Gaza tunnel victims suffocated by poisonous gas

Ashraf Qudra

Spokesman for Health Ministry in Gaza Ashraf Qudra has said that the victims reported during the Israeli strike on a Gaza tunnel inhaled poisonous gas during the attack.

Most of the reported victims were killed or injured from inhaling poisonous gas reportedly fired by the Israeli air force at the tunnel, he said.

Qudra stressed the urgent need to reveal the kind of weapons used in the assault.

The Israeli occupation army on Monday struck a Palestinian resistance site east of Khan Younis, south of the besieged Gaza Strip, leaving at least seven Palestinians killed and nine others injured.

(Source / 31.10.2017)

Hezbollah condemns Israeli attack on Gaza tunnel

Criminal aggression

Hezbollah on Tuesday strongly denounced the Israeli “criminal” aggression that targeted one of the Gaza tunnels on Monday and left a number of martyrs.

Expressing solidarity with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movements, Hezbollah in a statement described the US continued support for the Israeli repeated aggressions as a complete participation in besieging the people of the Gaza Strip.

The statement stressed that Hezbollah is confident this crime will not dissuade the Palestinian resistance movements from continuing their fight to liberate the Palestinian land and protect their people.

Hezbollah said that this new attack confirms the “barbaric and criminal nature” of the Israeli occupation, slamming some parties that deal with Israel as a friend of Arabs and attempt to normalize relations with it.

Seven Palestinian resistance fighters were killed and 13 were injured in an Israeli bombing of a resistance tunnel east of Khan Younis city in the southern Gaza Strip. Bodies of other victims have not been found yet.

(Source / 31.10.2017)

UK: Now is not the ‘right time’ to recognise Palestine

Palestinians protest to mark the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 01, 2016 [Mohammed Asad /Wikipedia]

Palestinians protest to mark the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on 1 November 2016

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declined the Labour Party’s offer to recognise a Palestinian state “now” insisting that “the moment is not yet right to play that card”.

Replying to questions about the Balfour Declaration in the House of Commons yesterday, Johnson said: “It won’t on its own end the occupation. It won’t on its own bring peace. It isn’t after all something you can do more than once.

“That card having been played that will be it. We judge that it is better to give every possible encouragement to both sides to seize the moment.”

Yesterday’s debate in the Commons saw the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, challenging Johnson to fulfil Britain’s pledge to the Palestinians made in the Balfour Declaration not to “prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”, who at the time made up 95 per cent of the population.

In her comments at the Chamber about the Balfour Declaration, Thornberry insisted “there is no better way, no more symbolic way than for the UK to officially recognise the State of Palestine”.

UK Labour MP: ‘Mark’ Balfour centenary by recognising Palestine

The Labour MP for Islington South questioned Johnson about the timing concerning extending the UK’s recognition of a Palestinian state while mentioning that in 2011, former Foreign Secretary William Hague had said that “we [UK] reserve the right to recognise a Palestinian state at a moment of our choosing”.

In the six years since, humanitarian conditions in the occupied territories have become ever more desperate, said Thornberry. “Six years of unabated cycle of violence; six years at which the pace of settlement building and the displacement of Palestinians has increased,” she stressed.

The Labour MP enquired if the government still plans to recognise the State of Palestine saying “if not now, when? And if they have no such plans why is it the plans have changed?”

Johnson, who has previously admitted that the terms of the 1917 Balfour Declaration are “not fully realised” refused to endorse Labour’s proposal, insisting that it was “not the right time to recognise the State of Palestine”.

(Source / 31.10.2017)

Banned anti-Balfour ad campaign run on London’s black cabs

Anti-Balfour ad campaign, which was banned by Transport For London, are seen on London’s black cabs

An advertising campaign to raise awareness of the effects of the Balfour Declaration which was banned by transport bosses in the British capital, London, is being used on the iconic black cabs.

The campaign, which is running using the hashtag #makeitright, is an attempt to highlight the negative impact of the Balfour Declaration 100 years after it was signed.

Earlier this month, the government body which runs London Underground said it blocked the campaign from transport links on the basis that the issue is politically controversial; however, the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Manuel Hassassian accused the body of censorship.

