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Dagelijks archief 13 november 2017

Israeli authorities notify demolition of Palestinian houses in Isawiya

Demolition houses Isawiya

The Israeli Jerusalem municipality crews, accompanied by Israeli policemen, on Monday broke into al-Isawiya town in Occupied Jerusalem and distributed demolition orders against a number of Palestinian houses under the pretext of being built without permits.

Jerusalemite sources reported that the Israeli crews handed demolition notices and summonses to a group of Palestinian citizens in the town.

The Israeli-controlled Jerusalem municipality has demolished dozens of Palestinian houses in al-Isawiya town for allegedly being unlicensed.

Following the Israeli occupation of al-Isawiya in 1967, thousands of settlement units, in addition to Hadassah Hospital and the Hebrew University, have been built on the town’s confiscated lands.

(Source / 13.11.2017)

Palestinian child arrested while leaving his school

Child arrested al-Khalil

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested, Monday afternoon, a Palestinian child from al-Khalil’s Old City, south of West Bank.

As he was leaving his school, the child was brutally attacked by an Israeli settlers living in a nearby settlement illegally built in the area.

The child tried to defend himself, however; IOF soldiers intervened and arrested the schoolboy.

The detained minor was then taken to unknown detention center.

(Source / 13.11.2017)

IOF destroys agricultural road in Jordan Valley

Agricultural road destroyed

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) swept, Monday evening, an agricultural road in the Jordan Valley-area village of Ras al-Ahmar.

The PIC reporter quoted local sources as saying that an Israeli military bulldozer escorted by a number of bulldozers stormed the area and destroyed a rural road that serves Palestinian farmers in the village with the aim of building a military road.

Ras al-Ahmar village has witnessed, over the past few months, growing tension due to the Israeli military restrictions imposed on its residents.

(Source / 13.11.2017)

5 Palestinian workers kidnapped by Israeli forces

5 Pal workers kidnapped

Five Palestinian workers were kidnapped on Monday evening by the Israeli forces from 1948 Occupied Palestine (Israel) on claims that they did not hold visas and work permits.

A PIC news correspondent said four arrestees—Shadi, Za’im, Baraa, and Hamza—are from the Mansour family.

The five Palestinian workers are reportedly natives of the northern occupied West Bank province of Nablus.

(Source / 13.11.2017)

Amnesty International Confirms US and Israel Gave ISIS $1 Billion of Weapons in 2016

Amnesty International has confirmed that the US and Israel Army gave ISIS $1 billion worth of arms and equipment in Iraq, according to a report.

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The data was obtained by the human rights group following a freedom of information request for a 2016 government audit.“This audit provides a worrying insight into the US Army’s flawed — and potentially dangerous system for controlling millions of dollars’ worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region,” Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty’s researcher on international arms control, said in a statement. “It makes for especially sobering reading given the long history of leakage of US arms to multiple armed groups committing atrocities in Iraq, including the armed group calling itself the Islamic State.” In 2015, the US and Israel gave $1.57 billion worth of equipment to Iraq to help them fight ISIS through the Iraq Train and Equip Fund.Now it has been revealed they also funded the enemy, providing them with weapons.The Army’s 1st Theater Sustainment Command “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location of [Iraq Train and Equip Fund] equipment on hand in Kuwait and Iraq,” the Pentagon’s inspector general wrote in the audit, The Hill reports.Tens of thousands of assault rifles, hundreds of mortar rounds and armored Humvees were among the equipment given to ISIS in Iraq, Amnesty said.According to Amnesty, the US army’s lack of control over its weapons was also exposed in a 2015 audit.The 2015 audit prompted Congress to commit to keeping a stricter control of its weapons.
Your Newswire reports: Hawaii Rep. Gabbard went to Syria on a secret fact-finding mission to wade through the lies and propaganda and find out what is really happening on the ground.Immediately on her return CNN booked her for an “exclusive” interview – and Gabbard told them exactly what they didn’t want to hear: she has proof the Obama administration was funding ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

(Source / 13.11.2017)

Israeli court indicts 3 Palestinians for funneling cash to Gaza

Funds to Gaza

The Israeli Central Court in Nazareth filed indictments against three Palestinians convicted of funneling funds to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

According to the Israeli Yedioth Ahronot newspaper, prisoner Ahmed Hasan, 25, along with Saad Abu Warda, from Gaza, and 42-year-old Aymen Salhab, from Occupied Jerusalem, were indicted for transferring cash to Gaza.

