Palestinian factions praise Jenin anti-occupation attack

Jenin attack

Palestinian factions hailed the ant-occupation car-ramming attack that took place on Friday near Mevo Dotan settlement south of Jenin killing two Israeli soldiers and injuring three others.

Member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s Political Bureau, Talal Abu Zarifa, said that the attack was a natural and legitimate response to the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.

Al-Ahrar Movement called in a statement for more heroic operations that emphasize the Palestinian people’s adherence to the option of resistance and their rejection of the US conspiracies like the “deal of the century”.

For his part, the leader of the Popular Resistance Movement, Haitham al-Ashqar, affirmed that the Jenin attack confirms that the Palestinian Intifada will never come to an end until the occupation no longer exists.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said in a statement that the Jenin attack sends a very important message 100 days after the US president Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital saying that the Palestinians will spare no effort to thwart every plan aimed at liquidating their cause.

Member of the Political Bureau of al-Mujahidin Movement, Moamen Aziz, praised the Jenin car-ramming operation saying that it falls in line with the Palestinian people’s efforts to resist the Israeli occupation with all possible means to restore their rights.

(Source / 17.03.2018)

OCHA: 72% of Palestinians in Gaza lack food security

Gaza food

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the longstanding Israeli siege on Gaza Strip has led to deteriorated living conditions of approximately two million Palestinians in the blockaded coastal  enclave.

OCHA stated, in a report on Friday, that 72% of Palestinians in Gaza lack food security, while 40% of the residents are living below poverty line. The report added that the unemployment rate has exceeded 60% and about 80% of the inhabitants receive international aid in one way or another.

The restrictions on the movement of the Gazan people continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future.

The situation has been compounded by the restrictions imposed since June 2013 by the Egyptian authorities at Rafah Crossing, which had become the main crossing point used by Palestinian passengers in the Gaza Strip and had rarely been opened over the past two years.

(Source / 17.03.2018)

Palestinian man injured in Israeli bombing east of Gaza

Bombing east of Gaza

At least one Palestinian was injured after Israeli artillery bombed a location east of Gaza city on Saturday evening, according to local sources.

The PIC reporter said that Israeli artillery bombed, with three missiles, an agricultural area in al-Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza, injuring one local citizen and causing damage to the site.

This came two days only after Israel had targeted several sites east of Gaza Strip on Thursday morning.

(Source / 17.03.2018)

From Syria, Palestinian, Syrian activists tweet for Occupied Jerusalem

Activists for al Quds

A large number of Palestinian and Syrian activists living in Syria participated in a twitter campaign in support for Occupied Jerusalem on the 100th day of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The campaign kicked off from three tweeting rooms in Idlib, south of Damascus and Daraa cities in Syria under the hashtag #Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine despite the suffering and pain of the Syrian people.

The participants of the campaign, which was staged by Palestinians in Syria Relief and Development Association, said that they will not save an effort to defend Palestine and Jerusalem in spite of the suffering and struggle taking place in the country.

(Source / 17.03.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Homes In Azzoun

17 MAR
10:29 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday at dawn, the town of ‘Azzoun, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and isolated a neighborhood before storming and violently searching ten homes.

The soldiers surrounded and isolated al-Mintar neighborhood, and conducted violent searches of ten homes, causing excessive damage.

During the invasions, the soldiers fired many flares, concussion grenades and gas bombs, leading fires in some homes, and causing scores of residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Palestinian medics and firefighters rushed to the town, provided the needed treatment to the wounded Palestinians, and extinguished fires, which erupted in some homes.

(Source / 17.03.2018)

Israeli Army and Police Raid Home of Palestinian Man Suspected in Hit and Run Incident

17 MAR
4:46 AM

Israeli forces raided the home of a young Palestinian man suspected of killing two Israeli soldiers and injuring two others, with his car, at an Israeli military checkpoint near Jenin, northern West Bank, on Friday evening, according to local sources.

The incident took place near Mevo Dotan illegal Israeli colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands.

Israeli Ynet News said both Israeli and Palestinian medics provided first aid to the wounded soldiers, before the two soldiers were pronounced dead.

It added that the wounded soldiers were rushed to Rabin Medical center in Petah Tikva.

It also stated that the Palestinian driver, identified as Ala Rateb Kabaha, 26,  suffered light-to-moderate wounds and was treated at the scene, before he was moved to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera, after the soldiers refused to allow Palestinian medics to approach him.

Israeli army and police raided the family home the Palestinian driver in the village of Barta’a, to the west of Jenin, searched it and interrogated members of his family, WAFA reports.

It is still unclear whether the incident was a car ramming attack based on nationalistic motives or a mere traffic accident.

Kabaha himself was shot and injured by the soldiers just after the deadly incident. He was interrogated despite of his wounds, before he was moved by the soldiers to a hospital in Israel for medical treatment.

The Israeli military shut down the checkpoint to Palestinian traffic just following the incident.

