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Dagelijks archief 12 januari 2018

Israeli occupation grabs hold of Nablus school lands

Burin school land

The Israeli occupation authorities on Thursday seized large tracts of Palestinian lands in Nablus’s southern town of Burin, in the northern West Bank.

Speaking with PIC, director of Burin Secondary School Ibrahim Omran said an Israeli liaison officer and the army’s deputy commander showed up in the area and updated him on the confiscation order.

The Israeli officers also said that the targeted area, covering over 20 dunums of the 55-dunum school, will be engulfed with birded wire.

The confiscation was issued allegedly to protect the school from the simmering assaults by Israeli settlers.

The school headmaster rejected the alleged reasons and told the officers: “Had your intention been to protect the school, the barbed while would have been set up near the bypass road.”

He added that the fence to be set up around the land will prevent the locals from cultivating it and using it for future projects.

Although an Israeli military watchtower is just dozens of meters away from the area, Burin school, located near the bypass road leading to Yitzhar settlement, has increasingly been targeted by Israeli settlers.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

Israeli settlers conduct provocative tours near Salfit and Ramallah

Provocative tours

Dozens of Israeli settlers on Friday morning stormed the mountains between Salfit and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and conducted provocative tours in the area.

Eyewitnesses reported that nearly 100 settlers were seen walking from Ariel settlement towards Amouriya village north of Ramallah.

They added that some settlers were armed, noting that the tours were aimed at exploring the area which is expected to witness an intensified settlement activity in the near future.

The Israeli settlers launch such tours in the West Bank mountains from time to time under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

Anti-occupation shooting attack reported east of al-Khalil

Anti-occupation shooting

Israeli sources claimed on Friday afternoon that an Israeli bus was subjected to a shooting attack at the bypass Road 60 near Kiryat Arba settlement to the east of al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.

The Hebrew sources said that no injuries were reported. However, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) announced a state of alert on Thursday evening after calls had been made by Palestinian factions for escalating clashes with IOF soldiers on the sixth Friday of anger in protest at the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

Palestinians pay farewell to 2 teen martyrs in Nablus, Gaza

Teen Martyrs

Thousands of Palestinians Friday afternoon attended funeral processions of two slain Palestinian teens: Ali Qino in Iraq Burin village, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank and Amir Abu Musaed in al-Maghazi refugee camp in Central Gaza.

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral procession of Ali Qino, 16, who was killed by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) near a makeshift checkpoint at the entrance to the neighboring village, which had been sealed off by Israeli troops with cement blocks.

As for Gaza, thousands of Palestinians paid farewell to martyr Amir Abu Musaed, 15, who died of his wounds shortly after being shot by IOF soldiers east of al-Buraij refugee camp in Central Gaza.

The mourners shouted slogans condemning the Israeli occupation and threatening to avenge the killing of both teens.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

3 Palestinian brothers arrested by PA forces in Askar al-Jadid camp

Askar al-Jadid camp arrests

The Palestinian Authority (PA) forces at daybreak Friday arrested three Palestinian brothers in Askar al-Jadid camp, in the northern occupied West Bank province of Nablus.

According to eye-witnesses, a PA troop stormed the camp at daybreak and kidnapped Salman Marshoud’s three sons, just four hours after the locals had celebrated the release of his fourth son, Mohamed, from Israeli jails, where he had been locked up for 12 years.

In a Thursday statement, Hamas strongly condemned such arbitrary abductions by the PA forces and the political arrests targeting Hamas leaders in the West Bank.

Hamas kept record of 1,400 violations and attacks by the PA forces during 2017.

Hamas spokesman Hazem Kasem said such violations are a stab in the back of the Palestinians and an impediment to the national reconciliation process, one of whose foundations is the rehabilitation of personal and political freedoms.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

Hamas official: Issue of Israa Ja’abis needs serious action

Israa Ja'abis

Member of the Hamas Political Bureau, Mousa Dudin, on Thursday said that the health condition of the injured female prisoner Israa Ja’abis requires a serious intervention to save her from the injustice she is being subjected to in Israeli jails.

