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A monster swallowing Palestinian lands in Nablus

Shilo settlement

Shilo settlement

Israeli settlements swallow Palestinian land, don’t spare even trees, and take over whatever land they could, expanding in all directions, and cutting off Palestinians cities.

All you need is to drive along the Ramallah-Nablus road to be shocked upon seeing hundreds of Palestinian agricultural dunums, stolen by settlers of Shilo settlement and on which they built factories.

The settlement of Shilo was established in 1978, southeast of Nablus and northeast of Ramallah, and is located on the lands of Qaryut, Mughayir, Khirbat Abu Falah, Tirmseya and Singel villages. It is located 3 kilometers away from Alubban Alsharqia village, on the Ramallah-Nablus road, and 40 km away from the city of Jerusalem. Religiously speaking, it is considered by the Gush Ammonim settler movement as the second holy place for Jews after the city of Jerusalem.

The settlement was established on the top of a mountain that surrounds vast plains and on the lands of Arab villages which the Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favor of settlers, when Palestinian owners appealed the Israeli confiscation of their lands.

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The researcher in settlement affairs Khaled Maali said that most of the residents of the settlement of Shilo are religious Jews (Haredim) who work there. Many industries and light production lines have been established in that settlement, in addition to providing various services. Some of them work in the nearby settlements of Ofra and Beit El. Shilo is considered an industrial settlement.

Maali added, “The purpose of establishing the settlement is to have a military industrial project that sells information in the field of military industry, in addition to establishing a chemical plant and educational institutes, including a high school and a field school, in addition to promoting tourism, due to the unique archaeology and nature of the area.”

He noted, “Among the industries established in the settlement are a jewelry factory, a carpentry workshop and many different workshops. Many of its residents work in agriculture. They raise livestock and poultry and occupy large areas of land seized in recent years, turning them into peach and grape farms.”

The theft of 2000 dunums
Attorney Na’ila Attiya, who is following up the issue of the stolen land by the settlement of Shilo, told the PIC reporter: “The settlement of Shilo is currently occupying around 1,995 dunums of privately-owned Palestinian land. She wondered if any Palestinian body cared to question this, or if we knew this and continue to be silent.”

She added, “All settlements that have taken over (Palestinian) agricultural land in recent years are religious, primarily the settlement of Shilo and its outposts, which are currently occupying 1,995 dunums of privately owned Palestinian land.”

She concluded, “Who speak to the world and spend large budgets for a conference that talks about settlements, should ask themselves what we have done to address this issue.”

“We have a responsibility towards the land, and the speeches are no longer enough and will not expel any settler from our land!”

(Source / 21.09.2017)

Innocence Denied: The Israeli Occupation’s War On Children

Innocence Denied: The Israeli Occupation’s War On Children

“All children of the ‘goyim’ (Gentiles) are animals.”

(Yebamoth 98a)

By Ariyana Love

There should be no question in anyone’s mind that the Israeli Occupation is deliberately targeting Palestinian children through it’s ethnic cleansing policy and practice. The Occupation’s draconian, Apartheid laws are derived directly from Talmudic law, which condones child abuse and explicitly teaches the Jew how to murder the gentile (non-Jew).

If you think Islam is extreme, you still don’t know who the real enemy is.

Nurit Peled pointed out in her book titled, “Palestine in Israeli School Books,” how the Occupation society is heavily indoctrinated with racist ideology from early childhood.

Jewish supremacy is the main justification for the continued land theft and military crimes against the occupied Palestinian people. Talmudic law excuses the Jew from all violations of international law, simply for being Jewish. If a Jew wants something from a goyim, Talmudic law says he can lie, cheat and steal in order to get it. This my friends, is the elephant in the room that nobody wants to discuss.

Why do we allow extremist criminals to abduct, torture and execute innocent children with impunity, while stealing their land and houses? Why are we tolerating this? Are Jews actually superior to everyone else? If there were such a thing as a “chosen people” don’t you think they’d be a loving example for others to follow?

Here are a few examples of the blood curdling crimes carried out against Palestinian children, committed by Jewish extremists in occupied Palestine, within the last three months.

Settler Terrorist Attacks

“Even the best of the ‘goyim’ should all be killed.” (Soferim 15)

About 600,000 illegal Occupation settlers live in over 230 illegal settlement colonies within the Palestinian territories. They were built since the Israeli Occupation illegally seized all of the Palestine in 1967, through a treacherous military take-over.

