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Iconic girl from Gaza beach massacre graduates

11 years following the 2006 Gaza beach tragedy that killed seven members of her family, Huda Ghalia graduates from the University of Gaza

Eleven years after the 2006 Gaza beach massacre that killed seven members of her family, Huda Ghalia has graduated after completing her undergraduate studies in Sharia and Law at the Islamic University of Gaza.

On the afternoon of 9 June 2006, the Ghalia family were picnicking on the Sudaniya beach near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza when Israeli artillery and naval shelling struck the beach, killing seven members of her family, including her father, stepmother and five siblings.

Huda’s heart wrenching cries for her father as she ran towards his dead body not long after the blast were broadcast around the world. The images of her collapsing besides his body, weeping have turned her into an icon of the Palestinian struggle.

Before handing Huda an honorary award, the head of the Islamic University of Gaza Adel Awadallah said:

Huda is not an average person; she is a piece of every Palestinian. She got into our souls and into our hearts, and it is our duty to take care of her and stand by her.

“I am particularly grateful for my mother who stayed up with me, did so much to take care of me, raised me and encouraged me to finish my education,” Huda said during her graduation ceremony.

Read: 3 years on from Gaza war

Israel initially took responsibility for the bombing, saying it regretted the civilian deaths. Later, however, it retracted and said the Israeli army was not responsible, concluding that the bombing was caused by a bomb planted by Hamas on the beach.

Following the incident, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared three days of mourning, describing the incident a “bloody massacre”.

(Source / 28.07.2017)

Israel is continuing the Nakba

Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on 24 May, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]

Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on 24 May, 2017

By Ramona Wadi

Choosing and implementing narratives according to circumstances continue to define Israel’s stance towards Palestinians. Recently, Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi threatened Palestinians with a third Nakba in a Facebook post. Appropriating Palestinian remembrance to suit his brief rant, warned of impending ethnic cleansing against the backdrop of incited Israeli violence which has erupted about Al-Aqsa.

The statements remained unchallenged by the Israeli government, reflecting lenience towards violence and also an endorsement of the policies which form the foundations of the Israeli colonial entity. Of grave consequence is the ambiguity in Hanegbi’s words, which indicate pauses between 1948, 1967 and the present.

Image of Israeli minister, Tzachi Hanegbi on 8 January 2013 [The Israel Project/Wikipedia]

It is a fact that all periods were marked by particular circumstances. Yet, to differentiate merely upon the basis of dates is a tactic which should be combated. The timeline is important within the context of land and memory. When focusing upon the latter, it is important to retain the centrality of the timeline as an ongoing process, rather than, as Hanegbi insinuates, occasions of extreme retaliation, which is an erroneous premise distorting Palestinian history.

Read: Israel plans expansion of Jerusalem to include nearby settlements

If restricted to the 1948 framework, then one can say that the Nakba was confined to that period, with 1967 opening yet another laceration in Palestinian history. However, it is wrong to assimilate to the Israeli narrative which is an epitome of instability when it comes to assertions. On the other hand, Israel’s stability is generated by the steady refining of atrocities committed against Palestinians and the acquiescence of the international community, which has also remained silent about the latest call for ethnic cleansing.

Just as Hanegbi has availed himself of the freedom granted by Israel and reciprocated by the international community to call for the murder and displacement of Palestinians, Palestinians should equally refute the insinuations of purported spasmodic violence committed by Israel and insist upon disseminating the historical narrative that has remained relevant to date precisely due to it being a continuation of 1948. It is imperative to discern the Israeli normalisation of violence discretely enshrined in his words. By playing different forms of violence against each other, Hanegbi is suggesting Palestinian culpability while inferring that Israel only retaliates in purportedly extreme circumstances. Ethnic cleansing is accepted by colonial Israel and presented as a means of control. The international community, having endorsed the security narrative, will not object to the crime as it would unravel the support structure it has awarded Israel.

Read more: 100 Israeli settlers occupy Palestinian house in Hebron

In response, clarifying the modified, ongoing violence against Palestinians should always be framed within the context of the early Zionist colonial atrocities. The emphasis, which is routinely ignored also due to the ceremonial importance placed upon anniversaries, should assert that

Israel has never halted the Nakba – it merely refined the methods used to prevent excessive scrutiny.

