Palestinians urge boycott of Israeli military courts after freed prisoner rearrested

Freed Palestinian Barghouthi rearrested; military court reinstates original sentence of life plus 18 years

Iman Nafie, wife of Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi, speaks during a news conference in Ramallah

Palestinian officials on Sunday called for a boycott of Israeli military courts after a Palestinian freed in a 2011 prisoner exchange was rearrested and sent back to prison for life.

Speaking in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian Prisoners Club head Qadura Fares called on detainees’ families and Palestinian organisations to stop taking part in military trials and to refuse to pay convicts’ fines, which he said amounted to $6m in 2016.

Palestinians captured by Israeli security forces are generally brought before the army courts, where defence lawyers say they are often not notified of the charges against their clients or allowed to meet them before the trial.

“Palestinian movements and prisoners’ families must choose boycott,” Fares told a news conference.

“One must take the difficult decision of rebellion and boycott” of the courts, Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Authority’s commission for detainees, added.


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He noted that the same military court system on Tuesday sentenced an Israeli soldier to 18 months in prison for the manslaughter of a Palestinian he shot dead as the man lay wounded on the ground.

The United Nations said the sentence was an “unacceptable” punishment for “an apparent extra-judicial killing”.

“Such courts must be boycotted,” Qaraqe said on Sunday.

In contrast, he said, was the case of Palestinian Nael Barghouthi, sentenced to life imprisonment by Israel in 1978 for what the Israeli army said was “a series of security offences, including murder”.

He was among more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners freed by Israel in 2011 in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured five years earlier by Palestinian militants and held in the Gaza Strip.

“After his release, Barghouthi renewed his involvement in terrorist activity, violating his terms of release,” the army told AFP on Sunday.

He was rearrested and on Wednesday a military court reinstated his original sentence of life plus 18 years.

According to a report by the Palestinian Authority and the Prisoners Club, 85 of the Palestinians freed in the 2011 swap have since been rearrested by Israel with 65 sent back to prison for life.

(Source / 27.02.2017)

Israeli army hits Gaza with multiple airstrikes, injuring 4 Palestinians


Airstrikes target the central Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army targeted multiple sites across the besieged Gaza Strip with airstrikes and artillery fire midday Monday leaving at least four Palestinians injured, hours after an Israeli army spokesperson said that a rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open area in southern Israel that caused no injuries or damages.

Witnesses said Israeli fighter jets launched two missiles at a Hamas military site known as the Shuhada (“martyrs” in Arabic) post just after 1 p.m. in the central Gaza Strip, near the coast and west of Nuseirat refugee camp. Other local Palestinian news sites said five missiles were fired in the area.
Shortly after, an Israeli reconnaissance plane fired a missile at a monitoring post east of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip, as Israeli fighter jets fired three missiles at the Hitteen post in Beit Lahiya in the northern region of the small Palestinian territory.
A separate strike in the Nahda neighborhood of Rafah left three Palestinians moderately injured, according to local sources. Gaza’s Ministry of Health later reported that a total of four people were injured in the strikes.
Before 2 p.m., two artillery shells fired by the Israeli army hit an agricultural area east of Gaza City, locals said.
The Hamas movement said in an official statement that they held Israel responsible for “this continuous dangerous escalation that targets the Palestinian resistance and the people of the Gaza Strip,” adding that “the ongoing targeting of resistance sites and the escalating situation in Gaza would neither be allowed nor accepted.”
Nearly two hours after the first airstrike was launched, the Israeli army confirmed in a statement that the air force hit five Hamas positions throughout the Gaza Strip, “In response to a rocket fired from Gaza that hit Israeli territory last night,” adding that the army holds Hamas “accountable for all attacks from the Gaza Strip that threaten Israel and her citizens.”
However, Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any rocket attacks since a ceasefire was declared after Israel’s devastating war in Gaza in 2014, and the movement has attempted to clamp down on armed activity by smaller political groups that do launch rockets from the territory.
The Islamic Jihad also responded to Monday’s bombardment, with the official spokesman Dawood Shihab accusing the Israeli “occupation government” of stoking tensions in Gaza by “translating its threats against the Palestinian people into action.”
He added that the Palestinian resistance movement has the right to respond to Israeli attacks if they continue. “The resistance will not accept this ongoing aggression, regardless of the cost and the challenges ahead.”
The secular leftist PLO faction the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine also denounced the Israeli attacks across the Gaza Strip and called on all Palestinian factions to close the ranks and present a unified response to “the occupation and its crimes.”
The National Resistance Brigades, a military wing affiliated to another leftist group, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said that one of the group’s military posts was attacked in the northern Gaza Strip amid the airstrikes on Monday.
Their statement affirmed the group’s commitment to resist the Israeli occupation “by all possible means,” and urged other factions to create a “joint operation room” to discuss how to respond to the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.
The cross-border fire came after the Israeli army targeted the besieged coastal enclave with multiple airstrikes in two instances this month, which the army said came in response to rocket fire from Gaza that caused no injuries to Israelis.
On Feb. 9, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said that two Palestinians were killed and five were injured as a result of an airstrike on a smuggling tunnel between Egypt and Gaza, though an Israeli army spokesperson denied involvement in the incident.
Meanwhile, last week, two rockets launched from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula hit an open area in southern Israel, according to the Israeli army.
The Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights expressed concern earlier this month in response to Israeli airstrikes that Israel could be leading up to a wide-scale military offensive.
The rights group called on the international community to “act promptly against Israel’s military escalation, to fulfill their obligations to protect civilians, and ensure respect for the rules of international law,” stressing that “acting before a full-scale military bombardment is launched is crucial to ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.”

