From Nakba 74 and Beyond: Solidarity is Ongoing

May 19, 2022

Thousands of Palestinians throughout the besieged Gaza Strip commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Benay Blend

On Nakba Day 2022, thousands of people around the world marked the 74th anniversary of the “catastrophe” of 1948 that saw nearly 800,000 Palestinians expelled from their homes as Zionists established the illegal state of Israel. Demonstrators also demanded justice for the slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was assassinated by Israeli forces in Jenin within the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Appropriately, on May 15, poet and activist Remi Kanazi tweeted: “Why solidarity matters. It’s Nakba Day. Other communities are in pain and dealing with supremacist forces. If we don’t fight against all systems of domination and build with each other,” he warned, “the oppression we face will never truly end, even if we think it does.”

 As if in answer, an Azov-insignia wearing teen carried out a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Because 11 out of the 13 victims were black, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the police have labeled the murders a “hate crime.”

The problem with this label is that it implies that the crime was an act of a lone individual acting on racist impulses. The solution, many believe, is gun control. Both assumptions are mere band-aids on the problem. Whether a member of an organized group or not, this man was not a lone shooter, but rather part of a larger Nazi movement.

As Benjamin Norton noted, the shooter was wearing the same “black sun” Nazi symbol used by Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov militia, which NATO is arming and training. According to an Al Jazeera report, Ukraine has emerged as an international center for the far right around the world. There Azov has been active in training men who want combat experience and share a fascist ideology.

The soldier who murdered Abu Akleh also acted as a member of a particular society, writes  scholar/activist Steven Salaita, doing “exactly what Israeli soldiers do.” Indeed, over the past two decades the Zionist state has murdered approximately fifty journalists, making Abu Akleh’s death not an aberration, a mistake, but rather a matter of policy.

The colonizer, concludes Salaita, perpetuates violence “because of colonization.” In the end, it is “the only way he knows how to be a good citizen” while maintaining a “meaningful existence” for himself.

Just as few shooters act alone, but rather as products of their worldview, so do those who successfully work for social justice do so in community. Mourning the assassination of her compatriot, Gaza-based Palestinian journalist Wafa Aludaini writes that Abu Akleh was a household name in local homes because she documented Israeli crimes.

In her own words, Abu Akleh attests to her close connection to community: “I chose journalism,” she explained, because she wanted to be “close to the people. It might not be easy to change reality,” she continued, “but at least I could bring their voice to the world.”

Writing is a solitary endeavor, but the formation of ideas is not. In the introduction of These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons (2020), Ramzy Baroud, activist/journalist/writer and editor of this collection, declares that “because Palestinian resistance is a collective experience, the writing of this book has also been a collective effort. It is our attempt to reclaim the narrative of our people,” he continues, “to liberate it from the suffocating confines of political, media and academic discourse and take it into the heart of resistance.”

Palestine solidarity by its very definition is also a communal effort, the work of many groups of individuals whose histories are likely different but whose goals for the future intersect with those of all colonized peoples around the world.

My own involvement began around 1980 with a Muslim/Jewish dialogue group organized by fellow grad students at the University of New Mexico. Since then, my activism has evolved away from conversations that by their very nature involve a power gap to direct involvement/writing that attempts to place Palestinians at the center. At the present time my activist work involves membership in the recently organized Albuquerque chapter of Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. As a writer, I’ve also learned that very little happens in a vacuum; formulation of ideas requires a give and take between people of similar, and sometimes different, persuasion. From all those years I’ve learned the importance of being part of an organization.

Solidarity means maintaining unanimity no matter where the media directs our attention. “Empathy’s endurance,” writes Onyesonwu Chatoyer, organizer for the All African People’s Revolutionary Party—Southwest, makes possible “a better and more just way of living” that is “within our capacity” to rebuild. At the present time, however, our inner lives are being “weaponized and manipulated,” especially among the “disorganized and unconscious” elements of our society.

In his preface to Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak Out (2022), Ramzy Baroud defines the parameters of the struggle. “Solidarity that is not guided by authentic Palestinian voices is simply futile,” Baroud declares, “it cannot effectively mobilize what is essential: their purpose” (p. xviii).

The collection’s chapters are a testament to the ability of Palestinians—and by extension all people who are engaged in freedom struggles—to liberate themselves. Reflecting on “The International Struggle on Behalf of Palestine,” co-editor Ilan Pappé shares three major truths that he has learned during his decades-long involvement in the solidarity campaign. First, solidarity for an Israeli Jew means moving away from Zionism and its “comfort zone”; second, winning the trust of the Palestinian people remains crucial; and finally, trying to influence others to follow the same path is hard (p. 411).

In an interview with Asantewaa Nkrumah-Turé, organizer with Black Alliance for Peace Philadelphia, Margaret Kimberly led the conversation in a way that resonates well with Baroud’s and Pappe’s interpretation of solidarity. Nkrumah-Turé began by speaking of her experience on a panel at the recent Al-Awda Conference in New York. There she tied her anti-imperialist work to Palestine solidarity, commitments that she traced back to the long history of Black support for the Palestinian struggle,

For example, Nkrumah-Turé mentioned her late brother Kwame Turé who came out against Zionism during his involvement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In this way her trajectory is different than Pappé in that she did not have to leave Zionism in order to oppose it.

Like Baroud and Pappé, Nkrumah-Turé acknowledges other groups who have come to share her position. For example, she salutes Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) for what she believes must have been a “difficult move” when they came out with a public statement denouncing Zionism.

Finally, she addresses what Pappé calls the “tension between effort and tangible results” (pp. 411,412), losing hope due to the lack of significant changes on the ground. In answer, both highlight the importance of looking to the future. For Pappé, the solution is asking if we “have done enough for the cause,” and for Nkrumah-Turé, a similar response: developing the kind of courage to stay in the fight for the long haul.

For me, it is helpful to consider all of the activists mentioned in this article, along with the contributors to Our Vision for Liberation, as the energy who provide sumud (steadfastness) and inspiration for the future struggle.

– Benay Blend earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her scholarly works include Douglas Vakoch and Sam Mickey, Eds. (2017), “’Neither Homeland Nor Exile are Words’: ‘Situated Knowledge’ in the Works of Palestinian and Native American Writers”. She contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

PPC: “Israel” arrests 15 Palestinian journalists

 May 3, 2022 

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen Net 

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Palestinian Prisoners Club says Israeli occupation forces are keeping 15 journalists detained in prison.

PPC: Journalist Bushra al-Tawil remains in administrative detention

The Palestinian Prisoners Club released a statement on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, regarding Israeli authorities’ continued detention of Palestinian prisoners.

The PPC said in the statement that the Israeli Occupation Forces continue to harass Palestinian journalists through a plethora of systematic abusive policies, most notably through detention. Since the beginning of this year, the occupation has continued to arrest journalists and activists and has assaulted many of them, causing injuries, especially amid the escalation that began in April.

The statement added that occupation authorities continue to detain 15 journalists in their prisons, including journalist Bushra Al-Tawil, who remains in administrative detention. Journalists are being kept in prison under harsh conditions, the same as other prisoners languishing in occupation prisons.

The IOF arrested the 26-year-old Al-Tawil in Nablus on November 9. Palestinian sources noted that Al-Tawil was arrested at a military checkpoint near a settlement south of Nablus.

Blatant Display of Hypocrisy

2 May 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

Samia Nasir-Khoury 

Despite regularly calling for peace, the Israeli occupation’s actions speak otherwise. From the non-stop aggressions it continues to commit against the Palestinian people to the refusal to make the slightest concession, the occupation seems to understand only the language of force.

Ever since the partition plan of Palestine on November 29, 1947, and the immediate recognition of “Israel” by the United States of America, “Israel” has had the unwavering support of the USA

The sight of the Ukrainian refugees evoked very sad memories of our own eviction from Palestine, which ceased to exist in 1948.  Not only because of the eviction but because of the massacres and the razing of hundreds of villages and reducing leading cities into ghost towns, which took place at the time, so as to obliterate the history of our country, some of which were only made public many years later on by the Israeli new historians.  It was a  historical event known as “the Nakba” (Catastrophe), which turned out to be an ongoing Nakba to this day, as Israel, the occupying power,  continues to deprive the Palestinians of their right of return according to the UN GA  resolution 194  on December 11, 1948, and refuses to withdraw from the rest of the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967 according to UN Security Council resolution 242 on November 22, 1967, over and above tits daily violations of Palestinian human rights.

