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Dagelijks archief 11 december 2017

4 killed, 1,632 wounded by Israel in 4 days

Israeli soldiers can be seen arresting Palestinians in Nablus, West Bank [Ayman Ameen/Apaimages]

Israeli soldiers can be seen arresting Palestinians in Nablus, West Bank

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Israeli occupation forces killed four Palestinians and wounded 1,632 others during protests which launched following US President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week.

Based on the statistics published yesterday by the health ministry, there have been 1,327 injuries in the West Bank and Jerusalem, including 28 by live ammunition, 305 by rubber-coated metal bullets and 962 cases of suffocation as a result of tear gas inhalation.

The ministry also noted that 15 Palestinians were subject to beatings, falls, burns or were run over, while 17 were directly wounded by gas canisters, noting that hospitals treated 70 wounds, 15 of which were in occupied Jerusalem.

During the same time, 305 Palestinians were wounded in protests in the besieged Gaza Strip, including 64 live ammunition wounds, 11 rubber bullet wounds, 184 cases of suffocation, 19 direct injuries from gas canisters and 12 other injuries.

Read: Israel forces detained more than 100 Palestinians in three days

The four Palestinians who were killed are: Mahmoud Al-Masri (30), Maher Atallah (54), Abdullah Al-Atal (28) and Mohammad Al-Safadi (30).

Several protests were organised in the occupied Palestinian territories, and were met with a heavy-handed response occupation forces.

(Source / 11.12.2017)

NGO head: Europe should ‘wake up’, use leverage to end Israel violations

B’Tselem logo [File photo]

B’Tselem logo [File photo]

The head of Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem has urged European governments to “wake up” and use their “leverage” in order to pressure Israel to end its persistent violations of international law.

Writing in +972 Magazine, Executive Director Hagai El-Ad said Europe “has worn away its own credibility for years by repeatedly “expressing concern” over “the eroding possibility” of bringing an end to the occupation”, but without taking any serious action.

“For if Israel continues to cement its grasp all over the West Bank, why does Europe take seriously the occasional Israeli lip service to the ‘peace process’?” he asked.

“And as Israel’s policy of forcibly displacing Palestinians from parts of the occupied territories is indeed a war crime, what is the EU’s effective counteraction?”

OPINION: The EU already recognises Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, just more quietly than Trump

And for how much longer will the lie of “Israeli democracy”, alongside a 21st-century version of institutionalised oppression and dispossession, be accepted at Europe’s doorstep?” he added.

According to the B’Tselem head,

thanks to the sheer bluntness of current American positions and Israeli actions, Europe can no longer pretend with any degree of credibility that the policy it is pursuing is one of supporting an American-led ‘peace process’.

“As Israel’s number one trade partner,” El-Ad argued, “Europe has all the leverage it needs to inform Israeli voters that they cannot continue to have it both ways – enjoy perks justified by presumed shared democratic values, all while trampling those very values.”

“By continuing to express ‘serious concern’ instead of acting, Europe is deciding to allow others to lead the way, and de facto accepting the abundantly clear consequences,” he added.

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians In Hebron

11 DEC
4:43 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, seven Palestinians, including children, in several parts of the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, and caused many residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The soldiers invaded the center of Hebron city, assaulted dozens of protesters after ambushing them in the Zawiya area, and two main junctions in the city, and abducted three.

The soldiers also chased many Palestinians in the streets and alleys of the city, but were unable to abduct them.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Beit Kahil town, west of Hebron, and abducted three children, identified as Mohammad Ismael al-Atawna, 17, Farooq Sami al-‘Atawna, 15, and Nidal Firas Othman, 17.

Many Palestinians hurled stones at the invading soldiers who fired gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Medical sources said scores of Palestinians  suffered

the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

In addition, the soldiers abducted ‘Ala Raed Miqbil, 16, from Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, after summoning him for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

The soldiers invaded the teenager’s home, on Saturday at night, and searched it, before ordering him to head to Etzion, and abducted him after he went there Sunday,

Related: Israeli Army Injures Dozens Of Palestinians In Nablus

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Army Vehicle Runs Over 5-year-old Girl in Hebron

11 DEC
3:47 AM

A five-year-old Palestinian girl was injured on Sunday, after she was run over by an Israeli military vehicle in the Old City of Hebron.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that a girl was hit by an Israeli military jeep, which led to bruises in her legs, adding that she is currently receiving treatment at Hebron Governmental Hospital.

