Freedom Flotilla: Eyewitness tells how Israel seized ship illegally, tasering and holding activists

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Just a few weeks ago, an act of piracy took place on the high seas, whereby a group of international activists taking part in a humanitarian mission including a member of the Israeli parliament, were captured and detained.

The story didn’t attract much coverage in the MSM. Coverage elsewhere among alternative media outlets ranged from being accurate to downright disingenuous. At best, those taking part were described as what they were – aid workers, artists, journalists and politicians working toward a shared aim of reaching Gaza – and, at worst, were described as terrorists and “agitators.”

The illegally seized boat, the “Marianne,” was part of a convoy of vessels which had set sail from different destinations in European waters, with the aim of reaching Gaza in occupied Palestine.

Needless to say, a group of activists attempting to break an illegal blockade of a country occupied by one of the most powerful armed forces in the world can hardly be viewed as troublemakers.

Nevertheless, the Marianne was halted in its tracks, approximately 100 nautical miles from Gaza by the Israeli navy, which, operating without jurisdiction and in complete disregard of international law, boarded the boat, taking those on board prisoner.

These are the facts, and this is what happened. The wave of propaganda which consequently emanated from some Israeli press offices attempted to divert attention away from the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, to another equally tragic humanitarian crisis in Syria. In a letter presented to activists on board the Marianne after its seizure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that the activists had gotten “lost” on their way to Syria.

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Perhaps in reality it was the Israeli navy which had lost its sense of direction (and priorities) by taking control of a boat of civilians in international waters and by then taking them to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

One of the activists on board the Marianne, Charlie Andreasson, was held by the Israeli authorities in Ashdod for six days before finally being released.
I spoke with him recently and he gave me his account of what happened, which does not fit with the official line from Israel that says that the seizure of the Marianne was “uneventful” and non-violent.

I asked him what happened on the night the boat was seized.

“Early in the morning, at about 1:30 a.m., we were contacted by the IDF (Israeli Defence Force). Soon after, two big zodiacs came, but they were painted as the Coastguard without any national marks or flags,” he said.

“By then, we were 100 nautical miles from the coast of Israel, and the coastguard can only operate within 12 nautical miles from its shore. To board our ship was a clear act of piracy, There is no doubt of that, a violation against maritime law as well as international law. After some time with nonsense shouted from the false coastguard boats, telling everybody on board to gather in front of the boat so they easily could easily take control of our boat, as is routinely done to the Palestinian fisherman on an almost a daily basis, a group of Israeli soldiers suddenly were on board,” Charlie said.

“They came, and were not seen by anybody while they were doing so. Nobody would have tried to stop them anyway as we were committed to nonviolent resistance. However, there were four or five masked soldiers, heavily armed and even holding shields while they were approaching us. Somebody was also on top of the roof of the wheelhouse by then. But they were also scared, that we could see clearly in their eyes, and a group of scared young men with lot of guns is not a fun thing. I was the first one who was attacked, over and over again by two Taser guns at the time, and after I was down on my knees they continued with Tasers and also started to beat me with hands and by kneeing me. I started to bleed from my forehead but not much. Five of us were tasered altogether, and the captain was beaten and threatened by a gun if he did not cooperate. One commander came up to me and told me my name several times, just to make sure that I understood that they knew me.”

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“It took them about 50 minutes to take control of the Marianne, but several hours before they had the engine running so they could take us to Ashdod. During the whole operation and while we were sitting in one place, watched by soldiers, they were constantly filming us. They were also taking the name Ship to Gaza away from the boat – I guess the name was too scary for them.”

“When it was light enough we could see three frigates, one patrol boat and nine smaller crafts including the white painted zodiacs. Those zodiacs was later pulled up on a frigate.”

Charlie’s account does not surprise me, but was there any resistance from crew members to the Israeli army? As I had been due to travel on one of the boats myself, I had along with others been given extensive ‘non-violent’ resistance training in how to react to the IDF.

