Heba Al-Labadi, The Detainee Who Was Punished For Love!


By Fatima Khalifa – Al-Mayadeen

Heba Al-Labadi, The Detainee Who Was Punished For Love!

How can the horrors of prison and the darkness of interrogation rooms leave a girl with a sense of awareness that not even brainwashing rooms could change? The most beautiful thing that came across during Heba’s interview was her spontaneity and her sincere words that stem from a heart that believed it will survive. Heba’s words must be preserved by history. She said that the [“Israeli”] occupation army is occupying a state. For those who wish to learn, there are many lessons to be learned from this sentence.

She left Jordan with her family to attend a wedding in Nablus. They went to a land where there is a lot of controversy and injustice. Like any girl preparing to look glamorous for a wedding, Heba wore the best clothes she owned. When she arrived at the Karama crossing, one of the “Israeli” intelligence officers appeared to be terrified after seeing her name. He yelled at her and said, “You are a saboteur.” The Jordanian citizen Heba al-Labadi has never been a “saboteur” at any time in her life. She has a clean record. She did not take any land by force. And she did not kill anyone. But she is a saboteur in the eyes of the occupation. That is how al-Labadi was detained and spent over two months behind bars for love.

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During her detention and as she walked through the cold corridors towards a cell, she remembered the Khiam detention center in southern Lebanon. She recalled how this facility was a symbol of humiliation before it was liberated from the Zionist enemy. She walked into the dark cells and behind each locked door there was another locked door.

 “These detention centers will surely disappear as well,” she said. They will be “a symbol of liberation” the way the Khiam detention center is.

The investigators were angry with her because she visited Lebanon and roamed the streets of Beirut.

How can a Jordanian girl visit Lebanese territory, walk along Hamra Street and visit Baalbek and Jbeil?

How can she love Syria and regard it as a symbol of Arabism?

هبة اللبدي.. الأسيرة التي عوقبت بتهمة الحب!

Their problem was that she loves Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

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They asked her why she loved him. 

“Because he liberated his land,” she said.

“This is not their land,” the arrogant interrogator replied.

Heba angered the interrogator. How dare an Arab citizen, during a time of treason and normalization, speak out about her love for the Resistance and Nasrallah?

The interrogator told her that Hezbollah is supported by Iran.

“‘Made in Britain’ is written on the shackles on my hands, and the moldy clothes you made me put on has ‘Made in Turkey’ written on it!” Heba said.

The rebellious girl silenced him. How could he possibly reply to her? How can a girl living through the horrors of prison and the darkness of interrogation rooms notice these details? Is this the sort of awareness that not even all brainwashing rooms could change? Or is it the patriotism that history editors could not stand up to? This is how the young people of this country are. They are aware of their rights. They know full well the details of their causes. This is how they remain insurmountable.

In the interrogation room, where the charges are fabricated, the investigator began weaving falsities, after which Heba was sentenced to administrative detention. For those who are unfamiliar with administrative detention, this is a practice the “Israeli” occupation is notorious for. It is handed down without a specific charge or indictment. More to the point, it is detention for no reason. It is meaningless. It can be described as a sullen and empty detention, an unjust cruel and inhumane detention through which hundreds of detainees are imprisoned without justification. It is detention for the sake of detention. When the occupier does not know what to charge you with, you are sentenced in accordance with his temperament. The occupying power invents a law to sentence you with, without any proper cause or charge.

When Heba was slapped with administrative detention, she decided to go on hunger strike. She had nothing left to fight with other than her flesh. The other female detainees told her not to do it because blood would come out of her mouth or she might suffer from heart attacks. She did not care. The jailer told her she would be thrown into solitary if she went on hunger strike and she would be left there to die and rot. She did not listen. The brave Jordanian went on hunger strike. The jailer did not take her seriously until her full on hunger strike entered its 25th day.

Al-Labadi was taken to hospital. After several attempts by “Israeli” officers and soldiers to persuade her to end her hunger strike, she was told, “tomorrow we will drug you, and leave you to die a clinical death.”

However, she still refused to end her hunger strike. Her resolve was not broken, and she triumphed. It was wonderous and surreal but true at the same time. Despite the will of an enemy that lacks humanity, Heba is the embodiment of an icon – a true, beautiful, revolutionary and brave woman, who teaches the world how to take one’s rights by force. Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian-Palestinian, has given the Arabs new hope. As Mahmoud Darwish once said, “We Palestinians suffer from an incurable disease called ‘hope’.”

In an interview with al-Mayadeen, Heba cried. She made those of us, who smell our looted lands from afar made, cry with her. She said she did not feel the taste of freedom because there are still detainees imprisoned in the narrow rooms. There are 21 Jordanian detainees and about 30 people missing. No one knows where they are. She told us how she met Israa Jaabis.

Israa is another Palestinian detainee. The latest report regarding her case shows that Israa is being detained in the cellars of the Damon prison. Her situation is worsening daily. She is suffering from the pain of imprisonment and being separated for her son, Mutasim, as well as the hell of sickness.

The most beautiful thing that came across during Heba’s interview was her spontaneity and her sincere words that stem from a heart that believed it will survive. Heba’s words must be preserved by history. She said that the [“Israeli”] occupation army is occupying a state. For those who wish to learn, there are many lessons to be learned from this sentence.

هبة اللبدي.. الأسيرة التي عوقبت بتهمة الحب!

كيف لفتاة تحت رهبة السجن وظلامية غرف التحقيق أن تمتلك كل هذا الوعي الذي لم تتمكن جميع غرف غسيل الدماغ من كيّه؟ أجمل ما ورد في مقابلة هبة عفويتها، كلماتها الصادقة التي تنبع من قلب مؤمن بأنه سينجو، رددت هبة كلمات يجب أن يحفظها التاريخ جيداً، قالت إن الاحتلال جيش تملّك دولة، وليس العكس، وفي هذه الجملة عبر كثيرة، لمن يريد أن يعتبر.

