Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 25 – 31 May 2023)

 June 1, 2023

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity

2 Palestinians were killed, and 23 others, including 3 children, were wounded, while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, the Israeli authorities announced the killing of ‘Alaa Khalil Qaysiyah (25) from Hebron, allegedly after Qaysiyah attempted to carry out a stabbing attack inside the “Tineh Amorim” settlement established on the lands of Al-Dhahiriya village.

On 29 May 2023, Ashraf Al-Sheikh Ibrahim (37), an officer in the Palestinian Intelligence Service, was killed, and 5 others were wounded during armed clashes with IOF during the latter’s incursion into Jenin. During which, one of IOF’s military vehicles attacked and pushed an ambulance belonging to Al-Hayat Ambulance Center near Al-Razi Hospital in central Jenin, crashing into two other vehicles and inflicting damage to them. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 6 Palestinians.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into cities and villages, or suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians.

On 25 May 2023, 14 Palestinians, including two children, were injured during clashes with IOF after the latter’s widescale incursion accompanied by 70 military vehicles and backed by Yamam Special Units, 6 bulldozers and a helicopter in ‘Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. The incursion included the closure of all main and subsidiary streets with sand berms, and widescale raids of around 40 houses, after blowing up some of their doors and searching their contents. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 14 Palestinians.

On 26 May 2023, 2 Palestinians were shot with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddum weekly peaceful protest against settlements in northern Qalqilya.

On 28 May 2023, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were injured, and another was arrested, during clashes with IOF at the eastern entrance to Al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, noting that the entrance was closed before with sand berms.

In the Gaza Strip, 3 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, while 2 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza western Gaza shores.

So far in 2023, IOF attacks killed 155 Palestinians, including 77 civilians; amongst them 24 children and 6 women, and the rest were members of the Palestinian armed groups, including 2 children, 7 killed by settlers, and two died in Israeli prisons. Meanwhile, 661 Palestinians, including 103 children, 25 women and 12 journalists, were injured in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, notices and settlement

IOF demolished 4 houses, parts of another house, and 5 facilities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, IOF gave demolition notices to 2 barracks used as livestock barns in Ithna village in Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area (C).

On 27 May 2023, IOF forced ‘AbdulHaleem Al-Shaloudi to demolish the roof of his 20-sqm kitchen in Silwarn, East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, IOF forced Zaid Al-Salaymeh to demolish his 60-sqm under-construction apartment in Wadi Qaddum neighborhood in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 29 May 2023, IOF demolished a 150-sqm livestock farm, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, IOF dismantled a 20-sqm a commercial kiosk/stall in Al-Walaja village, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Also, IOF forced Isaac Al-Hroub to demolish a 70-sqm well and a 3-sqm bathroom of bricks on his land near the annexation wall, west of Deir Samet village in Hebron.

IOF demolished a 200-sqm under-construction house belonging to Ibrahim ‘Ayesh in Artas village, south of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

In addition, IOF demolished a 150-sqm house belonging to Nasser Nassar in the airport land, east of Jericho.

On 31 May 2023, IOF handed 18 cease-construction notices in northwestern Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit, including 12 notices to 13 houses, 5 to agricultural rooms, and one to a commercial facility, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area (C).

Since the beginning of 2023, IOF have made 88 families homeless, a total of 557 persons, including 112 women and 252 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 95 houses; 22 were forcibly self-demolished by their owners and 10 were demolished on grounds of collective punishment. IOF also demolished 83 other civilian objects, razed other property, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition and cease-construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Settler-attacks and retaliatory acts

Settlers carried out 7 attacks on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, injuring 11 Palestinians, cutting trees, and burning crops. Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, settlers, protected by IOF, threw stones at 5 Palestinians, including a child, and injured them in Sidr area between Turmusaya and A-Mughayer villages in Ramallah. The attack also included burning agricultural crops, 5 civilian vehicles and smashing the windows of 3 vehicles.

On 27 May 2023, settlers, protected by IOF, wounded a Palestinian during their raid into Al-Qaboun and Ras Al-Teen squares, east of Al-Mughayer town in Ramallah. The settlers and IOF raided homes and assaulted citizens through obstructing and searching them.

On the same day, 5 Palestinians, including a man with his wife and daughter, were injured and bruised as settlers assaulted them during the latter’s attack on their land in Bidya, west of Salfit.

On 28 May 2023, settlers cut 18 trees in their attack on Palestinians’ lands in Al-Laban Al-Sharqiya village in Nablus.

On 29 May 2023, settlers brought caravans and heavy equipment, including excavators, bulldozers, and trucks. The settlers placed the caravans in “Homesh” settlement, which is established on the lands of Silat al-Harthiya village, south of Jenin, and Burqa village, north of Nablus. This came upon IOF’s recent decision to return to the settlement, and the settlers announced the establishment of a religious school in the settlement. It is noteworthy that Homesh settlement was evacuated in 2005 as part of IOF’s redeployment plan, during which the Gaza Strip settlements were also completely evacuated along with 4 settlements in Jenin. Recently, the Israeli government has decided to return the settlers to those settlements.

On the same day, settlers set fire to a plot of land planted with wheat and barley in Deir Dabwan village, east of Ramallah, burning 15 dunums.

On 30 May 2023, settlers from “Homesh” settlement, which is established on the village lands of Jenin and Nablus, in the northern West Bank, attacked a house with stones in the Burqa village, north of Nablus, and smashed the rear window of the house owner’s vehicle.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers have conducted at least 214 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property. As a result, 7 Palestinians were killed, and dozens of others were injured; most of them due to being beaten and thrown with stones. Also, dozens of houses, vehicles and civilian facilities were set ablaze.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians

IOF carried out 157 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 81 Palestinians were arrested, including a child. In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out two limited incursions into eastern Rafah on 29 May 2023, and eastern Khan Yunis on 31 May 2023.

So far in 2023, IOF have conducted 4,241 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2,446 Palestinians were arrested, including 25 women and 285 children.  Also, IOF arrested 34 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip including 12 fishermen and 19 infiltrators into Israel, and 3 travelers at Erez Crossing. IOF also conducted 12 incursions.

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

Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 16-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 110 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 97 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 2 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2023, IOF have established 2,526 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 124 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Israeli Occupation Forces Storm Various Al-Quds, West Bank Cities: Arrests, Injuries Recorded

 June 1, 2023

Zionist occupation forces

The Israeli occupation forces continuing storming the various cities and towns of Al-Quds and West Bank, arresting and persecuting a number of Palestinians.

In this context, one Palestinian man was injured by the Zionist fire as the occupation forces arrested a number of Palestinians after storming various cities and towns of Al-Quds and West Bank.

The occupation’s troops stormed Shaafat Camp, clashing with the Palestinian youths and injuring one of them

The enemy forces also raided Al-Makhfiyeh area in Nablus, arresting one Palestinian man.

The Zionist occupation forces arrested the Palestinian man Mohammad Hussein Ahmad after raiding his house in Qabatiyah, south of Jenin.

Clashes

The Palestinian resistance fighters in the occupied West Bank confronted the Zionist raids, opening fire and detonating IEDs during clashes with the enemy troops.