“Everybody on board had training in nonviolent resisting, and we all knew what to do and where to be if we were boarded, and everybody stuck to our agreement. When I saw how scared they were when they approached me I declared to them, with a calm voice which surprised myself a bit, that they had nothing to be afraid of, that I had nothing in my hands (and showing my hands for them), that I not was going to touch them or throw anything on them, but also over and over that they were violating international law, that it was an act of piracy, and that they have to go back to their boats and let us continue our journey and that we were no threat for the state of Israel. I do believe that our training made us handle the situation professionally and calmed down the situation. I wasn’t for a moment afraid that any of us would give any excuse for the soldiers to open fire. But then again, you can never know what instructions they have or if any of them would freak out.”

We’ve all heard of accounts of the brutality lived daily by Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli authorities, but what was the treatment of those aboard the Marianne once the ship had been commandeered in international waters?

“Since they initially were so afraid it was clear that they were told by their commanders something that wasn´t true. It might be the reason why they used more violence than necessary as a result of that. They were also afraid of showing their faces, they were masked, and it is probably because they wanted to avoid any legal action when and if they go abroad. But some of them seemed to be a bit curious about us after some time, even if they were prohibited to talk. I guess they wondered what their mission was all about, since it became clear that we presented no threat whatsoever. And, of course, there was the constant filming and the constant lying from the commanders.”

The media has been pretty quiet on the treatment of those who were forcibly taken to Ashdod. What happened to the Marianne upon reaching Israel?

“Hundreds of soldiers and military officials were there, like a freak show and we were the freaks. We were taken one by one, they checked our belongings over and over again, stole my certificates that I need for my profession as a seaman, took our fingerprints, interrogation for two hours, some humiliation stuff, and then drove us to the prison of Givon.”

“We had no right to phone calls, but our lawyer and consul came. One hour a day, or two times 30 minutes, we could spend outside our cells,” Charlie said. “Even when we were sitting two in each cell we had to stand up and get dressed so they could count us several times a day.”

“During the interrogation it was clear that they had a lot of private information about us. The photos the soldiers had of us during the boarding were taken in Gothenburg just before we left for instant. They wanted to know how we got the money for the boat, the mission, how I could afford to join, to what countries I have been. [There were] a lot of lies about how well the Palestinians were treated by them.” Charlie added that it was strange to discuss that matter with them, since he spent a year in Gaza and was there during the 2014 war.

Luckily in this case Charlie and all the other activists were ok. The siege of Palestine continues, however, and while international law is made a mockery of, all efforts should be made to support initiatives such as the Freedom Flotilla and to bring the humanitarian crisis to the forefront of international attention.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

Settlers storm Aqsa Mosque under Israeli police protection

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Extremist Jewish groups broke into the Aqsa Mosque, roamed its plazas, and provoked Muslim worshipers on Monday morning.

Eyewitnesses revealed that 18 settlers stormed the holy site from al-Magharebah gate under protection of Israeli police and Special Forces who accompanied them in their rounds.

A number of Palestinian females and children, who were present at the Mosque, confronted the settlers’ incursion by shouts of Allahu Akbar until they got out of the Mosque from al-Silsilah gate, the eyewitnesses said.

930 Jewish settlers desecrated the Muslims’ holy Aqsa Mosque in last July, according to statistical data of Jerusalemite institutions.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

Israeli impunity behind settler violence

No arrests have been made for the attack on the Dawabshehs, yet Israel often responds to Palestinian attacks by arresting suspects en masse

By condemning Friday’s killing by settlers of Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh, the Israeli government would have us believe that it is committed to tackling settler violence. What the government seeks to conceal is the state’s fundamental culpability in fostering an environment that encourages such violence.

One word best encapsulates the cause of it: impunity. This impunity is nurtured by the state’s favouritism toward settlers in every facet of life. They are offered myriad incentives to live throughout the occupied territories, on the basis that the land somehow does not belong to its indigenous inhabitants.

They are given the lion’s share of Palestinians’ natural resources. They have their own road networks that Palestinians cannot use. They are protected by forces that all too often turn a blind eye to settler violence, and in some cases even aid and abet such criminality, and arrest the victims rather than the perpetrators.