Dudin denounced in a press statement the absence of any action by the Palestinian leadership and called for activating Israa’s issue on all levels until she is released and provided the necessary treatment.

He called on human rights organizations to intervene and asked the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission to work locally and internationally to help Israa and all Palestinian prisoners suffering in Israeli jails.

The Hamas official affirmed that the Palestinian prisoners issue will remain at the top of his Movement’s priorities until they obtain freedom.

Israa Ja’abis, 32, mother of a child, is sentenced to 11 years in prison. Ja’abis is suffering from severe burns she sustained in different parts of her body when the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at her car during her arrest two years ago.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

Hunger-striking Rjoub transferred to Ramla hospital

Rizq al-Rajoub to hospital

The Israeli occupation authorities on Thursday evening transferred the Palestinian prisoner Rizq al-Rjoub, 61, to Ramla hospital after his health deteriorated as a result of being on hunger strike for 20 consecutive days in protest at his administrative detention.

Rizq’s wife, Sara, told the PIC reporter that her husband is suffering from low hemoglobin levels in the blood, stressing that his body is too weak to tolerate an open hunger strike.

Ex-prisoner Mohammed al-Qiq, the longest-fasting hunger striker in Israeli jails, said in an exclusive interview with the PIC that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) does not care about the health of the hunger-striking prisoners, adding that Rizq’s case is different from any other cases and procrastination will entail adverse consequences.

For his part, Director of the Independent Commission for Human Rights in al-Khalil, Farid al-Atrash, called on international humanitarian organizations to immediately intervene to save Rjoub.

In a statement to the PIC, Atrash held the IPS fully responsible for any deterioration in Rjoub’s health.

Rjoub, who has been detained since 27th November 2017, rejected an Israeli court offer to be deported to Sudan.

Being a prominent Hamas member, Rjoub spent 23 years in Israeli jails including 10 years in arbitrary administrative detention.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

SIG’s Minister of Health Injured in Airstrikes on Ma’arat al-Nu’man Thursday

The Syrian Coalition said that Minister of Health in the Syrian Interim Government Mohammed Firas al-Jundi was injured and his driver, Hussam al-Mandil, was killed in airstrikes on the town of Ma’arat al-Nu’man in rural Idlib on Thursday.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition condemned “the crime of targeting the Minister” and said that the “crime comes in the context of the intensifying onslaughts being carried out by regime forces backed by the Russian occupation forces and the Iranian militias in Idlib province and eastern Ghouta. The onslaughts have left dozens of civilian casualties and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.”

The Coalition said that criminal attack deliberately targeted the Minister and his aids shortly after they came back from carrying out tasks related to their work.

The Coalition extended its “heartfelt condolences to the family of Mandil and all the families who lost their loved ones at the hands of the Assad regime and its backers. We wish the Minister speedy recovery and that he resumes the carrying out of his duties and his role in the service of his countrymen.”

In 2016, SIG’s Minister of Local Administration Ya’qub al-Ammar was killed in a terrorist attack in the town of Inkhil in rural Dara’a during the opening ceremony of a police station. The attack killed 11 another people and injured many others, including Minister of Economy Abudlhakeem Al-Masri.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 12.01.2018)

How Ahed Tamimi became an icon to Palestinians

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — An Israeli military court indicted 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi on five counts of assault for attacking two soldiers on Dec. 15, thus extending her detention as well as that of her mother, Nariman Tamimi, for eight additional days. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

Ever since Ahed was arrested on Dec. 19 over a video in which she is seen slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers in front of her family home, she has received considerable attention and support. An online campaign is demanding Ahed’s release, while the hashtag #AhedTamimi has trended all over social media, in particular on Twitter with tens of thousands of tweets.

The protesters in the village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city of Ramallah in the central West Bank, began in 2009 against the Israeli separation wall and the confiscation of land in order to build the Helmish settlement. Ahed was only 8 years old when she became an icon of the popular resistance as she participated in the weekly march in the village, showing no fear of the occupation forces.

Ahed’s recent video was not her first to go viral. Another from Aug. 31, 2015, showed her and her mother fighting an Israeli soldier who had beaten and tried to arrest her brother, Mohammed.