The settlers are all knowingly committing a crime for stealing and squatting on land that does not belong to them. All settlers must be restrained by their necks and face trial, yet the international community does nothing to stop the expansion of Occupation settlements. These settlers, who especially like targeting children, have free reign to commit acts of terror against Palestinians.

Palestinian children who live and go to school near the illegal settlements, are routinely attacked, tortured and killed by these settlers. The Occupation establishment sometimes opens an investigation into the settler attacks, but this is only to appease public outcry. The Occupation protects these settlers and all investigations will be later dismisses as “accidents.” Eye witnesses testimonies consistently affirms that these are deliberate attacks.

Take for example the Dawabsheh family murder. Members of a popular and known settler terrorist gang, “Hilltop Youth,” burned the Dawabsheh family alive while they were sleeping in their beds on 31 July 2015. Baby Ali and his parents Sa’ad and Riham were killed, while four-year-old Ahmed survived the blaze. But the Occupation still refuses to pay compensation to the Dawabsheh family.

Last month on August 10th, Press TV reported that an Occupation settler deliberately crashed his car into a group of children within Palestinian territory, hospitalizing 4 kids. The settler was not brought to justice.

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Last month on August 26th, a 8-year-old Palestinian girl named Aseel Abu Oun, was murdered when an Occupation settler intentionally rammed into the girl with his vehicle. She was dressed in her school uniform at the time she was hit. Aseel died the next day from the critical wounds she suffered, while the settler was regarded as a hero by his Jewish supremacist community. Nobody was apprehended.

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This month, on the 8th of September, 5-year-old Dina Jabari was hit by a settler at high speed and critically injured, next to the Kiryat Arba settlement colony in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) of the West Bank in Hebron city. A gang of settlers then left Jaabari bleeding on the ground while they purposefully blocked an ambulance with medics from administering immediate first aid to the child. Again nobody was apprehended.

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On September 4th, a Palestinian teen [pictured below] was attacked by a mob of illegal settlers in Palestine’s capital city of Occupied Jerusalem (Al Quds). He managed to escape without being killed, but not without a bludgeon to his head.

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September 7th, the Occupation establishment issued 49 Administrative Detention orders for Palestinian minors. Over 700 Palestinian children are abducted each year by “IDF” terrorists.  About 40% of those children will be abducted from their very own beds, during terrifying night raids. They will be dragged across the Green Line (war crime), tortured, forced into confessions, held indefinitely and in solitary confinement, all in defiance of international laws and the rights of the child.

RT reports on the Israeli Occupation’s torture of children and use of kids as human shields:

Palestinian homes and schools continue to be demolished, making way for more Jews-only settlement expansion. The Occupation has just approved another 167 new and illegal settlement units to be built on stolen Palestinian land in occupied Jerusalem.

Palestinian resources are also stolen. Occupation settlers are using 6 times more water than Palestinians living in the same territory, according to a 2017 IMEU report.

On Sept. 6th, a mob of settlers assaulted and hospitalized a Palestinian teen near the Occupation’s illegal Homesh settlement in the Palestinian district of Nablus.

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There are routine cases of extrajudicial executions of Palestinian children, as well as medical torture.

Journalist Ben White reported that on July 28th, an “IDF” terrorist pointed his gun at a Palestinian child in Gaza and executed him on the spot.

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We all remember the Israeli Occupation’s horrific assault on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014. Entire families were targeted and with F-16 bombs, while in their very own homes. Over 2000 people were murdered in 51 days of exhaustive war crimes, all so the U.S. and Israeli arms industry could test internationally banned weapons, resulting in a majority of civilian casualties, women and children.

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine ruled that the Israeli Occupation was guilty of ‘Extermination of People,’ a crime just before genocide.

89 entire family bloodline’s were extinguished that summermaking the indigenous family bloodlines extinct from the face of this Earth.

The Hannibal Directive was invoked at least two times, resulting in the extermination of hundreds of innocent civilians and children, within just hours.

The Occupation exonerated itself from all wrong doing and drop all charges against itself for the deliberate missile attack which killed 4 children, the Bakr boys, who were playing soccer on Gaza beach.

The impact of all this carnage on children can be demonstrated in my article, “The Rising Tide of Suicide in Gaza.” 