According to an October 2013 UN report: “From January to August 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, the number of casualties caused by Israeli security forces increased more than four-fold, as security forces intervene in settler attacks or resulting clashes between settlers and Palestinians to disperse Palestinians, rather than to protect them from attacks by settlers.”

A 2013 report by the UN International Fact-Finding Mission on Settlements came to the “clear conclusion that there is institutionalised discrimination against the Palestinian people when it comes to addressing violence.”

Settlers have a “justice” system distinct from that for Palestinians in the occupied territories. In the rare instances when settlers are tried, it is carried out in civil courts under the Israeli judicial system. This affords them freedoms and legal guarantees denied to Palestinians, who face military courts.

“The authority to arrest an individual, the maximum period of detention before being brought before a judge, the right to meet with an attorney, the protections available to defendants at trial, the maximum punishment allowed by law, and the release of prisoners before completion of their sentence – all of these differ greatly in the two systems of law, with the Israeli system providing the suspect and defendant with many more protections,” says Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem.

“Thus, different legal systems are applied to two populations residing in the same area, and the nationality of the individual determines the system and court in which he or she is tried. This situation violates the principle of equality before the law, especially given the disparity between the two systems. It also violates the principle of territoriality, conventional in modern legal approaches, according to which a single system of law must apply to all persons living in the same territory.”

As such, punishments are meted out to Palestinians that would be unthinkable for settlers. For example, the latter would never be subjected to torture or have their homes demolished. No arrests have yet been made for the attack against the Dawabshehs, yet Israel often responds to Palestinian attacks by rounding up suspects en masse.

On the other hand, for example, a new law gives Palestinians up to 20 years in jail for throwing a stone. Another new law provides the right to force-feed Palestinian hunger-strikers, who are simply protesting the violations of their rights. This comes despite opposition from the Israeli Medical Association, which says this constitutes torture.

Such laws should come as no surprise given that the “justice” minister is far-right extremist Ayelet Shaked, arguably most infamous for a Facebook post claiming that “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and calling for its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

Israel on Sunday did approve the detention of citizens suspected of violence against Palestinians without trial, but it is likely to be used in exceptional cases only. By contrast, thousands of Palestinians are held without trial for months and even years, without being informed of the charges against them, and without their lawyers being allowed to examine the evidence (B’Tselem puts the number of Palestinians in detention without trial at 5,442 as of June). Israeli citizens are highly unlikely to be treated as harshly.

According to a report in May by Israeli human rights organisation Yesh Din, “the chance that a complaint submitted to the Israel Police by a Palestinian will lead to an effective investigation, the location of a suspect, prosecution, and ultimate conviction is just 1.9 percent.”

Yesh Din added: “Without enforcement there can be no deterrence. The state thereby conveys the message to offenders that it does not take a serious view of their actions, and perhaps even that it is not interested in halting these actions.”

Legal measures will only go so far in curbing settler violence – the only way to put a stop to it is for Israel to dismantle its colonial project. This is something none of its governments have been willing to consider, not least because it has not come under the necessary pressure from its allies and the international community at large. They provide only words, which are meaningless without punitive measures.

That is why grassroots efforts – such as the increasingly effective Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement – must be further supported and galvanised to push for an end to Israel’s impunity, its allies’ complicity, and the international community’s inaction.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

Stolen childhood: A Palestinian story

The world is resoundingly indifferent to Palestinian suffering and demonstrates that policy of indifference daily.

The loss of the Bakr children is really just one more drop in a sea of Israeli injustice, writes Bazian [Getty]

The loss of the Bakr children is really just one more drop in a sea of Israeli injustice, writes Bazian

Ismail, Zakaria, Ahed, and Mohamed are four names that are seemingly random and have no particular significance for the average person in the world.  

However, these four names are well known and engraved into every Palestinian’s consciousness. 

They are the Bakr family children – each of them between nine and eleven years old. I don’t blame you for not recognising their names.

The truth is – Palestinian names, families, and faces are not remembered in a world where public opinion and awareness is dictated by a 24/7 news cycle.