On Aug. 28, 2012, photographers captured Israeli soldiers arresting Ahed’s mother while others held Ahed back as she cried before escaping to run after the military vehicle that took her mother away. On Nov. 2, 2012, Ahed was involved in another incident with soldiers in Nabi Saleh after they had arrested her other brother, Waad.

Ahed has been hit with rubber bullets in the foot, neck and hand during anti-Israel marches in her village. Her family has been involved in several incidences of violence. Her mother was arrested five times and shot in the thigh in November 2014, forcing her to use a cane. She lost her uncle Rushdi al-Tamimi, who was shot by Israeli soldiers on Nov. 19, 2012. Her father, Bassem al-Tamimi, was arrested and detained nine times. In 1993, he was beaten during an interrogation, and the resulting concussion left him in a coma for 10 days. The Tamimi home has been threatened with demolition for having been built without a permit.

Her father told Al-Monitor, “Our family and entire village have always resisted the occupation. That Ahed grew up in this environment and participated in our weekly marches against the wall and settlements has helped her become fearless.”

“We need to empower our children and show them that they should not be afraid to confront the occupation,” Bassem said, adding, “Since there is no safe place in Palestine for us to send our children to, we need to teach them to be strong, get over their fear and resist.”

Ahed’s relative Atallah Tamimi, a member of Nabi Saleh’s anti-settlement committee, told Al-Monitor, “Ahed witnessed many events that significantly affected her.”

He added that ever since Nabi Saleh began its protesting activities, “We, the committee, would first encourage children, including Ahed, to confront the occupation, and we would then bring psychologists to schools to educate the children against the occupation and urge them not to be afraid when they hear shooting and night raids. And we continue to do the same to this day.”

Ahed has long dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player, but she now wants to study law at Birzeit University, but her continued detention would prevent her from finishing high school.

Marah Tamimi, 16, Ahed’s cousin and best friend, told Al-Monitor, “Years ago, Ahed’s dream was to become a professional soccer player, so we would jump at every chance to play soccer with the boys. But given the situation in our village, her dream turned to law to help people suffering under the occupation’s attacks.”

Ahed’s detention will affect her studies. “Ahed was not able to take the semi-annual exams, which means she will have to repeat the first semester,” Marah said.

Marah said that she feels lonely now that her best friend is gone, adding, “Ahed and I have shared every single day together ever since we were babies. I spend most of the day at her place. We study together, we go out together and we play together. We do everything together, and now I find myself alone without her.”

She recalled, “Whenever we felt down, we would head to a hill near our village. There is an empty house there. We would sit on the roof, talk, laugh, joke and listen to songs. Nothing made us feel as good as hanging out there did.”

Although she is trying her best to focus on her studies, Marah cannot ignore Ahed’s absence, and she longs to go up that hill again with her best friend.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

Mohammed Tamimi, 19, seized by occupation forces as global solidarity escalates

The ongoing Israeli harassment and targeted oppression of the Tamimi family, organizers in the anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, continued in the pre-dawn hours of 11 January. While 16-year-old activist Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman remain in Israeli prison, facing a series of charges before an Israeli military court, Israeli occupation forces raided the family home of Manal and Bilal Tamimi, seizing their 19-year-old son Mohammed. Manal, Mohammed’s mother, was released one week ago after nearly a week in Israeli prison.

Mohammed smiled and raised his fingers in the “victory” sign as he was taken from his family home surrounded by occupation soldiers.  Manal later reported on Facebook that her son is currently being held in the infamous Petah Tikva interrogation center. He is the latest member of the Tamimi family to be targeted in an ongoing series of raids and and arrests in the village of Nabi Saleh and the neighboring village of Deir Nizam, both near Ramallah. Nabi Saleh, a village of 600, has become a center of popular organizing and indigenous land defense after the illegal settlement of Halamish has stolen the village’s agricultural land as well as its spring.