Gaza is at present, unlivable, according to Save The Children research. There are 2 million people trapped inside the walls of the world’s largest concentration camp, indicating that “never again” really only meant never again for a chosen few.

On July 19th, 5-year old Mohammed Al-Sayis went to swim at Gaza’s beach and died 10 days later from the polluted water.

The scene below occurred this month on September 4th in occupied Jerusalem city. We see a 10-year-old child being ripped from his mother’s arms during a demonstration against Occupation crimes. The boy and his mother were assaulted and the boy was violently abducted and taken across the Green Line to a criminal detention facility for torture.

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Please take a strong look at the fruits of Jewish supremacy, staring us directly in the face! The next time someone in your TV box tells you that “Islamic” terrorism is a threat to mankind, keep this in mind…

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The very man who exposed the CIA torture program, Whistleblower Gregory Ford, was also responsible for recruiting the man who later founded ISIS, Mr. Al Baghdadi. According to Ford, Al Baghdadi was a triple agent, CIA asset and Mossad operative, essentially serving the Zionist agenda of Greater Israel and the NWO.

You might also want to check out just who owns 96% of the global media.

 

Despite what Palestinian children must endure on the front lines against the beastly Zionist Occupation, they always manage a smile!

(Source / 21.09.2017)

Syrian Coalition Stresses All National Forces Should Remain Firmly United in Trench of the Syrian Revolution

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif participated in a meeting of the local councils that was held in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Wednesday along with head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab and members of the Coalition’s political committee.

Participants discussed ways to improve performance as well as the latest field and political developments in Syria, especially the continued crimes by the Assad regime and its allied terrorist militias against Syrian civilians.

Seif gave an overview of the mechanisms that was established to increase the representation of local councils inside the Coalition following as part of the reform packages that the Coalition’s General Assembly adopted in its latest meeting.

Seif also gave an overview of the latest field and political developments in Syria, stressing the need to activate the role of local councils along with the Coalition, SIG, the Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), and the armed opposition.

Seif said that the current phase poses serious challenges that require the advancement of the opposition institutions to express the fundamental principles of the Syrian revolution. He added that these challenges require all opposition forces to remain united in the trench of the Syrian revolution; preserve the unity of Syria; and meet all the challenges.

The local councils presented an overview of the situation in the Syrian provinces, the difficulties facing them; and proposals to address those problems. .”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 21.09.2017)

Poll: Haniyeh will win presidential elections

Chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh (L) and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (R)

Chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh is expected to beat Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in any upcoming elections, Al-Resalah newspaper reported yesterday.

A referendum carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed that 41.7 per cent of the participants would vote for Abbas and 49.8 per cent for Haniyeh in any upcoming presidential elections.

The centre is based in the West Bank city of Ramallah. According to Al-Resalah, its director Khalil Shikaki told a German news agency that Abbas is losing his popularity in Gaza because of the measure he has been taking against Palestinians living in the besieged Strip.

He added that is Abbas continues to tighten measures on Palestinians in Gaza, he would have even less support.

In April, Abbas began imposing a number of measures on the besieged Gaza Strip included reduction PA payments for the electricity supplied by Israel to the enclave, reducing the shipment of medicines and medical referrals, slashing salaries of Gaza’s civil servants and forcing thousands of them in to early retirement.

Read: Hamas ready to receive unity government in Gaza, says Haniyeh

(Source / 21.09.2017)

Hamas Agrees To Hand Over Gaza To Abbas Consensus Govern

Hamas Agrees To Hand Over Gaza To Abbas Consensus Government

The Hamas movement announced in Cairo early on Sunday that it is ready to hand over the Gaza Strip to the consensus government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

The group said in an emailed official press statement that it agreed to dissolve the “Administrative Committee, hand over the Gaza Strip to the consensus government of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and hold general elections.”

“Hamas invites the consensus government to come to Gaza to practice its mission and carry out its duties in the Gaza Strip immediately, and it accepts holding the general elections,” said the Hamas leaflet.

It went on saying that it decided to make the announcement in response to the Egyptian efforts for achieving reconciliation and ending the internal Palestinian division.

The movement, which has been ruling the Gaza Strip since it seized the control of the Palestinian area in 2007, said it is ready to meet again in Cairo with Abbas’ Fatah movement and other factions on the formation on a unity government.