Their story wasn’t spread. Their loss wasn’t humanised and interviews with their loved ones weren’t conducted. So no one learned of their joys, their dreams, or their aspirations.

A year ago, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was burned aliveby Israeli attackers in Jerusalem in a “price tag” revenge killing.

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Last Friday, the burning of an 18-month-old toddler, Ali Saad Dawabsheh, in an arson attack by settlers on the family home in the Duma village, marked the one year anniversary of Abu Khdeir’s death.

The truth is we don’t mourn the loss of Palestinian lives. We don’t pause to remember the families who were wiped out, the homes and schools methodically blown up, the hospitals and ambulances surgically targeted, or the countless innocent individuals murdered while simply trying to live their lives.

The killing of Cecil the Lion had far more global coverage and calls for investigations than the Bakr children, Abu Khdeir, and the 18-month-old Ali.

The world is resoundingly indifferent to Palestinian suffering and demonstrates that policy of indifference daily.

Systematic erasure

But how can we do this? How can we turn a blind eye to the constant and systematic erasure of Palestine’s woes from our global consciousness?

How do we excuse Israel’s holding of 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners – some as young as 11 years old – and one out of four elected Palestinian parliament membersbeing locked up?

How do we explain the disproportional response of diplomats flocking into Gaza seeking the release of one Israeli soldier captured in the aftermath of Israel’s summer assault on the Strip?

Where are the delegations seeking the release of 1.4 million Palestinians from Israel’s open-air “concentration camp-like” Gaza Strip? 

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In frustration I digress. The Bakr children deserve their moment of remembrance.

They were playing football on the beach on a sunny day – a brief respite from a childhood in Gaza which is innately characterised by oppression, fear, and violence – when an Israeli shell fell on their game.

Journalists nearby, who themselves were playing football with the children just a few minutes before,witnessed the carnage.

They testified that no military activities were present in the area, but regardless, the Israeli military held Palestinian fighters responsible for the incident – stating they were the intended target.

Not the first, nor the last

This is not the first, nor the last murder carried out by the Israeli military in broad daylight with cameras rolling – yet they are never held accountable or responsible for their actions.

The violent loss of these four children continues to weigh heavy on my own conscious.

I, too, avidly played football growing up. Every open space, courtyard, and stairway was my field.

For me and my childhood friends, any free time before and after school meant an open-ended pick-up game with a metaphorical half-time reserved for a run to the nearby mosque for prayers.

Football made everyone equal on the field and created a bond among all the neighbourhood kids. We often pooled our pennies together to buy a new communal ball.

As kids growing up during war, protests and political instability did not stop us from playing. For those few moments during the game we were able to put aside the violent world around us and enjoy running freely after a ball.

Periods of ceasefire were always an opportune time to start a quick game and release some of our pent-up childhood energy after long hours of hiding behind closed doors in the basement during times of fighting.

Terrifying truth 

The terrifying truth is, the Bakr children could have been my friends. They could have been my family. I too, could have tragically lost my life while running and laughing and playing on the beach during a quiet and sunny day.

The loss of the Bakr children is really just one more drop in a sea of Israeli injustice. Their case will be lost in the stacks of evidence against Israel and their illegal occupation. But while the world may forget the Bakr children, Palestine will not.

As we mark the first anniversary of Israel’s last operation in Gaza, more than ever, the world must support efforts like Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

The facts are clear. The last assault on Gaza was the third in eight years – 1.4 million Palestinians were besieged. Within a span of 50 days during the summer of 2014, Israel conductedmore than 6,000 air strikes, which targeted attacks on residential and other buildings.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 142 Palestinian families had three or more members killed in the same incident owing to the destruction of residential buildings, for a total of 742 fatalities.

According to the UN OCHA report the Palestinian death toll stands at 2,220 Gazans killed; and 1,492 of them were civilians, including 551 children and 299 women.

Grasping for understanding

The percentage of civilian causalities is almost 70 percent. I’m left grasping for some kind of understanding of how any regime could get away with such atrocities. Who will hold Israel responsible?

