IOF raids Kefairet village south of Jenin

Kefairet

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Thursday afternoon stormed Kefairet village to the south of Jenin city. IOF soldiers were deployed in the center of the village and carried out field investigations.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF troops erected a military checkpoint near a petrol station at the entrance to the village and blocked traffic.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Lieberman: All inhabitants of Israel, including Arabs, must join army

Lieberman and army

Every young man in Israeli who reaches the age of 18 must serve in the Israeli army or sign up for national service, Israeli Army Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday, opening up the possibility for a rift within the governing coalition, Israeli media reported.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Lieberman was referring to a High Court of Justice ruling that annulled the arrangement allowing yeshiva students not to enlist in the army, saying that “there is no more class A and class B”.

“The most important parameter that guides us is the same parameter called national strength. On this point, many people do not agree and are not acting to achieve that goal, which is more important than weaponry or economy,” he claimed.

“We have no intention of imprisoning anyone,” he said, “and if we want to be effective and efficient, we have to do it wisely, but I can register each of them with a criminal record, and I can demand that the state not subsidize any of them. Not a university or a yeshiva that accepts draft-dodgers,” he further stated.

“Jews served in both the red army and the British army and we were always loyal to the country in which we lived. I don’t understand why a haredi man cannot serve in the army. If not in the army, then national service. The same applies for a Muslim or a Catholic,” he added.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 118th time

al-Araqib 118th

Israeli military bulldozers demolished Thursday morning the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 118th time under heavy police protection.

The bulldozers stormed early today the village after Israeli forces closed all its entrances.

Al-Araqib is one of 45 “unrecognized” Bedouin villages in the Negev desert in southern Israel that authorities refuse to provide their residents with connections to water and electricity grids, or to provide them with health and educational services, or any basic infrastructure.

Roughly 250,000 Palestinians are living in these unrecognized villages.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Hamas Considers Dissolving Administrative Committee as Part of Deal with Fatah

Azzam al-Ahmad / Moussa Abu Marzouk

Ramallah- Fatah stated that it will need further clarifications regarding Hamas’ latest statements on ending the division between the two movements.

At a press conference in Ramallah, Fatah spokesman Nasser al-Qudwa said that it is imperative to hold an effective and honest dialogue to reach the desired outcomes.

Qudwa determined the movement’s three demands to end the separation, saying Hamas must truly accept those fair requests.

The three demands include dissolving the administrative committee formed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, enabling the Palestinian consensual government to function in the territory and commit to holding legislative and presidential elections.

Qudwa also praised efforts exerted by Egypt to end division between the two movements and restore national unity.

A Fatah delegation will arrive in Cairo on Friday or Saturday and is scheduled to meet with Egyptian officials following talks with Hamas members, which were described as positive.

Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad announced that there will be no meetings or dialogues until Hamas announces the dissolution of its governing body in the Gaza Strip and enable the Palestinian Authority government to assume responsibility in its place.

He added that Hamas must approve to holding legislative and presidential polls.

Ahmad reiterated that while Fatah considers Hamas’ statements “positive,” it wants the organization to dissolve its governing body in Gaza rather than merely announce its readiness to do so.

Qudwa and Ahmad’s statements confirm Fatah’s commitment to the roadmap set by President Mahmoud Abbas to end the division.

A Fatah source told Asharq Al-Awsat that the movement wasn’t informed about any Egyptian initiative and would like to listen what Cairo has to suggest and then decide.

He added that Fatah’s stance is known and hasn’t change, elaborating that the solution is simple and that Hamas must comply in order to proceed with the Egypt-backed dialogue.

A Fatah delegation will arrive in Egypt shortly after the Hamas delegation led by head of political bureau Ismail Haniyah held several meetings in Cairo.

Following its meetings, Hamas announced it was ready to comply with the three conditions given that an expanded conference for Palestinian factions be held in Cairo to form a national unity government.

Fatah Member Ahmad was doubtful about Hamas’ statement. However, Hamas sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the movement is somehow angered by Ahmad’s position adding that it had informed Egyptian officials about its readiness to meet the agreement immediately and had asked for guarantees in return.