هبة اللبدي.. الأسيرة التي عوقبت بتهمة الحب!

هبة اللبدي.. الأسيرة التي عوقبت بتهمة الحب!

تركت الأردن مع عائلتها لتحضر زفافاً في نابلس. ذهبوا إلى الأرض التي يكثر الجدال والظلم فيها، ارتدت هبة أفضل ما لديها، كأي فتاة تحضرّ أجمل ما في خزانة ثيابها لتتألق في حفلات الزفاف. وصلت معبر الكرامة، وعندما رأى أحد جنود المخابرات الإسرائيلية اسمها، ارتعب، وصرخ في وجهها: “أنتَ مخرّب”. لم تكن المواطنة الأردنية هبة اللبدي “مخرّبة” في أيٍ من فترات حياتها، سجلها العدلي نظيف، ولم تأخذ أرضاً بالقوة، ولم تقتل أحداً، لكنها مخرّبة بعين احتلال يعيب علينا مشاعرنا، ويعتبرها أعمالاً تخريبية، وهكذا، تمّ توقيف اللبدي أكثر من شهرين بتهمة الحب.

اعتُقلت اللبدي، وهي تمشي في الممرات الباردة نحو الزنزانة تذكرت معتقل الخيام جنوب لبنان، وكيف كان رمزاً للإذلال قبل أن يتمّ تحريره من العدو الصهيوني. مشت في الزنزانات المظلمة، حيث يوجد وراء كل باب موصد، باب موصد، وقالت “هاي المعتقلات أكيد كمان رح تروح”، كما أصبح معتقل الخيام “بقدرة قادر رمزاً للتحرير”.

كان المحققون غاضبين منها لأنها زارت لبنان، وجابت شوارع ببيروت، كيف تزور فتاة أردنية الأراضي اللبنانية، وتمرّ على شارع الحمرا، وبعلبك وجبيل، وكيف تحب سوريا، وتعتبرها رمز العروبة؟ مشكلتهم أنها تحب أمين عام حزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله، سألوها لماذا تحبيه قالت لهم “لإنه حرر أرضه”، فردّ عليها المحقق المتعجرف “هيدي مش أرضهم”، أغضبت هبة المحقق، كيف يجرؤ مواطن عربي، في زمن التخوين والتطبيع أن يجاهر بحبه للمقاومة ونصر الله؟

قال لها المحقق إن حزب الله مدعوم من إيران، قالت هبة إن “الأغلال التي في يدي مكتوب عليها صنع في بريطانيا والثوب “المعفن” الذي ألبستموني إياه مكتوب عليه صنع في تركيا”! أسكتته الفتاة الثائرة، بماذا يجيبها؟ كيف لفتاة تحت رهبة السجن وظلامية غرف التحقيق أن تلتفت لهذه التفاصيل؟ أهو الوعي الذي لم تتمكن جميع غرف غسيل الدماغ من كيّه؟ أم الوطنية التي لم يستطع محرّفو التاريخ أن يقفوا بوجهها؟ هكذا يكون شبّان هذا البلد المدركون لحقوقهم، العارفون بتفاصيل قضاياهم، هكذا يبقون عصيين على المحو والانكسار.

في غرفة الاستجواب، حيث تُلفق التهم، بدأ المحقق بنسج أوهام وتخاريف باطلة، وتمّ الحكم بعدها على هبة بالاعتقال الإداري، ولمن لا يعرف، الاعتقال الإداري هو الاعتقال الذي اشتهر به الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، يصدرُ دون توجيه تهمة معينة أو لائحة اتهام، وليكون التعبير دقيقاً هو اعتقال بلا سبب، بلا معنى، يصح تسميته بالاعتقال المزاجي، الفارغ، اعتقال ظالم، مجحف وقاسٍ يزج فيه مئات الأسرى في السجون بلا أدنى مبرر، اعتقال للاعتقال، لوضوح الظلم، عندما لا يعرف المحتل كيف يدينك، يدينك بمزاجه، برفاهيته، يخترع لك قانوناً فيدينك ليدينك، بدون سبب وتهمة.

عندما تسلّمت هبة قرار الاعتقال الإداري قررت الإضراب عن الطعام، لم يبق لها ما تقاتل به غير لحمها، نصحتها باقي الأسيرات بألا تفعل لأن الدم سيخرج من فمها، وقد تصيبها نوبات قلبية، لم تكترث، قال لها السجّان أنهم سيأخذونها إلى زنزانة انفرادية إن فعلت، وسيتركونها لتموت وتتفعن هناك، لم تسمع، أضربت الأردنية الشجاعة، ولم يأخذها السجّان على محمل الجد إلا بعد 25 يوماً من الإضراب الكلّي عن الطعام!

نُقلت اللبدي إلى المستشفى، وبعد عدة محاولات لإقناعها من قبل ضباط وجنود إسرائيليين، قالوا لها “سنخدّرك غداً، لتموتي موتاً سريرياً”، ولم تفك إضرابها، ولم تُكسر عزيمتها، وانتصرت، بمشهد سريالي عجيب، لكنه حقيقي، ورغم أنف عدوٍ لا يفقه من الإنسانية شيئاً، جسّدت هبة أيقونة المرأة الحقيقية، الجميلة، الثائرة، الشجاعة التي تعلّم العالم كيف يأخذ حقه بالقوة. هبة اللبدي الأردنية – الفلسطينية أصابت العرب بنوبة أمل جديدة، وكما قال محمود درويش “أن تكون فلسطينيًا يعني أن تُصاب بأمل لا شفاء منه”.