On the other hand, PNN reports, Israeli occupation forces stormed central Hebron and opened fire at the citizens in the area .

Dozens of gas bombs were fired in an attempt to disperse the citizens who gathered to denounce the Trump Declaration on Jerusalem.

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Israel reduces Gaza fishing area to 6 nautical miles

Reducing Gaza fishing area

Israel has reduced the permitted area for Gaza fishermen to practice their trade from 9 nautical miles off shore to 6 nautical miles.

Palestine Fishermen’s Union President Nizar Ayyash on Monday told the PIC that they had been notified of the decision by Israeli occupation forces.

Ayyash said that the reduction in fishing area will come into effect on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 4,000 Palestinian fishermen work off the coast of the Gaza Strip, which is under Israeli blockade, providing vital food to 50,000 people.

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Jerusalem: The occupied capital

Occupied capital

It is occupied Jerusalem, the Arab and Islamic city, and the biggest city in historic Palestine in terms of size and population, and the most important religious, economic and historical center, which the Palestinians consider the capital of the State of Palestine, and fight for it, paying dearly and generously for its liberation, fighting what the Israelis claim to be their eternal religious capital.

Location and inhabitants
The city of Jerusalem is located in the center of Palestine, about 60 kilometers east of the Mediterranean Sea, about 35 kilometers west of the Dead Sea, 250 kilometers north of the Red Sea, about 88 kilometers west of Amman, 388 kilometers south of Beirut, and 290 kilometers south-west of Damascus.

According to the 2011 census, the Palestinian population of Jerusalem is 839,000. The Palestinians are fighting a demographic war in the city to face the occupation’s efforts to increase the Israeli population in the city to ensure Israeli dominance over it. The Israeli government is trying to increase the number of Jews in many different ways, including replacing displaced Arabs by Jews. Those Arabs get pushed out of the city following the demolition of their houses under the claim of building without permit.

Israeli statistics in 2007 estimated that 64% of the city’s population are Jewish, while Muslims are 32% and Christians are 2% (including Western Jerusalem). Another statistical report from the same year shows that the proportion of the Jewish population is gradually declining while the proportion of Arabs is increasing steadily, due to the higher rate of births among Arabs and the migration of some Jews to other cities and countries.

Ancient history
The city of Jerusalem dates back more than five thousand years ago and is one of the oldest cities in the world. The many names the city has reveals the ancient history of the city as different peoples who lived in the city called it by different names.

The Canaanites who migrated to it in the third millennium BC called it Ursalem, meaning the city of peace or the city of God Salem. The name ‘Yerushalayim’ which means the Holy House, was mentioned in the bible 680 times. During the Greek era, it was also known as Eliaa’, which means the House of God.

The city was under Egyptian Pharaonic influence from the 16th century BC and then was under Jewish influence for 73 years. King David took over the city in 977 or 1000 BC. He controlled the city and called it City of David and built a palace and several fortifications. He was succeeded by his son King Solomon, who ruled the city for 33 years.

In 586 BC, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II conquered it after defeating the last king of the Jews, Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, thus transferring the remaining Jews to Babylon, including King Zedekiah himself.

Alexander the Great took over Palestine, including Jerusalem, in 333 BC. After his death, his Macedonian and Ptolemaic successors continued to rule the city until the Roman army commander Pompeii captured it in 63 BC and annexed it to the Roman Empire.

In 326 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine I transferred the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to Byzantium, and declared Christianity the official religion of the state. It was a turning point for Christians in Jerusalem where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was built.

The Roman Empire was divided in 395 AD into two antagonistic parties, which encouraged the Persians to invade Jerusalem from 614-628 AD. The Romans regained the city, and it remained in their hands until the Islamic conquest in 636 AD.

In the year 621 AD, Jerusalem saw the visit of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, who engaged in a journey at night from the Grand Mosque in Makkah to the Aqsa Mosque in Palestine, and from there ascended to the seven heavens.