Israeli officials have also accused Hamas, Gaza’s de facto leaders, of “preparing” for another war with Israel and have threatened retaliatory measures against the Gaza Strip as a whole, while Israeli authorities hold Hamas responsible for all attacks against Israeli targets coming from the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 27.02.2017)

Morocco to Withdraw from Guerguerat Zone


File photo of a police officer standing near a Moroccan national flag near the main stadium during preparations for the FIFA Club World Cup in Agadir, December 10, 2013

Rabat – Morocco announced on Sunday withdrawing its forces from Guerguerat zone, a strait on the Western Sahara territory.

King Mohammed had ordered a unilateral withdrawal from the zone in conformation with the U.N. Secretary General’s recommendations.

The Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday, that Morocco took into consideration the statement of U.N. spokesperson concerning the dangerous situation in Guerguerat. It announced that in respect of the U.N.’s request, the forces will immediately withdraw.

The spokesman for the U.N. Secretary General had released a statement on Saturday calling on all parties to “unconditionally withdraw all armed elements from the Buffer Strip as soon as possible”.

The standoff in Guerguerat began last year when U.N. troops stepped in after Moroccan troops crossed beyond Moroccan-controlled areas in what they said was a road clearing operation, prompting the mobilization of Polisario forces.

Polisario accused Rabat of breaking the terms of the ceasefire last year by trying to build a road in the U.N. buffer zone. Morocco says it was just a clearing operation that broke no terms of the ceasefire.

Ministry of foreign Affairs released a statement back then saying that it was intentionally done just one month before the return of Morocco to the African union in an attempt to create chaos.

Zambia’s Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba reiterated his country’s previous decision to withdraw its recognition of the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, an entity established by the Algeria-backed Polisario front in February 1976.

“I reiterate my statement made on July 9, 2016 in Rabat,” Kalaba told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) news agency on Saturday.

In his interview with MAP, the foreign Minister reiterated that his country supports the efforts exerted by the U.N. to help the parties find a long-lasting solution to the conflict.

He stressed that Zambia seeks to contribute in a constructive way in these efforts by adopting a position that is neutral and open to the concerned parties and supporting an efficient dialogue.

The Zambian FM added that his country believes that “Morocco’s return to the African Union affords the African family an opportunity to push for this question, which has lasted for a long time, towards a peaceful solution in a spirit of African consensus, dialogue and mutual respect.”

(Source / 27.02.2017)

Palestinian woman shot, injured by Israeli forces at Qalandiya checkpoint


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian woman was shot and injured by Israeli security guards at the Qalandiya checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, as Israeli police claimed she was carrying a bag in a “suspicious manner.”