Ahed and Nariman’s imprisonment has drawn international attentionAhed’s cousin Nour is also facing several charges before an Israeli military court. The military courts have a conviction rate of over 99 percent, and the two women are charged with incitement for political posts on social media, “assault” on an occupation soldier on their family’s land, and throwing stones, among other allegations. The “assault” charges refer to the livestreamed interaction in which Ahed and Nour demand an occupation soldier leave their home; he was attempting to move to higher ground on the family’s land in order to position himself to shoot at demonstrators in the village. After being slapped by the soldier, Ahed slapped the occupation soldier with her bare hand.

Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin Mohammed was shot in the head by a rubber-coated metal bullet and was in a coma for days; he continues to struggle with serious injuries. Last week, another Tamimi cousin, Musa’ab, 17, was shot and killed by occupation forces in the village of Deir Nizam, the first Palestinian killed in 2018.

As the repression targeting the Tamimi family has continued and intensified, Palestinian and international support for Ahed Tamimi and her family has only grown. Ahed, who has traveled to South Africa, Europe, Lebanon and elsewhere to speak about the Palestinian struggle, is an internationally-known leader in the indigenous land defense movement. She has been involved in the movement in Nabi Saleh since she was only 11 years old.

Protests are continuing around the world to demand Ahed’s freedom and that of the other 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Upcoming protests are scheduled in London (on both 12 January and 13 January), Saint-Etienne, Brussels, Rosario, Montevideo, Sydney, Toulouse, Dublin, Braga, Porto, Lisbon, Rome, New York City, Portland, Copenhagen, Berlin, Washington, DC, Arlington and elsewhere.

Photo: London Palestine Action

Street visual actions are also taking place to highlight Ahed’s case and the Palestinian struggle for freedom. In London, grassroots activists put up “guerilla” transit ads and posters on bus stops and Tube trains throughout the city. @Protestencil on Twitter has made the stencil-style posters available for download and use in supporters’ local cities.

Photo: London Palestine Action

London Palestine Action has highlighted the ongoing appearance of these “adhacks” throughout London, bringing Ahed’s case and the struggle of Palestinian child prisoners to the streets of the UK capital.  Italian activists in Venice replicated the posters on the streets of the city as well:

Photo: @yabastaedibese

On the streets of Berlin, Jewish Antifa Berlin shared images of large stickers and posters highlighting Ahed Tamimi’s case and those of the Tamimi women posted on signboards and advertising spaces around the German capital city.  Women in Berlin are also organizing a bloc for the women’s march on 21 January that will highlight Ahed’s case.

Photo: Via Jewish Antifa Berlin

An international action week is taking place from 10 to 20 January, focusing on pressure on national parliamentarians in countries around the world to speak out about the case of Ahed Tamimi, including actions targeting Dutch, FrenchGerman and Portuguese politicians. In addition, UK minister of state for the Middle East Alistair Burt responded to questions from Labour MP Julie Elliott on 10 January by noting that “the soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did.”  This followed an earlier Early Day Motion submitted by a multi-party group of parliamentarians on Ahed’s case.

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Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, the latest of well over 500 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Approximately half of those detained, like Ahed, Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Fawzi al-Junaidi, are children. There are hundreds of Palestinian children jailed by Israel and frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. We urge people of conscience around the world to take action to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons – and for Nariman Tamimi and all detained and imprisoned Palestinians.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend Jerusalem and their entire land and people under attack. This includes standing with detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

TAKE ACTION:

    1. For supporters in the US: Call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office. CODEPINK has an action to highlight this case specifically.
    2. Take action around the world: From 10 January to 20 January, there is an international week of action to contact local parliamentarians in each country and urge the freedom of Ahed Tamimi and her fellow Palestinian prisoners.
    3. Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here: https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel
    4. Sign the petition. Over 150,000 people have already signed on to demand freedom for Ahed: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/free_ahed/?feiNukb
    5. Organize a protest for Ahed or join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.
    6. Write to Ahed, Nour and Nariman. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, these letters can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, Nour Tamimi or Nariman Tamimi (choose one and address your letter to one only) at: HaSharon prison
      Ben Yehuda, P.O. Box 7
      40 330 Israel

(Source / 12.01.2018)