“Hamas is ready to resume dialogue with the Fatah movement on implementing the Cairo reconciliation agreement of 2011 on the formation of a unity government with other Palestinian factions,” said the leaflet.

In May 2011, Abbas and former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal signed in Cairo a reconciliation agreement, which included the formation of a unity government that prepares for general elections within six months.

However, the two sides failed to implement the agreement due to deep differences on handing security control to the Palestinian Authority, trading accusations against each other until April 2014.

In April 2014, Hamas, Fatah and the factions of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) signed on Shatti (Beach) an agreement at the house of the current Hamas chief Ismail Haneya in western Gaza and agreed to form a consensus technocrat government that runs both Gaza and the West Bank under the leadership of Rami Hamdallah.

(Source / 21.09.2017)

Bedouin village in Negev urges Israel to connect schools to electricity

Children in Gaza use candles for light due to the electricity crisis in Gaza [file photo]

Children in Gaza use candles for light due to the electricity crisis in Gaza

An “unrecognised” Bedouin village in the Negev is urging the Israeli authorities to connect its schools to the national electrical grid.

Currently, Wadi El-Na’am’s schools and kindergartens – attended by some 3,000 children – are powered by diesel generators. There are in fact electrical power lines already running through village, but they only serve nearby chemical plants.

Legal rights centre Adalah wrote to senior Israeli government officials on 6 September, on behalf of the Wadi El-Na’am parents committee and the local village council, demanding that all the schools and kindergartens are connected to the national grid.

“The diesel deliveries take place during the school day when students and staff are all onsite, which undoubtedly poses a danger to their health and safety,” Adalah Attorney Sawsan Zaher wrote in the letter. “Access to the generators is not entirely blocked off and children are able to walk over to the generators during recesses in the schoolyards, putting them in life-threatening danger.”

“The generators also produce noise, which disturbs classes.”

In many cases during power outages caused by generator failures, principals are forced to cancel school entirely – particularly during periods of heavy heat and cold winter temperatures.

“During these conditions, it is impossible to hold classes and insufferable for students and educational staff alike.”

Read: Gazans left without electricity for 30 continuous hours

In previous, similar cases, the Israeli Supreme Court has described the state’s failure to connect schools to the electrical grid as unreasonable and a “grave failure”.

Wadi El-Na’am’s local council described the current situation as “unsafe and likely to cause accidents”, adding: “Our children have the right to study in reasonable conditions, like any other child in the State of Israel. It is shameful that in 2017 we have to ask to get a school connected to electricity.”

(Source / 21.09.2017)

UK: Balfour Declaration was a catastrophe

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UK spokesman acknowledges Balfour was a Nakba for Palestinians during a television interview

Britain acknowledges that the Balfour Declaration was a Nakba, or catastrophe, for the Palestinians, the government’s Arabic spokesman Edwin Samuel has said.

In a television interview with Al-Ghad Al-Araby television station, Samuel maintained that apologising and recognising the State of Palestine is detrimental to the settlement of the conflict.

“Britain’s position is that an apology and recognition of an unrealised Palestinian state does not help the situation,” he said.

British policy has been consistent for a long time; two independent states, with justice and security as a result of direct negotiations between the parties.

“Britain maintains its position that East Jerusalem is an occupied city,” he added. “There is no alternative to a two-state solution.”

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Kingdom to apologise to the Palestinian people for the Balfour Declaration, to provide compensation and to recognise the State of Palestine.

Read: UK government should ‘apologise’ to Palestinians for Balfour Declaration

(Source / 21.09.2017)

How Israel is disabling Palestinian teenagers

Survivors of Israeli live fire speak about Israel’s ‘kneecapping’ practice of shooting youth in their lower limbs.

Mustafa Elayan, 17, was shot in his leg by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank

Bethlehem, occupied West Bank – In the Dheisheh refugee camp, it is common to see Palestinian teenagers with deep scars dotting the length of their legs, while posters and murals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces adorn the concrete walls – testaments to a disturbing reality of routine Israeli violence in the camp.

International law prohibits the use of live ammunition on civilians, except as a last resort during an imminent threat of life. However, Israeli soldiers freely fire live bullets at Palestinians during confrontations or military raids.