Such an approach would expose Israeli rhetoric and intent. Furthermore, it would allow Palestinians to assert their memory over Israel’s manipulation. Hanegbi has attempted to shock while lulling passive observers into assimilating to the fabrication of ethnic cleansing as a legitimate response to alleged provocation. The reality is that provocation is embodied by the establishment of Israel upon Palestinian territory and Palestinians have been left with little recourse to assert their legitimate rights, including armed struggle against an ongoing Nakba.

(Source / 28.07.2017)

Israeli rabbis call on Jews to storm Al-Aqsa

Israeli forces injure Palestinians with tear gas as they gather to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures in Jerusalem on 27 July 2017 [Mahmoud İbrahem/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces injure Palestinians with tear gas as they gather to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures in Jerusalem on 27 July 2017

Dozens of prominent rabbis have called on Israeli settlers to storm the Al-Aqsa compound to reinforce Jewish ties to the area, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The statement, signed by 40 rabbis and instigated by far-right leader Rabbi Dov Lior and Chief Rabbinate Judge Rabbi Yisrael Rozen, insists that going to the site to advance Jewish prayers is important to facilitate the broader Zionist project for the region.

“It is a great merit to go up, and to be raised up, to the holy mountain in order to seek guidance for Zion and to strengthen our hold on this holy place,” wrote the rabbis yesterday.

The Joint Committee of the Temple Organisations have recorded that over 1,500 Jews have stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque since a deadly shootout two weeks ago, more than twice the number than in the same period previously.

Read: Israel is continuing the Nakba

The statement comes as Palestinians face severe restrictions on their access to the Noble Sanctuary, resulting in widespread protests in Jerusalem, the occupied territories and around the world.

Despite the removal of new security measures by Israeli forces on Wednesday evening, occupying soldiers attacked Muslim worshipers gathering at the mosque again yesterday and closed the gates.

The Waqf authority has called for Palestinians to gather at Al-Aqsa for Friday prayers today to protest the ongoing Israeli aggression.

(Source / 28.07.2017)

Israel releases Shirin Issawi from solitary confinement

Image of Palestinian lawyer, Shirin Issawi

The Israel Prison Service (IPS) has ended the 36-day long solitary confinement of Palestinian lawyer Shirin Issawi, according to a statement released yesterday by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

The group said Issawi will now be transferred from Jalama to HaSharon prison next week after being held in solitary since 22 June.

Issawi, who was detained in March 2014, was sentenced to four years in prison last year alongside her brother Medhat for allegedly being in contact with, and providing funds to, Palestinian prisoners.

According to lawyer Hanan Al-Khatib, Issawi was placed in solitary confinement after she reportedly confronted IPS officials carrying out a raid in Damon prison.

Al-Khatib added that Issawi was violently assaulted during the Damon raid, leaving her bleeding and with bruises, before transferring her and three other prisoners to solitary confinement.

Read: House arrest for newly released Palestinian prisoners

Issawi told Al-Khatib that following the raid she had been fined 700 shekels ($198), banned from family visitations and purchasing from the prison commissary for a month, and sentenced to seven days in solitary confinement, while all the other Palestinians detained in Damon had been barred access to the prison yard for three days.

Issawi described the imprisonment conditions in Jalama as terrible, telling Al-Khatib that three surveillance cameras were installed in her dirty cell, invading her privacy at all times, while the cell’s window was obscured with plastic sheeting, and prison guards verbally abused prisoners.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, of the 6,200 Palestinians held in Israeli prisoners as of May, 56 were women or girls.

(Source / 28.07.2017)

Israel to penalise Amnesty supporters

Image of an Amnesty International rally [Richard Potts/Flickr]

Image of an Amnesty International rally

Israel’s finance minister is working on a set of measures to revoke tax benefits for anyone that supports Amnesty International’s campaign for a boycott against the Israeli occupation.

Sources in Israel have reported that the Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is working to introduce a set of measures to revoke tax benefits from Amnesty International’s supporters, in accordance with the Boycott Law.

Kahlon’s remark reflects the growing anxiety within the country over the snowballing of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). Since its launch in 2005 dozens of artists, academics, human rights organisations and various institutions around the world have joined the campaign against Israel’s occupation and its discriminatory policies against Palestinians.

The new measures to fight the global BDS campaign proposed by Kahlon are in response to a report by Amnesty International two months ago which called on the “international community to ban the import of all goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fuelled mass human rights violations against Palestinians”.