Meanwhile, the occupation forces withdrew from Aqabet Jabr camp in Jericho few minutes after storming it without raiding any of its houses.

Palestinian Prisoners

The Palestinian prisoners committee announced on Wednesday , “Palestinian prisoners will go on a hunger strike tomorrow for one day in order to demand the release of the ill prisoner Walid Dakka from Zionist prisons.”

Gaza Coasts

The Israeli occupation navy on Thursday opened fire at Gaza fishing boats sailing off the northern Gaza coast and forced them to return to shore.

Gaza Coast

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Khader Adnan… Rest in Power!

 May 2, 2023

Few hours after martyrdom of Palstinian hunger striker Sheikh Khader Adnan in Israeli jail, political cartoonist Carlos Lattouf shared a cartoon of the Palestinian prisoner on his Twitter account, with a caption: “Rest in power.”

Source: Twitter

Turning occupation into memes; ‘Israel’s’ favorite strategy

26 Apr 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen English

By Aya Youssef 

While Israeli occupation forces kill, bomb, assault, and arrest innocent Palestinians, their social media platforms seem to be turning such heinous acts into jokes in search of desperate likes.

Young dancing soldiers, jumping on TikTok trends, memes, and jokes… it all sounds “fun” doesn’t it? 

However, if there would ever be a backstage of the Israeli occupation forces’ social media platforms, it would be a room full of blood, murderous weapons, and the bodies of thousands of murdered Palestinians. 

What happens backstage is a pure whitewashing of Israeli crimes for the sake of some desperate interaction and affection. Attacking Gaza? Let’s make an infographic about how many “terrorists” there are in the Strip. Palestinians defending themselves against Israeli attacks? Let’s film a short clip about our soldiers crying to get some emotions out of our audience. 

And this is how it works… for them… 

Know your audience: Who are they targeting? 

In 2012, Fast Company conducted an interview with IOF Spokesperson at the time, Eytan Buchman, in which he spoke about certain insights on how Israeli forces get things done regarding their social media platforms. 

During the interview, the spokesperson said the Israeli army is “a very young army” and that’s where “the innovation comes from.”

“… most people come in when they’re 18. Males serve for three years and women serve for two years. This forms a parity where people find themselves between 18 and 21 and inside military operations. The idea of flexibility and innovation is always encouraged.”

The Israeli spokesperson went on and talked about how “innovation” usually makes it to the world and how it “opens up new horizons.” He even recalled one of the soldiers who had to pay for the IOF WordPress account “using her own credit card… instead of dealing with the military bureaucracy.”

He said, during the interview, that there are “two primary interactions with social media. The first is the interactive media branch, which is responsible for outreach to different audiences online. The second is desk offices from traditional media, such as Leibovitch… In some cases, we also maintain Facebook pages and websites in specific languages in order to reach out to certain regions.”

Ironically, the spokesperson bragged about how the IOF is operating on different social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Google+, and even Pinterest in order to increase the occupation’s “legitimacy, to be transparent… to combat misinformation that being flooded out from inside Gaza.”

Legitimacy and transparency by ‘Israel’? Think again.

Whether it’s jumping on trends, trending music, or even memes, the IOF’s strategy on TikTok does the job of completely victimizing the occupier while criminalizing the occupied.

For example, in one of the TikTok videos, during New Year’s Eve, the IOF account posted a wrap-up about the year 2022, as part of the relevant TikTok trends where one would recall moments that took place during the year with background music playing A Sky Full of Stars, a song by Coldplay.

Zooming out, the video had no sight of Israeli occupation forces committing any massacres, murders, bombings, arrests, or assaults on Palestinians. The short video completely altered reality, failing to mention Israeli crimes and showcase Israeli weapons, its soldiers ‘in action’, and its warplanes.

Playing innocent, the IOF captions the video with: “This year was filled with highs and lows, but we pushed through every challenge. How was your 2022?”

The videos are endless.

In 2021, on TikTok, the IOF jumped on the “She’s Gonna Be A Victoria’s Secret Supermodel” trend where they filmed one of their tanks, with the caption: “We’re serving looks since 1948.”

Of course, the IOF will make no mention of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) during which Zionist gangs committed horrific massacres in Palestine against Palestinians, killing and forcefully expelling them from their motherland. This date is marked by “Israel” as its “independence”.

The only thing that “Israel” has been “serving” since 1948 is aggression, occupation, and colonization of an entire population. 

See more: Palestine.. 74 years after the Nakba

In another instance, the IOF posted a video on TikTok on Easter with an Israeli soldier running with the writing on the video “POV: Us on easter morning looking for chocolate eggs [chocolate emoji].” 

There was no context for the footage. Was it an Israeli soldier running toward a Palestinian to beat him as what always happens? If so, why chasing a Palestinian would be turned into a joke on social media? One comment said he was probably “hunting the Christians celebrating Easter.”

Empowering women? More like assaulting them

On International Women’s Day, the IOF account on TikTok posted “Women get the job done,” with a video of a girl being trained in the IOF as she is filmed going on missions while holding weapons and on a tank. At the end of the video, the girl is seen having this “dreamy” look on her face after the end of her shift, making the military occupation of Palestine look “dreamy” to the audience.

Of course, there was no mention of the following. In January this year, the Israeli occupation launched a large-scale campaign of brutal repression against Palestinian prisoners, most notably female prisoners as they were subjected to brutal practices by Israeli authorities. 

Israeli occupation forces usually brutally assault Palestinian women stationed at Al-Aqsa Mosque while harassing, expelling, and arresting many others.

If this is their definition of women empowerment, the IOF needs a whole new dictionary. 

‘Is this a parody account?’

Not a single Ramadan has passed without the Israeli occupation forces, along with the illegal settlers, attacking Palestinian worshippers. 

This Ramadan alone and for three nights in a row, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacked Palestinian worshippers practicing Itikaf.

Israeli forces usually carry out brutal attacks against the Holy Mosque as Palestinians practice Ramadan acts of worship inside.

During these attacks, Israeli occupation forces use rubber bullets and smoke and stun grenades against the unarmed worshippers.

On March 2023, the IOF page wished Muslims “a meaningful and peaceful holiday” with audacity. This prompted one Twitter user to question whether the account was a parody account. 

Memes to defeat the ‘enemy’: Social media 101?

On a Twitter post on Valentine’s Day, the IOF posted three photos about “Hamas’ love language” where they mentioned quotes and previous news about Hamas. One of the pictures hinted that Hamas fires rockets “without any occasion” as part of its “gift giving” while completely disregarding the Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Gaza Strip, and in the West Bank. 

Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas seem to be the IOF’s favorite opponents on their social media platforms. In one of their posts on Halloween, the IOF posted a costume for the occasion named “Hamas terrorist”, while describing what the costume includes. 

The caption that was posted was: “If you see this walking down the street, it’s not a costume…” The comments on the post varied, with some people saying this was an IOF costume and others writing “FREE PALESTINE”.

“Do YOU know what the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Gaza is? Watch to find out.” With this caption, the IOF decided to describe a video they posted about the Islamic Jihad Movement. The video said the Palestinian faction is focused on the “destruction of the state of Israel.”