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a “suspicious” Palestinian woman entered the vehicle lane of the checkpoint “seemingly carrying an object.”
“The security guards noticed her and instructed her to stop but she ignored the instructions,” al-Samri said.
“The guards then started arrest procedures and neutralized the woman,” al-Samri added, using an Israeli forces term to indicate that a Palestinian was shot without specifying whether they were injured or killed.
Al-Samri later clarified that the woman had been “lightly injured,” and that she had been “carrying a bag” in a way that raised the security guards’ suspicions.
The police spokeswoman said that the Palestinian was in her thirties and was a resident of the village of Kafr Aqab in the West Bank district of Jerusalem with a Jerusalem ID.
The Qalandiya checkpoint is notorious for being confusing to navigate.
According to Ma’an documentation, five Palestinians were killed at the checkpoint in 2016, including two Palestinian siblings — Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail who was 23 years old and five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim — in April after Israeli officials claimed the two were attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.
However, witnesses said that the brother and sister posed no threat at the time of their death. Yet the Israeli Justice Ministry later dropped its probe into the killings after it was revealed that a contractor, not a member of the police, had killed the Abu Ismails.
(Source / 27.02.2017)

Israel denies Netanyahu’s statements about int’l forces in Gaza


A high ranking Israeli government official denied on Sunday Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent statements about deploying international forces in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli official told Radio Israel that Netanyahu rejected a suggestion made by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to deploy international troops in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu reportedly told Minister Bishop that Israel learned from long experience that it can’t rely on international forces to protect it.

Worldwide military forces would be ineffective in the region and would not be able to properly ensure Israel’s safety, he claimed.

Israel will never relinquish security control of the entirety of the West Bank, Netanyahu answered Bishop, who had asked him what he meant when he spoke of supporting a “Palestinian state,” according to a report by Radio Israel about the meeting between the two.

Earlier Sunday Israeli media reported that Netanyahu has suggested during his meeting on Sunday morning in Sydney with Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop deploying international forces in the Gaza Strip as a security solution to deal with the Gaza Strip.

Commenting on Netanyahu’s statements, Hamas Movement declared sending international forces to the Gaza Strip “is a dangerous matter and it is totally rejected.”
It is a new Israeli attempt to liquidate the Palestinian cause, the Movement said.

(Source / 27.02.2017)

Netanyahu seeks halting ICC probe into Israeli crimes

Israeli massacres against Palestinians are among the worst that history has ever witnessed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been seeking to stop ICC investigations into Israeli war crimes committed against Palestinians, Israel TV reported on Sunday.

Netanyahu wanted the ICC at least to reduce the number and power of the fact-finding missions related to the investigations into the Israeli crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been seeking to stop ICC investigations into Israeli war crimes committed against Palestinians, Israel TV reported on Sunday.

According to the Israeli TV Channel 7, Netanyahu asked the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to mobilise efforts along with him in this issue.

He asked Bishop to put pressure on the ICC in order to stop its investigations into the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli officials against the Palestinians.

The Israeli PM also asked Bishop to mediate with officials in other countries in order to take the same measure with the ICC.

Netanyahu wanted the ICC at least to reduce the number and power of the fact-finding missions related to the investigations into the Israeli crimes.

Israel is a state which was built on the skulls and bodies of the indigenous residents of Palestine. Israeli Jewish officials have committed tens of the worst massacres that ever happened in the history against the Palestinians.

Take for example the Deir Yassin Massacre, Qafr Qasim, Sabra and Shalita and others. All of these massacres and their likes were committed by senior Israeli officials, some of whom have received Noble Peace Prize.

(Source / 27.02.2017)

Jabal Mukaber faces Israel’s collective punishment

Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood have been threatened with residency revocation after recent attacks.

Manwa al-Qanbar may soon be expelled from her home due to her son’s involvement in an attack on Israeli soldiers

Jabal Mukaber, Occupied East Jerusalem – From the terrace of her home in Jabal Mukaber, a neighbourhood perched on the steep hills of occupied East Jerusalem, Manwa al-Qanbar looks over the checkpoint dividing it from a-Sheikh Saad, where part of her family still lives.

It is only a couple of blocks away, but those living on the other side of Israel’s separation wall in the occupied West Bank need special permits to enter Jerusalem. And Manwa may soon be expelled to there, after the Israeli government revoked her status as a permanent resident of East Jerusalem.

Manwa’s son, 28-year-old Fadi, was shot dead in early January after he rammed a truck into a group of soldiers in the illegal East Talpiot Jewish settlement, killing four and injuring 13.

