Israeli settlers shot, wound Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli occupation murdered Palestinian man last week

Israeli settlers shot, critically wounded on Monday Palestinian man during Israeli forces raid of the village of Qusra in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern occupied West Bank said that Ahmad Fayiz Hasan, 24, was critically injured during clashes in the eastern area of the village.

Hasan was transferred to the Rafidiya Governmental Hospital in Nablus city by crews from the Palestinian Red Crescent and was immediately sent into surgery.

Palestinian medical sources said that the bullet entered through Hasan’s back and settled into the left side of his chest.

Daghlas said that locals had gathered in the eastern area of Qusra after Israeli settlers had raided the area under Israeli army escort, stationing themselves in the area where an Israeli settler shot dead Mahmoud Odeh, a 48-year-old resident of Qusra, on Thursday.

Witnesses said that locals tried to push out the dozens of Israeli settlers who raided the village in an attempt to provoke people, causing clashes to break out.

Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas and live ammunition against locals.

Some 800,000 Israeli settlers reside in occupied Palestinian territories in violation of international law. The international community has repeatedly called their presence and rising population the main impediment to potential peace in the region.

The UN reported in August that after a three-year decline of settler attacks on Palestinians, the first half of 2017 showed a major increase in such attacks, with 89 incidents being documented so far this year, representing an 88 percent increase compared to 2016.

Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 per cent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years, according to Israeli NGO Yesh Din.

(Source / 05.12.2017)

Israeli occupation orders 48 more Palestinians jailed without charge or trial

Israeli occupation forces have issued 48 administrative detention orders for the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial between 16 and 30 November. This follows on 24 more administrative detention orders issued in the first two weeks of the month.

Palestinian lawyer Mahmoud al-Halabi said on Sunday, 3 December that 15 of the orders were newly issued while the remainder were renewals of the orders against Palestinians who had already spent years or months detained without charge or trial.

Administrative detention orders are used to imprison Palestinians without charge or trial. Issued for one to six months at a time, these orders are indefinitely renewable. Palestinians have spent years at a time jailed under administrative detention. There are over 450 Palestinians out of a total of over 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention.

Among the orders issued were those against former long-term hunger striker Ayman al-Tabeesh, also ordered held in isolation. He has been imprisoned without charge or trial since August 2016. An order was also renewed against Salah al-Khawaja, of the village of Nil’in, one day before he was to be released. Khawaja has now been on hunger strike for the past 21 days against his imprisonment without charge or trial.

The orders were issued against the following Palestinian prisoners:

1. Wa’ad Arafat Hadmi, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
2. Musa Ahmad Bulbul, Jenin, 4 months, extension
3. Alaa Hassan Abu Abi, Ramallah, 6 months, extension
4. Shaher Jamil al-Hih, al-Khalil, 6 months, new order
5. Thaer Jihad Abu Sundus, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
6. Ayman Mohammed Abu Eid, Jerusalem, 4 months, extension
7. Yahya Hani Jaddu, Bethlehem, 4 months, extension
8. Jamal Ibrahim Maslamani, Tubas, 4 months, extension
9. Abdel-Rahman Shawki Shuaibat, Bethlehem, 6 months, new order
10. Ahmad Khader Hroub, al-Khalil, 2 months, extension
11. Ismail Taleb al-Natah, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
12. Salah Mohammed al-Khawaja, Ramallah, 6 months, extension
13. Hamouda Akram Jaber, al-Khalil, 6 months, extension
14. Mohammed Hashem Khader, Qalqilya, 4 months, extension
15. Abdel-Muhsin Ali Zamara, al-Khalil, 2 months, extension
16. Shaker Hasan Amara, Jericho, 4 months, extension
17. Issa al-Sanadiya, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
18. Bajis Khalil Nakhleh, Ramallah, 4 months, new order
19. Hussam Omar Abu Khalifa, Bethlehem, 4 months, new order
20. Ahmad Awad Srour, Ramallah, 4 months, new order
21. Majdi Mohammed Abu Fara, al-Khalil, 6 months, extension
22. Raed Abed al-Admu al-Amda, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
23. Mahmod Jibril Shehadeh Makhamra, al-Khalil, 6 months, extension
24. Ahmad Mohammed Abu Nasr, Ramallah, 4 months, extension
25. Jaafar Abdallah Arouj, Bethlehem, 4 months, new order
26. Mahmoud Abdel-Halim Talahmeh, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
27. Mohammed Adnan Maliki, Ramallah, 4 months, new order
28. Suhaib Mohammed Qafisha, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
29. Nael Jihad Abu al-Asal, Jericho, 4 months, extension
30. Taqi al-Din Abdel-Fattah Fahajan, al-Khalil, 4 months, new order
31. Mohammed Monjed Khalaf, Bethlehem, 6 months, new order
32. Ahmad Musa al-Khalayleh, al-Khalil, 4 months, new order
33. Ibrahim Naji al-Keilani, Jenin, 6 months, new order
34. Ahmad Azmi Hanatsheh, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
35. Mohammed Nazmi Mohammed Jamal, al-Khalil, 4 months, new order
36. Alaa Musa Za’ik, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
37. Yousef Abdel-Malik Saadi, Jenin, 3 months, extension
38. Mahmoud Abdallah Atwan, Bethlehem, 3 months, extension
39. Karam Nasr Abed Rabbo, Bethlehem, 4 months, extension
40. Hammad Ahmad Abu Maria, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
41. Yousef Ismail Hamdan, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
42. Ayman Ali al-Tabeesh, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
43. Jawad Mohammed Jabari, al-Khalil, 6 months, extension
44. Nidal Mohammed Abu Sneineh, al-Khalil, 4 months, extension
45. Nasim Fadl al-Rifai, al-Khalil, 6 months, new order
46. Ayman Rouhi al-Atrash, al-Khalil, 3 months, extension
47. Mahmoud Yousef Safadi, Nablus, 3 months, new order