The video received a backlash. People in the comments slammed the video with some saying, “Since when defending and dying for the liberation of your own country is terrorism?” Others stated the fact that “Israel” is an occupation by saying, “Why don’t u tell the people how u came into power? Did u not steal their land and harm Palestinian citizens?”

The IOF social media team also got on the “Little Miss” trend where people make comedic characters that sum up their personality and are called Little Miss “something”.

This was also slammed by social media users. When the IOF posted a picture that says “little miss combats terrorism in the Middle East,” people started to reply “Little Miss Terrorism in the Middle East” and “Little Miss War criminals.” In another picture of the same trend, people started commenting “Little miss makes me sick to my stomach…” and “Ethnic cleansing but make it quirky,” hinting at using memes to hide Israeli crimes against Palestinians. 

While the obsession seems to grow against whoever resists the Israeli occupation and defends the Palestinian lands, the Palestinian narrative has always triumphed and excelled over the Israeli one. 

During Seif Al-Quds Battle, many pro-Palestine accounts started to publish videos and infographics about the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip in 2021.

Even Israeli media admitted that the most popular posts that were made then were in support of the Palestinians.

“…The most viral example had nearly 2 million likes on Bella Hadid’s Instagram page… Another popular infographic from @paliroots had over 500,000 likes. In comparison, most of the IDF’s videos and photos had likes in the tens of thousands, and only occasionally topping 100,000.”

–         The Forward 

At one point, during the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip, the IOF social media team seemed desperate enough to copy the same format of a Pro-Palestine post while changing the whole narrative to become pure Israeli propaganda. 

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While the IOF’s social media account may look “glorious” and “fun” to some from the outside, there is no mention of the brutal Israeli administrative detention policy, there is no mention of killing children, there is no mention of uprooting Palestinian olive trees, there is no mention of ethnically cleansing a whole indigenous population, just as there is no mention of Israeli illegal checkpoints and settlements. There is not even any mention of “Israel” being the OCCUPATION it is!

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Palestinian Detainee Dying In ‘Israeli’ Prison After 67 Days of Hunger Strike

April 13, 2023

By Staff, Agencies

Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan is “dying” in an ‘Israeli’ prison clinic after 67 days on hunger strike, his wife and brother said on Wednesday.

A senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, 44-year-old Adnan has been on hunger strike to protest against his detention in Zionist prisons ever since he was arrested in an ‘Israeli’ raid on his home on 5 February.

His health has seriously deteriorated over the 67 days, with his wife Randa Moussa telling a press conference in Ramallah on Wednesday that he has fainted more than once and is suffering from severe dizziness and general weakness.

“My husband is dying and the ‘Israeli’ prison administration refuses to transfer him to a civilian hospital,” Moussa said. “Rather, it keeps him in Ramla prison, which lacks the minimum health facilities. We have asked more than once to transfer him to a hospital, but the request is always denied.”

Adnan has been imprisoned at least 11 times since 2004 and was a spokesperson for Palestinian prisoners inside ‘Israeli’ jails.

His first hunger strike came after his arrest in 2004, to protest at being held in so-called administrative detention, a controversial practice that allows ‘Israel’ to detain Palestinians without charge for six-month periods.

The hunger strike is seen by many as a symbol of Palestinian resistance, and this is the fifth Adnan has undertaken during detention, with one 67-day stretch in 2012 inspiring a wave of Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention to join him.

What Is the “Volcano of Freedom or Martyrdom” Protest? [Part 2]

April 2, 2023

Infographic by Abir Qanso, Al-Ahed News

In protest over abusive policies that are being implemented on the direct orders of the extremist Minister of “National Security”, Itamar Ben Gvir, Palestinian prisoners in “Israeli” detention centers launched a mass hunger strike.

Below is an infographic shedding light on the most prominent leader of the “Volcano of Freedom or Martyrdom” protest.

What Is the “Volcano of Freedom or Martyrdom” Protest? [Part 2]

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What Is the “Volcano of Freedom or Martyrdom” Protest? [Part 1]

March 28, 2023

Infographic by Abir Qanso, Al-Ahed News

In protest over abusive policies that are being implemented on the direct orders of the extremist “Israeli” Minister of “National Security”, Itamar Ben Gvir, Palestinian prisoners in “Israeli” detention centers launched a mass hunger strike.

Below is an infographic regarding the details of the “Volcano of Freedom or Martyrdom” protest.

Palestine’s Khader Adnan Passes 52nd Day of Hunger Strike, Sends Message to Gaza

 March 28, 2023

Palestinian prisoner Sheikh Khader Adnan who is on a hunger strike since February 5, 2023.

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan continues his hunger strike for the 52nd day in a row, amid a serious deterioration in his health, Palestinian media reported on Tuesday.

The Islamic Jihad senior member who was re-arrested by Israeli occupation forces in early February sent out on Monday a letter in which he spoke about his health deterioration and saluted the people of Gaza.

In his letter, Sheikh Adnan said he entered a critical stage as his health was constantly deteriorating.

He said he started vomiting, reporting dizziness and imbalance. Sheikh Adnan added that he couldn’t move but by a wheelchair and that he didn’t feel comfortable with drinking water.

“I suffer from lack of sleep, especially during night and from severe back pain,” he wrote in his letter, adding that he experienced significant weight loss.

Also in his letter, Sheikh Adnan addressed the people of Gaza as saying: “My dear people of the honored Gaza… As you stand firm in solidarity with your loving son and brother, I salute you from my prison amid my hunger strike.”

He hailed sacrifices of Palestinian people in Gaza,

Listing the names of resistance martyrs, he hailed their sacrifices and called on the people of Gaza to pray for his freedom, along with all prisoners in Israeli jails.

Israeli occupation forces re-arrested Sheikh in February 5, after raiding his house, where he instantly announced going on a hunger strike in protest against his arbitrary arrest.

Born in 1978, Sheikh Khader Adnan descends from Arraba in Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank. He is a father of nine. The senior Islamic Jihad member was previously arrested by Israeli occupation forces for thirteen times, spending about 8 years in captivity, over his role in the resistance acts against Israeli enemy.

Sheikh Adnan has been known for his high determination as he underwent hunger strike for four times in protest against Israeli policy of arbitrary administrative detention without any charge.

Sheikh Adnan has an undergraduate degree in mathematics, and is pursuing a master’s degree in economics. In addition, he owns a bakery and a produce store in his home town of Arraba.

Source: Palestinian media (Translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

Female Palestinian inmates subjected to ‘harsh conditions’ in Israeli prisons

 March 08 2023

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There are 29 female Palestinian’s being held in the Israeli prison system, all of which are subjected to medical negligence

By News Desk

According to Palestinian prisoners support and human rights groups, 29 female Palestinian prisoners remain under “harsh conditions” in the Israeli prison system.

According to statistics and figures released on 7 March, a day ahead of International Women’s Day, several women are subjected to medical negligence. Two of the 29 women are minors, both 16 years old, while 15 others suffer from various health issues, six of which are mothers. One of the prisoners reportedly received no trial and is under administrative detention.