“Just a day after he was killed, the police came to hand me a letter saying they were considering to revoke my residency papers,” Manwa told Al Jazeera.

A number of Palestinian attackers have hailed from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber

Since tensions between Israelis and Palestinians boiled over into a wave of violence starting in October 2015, more than 250 Palestinians and 40 Israelis have been killed. A number of the Palestinian attackers have hailed from Jabal Mukaber.

The letter to Manwa, issued by Israel’s Population Authority, alleged irregularities with how she had acquired her residency from her marriage, before measures were tightened in the early 2000s for spouses from the occupied territories. After more than 30 years, the government is now disputing her application on the basis of an alleged bigamous marriage.

Twelve other members of Manwa’s family also received notices that the Interior Ministry intended to revoke their status in Jerusalem, with notices stating: “Following the attack … information was received according to which several members of your extended family are suspect of having connections with ISIS and involvement in terror activity. Therefore a security risk is posed by your continued presence in Israel.”

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According to the Community Action Centre at Al Quds University, two minors, aged eight and 10, also received this notice.

Although lawyers for the family filed objections against the speedy proceedings – family members were summoned to appear in court the day after receiving the letter – 11 people had had their status revoked by the end of January.

“From this point on, anyone conspiring, planning or considering a terrorist attack will know that his family will pay dearly for his actions,” Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said in a statement.

Deri also noted in a radio interview that he would prevent “suspected persons, until it is made absolutely clear over the next few months that they really have no connection, I won’t let them roam free in the country with a blue [Israeli] ID card”.

Hamoked, a human rights organisation whose lawyers represent some of the affected family members, called it a “vindictive decision” that amounts to collective punishment.

“In effect, this means that the Minister of Interior has decided on the draconian and irreversible step of revoking the status of a person – whose entire life is rooted here – solely based on a suspicion, ascribed to unidentified persons,” the organisation wrote in a statement.

Mohammad Shihabi, a lawyer working on one of the cases, said that the family members whose status was revoked were not personally under investigation for alleged connections with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

“I think they had to continue to justify Netanyahu’s claim of a connection with ISIS,” he told Al Jazeera, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s statement, a few hours after the attack, that the government had identified the perpetrator and that “all signs show he is a supporter of the Islamic State”.

READ MORE: Israel’s collective punishment follows Jerusalem attack

Human rights observers have called the Israeli government’s measures in Jabal Mukaber since January “unprecedented collective punishment”. While Israel normally issues punitive demolition orders for the home of an attacker, Palestinian legal aid organisation JLAC counted 81 house demolition notices issued in the days following the incident to buildings erected without permits in the neighbourhood.

Manal Qanbar, Fadi’s 37-year-old sister-in-law, told Al Jazeera that she got a one-month renewable injunction against the decision to revoke her family reunification permit. 

But Manal’s status was already precarious: She lives in Jerusalem under a family reunification permit, which she has to renew every two years. A mother of eight with a two-month-old baby, she has no doubt that she will not be able to comply with the decision.

Do they expect me to leave my children and go to the West Bank?

Manal Qanbar, Fadi’s sister-in-law

“Do they expect me to leave my children and go to the West Bank?” she said.

Part of her family lives in a-Sawahrah a-Sharqiyah, another nearby village that was artificially cut off from Jerusalem by the separation wall.

“My sisters are not allowed to come to Jerusalem. It will be more difficult to see each other now,” she added.

There are thousands of Palestinians living shadow lives in Jerusalem and Israel – unable to get legal status because Israel stopped processing family applications in 2000 – and they live in constant fear of getting caught at a checkpoint, keeping movements to a minimum.

READ MORE: Palestinians in East Jerusalem battle for their homes

In 2003, Israel passed a law that bars Palestinians with West Bank or Gaza identity cards married to Israeli citizens or permanent residents from acquiring citizenship or residency rights in Israel, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The law has been condemned by human rights groups as discriminatory for the way it disproportionately targets Palestinians citizens of Israel.

“We can see how dangerous it has been that Israel in 2003 enacted the law that restricts family reunification,” Munir Nuseibeh, a human rights lawyer and academic based at Al Quds University, told Al Jazeera.

“For thousands of individuals living in Jerusalem according to a family unification application, it leaves them all the time in fear that something will happen and they will be kicked out from their homes and not able to live with their families any more. Now, Israel is exercising this by displacing family members only because one distant relative allegedly committed an act against the state.”