I am not going to dwell on the political atmosphere, and the role of the USA and NATO in provoking that war, but it had hardly started when the cry for sanctions on Russia was loud and clear.  However,  never did the international community come up with the word “sanctions” regarding “Israel”, despite its brutal measures against the Palestinians as well as its flouting of UN resolutions for the last seven decades. It is high time “Israel” realizes that it will never feel secure while it continues to kill, confiscate, and deprive the Palestinians and the prisoners of their freedom and their basic human rights.  Furthermore, it allows the settlers to terrorize the Palestinians in their towns, in their fields, vineyards, and olive groves, as well as in their holy places, all under the protection of the Israeli police force.  In fact, three renowned organizations monitoring the region, Amnesty International, B’Tselem, and Human Rights Watch came to the conclusion in their reports recently,  that “Israel” is an apartheid state.  Of course, “Israel” refuted their reports and labeled them as anti-Semitic. Ironic indeed when one of them is an Israeli organization.

It is unreasonable to forget two facts.  One pertaining to the Oslo Accords, and the other pertaining to the Arab Countries  The Oslo Accords signed between the PLO and Israel on September 13, 1993, gave us the impression at the beginning that they were going to bring about a  new dawn of hope for peace and liberation, especially after seeing the Israeli army withdraw from the Palestinian towns occupied in 1967.  However, it did not take long to expose the loopholes in these accords, especially when the basic issues like al-Quds, borders, as well as refugees, and the building of illegal settlements were deferred to the last stage of negotiations, over a period of five years. This turned out to be an open-ended period of five-times-five that stopped abruptly with the incursion of the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, to Al-Aqsa mosque which led to the Second Intifada. That gave “Israel” the excuse to end all the negotiations. The following years gave “Israel” the opportunity to create a new reality on the ground as its settlements mushroomed all over the occupied Palestinian territories.  Over and above, the issue of security for Israel was to be coordinated with the new Palestinian Authority.  This certainly seemed to be a unique situation when the occupied had to coordinate security matters with the occupiers. The absurdity of these two items alone showed that those accords were never studied thoroughly and scrutinized by the PLO before they signed them and recognized “Israel” as a state in the region, whereas Israel never committed itself to recognizing a Palestinian state as it signed those accords with the PLO.

The second fact is the stand of the Arab countries who despite their rhetoric were never able to bring about the pressure to end the occupation. However, all the Arab countries endorsed the Saudi initiative  made by Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabic during the Arab summit meeting in Beirut in 2002 in which the prince presented his initiative calling for “full Israeli withdrawal from all the Arab territories occupied since June 1967, in implementation of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, reaffirmed by the Madrid Conference of 1991 and the land-for-peace principle, and ‘Israel’s’ acceptance of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in return for the establishment of normal relations in the context of a comprehensive peace with Israel.”

Had “Israel” been sincere about peace it would have jumped at the Saudi initiative, but it seems that “Israel” cannot survive in times of peace.  However, peace with the Gulf countries was offered to “Israel” on a silver platter. Those countries who signed the “Abrahamic Accords” had no war with “Israel”, nor did they share borders with “Israel”.  Once again a colonial power, the USA, during the Trump presidency, was able to drive a wedge among the Arab countries, and seduce those Gulf countries into a peace agreement with Israel claiming to have common security interests.

Ever since the partition plan of Palestine on November 29, 1947, and the immediate recognition of “Israel” by the United States of America, “Israel” has had the unwavering support of the USA. This has been a major factor in Israel’s flouting of all UN resolutions regarding Palestine without any sanctions. The most we have heard from the USA and the European countries is “concern” about the  clashes and the demolishing of Palestinian homes, and that “the settlements are not conducive to peace.” 

Unfortunately, during these times,  the vested interests of the powerful forces, and their hegemony over-rules the principle of the common good and the welfare of all people, whereby they coerce the weaker people by blackmailing them, supposedly to guarantee their survival. And of course whoever dared to defy those powers had no chance to survive.  

The brutality of the Israeli police while storming the Al-Aqsa mosque and limiting and violently blocking Palestinian Christians in particular from worshiping in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the old city of al-Quds (Jerusalem), the holiest of Christian sites is beyond imagination. “Israel” wants to turn the Palestinian struggle into a religious war whereas it is not, and it has never been so. Nonetheless, with the support of the colonial powers, they have turned the whole region into a fertile ground for religious extremism.

However desperate the situation is, we cannot afford to lose hope, and we will not lose hope because justice is on our side. Furthermore, we hope our Palestinian struggle will become an example of steadfastness, “Sumud” and a guiding force in the struggle of all oppressed people.

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

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

28 04 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinians were killed and another succumbed to his wounds.  Also, 86 others, including 7 children, 2 paramedics and 3 journalists, were wounded by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire while tens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, except 2 fishermen wounded in the Gaza Strip. 

On 22 April 2022, a Palestinian succumbed to his serious injury in Ibn Sinai Hospital in Jenin, noting that he was wounded by IOF’s fire during their incursion into al-Yamoun village in Jenin on 18 April 2022.

On 26 and 27 April 2022, during IOF’s incursion into Jenin and Jericho in the West Bank 2 Palestinians were killed, and 6 others were wounded, including 2 children.  In addition, 4 Palestinians were arrested.  More information available here.

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

22 April: 31 Palestinians, including 2 medics and 3 journalists, were wounded during IOF’s extensive suppression of thousands of worshippers in al-Aqsa Mosque, yards and praying halls in East Jerusalem.  Following the Friday prayer, IOF resumed their attacks on the worshippers at al-Aqsa Mosque and fired tens of teargas canisters via drones in the yard of Dome of the Rock praying hall.  As a result, 26 suffocated, including children and women.  On the same day, a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in his leg in clashes with IOF near the main entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village in Ramallah.  Also, a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in the foot in IOF’s shooting at workers who attempt to cross via the annexation wall in western Jenin. Six others, including 2 children, were wounded with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya. 

23 April: two Palestinians were wounded with bullets, and 3 others were arrested after being beaten during IOF’s incursion into Qalendia refugee camp in East Jerusalem.  On the same day, 3 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya.   Three others, including a child, were wounded with IOF’s fire as the latter were protecting settlers, who launched attacks against Palestinians in Sorif village in Hebron.

24 April: 4 Palestinians were wounded by IOF’s fire on workers who attempted to cross via the annexation wall in Tulkarm. 

25 April: a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in clashes with IOF during their incursion into al-Zababda village in Jenin.  Also, 2 sibling fishermen were wounded with rubber bullets along with another one and then arrested by IOF after the latter chased and confiscated their boat off Rafah shore, southern Gaza Strip. They were later released.

26 April: a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in clashes with IOF after their incursion into Qabatia village in Jenin.

In the same context on 21 April, 4 houses and a civilian object sustained severe damage after IOF’s warplanes targeted a military training site, western al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 41 Palestinians, including 32 civilians: 8 children, 3 women, and the rest were activists; 3 of them were killed in assassinations. Also, these attacks wounded 524 others, including 63 children, 2 women, 6 paramedics and 16 journalists: all in the West Bank, except 7 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

26 April: a Palestinian elderly was wounded after a group of settlers attacked him with batons and pepper-sprayed him in Kisan village, eastern Bethlehem.

27 April: two Palestinians were wounded after settlers threw stones at Palestinian houses in Kafl Haris in Salfit.

So far this year, settlers carried out 99 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

On 25 April, IOF razed 50 dunums in al-Walaja village, Bethlehem, and uprotted hundreds of fruitful trees.

On 26 April, IOF confiscated a truck mounted concrete pump in Rojeeb village in Nablus under the pretext of working in Area C.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 41 families homeless, a total of 248 persons, including 48 women and 115 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 51 houses and 5 residential tents. IOF also demolished 29 other civilian objects, razed 224 dunums and delivered 49 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 228 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 this week’s incursions, 102 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children and a woman, and summoned at least 8 others.  Also, IOF arrested 11 fishermen in the Gaza Strip and later released them.  More information available here.  

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 2673 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2027 Palestinians were arrested, including 211 children and 16 women. IOF also conducted 12 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 39 Palestinians, including 25 fishermen, 11 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities declared closure of crossings with the Gaza Strip and West Bank starting from Thursday afternoon, 21 April.  The crossing will operate normally on Saturday, 23 April, according to the situation.  On Saturday, 23 April, the Israeli occupation authorities announced closure of Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, northern Gaza Strip to around 12,000 Palestinian workers and businessmen starting from Sunday, 23 April, and until further notice under the pretext of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.  However, the crossing was reopened on 26 April.

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

On 23 April 2022, IOF obstructed access of thousands of Christian worshippers into the Church of the Resurrection in East Jerusalem to attend the Celebrations of Holy Saturday, which precede the Easter.  IOF heavily deployed and established many barriers.  Also, they closed some of the Old City’s gates with barricades and turned it into a military zone.  They attacked the visitors by beating and pushing them at the barriers erected. IOF also denied a priest’s access to the Church and arrested two visitors, including an Egyptian journalist.