In addition to the killings and maimings of Palestinians, the Israelis heavily damaged 9,644 homes and there are around 90,000 partly damaged houses in the Gaza Strip.

At present, some 100,000 Gazans are still living as refugees within their own lands or are living in dangerously damaged buildings – simply to have shelter. No reconstruction or aid has been allowed into Gaza, so efforts towards recovery are halted before they begin.

When children are being targeted and slaughtered for political gain, decisive and bold action must be taken. We simply cannot stand to let such injustices continue.

As we mark the first anniversary of Israel’s last operation in Gaza, more than ever, the world must support efforts like Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Systems must be put into place to hold Israel accountable for the suffering of millions.

International attention must be called to the plight of the Palestinians. But more simply, children must be allowed to be children. They should never have to live in fear, huddled in basements, hiding from gunfire, scared to play their games or to laugh too loudly or to run in the sun.

The Bakr children’s story stands as a monument to the world’s indifference to Palestinian suffering. The children, and all Palestinian people, deserve justice.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

Syrian fighters’ capture spells trouble for coalition against ISIS

Syrian troops fighting in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS were captured near the northern Syrian town of Azaz by an anti-ISIS militia affiliated with Al Qaeda last week

Syrian troops fighting in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS were captured near the northern Syrian town of Azaz by an anti-ISIS militia affiliated with Al-Qaeda last week, reported Washington-based news website The Center For Public Integrity on Saturday.

Known as the Nusra Front, the militant group, who considers any Syrian close to America an enemy, captured 17 graduates of the allied train-and-equip program along with the division’s commander, as well as two other division soldiers.

The capture is a setback for the U.S. train and equip program, which is believed will face challenges in recruiting new fighters and maintaining their morale, the report added.

According to the report, recipients of foreign aid are targeted by the Nusra Front and other militant groups because of their anti-Western ideology, but also for the M16s and anti-tank guided missiles that coalition forces provided to other fighters.

Aziz Abu Mohammad, a 30th Division commander based in Turkey, told The Center For Public Integrity that two days after the group’s capture, a militia group affiliated with Nusra made a direct attack on the 30th division’s headquarters, killing five other graduates of the program.

In response, coalition warplanes allegedly reacted to both incidents by bombing the headquarters of Nusra in Azaz.

A Pentagon spokeswoman, Elissa Smith, acknowledged that the 30th Division and its trainees were attacked on Friday to The Center For Public Integrity, and said that the coalition had supported them with defensive airstrikes.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

IOF kidnap five youths, settlers break into Hebron village


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Israeli occupation forces on Monday morning have kidnapped five youths from Beit Ommar village north of Hebron, southern West Bank.

PNN reporter said that IOF kidnapped five youngsters whose ages range between 19- 22 years.

In addition, three buses were bearing Israeli settlers to Khirbet Arnabeh north of Hebron. Heavily guarded by soldiers, the settlers held Talmudic rituals in area A.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

Palestinian Statehood: Russia Pushes For Permanent Palestine Home During High Level Talks With Hamas

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called for Palestinian people to have their own permanent home. Above, he speaks during a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow, May 27, 2015

Russia wants to help the Palestinians establish permanent statehood, according to details of a meeting  Monday between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Hamas’ political chief, Khaled Mashal, in Qatar. “We would like to see the Palestinians — all of them — to have their permanent home,” Lavrov said during the meeting, adding that Russia would help to realize that goal.

News of that gesture of apparent goodwill is likely to evoke predictable reactions from those on both side of the Palestine debate. Israel, which is home to many Russian Jews, could be outraged by Lavrov’s comments. Israel’s regional rival, Iran, which has recently strengthened ties to Russia through a mix of political support and weapons sales, may support the move as Tehran looks to strengthen its foothold in the region.

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Russia was part of the six-nation negotiating team that sealed the Iran nuclear deal that prohibits Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons in exchange for much-needed sanctions relief.

Mashal, who was the target of a failed Mossad assassination attempt in 1997, responded to Lavrov’s comments by saying the Palestinian people hoped “that with assistance from Russia and the whole world this dream will come true.”