A man walks past Israeli police officers in Jabal Mukaber, near the home of a Palestinian suspected of an attack

As many as 14,500 Palestinians have had their status as residents of East Jerusalem revoked between 1967 and 2015, in what Hamoked, which focuses on residency rights, calls a “quiet deportation” policy.

Human rights organisations such as B’Tselem and others have argued that residency revocation is one of Israel’s tools to maintain a Jewish majority in Jerusalem.

“I have a brother in a-Sheikh Saad who wasn’t able to attend his own brother’s funeral in Jabal Mukaber, even though we were only 10 metres away from him,” Manwa al-Qanbar said.

“Once his wife fell ill, and he couldn’t cross this checkpoint to come to the hospital,” she said, noting that they had to take another, longer way through a different checkpoint for Palestinians with West Bank IDs. “This is our tragedy. The whole of Jabal Mukaber is going through this tragedy.”

(Source / 27.02.2017)

Israel’s hateful posts target Palestinian politicians

Tens of thousands of cases of online incitement via Israeli social media were documented last year.

Knesset member Haneen Zoabi topped the list, with 60,000 hateful online posts targeting her in 2016

Ramallah – When Haneen Zoabi learned that she had been incited against more than anyone else on Israeli social media last year, she was unfazed.

“I don’t pay any attention. I don’t even read these messages. I let my assistants handle it,” she told Al Jazeera.

A Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament since 2009, Zoabi has been verbally and physically assaulted since she participated in a flotilla attempting to break the blockadeof Gaza in 2010. She has also received threats by telephone and email to her office.

According to a recent study by the Palestinian digital rights group 7amleh, Zoabi was the subject of 60,000 hateful online posts in 2016. Her fellow Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, was the subject of 40,000 posts, while President Mahmoud Abbas appeared in 30,000 posts.

“The police do not pay attention to the incitement, even though it is directed, and it is so obvious that it can threaten my life,” Zoabi said, noting that she used to refer the most serious threats to police, but stopped when she found that it did not lead to investigations or charges against the inciters.

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The 7amleh study, released this month, tracked Hebrew-language posts on Facebook, Twitter and blogs, along with comments on news stories. It flagged certain keywords associated with hate speech or incitement to racism and violence.

The index revealed that the number of hateful posts against Palestinians reached 675,000 in 2016, more than double the previous year’s total.

“There’s a strong correlation between news events in 2016 and the level of incitement,” said Nadim Nashif, cofounder of 7amleh. Indeed, online incitement spiked during and after a number of major news stories in Israel, including a shooting incident in Hebron when an Israeli soldier killed a wounded Palestinian assailant, the recital of a Mahmoud Darwish poem at an Israeli cultural awards ceremony, and the wildfires that swept across Israel in November.

As these events unfolded, a number of senior Israeli ministers made public remarks, which were followed by an outburst of hate speech and incitement online. An example cited by Nashif took place when Israel’s culture minister, Miri Regev, walked out of the Ophir awards in September after two artists performed part of a poem written by Darwish, the Palestinian national poet.

“She left the hall and declared something to the press, and then [online] there was lots of cursing and incitement about Mahmoud Darwish . So, you can see it is obviously linked to either the event, or the politician’s declaration,” Nashif said, adding that 7amleh has been considering presenting its findings to Israeli police.

Israel’s public security minister, Gilad Erdan, has also been accused of inciting against Palestinians, both through remarks he made about the wildfires in Israel and in the statements he posted after the death of a Palestinian and a policeman in the unrecognised Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.

The shift is from politically correct racism and politically correct liberal racism to politically incorrect fascist racism. This is the change.

Haneen Zoabi, Palestinian MK

In December, 10 days after the fires began, Erdan posted on his Facebook page: “Israel has experienced arson terrorism and I won’t let anyone sweep this fact under the rug … Why does it seem unrealistic that Arabs would want to harm Jews?” Three months after the fires, no arson charges have been brought against any Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Then, on January 18 – when village resident Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan was shot before accelerating his car in the direction of a group of Israeli police officers who had arrived to carry out home demolitions in Umm al-Hiran – Erdan took to social media to claim that a “terrorist” attack had occurred.