 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 109 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested 7 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 1264 checkpoints and arrested 75 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Palestinians Demonstrate outside Ofer Prison to Protest Trial of 14-Year-Old Boy

April 26, 2022

Athal al-Azzeh, 14, has been detained by Israeli occupation forces near Bethlehem. (Photo: via Social Media)

Family and friends of 14-year-old Athal al-Azzeh demonstrated on Tuesday outside Ofer military and detention camp to protest the trial of their son, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Azzeh’s father, Ahmad, said the Israeli soldiers detained his son on April 15, after beating him up when he was on his way to his grandmother’s house in the al-Azzeh refugee camp in Bethlehem.

The interrogators are pressuring him, by all means, to get him to confess to things he did not do, said the father, explaining that his son is being interrogated in the absence of any member of his family or a lawyer.

He added that his son is exhausted and has been deprived of sleep as he undergoes long interrogation after midnight.

According to the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission, there are 160 Palestinian minors held in Israeli prisons.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

The Game Changing Battle: Al-Aqsa Mosque

April 21 2022

By Mohammad Sleem

Beirut – With Palestinians marking the holy month of Ramadan, tensions rise in al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied al-Qud’s [Jerusalem], as “Israeli” soldiers raided the holy site in a barbaric attitude against peaceful Palestinians who were performing daily prayers.

Nothing is worse than the scene of an occupying soldier hammering a Palestinian man with a baton in front of his son. As the father was trying to hide the pain, the son had to run away with a terrible memory engraved in his mind.

Zionist soldiers arrested dozens of worshipers, targeting young men and women. The elderly were not spared; they were stone-heartedly beaten. As a result, more than 400 Palestinians had been arrested and 152 others injured during the raids.

Though, Palestinians have not been sitting lazily. They have launched several lone-wolf operations against the “Israeli” occupation regime, army and police.

On the other hand, resistance groups in Gaza delivered stern warnings to the “Israeli” entity and called for general mobilization against the violence on al-Aqsa.

To turn words into actions, the Palestinian resistance on Monday [April 18] fired several rockets on “Israeli” settlements from Gaza. The “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] responded by launching several raids targeting the strip.

A new deterrence equation

The latest development in the Palestinian arena between the “Israeli” entity and the resistance groups was a game changer.

To begin with, it was the Palestinian resistance who took the first step in the confrontation. They launched a rocket attack in response to the entity’s crimes at the al-Aqsa Mosque. It is worth mentioning that this measure on behalf of the Palestinian side was first of its kind in the sense that it is usually the IOF who always strikes first.  

Secondly, the most recent twist to the long-standing narrative is the Resistance’s response to the “Israeli” raids on the Gaza Strip. It was the first Palestinian military response of its kind to take place. The resistance groups used the newly released “Strela-2” air defense system to target an “Israeli” aircraft, revealing a new deterrence equation with the Zionist entity. This is a huge turning point in the “Israeli”-Palestinian battle as the most effective weapon in the hands of the entity will be at high risk of failure to deter Palestinian missiles.

Accordingly, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in the Muslim world. Any escalation from the “Israeli” regime against the Holy Mosque might lead to a new level of response from the resistance groups in Gaza, and maybe it will lead to a scenario where the whole Axis of Resistance be present in a battle that will change the face of history.

During their long-lasting battle with the “Israeli” apartheid entity, Palestinians have always assured that the Zionist regime may countlessly trespass al-Aqsa Mosque, but this will never stop them from working to achieve a belief that someday the Holy Mosque will be liberated from its oppressors.

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IOF assault march in support of Palestinian prisoners in Al-Khalil

April 17, 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen Net 

The Israeli occupation forces suppress a march in support of Palestinian prisoners in Al-Khalil, and Israeli settlers storm a mosque in the city.

Confrontations between Palestinians and IOF in the city of Al-Khalil

A Palestinian citizen was injured Sunday by live bullets, while dozens suffocated due to poison and tear gas after the Israeli occupation forces suppressed a march in Al-Khalil that was carried out in support of prisoners on the occasion of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day.

Security and local sources reported that the IOF – which reinforced their presence in the Bab Al-Zawiya area in the center of Al-Khalil – fired live bullets, metal bullets, sound bombs, and gas bombs at the protestors.

It is noteworthy that the march was organized by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club and the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, as well as national forces in Al-Khalil Governorate.

In addition, under the protection of the IOF, several Israeli settlers stormed the Khaled bin Al-Walid Mosque in the Al-Kasara area, east of Al-Khalil. During the raid, a settler assaulted a Palestinian boy, which resulted in bruises all over his body.

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine Weekly Update (07- 13 April 2022)

 April 14, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Eight Palestinians, including 2 children and 2 women, were killed, and 48 others, including 6 children, a girl and 2 who lost their eyes, were wounded by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire while tens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in separate incidents in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. 

On 10 April 2022, a Palestinian woman was shot dead by IOF near an Israeli checkpoint in Husan, western Bethlehem.  More information available here.  On the same afternoon, IOF killed another woman in Hebron, claiming she stabbed an Israeli soldier near the Ibrahimi Mosque and killed another Palestinian after directly targeting him in al-Khader village, Bethlehem, claiming he threw  stones and Molotov Cocktails.  More information available here. 

On 11 April 2022, a child succumbed to wounds he sustained a day earlier in Jenin.  More information available  here.

On 13 April 2022, IOF killed a lawyer without justification while their troops withdrew from Nablus after conducting a widescale incursion in the city, wounding 3 Palestinians, including a child.  More details available here. In the afternoon, IOF killed a Palestinian and wounded 6 others during clashes when IOF withdrew from Silwad village in Ramallah.  During the incursion, IOF surrounded 2 houses; one was uninhabited, and opened fire at them, detaining the residents inside and then beating and arresting 3 of them. On the same afternoon, IOF opened fire and killed a child with several bullets in Husan village, western Bethlehem.  They detained his body and took him with them but few hours later his body was delivered.  IOF claimed that the child was targeted after he was seen trying to throw Molotov Cocktails at a military checkpoint in the area.

Most of them were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings and they were as follows:

07 April: 4 fishermen were wounded with rubber bullets and then arrested by IOF when the latter chased 2 fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (8 nautical miles ) off Rafah shore, southern Gaza Strip.  They were released the next day, but their boats were

confiscated.  Another chase recurred in the same area and IOF arrested 3 other fishermen and confiscated their boat.  A child sustained teargas canister shrapnel wounds in his hand, and another Palestinian was arrested in clashes erupted during IOF’s incursion into al-Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah.  In the afternoon, IOF again suppressed Palestinians gathered in Bab al-‘Amoud in occupied East Jerusalem and arrested 3 of them, including a child, after assaulting them.  This recurred the next day after setters gathered and chanted slogans against Arabs and Muslim; during which, IOF arrested and severely beat up a Palestinian.

08 April: 3 Palestinians were wounded, including 2 children, with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya.  A Palestinian child lost his eye when IOF directly targeted him with a rubber bullet during their suppression of protesters in northern East Jerusalem.  More details available here.  IOF wounded 3 Palestinians near Gate 104 near the annexation wall, northern Tulkarm, during their attempt to enter Israel for work.  In the afternoon, a Palestinian was wounded with a rubber bullet in his foot and 2 others were arrested, including a child, during clashes with IOF in Kafr Malek village in Ramallah.

09 April: 13 Palestinians, including a child and a girl, were wounded; 2 sustained serious wounds in clashes during IOF’s incursion into Jenin refugee camp to surround the house of the Palestinian who carried out the shooting in Tel Aviv in Jenin.  The area witnessed clashes between IOF and members of Palestinian armed groups; as a result, one of the latter was killed.  IOF arrested 2 Palestinians; one of them was wounded, and later withdrew. 

10 April: a Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in his waist and others suffocated in clashes during IOF’s incursion into Yabad village, Jenin.  IOF arrested 8 Palestinians after raiding their houses and 3 shops, damaging their contents, and later withdrew. A Palestinian also sustained bullet shrapnel wounds in his hand and 3 others were arrested in similar circumstances in the eastern neighborhood in Jenin.  Another Palestinian was wounded with a bullet in the right thigh in clashes during IOF’s incursion into al-Bireh, northern Ramallah.  Moreover, two Palestinians were arrested in clashes during IOF’s incursion into ‘Aqabet Jaber refugee camp in Jericho.

11 April: a child was wounded with a bullet in his right leg, and 9 Palestinians were arrested, including a national security officer, during IOF’s incursion into Kafr Qalil village and the down suburb adjacent to the village, eastern Nablus.

12 April: IOF wounded 4 Palestinian university students after raiding Khadouri University’s campus in Tulkarm.  In the next day, an Israeli Special Force raided the university in a civilian car and opened fire at a student, visitor, and a security officer whom they arrested after wounding him.  Further information available here.