In addition to potentially causing alarm in Israel, Lavrov’s comments could also cause mixed responses across Europe. While Sweden’s new leftist government was one of the first in Europe to recognize a Palestinian state, it also has endured increasing hostility from Moscow in the form of military jets and submarines encroaching on Sweden’s sovereign skies and waters over the last 16 months.

Lavrov’s comments appear to be the latest effort by Moscow to side with countries that have been largely sidelined by the international community. That was no more evident than during Greece’s high-stakes negotiations with its European creditors last month. Greece’s anti-austerity left-leaning government distanced itself from Brussels because of the austerity demands for getting fresh funds, consequently moving closer to Moscow.

In 2012, the United Nations approved the de facto recognition of a Palestinian state. There were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. The United States does not recognize Palestine as a state.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

Petition to ban Israeli settlers from entering Europe

BRUSSELS, (PIC)–  The Council of the European-Palestinian Relations (CEPR) on Saturday launched a parliamentary petition to ban Israeli settlers from entering countries of the European Union.

CEPR called on European MPs to sign the petition and push for the adoption of practical steps against Israeli extremist settlers.

The petition comes as a response to the crimes committed by Israeli fanatic settlers and organizations against the Palestinian people in the presence of the Israeli occupation forces.

Earlier, a couple of days ago, a Palestinian toddler was burned to death and three members of his family sustained serious wounds after Israeli fanatics attacked the family home, in Nablus, with Molotov cocktails.

The Council for European Palestinian Relations is an independent non-profit and non-partisan organization registered in Belgium with an office in London. It works to improve dialogue between Europe and the Arab world with the goal of restoring Palestinian rights according to international law.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

Israel president threatened over ‘Jewish terrorism’ comment

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has been threatened after he condemned “Jewish terrorism”

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli police have opened an investigation into threats on social media against President Reuven Rivlin following his condemnation of “Jewish terrorism” after a firebombing killed a Palestinian child, a presidential spokesman said Monday.Rivlin had written a Facebook post following Friday’s arson attack on a Palestinian family’s home in the West Bank village of Duma by suspected Jewish extremists.The attack killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha and left his parents and four-year-old brother critically wounded.”More than shame, I feel pain,” Rivlin wrote in Arabic and Hebrew. “The pain over the murder of a little baby. The pain over my people choosing the path of terrorism and losing their humanity.”Their path is not the path of the State of Israel and is not the path of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, it seems that so far we’ve dealt with the phenomenon of Jewish terrorism limply,” he wrote, calling for concrete measures against such extremists.Rivlin’s post evoked a wave of more than 2,000 comments, some positive but others attacking him and recalling Israelis killed by Palestinians.”Dirty traitor. Your end will be worse than (Ariel) Sharon’s,” said one comment quoted by the Maariv newspaper, referring to the late former Israeli premier who spent eight years in a coma.Another said: “In Russia you would have been found by this point cut up inside a shoe box.”Israeli police said they had received material from the president’s security team and had ordered an investigation to “examine offensive publications against the president on social media.”Israeli legal officials could not say whether incitement to violence was among the suspected crimes under investigation.In 1995, then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down at a peace rally in Tel Aviv by a Jewish extremist after a campaign of right-wing incitement against a peace deal with the PLO.

(Source / 03.08.2015)

Jewish settlers attack a Palestinian bus in O. J’lem

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A group of Israeli settlers attacked late Sunday a Palestinian bus near Hazma town east of occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses told a PIC reporter that a bus, carrying a Palestinian delegation, was subjected to a stone throwing attack while on its way back from Duma town south of Nablus after offering condolences to the settlers’ arson attack victim.

Eyewitnesses affirmed that a group of settlers standing at the main road were throwing stones and empty bottles at passing by Palestinian vehicles.

Three passengers were injured during the attack, the sources added.

The violence by extremist settlers against Palestinian citizens and their properties have notably increased. Perpetrators are rarely tried, and many cases are not investigated at all or are closed with no operative conclusions.

(Source / 03.08.2015)