(Source / 05.12.2017)

Three Palestinian lawyers seized by Israeli occupation

Israeli occupation forces seized three Palestinian lawyers well-known for their involvement in defending Palestinian human rights and particularly the rights of Palestinian prisoners in armed, overnight, pre-dawn raids. The three lawyers are:

All three of the lawyers’ homes was stormed at night by police and intelligence agents who ransacked the home before taking him. The three were taken to the Petah Tikva interrogation center.

Zabarqa is one of the most prominent lawyers defending Palestinian political detainees and prisoners in occupied Palestine ’48. Most recently, his advocacy on behalf of imprisoned Sheikh Raed Salah has highlighted the sheikh’s solitary confinement and political targeting. Zabarqa has been targeted in the past, barred from entering Jerusalem in 2015. Misk is also the former legal director for Defence for Children International – Palestine and, as current director of legal work for the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, has a leading role in defending many Palestinian prisoners before Israeli occupation courts.

Al-Sabbah is the director of al-Meethaq Foundation, which offers public legal services to the Jerusalemite population, including dealing with Israeli occupation entities like insurance officials, the municipality, and the interior department. The foundation also works together with Physicians for Human Rights to document abuses against child prisoners and support parents in filing complaints about their children’s treatment.

The targeting of the three lawyers comes hand in hand with the ongoing attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders such as Salah Hamouri, new Palestinian lawyer and field researcher for Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; Hasan Safadi, Arabic-language media coordinator for Addameer; Issa Amro, al-Khalil organizer against settlements; Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian parliamentarian and Addameer board member; Abdallah Abu Rahma, coordinator of Bil’in’s Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements.

“Human rights defender” is a term used to describe people who, individually or with others, act peacefully to promote or protect human rights. These three Palestinian lawyers are human rights defenders who serve as a first line of defense for Palestinian civilians under occupation targeted for arrest, detention and persecution by Israeli occupation forces.

This is also a specific and targeted attack on Palestinian legal work and Palestinian lawyers, in what appears to be an attempt to deprive Palestinian prisoners of even the barest legal representation which is in and of itself frequently barred from providing any meaningful defense in a colonial system meant merely to legitimize the ongoing detention of Palestinians. It also appears to be an attempt to intimidate and suppress Palestinian lawyers from engaging public work to defend Palestinian political prisoners and people under attack.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges international organizations, especially lawyers’ and legal organizations, to take a stand and pressure the Israeli state and international governments to take a stand against the escalating attacks on Palestinian lawyers and other human rights defenders.

(Source / 05.12.2017)

Israeli army hits Rif Dimashq with missiles

Fire opened Gaza

Syrian state media on Monday said Israel had fired missiles at a Syrian military facility in the Damascus countryside, adding that Syrian air defense systems had intercepted three of the missiles.

“Our air defenses confronted an Israeli missile attack on one of our sites in the Damascus suburbs and three of the targets were downed,” state news agency SANA said, adding the attacks happened at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

A witness told Reuters late on Monday three strong explosions were heard from the direction of Jamraya, west of Damascus. Another witness said thick smoke could be seen rising over the area.