Yet, Hamas source rejected Fatah’s condition to dismantle the committee prior to the dialogue and stated that Hamas is willing to do that after agreeing with Fatah and not before. He added that Abbas must end his measures against Gaza.

Few months ago, Abbas began a series of procedures against the Gaza strip including taxation and public servants salary cuts.

Egypt’s intervention to end the separation is considered the strongest in years.

Haaretz recently mentioned that Russia is also pressuring to reconcile Hamas and Fatah. The newspaper stated that only two days after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that reconciliation must be achieved, Hamas announced it was prepared to dissolve the committee.

The newspaper added that if Russia can bring about such a reconciliation, it will achieve a double victory. It will be seen as the only country capable of solving disputes in the region, especially given its recent “success” in Syria and it will have made an important declarative contribution to blocking Iranian influence.

A Hamas delegation led by Moussa Abu Marzouk is expected to visit Moscow in the coming days.

Marzouk met with Russian Ambassador to Egypt Sergei Kirpichenkov and discussed recent political developments concerning the reconciliation, according to Hamas’ statement.

Kirpichenkov welcomed Hamas’ visit to Russia and reiterated his country’s full support to the just Palestinian cause and the importance of national unity among Palestinian powers.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Israel to punish Amnesty International over anti-settlement campaign

Amnesty International said this measure undermines free work of human rights groups in Israel

Israeli occupation government to revoke Amnesty International’s tax benefits in Israel as punishment for campaigning about illegal Israeli Jewish settlement.

MK asked finance minister to “immediately revoke Israel’s recognition of donations to Amnesty, since it is an organisation which encourages others to boycott all or part of Israel”

Israeli occupation government to revoke Amnesty International’s tax benefits in Israel as punishment for report about illegal Israeli Jewish settlement.

The UK-based group said that was an “ominous sign for the ability of human rights NGOs in Israel to operate freely.”

Amnesty International will be summoned for a hearing at Israel’s finance ministry to discuss a move that would strip Israelis who donate to the organisation of any tax benefits in Israel.

Miki Zohar, Likud MK, sent a letter to the Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon he “immediately revoke Israel’s recognition of donations to Amnesty, since it is an organisation which encourages others to boycott all or part of Israel.”

The organisation recently launched a campaign to convince the international community to implement a full boycott of illegal Israeli settlements across the occupied Palestinian territory, marking a major boost to the BDS Movement.

BDS

BDS targets companies that act in compliance with the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and encourages supporters to avoid buying Israeli products in order to put pressure on the Israel to end its occupation of West Bank and Jerusalem, as well as the decade-long Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

In a statement released by Amnesty International, on Tuesday, in response to the Israeli media reports, Magdalena Mughrabi, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said that the news was “deeply alarming.”

The group said they have yet to be officially informed of the news. However, if the reports prove true, she said, it would represent a “serious setback to freedom of expression,” and an “an ominous sign for the ability of human rights NGOs in Israel to operate freely and without arbitrary interference.”

“Taking punitive action against Amnesty International over its settlements campaign would constitute a brazen attack by the Israeli authorities on the organisation’s legitimate human rights work.

“It would also be the latest effort by the authorities to silence human rights organisations and activists who criticize the Israeli government and call for accountability,” Mughrabi added.

Amnesty International mission

In the statement, the group reiterated the stance of the international community that Israel’s settlements on occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law, and that Israel’s settlement enterprise has “contributed to decades of mass suffering and violations” in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“As a human rights organisation, Amnesty International aims to ensure that governments uphold their obligations under international law and are not fuelling such violations themselves,” the group said.

“That’s why the organisation’s campaign directs its call at states across the world; asking them to stop assisting an illegal situation by financially sustaining Israel’s abusive, discriminatory, and unlawful settlement policy.”

The group noted that countries allowing Israeli settlement products into their markets and permitting companies to work in illegal settlements “directly help(s) the illegal settlement industry profit and thrive.”

“An end to the settlement enterprise is essential to ending the mass violations suffered by Palestinians living under Israel’s occupation,” Amnesty International added.

Israeli authorities have targeted human rights groups active in the occupied Palestinian territory, attempting to stifle their work in various ways.