في مقابلتها مع الميادين بكت هبة، وأبكتنا معها، نحن الذين نشم رائحة أراضينا المنهوبة من بعيد، قالت إنها لا تشعر بطعم الحرية لأن هناك أسرى ما زالوا في الغرف الضيقة، 21 أسيراً أردنياً وحوالي 30 مفقوداً لا يعرف أحد أين هم، وحكت لنا كيف قابلت الأسيرة إٍسراء جعابيص، إٍسراء بالمناسبة أسيرة فلسطينية آخر تقرير صادر عن حالتها يفيد بأن وضع إسراء المعتقلة داخل أقبية معتقل “الدامون”، يزداد سوءاً يوماً بعد يوم، فهي تكابد ألم السجن وجحيم المرض ولوعة الفراق لولدها “معتصم” في آن واحد.
أجمل ما ورد في مقابلة هبة عفويتها، كلماتها الصادقة التي تنبع من قلب مؤمن بأنه سينجو، رددت هبة كلمات يجب أن يحفظها التاريخ جيداً، قالت إن الاحتلال جيش تملّك دولة، وليس العكس، وفي هذه الجملة عبر كثيرة، لمن يريد أن يعتبر.

تحرير الأسيرين… فرحة وليس إنجازاً


نوفمبر 9, 2019

طارق سامي خوري

انشغل الرأي العام الأردني خلال الشهرين الماضيين باعتقال سلطات الاحتلال الصهيوني للمواطنين هبة اللبدي وعبد الرحمن مرعي وحبسهما إدارياً من دون توجيه تهمة إلى أيّ منهما، وقد تحوّل استقبالهما بعد إطلاق سراحهما منذ أيام إلى عرس وطني وشعبي.

ورغم محاولة وزارة الخارجية الأردنية تصوير ما جرى على أنه «إنجاز» حقّقته الوزارة في هذا الملف، إلا أنّ ذلك لا يُعدُّ إنجازاً خصوصاً أنّ وزارة الخارجية كانت مُغيّبة تماماً وقد مرّ شهران تقريباً على حادثة الاعتقال حتى تحركت في اتجاه إطلاق سراح اللبدي ومرعي، ذلك أنّ التحرُّكات الشعبية المُندّدة بما جرى والمطالبة بتحرير الأسيرين، إضافة إلى صمود اللبدي التي أعلنت إضراباً عن الطعام مدة 42 يوماً ومرعي رغم أنه يعاني من مرض السرطان في سجنيهما هي التي دفعت الوزارة إلى التحرُّك ما أسفر أخيراً عن إطلاقهما.

للأسف، ورغم مرور ربع قرن على توقيع اتفاقية الاستسلام «وادي عربة»، كانت علاقة الأردن مع الكيان الصهيوني تتّسم على الدوام بأنها علاقة ضعيفٍ بقوي، ولن أخوض بعيداً في الأحداث التي تدلّ على ذلك وهي كثيرة، سأكتفي فقط باسترجاع حادثة مقتل مواطنين أردنيين عام 2017 على يد أحد حراس سفارة العدو في الأردن بدم بارد، وكيف غادر قاتلهما إلى فلسطين المحتلة في اليوم نفسه حيث استقبله رئيس وزراء العدو بنيامين نتنياهو استقبال «الأبطال» بطريقة مُستفزّة لمشاعر الأردنيين ومُهينة للمملكة.

أعادت قضية اللبدي ومرعي طرح قضية الأسرى الأردنيين في السجون الإسرائيلية، وهم 21 أسيراً إضافة إلى 30 مفقوداً، ورغم وجود أوراق ضغط كثيرة في يد الأردن أبرزها اتفاقية «وادي عربة» و»اتفاقية الغاز» و»ناقل البحرين» ووجود سفارة للكيان الصهيوني على الأراضي الأردنية إلا أنّ ذلك لم يُصرف فعلياً في ملف إنساني ووطني حسّاس كملف الأسرى الذين قضى بعضهم حتى الآن أكثر من عشرين سنة في زنازين الاحتلال، وكلّ ما فعلته الحكومات الأردنية المتعاقبة في هذا الملف هو تضييع فرص كثيرة للضغط على الكيان الصهيوني للإفراج عن الأسرى وإغلاق الملف، وتفعيل معاهدتي جنيف الثالثة والرابعة اللتين تُلزمان الدول «المُتحاربة» بإطلاق سراح الأسرى بعد انتهاء الأعمال العسكرية، وجميعنا نذكر رفض الحكومة الأردنية عام 2004 شمول الأسرى الأردنيين في صفقة تبادل بين «حزب الله» اللبناني وسلطات الاحتلال، معتبرة «ملف الأسرى شأناً أردنياً خالصاً»، إضافة إلى إضاعة فرصة إجبار الكيان الصهيوني على تبادل عميلي الموساد اللذين ألقي القبض عليهما بعد فشل محاولة اغتيال رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة «حماس» خالد مشعل في عمّان 1996 بأسرى أردنيّين خصوصاً من أصحاب الأحكام العالية والمؤبدة، وغير ذلك الكثير من الفرص.