Thirty-six-year-old Israa Jaabis was arrested by Israeli forces in the fall of 2015 after her faulty cooking apparatus exploded in her car near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank. The Israeli police accused her of attempting to harm Israeli authorities; however, there has not been any evidence to support such claims, with Jaabis denying the allegations until now.

Local reports indicate that she suffered extensive burns across 65 percent of her body, yet the Israeli authorities denied her the necessary medical attention, refusing doctors to perform surgery to allow her to breathe through her nose in 2022.

These reports were released a week after the Israeli government seized several freed Palestinian prisoners’ property and bank accounts. 

The gradual but deliberate process of Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian money and land, coupled with the forcing of Palestinians to live under Israeli military occupation, has formed the system that the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has categorized as ‘apartheid’ – a secondary consequence of occupation. 

According to Human Rights lawyer Abdel Nasser Farwana, over 600 Palestinian political prisoners suffer from acute illnesses and are at risk of dying.

According to the WAFA news agency, 4,450 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons, with 160 of them minors, as well as 200 chronically ill prisoners.

Israel is the only country in the world that prosecutes children in military courts, robbing them of their basic legal rights.

Sayyed Nasrallah: Hezbollah Supports Sleiman Franjiyeh for Presidency, Resistance Power Protects Lebanon Borders, Fortunes (Video)

March 6, 2023

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah

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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Monday announced that the Resistance Party supports the nomination of Head of Marada Movement Sleiman Franjiyeh for the presidential elections, stressing that the latter matches all needed candidacy criteria.

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Addressing Hezbollah ceremony held to mark the anniversary of the Birth of Imam Sajjad (P) and Abu Fadl Al-Abbas and honor the prisoners as well as the wounded fighters of the Islamic Resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Hezbollah rejects the presidential void and insists on the two-third quorum for the parliament to convene and elect a new president.

Our serious will and the national interest impose electing a new president, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who noted that Hezbollah will remain committed to the two-third parliamentary quorum for the presidential elections.

The first and the second sessions must witness a two-third quorum although the number of votes required for the winning candidate is 65 (out of 128), according to Sayyed Nasrallah, who added that, even if the candidate Hezbollah supports secures the majority of votes, it will insist on the two-third attendance quorum.

Sayyed Nasrallah called for holding a dialogue among the parliamentary blocs if the quorum is not secured to elect a new president, adding that all the parliamentary blocs have the democratic right to boycott the vote.

In this regard, Sayyed Nasrallh urged the parliamentary blocs to prepare a list of candidates in order to discuss them in the context of a dialogue.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that Hezbollah refuses any foreign intervention in the Lebanese presidential elections to impose or veto any candidate, wondering how some Lebanese parties, who claim to be sovereign, ask the United States to sanction the blocs which do not elect the foreign-backed candidate.

We just accept a foreign assistance to reach a convergence of views in Lebanon, according to Sayyed Nasrallah, who added that Iran and Syria do not interfere in this issue and refer all inquirers to Tehran and Damascus allies in Beirut.

Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that the  Lebanese parties must never wait for the regional and international developments to settle the presidential file, stressing that Hezbollah and allies are not waiting for any foreign orders and have the full independence and freedom to elect the candidate they prefer.

Hezbollah and allies are not betting on any regional and international developments and settlements, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who maintained that the Iranian nuclear deal as well as Riyadh-Tehran settlement will take a long time to be achieved.

His eminence indicated that that Hezbollah remains committed to its presidential choice till the elections, reiterating that the Party wants the new President to just abstain from backstabbing the resistance.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that his eminence had met with the Free Patriotic Movement Head Gebran Bassil to discuss the presidential file without preconditions, adding that the meeting did not reach any result.

His eminence noted that the Understanding between Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement does not stipulate a full agreement on all the issues, including the presidential elections.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that Hezbollah does not accept to be accused of betraying the Free Patriotic Movement, calling for holding joint sessions to discuss the common concerns.

Lebanon Borders with Occupied Palestine

Hezbollah Secretary General highlighted the Zionist enemy’s attempts to advance and violate Lebanon’s southern borders in order to occupy parts of the Lebanese territories, hailing the Lebanese army for confronting the Israeli military units powerfully.

Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that deterrence formula based on the army, people, and resistance will secure the Lebanese rights and borders and prevent the enemy from violating the national sovereignty.

Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that Hezbollah power enables Lebanese army to confront the Israeli enemy and protects Lebanon’s borders and fortunes from any Zionist aggression.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the US support is directed strategically to the Zionist entity, warning against any bet on the US policies towards Lebanon.

“This deterrence power was made by our people, men, women, children, wounded, prisoners, martyrs and mujahidin.”

Only Iran and Syria supported this deterrence power, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who added that this explains the antagonistic policies against those two countries.

Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that, in 1978, the Israeli occupation forces took control of Southern Litani area in 7 days, while that, in 2006, dozens of thousands of Zionist troops failed to achieve any field progress in Southern Lebanon in 33 days.

Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated his Karish formula, warning against any procrastination in extracting oil and gas in the Lebanese territorial water.

Hezbollah leader denied the claims of some analysts who alleged that his warnings were caused by a certain frustration about the maritime agreement, refuting all the rumors about submitting security guarantees in this regard.

Sayyed Nasrallah asserted that Hezbollah did not aim at gaining the US consent or achieving political gains in Lebanon, indicating that Hezbollah reviews its stances that please the US administration.

Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that the US-brokered agreement on the maritime border demarcation was a major achievement, but that implementation of the pact requires a follow-up.

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the caretaker PM Najib Mikati and the power ministry are assuming their responsibilities regarding the follow up of the maritime agreement, warning again against any procrastination in this regard.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah may never make concessions regarding the land and maritime borders, adding that the enemies want to eradicate the resistance in order to deprive the country from its protection power.

Previously, the enemies used wars and massacres in order to strike the resistance power, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who added that, nowadays, they are resorting the siege and starvation in order to achieve the same target.

Resistance supporters will never abandon their strategic choice, Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that people will not make concessions related to their power and pride.

Occasion

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that Hezbollah adopted the Birthday of Abu Fadl Al-Abbas (P) as the Wounded Resistance Fighters Day because he symbolizes the injury and sacrifice in Karbala.

Birthday of Imam Ali Bin Al-Hussein Al-Sajjad (P) has bee adopted by Hezbollah as the Resistance Prisoners Day because he was the sickened Imam who was imprisoned in Karbala, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who noted that Imam Sajjad (P) remained brave and courageous in face of the tyrants despite all challenges imposed by Yazid.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that Hezbollah wounded fighters faced the dangers of wars just as Al-Abbas, adding that their pains caused by their injuries comprise a new jihad path for the sake of Allah.

Hezbollah Chief said that all the Lebanese must know that the repercussions of the sacrifices of Resistance wounded fighters are still effective.

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the  new generation must learn about the Resistance prisoners’ sacrifices as well as the Israeli enemy’s jails in southern Lebanon and occupied Palestine, adding that a large number of Resistance prisoners embraced martyrdom after returning to the battlefields.

