Will Israel do it again?

20th Anniversary of the Assassination Attempt of MishaalKhaled Mishaal attempt

The Israeli media highlighted the 20th anniversary of the failed assassination attempt of Khaled Mishaal, the former head of the Hamas’s political bureau, saying, “Twenty years passed since the failed assassination attempt of Mishaal and here he is today sitting at his home sipping a cup of coffee”.

The failure to carry out the assassination by the Israeli foreign intelligence apparatus, the Mossad, was the focus of an article published by the military analysist and writer Yoav Limor in the Hebrew Israel Today newspaper.

The article, titled “20 Years After the Assassination Attempt of Khaled Mishaal: Failures and Lessons,” read: “Khaled Mishaal will have the opportunity today to celebrate his 20th birthday, or rather, 20 years after the day he was born again”.

Limor says that Mishaal owes his life to three factors. The first is his divine luck, the second is the lack of professionalism of the Mossad agents and the third is their negligence.

The first factor is connected with several random sub-factors, which appeared at the moment of the truth. “The fact that his children traveled with him that morning in the car, and that his daughter came out after him and surprised the killers; the presence of Mishaal’s guards led to delaying and confusing their escape plan. The presence of a police officer who took the killers to a police station in order to question them, where they were interrogated, confessed and arrested,” he continued.

The second factor is related to the political leadership of Israel, which approved the operation under pressure after two attacks in Jerusalem that caused a lot of casualties, making the political leadership of Israel, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seek immediate response, thus approving the assassination, although the available information about Mishaal’s whereabouts were limited, especially that it would take place in Jordan, which has a special sensitivity, given the special relationship between the two countries.

Intelligence failure
According to Limor, in subsequent investigations, it became clear that many parties (including cabinet ministers) were not involved in the decision-making process, while others such as the war minister, the Chief of Staff and the Shin Bet chief, who knew Mishaal was the target, were not informed of the details of the operation. And all they shared was the failure of the assassination.

The third factor is related to the Mossad’s internal department, which dealt with this issue intensively, and found out there was a series of failures that constituted a reason for the accusations within the apparatus, as well as the termination of the tasks of almost all senior officials who were in charge of this issue in a few months.

Limor stressed that the lessons learned from the failure of the assassination should have been understood clearly in every similar decision-making process. At the political and the executive levels, not only were the immediate consequences of the failed assassination attempt far-reaching, but also some of which would remain forever, and could have been prevented if the Mossad agents had acted appropriately before, during, and after the assassination process.

The writer mentioned that some of the consequences of the of the assassination attempt, which included the release of the assassination team, the release of the founding leader of Hamas, Sheikh Yassin (who was assassinated seven years later) and dozens of other prisoners, and the outbreak of a diplomatic crisis with Canada after two Canadian passports were used in the attempt. Furthermore, relations with Jordan saw a downward trend cause the attempt took place on its territory.

Limor concluded his article by saying, “After 20 years, one wonders whether the lessons have really been learned. At the level of carrying out the assassination, the answer is certainly positive, despite the fact that there is no assurance in this type of work.”

Calls for assassination
In response to Limor’s article, the analyst of Israeli affairs at the PIC said, “The writer, despite acknowledging the failure of the assassination of Mishaal, is calling indirectly to assassinate him again, and urges Israel to carry out its criminal operations carefully.

According to Limor, the Israeli leadership is required to always look for a suitable environment to target Palestinian leaders, enhance its image, and strengthen its diplomatic and political relations with the Arab countries, in order to avoid future mistakes and in order not to pay high prices due to its failed operations.

The analyst concluded by wondering whether this article by the military writer is a proof that Israel may resort to targeting Khaled Mishaal at any future opportunity, or whether it wants to create an aura of fear regarding the performance of the Mossad, which carries out operations in different parts of the world.

(Source / 26.09.2017)

3 Palestinians injured in clashes south of al-Khalil

Clashes Masafer Yatta area

Three Palestinians sustained bruises on Tuesday as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) brutally assaulted them in Masafer Yatta area, south of al-Khalil in the West Bank, according to local sources.