إنّ عدوَّنا الذي يقاتلنا «في حقنا وأرضنا وديننا» والذي أنشأ كيانه المزعوم فوق دماء شهدائنا وأراضي أبناء شعبنا في فلسطين ومنازلهم لا يفهم لغة الدبلوماسية والمفاوضات، لذلك يجب أن يكون اتصالنا معه «اتصال الحديد بالحديد والنار بالنار» وإنّ اتفاقية الاستسلام لم تخدم الأردن بل خدمت الكيان الصهيوني. هم يسمّونها «اتفاقية سلام» لأنها في الحقيقة جلبت السلام للعدو، وإذا نظرنا إلى حال الدول التي وقّعت سلاماً مع الاحتلال نجد أنّ الإنجاز الكبير قد تحقق للكيان الصهيوني وهو إخراج مصر والأردن والسلطة الفلسطينية من معادلة الصراع معه ليستفرِد بدول عربية أخرى، في حين تراجعت أوضاع الدول المُستسلمة على كافة الصعد السياسية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية عقوداً إلى الوراء، لكنّ الرهان هو على الشعوب الحيّة التي لم تُطبِّع مع العدو، فالتطبيع لم يكن يوماً شعبياً ولن يكون لأنّ العداء لـ»إسرائيل» يزداد في كلّ لحظة ولا يزال الكيان الصهيوني هو العدو الأوحد. كذلك نراهن على دول رفضت أن توقّع مع العدو إيماناً منها بأنّ السلام لا يأتي على متن دبابة المحتلّ وأنّ العلاقة مع هذا الكيان الهجين يجب أن تكون علاقة صراع فقط، أعني بذلك الدولة السورية والمقاومة اللبنانية التي سطّرت بطولات أسطورية في مواجهة المحتلّ ومقارعته حتى دحره مُغيّرة بذلك وجه المنطقة برمّتها.

أخيراً، وبعد فشل الأطر الدبلوماسية بمفاوضة المحتلّ تارة واستجداء الأميركيين طوراً والتي لم تُسفر إلا وعوداً لم تُغنِ ولم تسمن، فإنّ المطلوب اليوم هو متابعة جدية لملف الأسرى، ولأننا لا نتوقع كثيراً من الحكومة، من تلقاء ذاتها، فإننا ندعو إلى استثمار الحالة الشعبية التي تكوّنت بعد اعتقال اللبدي ومرعي وضغطت باتجاه تحريرهما علّها تدفع الحكومة الأردنية إلى إعادة النظر في طريقة التعاطي مع هذا الملف خلال العقود الماضية، من دون أن ننسى طبعاً دور اللجنة الوطنية للأسرى والمفقودين الأردنيين في معتقلات الكيان الصهيوني ومسؤوليتنا نحن كنواب ممثلين لأبناء شعبنا في البرلمان الأردني في الضغط باتجاه تحرير جميع أسرانا من سجون الاحتلال.

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Netanyahu lied- only half of the body of the IDF terrorist Baumel retrieved from Syria through Russia

When the news of Russian help extended to Netanyahu to win the elections went as far as extracting the remains of an IDF terrorist killed in Lebanon and buried in Yarmouk Camp graveyard south of Damascus back in April earlier this year, many Syrians, Palestinians, and other Arabs felt heart-broken and disappointed; it was more like a backstab to the Syrians and Palestinians by their Russian ally and a betray of trust, usually this would include releasing numerous Palestinians, Lebanese, and Syrian women, men, and most importantly children held in Israeli prisons.

Netanyahu needed any help to win the elections back in May to remain out of prison on charges of fraud, like all other Israeli officials, usual exchanges would include at least releasing a number of the children and women, and even men kidnapped by Israel and held in detention centers across occupied Palestine. But there was no exchange.

Liar Netanyahu shows fake emotions to family of IDF terrorist Baumel

At a later stage Netanyahu, possibly under pressure from Putin, released two prisoners, one of who is a Palestinian who didn’t want to go to Syria in the first place, whose his family are in the occupied Palestinian city of Al-Khalil (Zionists call it Hebron), and a drug dealer who has already spent his 11 years sentence in the Israeli prisons and was set to be released in a couple of months completing his sentence without any deal!

Thousands of children, women, and innocent men held with no justification by an occupation force and under the heinous silence of the United Nations and its many organs which are more focused to investigate bogus and fake news against Syria instead of focusing on real people held in miserable situations under the whole world’s watchful eyes.

That’s for the background of this story; what was revealed today should deliver a blow to the already embattled Netanyahu in regards with the snatching of the body of the IDF terrorist from Syria by Russia. Khalid Jibril, head of security and military in the PFLP-GC (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command), in an interview with Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news channel, revealed that what the Russians managed to extract was only the upper half of the remains of the body of the Israeli IDF terrorist and even that was missing its jaw.

In other words, not only did Netanyahu falsely claim he got the remains of the terrorist, he only got less than half after desecrating the remnants and fooling his family, and the public, just to get reelected.

Khalid Ahmad Jibril head of military and security PFLP-GC

Khalid Ahmad Jibril head of military and security PFLP-GC

Mr. Jibril challenged the Israeli leadership to deny this information, he added: ‘When they need to have these bodies back they need to pay the price for that which is releasing those in the (Israeli) occupation prisons, Syrians, Palestinians, or Arabs.’

The timing of this exposure is essential as the Israelis are preparing for the second round of elections and Netanyahu’s chances should grow slimmer with this news especially when used by his opponents.

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The War on Innocence: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Court

Palestin Children feature photo

Since the start of the Second Intifada, the popular uprising of 2000, some 12,000 Palestinian children have been detained and interrogated by the Israeli army.

On July 29, 4-year-old Muhammad Rabi’ Elayyan was reportedly summoned for interrogation by the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem.

The news, originally reported by the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA), was later denied by the Israeli police, likely to lessen the impact of the PR disaster that followed.

The Israelis are not denying the story in its entirety, but are rather arguing that it was not the boy, Muhammad, who was summoned, but his father, Rabi’, who was called into the Israeli police station in Salah Eddin Street in Jerusalem, to be questioned regarding his son’s actions.

The child was accused of hurling a stone at Israeli occupation soldiers in the Issawiyeh neighborhood, a constant target for Israeli violence. The neighborhood has also been the tragic site for house demolition under the pretext that Palestinians there are building without permits. Of course, the vast majority of Palestinian applications to build in Issawiyeh, or anywhere in Jerusalem, are denied, while Jewish settlers are allowed to build on Palestinian land, unhindered.