“The terrorist sharply turned his wheel and quickly accelerated in order to run over a group of police officers,” Erdan posted on Twitter. Later that day, he made a statementon Facebook, claiming that Palestinian Knesset members had “blood on their hands” and were “a disgrace to the state of Israel”.

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In late January, Adalah, the legal centre for Arab minority rights in Israel, sent a letter to Israel’s attorney general demanding a criminal investigation into Erdan for incitement to racism against the Palestinian population in Israel.

“Everything that he says has a major impact on the public and in the public sphere because he’s a minister. So, that’s one of the reasons we think that he needs to be held accountable,” said Nadeem Shehadah, an advocate at Adalah who drafted the letter. “According to the law, these kinds of statements, without any kind of basis against a group of citizens, adds up to, according to the penal code, incitement to racism. You’re targeting a group of people based on their ethnicity.”

Erdan has subsequently said that he would apologise for his comments on the Umm al-Hiran incident if it turned out not to have been a “terror” attack.

While online incitement peaked in 2016, Zoabi told Al Jazeera that an atmosphere of intolerance towards Palestinian citizens of Israel has gradually worsened since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his second term in 2009.

“Something changed dramatically to the political correctness of Zionism. It’s like Trump. But Netanyahu and Israel had Trump’s model long, long before Trump. They had the Trump model from 2009,” she said.

“The shift is from politically correct racism and politically correct liberal racism to politically incorrect fascist racism. This is the change.”

Online incitement is one of the results of a wider campaign to discredit Palestinian political leaders and their demands, Zoabi added.

“They are blocking any possibility for these people and ideas to be promoted, because they know that our debate is a legitimate debate,” she said. “This is the real fear of our debate, that it is a democratic debate based on democratic and universal values, and they think that letting this debate promote itself within Israeli political discourse, this debate would win.”

(Source / 27.02.2017)

Israeli forces shot Palestinian girl in West Bank

The Palestinian girl was shot by an Israeli soldier just because of holding a wallet in her hand

Israeli occupation forces shot, wounded on Monday afternoon Palestinian girl at Qalandia Checkpoint between West Bank and Jerusalem.

According to the eyewitnesses, the girl was evacuated from the scene by Israeli paramedics “apparently” alive, but they could not confirm this, noting that “she could be dead”

Israeli occupation forces shot, wounded on Monday afternoon Palestinian girl at Qalandia Checkpoint between West Bank and Jerusalem.

Palestinian eyewitnesses said that the Palestinian girl wanted to cross the checkpoint the same as other people, but she was “suddenly shot” and wounded.

According to the eyewitnesses, the girl was evacuated from the scene by Israeli paramedics “apparently” alive, but they could not confirm this, noting that “she could be dead.”

Israeli TV Channel 7 claimed that the Palestinian girl approached the checkpoint carrying a “suspicious bag” in her hand.

The TV claimed that the Israeli soldiers had shouted at her, asking her to stop walking, but “she continued walking before she was neutralised.”

Another Israel TV Channel said that the girl is 16 years old, without giving more details about her.

Israeli police Spokeswoman Luba al-Samri claimed that the Palestinian girl “carried an object” in her hands and the Israeli guards called for her to strop. “But she ignored the police orders and therefore she was neutralised,” Al-Samri claimed.

(Source / 27.02.2017)

Israeli jets strike Gaza Strip

No officials in the world exert efforts just to condemn continuous Israeli aggression against the Palestinians

Israeli F16 fighter jets have carried out a couple of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip just one hour ago; no casualties reported.

Israeli media reported that the Israeli occupation air forces carried out two airstrikes on a military base for the Palestinian resistance in Gaza

Israeli F16 fighter jets have carried out a couple of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip just one hour ago; no casualties reported.

Eyewitnesses said that a rocket from an Israeli unpiloted aerial vehicle was launched at a farmland in the east of the Gaza refugee camp of Al-Nusairat.

Then, an Israeli F16 fighter jet launched two massive rockets at the same place, causing much damage in the farms.

Palestinian medical sources reported that no casualties were reported.

Meanwhile, the Israeli media reported that the Israeli occupation air forces carried out two airstrikes on a military base for the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

According to the Israeli media, the Israeli occupation army claimed that the airstrikes came after a homemade rocket launched from Gaza at an open area in the occupied land near the eastern borders of Gaza.

(Source / 27.02.2017)