Both Palestinian and Israeli rights groups have noted that Israel’s excessive use of force on Palestinians has caused scores of permanent and temporary disabilities in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Several residents in the Dheisheh camp have also recently been killed, the latest of whom was 21-year-old Raed al-Salhi, who was shot multiple times during an Israeli army raid last month. He succumbed to his wounds on September 3 at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem almost a month later.

The Bethlehem-based Palestinian NGO Badil reported a significant increase in Palestinian injuries in the refugee camps last year, the majority of which were caused by live ammunition. Most of the gunshot wounds were directed at the lower limbs of the youth in the camps, now commonly referred to as “kneecapping”.

Residents of the Dheisheh camp say that an Israeli army commander, who the youth in Dheisheh refer to as “Captain Nidal”, has been threatening to intentionally disable Palestinians in the camp. “I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push the wheelchairs,” he has been reported as saying.

Badil underscored that the threats indicate that incidents of “kneecapping” are “not accidental or isolated”. But instead “result from a systematic Israeli military policy aimed at suppressing resistance, terrorising Palestinian youth, and permanently injuring them and/or causing significant damage to their physical and mental well-being”.

Issa al-Mu’ti, 15: “I could not feel my legs – all I saw was blood”

Israeli military forces in the occupied West Bank shot Issa in the leg during confrontations with Palestinian youth

I was 12. It was 2015. Clashes erupted with Israeli soldiers at the northern entrance of Bethlehem. I was at home with my family when I was notified that my younger brother had gone to participate in the clashes.

I was scared for him. He shouldn’t have gone. I decided to go and find him and drag him back to the camp.

When I arrived, the clashes were ongoing. The Israelis were shooting tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. But still, I continued searching for my brother. Suddenly, the soldiers opened up with live ammunition. I fell to the ground. I couldn’t get up or move my legs. I looked around for help and saw the soldiers shooting at Palestinians who were running away.


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An Israeli police dog began to attack me, biting my leg. I tried to fight it off, but then the soldiers came. They dragged me across the pavement and beat me, even kicked my legs. They didn’t realise I was injured. When they saw my wounds, their faces twisted into shock, and they ran away from me.

I immediately looked down. My legs looked so scary. I couldn’t feel anything – all I saw was blood. I found out later that I had been hit with two expanding bullets in each leg. The use of these bullets is illegal under international law.

The soldiers spent some time staring at me from afar. I could tell they were stunned and didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I was brought to the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. I spent three months there, almost a month of which I was handcuffed to the hospital bed.

Issa holding up a camera photo of him when he was at the hospital. It shows his leg after developing gangrene and his arm handcuffed to the hospital bed at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem

Armed Israeli soldiers were stationed in my room the whole time and sometimes Israeli intelligence would come to the hospital and interrogate me about throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at soldiers.

The pain was excruciating. I had one surgery on my left leg and 20 surgeries on my right leg. My right leg had the worst injuries. The doctors told me that my veins had been destroyed by the bullets, so blood was not able to reach my leg.

I developed gangrene in the hospital and the doctors said they would need to amputate my leg.

At first, I refused. What could I do in my life with only one leg? I felt like my life would be ruined. But the pain from the gangrene worsened. My leg turned black and dried out. It got to the point that cutting it off felt like a relief.

Issa’s prosthetic leg

The injuries changed everything in my life. I can’t walk long distances. Before my injuries, I was working to help my family. We aren’t a rich family, so it was important for me to contribute to the household. But now I can’t do anything.

My family raised a criminal case against the soldiers in Israeli court.

Soon after, Israeli soldiers would come to our home and harass my father. He works at a bakery in Gush Etzion [one of Israel’s illegal settlement blocs]. The soldiers are always threatening him, telling him that they will revoke his Israeli permit so he can’t work any more – which would destroy our family – or that they will detain me if my family doesn’t drop the case.

I know that the soldiers will probably not be punished. They’re Israelis who will face an Israeli court. But they permanently disabled me and shot me with internationally banned bullets. How could they not be held accountable?

Ramzi Ajamiah, 15: “We are affected psychologically”

Ramzi standing beside a poster of slain Palestinian youngster Raed al-Salhi

Israeli soldiers shot me in both legs. The bullet that went through my left leg struck my kneecap. It also hit a nerve, so the doctors were not able to take the bullet out. The bullet fragments remain in my left leg.

I’m not able to walk for long periods of time. Sometimes my legs will just give out. Especially during the winter months, the cold makes the pain worse. At times, the pain becomes so severe that I’m not able to go to school. I’ve missed more than a year of school because of my injuries.