With this in mind, Issawiyeh is no stranger to the ridiculous and unlawful behavior of the Israeli army. On July 6, a mother from the beleaguered neighborhood was arrested as a means to put pressure on her teenage son, Mahmoud Ebeid, to turn himself in. The mother “was taken by Israeli police as a bargaining chip,” Mondoweiss reported, quoting the Jerusalem-based Wadi Hileh Information Center.

Israeli authorities are justified in feeling embarrassed by the whole episode concerning the 4-year-old boy, thus the attempt at poking holes in the story. The fact is WAFA’s correspondent in Jerusalem had, indeed, verified that the warrant was in Muhammad’s, not Rabi’s, name.

While some news sources bought into the Israeli ‘hasbara’, readily conveying the Israeli cries of ‘fake news’, one must bear in mind that this event is hardly a one-off incident. For Palestinians, such news of detaining, beating and killing children is one of the most consistent features of the Israeli occupation since 1967.

Just one day after the summoning of Muhammad, Israeli authorities also interrogated the father of a 6-year-old child, Qais Firas Obaid, from the same neighborhood of Issawiyeh, after accusing the boy of throwing a juice carton at Israeli soldiers.

“According to local sources in Issawiyeh the (Israeli) military sent Qais’ family an official summons to come to the interrogation center in Jerusalem on Wednesday (July 31) at 8 am,” reported the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC). In one photo, the little boy is pictured while holding up to a camera the Israeli military order written in Hebrew.

The stories of Muhammad and Qais are the norm, not the exception. According to the prisoners’ advocacy group, Addameer, there are currently 250 children in Israeli prisons, with approximately 700 Palestinian children going through the Israeli military court system every single year. “The most common charge levied against children is throwing stones, a crime that is punishable under military law by up to 20 years,” Addameer reports.

Indeed, Israel has so much to be embarrassed about. Since the start of the Second Intifada, the popular uprising of 2000, some 12,000 Palestinian children have been detained and interrogated by the Israeli army.

But it is not only children and their families that are targeted by the Israeli military but also those who advocate on their behalf. On July 30, Palestinian lawyer, Tariq Barghouth, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by an Israeli military court for “firing at Israeli buses and at security forces on a number of occasions.”

As flimsy as the accusation of a well-known lawyer firing at ‘buses’ may sound, it is important to note that Barghouth is well-regarded for his defense of many Palestinian children in court. Barghouth was a constant source of headache for the Israeli military court system for his strong defense of the child, Ahmad Manasra.

Manasra, then 13-years of age, was tried and indicted in Israeli military court for allegedly stabbing and wounding two Israelis near the illegal Jewish settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev in Occupied Jerusalem. Manasra’s cousin, Hassan, 15 was killed on the spot, while wounded Ahmad was tried in court as an adult.

It was the lawyer, Barghouth, who challenged and denounced the Israeli court for the harsh interrogation and for secretly filming the wounded child as he was tied to his hospital bed.

On August 2, 2016, Israel passed a law that allows authorities to “imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even if he or she is under the age of 14.” The law was conveniently crafted to deal with cases like that of Ahmad Manasra, who was sentenced on November 7, 2016 (three months after the law was approved) to 12 years in prison.

Manasra’s case, the leaked videos of his abuse by Israeli interrogators and his harsh sentence placed more international focus on the plight of Palestinian children in the Israeli military court system.

“Israeli interrogators are seen relying on verbal abuse, intimidation and threats to apparently inflict mental suffering for the purpose of obtaining a confession,” Brad Parker, attorney and international advocacy officer at Defense for Children- Palestine, said at the time.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Israel, as of 1991, is a signatory, “prohibits torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Yet, according to Parker, “ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli military and police is widespread and systematic.”

So systematic, in fact, that videos and reports of arresting very young Palestinian children are almost a staple on social media platforms concerned with Palestine and Palestinian rights.

The sad reality is that Muhammad Elayyan, 4, and Qais Obaid, 6, and many children like them, have become a target of Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

This horrendous reality must not be tolerated by the international community. Israeli crimes against Palestinian children must be effectively confronted as Israel, its inhumane laws and iniquitous military courts must not be allowed to continue their uncontested brutalization of Palestinian children.

Feature photo | Israeli police detain a Palestinian boy during the demolition of a Palestinian home in East Jerusalem, May 29, 2013. Mahmoud Illean | AP

Dr. Ramzy Baroud is a widely published and translated author, an internationally syndicated columnist and editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto Press, 2018). He earned a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter (2015), and was a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UCSB. Visit his website at  www.ramzybaroud.net.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (11 July – 17 July 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory for the week of 11- 17 July, 2019.

74 Palestinian civilians injured; 24 of them were children, a woman, 2 journalists including a female, and a paramedic at the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip.

5 civilians, including a child, injured in the West Bank.

  1. Shootings, i.e. killings and injuries
  • At approximately 02:30 on Thursday, 11 July 2019, officers from the Israeli “Mista’arvim”undercover unit dressed like Palestinian civilians sneaked to al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, driving 2 civilian vehicles with Palestinian registration plate. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sami Ismail al-Ja’fari (33) and then arrested him. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers while the soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 civilians were shot with live bullets to the lower extremities. They were taken to Al-Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala for treatment.



  • At approximately 22:00 on the same Thursday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel, northern Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and arrested at Majed Mohammed Husein al-Shafei (44) after crossing the village. As a result, he sustained a live bullet to his lower extremities. According to field investigations, al-Shafei left his house in Jabalia approximately 21:30 on the same day and then disappeared. At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 12 July 2019, his brother Mazen received a phone call informing him that his brother is injured and detained by Israeli forces.