Jamraya contains a military research facility which was hit by what was believed to have been an Israeli attack in 2013.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, from its sources, said warplanes believed to be Israeli had fired missiles into the Jamraya area through the Lebanese territories.

Israel in the past has targeted positions of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iran-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army.

(Source / 05.12.2017)

Israeli bulldozers demolish structures northeast of Occupied Jerusalem

Bulldozers razed facilities

Israeli bulldozers razed on Tuesday morning a number of Palestinian facilities under construction in Shufat refugee camp to the northeast of Occupied Jerusalem at the pretext of lacking construction permit.

The spokesman of Fatah Movement in Shufat refugee camp, Thaer Fasfous, said that Israeli forces, in large numbers and escorted by four bulldozers, raided the refugee camp in the early morning, besieged an under-construction building and started knocking it down, according to Quds Press.

He added that the forces banned everybody from accessing the site during the demolition process, which is “apparently going to affect several buildings in the refugee camp”, he said.

Local sources revealed that a surveillance blimp was seen in the sky during the demolition. The razed structure belonged to the Jerusalemite Esam Ali, the sources pointed out.

(Source / 05.12.2017)

IOF hands over demolition orders against 13 homes in Qalqilya

Demolition orders 2 houses

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Tuesday handed 13 Palestinians home-demolition orders in Sinneirya town, south of the West Bank city of Qalqilya.

Sources of the town’s council said that the demolition notices were issued at the pretext of lacking construction permits or because of not abiding by the construction schemes.

The council of the town called on the owners of the homes threatened with demolition to refer to the council in order to discuss the required steps to prevent the destruction of their houses.

The demolition orders will be submitted to the mayor of Qalqilya in order to follow up the matter, the council pointed out.

(Source / 05.12.2017)

IOF raids homes, kidnaps Palestinians overnight in W. Bank and J’lem

Homes raided WB

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Tuesday raided homes and kidnapped several Palestinian citizens in different areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

In Nablus, the IOF stormed Burqa town and kidnapped two young men from their homes. They were identified as Amir Daglas and Ahmed Abu Amr.

The IOF also raided five homes in Budrus town, west of Ramallah, and confiscated an amount of money from one of them.

In al-Khalil, several homes were ransacked during an IOF campaign in Beit Ummar town to the north and Wadi Abu Qatila area in the city.

The IOF did not carry out arrests during its campaigns in Ramallah and al-Khalil.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli police rounded up seven Palestinians, including a woman and five children, from different areas.

Local sources reported that a young man called Ahmed Zahran, from northwest of Jerusalem, and a woman along with her two children, from Kafr Aqab neighborhood, were arrested and taken to an interrogation center in the holy city.

Three other children were taken prisoners during police raids on their homes in Ras al-Amud neighborhood of Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque.

The children were identified as Khaled Abu Qalbain, 14, Mohamed al-Haymouni, 12, and Abdullah al-Abbasi, 13. They are accused of throwing stones at a settler outpost in Silwan.

(Source / 05.12.2017)

Israeli army opens fire at police field force in blockaded Gaza

Fire opened Gaza

The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday evening opened fire at a police field force east of al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip.

According to local sources, Israeli forces attacked a police field troop east of al-Maghazi. Several such attacks by the Israeli forces have recently been spotted in the area.

The shooting attack represents another flagrant violation of the Cairo-brokered truce accord struck between the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian resistance following Israel’s 2014 offensive on the besieged costal enclave of Gaza.

(Source / 05.12.2017)

Palestinian youth kidnapped by Israeli forces near Haifa

Youth kidnapped Haifa

The Israeli forces on Tuesday evening kidnapped a Palestinian citizen from territories occupied in 1948 (Israel).

A PIC news correspondent said Israeli soldiers deployed near Haifa city arrested the Palestinian youth Nael Kmeil, a native of Jenin’s southern town of Qabatiya in the northern occupied West Bank, and dragged him to an investigation center.

Several other Palestinians have recently been kidnapped by the Israeli forces from their homes and workplaces as part of a manhunt launched across 1948 Occupied Palestine.

(Source / 05.12.2017)

Israel’s nuclear weapons make the world a more dangerous place

Asa Winstanley

By Asa Winstanley

Privately, it has been well understood by US officials since the 1960s that Israel has the capacity to build its own nuclear weapons. Publicly, Israel has a policy of not confirming or denying its nuclear stockpile, even though by now it is a well-established fact.