Read: Amnesty slams Israel’s detention of Palestinian human rights defender

Amnesty submitted the report to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. The report accused Israel of being a “war criminal” because the “settlements” are “war crimes”.  Amnesty said:

For decades, the world has stood by as Israel has destroyed Palestinians’ homes and plundered their land and natural resources for profit.

Amnesty International‘s Secretary-General, Salil Shetty, objected to the international communities’ paralysis over the situation saying “50 years on, merely condemning Israel’s settlement expansion is not enough”. “It’s time for states,” he added. “to take concrete international action to stop the financing of settlements which themselves flagrantly violate international law and constitute war crimes.”

(Source / 28.07.2017)

PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli forces kill 3 children & one adult, wound 229 Palestinian civilians

28 JUL
12:56 PM

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 21– 26 July 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, in the West Bank.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, in the West Bank while a third child was killed due to the explosion of a suspicious object from the Israeli forces’ remnants. Moreover, Israeli forces wounded 259 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children and 2 paramedics, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Two hundred and twenty one of them were in Jerusalem; 19 were in the West Bank while 19 others, including a child and 2 paramedics, were wounded in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and to open fire at farmers in the border areas.

On 14 July 2017, in excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed Mohammed al-Teneh (24) from Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem, after he was shot near the northern entrance to the village. The Israeli forces claimed that al-Teneh attempted to carry out a stab attack, but eyewitnesses in the scene emphasized they did not see any sharp tool beside his body lying on the ground.

Following the Friday prayer, 21 July 2017, most of occupied East Jerusalem’s neighbourhoods and villages witnessed violent clashes between the worshipers and Israeli soldiers. Those clashes continued until the afternoon, resulting in the killing of 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children; one of whom was shot dead by an Israeli settler. In Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood, east of the City, Mohammed Sharaf (17) was shot dead when a settler opened fire at him. Sharaf was hit with 2 bullets to his neck. In al-Tur neighbourhood, east of the City as well, Mohammed Abu Ghannam (20) was shot dead when Israeli soldiers opened fire at him from a close distance, wounding him to the chest and heart. In Abu Dis, east of the City, Mohammed Lafi (17) was hit with bullets to his chest, one of which directly hit his heart.

In the same context, on 22 July 2017, ‘Oday Nawaj’ah, from Yata, south of Hebron, was killed after a suspicious object exploded from the Israeli forces’ remnants in Bzeiq area, northeast of Tubas, while grazing his sheep. It should be mentioned the abovementioned area witnessed many similar incidents as the Israeli forces is used to conducting military trainings there.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 240 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children; 221 were wounded in occupied Jerusalem, while the others were wounded in the West Bank. They were directly wounded with bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters.

A child was killed after a suspicious object from the Israeli forces’ remnants exploded in Tubas.

259 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children and 2 paramedics, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

221 civilians were wounded in Jerusalem and its suburbs, 19 were wounded in the West Bank and

Israeli forces conducted 81 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

128 civilians, including 14 children and 4 women, were abducted. 51 of them, including 5 children and a woman, were abducted in Jerusalem.

In one example of this week’s 259 civilians wounded by Israeli forces this week, on July 23rd, At approximately 17:30, Hekmat Jawdat Sa’id Hamed (26), from Furoush Beit Dagan village adjacent to al-Hamra checkpoint in the central Jordanian Valley, was driving his car on the main street. An Israeli military jeep chased him, so he fled away to the agricultural lands. The soldiers chased him and ordered him to stop, but he did not respond. When he travelled away from them, he left the car and ran away. The soldiers continued to chase him, and one of them opened fire at him. As a result, he was hit with live bullet to the right foot. The soldiers took him to al-Hamrah checkpoint. In the meantime, an ambulance of Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) arrived from the center of Tubas and offered first aid to Hekmat at the abovementioned checkpoint. The Israeli forces did not allow the ambulance crews to evacuate him from the area until approximately 19:30, as he was abducted from the ambulance and taken to “Jadi” military camp in al-Jiftlik. At approximately 20:30 on the same day, The Israeli forces coordinated with the Palestinian Military Liaison to hand over the wounded civilian and transfer him to a Palestinian hospital.