The list of indictments also includes allegations of holding contacts with a foreign agent, membership in an illegal organization, and money laundering.

The prosecution further indicted Abu Warda for working in Israel and transferring money to his family in Gaza with the help of Aymen Salhab. The convicts allegedly funneled compensations to a Hamas prisoner released in Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner swap deal.

(Source / 13.11.2017)

Israel bars entry of European MPs

Eurpean MPS' banned

The Israeli authorities on Monday banned the entry of a number of European MPs and French mayors because of their activism in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The Hebrew website “0404” reported that Israel’s Minister of Interior, Aryeh Deri, adopted recommendations by Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Security, Gilad Erdan, not to allow the entry of a delegation composed of European MPs and heads of French local councils.

Deri said, according to the website, “This is not the first time we prevent the entry of boycott activists into Israel. This time, however, it is a delegation of European figures coming to act against Israel, and the matter is assuming a different dimension.”

Erdan stressed that they will never allow entry of these BDS activists especially that they were planning to visit the Palestinian prisoner Marwan al-Barghouthi in Israeli jails.

Israel has enacted many laws against its boycotters including a law that allows to sue boycott activists and ask for financial compensations up to 100,000 shekels ($29,000) and 500,000 shekels ($143,000).

The Israeli authorities have recently barred the entry of dozens of activists and human rights workers because of their solidarity with the Palestinian people.

(Source / 13.11.2017)

Israel to demolish 6 Palestinian buildings in Jerusalem

Israel is seeking to change Islamic identity of the holy city
Israeli municipality in Jerusalem plans to demolish six large buildings in occupied East Jerusalem, allegedly because they were built without the impossible to obtain planning permits.

Hundreds of Palestinians will be evacuated from the buildings in the neighbourhood of Kafr Aqab, in the north of the city, as a result of the demolition, Israel’s Channel 10 said.

“Army and police forces will use explosives to demolish buildings,” the channel reported.

Adnan al-Husayni, the Palestinian minister of Jerusalem affairs, strongly criticised the Israeli plan to demolish the buildings.

In an interview with Palestinian journalists Al-Husayni said: “The announcement of these demolitions comes in light of a plan to build 10,000 settlement units on the territory of the airport adjacent to the neighbourhood of Kafr Aqab.”

“The aim of this plan is to reduce the number of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and increase the settlers in the city,” he said.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and has been increasing the number of illegal settlements in the area with a view of annexing it and declaring the entire city its capital.

(Source / 13.11.2017)

Israel / Occupied Palestinian Territory: ongoing smear campaign against Al-Haq staff members Mr. Shawan Jabarin and Ms. Nada Kiswanson

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

New information:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing smear campaign against Mr. Shawan Jabarin, Al-Haq’s General Director and FIDH Secretary General, and Ms. Nada Kiswanson, a human rights lawyer who represents Al-Haq in Europe and before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands.

According to the information received, on October 23, 2017, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center [1] published an article in which Mr. Jabarin is depicted as a “former member of a terrorist organisation” – the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and entitled: “Shawan Jabarin, former PFLP operative and current head of a Palestinian human rights NGO, recently submitted a report to the prosecutor of the ICC accusing Israel of “war crimes,” expecting the prosecutor to launch an investigation against Israel”.

The article further writes that “Mr. Jabarin wears two hats, one as a terrorist operative and the other as an activist in an organization that presents itself as a human rights organization”, and that “Mr. Jabarin travels extensively around the world to promote the “lawfare” and propaganda campaign against Israel”.