Sayyed Nasrallah called for supporting the Palestinian resistance and prisoners in face of the Israeli measures, including the approval of the capital punishment, stressing that executing prisoners will let the Palestinians oblige the Zionist enemy to pay a heavy price.

Sayyed Nasrallah also indicated that the Israeli attack on the Palestinian town of Huwara reflects the barbaric reality of Zionism.

Hezbollah held the ceremony in various halls across Lebanon as a large number of the Resistance released prisoners, wounded fighters and loyal supporters attended to reiterate allegiance to the jihadi path of Hezbollah.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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MIKO PELED: NETANYAHU AND BEN-GVIR HAVE ALL BUT GUARANTEED A NEW INTIFADA WILL SOON ERUPT

FEBRUARY 24TH, 2023

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By Miko Peled

here is a story about the Roman Emperor Nero, according to which he set  Rome on fire just so that he could see the flames. The story may or may not be true, but when Palestine is in flames, history will remember who lit the match.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime minister of Israel, will be remembered as the reckless politician who gave Itamar Ben-Gvir the green light to set a fire that will consume Palestine and cause death and destruction, the scale of which has never been seen before.

Thanks to Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir has attained authority and command over every Israeli agency that deals with the Palestinian people. Now it looks like Netanyahu and Ben-Gvir are about to see exactly what happens when you push Palestinians into a corner. The only question that remains to be answered is how Ben-Gvir, who is now at the helm of Israel’s entire internal defense apparatus, will deal with what could be the largest Palestinian uprising to date.

Known to be a coward, a madman and an opportunistic racist thug, Ben-Gvir has never in his life managed, much less commanded, so much as a small shop. A piece in the New Yorker describes him as an activist, recruiter, and even a role model for the hate-filled racist movement he was eventually destined to lead.

PALESTINIAN PRISONERS – A TINDERBOX

One issue that touches the heart of every Palestinian is the fate of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners suffering in Israeli jails. Israel has twenty-six facilities it uses to interrogate, detain and incarcerate Palestinians.

map created by Addameer, a Palestinian focused on prisoner support and human rights, lists them all, shows their locations and reveals other details obtained over the years by the organization.

Map of Prisons in Israel
Source | Adameer

As Minister of National Security, Ben-Gvir has total control over the agency that governs Palestinian prisons, giving him control over even the most minute aspect of the lives of people he regularly refers to as terrorists but, in fact, are legitimate political prisoners.

Intending to demonstrate the iron fist with which he treats “terrorists” under his jurisdiction, Ben-Gvir recently announced the closure of bakeries that supply bread to Palestinian prisoners. He followed that announcement with a proclamation that prisoners would be allowed only four minutes to shower moving forward, after which Israeli authorities would shut the water off.

Palestinian prisoners did not delay in their response to Ben-Gvir. In a letter published in Hebrew, the prisoners declared a “revolt” against Ben-Gvir, which, if past occurrences are any indication, could ignite the entirety of Palestine.

The prisoners’ letter, addressed to Israeli journalist Elior Levi, was written by the leadership of the Palestinian Prisoners movement. In it, they announce the beginning of a revolt in response to the harsh measures taken by Ben-Gvir. They also announced an all-out hunger strike at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Ben-Gvir’s cruelty, the letter says, will not only lead to a revolt within prison walls but also threatens to ignite all of Palestine. As history has taught, this is no empty threat but an actual warning. Ramadan is around the corner, and it is a time when tensions between Palestanians and Israelis are already very high, particularly around Jerusalem.

Ben-Gvir’s crackdown also extends to Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem, pushing the embattled city’s Palestinian leadership to declare a general strike and campaign of civil disobedience. The results are roads being blocked with burning tires, the Jerusalem police raiding neighborhoods, arresting Palestinians and sometimes demolishing their family members’ homes and other structures.

RAMADAN AND PASSOVER

The Muslim Holy month of Ramadan, which is based on the lunar calendar and therefore beings at varying times every year, is expected to begin around March 22 and last until April 21. The Jewish Passover holiday, also based upon the lunar calendar, takes place this year from April 5 to April 13, in other words, right in the middle of Ramadan. Under normal circumstances, this is of little consequence, but in Palestine, it is an explosion waiting to happen.

During Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims where prayer and worship are central, Israeli authorities ease some restrictions on Palestinians wishing to travel to Jerusalem to pray at Al-Aqsa, the second holiest site for Muslims. Millions of Palestinians brave checkpoints and more to pray at Al-Aqsa during Ramadan, particularly on Fridays. But in the last few years, even before Ben-Gvir took power, tensions have risen as Jewish extremists, defended by heavily armed Israeli forces, have entered the Holy Sanctuary and Al-Aqsa, sometime defiling the holy site and almost always leading to clashes with Palestanians intent on defending their sacred place.

Israel al-Aqsa
An Israeli policeman stands by as medics rescue a man wounded by Israeli forces during Ramadan clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, May 10, 2021. Mahmoud Illean | AP

During the Jewish holidays, those same Israeli authorities impose a near-total lockdown on Palestinians. The ghettos of the West Bank are locked, and checkpoints are closed.

During this most sensitive time, when a major Jewish holiday falls at the same time as a major Muslim one, one would hope for a leader with intellect who is sensible and, perhaps more importantly, sensitive to the needs of all parties. Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is in charge of these complicated and potentially explosive arrangements, is definitely not that person. Yet, Netanyahu has placed him in charge.

So what are the odds that the palace will be set on fire to an extent which has yet to be seen? Very high. Take the prisoner issue, throw in Jerusalem, a checkpoint closure, and add the Jewish holidays and Ramadan altogether. Now put a racist madman who gets excited by the sight of Palestinian blood in charge of all of this, and what would you expect?

ANOTHER INTIFADA

For years, people have wondered whether another Intifada will break out. And indeed, an ongoing low-level uprising has been occurring this entire time. However, considering the abovementioned elements, a massive, all-out uprising can be expected soon.

People of conscience worldwide need to get ready to throw their support behind the Palestinian people in unprecedented ways. It is not enough to march and demonstrate anymore. People need to push their local and national governments, the press, and the business community to support the Palestinian struggle actively.

This volatile situation is just waiting to explode, so there is no reason to wait. We would do well to urgently demand guarantees for the safety and security of the Palestinian people. We must demonstrate to the communities in which we live and operate that a scenario in which Palestinian lives have no value cannot go on. Israel – and any governments supporting it or companies doing business with it – must be held accountable.

The international community must sanction Israel and hold it to account for every hair that falls from the head of a Palestinian child. The time is now because Netanyahu and Ben-Gvir delight at the prospect of seeing Palestine in flames.

Palestinian prisoners stage sit-ins protesting Israeli massacres

February 24, 2023

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Palestinian prisoners kick off a series of steps in response to the measures of Israeli occupation Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.

Palestinian prisoners are starting civil disobedience in the face of the occupation. (Archive)

The Handala Center for Prisoners and Former Prisoners in occupied Palestine reported that prisoners staged sit-ins in prison yards after Friday prayers to protest against the unjust measures imposed on them by the Israeli occupation prisons administration.

This comes within the framework of the continued civil disobedience program approved and announced by the Supreme Emergency Committee for Prisoners last Monday.