The anti-boycott law has marked a serious escalation of such attempts, with several pro-Palestinian activists being barred from entering the country in recent months, including Jews who are participating in the boycott movement.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Israel seals off Gaza crossings

Gaza has been already under strict Israeli, Egyptian internationally-backed siege for 11 consecutive years

Israeli occupation authorities to seal off crossings with besieged Gaza Strip during in September and October, Palestinian Authority said on Thursday.

The statement also said that the Israeli occupation authorities will open the crossing on 24 September only to close it once again on 29-30 September

Israeli occupation authorities to seal off crossings with besieged Gaza Strip during in September and October, Palestinian Authority said on Thursday.

Director General of the Public Administration of the Crossing Points and Borders Committee in Gaza Nazmi Muhanna said that Karm Abu-Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing is going to be fully closed from 20-23 September.

Karm Abu-Salem is the only operating commercial crossing through which Israel drops few amounts of the needed commodities to Gaza residents.

The statement also said that the Israeli occupation authorities will open the crossing on 24 September only to close it once again on 29-30 September.

He did not give details about the planned closures in October or the closure of Eretz Crossing, the only passage for people in Gaza.

Al-Karama (Allenby) Border Crossing will also be affected by the Jewish holidays which will see it reduce its hours of operation, Muhanna said.

It provides the only access from the occupied West Bank to Jordan; Israeli occupation forces control the crossing.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Palestinian refugee from Syria killed in Germany

This is number 85 of the Palestinian refugees who fled the Syrian conflict killed outside Syria, including 35 in Europe. Number three in Germany

Palestinian refugee Mohamed abdul-Naser Nasr was found dead in Germany on Tuesday, Action Group for Palestinians in Syria (AGPS) revealed on Wednesday.

The AGPS said that about 85,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria have arrived in Europe due to the ongoing war in Syria

Palestinian refugee Mohamed abdul-Naser Nasr was found dead in Germany on Tuesday, Action Group for Palestinians in Syria (AGPS) revealed on Wednesday.

The AGPS said that Nasser fled the Palestinian refugee camp in the Syria city of Daraa following the outbreak of the war in the country.

According to the group, his body was found with stab wounds. It noted that the German authorities had not commented on the death.

The AGPS said that about 85,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria have arrived in Europe due to the ongoing war in Syria.

On its website, the Action Group said that 84 Palestinian refugees were killed or died outside Syrian territories –17 in Libya, 15 in Egypt and 15 in Lebanon.

It also noted that eight refugees died in Greece, 12 others in Turkey, six in Malta, three in Palestine, three in Italy, one in Sweden, one in Cyprus, one in Macedonia and two in Germany.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Eight displaced after Israel demolished their house

Israel said it demolished the house due to lacking needed building licenses, while the owners along with NGOs said Israel does not allow Palestinians to build or expand homes in Jerusalem

Israeli bulldozers demolished Palestinian home in East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan on Wednesday morning, displacing eight Palestinians, including four children.

NGO: “Since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis and only 600 for Palestinians, the last of which 40 years ago, in East Jerusalem”

Israeli bulldozers demolished Palestinian home in East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan on Wednesday morning, displacing eight Palestinians, including four children.

Workers from Israel’s Jerusalem municipality escorted by Israeli police forces raided the Ras al-Amud area of Silwan, surrounded a two-story home belonging to the Abu Farha family, and proceeded to raze it to the ground.

The demolition came just after an Israeli court rejected an appeal, filed by the owners of the house, to postpone it.

However, an appeal to postpone the demolition for five days was granted on Monday to the family to move its belongings out.

The house was owned by Motasem and Montaser abu-Farha, and was constructed one year ago. One of the brothers said he devotedly attempted to obtain licenses from the municipality.

Recently, the Israeli occupation handed over demolition warrants to a number of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, claiming the houses were built without the needed licenses.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem. Human rights groups have highlighted that due to discriminatory policies, Israel does not facilitate building for Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem’s illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government.

By contrast, in Palestinian neighbourhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

According to Daniel Seidemann of the NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem, “Since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis in East Jerusalem.”

In contrast, the NGO said, “fewer than 600 units have been built for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the last of which were built 40 years ago.”

UN said that 254 Palestinians had been displaced and 190 buildings have been demolished in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year as of August 28.

Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem reached a record high in 2016.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Israel recognises burning Palestinian family to death

Israel refused to compensate the family under claims it had not been responsible for the blaze

Former Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon recognised on Sunday that Israel is responsible for burning Palestinian Dawabsheh family to death in 2015.

On 31 July 2015, a group of Israeli settlers burnt the house of the Dawabsheh family, killing baby Ali and his parents Sa’ad and Riham. Only then four-year-old Ahmed survived the blaze

Former Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon recognised on Sunday that Israel is responsible for burning Palestinian Dawabsheh family to death in 2015.

Speaking to Israeli Radio, Ya’alon said: “When the Israeli soldiers wanted to evacuate settlers’ homes, the settlers threw stones at them and the Education Minister Naftali Bennet stood up and attacked the Supreme Court.”

“Therefore, we do not have to feel surprised when the settlers uproot the Arabs’ olive trees, burn mosques or churches or burn a family in Duma village – the family whose blood our hands are tainted with.”

On 31 July 2015, a group of Israeli settlers burnt the house of the Dawabsheh family in Duma village in the outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, killing baby Ali and his parents Sa’ad and Riham. Only then four-year-old Ahmed survived the blaze.

Israel has refused to pay compensation to the family of Ahmad Dawabsheh.

Ya’alon resigned from the post of defence minister after differences with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his support for the right of army officers to freely express their opinion.

Since his resignation, he has been an outspoken critic for the policies of Netanyahu’s government. It is expected that he will compete for the post of prime minister in any future election.

(Source / 14.09.2017)

Twelve million reasons to boycott Israel

About 12 million Palestinians scattered all over the world constitute a reason for, not only boycotting Israel, but pushing it out of Palestine.

Prior to 1948, when Jews were persecuted in Europe, Palestinians welcomed them in as warmly as Israel now coldly denies Palestinian refugees the right to return home

By Mahmoud el-Yousseph

About 12 million Palestinians scattered all over the world constitute a reason for, not only boycotting Israel, but pushing it out of Palestine.

There are 12 million Palestinians in the world. Half of them are refugees living in camps and in exile. They are not allowed to return back to their homes and their property. However, under the 1950 Israeli discriminatory “Law of Return” which grants every Jew, wherever he or she resides, automatic Israeli citizenship if desired, at the expense of Palestinian refugees who have lived on the land for generations, including my late parents.

But the Law of Return does not give the same right to the Palestinians who were forced by Israel to leave their homes and property in 1948 and 1967 wars.

Regrettably, Israel-firsters in the US Congress blame Palestinians, and are now advocating to cut most US humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it stops providing financial assistance to widows and children of those killed or imprisoned by Israeli forces.

US Congress should first demand of Israel to respect and comply with UN Security Council Resolution 164 and 242 which gave Israel a seat at the UN on the condition it allow the refugees the right of return and ordered Israel to withdraw from occupied Arab land, allow the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, and pay compensation for those who do not wish to return. The fact is, the US frequently blocks any international attempt to force Israel to obey international law, thus encouraging Israel to further defy UN resolutions.

Prior to 1948, when Jews were persecuted in Europe, Palestinians welcomed them in as warmly as Israel now coldly denies Palestinian refugees the right to return home.

The Israeli army and illegal Jewish settlers have been abusing and killing Palestinian for 70 years with impunity, because they know that they will not be held accountable for their actions no matter what the result is. They know the US will never cut aid to them if they murder Palestinians.

Shamefully, we did not have either heard a peep from the Jewish lobby and or of US public officials, even when the victims were United States citizens or Palestinian Americans like Rachel Corrie, Furkan Dogan, Mahmoud Shaalan, Abdulrahman Barghouti and 14-year-old Orwah Hamad of New Orleans who was shot through the neck and head.

I have read the book of Torah, where it says: “Judaism stands on three legs: peace, freedom and justice.” That said, I believe Israel is neither democratic nor Jewish. It is simply an evil and terrorist caliphate just like ISIS, that constitutes a danger to itself and to the rest of the world.

The 12 million Palestinians living under siege in Gaza, under occupation in the West Bank, as a second class-citizens living inside Israel and those in camps and diaspora constitutes 12 million reasons to boycott Israel.

(Source / 14.09.2017)