  • At approximately 10:30 on Friday 12 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip in the vicinity of a Palestinian border control point. The shooting continued for few minutes, but no casualties were reported.


  • At approximately 06:30 on Saturday, 13 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah Shore opened fire at Palestinian Fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. The Israeli gunboats then surrounded one of the boats manned by Mohammed Isma’el Isma’el al-Bardawil (40) and his nephew, Ahmed Wael Isma’el al-Bardawil (16); both from al-Mawasi neighborhood, west of Rafah. The Israeli naval soldiers then ordered the fishermen to take off their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards the gunboat. They were arrested and their boat was confiscated. At approximately 18:00, Ahmed was released through Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing while Mohammed al-Bardawil is still under arrest and their fishing boat is still confiscated.


  • At approximately 13:35 on Sunday, 14 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Khan Youni in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern ‘Abasan village, west of the border fence. The shooting continued for few minutes, but no casualties were reported.


  • At approximately 16:30 on Monday, 15 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Kahn Younis, in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at eastern Khuza’ah village. The shooting continued for few minutes, but no casualties were reported.


  • Also on Monday evening, Israeli forces opened fire at Fares Ahmed Mahmoud ‘Azem (34), when he was between Ramina and Bazaria villages, east of Tulkarm. As a result, he sustained a live bullet wound to the back, causing him internal bleeding in the lungs. ‘Azem was taken to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm. Due to the serious injury, ‘Azem was transferred to Beilinson Hospital in Israel. An eyewitness stated that:

“At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 15 July 2019, I received a call telling me that a person from my village was wounded and screaming of pain and that the caller is trying to rescure him. I immediately headed to the site and knew that the victim is from Thanabeh village, carries an Israeli ID card and drives a vehicle with an Israeli registration plate. He was taken via an ambulance to Dr. Thabet Thabet hospital in Tulkarm and then transferred to Beilinson Hospital in Israel due to his serious injury.”


‘Azem’s father said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“I received the news of my son’s injury and then headed to Israel to follow-up on his health condition. Doctors only informed me that his injury was serious and he suffers from bleeding in the lungs as the bullet penetrated his back to the lungs. We do not know how this happened to our son; he was probably visiting his in-laws in Ramin village. We are waiting until he wakes up to find out what happened with him.”


  • At approximately 17:35 on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Kahn Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at ‘Abasan al-Kabirah. The shooting continued for few minutes, but no casualties were reported.


  • At approximately 08:10 on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of Kahn Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Khuza’ah village. The shooting continued for few minutes, but no casualties were reported.
    • Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank including occupied East Jerusalem


  1. Demolitions and attacks on civilian property for settlement expansion


  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 11 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Beit Ummer village in northern Hebron. They then stationed in Wadi al-Shaiekh neighborhood, where the Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Mohamed ‘Ali al-‘Alami a 96-hour demolition notice, under the pretext of non-licensing.  Mohamed’s house was under-construction and built on an area of 150 square meters. On 17 April 2018, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the occupied Territory (COGAT), under the direct control of the Former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, issued a military order that makes it possible for Israeli forces to demolish Palestinian homes in Area C within 96 hours after delivering demolition orders. Under the order, COGAT excuses itself from informing Palestinian homeowners directly that their homes are slated for demolition and only requires demolition orders be placed “next to” targeted structures 96 hours before Israeli forces arrive to execute demolitions.
  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbit Shabouqa in western Hebron, where they handed Amjad Nofal Sulimah a notice to demolish his 150-sqaure-meter barn under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C, and gave him until 24 July 2019 to challenge.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Thursday, 11 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles moved into ‘Izbit Salman in southern Qalqiliyia, and demolished an agricultural barrack belonging to Dawoud Mahmoud Yousef Ahmed under the pretext of non-licensing. Dawoud said to PCHR’s fieldworker: “I returned from France 3 months ago and my family told me that they found a notice in my land written on it “this is the second notice to demolish the agricultural barrack”. My family, who live in Qalqiliyia, told me that they did not see the first notice as they usually go there for picnic. On Thursday evening, 11 July 2019, our neighbors phoned and informed us that Israeli forces are demolishing the barrack in our land, so they went there and found the barrack was already demolished. We told both the Israeli and Palestinian Liaisons and they informed us that we could challenge the demolition.”
  • At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces dismantled a sit-in tent established by the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Wadi al-Humis neighborhood in Surbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, protesting at the Israeli decision to demolish 12 residential buildings under the pretext of being near the annexation wall. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces attacked civilians staying in the tent and fired tear gas canisters at them. As a result, dozens of them suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and agricultural crops were burned. It should be noted that the Israeli Supreme Court issued a decision to demolish 16 residential buildings, comprising of 100 apartments, few weeks ago under the pretext of being close to the annexation wall and pose a security threat. This gives the green light to the Israeli forces to demolish all buildings near the annexation wall in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem. In 2003, the residents of Surbaher village submitted a petition against the annexation wall route, which passes in the center of their village, so the route was changed and the neighborhood was annexed within the wall.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Wadi al-Ghrouz area in eastern Hebron. Israeli soldiers were deployed in the area and the construction vehicles demolished a concrete pool used for irrigating plants under the pretext of non-licensing. The pool belongs to Zayid Nimer Mohamed al-Ja’bari (65), whose family attempted to stop the demolition, but Israeli border guard officers attacked and beat them. The Israeli border guard officers also attacked two photographers identified as ‘Abed al-Hafeez Daib ‘Abed al-Hafeez al-Hashlamoun (55), who sustained minor wounds in his hands and legs; and Mashhour Hasan Mahmoud al-Wahwah (34), who sustained minor bruises in his hand. Zayid al-Ja’bari said the Israeli authorities handed him a notice to stop construction works 3 months ago and handed him a demolition notice on 14 July 2019. Zayid was intending to file documents to the Israeli court for challenging the demolition.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Khelet al-Foron area in eastern Hebron. The construction vehicles demolished a water well used for irrigating plants. The well belongs to Nayif No’man Shokri Da’nah, who was handed a demolition notice on 10 July 2019. It should be noted that the well was partially funded by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.
  • At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Ghoween al-Foqah area in southern Hebron. The construction vehicles demolished a 100-sqaure-meter barrack built of concrete and tin plates and used for breeding livestock, under the pretext of non-licensing. The barrack belongs to Ahmed Mohamed Mousa Hawamdah (44), who was handed a 96-hour demolition notice on 03 July 2019, so there was no enough time to challenge the demolition.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Khalilah neighborhood in al-Jeep village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. The construction vehicles demolished a 80-sqaure-meter garage and store belonging to Waddah Wasfi Abu Dayyiah, under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that the garage and store were demolished for the 3rd time.
  • In the same context, Israeli construction vehicles demolished a 900-sqaure-meter commercial barrack and a concrete floor belonging to al-Natshah family in Beit Haninah village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. The construction vehicles also demolished a 400-sqaure-meter car wash belonging to ‘Atiyah and Bakirat families in Surbaher vilolage, south of occupied Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, Israeli construction vehicles demolished 5 shops built 4 years ago on an area of 250 square meters in Abu Tayieh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Eyewitnesses said that a large force of Israeli police officers and Special Forces accompanied with bulldozers moved into Abu Tayieh neighborhood, where they surrounded 5 shops belonging to Mohamed Hamdan al-‘Abasi. The shops were demolished after the Israeli Supreme Court refused a petition submitted by Mohamed’s lawyer. The eyewitnesses also said that the Israeli forces forcibly disperse the neighborhood’s residents from the area and beat them up. Meanwhile, the Israeli forces arrested Mahdi Hamdan al-‘Abasi after beating him. It should be noted that al-‘Abasi family headed to the Israeli Supreme Court in order to freeze the demolition order and license the shops, but it refused.
  1. Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods

Gaza Strip

As the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip enters its 14th consecutive year this July, severe restrictions on the freedom of movement of persons and goods enhance the de facto separation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The most significant implications of the continued Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip are:

  • Movement of goods and persons to and from the Gaza Strip is restricted on all three functioning crossings: Rafah border crossing, under Egyptian control; Beit Hanoun “Erez” checkpoint and Karm Abu-Salem Commercial Crossing, under Israeli control.


  • The Rafah Border Crossing operates only 5 days a week with severe limitation on travel of persons (300 travelers/day).


  • Beit Hanoun checkpoint, designated for the movement of persons, is under severe restrictions for exit and entry of the Gaza Strip. Only limited categories are issued Israeli permits to cross the checkpoint after an exhausting and lengthy security process that may subject civilians to the threat of arrest and often blackmail by Israeli forces.[1]


  • Karm Abu-Salem crossing, designated for the movement of goods, bans the export of Gaza Strip products, except for agricultural goods. Also, Israeli forces continue the 12-year ban on the import of 118 goods considered as “dual-use items.” [2] While Israeli authorities announced on Friday, 05 July 2019, that 18 of the banned dual-use items would be allowed into the Gaza Strip; the operating officers at Karm Abu-Salem crossing denied receiving new instructions in this regard.


  • Electricity crisis: with power cuts of at least 12 hours a day, the electricity crisis continues to haunt the Gaza Strip and paralyze all sectors of life, including health, education, the economy and the environment.


  • Naval blockade: Israel continues to restrict movement within the Gaza Sea, primarily on fishing. Despite imposing a 15-nautical-mile restricted fishing area, Israeli forces launch daily attacks on fishermen while at sea even within 1 – 6 nautical miles, including shootings, arrests and confiscation of fishing boats and equipment. It also restricts the import of necessary fishing equipment.

West Bank

Israeli forces continue to strangle West Bankers with continued restrictions on their freedom of movement, especially with frequent checkpoints between governorates. Currently, 92 permanent military checkpoints exist along the connecting roads between West Bank governorates, some of which have permanent military presence and others are staffed irregularly. Some of these checkpoints act as a terminal into Israel, even though they are located within Palestinian territory.

It should be highlighted that Israel continues to corporatize and privatize its occupation of the Palestinian territory by contracting military security corporations who operate checkpoints with fully armed civilian guards; yet, they act under the umbrella of the Ministry of Defense.

Israeli occupation’s presence in the West Bank is not limited to permanent checkpoints, as temporary checkpoints are haphazardly erected across the territory on a daily basis. These temporary checkpoints impede traffic between Palestinian cities, with illegal searches of civilian vehicles and long wait times. These temporary checkpoints are used to ambush civilians as hundreds of arrests are reported at these checkpoints annually.

This week, Israeli forces established 110 temporary checkpoint across the West Bank and arrested four Palestinian civilians. A civilian was arrested while returning via King Hussein Bridge.

Additionally, with the ongoing closure of 30 key roads in the West Bank, Palestinian’s’ freedom of movement is heavily restricted especially in areas adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlements.

Israel allows holders of West Bank IDs (men over 55 and women over 50) to access East Jerusalem without a pre-issued permit; nonetheless, they have to undergo security checks.

In terms of the movement of Palestinians to and from the occupied territory via King Hussein Bridge, Israeli forces continue to impose security measures that threaten the well being of civilians by forcing them to go through a body-search machine that subjects them to harmful radiations. It is also a common practice to arrest civilians at the crossing or deny them travel.