Read: Palestinians to send 100,000 letters to UK PM denouncing Balfour Declaration

The adverts had been drawn up to run in key stations in the run up to the centenary of the signing of the declaration on 2 November.

Numerous black cabs will now be seen driving round London’s streets highlighting the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied territories and in refugee camps as a result of the “British Government’s broken promise”.

(Source / 31.10.2017)

PA Foreign Ministry condemns ‘extrajudicial killing’ of Palestinian

Deadly shooting of a Palestinian

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Following the deadly shooting of a Palestinian and the injury of his sister on Tuesday, The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned Israeli forces for what they called an “extrajudicial execution” and demanded an immediate investigation into the shooting.

 Israeli forces opened fire on two Palestinian siblings while they were driving along a road parallel to the illegal settlement of Halamish, northwest of Ramallah, killing the driver and wounding his sister.The victims were identified as Muhammad Musa, 26, and his sister, Latifa, 33, from Salfit-district village of Deir Ballout.
 According to official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency, Muhammad was left to bleed at the scene before being taken to an Israeli hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His sister Latifa was taken to a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah.Following the shooting, the Israeli military reportedly said they opened fire on a “suspect” vehicle that approached the soldiers in a “suspicious manner.”The ministry released a statement condemning the “extrajudicial execution” and the “deliberate medical negligence” practiced by the Israeli military against Palestinians.The statement said that while the victims were “on their way as usual” to Ramallah, “all of a sudden they were shot at by Israeli forces without any reason and without posing any threat to the soldiers.”“This reaffirms that Israeli soldiers have come to serve as machines for killing Palestinians following the Israeli government’s decisions and military instructions, turning the occupied Palestinian territories and checkpoints into a killing training field,” the ministry said.The statement called on human rights organizations to document this “heinous crime,” which the ministry said should be prosecuted in international courts.It also condemned the international community’s “inaction” and called upon the United Nations to “investigate this crime and hold the murderers and those who cover up the crime accountable.”
Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot by Israeli forces near settlements and checkpoints in the West Bank for allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israeli forces and settlers.
Israeli forces routinely shoot Palestinians, oftentimes killing them, during these alleged attacks on Israelis, even if the Palestinian could be detained through nonlethal means. This Israeli practice has prompted rights groups to accuse Israel of carrying out extrajudicial executions on Palestinians.
(Source / 31.10.2017)

Israeli MK Zohar: Palestinians Have No Right to National Identity

31 OCT
5:53 AM

MEMO/Days of Palestine

An Israeli parliamentarian has expressed his support for formal apartheid, backing annexation of entire West Bank, but without its Palestinian inhabitants being granted the right to vote.

MK Miki Zohar, who is chair of the Knesset’s Special Committee for Distributive Justice and Social Equality, expressed his views in an interview with Haaretz newspaper.

“When we say to the Palestinians, ‘We are giving you a state, let’s make peace’ – it’s deceiving them,” Zohar told the paper.

“No one is going to give them a state, not the left either. I am saying: Let’s cut this problem off before it begins and stop with the lies. We’ll tell them: ‘Guys, no state, live here with us, prosper, earn a living, educate your children’.”

Asked whether he meant that Palestinians in an annexed West Bank would not vote in the Knesset elections, Zohar replied in the affirmative.

“We must always maintain control over the mechanisms of the state, as the Jewish people that received this country by right and not by an act of charity.”

Over the years it is very possible the Arabs could become the majority here, and I cannot take this risk.

According to Zohar, such views are “not extreme” but “realistic.”

He continued: “In my opinion, he [the Palestinian] doesn’t have the right to national identity, because he does not own the land of this country.”

“I want him as a resident by virtue of my own sense of fairness – because he was born here and lives here, I will not tell him to leave. I’m sorry to say this, but they have one conspicuous liability: They weren’t born Jews.”

With respect to Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, Zohar said: “They will have to choose if they are loyal to the state”, based on three conditions: “national service; recognition of the Israeli flag, which would fly above every public institution; and recognizing Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”

“And this would not be the decision of an individual, but of a public authority. If they can’t meet these criteria, they would no longer be able to vote for the Knesset.”

(Source / 31.10.2017)

Four Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike for Freedom

31 OCT
6:09 AM

Several Palestinian prisoners are continuing their hunger strikes for freedom as of Monday, 30 October. Hassan Shokeh, 29, of Bethlehem, has been on hunger strike for 20 days against his imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention.