The incident happened at 6am in 2016 when Israeli soldiers raided the camp. I was on my way to school. The soldiers routinely enter the camp in civilian buses, not military vehicles, so they aren’t noticed as easily.

One of these buses was parked outside the school. When the soldiers exited the bus, clashes immediately erupted.


READ MORE: A Palestinian family divided


The soldiers shot me with a live bullet in my left leg. I was in shock and my body collapsed to the ground. My friend saw it happen, ran over to me and attempted to carry me away from the clashes. At this time, one of the soldiers shot my friend in his leg. But he kept going. Then they shot him again in the other leg and we both fell.

That’s when the soldiers shot me again in my right leg.

I spent almost a month in the hospital. The doctors had to remove flesh from other parts of my body and implant it into my leg, because the bullet had blown away huge chunks of flesh from my leg. They inserted nails that held the flesh together as it was healing, and they wrapped my legs in casts.

About two weeks after I was released from the hospital, Israeli soldiers came to my house in the middle of the night to arrest me. I thought the soldiers would leave me alone after shooting me. But they dragged me out of my bed, handcuffed and blindfolded me, and threw me into an Israeli army jeep. They said I had thrown stones at the soldiers in the camp.

The scarring on Ramzi’s leg after he was shot by Israeli soldiers

I spent two weeks in Israel’s Ofer detention centre near Ramallah. I received negligent medical care from the prison doctor there. It was like he was focused on making my injuries worse.

The first thing he did was remove my casts. Without the casts, the nails in my leg would get caught on the bed sheets at night. There was so much blood all the time. Instead of replacing the cast, the doctor began removing all of the nails. My injuries worsened after that.

However, the pain is not just physical. All of us who have been injured by the Israelis are affected psychologically from the trauma.

I developed an addiction to the painkillers I needed to cope with my injuries. My dad began hiding the medicine from me. I felt angry when I was unable to get it. I went through severe withdrawals; I even suffered from hallucinations and started speaking to myself.

Every single one of my friends has been injured or detained by Israeli soldiers. Our community is still heartbroken over Raed’s death [Raed al-Salhi]. He was Israel’s latest victim and everyone loved him in the camp. Any of us could have met the same fate.

Issa and I are best friends. We are now the only ones out of our friends not imprisoned or dead because of Israel.

Mustafa Elayan, 17: “They want to make us powerless”

 ‘I screamed for help, but no one was around,’ says Mustafa

I was heading to the entrance of the camp during the morning hours in 2015, where clashes had erupted with Israeli soldiers. When I arrived, I was suddenly shot in my right leg. I did not know it at the time, but there was an Israeli sniper stationed on the roof of one of the surrounding buildings who had targeted me.

I fell to the ground. I screamed for help, but no one was around. Everyone had scattered away from the area, so I started dragging myself back into the camp. Some guys in the camp eventually found me and carried me away.

Israeli soldiers were stationed at all camp entrances and they prevented [Palestinian] ambulances from entering. A private car drove us to the hospital, but it took us at least 40 minutes to find a way out of the camp. I was bleeding everywhere. All I could think about was the pain. I was scared that I would not make it to the hospital alive or that I would be detained by the soldiers.

I ended up at the Beit Jala Rehabilitation hospital, where the doctors told me I had sustained a rare injury. The bullet had cut right through my leg and destroyed a cluster of nerves. At times, an electric shock would travel through my body due to the damaged nerves.

The doctors tried everything to assuage the pain. I consumed painkiller after painkiller. The doctors even injected an anaesthetic into my spine. But nothing worked.


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For about five months, all I felt, saw, or thought about was the pain. The hospital then started running out of the pain medication. It was clear I needed to be transferred to another hospital.

The residents in Dheisheh were following my case. For weeks, they protested and blocked traffic on the main street outside the camp and demanded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) do something to help me. Finally, the PA coordinated with the Israelis, and my mother and I got permission to enter Israel in order to be treated at the Tel HaShomer military hospital in Tel Aviv.

The ambulance dropped me off at the “300” checkpoint in Bethlehem where I was supposed to be transferred to an Israeli ambulance. But the soldiers kept me on a stretcher in the street for four hours. They made fun of me, punching me in the shoulder, saying, “Congratulations, you’re a hero now,” and told me that I was going to prison.