Rateb Jabour, who monitors Israeli violations in the area, said IOF soldiers broke into the village of Jawaya, in Masafer Yatta area, assaulted three residents of al-Shawahin family: Adham, 25, Qusai, 17, and Ayed, 42, and caused them serious bruises throughout their bodies. Ayed was transferred to al-Karmel medical clinic for treatment.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Beit Sourik town northwest of Occupied Jerusalem after IOF troops raided the town and closed its entrances.  This followed an anti-occupation shooting attack by Nemir al-Jamal, from Jawaya village, which led to the death of the Palestinian attacker and three IOF soldiers.

Member of Beit Sourik’s council, Mutasem Qandil, said that IOF soldiers imposed curfew and banned the inhabitants from entering or exiting their town.

Eyewitnesses pointed out that clashes broke out in two other nearby towns: Beddo and Qatanna where dozens of Palestinians suffered breathing problems due to IOF tear gas grenades. Meanwhile, Israeli forces besieged Beit Eksa town and blocked traffic.

Mohammad Awad, Palestinian activist in Beit Ummar town north of al-Khalil, said that IOF soldiers arrested a 17-year-old boy, Bilal Awad, while working near al-Khalil-Jerusalem road and transferred him to a military camp in Karmei Tsur settlement.

(Source / 26.09.2017)

Israeli scheme to evacuate Susya village

Susya village

An Israeli security official said on Tuesday that the Palestinian village of Susya, located to the south of al-Khalil city, will be evacuated within a few months just like the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.

Haaretz newspaper reported, quoting the unnamed official, that the Israeli war ministry is not willing to postpone and will immediately ask the court for eviction.

The paper pointed out that representatives of “the state” have repeatedly requested to postpone the demolition of the village due to the diplomatic sensitivity related to its evacuation.

The village is home to 32 Palestinian families consisting of 200 individuals, 93 of whom are children. Susya contains the village council building, a clinic, a small kindergarten, and a school of 55 students from grades 1 through 9.

Israel’s war minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has revealed earlier that his ministry is preparing to evacuate the Palestinian villages of Khan al-Ahmar and Susya, claiming that their residents do not have legal building permits and that the two villages receive direct support from international organizations and the European Union.

(Source / 26.09.2017)

Israeli police arrest brother of Har Adar attacker

Brother martyr Nemer Jamal arrested

Israeli police on Tuesday arrested the brother of the Palestinian martyr Nemer Jamal, 37, who carried out a shooting attack in the morning in Har Adar settlement to the northwest of Occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources reported that Israeli police, following the attack, blocked all entrances to Beit Surik village to the northwest of Jerusalem and prevented citizens and vehicles from entering or leaving the area.

They said that Israeli police forces broke into the house of Jamal’s family and wreaked havoc on it before arresting his brother, Medhat, and taking him for interrogation.

For their part, ambulance crews in Biddu village said that violent clashes  broke out between Palestinian youths and the Israeli police after the attack.

They added that the police fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the youths who responded by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

Israeli police, during the past few hours, besieged a number of Palestinian villages to the northwest of Jerusalem following the shooting attack and closed Beit Iksa checkpoint partially obstructing the transfer of some critical medical cases.

(Source / 26.09.2017)

Palestinian girl injured in hit-and-run by Israeli settler

Hit and run child

A 21-year-old Palestinian girl, Tamara Ayesh, was moderately injured on Tuesday evening after she was hit by an Israeli settler driver in the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil.

A medical source revealed that an Israeli settler rammed his car into the university student girl at the entrance to al-Aroub College on Rout 60.  She was rushed to al-Ahli Hospital in al-Khalil for urgent treatment.

Israeli settlers, residing in illegal settlement outposts built on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem, have been involved in hundreds of hit-and-run incidents against Palestinian civilians.