13 April: 7 Palestinians were wounded, including one in critical condition and another lost his eye by a rubber bullet that penetrated his eye in clashes during IOF’s incursion into Bita village, southeastern Nablus. Also, IOF wounded a Palestinian near the annexation wall, southern Tulkarm, when they targeted workers in their attempt to infiltrate in order to work in Israel.  In the afternoon, a young man was wounded in his chest with shrapnel of a sound bomb fired by IOF in their incursion into Kobar village, Ramallah.  IOF arrested 4 Palestinians and later withdrew.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 3 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas, eastern Khan Younis. Also, five IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats mostly off the northern, southern, and western Gaza shores.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 28 Palestinians, including 7 children and 2 women, and wounded 235 others, including 45 children, 2 women, 2 paramedics and 10 journalists: all in the West Bank, except 5 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

This week, settlers carried out 9 attacks in the West Bank, wounding 6 Palestinians, including 2 with bullets, and damaging many vehicles. The details were as follows:

07 April: setters from “Beit El” settlement, northern al-Bireh, threw stones at the Palestinian car traveling on the main street adjacent to the settlement and leading to al-Jalazone refugee camp.  No injuries were reported.  On the same day, settlers from “Shiloh” settlement, eastern Ramallah, threw stones at the Palestinian cars traveling on Ramallah-Nablus main street.  no injuries were reported.

08 April: 2 Palestinians were wounded with bullets when settlers opened fire at the Palestinian vehicles in Tarmesi’yah village, Ramallah.  IOF’s patrols arrived and took the wounded to an Israeli hospital.  On the same day, a Palestinian vehicle sustained damages after settlers threw stones near Ras Karkar intersection, western Ramallah.  Also, settlers sneaked into Sinjil village, eastern Ramallah, and opened fire at a house.  No injuries were reported.

09 April:  a Palestinian sustained wounds in his face when he was working in a kindergarten near his house in the closed Martyrs Street neighborhood in H2 area in Hebron.  Settlers from “al-Daboya” settlement outpost threw a stone at him.  in the afternoon, settlers beat up an elderly when the latter was herding his sheep in al-Hafasi pastoral areas surrounding ‘Inab settlement, eastern Tulkarm.  Also, settlers stormed agricultural lands in ‘Anabta

village, eastern Tulkarm, and raised the Israeli flag on the roof an agricultural room.  Settlers also threw stones and sprayed pepper gas at a Palestinian and his wife in an agricultural room in Kafr al-Deek, western Salfit.

So far this year, settlers carried out 95 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

On 10 April, IOF confiscated a bulldozer and a truck for Palestinians in Tarmesi’yah village, Ramallah.

On 12 April, IOF uprooted 2 tents; one is residential and the other is for grazing sheep in Kafr Malek in Ramallah, under the pretext of building in an archeological area and within Area C.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 40 families homeless, a total of 244 persons, including 47 women and 113 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 50 houses and 5 residential tents. IOF also demolished 29 other civilian objects, razed 174 dunums and delivered 49 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 210 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 this week’s incursions, 131 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children. 

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 2260 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 1360 Palestinians were arrested, including 153 children and 14 women. IOF also conducted 12 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 27 Palestinians, including 14 fishermen, 11 infiltrators, and 2 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

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

On 09 April 2022, Major General Ghassan Alian, head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), announced collective punitive measures against Jenin, northern West Bank, following the shooting in Tel Aviv carried out by one of the city’s residents. 

The announcement published on ‘Alian’s Facebook page says: “following the latest incidents in Jenin and upon the Israeli Defense Minister’s decision: businessmen from Jenin are not allowed to enter Israel, and Arabs in Israel are not allowed (neither in cars nor on feet) to enter or exit via al-Jalbou’a and Barta’a crossings.  Also, the rock rubble will not be transferred via DTD at crossings in Jenin, and due to security concerns, family visitations to Palestinians in Jenin will not be allowed (within the 5000 approved permits)                                                                          

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

 In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 93 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested Palestinians at those checkpoints. The majority of the checkpoints were in Hebron (39) and Bethlehem (17).  Jerusalem also witnessed many restrictions on freedom of movement in Ramadan,

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 1056 checkpoints and arrested 59 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Palestinian youth, who carried out the operation in “Tel Aviv”, martyred

Friday 8 April 2022

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net 

National and Islamic forces in Jenin mourned the young martyr Raad Fathi Zaidan Hazem, 29 years old, from Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank.

Young martyr Raad Fathi Zaidan Hazem, 29 years old, from Jenin refugee camp.

Media sources announced, on Friday, the martyrdom of the young Palestinian man who carried out the operation in “Tel Aviv” against Israeli settlers.

National and Islamic forces in Jenin mourned the young martyr Raad Fathi Zaidan Hazem, 29 years old, from Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank.

Al Mayadeen correspondent reported that Raad Hazem was waiting for Israeli intelligence agents near the Yafa Mosque, and he confronted them before he was martyred.

In the aftermath of the operation, Israeli media said that Israeli security was dealt a major blow yesterday, adding that “the last thing Bennett should do is to hail the killing of the man who carried out the operation.”

Meanwhile, Israeli commentators stressed that Israeli settlers are paying the price for the incompetency of Israeli officials.

On Friday, Israeli Prime minister Naftali Bennett hailed the Israeli forces who shot the Palestinian youth, adding that the Israeli security forces remain on “maximum alert” in “Tel Aviv” and throughout the Israeli settlements over concerns of “further incidents or copycat attacks.” Israeli media criticized Bennett’s comment, describing it as the last thing he should be doing in light of the massive security failure his government is responsible for.

On Thursday, Israeli media commented on the shooting in “Tel Aviv,” saying that the scenes of what is happening in “unparalleled.”

This came after two settlers were killed in a shooting operation in “Tel Aviv,” and more than 6 injuries were reported, most of them in critical condition.

The “Tel Aviv” Occupation Police Brigade commander was cited by Israeli media as saying that what is certain so far is that 15 were wounded in the shooting operation.

Israeli escalation 

Since the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan in early April, Israeli suppression and attacks on Palestinians have drastically increased.

Israeli Occupation forces have been suppressing Ramadan Gatherings in the occupied city of al-Quds, arresting dozens of young Palestinians across the last week on Bab Al-Amoud (Damascus Gate).

Last night and early Thursday morning, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 13 Palestinians from separate parts of the occupied West Bank, and Al-Quds.

The arrests included 5 young men from Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate, 3 from Jenin, and 4 from Beit Lahm and Al-Khalil, according to the Palestinian WAFA agency.

In response, Palestinians have retaliated by carrying out operations in the heart of the occupied areas which resulted in the death of 13 Israelis, including members of the security forces.

Yesterday night, Israeli police attacked Palestinians in Bab Al-Amoud area in Al-Quds, arresting 3 of them.

In addition, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said in a human rights report that the occupation forces have, since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, arrested hundreds of Palestinians.

Since the start of Ramadan on April 2, the Israeli Occupation Forces have arrested 33 Palestinians so far.

Tel Aviv Op. Shooter Martyred After Hours of Manhunt

April 8, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The shooter of the Tel Aviv shooting operation and was later martyred in a gunfire with “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] is named Raad Fathi Hazem, 28, from Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

Hazem killed two people and wounded 13 others when he opened fire in “Dizengoff Street” on Thursday. He was found and murdered several hours later early on Friday morning after a massive manhunt, around nine hours after he carried out the operation.

The “Israeli” radio said that the perpetrator of the Tel Aviv operation was killed after engaging in a clash with a force from the “Israeli” Yamam unit and a force from the Shin Bet near a mosque in Yaffa [Jaffa].

According to a security source, a Shin Bet security service force arrived in the area of the Yaffa [Jaffa] Clock Tower to gather footage from security cameras and encountered him hiding behind a car.

A Yaffa resident reported hearing several gunshots shortly after a large force surrounded the mosque in the early hours of Friday.

The shooting Thursday night took place at two locations along “Dizengoff Street”, one of Tel Aviv’s busiest streets for nightlife and entertainment.

A preliminary investigation suggests that shortly before the shooting, the shooter was walking around “Dizengoff Street”, apparently looking for a crowded area.

A security source said that he was documented sitting on a bench in the area for 15 minutes before he launched the shooting operation. After escaping the scene, he hopped over a fence, and dropped a pack of bullets.

Several sources said that the shooter does not have a prior criminal record, the “Israeli” Haaretz reported. It was also reported that Hazem did not have a permit to enter the “Israeli”-occupied territories. The investigation into the operation is ongoing.

The entity’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will hold a situation assessment with War Minister Benny Gantz and other military officials early on Friday.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said Hazem was affiliated with the organization, and said “The operation in Dizengoff is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people.”

The shooter’s father, Fathi Hazem, a former security prisoner in the “Israeli” entity, welcomed the operation.

In the occupied West Bank and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, residents waved flags and celebrated the operation.