‘I consumed painkiller after painkiller,’ recalls Mustafa

When we finally arrived, my mother and I could not communicate with anyone. There was no one who would speak to us in Arabic. I was screaming so loud from the pain that the nurses transferred me to a separate room, where an Israeli guard was stationed outside.

They locked the door and sealed all the windows, and would not even allow my mother to leave the room. My mom had to sleep on the cold, hard floor because the Israelis refused to provide her with a mattress.

I spent 19 days at that hospital. I did not receive any treatment. They just gave me Panadol every few hours. Sometimes, a nurse would enter the room and scream at me in Arabic, accusing me of throwing stones and calling me her enemy. When we attempted to get information from her about my treatment, she would pretend not to know any Arabic.

We didn’t know what to do. I regretted coming to the hospital. The way I was treated, it felt like I was being injured for the second time.

Our friends and family back in Dheisheh reached out to 1948 Palestinians [Palestinian citizens of Israel] on Facebook to see if they could help us. A few of them came to the hospital and tried to find out what was happening. The doctors told them that they were going to amputate my leg.


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We became very scared. One day, the 1948 Palestinians got access to my room in between guard shifts.

They wrapped me in a blanket, put me in a wheelchair, and smuggled me out of the hospital. They carried me to a yellow-plated Israeli car and drove me back to the Beit Jala hospital.

Four months later, a group of Italian activists came to the hospital to see me after hearing about my case. They brought me to Italy to undergo surgery, almost a year after I had first been injured.

The Italian doctors tell me that, one day, I will be able to run again. I do not feel the pain any more, but I can’t feel anything from the knee down. I still can’t even move my foot, so I am not hopeful I will heal completely.

The injuries destroyed my life. I can’t walk normally. I haven’t been to school since I was shot. I don’t do much now except stay at home or sometimes wander around the camp.

But my situation isn’t unique. Israeli policies are centred on disabling us. They don’t even want to kill us. They want to keep us alive, but make us powerless to do anything against them.

(Source / 21.09.2017)

From criminalising normalisation to criminalising a boycott of Israel

Image of a protest against Israeli violations and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, West Bank

Economic, trade and cultural normalisation of relations with Israel, let alone political normalisation and security cooperation, has always been criminalised by the Arab states. However, this did not prevent Arab capitals and individuals from sneaking under the radar and establishing relations and communication with the racist, occupation state. This began very early on, even before the establishment of Israel, during the time of the Zionist terror gangs that became the nascent state’s government; it continued in one form or another after the 1948 Nakba.

The Arab boycott of Israel began with the punishment of any party that dealt with Israel, including companies, institutions and individuals. However, its iron fist approach began to lessen and the Arab governments began to shrink their list of those targeted, reducing it to cover Israeli companies and institutions only. This was before the boycott process began a new phase of “dismantlement”, as these governments allowed dealings with Israeli companies with Western partners or were run by a Jewish-Israeli capitalist investing abroad. This finally reached the level of accepting a third party acting as a mediator between the buyer and the seller.

With the launch of the Madrid path to peace in the nineties, specifically after the signing of the Oslo Accords and Wadi Araba Treaty, and before that the Camp David Accords, the boycott process declined, as many Arab states opened Israeli business offices in their capitals which openly hoisted the Israeli flag. They also began mutual visits and security and trade cooperation up until the Second Intifada in 2000, when the doors of these offices were closed, at least officially; the channels of communication and exchange stayed open, though.

Over the past few years, and always in the context of the Arab Spring revolutions and the growth of the Iranian expansion in the area, voices in the Arab region have grown louder in promoting relations with Israel. Such relations were justified by these people at times by claims that Iran is the more dangerous enemy, and at other times by the fact that the Palestinian conflict is just another dispute in the Middle East, and is not the Arabs’ main cause or mother of all causes in the region.

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These voices found their justifications in the positions and policies of the Palestinian Authority, claiming that they couldn’t be “more Catholic than the Pope himself” and that they are only accepting what the Palestinian leadership has accepted. They did not distinguish between the shortage of options and enforced behaviour of prisoners and their own entirely optional relationship with Israel, which is motivated mainly by the desire to get closer to Washington and the pro-Israel lobby groups. The latter are, after all, very influential in US foreign policy circles. Courting Israel at the expense of the Palestinians, their rights and the justice of their cause, has become one of the most important credentials submitted by Arab leaders (not only their ambassadors) to the White House.