A 6-month research conducted by the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), stated that Palestinians lose about 60 million hours of work per year, due to the checkpoints and restrictions imposed by the Israeli forces on Palestinian movement between the towns and villages of the West Bank. ARIJ estimated the loss at about $ 270 million per year, according to the wage of workers per hour, in addition to extra fuel consumption at about 80 million liters per year, estimated at $ 135 million. The consumption of this amount of fuel leads to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions, by about 196 thousand tons per year.

Full document available at the official website for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

التدخل الروسيّ للإفراج عن أسرى سوريين

أبريل 30, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– لسنا بصدد النقاش حول حدود القدرة التفاوضية الروسية مع كيان الاحتلال في الضغط للإفراج عن أسرى سوريّين وفلسطينيين، طالما قاموا بتسليم بقايا جندي السلطان يعقوب. فقد قلنا ما يجب قوله في العملية في حينها، وما نحن بصدده هو مناقشة العلاقات الروسية السورية التي وجد البعض في عملية تسليم بقايا جندي السلطان يعقوب فرصة للانقضاض عليها ونعيها، وتوزيع مواعظ النصح حول عقم الرهان على صواب هذه العلاقة، وصولاً للقول إن روسيا تبيع حلفاءها من العرب كرمى لعيون نتنياهو، وأنها خاضعة للوبيات الصهيونية ولا تستطيع رد طلباتها.

– الأكيد أن موسكو التقطت ردود الأفعال التي أعقبت العملية، خصوصاً الموقف الرسمي للدولة السورية الذي قام بمراعاة العلاقة بروسيا، لكنه عبر عن امتعاضه بالإعلان عن عدم وجود أي علاقة له بها أو معرفة بحدوثها قبل تاريخ تنفيذها، كما وصلت إلى موسكو تعبيرات العتب والغضب في الشارع السوري وفي بيئة المقاومة. وهنا يصير السؤال له قيمة عن كيفية التصرف الروسي وفقاً لسلم الأولويات الذي يرسم سياسات موسكو في المنطقة.

– الخطوة الأولى كانت الإعلان القاسي الذي صدر عن موسكو للرد على الإدعاءات الإسرائيلية حول عملية تسليم وشيكة لبقايا العميل الإسرائيلي إيلي كوهين، وتعمّد أن يأتي الرد على لسان وزير الخارجية الروسية سيرغي لافروف، والخطوة الثانية جاءت بإعلان المبعوث الروسي الخاص حول الأزمة السورية ألكسندر لافرنتيف أن روسيا طلبت قيام إسرائيل بالإفراج عن عدد من الأسرى السوريين والفلسطينيين تعبيراً عن الامتنان لقيام روسيا بتسليمها بقايا جندي السلطان يعقوب، وتنفيذاً لطلب الرئيس الروسي.

– قيام كيان الاحتلال بالإفراج عن أسيرين سوريّ وفلسطينيّ من سجونه، لا يعادل بالتأكيد ما كان ممكناً تحصيله لو أدارت موسكو مفاوضات تبادل حول بقايا جندي السلطان يعقوب، لكنها رسالة روسية ذات مغزى تقول إن روسيا تعتذر عن التسرّع وترغب بطي الصفحة بما يضمن سلامة وصحة التحالف الذي يجمعها بسورية وقوى المقاومة. وهذا هو موضوعنا، لأن جوهر ما قاله المتربّصون بهذه العلاقة، هو أن روسيا تعمّدت تنفيذ العملية بالطريقة التي تمّت لأنها تريد أن تقول للعالم وللرأي العام في روسيا، ولـ«إسرائيل»، ولنا، أن روسيا لا تقيم حساباً لمن يسمّيهم الآخرون بحلفاء موسكو في المنطقة عندما يتعلق الأمر باسترضاء «إسرائيل»، وها هي موسكو تقول إنه يعنيها كثيراً ألا يترتب على العملية وما رافقها من نقص أو ضعف، أي تأثير سلبي على نظرة حلفائها وجمهور الحلفاء وبيئتهم الشعبية، وإنها لأجل ذلك مستعدة للقيام بخطوات ترميمية لا تشبه الأصل، لكنها توصل رسالة التمسك وتحدد مكان الأولوية.

– ما جرى يشبه ما كان قد تمّ في منتصف العام 2016 عندما اعتذرت تركيا عن إسقاط الطائرة الروسية ورعت موسكو إطلاق مسار أستانة، واتفاق الهدنة في حلب، وقامت الجماعات المسلحة باستغلال الهدنة لبناء قدراتها والاستعداد للمواجهة، وشعرت سورية وقوى المقاومة بأن السعي الروسي لاكتساب تركيا بات مكلفاً وأن سورية وقوى المقاومة يلحق بهما الأذى من هذه السياسة الروسية، وخرجت حينها الأصوات ذاتها تتحدّث عن روسيا التي باعت حلفاءها لتركيا لأن أولوية روسيا هي تركيا وقد استعملت حلفاءها لتصل للمبتغى وها هي تتركهم، في لغة تشبه ما سمعناه قبل اسابيع قليلة عن الاهتمام الروسي بـ»إسرائيل» واستعمال سورية وقوى المقاومة معبراً نحو هذا الهدف. ويومها مرت شهور قاسية انتهت بتحرير حلب بشراكة روسية ظاهرة، وجهت درساً قاسياً وهزيمة شنعاء لتركيا، مؤكدة مرة جديدة قواعد الأولويات الروسية.

– ستبقى التباينات تطلّ برأسها بين حين وآخر بين سورية وقوى المقاومة من جهة وروسيا من جهة أخرى، وسيبقى المتربّصون من أعداء وأعدقاء، يطلون برؤوسهم مع كل محطة تباين، لكن ستبقى العلاقة الروسية بسورية وقوى المقاومة تثبت أنها الأساس في رسم الأولويات الروسية في المنطقة.

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