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‘Israeli’ Forces Attack Palestinians in Occupied Al-Quds for Third Consecutive Night

April 5, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The ‘Israeli’ occupation forces have for the third night in a row attacked Palestinians who gathered at Bab al-Amoud, also known as Damascus Gate, one of the main gates of the Old City of al-Quds, to celebrate the onset of Muslims’ holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Palestinian Maan news agency said Zionist soldiers used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse the Palestinians who had gathered for Iftar, a meal served at the end of the fasting day during Ramadan, near Bab al-Amoud on Monday night.

Citing witnesses, the news agency said at least six Palestinian youths were arrested during the confrontations, three of whom were taken into custody and severely beaten by undercover special ‘Israeli’ forces.

The occupying regime has since the start of Ramadan turned the Bab al-Amoud into a military barracks by deploying a large number of its forces in the area.

The latest violence came after ‘Israeli’ occupation police detained 10 Palestinians and injured some 20 others in the same area on Sunday.

Palestine’s official Wafa news agency said the confrontations started after Zionist police had intensified their presence at Bab al-Amoud and placed barriers on both sides of it since the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

“Police beat up and detained some 10 Palestinians as they attacked the youths to force them to leave the area, including an elderly man who sustained a head injury after being beaten up by the police,” the agency said.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said at least 19 Palestinians were injured, four of the injuries were rushed to hospitals and the others were treated at the scene.

The flare-up of tensions coincided with the Zionist foreign minister Yair Lapid’s provocative visit to Bab al-Amoud in the Old City of al-Quds, which was denounced by the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas as a “dangerous escalation.”

Hamas spokesman Mohamed Hamada said in a statement on Sunday that Lapid’s tour of Bab al-Amud and the violent police raid on the same area reflected ‘Israeli’ persistence in carrying out malicious plots against the occupied al-Quds and the holy al-Aqsa Mosque.

Hamada also described Lapid’s step as “a provocation to the feelings of the Palestinian people and the Muslim nation during the holy month of Ramadan.”

Palestinians have ramped up their retaliations against ‘Israeli’ forces in recent weeks, carrying out a series of operations that have killed at least 11 Zionists since March 22. Eight Palestinians have also been killed during the same period.

Last week, a Palestinian man identified as Diaa Hamarsheh killed five ‘Israelis’, including a policeman, before being shot dead in the ultra-orthodox town of Bnei Brak east of Tel Aviv.

The operation came days after two Palestinians killed two ‘Israeli’ regime forces and wounded four others in a shooting attack in the northern occupied city of Hadera before being shot dead.

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Palestine Children’s Day: 160 children in Israeli occupation prisons

April 4 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net 

Some 1,300 children have been detained during 2021, an 140% increase from 2020.

The Israeli occupation forces detain Palestinian Fawzi Al-Junidi, 14, in Al-Khalil, the occupied West Bank

The number of Palestinian children detained at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces since 1967 exceeded 50,000, Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees’ Affairs member Abdul-Nasser Farawna said Monday.

Today is Palestine Children’s Day, and on this occasion, Farawna revealed that 1,300 Palestinian children were detained over the past year, an increase of 140% from 2020. He also said the Israeli occupation forces detained more than 200 children since the start of 2022, 160 of which are still in custody.

Over the past few years, he said, the Israeli occupation authorities have gone too far with their crimes against Palestinian children, as the Knesset discussed several laws relating to the rights of Palestinian children.

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Those laws include the legislation on taking children below 14 to trial, in addition to increasing the mandatory minimum over throwing stones in occupied Al-Quds.

Farawna underlined that the Israeli occupation went above and beyond and imposed house arrests, which has become a common means of punishment in occupied Al-Quds, which turned hundreds of Palestinian homes there into jails for the Israeli occupation and turned the people of Al-Quds into jailers of their own children and minors in compliance with the parole imposed by the Israeli occupation courts.

Former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat declared the 5th of April as Palestine Children’s Day during the Palestinian Children’s Conference. He also announced during this conference Palestine’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 24 – 30 March 2022)

31. 03. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinians, including a child, were wounded by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire in Bethlehem and Qalqiliya while tens of others sustained bruises in separate incidents in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.  On 24 March 2022, a child sustained serious wounds after IOF shot him in the chest during IOF’s incursion into al-Dheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem in addition to arresting 3 others.  On 25 March 2022, 4 civilians, including a child, were directly wounded with rubber bullets and teargas canisters during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum Weekly Protest in Qalqiliya

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 3 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas, eastern Khan Younis. Also, three IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats mostly off the northern and southwestern Gaza shores.  No injuries were reported.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 16 Palestinians, including 4 children, and wounded 154 others, including 32 children, 1 woman, 2 paramedics and 10 journalists, all in the West Bank, except one fisherman in the Gaza Strip.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

This week, settlers carried out extensive attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property under IOF’s protection in retaliation of the shooting that killed Israelis in al-Khdeira and Tel Aviv.  They were as follows:

24 March: setters set fire to the ‘Ebad al-Rahman Mosque’s door in Zita Jama’in in Nablus, burning some of its furniture.  On the same day, settlers punctured tires of 20 Palestinian vehicles in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

25 March: settlers from “Ma’ale Levona” settlement, northern Ramallah, stole 4 sheeps from a farmland in Sinjil village, northeast of the city.  On the same afternoon, setters opened fire at the village residents who gathered to prevent settlers’ raid into 2 houses in the village.  No injuries were reported.

26 March:  settlers from “Yitzihar” settlement backed by IOF attacked the outskirts of ‘Asira al-Qibliya village in Nablus and threw stones at houses and vehicles, causing damage to a vehicle and houses.  Meanwhile, IOF arrested and attacked the Head of the Village Council, Hafiz Mohammed Mahmoud Saleh (58) before being later released.

27 Match: settlers under the Israeli police’s protection took over part of al-Patra Hotel in East Jerusalem after raiding it and attacking Palestinians inside it.  They tried to evacuate it and expel the tenants allegedly upon an Israeli court’s decision.  Meanwhile, the Israeli police arrested lawyer Medhat Deebah and sons of tenant, Basmah Qarsh, ‘Omer and Ibrahim Bashir Ma’rouf.  On the same afternoon, setters attacked a house and company and broke glass on Ramallah-Nablus main street and Huwara village in Nablus.  IOF arrived at the area and attacked the owner of the Palestinian house and his son sons, causing them bruises.  After midnight on 28 March 2022, settlers from “Ahya” settlement set fire to 5 vehicles in Jaloud village in Nablus.  Settlers also attacked houses in Turms’iya village in eastern Ramallah, wrote racist slogans, punctured vehicles’ tires, and broke their windows.

29 March: settlers from “Giv’at Ronen” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of Nablus attacked a house in Burin village and damaged glass of 2 solar cells on the roof.  On the same afternoon, settlers carried out extensive attacks that included injury of Palestinian after a settler ran over him near “Ma’ale Adumim”  settlement intersection near al-‘Izzariya settlement entrance, occupied East Jerusalem; breaking windows of Palestinian vehicles in al-Sowanah neighborhood in East Jerusalem; attacking Palestinian cars and damaging at least 7 of them near Huwara checkpoint, “Shavei Shomron” settlement, Yitzhar Bypass Road,  “Ma’ale Efrayim” settlement on “Jericho-Nablus” Road in Nablus and Amatin village in Qalqilya.

30 March: setters attacked a plot of land in eastern Nablus, broke 170 olive trees, attacked the eastern outskirts of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village and set fire to a vehicle.  In the afternoon, they attacked Palestinia vehicles in southern Hebron and damaged 2 vehicles.

So far this year, settlers carried out 85 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

This week, IOF handed 8 notices to stop construction works and demolish facilities in Hebron.

  • On 27 March, IOF handed 2 notices to stop construction works in an under-construction house and an electricity network in Tuwani village, southern Hebron.
  • On 29 March, IOF handed 6 notices to stop construction works in 2 dwellings and facilities in al-Khalediya village in Hebron.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 40 families homeless, a total of 244 persons, including 47 women and 113 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 50 houses and 4 residential tents. IOF also demolished 29 other civilian objects, razed 174 dunums and delivered 47 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 163 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 this week’s incursions, 76 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children, a journalist, a woman, and a person with disability.  Tuesday and Wednesday this week witnessed the most extensive arrest campaign as IOF arrested 42 Palestinians from all over the West Bank.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 1862 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 1107 Palestinians were arrested, including 138 children and 14 women.  IOF also conducted 12 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 15 Palestinians, including 7 fishermen, 9 infiltrators, including 3 children via the border fence, and 2 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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

 In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 85 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested 4 Palestinians at those checkpoints. The majority of the checkpoints were in Hebron (39) and Bethlehem (25). 