In 15 AH (636 AD), the Muslim Caliph Omar ibn al-Khattab, entered the city, after the Muslim army led by Abu Ubaydah Amer bin Jarrah besieged it. The Patriarch Sophronios insisted that Omar should receive the keys of the city himself. Omar came and wrote with the Christians of Jerusalem the Pact of Omar, a pact that granted Christians in Jerusalem their religious freedom and protection in return for taxes. He changed the name of the city from Eliaa to Jerusalem, and the document stated that no Jews should be allowed to live in the city at the request of its Christian inhabitants then.

The city has since taken its Islamic character, and was taken care of by the Umayyad and later by the Abbasids, and witnessed a renaissance and development in various fields, and the most important Islamic monuments in that period was building the Dome of the Rock, which was built by Abdul Malik bin Marwan.

The city was unstable for a while due to the conflicts between the Abbasids, the Fatimids and Qarmatians, and then it was ruled by the Seljuks until 1071 AD.

On December 28, 1516, the Ottomans entered the city of Jerusalem. Two days later, the Sultan visited the holy city. Sultan Selim I was welcomed by scholars and elders, who and handed him the keys of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy city. Jerusalem became a city of the Ottoman Empire and remained in their hands for almost four centuries.

Since the conquest, the Ottoman sultans have paid special attention to Jerusalem, granted it a special administration, established many urban projects, developed services, and initiated charitable endowments.

In December 1917 Jerusalem fell to the British army after General Allenby entered it. The League of Nations granted Britain the right to mandate Palestine. Jerusalem became the capital of Palestine under British Mandate (1920-1948). Since then, the city has been witnessing a new era, the most prominent feature of which was the increase in the number of Jewish migrants, especially after the Balfour Declaration in 1917.

In 1948, Britain announced the end of the mandate in Palestine and the withdrawal of its forces. Zionist gangs exploited the state of political and military vacuum and declared the establishment of the state of Israel.

On December 3, 1948, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared West Jerusalem as the capital of the new-born Israeli state, while East Jerusalem remained under Jordanian sovereignty until June 1967, when Israel defeated the armies of Syria, Jordan and Egypt, and annexed the entire city of Jerusalem to it.

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Dozens of Palestinians injured in Nablus, al-Bireh clashes

Injured Nablus, al-Bireh

Dozens of Palestinians were injured as clashes broke with Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Sunday evening in three different areas in Nablus, north of occupied West Bank, in defense of occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) affirmed that 52 people suffered different injuries during the clashes.

Six people were injured after being shot with rubber bullets in Hawara checkpoint clashes, while an elderly man suffered breathing problems after inhaling teargas fired by IOF soldiers.

A 14-year-old child suffered different wounds all over his body after being assaulted by IOF in Beit Furik town.

Around 44 other citizens including minors and women suffered different injures as Israeli forces heavily and randomly fired teargas bombs at Palestinian houses in the city.

Meanwhile, 11 Palestinian youths were shot and injured with rubber bullets when violent clashes erupted at the northern entrance to al-Bireh city.

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Million-person march to sweep Gaza over Trump’s biased declaration

Great march Gaza on Friday

A one million-person march is slated to be held across the blockaded Gaza Strip on Friday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

According to the National and Islamic Factions’ Follow-Up Committee, mass-demos will be held simultaneously in all Gaza provinces, from Rafah to Beit Hanun.

The committee called on the Palestinians to join the march right after Friday’s noon prayers, at around 12:30 a.m., and to raise the Palestinian flag.

The march comes as part of underway protest moves staged across the occupied Palestinian territories and overseas to speak out against Trump’s Wednesday declaration that Occupied Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, overturning the U.S.-brokered peace process and signaling a green light for altering the long-held status quo in the city—home to Muslims’ third holiest site, al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Breaking News: Khader Adnan seized by Israeli occupation forces, launches immediate hunger strike

Prominent Palestinian leader, organizer and former prisoner and hunger-striker Khader Adnan was seized on Monday morning, 11 December, by Israeli occupation forces at his home in Arraba, Jenin. He immediately launched an open hunger strike to demand his release.

Randa Moussa, his wife, told Palestine Today that he had announced an immediate strike on food, drink and speech after his arrest. She said that four patrols, an armored troop carrier and a jeep surrounded their home at 2:30 am and invaded the home violently, trying to break down the door of the home, and that they hit Adnan on the back and hand, throwing him on the ground before handcuffing him. He was then interrogated in a closed room of the house before being taken away to an undisclosed location.