Israeli attacks on the al-Aqsa Mosque and surrounding areas:

For the second week, the Israeli authorities continued to escalate the measures taken against al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. Those measures included closing the Mosque; banning prayers; and establishing metal detector gates at its Gates. On Sunday morning, 16 July 2017, these authorities established metal detector gates at 9 gates of al-Aqsa; 5 were in the yard of the Lions’ Gate “al-Asbat”, 2 in the Council Gate “al-Majles”, and 2 in the Chain Gate “al-Silselah”. Meanwhile, the Gates of Remission “Huttah”, King Faisal, Bani Ghanim “al-Ghawanmah”, Iron “al-Hdaid”, Ablution “al-Mutaharah”, and Cotton Merchants “al-Qattanin” are so far closed. Since then, the Palestinian worshippers has refused to enter al-Aqsa Mosque through these detector gates and started performing prayers in the yards at the entrances to the Noble Sanctuary. Despite the demands to remove these gates, the Israeli Cabinet in the Israeli government decided in its meeting on Thursday, 20 July 2017, to maintain these detector gates; amass more forces to Jerusalem, its surroundings and al-Aqsa Mosque; impose a tightened closure on Jerusalem; and close all roads and entrances to and from the city. On 23 July 2017, Israeli forces installed surveillance cameras, overhead metal brdiges and railings at the entrances to the Lion’s Gate in addition to the metal detectors. On 25 July 2017, the Israeli forces removed the metal detectors and declared its intention to remove all the cameras, overhead bridges and surveillances cameras installed in the previous days at al-Aqsa Mosque entrances to restore the situation before 14 July.

In Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood, east of occupied Jerusalem, thousands of Palestinian worshipers performed the Friday prayer on the street at the entrance to the neighbourhood. Following the prayer, Israeli forces fired sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at the worshipers and then dispersed them. Confrontations erupted in the neighbourhood and then reached near the entrance to “Ma’aleh Zeitim” settlement, in the center of Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements, an Israeli settler, who lives in the “Ma’aleh Zeitim” settlement, chased a group of Palestinian civilians while he was present at the entrance to the settlement. In the meantime, the Israeli settler topped one of the settlement walls and then opened fire at Mohamed Mahmoud Dawoud Sharaf (17). Mohamed was hit with 2 bullets to the neck. The Palestinian youngsters attempted to help Mohamed, but he succumbed to his wounds before arriving at the medical center. It should be noted that Mohamed has just celebrated his high school (Tawjihi) graduation and was planning to join the university and complete his study.

In al-Tour neighbourhood, east of occupied Jerusalem, violent clashes erupted between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli forces at the neighborhood intersection. The Israeli forces fired live bullets towards the worshipers. As a result, Mohamed Hasan Abu Ghannam (20) was wounded. Eyewitnesses stated that the Israeli forces opened fire at Mohamed from a close range. Mohamed’s father also said that the bullets penetrated Mohamed’s chest and heart and killed him as a result. After that, Mohamed was taken to al-Maqased Hospital to receive medical treatment. In the meantime, the Israeli forces raided the hospital and heavily fired sound bombs in the hospital yards. They also attempted to arrest Mohamed. When medical sources declared the death of Mohamed, a number of Palestinian young men smuggled his corpse out of the hospital and buried his corpse in al-Tour cemetery. In addition, Mohamed’s mother said that she could not bid farewell to her son because of the Israeli forces, who attempted to take his corpse from the hospital. According to PCHR’s investigations about the killing of Mohamed Abu Ghannam, at approximately 15:00, Mohamed arrived at the emergency department at al-Maqased Hospital. Mohamed was hit with a live bullet to the chest and his health condition was serious. According to medical sources, Mohamed suffered from a severe bleeding and he fell into a coma. Therefore, the medical crew offered first aid to him and tried to revive his heart. It should be noted that the electrocardiogram showed that he was still alive. Twenty minutes later, the medical crew decided to take Mohamed to the surgery’s section, where Mohamed was given blood units. Furthermore, Mohamed was accompanied by three nurses from the emergency department, an anesthesiologist, and another specialist from thoracic surgery. He was then put on a bed and taken to the corridor leading to the electric elevator. When Mohamed and medical crew arrived at the blood bank, a force of Border Police officers deployed in the corridor leading to the elevator and pointed their firearms at the Palestinian young men gathered in the blood bank. The Border Police officers attempted to deny Mohamed’s bed access to the elevator and during which they attacked a nurse, Raied Ibrahim Mubarak (25), hit him in the neck and pushed him on the ground. The Border Police officers also attacked the doctors and then removed the artificial oxygen device and blood units from Mohamed’s body. After that, a number of Palestinian young men immediately carried Mohamed and quickly took him to the X-ray room to which the doctors followed them. The Palestinian young men closed the door of the X-ray room so that the Border Guard officers would not catch them. The doctors tried to revive his heart, but he succumbed to his wounds.