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 869 checkpoints and arrested 46 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update  10 – 16 March 2022)

 March 17, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinian Civilians killed, including a child, and 13 others wounded, including a journalist, by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.  Moreover, tens of others sustained bruises in separate incidents in the West Bank.  On 15 March 2022, IOF killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 9 others during clashes triggered by IOF’s incursion into Balata refugee camp, eastern Nablus, and Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem.  Further details available here.   Most civilians were wounded during IOF’s suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians. On 10 March 2022, a Palestinian was wounded with a rubber bullet in his right knee and others suffocated due to teargas inhalation during clashes with IOF at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron.  On 11 March 2022, a Palestinian was wounded with a rubber bullet in his leg during IOF’s incursion into Tulkarm while a journalist was wounded with 2 rubber bullets in his waist and right hand although he was wearing his clearly marked Press uniform while covering clashes in Bab al-Zawiyah in central Hebron.  On 16 March 2022, a Palestinian was wounded in his back during IOF’s incursion into Jenin and arrest of a Palestinian. 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 6 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas, eastern Khan Younis and Central Gaza Strip. Also, three IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats mostly off the northern and southern Gaza shores.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 16 Palestinians, including 4 children, and wounded 133 others, including 23 children, 1 woman, 2 paramedics and 10 journalists, all in the West Bank, except one fisherman in the Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

This week, IOF razed a 38-dunum plot of land, demolished a fence and handed 9 notices to stop construction works in 9 civilian objects in the West Bank.

  • On 10 March, a 20-meter fence built of cement and bricks was demolished in northwestern Jericho.
  • On 11 March, the Israeli occupation authorities approved the construction of 730 new settlement units in “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of Beit Hanina in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • On 14 March, 9 notices were distributed to cease construction in 9 facilities, including 6 dwellings, classrooms, a barn and an agricultural barrack, eastern Yata in Hebron.
  • On 15 March, 38 dunums in Beit Safafa village, southern occupied East Jerusalem, were razed in favor of expanding “Giv’at HaMatos” settlement.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 40 families homeless, a total of 244 persons, including 47 women and 113 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 50 houses and 4 residential tents. IOF also demolished 29 other civilian objects, and delivered 37 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

This week, 3 settler-attacks were reported in the West Bank and they were as follows:

  • 11 March: settlers placed 3 caravans on a hill next to Kherbet Birin in a de facto seizure of civilian lands, eastern Hebron.
  • 13 March: a settler fired a bullet from his gun at al-Khansaa’ Elementary School, eastern Bethlehem, enticing fear among students.
  • 15 March: settlers from “Burchin” settlement uprooted around 50 olive trees in Salfit.

So far this year, settlers carried out 53 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

 IOF carried out 158 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 this week’s incursions, 76 Palestinians were arrested, including 2 children.  IOF also conducted a limited incursion into northern Gaza Strip on 14 March 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 1539 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 940 Palestinians were arrested, including 117 children and 9 women. IOF also conducted 11 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 12 Palestinians, including 7 fishermen, 4 infiltrators via the border fence, and one travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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

This week, an Israeli military decision was issued to impose new restrictions on the number and identity  of foreign lecturers and students that would be allowed in the Palestinian universities in the West Bank.  The decision imposes a new set of rules defining the criteria required to obtain a work permit and visa for foreign academics and students in order to study or teach at a Palestinian higher education institution. The decision sets a yearly limit of visas to 100 teachers and 150 to students.   Moreover, 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 89 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested 2 Palestinians at those checkpoints. The majority of the checkpoints were in Hebron (29) and Bethlehem (20). 

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 712 checkpoints and arrested 40 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Palestinian Prisoners Threaten Mass Hunger Strike to Achieve Basic Rights

March 12, 2022

Palestinian activists hold a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

Palestinian prisoners have announced on Friday that they are preparing for a strike across all Israeli prisons, reiterating that action will continue until all prisoners’ rights are regaining, a prisoners’ statement has revealed.

The statement, which was sent to mass media, confirmed that Palestinian political groups inside prisons would together declare the start of a hunger strike, which is expected to start soon. They pledged to continue their action until they achieved all their basic rights.

According to the statement, the Israeli occupation introduced many new orders restricting their rights as political prisoners.

The statement hailed the persistence and resilience of the prisoners, who have had restrictions and sanctions imposed on them following the escape of six prisoners from the highly secured Nafha Prison in September 2021.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Palestinian Prisoner’s Club to Al-Ahed: Prisons Revolution Non-stopping

March 11, 2022

By Mostafa Awada

After 33 days of escalatory steps by the Palestinian detainees, the ‘Israeli’ occupation’s prisons administration announced cancelling its measures related to the electronic gates and doubled inspection in ‘Nafha’ Prison.

In this context, the Head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club told al-Ahed News that prisoners in ‘Nafha’ returned to their previous lifestyle.

Qaddoura Fares added that the ‘Prisons’ revolution’ will continue until all measures related to isolating the old detainees and transferring them from their sections every now and then come to an end.

The Club emphasized on Thursday evening that a deal was made regarding the demands of the ‘Nafha’ Prison detainees, in which the prison’s administration backtracked its measures related to the electronic gates and the doubled inspection.

In a brief statement, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club noted that the agreement was made after a dialogue session that was held on Thursday, stressing that everything depends on the implementation of the deal.

The prisoners will stay ready for an open-ended strike on March 25th until all other demands are met, it also mentioned.

It is worth noting that the ‘Nafha’ Prison issue was one of the main demands of the Supreme Committee for the Detainees’ National Emergencies, in which the prisons’ administration had refused earlier to backtrack its measures, keeping the matter unsettled until the detainees announced on Thursday evening that they have reached an agreement.

‘Nafha’ Prison detainees have been recently subjected to systematic and escalating oppression ever since they started their struggle some 33 days earlier.

Among the many steps in their struggle were shutting the sections, rejecting the so-called ‘security inspection’, disobedience, and revolting against the occupation’s prisons’ laws.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine ( Weekly Update 3 – 9 March 2022)

10. 3. 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Three Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed while the fourth succumbed to his wounds, and 16 others, including 2 children, were injured, in addition to tens others suffocated due to teargas inhalation in separate incidents in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

  • On 06 March, a Palestinian child was killed in occupied East Jerusalem after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) deliberately opened fire at him, claiming that he threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at them during their incursion into Abu Dis village. More details available here. Moreover, a 19-year-old male was shot with several live bullets by IOF at Bab Hetta Gate, one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates in occupied East Jerusalem, after carrying out a stabbing attack resulted in the injury of two Israeli police officers.
  • On 07 March, in a crime amounting to extra-judicial execution, IOF shot and killed a Palestinian male after wounding him and neutralizing any threats he proposed, as he stabbed two Israeli police officers in occupied East Jerusalem. More details available here.
  • On 09 March, a Palestinian civilian, from Burqa village in Nablus, succumbed to wounds he sustained on 01 March 2022, during the IOF’s suppression of a protest organized at the village’s entrance to support Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails. Also, a child was shot with a live bullet in his hand in clashes erupted at the village’s entrance during the funeral of the deceased. Furthermore, IOF suppressed peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians; majority of them were wounded.
  • On 03 March, two Palestinians were injured by IOF’s fire during their incursion into Nablus; one of them sustained wounds in his chest while the other in his hand. On 04 March, three Palestinians, including 2 children, were shot by IOF near a gate leading to “Beit Hadassah” settlement outpost in Hebron.
  • Additionally, two civilians were shot with rubber bullets in their limbs during the IOF’s suppression of  Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.
  • IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem and pushed and beat the protestors and arrested two of them along with two solidarity activists, releasing them few hours later.
  • On 05 March, two Palestinian children were shot with rubber bullets in their limbs and head during the IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya. On 07 March, 8 Palestinians, including a child, were injured by IOF’s fire during their incursion into Silat al-Haritha village, west of Jenin.
  • In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 7 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas, eastern Khan Younis and Central Gaza Strip. Also, four IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats mostly off the northern, southern, and western Gaza shores.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 14 Palestinians, including 3 children, and wounded 120 others, including 23 children, a woman, 9 journalists and 2 medical personnel, all in the West Bank, except one fisherman in the Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

This week, IOF demolished a commercial facility and 7 civilian objects, including 6 houses, displacing 7 families of 33 individuals, including 15 children and 10 women in the West Bank:

3 March :

  • IOF dismantled an agricultural barrack and confiscated tin plates designated to establish another barrack in northern Jordan valley.

4 March:

  • A Palestinian was forced to self-demolish his 90-square-meter house in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, displacing him and his family.

7 March:

  • A Palestinian was forced to self-demolish his house in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. As a result, his family of 5 individuals, including a woman and 3 children, became homeless.
  • As part of collective punishment policy, the houses of two Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails were blew up, displacing 3 families of 13 individuals, including 3 children and 5 women. More details available here.