Shokeh was detained by occupation forces on 29 September, less than a month after he was released from his prior imprisonment on 31 August. He has spent several years in Israeli prison under administrative detention and on charges of membership in Islamic Jihad.

Bilal Diab, 32, from Kafr Ra’i near Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 14 days against his own administrative detention without charge or trial. Jailed since 14 July, Diab has been repeatedly seized by the Israeli occupation. He conducted a 78-day hunger strike alongside fellow detainee Thaer Halahleh in 2012 to win his freedom. His strike was sparked after his appeal for his freedom was denied on 17 October; the next hearing in his case is scheduled on 30 November.

In addition, reports were released in the past day that a third prisoner has also been on hunger strike for 14 days, Hamza Marwan Bouzia, 27, of Kifl Hares near Salfit. A former prisoner who served over seven years in Israeli prisons, he has also been subject to re-arrest by occupation forces and ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial.

Also joining the hunger strike is Mosab Said, 28, from Bir Zeit, on hunger strike demanding his return to Megiddo prison after he was transferred; he launched a hunger strike five days ago, after Israeli occupation authorities violated an agreement to transfer him. He has been detained since 12 March and is a journalist and media activist as well as a former prisoner.

Palestinian lawyer Karim Ajwa warned about the deterioration of Diab’s health after a visit with the striking prisoner, held in isolation in Ashkelon prison. Diab is suffering from abdominal pain, joint pain and pain in his ear and head; he is refusing medical examinations by his jailers. He also told his lawyer that he was transferred on Sunday from one cell to another with worse conditions: a wet, torn mattress with one blanket, a constant fan on the door that blows despite the cold, and filthy conditions. He also noted that there are daily “inspections” in which guards repeatedly invade the cell in order to put more pressure on his strike. Ajwa confirmed that Diab is dedicated to continuing his hunger strike to win his freedom.

(Source / 31.10.2017)

Israeli undercover unit kidnaps two Jerusalemites

Undercover arrests Palestinians

Two Palestinian young men were kidnapped by an Israeli undercover unit on Monday evening from Jerusalem’s refugee camp of Qalandia.

According to eyewitnesses, an Israeli undercover unit stormed the refugee camp and kidnapped the two Palestinian youngsters after injuring one of them.

Local youths responded by throwing stones at them before Israeli police stormed the area amid heavy firing of teargas bombs, which led to the outbreak of violent clashes.

At least three injuries, including two gunshot wounds, were reported during the confrontation.

(Source / 31.10.2017)

IOF razes 5 commercial facilities in Jenin

5 Commercial facilities destroyed

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished on Tuesday morning five commercial facilities in Barta al-Sharqiya town which is isolated behind the Israeli Separation Wall in Jenin province.

IOF soldiers interrogated shop owners in the field.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that the razed structures included quarry workshops as well as automobile repair shops in the town.

(Source / 31.10.2017)

IOF arrests 23 Palestinians, seizes money in the West Bank

Money stolen al-Khalil

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Tuesday 23 Palestinians from different West Bank cities and towns as well as Occupied Jerusalem. Meanwhile, ten thousand shekels were seized from a Palestinian home in al-Khalil.

In Nablus, three young men, including an ex-detainee, were arrested in Balata refugee camp and Kefr Qellil town, southeast the city, after storming and wreaking havoc in their homes. The IOF incursion into Nablus coincided with choppers hovering intensively in the sky of the eastern outskirts of the city.

In Jenin, IOF soldiers arrested three citizens in Jaba town in the south. Meanwhile, Israeli troops who were deployed in the town’s streets  set up military barriers at the entrance.

In Ramallah, IOF soldiers rounded up a youth from Kober town, north of the city, in addition to another two men from Silwad town to the east.

Whereas in al-Khalil, ten thousand shekels were seized from one of the Palestinian homes in Beit Ummar town. The IOF claimed that a Carlo rifle was confiscated from a house whose location was not identified.

Besides, Israeli police in Occupied Jerusalem arrested two Palestinians from Qalandiya and Shufat refugee camps in addition to a third man from Hazma town to the east of the city.

(Source / 31.10.2017)