Abu Deis village, east of occupied Jerusalem, witnessed violent clashes following the Friday prayer that was performed near Ras Kabsah city. In the evening, Mohamed Mahmoud Lafi (17), was hit with live bullets to the chest and heart. Mohamed was then taken via a PRCS ambulance to Palestine Complex in Ramallah, where medical sources declared his death. It should be noted that Mohamed has just celebrated his High School (Tawjihi) graduation and he was planning to complete his study.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

During the past week, 19 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces conducted 3 limited incursions. On 23 July 2017, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into the western side of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Bureij. They combed and levelled the area lands before redeploying along the border fence.

On 25 July 2017, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into the eastern side of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled and combed areas along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

On 26 July 2017, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into the south-eastern side of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, and leveled and combed areas there.

Israeli settlement activities:

At approximately 00:20 on Sunday, 23 July 2017, a group of Israeli settlers gathered near the entrance to Dersitiyia village, northwest of Salfit, and then withdrew. No more incidents were reported.

At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, a group of Israeli settlers gathered at the entrance to Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit. An Israeli settler fired a live bullet in the air. No more incidents were reported.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

At approximately 13:45 on Friday afternoon, 21 July 2017, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, Israeli forces fired metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, a 38-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the back and a 22-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the back too.

Following the Friday prayer on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

Demonstrations Against Israeli procedures in al-Aqsa Mosque:

At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 21 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian residents from Bethlehem and it camps gathered to perform Friday prayer near the military gate established in the annexation wall near Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque, north of the city. At the end of the prayer, they chanted slogans against the Israeli policy aimed to Judaize Jerusalem and the tight security measures imposed around al-Aqsa Mosque. A large number of Israeli soldiers arrived to the area from the security gate and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. The protestors threw stones at the soldiers and set fire to tires to deny the Israeli military jeeps and wastewater pumping vehicle access to the area.

Following the Friday prayer that was performed in al-Husain Ben ‘Ali Stadium in Hebron, the worshippers made their way to al-Zawiyah Gate. There was an Israeli force stationed at the military Checkpoint (56) established on al-Shuhadaa’ Street, which is closed. They threw stones and fireworks at the soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters at them. The young men dispersed and the soldiers chased them between the shops amidst Israeli soldiers’ firing live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, a 14-year-old civilian sustained live bullet wound to the left leg, a 19-year-old civilian sustained live bullet wound to the left shoulder, a 16-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the chest and was hit with a tear gas canister to the back. The soldiers also attacked a number of journalists in al-Tuffah Valley and prevented them from taking photos. Hazem Bader, a photographer at the French Agency, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli Border Guards attacked him and banned the other journalists from staying in the area. The Israeli forces moved into Hebron Governmental Hospital and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters around the hospital. Journalist Doaa’ al-Atrash, a reporter at Ma’an News Agency said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“I was with my colleague Mashour al-Wahwah, a photographer at Wafa News Agency, when something hit my back. Before I turned back, an explosion occurred and it was a sound bomb although I was wearing the Press uniform. Fortunately, my colleague and I were not wounded.

Around the same time, Palestinian civilians organized a protest from the center of ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They made their way towards the northern entrance to the village and chanted slogans supporting al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli forces stationed at the abovementioned entrance fired metal bullets at the protestors. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the left knee. He was taken to Dr. Darwish Nasal Governmental Hospital to receive medical treatment. (PCHR keeps the name of the wounded civilian)

At approximately 14:15, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a demonstration and made their way towards Howarah checkpoint, south of Nablus in protest against the Israeli measures against al-Aqsa Mosque. When they approached the abovementioned checkpoint, they set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 23-year-ld civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the right ankle, a 20-year-old civilian sustained a super-facial live bullet wound to the right foot, a 24-year old civilian was hit with a metal bullet that broke the ribs and a 25-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left arm.