8 March:

  • A house was demolished in eastern Hebron, displacing two families of 11 individuals, including 3 women and 7 children.

9 March:

  • An under-construction house (150 sqm) was demolished in Shu’fat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 40 families homeless, a total of 244 persons, including 47 women and 113 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 50 houses and 4 residential tents. IOF also demolished 29 other civilian objects, and delivered 28 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 180 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 112 Palestinians were arrested, including 22 children and a woman. Also, on 03 March 2022, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Deir al-Balah, while on 07 March 2022, another  limited incursions was conducted by IOF in northern Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 1381 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 864 Palestinians were arrested, including 115 children and 9 women. IOF also conducted 10 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 12 Palestinians, including 7 fishermen. Meanwhile, 4 were arrested during infiltration attempts into Israel, and another at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

  • On 06 March 2022, Israeli settlers uprooted at least 150 olive trees, damaged an agricultural room, and stole 40 olive seedlings in Kafr ad-Dik village in western Salfit.
  • On the same day, Israeli settlers uprooted 80 olive seedlings in Duma village, southeast of Nablus.

So far this year, settlers carried out 50 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 76 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints. The majority of the checkpoints were in Hebron (35).

So far in 2022, IOF established 623 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested 38 Palestinians at those checkpoints

Palestinian Prisoners Escalate Protests against Zionist Prison Service

March 7, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Palestinian prisoners inside Zionist occupation jails continue their protests against the ‘Israeli’ Prison Service [IPS] and reject new systematic restrictions imposed on them, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club [PPC] reported.

On 5 February, the Palestinian prisoners started their action against the new restrictions imposed by the IPS that started after six Palestinian prisoners escaped from a high security jail in September.

The Palestinian prisoners started disobeying prison rules, including daily security checks and staged sit-ins in the prison yards.

Immediately following the introduction of the new restrictions in September, the prisoners formed a High Follow-up Committee that consists of prisoners from all factions and it has been representing them.

According to reports, the detainees will launch a hunger-strike on March 25th if the IPS does not respond to their demands.

Meanwhile, nearly 450 Palestinian detainees have been refusing to show up for their military court hearings for 66 days in protest of their unfair detention without charge or trial under the Zionist occupation regime’s so-called administrative detention policy.

The boycott includes hearings for the renewal of administrative detention orders as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the Zionist regime’s ‘Supreme Court.’

Also, for more than 11 days now, Palestinian administrative detainees with chronic diseases in the ‘Israeli’ prison of Ofer have been boycotting the Zionist prison clinics in protest of their unfair detention without charge or trial.

Palestinian detainees say their action is a continuation of longstanding Palestinian efforts “to put an end to the unjust administrative detention practiced against our people by the occupation forces.”

More than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in about 17 ‘Israeli’ jails. Over 450 detainees, including women and minors, are under administrative detention. Rights groups describe the Tel Aviv regime’s use of detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and have long called on the ‘Israeli’ occupation entity to end its use.

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine Weekly Update (24 February – 02 March 2022)

03. 03. 2022

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Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Two Palestinian civilians killed, and 22 others wounded, including 3 children and 2 journalists, by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire in the West Bank; meanwhile, a fisherman was wounded with rubber bullets in the Gaza Strip.  Dozens of others sustained bruises in IOF’s attacks.

At dawn on 01 March 2022, IOF’s Special Unit killed a Palestinian civilian after the former sneaked into Jenin refugee camp to arrest a wanted person and clashed with an armed group member and killed him as well. More details available here.  On 02 March 2022, IOF killed a Palestinian university student after shooting him in the head without any justification in Beit Fajjar, southern Bethlehem.  More information available here.

On 24 February, a Palestinian driver sustained serious wounded after IOF opened fire at his hand and the bullet entered his abdomen and exited his back.  The driver was in his vehicle at the time near al-Jalama checkpoint in Jenin.  Other civilians were wounded in separate incidents; mainly in peaceful protests and gatherings. Most prominently was on 28 February 2022 when IOF suppressed thousands of Palestinians commemorating the anniversary of al-Israa’ and al-Me’araj in Bab al-‘Amoud Yard in Jerusalem.  As a result, a child with hearing disability was wounded with a sound bomb in her face while tens of civilians sustained bruises.  On 25 February 2022, 6 civilians, including a child and 2 journalists, were wounded with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of peaceful protests in Qalqilya, Nablus and Hebron.  On the same day, 5 civilians were wounded with rubber bullets and a sound bomb fired by IOF during the latter’s protection of settlers’ raid into Kafr al-Deek village, western Salfit, while a sixth civilian was wounded in the head after IOF beat him.  Also, a civilian was wounded with a bullet in the left thigh near al-Nabi Younis intersection, northern Hebron; he was then arrested and taken by IOF in a military ambulance.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 4 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas, eastern Khan Younis and Central Gaza Strip. Also, six IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats mostly off the northern, southern, and western Gaza shores. As a result, a fisherman was wounded with a rubber bullet on 25 February 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 10 Palestinians, including 2 children, and wounded 104 others, including 21 children, 2 paramedics and 9 journalists, all in the West Bank, except one fisherman in the Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

This week, IOF demolished 15 civilian objects, including 6 houses, displacing 2 families of 13 individuals, including 5 children and 2 women.  IOF also demolished 9 commercial facilities, razed a plot of land and seized another and a vehicle.

  • On 24 February, an excavator was seized when working in an agricultural land in eastern Yatta, southern Hebron, and 2 under-construction residential buildings were demolished in ‘Anata village in East Occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • On 25 February, a Palestinian was forced to self-demolish a 90-sqm house built of tinplate in Jabal Mukaber in East occupied Jerusalem, displacing a family of 6, including a woman.
  • On 27 February, 2 notices were issued to evacuate a plot of land (32 dunums) within 72 hours. The land is part of Khelet al-Dabe’a nature reserve, eastern Yata, eastern Hebron.
  • On 28 February, a Palestinian civilian was forced to self-demolish his house in Beit Hanina, northern occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, displacing a family of 7, including a woman and 5 children. Also, another was forced to self-demolish his under-construction house in Silwan in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction while another under-construction house of 80 sqms was demolished in Fasayil village, northern Jericho under the pretext of building in an archeological area.
  • On 01 March, a 4-donum ploy of land was demolished and a barrack and 3 warehouses established on the land were demolished in Ghzayel neighborhood, southeast of East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Meanwhile, a plan was approved to confiscate a plot of land owned by a Palestinian family adjacent to the al-Yousifiya Cemetery, in East Jerusalem, aiming at establishing a national garden and tourist areas there.

On 02 March, 2 commercial facilities were demolished near Hizma military checkpoint, northeast of East Jerusalem; 4 notices were distributed to stop the construction work in 4 houses in eastern Yatta in Hebron, giving their owners 3 weeks to settle their legal issues under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C; and 3 offices, a fuel station tank and a horse barrack were demolished in Beit Hanina, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. This included assaults on workers and the arrest of one civilian.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 33 families homeless, a total of 211 persons, including 37 women and 98 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 44 houses and 4 residential tents. IOF also demolished 28 other civilian objects, and delivered 6 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

This week, 6 settler-attacks were reported in the West Bank, resulting in the injury of 2 brothers with bullets, causing bruises to a mother and her daughter and uprooting 45 olive seedlings in addition to puncturing the wheels of 11 vehicles. 

  • 25 February: 2 brother were wounded; one was wounded with a bullet in his foot and the other was wounded with a bullet in his back, after settlers directly opened fire at them as their vehicles lightly collided near Hizma checkpoint. On the same day, under IOF’s protection, settlers attacked civilian houses in Kafr al-Deek village, west of Salfit, and threw stones at them.
  • 27 February: a Palestinian woman and her baby girl sustained bruises and wounds in a settlers’ attack on her their house in Sinjil village, eastern Ramallah. Also, settlers from “Ma’ale Libouneh” settlement, norheastern Ramallah, threw stones at vehicles and caused them damage.
  • 28 February: settlers attacked a Palestinian family in their land in KAfr al-Deek village, western Salfit, and demolished their agricultural room.
  • 01 March: settlers from Tafouh settlement uprooted 45 olive seedlings in Yasouf village, eastern Salfit.
  • 02 March: Settlers punctured wheels of 11 vehicles and wrote racist slogans against Arabs in Iskaka village, eastern Salfit.

So far this year, settlers carried out 48 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 177 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 this week’s incursions, 114 Palestinians were arrested, including 30 children and a woman.  IOF also conducted a limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis on 28 February 2022.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 1201 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 752 Palestinians were arrested, including 93 children and 8 women. IOF also conducted limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 11 Palestinians, including 7 fishermen. Meanwhile, 4 infiltrations were reported; one was via Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. On 01 March 2022, IOF arrested a Palestinian at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, who came to work in Israel. Details available in PCHR’s monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 80 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested 6 Palestinians at those checkpoints. The majority of the checkpoints were in Hebron (31).  So far in 2022, IOF established at least 547 checkpoints  and arrested 33 Palestinians at those checkpoint.

