated blatantly by “Israel” in violation of its commitments under international law. Bringing an end to this miserable situation was the international community’s responsibility. Although the international community has repeatedly stated that Palestinians have a right to freedom, security, and prosperity, Israel has persisted in denying it.

    This appears unlikely given the inherent bias towards Israel and vested interests of the international community, the United States and Europe, in particular. Until there is a fundamental shift in the balance of power, the status quo of a constant conflict punctuated by periodic escalation and carnage will stay, as there is no indication that international political will is present or will emerge.

    Now, the UN has adopted a Palestinian resolution calling for the ICJ to weigh in on “Israel’s” protracted occupation quickly. Nevertheless, there is hope because the UN has called “International Justice” for a legal advisory opinion on the nature of the Israeli occupation. But will the UN follow through and actually hold “Israel” accountable? 

    References:

    Fourth Committee Hears Support for Referring Question of Palestine to International Court of Justice for Advisory Opinion | UN Press

    Report-COI-OPT-14Sept2022-EN.pdf (ohchr.org)

    OHCHR | The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel

    https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2022/03/special-rapporteur-situation-human-rights-occupied-palestinian-territories

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

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    Israeli media: Al-Quds bus station operation haunting ‘Israel’

    25 Nov 2022

    Source: Israeli media

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    Following the two bus station explosions in occupied Al-Quds, the IOF receives dozens of calls from settlers concerned about the presence of suspicious objects.

    Heavy deployment of the IOF following the two bus station explosions in occupied Al-Quds

    Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth pointed out on Friday that since the multiple operations that were carried out in Al-Quds on Wednesday morning, the number of reports about the presence of suspicious objects in the occupied city has doubled.

    Israeli media reported on Wednesday that two explosions that targeted a bus station in occupied Al-Quds, resulting in the death of one Israeli settler and more than 30 wounded.

    The Israeli newspaper said that since Thursday morning, the occupation police had received dozens of calls from Israeli settlers concerned about the presence of suspicious objects and multiple reports of alleged suspects seen all over occupied Al-Quds.

    Israeli commentators considered that the operations signified the beginning of a severe escalation that is different from what was taking place in recent years, which brought the memories of Al-Aqsa Intifada back.

    Similarly, Major General Tamir Hayman, former chief of the Israeli occupation forces’ military intelligence directorate, said on Thursday there are clear signs pointing to the outbreak of a third Palestinian Intifada, in light of the latest round of escalation from the people of occupied Palestine.

    There are “clear signs that cannot be ignored indicating that there is an increased probability that a third Palestinian Intifada with unprecedented characteristics will occur,” Hayman stressed.

    “The Palestinian arena is becoming more fomented than the majority of the public imagines,” the Israeli military official said, stressing that the occupation must “deal with the terrorist operations that took place in Al-Quds, such as kidnapping the body of Tiran Fero, as a sign that there will be an [Intifada] eventually.”

    In a related context, Israeli media reported on Thursday that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a 20-year-old resident of the city of Rahat for allegedly carrying out a ramming attack in Bir Al-Sabe’, which moderately injured an 18-year-old IOF soldier.

    Israeli media claimed the Palestinian youth drove his car on the sidewalk and rammed the soldier, leaving him with bruises and wounded limbs.

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    Third Palestinian intifada is coming: Israeli media

    24 Nov 2022 

    Source: Israeli Media

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    Israeli media says the Palestinian public is growing more outraged with the occupation’s practices, which indicates that a third intifada is looming on the horizon for “Tel Aviv”.

    Israeli media talks about a Third Palestinian Intifada

      There are clear signs pointing to the outbreak of a third Palestinian Intifada, former chief of the Israeli occupation forces’ military intelligence directorate Major General Tamir Hayman said on Thursday in light of the latest round of escalation from the people of occupied Palestine.

      There are “clear signs that cannot be ignored indicating that there is an increased probability that a third Palestinian Intifada with unprecedented characteristics will occur,” Hayman stressed.

      “The Palestinian arena is becoming more fomented than the majority of the public imagines,” the Israeli military official said, stressing that the occupation must “deal with the terrorist operations that took place in Al-Quds, such as kidnapping the body of Tiran Fero, as a sign that there will be an [Intifada] eventually.”

      Palestinian freedom fighters managed on Wednesday dawn to seize the body of an illegal Israeli settler after he was killed in a traffic accident near the American University in the city of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank.

      The Occupation Army Radio reported that Resistance fighters managed to snatch the body of “Israeli” Tiran Fero (18 years old), who was killed in a car accident, adding that he arrived at the Jenin hospital by mistake.