Since 1968, or possibly even earlier, Israel has amassed a secretive arsenal thought to amount to at least 80 nuclear warheads. In a hacked 2015 email, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote that Israel has “200 [nuclear bombs], all targeted on Tehran.” The latter figure may be an exaggeration, but there’s no doubt that Israel has the bomb, and in significant numbers.

The definitive book detailing the story of how Israel got the bomb is Seymour Hersh’s The Sampson Option. In it, Hersh – a renowned investigative journalist – recounts how Israel worked with French scientists in the 1950s and 1960s to build a nuclear reactor in Dimona in the southern Negev Desert. Photographs by US spy planes showed that Israel, despite its denials, was indeed building the reactor. However, the politicians and higher-ups seemed not to want to know.

In fact, there seems to have been a deliberate policy of successive US Presidents turning a blind eye to what was going on, ignoring their own intelligence briefs. One US ambassador to Israel, Walworth Barbour, was in post for 12 years and emblematic of this. His long assignment, Hersh wrote, was a testament to his “willingness to operate the American embassy as a subsidiary, if necessary, of the Israeli foreign ministry.” According to Hersh, Barbour was willing to stand aside when ordered to do so and “permit the White House and the Israeli ambassador to Washington to run the real policy behind his back.”

The Sampson Option, published in 1991, is an impressive book, based largely on official US records and US and Israeli official sources, some speaking anonymously. It is the characteristic Hersh blend of impressive military and intelligence sources approached with admirable scepticism and critical rigour. Unlike most mainstream US journalists reporting on Israeli “intelligence” affairs, Hersh refused to submit his book to Israeli censorship.

It is an almost-entirely unreported scandal (in the mainstream, at least) that the Israeli military imposes crude censorship on both domestic and foreign journalists operating in the country. Any other regime operating in this way would not be presented by the media as a “democracy”, as Israel almost always is. For the Palestinians whose life it dominates through a brutal occupation, Israel is a military dictatorship.

Hersh was able to avoid Israeli censorship simply by staying out of the country. He talked to his Israeli sources either over the phone or while they were in the US.

Based on the accounts of anonymous Israeli officials, he recounts a telling story around the production of the first Israeli atomic bomb. With some of Israel’s current best friends being the far-right, anti-Muslim US President Donald Trump and the fascistic “alt-right” it is a story with a chilling current relevance.

In 1968, Israeli Defence Minister and former General Moshe Dayan showed the Labour government’s Finance Minister Pinchas Sapir around Dimona in an attempt to persuade him that the nuclear bomb made financial sense and was worth funding. Sapir was a sceptic, until Dayan “showed him the whole thing, from A to Z,” Hersh’s official Israeli source said.

“Have you seen it all?” Sapir later asked a ministerial colleague. “I’ve seen it and you don’t know shit. There will be no more Auschwitzes.”

This is a reference to the infamous Nazi death camps in which it is estimated that more than 1.3 million people were slaughtered, mostly Jews. The reference reflects the anachronistic idea, common in Israeli propaganda, that the state of Israel was established to protect Jewish people from Nazi genocide. It was, of course, in the planning at least 50 years before the extent of the Holocaust was acknowledged.

Furthermore, Israel’s founding ideology, Zionism, has a far darker and more complicated relationship with Nazism and anti-Semitism than simple opposition. At times, individuals and groups in the Zionist movement collaborated actively with Nazi Germany, first surfacing in the 1930s with the transfer agreement. In the case of Rudolf Katzner (later an Israeli government official and unsuccessful parliamentary candidate for Mapai, the party which went on to merge with other “left Zionist” groups to form Labour), this even extended to outright collaboration with the Nazi regime which was directly occupying Hungary towards the end of the war, giving breathing space for them to slaughter Hungarian Jews while saving himself and over 1,600 others.

Has the Israeli nuclear bomb made the world a safer place for Jews, or anyone else for that matter? The answer is no.

Were there to be a “new holocaust” today, there is little doubt that the main target would be Muslims. With the President of the US now openly promoting the vilest of anti-Muslim racists, an increasingly dangerous climate is being generated.

There is no doubt about which side Israel is on. Britain First, whose deputy leader’s messages Trump retweeted this week, is extremely pro-Israel, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very pro-Trump. Within this sort of context, Israel’s nuclear weapons today are far more likely to create a “new Auschwitz” than to stop one.

(Source / 05.12.2017)