(Source / 26.09.2017)

Israel Issued 50 Administrative Detention Orders In September

Israeli occupation holds up to 500 Palestinians under administrative detention

Israel has issued 50 administrative orders against Palestinian prisoners since start of September, the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) said.

According to Quds Press, the PPC said that 16 of the administrative detention orders were issued against prisoners who had already spent months or years inside Israeli jails without charge.

Administrative detention is collective punishment, added the PPC.

A prisoner under the administrative detention spends unlimited time inside jails and without indictment. “Israel is using the administrative detention to deter the Palestinian resistance,” the PPC said.

Israeli authorities claim that the reasons these prisoners are detained is “secret”.

The NGO Military Court Watch said that Israeli prison services have not issued statistics about how many Palestinians have been locked up since April this year.

Rights groups estimate the number of Palestinians inside Israeli jails to be 6,500, including 56 women and girls, 350 boys, 13 MPs and 500 under administrative detention.

(Source / 26.09.2017)

Life In A Refugee Camp: Palestinian Voices From Lebanon

Israeli troops killed unarmed Palestinian refugees while sleeping in their homes in Sabra and Shatila.

This week, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) marked, with deep sadness, 35th anniversary of massacre in Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon.

Between 16 and 18 September 1982, Lebanese Phalangist militants entered the central-Beirut refugee camp of Sabra and Shatila and killed and injured hundreds of unarmed Palestinian and other civilians. The camp’s residents were defenceless.

The Israeli army, which had invaded Lebanon earlier that year and had surrounded the camp, had full knowledge of what was taking place inside, yet they never intervened. Instead, they illuminated the camp throughout the night by launching flares into the sky from helicopters and mortars.

Working in a hospital inside the camp at the time was a young orthopaedic surgeon from London, Dr Swee Chai Ang. During the massacre, Dr Swee and her colleagues worked tirelessly to treat the injured and protect patients.

On her return to London, Dr Swee joined with fellow medical professionals and humanitarians to establish MAP, in order to send out doctors and nurses to work in the Palestinian refugee camps and provide front-line care.

To this day, MAP and our partners continue to provide life-saving support to Palestinians living in refugee camps across Lebanon. This is the world’s longest-running refugee crisis.

Next year, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and across the region will mark 70 years of dispossession since they were forced to flee Palestine during the Nakba – or ‘tragedy’ – of 1948.

Continuing displacement

Last week a team from MAP met with Palestinian women, doubly-displaced due to the outbreak of the war in Syria. The women fled to Lebanon and are now living in the country’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, Ein el Hilweh, where they face restrictions to their basic civil rights, and limited opportunities for work and education. The women are part of a MAP-supported reproductive health programme run by our partner organisation, Nabaa. They spoke about their involvement in the programme and the difficulties they face living as Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

How long have you lived in Ein el Hilweh Camp?

Sada*: I moved to Ein el Hilweh six years ago to escape the war in Syria.

Farah*: I moved to Ein el Hilweh five years ago also due to the war in Syria. I came to the camp because it was cheaper to live here than outside the camp and because here everybody is Palestinian so I feel more at home.

Tell us about the group sessions you attend with MAP’s partner, Nabaa

Dima*: We are involved in Nabaa’s reproductive health project. In our group we discuss early childhood development, including the different stages a child goes through, how to best support them at each stage and how to act if they have challenging behaviours.

What have you learnt from the sessions?

Yara*: Even though I am old there were many things I did not know about the development of a child before I started attending Nabaa’s group sessions. 75% of the information we talked about today, I did not know before. Like issues relating to the development of the brain. Before I did not know much about how the brain of a child develops.

Alya*: We are often shown exercises in the session that we can use at home with our children.

Sada: One time we were given a square with three lines through the middle and were asked to draw another three lines to make three squares. We all found this hard at first and then the session leader showed us how. She used this as an example to show us that children at school can find it difficult to understand tasks and can need additional support.

What challenges do your children face growing up as Palestinian refugees in Lebanon?

Sada: The security situation, schools, education.