Following the Friday prayer, residents of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, organized a peaceful protest against the Israeli security procedures in Jerusalem after they established metal detectors at the entrances to al-Aqsa Mosque. They approached the entrance to the village where the Israeli forces established a military checkpoint and there was a large force deployed in the area. The protestors threw stones at the soldiers, who fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and chased them between houses. They also set up ambushes in the area to arrest the protestors. They abducted Mohammed Thyab Sabarnah (19) after they chased him and took him to the checkpoint established at the entrance to the village. They then transferred him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 17:00, dozens of Palestinian civilians made their way from the center of Qalqiliyah towards the northern entrance to the northern checkpoint “Eyal” checkpoint where the Israeli forces ara stationed. When they approached the checkpoint, the Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. They also abducted 3 children namely Khaled Na’el ‘Oudah Nazal (16), Hamzah Yusuf Ja’idi (17) and Yahiya Mohammed Abu Shehab (17).

At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 23 July 2017, Palestinian civilians organized a protest from the center of Joyous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way towards the annexation wall, west of the village, and chanted slogans supporting al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli soldiers stationed at the abovementioned wall fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, Mahmoud Mohammed Isma’il Qadoumi (14) sustained 2 live bullet wounds to the left thigh and right leg and was abducted. The PRCS crews were not able to offer medical treatment for him. The civilians, who were in the area, including Mohammed’s father, attempted to offer him first aid. However, a soldier pointed out his weapon at Mohammed’s father and threatened him to move away. Mohammed was abducted and transferred via an Israeli ambulance to an unknown destination. His family was informed later that he underwent a medical surgery in “Meir” Medical Center. The surgery continued from approximately 21:00 on the same day to approximately 05:00 on Monday, 24 July 2017. Moreover, Ahmed Fehmi Salim (60) sustained a metal bullet wound to the right hand.

At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 21 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khuza’ah and ‘Abasan al-Kabirah villages, east of Khan Yunis. They set fire to tires and raised Palestinian flags. A number of them approached the abovementioned border fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The Israeli forces fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them to disperse them. As a result, a number of civilians sustained tear gas inhalation.

At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 14 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, protesting against the Israeli metal detectors that were established at al-Aqsa Mosque gates. Some of the young men gathered near the security fence, set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded. The first one was hit with a tear gas canister to the head and the other sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg. (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians).

At approximately 16:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests against the Israeli measures in occupied Jerusalem. Some of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 17 civilians, including 2 children and 2 PRCS paramedics, were wounded. One civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg while the other 16 civilians were directly hit with tear gas canister. As a result, the side windows of 2 ambulances belonging to the PRCS and Military Medical Services were broken. The wounded paramedics were identified as:

Mahmoud Yusri ‘Ayesh al-Masri (21), from Beit Hanoun, was hit with a tear gas canister to the nose which was broken as a result.

‘Alaa’ Abdul Mo’ez Abdul Mo’ati Abu Sh’air (32), from Jabalia, was hit with a tear gas canister to the back.(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded civilians)

At approximately 16:30, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel around Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, northwest of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. A number of them approached the abovementioned borer fence and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed there. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters around the protestors to disperse them. As a result, a number of civilians sustained tear gas inhalation.

Recommendations to the international community:

Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights violations this week, the PCHR made several recommendations to the international community. Among these were a recommendation that the international community respect the U.N. Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.

The PCHR also called upon the ICC in 2017 to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Click here for the full text of the report.

(Source / 20.07.2017)

Thousands protest Israel’s destruction and land grab policy in Negev

Protest against home demolition and land grab policy

Thousands of Palestinian citizens on Thursday participated in a protest against Israel’s home demolition and land grab policy in the Negev.

The participants rallied outside the headquarters of the Bedouin Development Authority, an affiliate of the Israeli government, in Beersheba city.

“This demonstration was staged to raise the voice of the Negev loudly and vociferously against the systematic policy of displacement, ethnic cleansing and demolition that targeted over 2,000 Palestinian homes in the Negev over the past two years, not to mention the seizure of about 300,000 dunums of land,” head of the Arab Democratic Party Taleb al-Sanea told Quds Press.

“Our right to obtain homes, have our villages recognized, live in dignity and honorably in our homeland, and build on the land of our fathers and forefathers is legitimate and sacred,” Sanea added.

Nearly 240,000 Palestinian Bedouins with Israeli documents live in the Negev desert and more than half of them still live in some 40 villages and hamlets with no access to services because the Israeli authorities do not recognize them.