Adnan, prominent political activist from the town of Arraba near Jenin, has been arrested 10 times and spent six years in Israeli prison, all in administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial. In 2012 and 2015, he carried out 66-day and 56-day hunger strikes, respectively, winning his liberation from arbitrary Israeli imprisonment.

The Islamic Jihad movement said in a statement that “the arrest of leaders and popular and national symbols will not weaken our people or break their will….this is a desperate attempt to suppress the uprising of Jerusalem,” as Palestinians inside and outside Palestine have risen up against US President Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the “capital of Israel” in the eyes of the US.

Khader Adnan is a Palestinian and international symbol of steadfastness within the prisons who has inspired widespread international solidarity. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network demands the immediate release of Khader Adnan and will announce further actions as we receive more news and information from Palestine on Adnan’s detention. The struggle for the freedom of Palestinian political prisoners is at the forefront of the struggle to defend Jerusalem and liberate Palestine. 

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Trump’s decision a reflection of the UN earlier colonial impositions

Ramona Wadi

Since 1967, the UN regularly adopted resolutions concerning the status of Jerusalem, most of them dealing with withdrawing military forces, condemnation of land confiscation and settlement expansion, as well as requesting that Israel refrains from holding military activities in the city. A recurring warning was that no action should be taken to change the status of Jerusalem.

US President Donald Trump exposed the fallacy behind international recommendations yesterday with his unilateral declaration of recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Away from the outpouring of indignation from Palestinians who have resisted the Zionist colonial project, the opposition to Trump’s declaration has been mostly diluted by statements that simply acknowledge the action taken as reprehensible, instead of focusing upon responsibility, accountability and ramifications – all of which should lead directly to the UN.

The hype generated by Trump on previous occasions, which illustrated his administration’s support for Israel, is becoming a convenient tool for Israel, the PA and the UN, due to such tactics generating a fragmented response and one that strengthens reliance upon symbolism. Trump’s statement goes against UN resolutions. However, it is a known fact that UN resolutions are a façade for the allowance of international law violations. Palestine is no exception – on the contrary, it is an epitome of how international politics have shaped the disappearance of people and territory, leaving only slivers of land as a specific focus detracting from the entire colonial structure and the institutions supporting it.

Without detracting attention from the latest development, discussing Jerusalem in isolation puts the rest of Palestine at risk at a political level. Trump has stepped away from the requirements of the Quartet, namely the two-state compromise which, months ago, was mulled over publicly by the US president in sentences which attracted more derision than scrutiny. What will it take now to declare an official departure from the negotiations which have changed Palestine in a more dangerous manner than Trump?

The UN’s useless, specific focus on Jerusalem can, however, serve as an example of how it has allowed colonialism and its allies to change Palestine permanently. The Times of Israel is already quoting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stating: “We are holding contacts with other countries who will also recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.” The prediction for such moves, Netanyahu stated, is based upon the future relocation of the US embassy. Again, this rhetoric is nothing new – a few months ago Netanyahu made similar statements regarding Jerusalem and the eventual relocation of embassies. If other countries follow suit, even if these are a minority, how does the UN plan to safeguard Jerusalem’s status through resolutions?

This also begets another question – how will the UN frame the two-state compromise, which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres immediately reiterated as the only solution, now that a clear departure from the obsolete formula has been made? Trump’s actions have defined previous warnings on the subject which the UN preferred not to heed in its quest to deprive Palestinians of a political solution – something it has done since its inception. With such an obscene human rights violations record, expecting the UN to protect Palestine and Palestinians, as has been requested on several occasions, should not even be considered, let alone devise an approach. For decades, the UN has stolen the rights of Palestinians to claim their land. It also bequeathed Israel with a farcical legitimacy through one main omission – that of recognising a colonial entity as a state.

Sadly, the Palestinian Authority, as a derivative of such corruption, never prioritised Palestine and Palestinians. Jerusalem, however, will provide Mahmoud Abbas with an opportunity to pontificate meaninglessly, embellishing this degeneration with adjectives depicting illusion instead of defining true ownership. Once the furore over this episode abates and it is consigned to the growing timeline of violations, Abbas will undoubtedly pursue the remnants of the internationally-accepted fabrication of negotiations and compromise to earn plaudits from the UN, until there is nothing left to compromise over.

(Source / 11.12.2017)