Dima: When there is conflict in the camp the schools close. This stops our children from completing their school year or studying properly. I have four grandchildren at school and they find it difficult to continue studying when there is conflict. Last year they had official exams and their attendance at school dropped due to clashes which effected their performance in the official exams.

During the recent clashes did you stay at home or were you able to leave the camp?

Maryam*: We stayed in the camp. We don’t have anywhere else to go outside the camp.

Farah: During the clashes I stayed in my house for seven days seeing armed groups move around the camp.

Maryam: Bullets were coming through the walls of my house. My children were very scared. Every time they heard a sound they were terrified.

Do you worry about being unable to move freely in and out of the camp?

Sada: We do not go out of the camp. We have to renew our permits every three months or they will send us back and we can’t afford to renew them so we have to stay in the camp. Even the new permits are difficult, it is not easy.

Since you moved to Ein el Hilweh have conditions got better or worse in the camp?

Dima: The conditions have got much worse. The conditions of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are very bad. The only thing we can do is talk and say what is happening. If I stayed in Syria it would have been better. If Yarmouk camp is safe again I will go back.

Yara: We are not happy here. I have been living here for 45 years, but I feel life in Syria is better than here.

Farah: Aleppo, where I lived in Syria, is now safe but I have a son who is at the age where he will be taken into the army, so if we cross the border into Syria they will take my son immediately into the army.

Maryam: I tried to go back once with my son, who was at the age they would take him into the army. At the border between Lebanon and Syria they stopped my son for eight hours because his name was similar to someone who was wanted. We were very scared. I don’t take my son with me anymore.

Where are other members of your families living?

Alya: My two eldest children are in Germany, my husband went to Germany two years ago too. For three years I have been living without my husband. I hope I can join them in Germany. My youngest child was six months old when his father left, now he is two and a half and he hasn’t seen him all that time.

Nadia*: My father, an old man, was living with my husband and me in the camp. He was very sick, he was dying, and my brothers and sisters wanted to see him before he died but they couldn’t. They left Lebanon illegally so they will not be able to return. It’s a problem all Palestinian Syrians suffer from.

Dima: My son moved to Europe when he was 16. I can apply to join him as he is under 18 years old. But I have not been able to join him. My husband died so my son is in a different country by himself.

What are your hopes for the future?

Maryam: A life for my children better than the one they live. Last week an Israeli aeroplane went above Saida [Lebanon’s third largest city, close to Ein el Hilweh]. It made a very loud sound. My children were very scared. I want safety and security for my children.

Nadia: I want to go back and see my brothers and sisters. Each one of us is in a different country.

Yara: I hope to go back to Palestine.

Read MAP’s report, If I Die, Bury Me in Palestine, to find out more about the experience of Palestinian refugees from Syria.

(Source / 26.09.2017)

Shooting Attack At Entrance Of Illegal Settlement Leaves Palestinian Dead

The youth is the 56th Palestinian to have been murdered by Israeli occupation since start of this year.

Israeli occupation forces shot dead Palestinian youth on Tuesday morning at entrance of illegal Israeli Jewish settlement of Har Hadar in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian and Israeli sources said that the Palestinian, who was shot dead is the 37-year-old Nimer Ahmed Jamal from Beit Surik in the occupied West Bank.

Luba al-Samri, spokeswoman of the Israeli aarmy, said that the shooting started while a group of the Arab workers were entering through an Israeli checkpoint at the entrance of the illegal settlement.

She said that after the shootout, it was announced the death of the Palestinian youth along with three Israeli soldiers. A fourth soldier was announced suffering serious wounds.

Jamal became the 56th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year during attacks, alleged attacks, in clashes or during deadly abduction raids.

Since the beginning of 2017, 16 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians, almost all of whom were uniformed Israeli officers or Israelis living on Israeli settlements in violation of international law.

Palestinians have often cited the daily frustrations and routine Israeli military violence imposed by Israel’s nearly half century occupation of the Palestinian territory as main drivers for actual political attacks on Israelis.

(Source / 26.09.2017)