      According to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the Resistance fighters captured the body after they stopped an ambulance belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent that was on its way to deliver it to the occupation, while the Resistance refuses to hand it over.

      On the same day, Israeli media reported that there was an explosion at a bus station in Al-Quds, which injured around a dozen people.

      Israeli media reported that Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir went to the explosion site in Al-Quds. 

      Israeli media also reported that there is a fear of other explosives in other areas of occupied Al-Quds.

      The explosion came after a long period of increased oppression of the Palestinian people at the hand of the Israeli occupation, which has been on a usual yet increased rampage, which has seen “Tel Aviv’s” forces brutally murdering Palestinians left and right.

      A Palestinian child, 16-year-old Ahmad Amjad Shehadeh, was martyred yesterday morning after he succumbed to his wounds from a bullet the IOF fired straight to his heart when they entered the city of Nablus. 

      Palestinian media also confirmed the injury of six other Palestinian men with live bullets and tens of others by suffocation as a result of the IOF storming Nablus.

      Back on November 9, Mahdi Hashash, 17, succumbed to serious wounds he sustained in his stomach after being shot by Israeli occupation forces, as per the Palestinian Red Crescent.

      The IOF, accompanied by Israeli settlers, both in large numbers, stormed Al-Quds and Amman Streets in the vicinity of Qaber Youssef (Joseph’s Tomb), east of Nablus. The IOF shot live ammunition at the Palestinians and heavily deployed tear gas and stun grenades.

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      Israeli media: Explosion at bus stop in Al-Quds

      November 23, 2022

      Source: Agencies

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      Israeli media report an explosion at a bus station in Al-Quds and confirm a second explosion near the “Ramot Junction” at the entrance to occupied Al-Quds.

      Israeli forces at the scene of an explosion at a bus stop in Al-Quds, on November 23, 2022 (Reuters)

      Israeli media reported an explosion at a bus station in Al-Quds this morning, which has so far injured ten people.

      Media reported that ten others were injured in another explosion near a bus station on Shaari Street, including two serious injuries, which some Israeli media outlets described as hopeless. 

      The details of the incident are still under investigation, but according to initial reports and Israeli websites, the explosion was an explosive device placed inside a bag.

      Haaretz newspaper reported that a suspected dual attack in Al-Quds left 15 wounded in two locations, four of whom are in very critical condition.

      Israeli media reported that Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir went to the explosion site in Al-Quds. 

      According to Israeli media, the “Ramot” neighborhood explosion in occupied Al-Quds was an attempt to launch a joint attack.

      Israeli media also reported that there is a fear of other explosives in other areas of occupied Al-Quds.

      Twin Blasts Rock Occupied Al-Quds: ‘Israelis’ Shocked, Recall the Second Intifada

      November 23, 2022

      By Al-Ahed News

      A dual blast hit early in the morning the occupied holy al-Quds, targeting Zionist settlers at the central bus station, as well as the Ramot Neighborhood north of the city.

      According to ‘Israeli’ media reports, at least one Zionist settler has been killed so far, and 19 other sustained injuries that varied between critical and mild.

      In wake of the unexpected attack, ‘Israeli’ KAN broadcaster reported that the ‘Israeli’ police were talking of a dangerous operation for which they mobilized all their elite forces. Additionally, KAN correspondent Elior Levy termed the operations as turning ‘Israel’ several decades backward. “We are in dark, melancholic days like the ‘Second Palestinian Intifada’,” Levy said.

      In the same context, an ‘Israeli’ expert commented by saying that ’Israel’ enters a new phase of attacks. “Operations in al-Quds reflect the Shabak’s failure as it didn’t succeed in exposing and intercepting such attacks.”

      In parallel, “Israeli” journalist Hillel Peyton Rosen described this morning as a dark one for the “Israeli” security establishment. This would be the scene when senior political officials are mainly busy in the farewell ceremony to their posts.

      Meanwhile, other ‘Israeli’ media outlets raised big fears of another operation in al-Quds, adding that huge ‘Israeli’ police forces were inspecting the area.

      For its part, ‘Israeli’ Channel 13 explained what happened in al-Quds as a highly-coordinated dual operation, urging Zionist settlers not to leave their places.

      A big ‘Israeli’ police force rushed to the Ramot Neighborhood, where the second blast went off, amid suspicions of another explosive in the area. In this regard, an ‘Israeli’ police official said “We are searching the bus stations in al-Quds amid fears of other explosives.”

      At the same time Zionist war minister Benny Gantz started a meeting to assesses the situation with the head of the Shin Bet, the deputy chief of the “Israeli” military, the head of the Operations Department, the head of the Intelligence Staff, and other officers.

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