The Prisoners Commission and the Prisoners Club on Thursday said that tension prevailed in Israeli occupation prisons, especially “Ofer”, after the prisons administration cracked down on prisoners to force them to enter their sections.

The big picture

For the 12th consecutive day, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons continue their civil disobedience against the arbitrary and unjust measures of the prisons administration, in rejection of the orders issued by Israeli Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to deprive them of their most basic rights, and the brutal attacks launched by the Prison Authority against them.

The Supreme National Emergency Committee of the National Captive Movement had declared Friday a “Day of Rage” in solidarity with Al-Quds and Palestinian prisoners and in protest of the Israeli massacre in Nablus.

The steps come in response to the Prison Authority’s announcement to start implementing the procedures recommended by Ben-Gvir.

Israeli media reported on a decision taken by Ben-Gvir to “reduce the duration of each prisoner’s shower to only four minutes as part of his policy of harassing the prisoners.”

In early February, Palestinian prisoners sent a message from inside the Israeli occupation prisons, asking their people to prepare to wage a major battle against Ben-Gvir’s oppression.

In their message, the prisoners stressed their readiness for all possibilities and called for Palestinians to take to the streets in different areas of the occupied land.

The prisoners called on the Palestinian people to support them in their strategic and decisive battle, which they intend to launch on March 21.

Read more: IOF storm minors section of “Damon” prison, assault them

Democracy cannot be saved when it never existed in ‘Israel’: NYT

Feb 20, 2023

Source: New York Times + Al Mayadeen English

By Al Mayadeen English 

The New York Times publishes a piece explaining that democracy cannot exist in an ethnocracy, thus making “Israel” a non-democracy from inception until today regardless of intra-Israeli differences.

IOF soldier restraining a scared Palestinian boy in Ramallah, Palestine August 28, 2015 (Reuters).

The New York Times published a piece by Peter Beinart, a professor of journalism and political science, titled “You Can’t Save Democracy in a Jewish State” in which the writer explained why “Israel” is not a democracy despite continuous claims by its officials on the importance of “saving democracy”.

Beinart discussed the topic following an era of unprecedented chaos in “Israel”, where Israeli demonstrators claimed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government has imperiled efforts to “preserve ‘Israel’ as a Jewish and democratic state.

Former Prime Ministers Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett and former minister Benny Gantz have also voiced their concerns on “saving democracy” in recent days. However, Beinart marked a significant difference in what is happening in “Israel”, which has been likened to anti-populist demonstrations elsewhere in the world. 

“The people most threatened by Mr. Netanyahu’s authoritarianism aren’t part of the movement against it,” said Beinart and explained that very few Palestinians have joined the ongoing demonstrations.

According to the professor, the anti-Netanyahu movement is “a movement to preserve the political system that existed before Mr. Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition took power, which was not, for Palestinians, a genuine liberal democracy in the first place.” More clearly, the NYT report argued, “It’s a movement to save liberal democracy for Jews.”

Beinart further made the argument to depict “how illiberal the liberal Zionism” can be. He used one example from the Lapid era, where he argued that then-PM Lapid “implored the Knesset to renew a law that denies Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip who are married to Palestinian citizens the right to live with their spouses” inside the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

In a more blunt approach, the professor explained, “For most of the Palestinians under Israeli control — those in the West Bank and Gaza Strip—’Israel’ is not a democracy,” adding, “It’s not a democracy because Palestinians in the Occupied Territories can’t vote for the government that dominates their lives.”

Beinart also made reference to Gaza being an open-air prison and the Palestinian Authority being “a subcontractor, not a state.”

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Significantly, the Jewish professor re-examined a 2018 incident wherein a number of Palestinian legislators presented legislation “to anchor in constitutional law the principle of equal citizenship.” At the time, Beinart said the speaker of the Knesset refused to even discuss the topic because it would “gnaw at the foundations of the state.”

The country “belongs to Jews like me, who don’t live there” the professor said, adding “but not to the Palestinians who live under its control, even the lucky few who hold Israeli citizenship.” This is a reality from long before the Netanyahu coalition came to power, the NYT piece highlighted before concluding that “this is the vibrant liberal democracy that liberal Zionists want to save.”

Democracy in time of domicide

To further double down on the contradictive rhetoric of democracy in a Jewish-led occupation state, it is worth putting into context the incidents.

The protests in “Tel Aviv” and Al-Quds have occurred without any connection to the Israeli occupation’s security cabinet approval the “legalization” of nine illegal Israeli settlement outposts and the advance of nearly 10,000 “settlement units” in the occupied West Bank, which were established by settlers without the approval of Israeli governments.

The United Nations Security Council, shortly after, on February 16, considered a draft resolution that would demand “Israel” to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory,” Reuters reported.

According to Reuters, the text “reaffirms that the establishment by ‘Israel’ of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”

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The draft resolution also condemns moves toward the further seizure of land by the Israeli occupation, including the “legalization” of settlement outposts.

However, On February 20, it was reported that according to multiple diplomats familiar with the situation, the US was successful in delaying the resolution proposed by the Palestinians and their supporters.

The UN diplomats said that in order to avoid having to use its veto to block the resolution, Washington has encouraged Palestine and its allies in the UNSC to consider drafting “a more symbolic” joint statement condemning the Israeli cabinet’s announcements.

Democracy in time of genocide

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) raided, on January 26, the Jenin camp in Occupied Palestine’s West Bank using force the camp had not seen in years. The raid left residents and popular resistance groups with no choice but to defend themselves and confront the occupation forces. This raid was happening in parallel to intra-Israeli divisions.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the martyrdom of 10 Palestinians during the genocidal raid on Jenin. It is also worth noting that as part of the raid that was launched against Palestinians, the IOF prevented ambulance crews from entering the region.

Democracy in time of apartheid

Amnesty International released a report last year in February that asserted once and for all that the Israeli regime is forcing a system of apartheid on Palestinians.

Amnesty said the Israeli system is founded on “segregation, dispossession and exclusion”, which amount to crimes against humanity, and its findings were documented in a report that shows the Israeli seizure of Palestinian land and property, unlawful killings, forcibly displacing people, and denying them citizenship.

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This is the second report by an international rights group to accuse “Israel” of enforcing an apartheid system, the first being Human Rights Watch whose report was released in April 2021. As per Israeli custom, it accused Amnesty of anti-semitism.

The organization further said that “Israel” was enforcing a system of oppression and domination against Palestinians in all areas under its control “in Israel and the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territories], and against Palestinian refugees, in order to benefit Jewish Israelis. This amounts to apartheid as prohibited in international law.”

The measures employed by the Israeli regime against Palestinians include: restrictions on Palestinian movement in occupied territories, underinvestment in Palestinian communities in pre-1967 occupied territories, preventing the return of Palestinian refugees. 

Even more so, “Israel” forcibly displaces Palestinians, and tortures and kills them extrajudicially in order to maintain a system of “oppression and domination”, which constitutes “the crime against humanity of apartheid”.

“Laws, policies and practices which are intended to maintain a cruel system of control over Palestinians, have left them fragmented geographically and politically, frequently impoverished, and in a constant state of fear and insecurity.”