The article, which also mentions Ms. Kiswanson, denounces the submission in September 2017 by Al-Haq of a report exposing Israel’s war crimes to the ICC Prosecutor.

The Observatory recalls that this is not the first time the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center publishes defaming articles targeting Mr. Jabarin. In 2013, the online media titled “Terrorism and human rights: Shawan Jabarin, human rights organisations director and PFLP terrorist activist recently visited France to participate in the anti-Israeli campaign”.

The increased attacks against Al-Haq coincide with progress achieved at the level of the ICC and decisions at the EU level regarding the labelling of settlement products. As a result of such advances, several Israeli newspapers, organisations and institutions have attacked Al-Haq and sought to discredit the organisation.

Officials at the highest level have also been reportedly attempting to prevent donors from working with Al-Haq (see background information). In addition, several donors have been reportedly experiencing difficulties in transferring funds to Al-Haq. On several occasions since the beginning of 2017, funds sent to Al-Haq were returned by the correspondent bank.

When inquiring about the transfer, Al-Haq and donors were told that letters using the Palestinian Monetary Authority letterhead had been sent to them, accusing Al-Haq not to be eligible for the transfer of funds. The Palestinian Monetary Authority has denied sending such letters.

The Observatory condemns in the strongest terms this ongoing smear campaign targeting Al-Haq and its members on baseless accusations. The Observatory denounces an evident retaliation of Al-Haq’s peaceful and legitimate activities, in particular in collaborating with the international criminal justice system.

The Observatory urges all competent authorities in Israel to investigate the situation and to comply with the relevant international norms and standards, including the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, in order to create an environment where human rights defenders can operate freely. The authorities in Israel should in particular refrain from making any depreciating comments on human rights defenders and publicly support the important role played by human rights defenders, including those critical of the country’s human rights record.

Background information [2]:

The smear campaign targeting Al-Haq and its members has been escalating since September 2015, when several of Al-Haq’s European donors received false letters sent by an alleged official of the Palestinian Authority (PA), claiming that Al-Haq was being investigated by the consulting firm Ernst & Young for “financial irregularities, corruption, fraud and misuse of donations and funds”. Later on, the firm and the PA confirmed that these allegations were false and unfounded in a series of official letters addressed to Al-Haq in November 2015.

On November 23, 2015 and on February 10, 2016, Al Haq submitted together with Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Aldameer and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) communications to the ICC Prosecutor’s Office, urging it to open an investigation.

In February, July and August 2016, Ms. Kiswanson and her family received frequent phone calls, emails and messages through other means that explicitly and indirectly threatened her life and security.

In March 2016, Al-Haq was the target of a series of cyber-attacks via emails containing Trojan horse viruses which, if not dealt with expediently, would have corrupted files as well as granted access to Al-Haq’s database. The complexity of these attacks confirms that they could only have been perpetrated by an entity with very sophisticated IT resources.

Coincidently, there have been direct attacks on Al-Haq from the Israeli Minister of Justice, several Israeli newspapers and Israeli organisations and institutions both at the local level and abroad. On June 29, 2017, the Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, Ambassador Danny Danon, on the occasion of a media stake-out in front of the Security Council linked “Al Haq (…), led by Shawan Jabarin” to the so-called “PFLP terrorist organisation”. Ambassador Danon went on falsely characterising Al-Haq and Al Mezan, another Palestinian human rights organisation, as “supporters of terrorism”, and “inciters of violence”.

In July 2017, Irish officials reported to Al-Haq, while in Ramallah, that Prime Minister Netanyahu had directly mentioned Al-Haq to the Irish Foreign Minister, asking him not to fund the organisation.

In September 2017, fake recruitment announcements were advertised on job listing websites hosted in Saudi Arabia and Palestine, alleging that Al-Haq was recruiting for IT roles. When tracing back the announcement, it appears that request for advertisement were made under fake Al-Haq email addresses hosted in Romania.

(Source / 13.11.2017)