On Palestine’s Everyday Victories: Why Israel is No Longer the Exception

March 2, 2022

Two young activists join a victory rally in Gaza City. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, the Palestine Chronicle)

By Ramzy Baroud

Can Israel be pressured? Or is Tel Aviv the only exception to the global political order in which every country, big or small, is subjected to pressures and subsequent change in attitude and behavior?

Several events, in recent days, bring the question of Israel’s legal and moral accountability to the fore. On February 21, Israel’s Nature and Park Authority decided to withdraw a plan which aimed at illegally seizing church-owned lands in the Mount of Olives in occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. The plan has sparked anger and resistance among Palestinian Christians and Muslims alike. Palestinian Christian leaders had denounced the proposed theft of the land as  a “premeditated attack on the Christians in the Holy Land.”

After the Israeli newspaper, The Times of Israel, reported that the project was set to receive approval from the Jerusalem municipality on March 2, the Palestinian community and spiritual leaders began rallying support not only among Palestinians, but also internationally to mobilize against Israel’s latest colonizing scheme.

The Israeli decision to withdraw its plan proves that, once more, Palestinian resistance works. This event is reminiscent of the massive Palestinian mobilization in and around the Haram Sharif compound in 2017, when mass mobilization in Jerusalem forced Israel to remove metal detectors and other ‘security measures’ from the holy Muslim site

One day following the Israeli decision to scrap the Mount of Olives plan, the Israeli Jerusalem Magistrate Court agreed to temporarily freeze the eviction order targeting the Salem family in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The Palestinian family, three generations of whom live in the targetted home, have mobilized, along with many other families and activists, Palestinians and international activists to protest Israel’s illegal seizure of Palestinian homes in the occupied city.

While the Israeli court’s decision is only temporary and must not conceal the massive and systematic ethnic cleansing campaign under way in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and the rest of East Jerusalem, it must also be viewed in a positive light, as it gives a boost to popular resistance in occupied Jerusalem and throughout the Palestinian homeland.

More still. On February 25, two Palestinian detainees, Hisham Abu Hawash and Miqdad Al-Qawasmi, returned to their families after spending many months in unlawful detention and following 141 and 113 days of hunger strikes, respectively. The immense suffering of these two men, along with numerous amounts of footage and photos of their gaunt, emaciated bodies, have been used for months by Palestinians to demonstrate Israel’s brutality and the legendary sumoud, steadfastness, of ordinary Palestinians.

Expectedly, the two freed prisoners were received with jubilation by their families, friends and thousands of Palestinians. Throughout the celebrations, the word ‘victory’ was highlighted over and over again, whether in the streets, in Palestinian media or on social media.

These are but a few examples of daily Palestinian victories that are rarely highlighted, or even recognized as such. These achievements, however seemingly humble, are crucial to understanding the nature of everyday Palestinian resistance; but are also equally important in realizing that even Israel, which likes to see itself as an exceptional state in every respect, is subject to pressure.

When Palestinians, along with many nations around the world, called on Israel to end the forced evictions of Jerusalemites in Sheikh Jarrah last May, then Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, insisted that Israel “firmly rejects” pressure, carrying on with his coercive measures unhindered.

When Palestinians rebelled, rising in collective solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza, the likes of US President Joe Biden called on all parties to ‘de-escalate’. Yet, Netanyahu continued to behave as if his country was above the law, political protocol and even common sense. “I am determined to continue with this operation until its goal is achieved,” Netanyahu insisted. The Israeli Prime Minister even considered the war on Gaza – in fact, on all Palestinians – to be “Israel’s natural right”. But when Palestinians carried on with their resistance, joined this time by a growing and vast global solidarity movement, Israel was forced to accept a ceasefire, achieving little, if any, of its supposed objectives.

Currently, Israel is seeking the help of various mediators to free several Israeli soldiers – or their remains – who are currently held in Gaza. Palestinians are open to a prisoner exchange and are demanding the freedom of hundreds of prisoners, including leading Palestinian figures, who have been held in Israel for years.

Moreover, the Palestinians are also seeking real guarantees to avoid the repeat of a similar prisoner exchange of October 2011, where over 1,000 Palestinians were released but some of whom were rearrested by Israel shortly after. In this case, too, Israel has pledged that it will relent in the face of Palestinian conditions, and it most likely will.

Israel is not the only country in the world that claims to be above pressure and accountability. Many colonial regimes in the past refused to acknowledge popular resistance in their respective colonies yet, somehow, traditional colonialism has ended with the inglorious defeat of the colonizers.

This is not to argue that Israeli exceptionalism is not a real thing. It is, and can be observed in full view at the US Congress and in the behavior of many pro-Israel Western governments. True, exceptionalism often yields hypocrisy and double standards but also the illusion that a particular state is above the natural order, which has governed state relations, politics and geopolitical realignments since the start of human civilization.

While Israel continues to delude itself that it is above pressure, Palestinians must realize that their resistance, in all of its manifestations, is capable of delivering the intended outcome, this being freedom. The rise of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its ability to challenge Israel at numerous platforms worldwide, is a perfect example of how Palestinians managed to take their fight for freedom to the rest of the world. If Israel is, indeed, not susceptible to pressure, why would it then fight the BDS movement with much ferocity and, at times, desperation?

Israel is not the exception, and like other colonial, apartheid regimes, it will eventually collapse, paving the way for a possible future where Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews can coexist as equals.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak out”. Dr. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). His website is www.ramzybaroud.net

Israeli Army Abducts 44 Palestinians In West Bank

 FEB 21, 2022

On Monday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted at least forty-four Palestinians, including siblings and children, and a visually impaired man, after the army stormed and ransacked dozens of homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers abducted thirteen Palestinians from their homes in Deir Abu Mashal village and Silwad town, northwest and northeast of the city.

In Deir Abu Mashal, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes, causing damage, before abducting ten Palestinians, identified as Othman Zahran, Mahmoud Nafe’ Zahran, Zohdi Matar Zahran, Hasan Ali Rabea’, Odai Haitham Rabea’, Odai Issa Rabea’, Abdullah al-Maken, Mahmoud Thieb, Ahmad al-Kheir, and Saleh Darwish Ata.

In Silwad town, the soldiers searched many homes before abducting Ahmad Othman, Hussein Fahmi, and Ayman Hamed.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted eleven Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the Hebron governorate, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Odai Mamoun Sharabati, from his home in the city after the army stormed and ransacked the property.

It added that the soldiers also abducted Emad Hasan Ra’ey, 47, his children Qoteiba, 16, and Obeida, 17, in addition to Hisham Tafesh and his son Mohammad, from their homes in the al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

In the al-Fawwar refugee camp, southwest of Hebron, the soldiers stormed and searched a few homes and abducted Hasan at-Teety, 50, along with his son, Mohammad, 19.

In Yatta town, south of Hebron, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Mahmoud Makhamra, 27, his brother Moath, 30, and Mohammad Ali Abu Tabeekh.

In addition, the soldiers installed roadblocks on Hebron’s northern roads and the main entrances of Sa’ir, Yatta, and Halhoul towns, stopped and searched dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers and intelligence officers invaded and searched many homes in the al-Isawiya town, northeast of the city, and abducted twelve Palestinians.

The abducted residents are Majd Bashir Ahmad, Hussein Mahmoud Atiya, Qassem Monir Dirbas, Mohammad Ali Razem, Ismael Nasser, Yousef Nasser, Mohammad Haitham Mustafa, Abdullah Mohammad Abu Ryala, Ismael Ali Abu Ryala, Hussein Shadi Obeid, Yazan Atef Obeid, and Ali Wasim Obeid.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Wajdi Salama and Sami Abu Haniyya from their homes in Anata town, northeast of Jerusalem.

In Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians, including two former political prisoners.

            Ezzeddin Ahmad Amarna

The Palestinians are (former political prisoner) Ezzeddin Ahmad Amarna, who is also visually impaired, from Ya’bad south of Jenin, (former political prisoner) Ala’ Tawfiq Yahia from the al-Arqa village, west of Jenin, and Ehab Nasri Houshiyya from the al-Yamoun town, west of Jenin. Houshiyya was released after the soldiers interrogated him for a few hours.

In addition, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner identified as Tayeh Yousef Wishahi, along with Dia’ Salam, from the Jenin refugee camp, after stopping them at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of Nablus, searched homes, and abducted Bara’ Mohannad Oweis, 25.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and summoned Mahdi Salah Taqatqa, for interrogation in the nearby Etzion military base and security center.

* First Published on: Feb 21, 2022, at 10:16

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