The intensification of the geopolitical doctrinal conflict in the region coincided with the shedding of the “mask of shame” from many Arab and Muslim faces. Public appearances in the company of Israeli leaders, intellectuals and security officials at international forums and organisations has become commonplace and a source of pride, not embarrassment.

Iconic handshake between PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli president Shimon Peres during the Oslo accords [File photo]

Indeed, meeting with Israeli generals on “their” land has become a matter viewed as far-sightedness and insightfulness on the part of the Arab leaders, not the shameful submission of the defeated to the victorious that it really is. While some were embarrassed by these meetings and visits and denied there being any official nature to them, the news from Israel indicates that some very senior-level visits have taken place.

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Thus we have seen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman gloating that we are only seeing the tip of the large iceberg that signifies the relations that Sunni Arab governments have with Israel. I am certain that the hidden conducts and links with Israel are much greater in number and deeper than what we are seeing. What’s more, we are now hearing the self-same pro-normalisation voices starting to condemn any and all boycotts of Israel.

This has coincided with the hoisting of Israeli flags during the Kurdish independence referendum marches and festivals in Iraq, which was met with widespread condemnation — rightly so — by the Arab general public. It was used by Arab regionalists and factionalists to condemn the “second Israel” planned to be established in northern Iraq.

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However, we have not heard the same condemnation of the similarly pro-Israel words and actions of Arab governments, nor any objection to the behaviour of Arab political figures who have visited Israel and promoted relations with it, before and after the fall of Saddam Hussein; and before or after the deterioration of the Syrian armed opposition. It is as if normalisation with Israel is a sin only for the Iraqi Kurds and permissible for all Arabs.

The official Arab position on normalisation with Israel is essentially a defeated Arab way of abandoning the peace initiative agreed at the 2002 Beirut summit. It also suggests an official position leaning towards acceptance of Israel’s request to reduce the demands stipulated in the initiative and starting to implement them from Z to A, rather than from A to Z. This path was first proposed on the eve of the Dead Sea summit and is now being implemented in New York via unprecedented meetings with Netanyahu, always in the context of responding to Trump’s initiative based on the idea of the “regional approach” to resolve the Palestinian conflict.

In short, it is not unlikely for anyone willing to turn the Arab peace initiative upside down and read it from the bottom to the top to quietly and move quickly from criminalising normalisation to condemning — and then criminalising — a boycott of Israel.

(Source / 21.09.2017)

Israeli officer indicted for assault of Palestinian detainee

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Justice Ministry filed an indictment against an Israeli police intelligence officer this week for assaulting and injuring a Palestinian detainee, Israeli news daily Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

According to Haaretz, the justice ministry department, which investigates police misconduct, has also called on Israel’s police department to file disciplinary charges against three other policemen who witnessed the assault but did not report it.
The assault reportedly took place in February, when the policemen were “searching for suspects” in a synagogue break-in in the Israeli city of Ashkelon.
During the search, the indicted officer, Yahav Simon, slapped and beat a Palestinian with an iron bar, after the Palestinian allegedly did not respond to Simon’s questions, saying that he didn’t speak Hebrew.
According to Haaretz, an Israeli state comptroller’s report issued in April “accused both the Justice Ministry and the police of failing to properly address police brutality, saying that most complaints against policemen were not investigated adequately, and only rarely did police face either criminal or disciplinary charges.”
The report also found that Israeli policemen were rarely suspended from the force even if they were indicted, and sometimes not even if they were convicted.
Haaretz highlighted that Simon, however, was suspended shortly after the incident occurred.Palestinians have long claimed that Israeli forces abuse their position of power to verbally and physically humiliate and assault Palestinians on a regular basis.
In August, Israeli forces reportedly assaulted 11 Palestinians in two separate incidents in the Old City of East Jerusalem.
When contacted by Ma’an at the time, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld denied knowledge of the incidents and rejected the use of the word ‘attacks,’ telling Ma’an that “Israeli police don’t attack Palestinians.”
Palestinians routinely report mistreatment by Israeli forces, with Israeli authorities cracking down on Palestinian youths in recent years, while Palestinians have often accused Israeli forces of detaining Palestinian youths without any evidence of wrongdoing, and assaulting them in the process.

(Source / 21.09.2017)