(Source / 28.07.2017)

Thousands banned from praying at 3rd holiest site in Islam

Prayers again in streets

Tens of thousands of Palestinians performed noon prayers on Friday in Jerusalem streets after the Israeli occupation forces slapped tough restrictions at al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinian masses prayed in congregation in Salah al-Deen Street, al-Amoud Gate, al-Asbat Gate, Ras al-Amoud, and Wadi al-Jouz after they were banned by the Israeli forces from reaching al-Aqsa Mosque.

Heavily-armed Israeli police troops showed up at the scene and cracked down on the worshipers.

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At the same time, only those aged above 50 years old were spotted in the plazas of holy al-Aqsa Mosque.

Speaking during Friday’s Khutbah (sermon), Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Muhammed Hussein, slammed the Israeli measures and bans against the Muslim worshipers.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli police enforced age restrictions on worshipers at al-Aqsa, allowing only those aged above 50 to enter the site.

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Buses carrying worshipers from Palestinian villages in territories occupied in 1948 (Israel) were also forced to return back.

According to the media chief at Jerusalem’s Islamic Awqaf Department, Firas al-Dabs, only 10,000 Palestinians were allowed to pray at al-Aqsa.

He added that the Israeli police targeted worshipers in Wadi al-Jouz with sound bombs.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said a worshiper was treated for rubber bullet wounds near al-Sahira Gate, in the Old City.

Muslim worshipers have been denied access into al-Aqsa Mosque for the third week running.

On Friday, July 14, the Israeli forces shut down the doors of al-Aqsa following a shootout that took away the lives of three Palestinian young men and two Israeli police officers.

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(Source / 28.07.2017)

Dahlan Participates in Hamas Public Meeting for First Time

Palestine

Mohammed Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief, lives in UAE

Gaza- Exiled Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan took part on Thursday in a public meeting with Hamas members of parliament for the first time in a decade.

Hamas called for a public meeting to discuss the condition in al-Aqsa Mosque – Seven exiled Fatah members in addition to Dahlan attended the session while MPs loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other parliamentary blocks absented themselves.

The attendance of Dahlan – also a member of the parliament – hinted on his new alliance with Hamas after being enemies during the internal clashes in 2006-2007. He met leaders of Hamas in Egypt, within a new alliance that included cooperating for the sake of Gaza.

Dahlan in his speech said that Jerusalem and holy sites are a time bomb that shouldn’t be messed with.

“I see in Jerusalem people a deviating strength that enjoys factors of communication and continuity in the purpose of ending the occupation through an escalating comprehensive resistance,” he added.

This requires that division be ended and unity underpinned to back the people of Jerusalem, he continued, urging for overcoming Palestinian disputes to mobilize Arab powers for the purpose of liberating Jerusalem.

“We exerted joint efforts with Hamas and we succeeded in restoring hope to the heroic people of Gaza. We found that Hamas has the readiness, understanding and positivity like us, and this cooperation would pay off but we are still in the beginning,” he added.

Fatah or the authority didn’t comment over Dahlan attendance to the meeting, but some officials in the movement described the alliance as suspicious, accusing Dahlan and Hamas of working to detach Gaza from the West Bank – a matter denied by the two parties.

(Source / 28.07.2017)

Int’l Coalition Airstrikes on Rural Deir Ezzor Cause Exodus of Civilians amid Deteriorating Humanitarian Conditions

Airstrikes by the international anti-ISIS coalition killed 24 civilians, including women and children, in rural Deir Ezzor on Wednesday.

Local news networks reported that the international coalition forces committed a massacre in the village of Tayba in eastern rural Deir Ezzor claiming the lives of 15 civilians. Nine other civilians were killed in similar attacks on the town of Albu Kamal near the Iraqi border.

Deir Ezzor 24 news network reported that the bombardment and the deteriorating humanitarian situation caused an exodus of civilians from the towns and villages of rural Deir Ezzor.

The network earlier reported the spread of many epidemics in the area, especially polio due to the lack of antibiotics and medical supplies and the destruction of most hospitals in the area.

The towns and villages in rural Deir Ezzor have been subjected to bombardment by the Assad regime, Russia, and the international coalition forces, the network said. The network confirmed that cluster bombs and white phosphorus are being used in the bombing.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 28.07.2017)