“Israel is not a democracy”

In an interview with Foreign Policy, the former director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Alon Liel, made brazen statements that sharply cut through arguments that the Israeli establishment continues to push; Liel openly stated “Israel” is not a democracy. 

“‘Israel’ always says it’s a democracy. The government always says we are the only democracy in the Middle East and we are part of the West. But in real terms, we are not a democracy with the occupation, and we are only part of the West when it suits us,” Liel argued. 

Democracy devoid of rights

The Palestinian Prisoners Information Office confirmed on February 16 “that the occupation prison administration is tightening the screws even more on ‘Megiddo’, ‘Gilboa’, ‘Nafha’, ‘Ramon’, and the ‘Negev’ prisoners, by imposing new punitive measures that affect their daily lives.”

Israeli media talked about the decision of extremist Israeli Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir who ordered showering time to be reduced to four minutes per prisoner.

On February 4, Palestinian prisoners sent a message from inside the Israeli occupation prisons asking their citizens to prepare to wage a major battle against the oppression of Ben-Gvir. The prisoners later announced the beginning of the “days of rage”, which will culminate in a hunger strike that will begin in the month of Ramadan, to continue until they are liberated from their captivity.

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 02 – 08 February 2023)

February 9, 2023

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

7 Palestinians, including 2 civilians; one of them was a child, were killed, and 22 others were injured by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) fire.  Meanwhile, dozens of others suffocated in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 03 February 2023, Abdullah Sameh Ahmad Qalaloh (26) was shot dead with 4 live bullets directly fired by IOF at him as soon as he got out of a taxi in front of Huwara military checkpoint, south of Nablus. The Israeli media cited IOF that the soldiers shot and killed Qalaloh allegedly after he tried to snatch a soldier’s weapon, but it later turned out that he was unarmed.

On 06 February 2023, IOF raided Jericho to arrest allegedly “wanted” Palestinians.  They surrounded a wooden hut next to a house on Al-Quds Street and killed 5 members of the Palestinian armed groups during armed clashes.  IOF detained their bodies and arrested 2 others. During the raid, a number of young men gathered and threw stones at IOF, who fired live bullets at them, injuring a Palestinian with a live bullet in the head. Before withdrawing, IOF arrested a Palestinian after injuring him with a live bullet in the abdomen.

On 07 February 2023, Hamza Amjad Al-Ashqar (17) was killed with a live bullet in the face fired by IOF during clashes that accompanied the raid on ‘Askar refugee camp in Nablus. Before withdrawing, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians.

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

On 03 February 2023, 3 Palestinians were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum peaceful weekly protest, northern Qalqilya.

On 04 February 2023, 13 Palestinians were wounded with live and rubber-coated metal bullets during clashes after IOF’s incursion into ‘Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 18 Palestinians, and released them at a later time except for 2 Palestinians.

On 08/02/2023, 4 members of the Palestinian armed groups were injured during armed clashes with IOF, after the latter raided Nablus to secure the settlers’ entry into Joseph Tomb.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF warplanes carried out an airstrike on 02 February 2023 on a Palestinian armed group site, west of Al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central governorate, causing damage but no injuries were reported. Also, 7 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, and 3 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Western Gaza shores.

So far in 2023, IOF attacks killed 43 Palestinians, including 19 civilians; 7 of them were children, and the rest were members of the Palestinian armed groups, including a child, while 3 were killed by settlers allegedly for carrying out shooting and stabbing attacks. Meanwhile, dozens were injured in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF displaced 2 families of 22, including 12 children and 6 women, after demolishing 3 houses, 3 civilian objects and agricultural rooms, razing agricultural lands and handing land confiscation notices in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 02 February 2023, IOF demolished a 250-sqm house in Douma village in Nablus, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C, displacing a family of 14, including 4 women and 8 children.

In the same area, IOF demolished a 150-sqm agricultural house, a water well, and two 230-sqm animal barns.

Also, on the same day, IOF delivered a notice to the heirs of a Palestinian to confiscate a 45-dunum plot of land in Deir Istiya village, northwest of Salfit.

On 04 February 2023, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his 90-sqm house in Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction. As a result, a family of 8, including 2 women and 4 children, was displaced.

On 06 February 2023, IOF razed hundreds of dunums planted with old olive trees in Marda village, north of Salfit, in favor of a project implemented by Mekorot “National Water Company of Israel” to supply settlements with water.

On 07 February 2023, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish two 100-sqm agricultural rooms built of bricks and tinplate and used for breeding horses and poultry in Al-Thawri neighborhood in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, IOF demolished a 30-sqm agricultural house built of bricks and tinplate in Al-Thawri neighborhood in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Since the beginning of 2023, IOF made 33 families homeless, a total of 229 persons, including 43 women and 108 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 34 houses; 6 were forcibly self-demolished by their owners and 3 were demolished on grounds of collective punishment. IOF also demolished 39 other civilian objects, razed other property, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Settler-attacks

On 02 February 2023, a settler broke into the “Prison of Christ” Church in East Jerusalem’s Old City, broke part of a large statue of Christ with a hammer and attempted to set the church on fire before the guards were able to stop him.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 30 attacks against civilian Palestinians and their property.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 192 into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 128 Palestinians were arrested, including a journalist, 6 children and 3 women; one of them was a female school principal in East Jerusalem.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians while trying to infiltrate via the border fence adjacent to eastern Gaza Strip on 05 February 2023.

So far in 2023, IOF conducted 1449 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 638 Palestinians were arrested, including 11 women and 61 children.

Israeli closure 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 in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 110 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 116 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, arrested 6 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 02 February 2023, IOF closed Beit Iksa military checkpoint, northwest of East Jerusalem, and later reopened it.

So far in 2023, IOF established 812 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 37 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Islamic Jihad Vows to Keep up Resistance as Israeli Occupation Arrests Sheikh Khader Adnan

February 5, 2023

Khader Adnan, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad who staged numerous hunger strikes while being in Israeli jails.

Islamic Jihad Palestinian resistance movement stressed on Sunday that arrests which targeted one of its senior members Sheikh Khader Adnan and other Palestinians is a desperate attempt aimed at undermining the firm will of the Palestinian people.

The Islamic Jihad’s stance was announced in a statement, few hours after several raids that ended up in the arrest of Adnan, along with other six Palestinians in several areas across the West Bank.

Israeli Occupation Forces during a night raid in West Bank town (photo from archive).

In overnight raids, Israeli forces detained Khader Adnan in his hometown village of Arrabeh, southwest of Jenin, Khaled Ghawadreh in the nearby village of Bir al-Basha, Ibrahim Zubeidi in Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramalllah and other four Palestinians, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Media Office, a group that represents Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Arresting Adnan, Ghawadreh and other “reflects the extent of confusion and pressure practiced on the Fascist Israeli government due to the rise of acts of resistance across the occupied West Bank,” the Islamic Jihad statement read.

The Palestinian group vowed, meanwhile, to keep up the resistance against the Israeli occupation.

“Despite the brutal raids, the occupation won’t be able to put out the spark of the resistance,” the statement added.

Adnan, 44, has been arrested several times in recent years and served several prison sentences in connection with his work with the Islamic Jihad. He has also gone on hunger strike several times over his punitive detention.

Source: Palestinian and Israeli media (translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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Daqqa’s wife: IOF terrorized us, wreaked havoc in our home – Exclusive

5 Feb, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Sanaa Salameh told Al Mayadeen that the occupation soldiers seized personal possessions, including money, her personal laptop, and her daughter’s bracelets and earrings.

Sanaa Salameh, wife of the Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqa, raising his photo during a protest demanding his release with the quote saying, “Freedom for prisoner Walid Daqqa”

The wife of Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqa, Sanaa Salameh, said on Sunday that the Israeli occupation soldiers did not provide “any legal reason” for the savage storming of their house, located in Baqa Al-Gharbia in the ’48 occupied Palestinian territories.

During an interview for Al Mayadeen, Salameh confirmed that the Israeli occupation carried out its attack on the house and terrorized her and her daughter.

Salameh said earlier that the occupation police stormed her house at 7:00 am presenting a search warrant issued during the previous Bennett government with no legal basis, with the aim of seizing money and household property, noting that the occupation forces wreaked havoc inside the house, and took her private car, personal computer, phone, and even money she was keeping in her wallet.

The occupation soldiers also seized books written by the founder of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Fathi Al-Shikaqi, and a box with pictures of martyr Bassel Al-Araj, in addition to bracelets and earrings that belonged to her daughter Milad, Salameh added.

According to her, the occupation attacks targeting them are not new, however, what can be noticed is that they are becoming more frequent.

Daqqa’s wife stressed that the Israeli occupation’s attacks will not discourage them, but rather will increase their determination to confront the occupation, adding that the freed prisoner Karim Younis called her and assured her that he is on her side.

Salameh published pictures showing the chaos as a result of the occupation forces’ tampering with the property of the house, accompanied by a comment: “The police broke into our house and wreaked havoc in it, and they prevented us from filming what was happening.”

Walid Daqqa (60 years), from the city of Baqa Al-Gharbia, has been detained since 1986 and sentenced to life imprisonment, which was later set at 37 years. An Israeli court later added two more years to his sentence.

Daqqa married his wife Sanaa Salameh in 1999, and in 2020, their daughter was conceived by smuggling Daqqa’s sperm from prison.

Earlier this month, the occupation police raided the home of the two freed prisoners, Karim Younis and his cousin Maher in ‘Ara, on direct orders from the occupation security minister, Yoav Gallant.

The occupation police also confiscated earlier 500,000 shekels (one dollar equals approximately 3.4 shekels) from Maher and Karim Younis, claiming that the money was obtained from the prisoners’ allocations provided by the Palestinian Authority.

Today morning, the IOF launched a massive campaign of incursions in the occupied West Bank, during which they arrested a number of Palestinians, including PIJ leaders, most notably Khader Adnan and Commander Khaled Ghwadrah.

Adnan’s wife, Randa Musa, said the Israeli occupation soldiers blew up the doors of the house and assaulted her husband.

During a phone conversation with Al Mayadeen, Musa confirmed that she has no information about the whereabouts of Adnan.

After detaining residents and vandalizing their homes, occupation forces stormed dozens of homes in the occupied West Bank and subjected Palestinians to hours of field investigations.

It is noteworthy that Adnan revealed earlier that he had been subjected to an assassination attempt and confirmed in an interview for Al Mayadeen that he knew the name of the perpetrator.

Adnan is considered the leader of the Battle of the Empty Stomachs against the arbitrary policy of administrative detention in Israeli occupation prisons. 

The occupation released him on November 13, 2018, knowing that on October 29, 2018, he stopped his hunger strike of 58 days, and his family considered this a “third victory for him.” 

Adnan launched a fourth hunger strike after his 2021 arrest. He was liberated 25 days into his hunger strike, achieving his fourth victory against the occupation.

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

January 23, 2023 

Source: Al Mayadeen Net + Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

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

Israeli occupation forces storming Jenin (Archive)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IOF kill Palestinian after arresting his son in Qalandia camp

11 Jan 2023

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Freed Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis underlines that the unity of Palestinian prisoners is their biggest strength against the occupation.

The Palestinian prisoners are determined to face the fascist threats of Israeli Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and defeat him, freed Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis said on Wednesday.

In continuation of the Israeli occupation’s racist policies against Palestinians, Ben-Gvir said on Sunday that he instructed occupation forces to remove Palestinian flags from public spaces.

In a statement, Ben-Gvir, best known for calling for the killing of Palestinians, claimed that waving the Palestinian flag is an act in “support of terrorism.”

“I do not dread the idea of having my Israeli citizenship taken from me, for I am not Israeli, I am Palestinian,” Younis told Al Mayadeen upon being asked for a comment about “Tel Aviv” stripping him of his Israeli citizenship.

“I am Palestinian, living at my home and on my land in Palestine. I am Palestinian, not Israeli,” he stressed.

Furthermore, he touched on the people’s reaction to his freedom, underlining that “the warmth that the people received me with, and their loyalty to the prisoners is an appreciation of their struggles and a recognition of their sacrifices.”

“The unity of the prisoners is their biggest strength, and it is thwarting all conspiracies against them,” he added.

Al Mayadeen’s correspondent reported last week that Israeli occupation intelligence stormed the reception tent erected to welcome back freed Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis in the town of Aara in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948.

Meanwhile, there have been provocations against the Palestinian people when Israeli Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque last Tuesday, protected by a large number of Israeli occupation forces.

The move was largely condemned by several states across the world, including Jordan, which recently summoned the Israeli occupation ambassador over the incident, and Pakistan.

Karim Younis, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli prison, was freed on January 6, 2023, 40 years after he was first arrested in January 1983.

Palestine’s Ministry of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners revealed that the occupation took away all the joy by freeing him without prior notice at an early time in the morning in “Ra’anana”– far from the occupied Palestinian village ‘Ara, his hometown where a welcoming ceremony has been prepared by family and neighbors.

The occupation police threatened his family not to show any signs of celebrations, including raising Palestinian flags or Resistance banners and posters, in addition to playing patriotic songs.

It is worth noting that Younis’ mom died while he was in prison. Since he was captured in 1983, Sabiha Younis long waited for her son until she passed away.

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Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoner after 40 Years in Israeli Prison

January 5, 2023

After 40 years in an Israeli prison, Karim Younis was finally released and could pray on his mother’s graveyard. (Photo: via Al Jarmaq)

Israeli authorities released on Thursday the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis after spending 40 years behind bars, the official news agency WAFA reported.

Younis, a 66-year-old Fatah official from the Arab-Israeli town of Ara, was detained on January 6, 1983, for his resistance to the Israeli occupation. He was sentenced to life in prison, which was later commuted to 40 years.

He was supposed to have been freed in 2014, along with his cousin Maher Younis, in a deal brokered by then-US Secretary of State John Kerry.

However, Israel reneged on its promise and refused to free them.

(PC, WAFA, SOCIAL)

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

December 8, 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

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

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

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

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

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

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

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

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

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

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

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

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

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

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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