The Israeli army and various Israeli media outlets have already classified the incident as a “deliberate ramming attack.”

One of Kabaha’s relatives told Haaretz Israeli online daily that Ala is a house painter, and went to Jenin to buy paint before heading back homes.

He added that the Palestinian is not a member of any Palestinian organization, and that what happened is nothing more than an unfortunate traffic accident, and not a deliberate attack as the military is claiming.

So far, Israel has not released the names of the Israeli soldiers who were killed, and injured, in the incident.

Israeli government “coordinator” in the occupied Palestinian territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, revoked 100 work permits which were previously granted to members of the extended Kabaha family.

(Source / 17.03.2018)

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Kidnap A Man In Bethlehem

17 MAR
2:58 AM

Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated, Friday, into the Manger Square area, in the center of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and kidnapped a young Palestinian man, before withdrawing towards military roadblock #300, north of Bethlehem.

Media sources in Bethlehem said the undercover soldiers drove a civilian car with Palestinian license plates, and kidnapped Shadi Ma’ali, in addition invading nearby stores and confiscating their surveillance equipment and recordings.

The soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinians in the area and sped towards the military roadblock taking the young man with them.

It is worth mentioning that Ma’ali is a former political prisoner, who held a hunger strike for forty days while being held by Israel under Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

The army has been trying to re-abduct and imprison the young man over the last several months.

(Source / 17.03.2018)

Rachel Corrie remembered 15 years on

Corrie has since become an icon of global solidarity with the people of Palestine

Fifteen years ago Friday, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer that was preparing to demolish a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.

Corrie has since become an icon of global solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Born on 10 April 1979 in Olympia, Washington, Corrie dedicated her life to defending Palestinian rights. In 2003, she went to the Gaza Strip as a member of the International Solidarity Movement.

She was known for her love of peace and for defending Palestinian rights, frequently broadcasting photo essays exposing Israeli rights violations in the occupied territories.

On 16 March 2003 in the Gaza Strip’s southern city of Rafah, Corrie stood before an Israeli bulldozer in hopes of stopping it from demolishing the home of a local Palestinian family.

Corrie believed that her foreign features and blonde hair would deter the bulldozer — but she was wrong. She was crushed to death when the bulldozer driver ran her over repeatedly, according to witnesses.

The people of Gaza received news of her murder with grief and horror, describing her as a “martyr” and staging a massive funeral for the American activist.

Since then, the name Rachel Corrie has become synonymous with the Palestinian cause. It was chosen as the name for an Irish aid ship that set out for Gaza in 2010, while her story has been told in several documentary films portraying Palestinian suffering.

Her family later filed a lawsuit against the Israeli authorities for their daughter’s death. But an Israeli court acquitted the bulldozer driver in a controversial 2013 verdict — a decision denounced by rights groups.

In a letter sent to her family from Gaza shortly before her murder, Corrie described the Palestinian suffering she witnessed.

“No amount of reading, attendance at conferences, documentary viewing and word-of-mouth could have prepared me for the reality of the situation here,” she wrote. “You just can’t imagine it unless you see it.”

(Source / 17.03.2018)

Israeli governments have discussed deportation of Gaza residents

Al-Shati Refugee Camp where displaced Palestinians took shelter after their exile from other parts of Palestine during the Nakba in 1948, is seen in Gaza City, Gaza on May 15, 2017 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]

Al-Shati Refugee Camp where displaced Palestinians took shelter after their exile from other parts of Palestine during the Nakba in 1948, is seen in Gaza City, Gaza on May 15, 2017

A new study has revealed that successive Israeli governments have discussed the possibilities of deporting the residents of the Gaza Strip, Quds Press reported on Friday. According to research published on the Israeli news website Arutz Sheva, at least two Israeli governments planned to move Gaza residents to the occupied West Bank.

The study includes a number of documents, including records of internal discussions of the Israeli government following the 1967 war. A committee of four officials was tasked by the then Prime Minister Levi Eshkol to look into moving the Palestinians in Gaza to Jordan. The so-called Allon Plan was drafted by Minister Yigal Allon, and suggested conceding wide swathes of the occupied West Bank to the Hashemite Kingdom.

When Eshkol died and Allon became interim Prime Minister, he supported the idea of deporting Gaza’s residents. The then Chief of Staff, Mutta Gur, also backed this suggestion.

The documents were presented at a discussion of the mechanisms and policies adopted by Israel’s governments since 1948 to deal with the Gaza Strip. The coastal territory, which is now home to more than 2 million Palestinians, has been under an Israeli-led siege for more than a decade.

(Source / 17.03.2018)

Israel threatens to assassinate Hamas leaders in next war

Israeli soldiers keep watch near the Separation Wall in the West Bank

srael has warned Hamas that any future war on the Gaza Strip would lead to the assassination of the movement’s leaders, Channel 2 reported.

Quoting unnamed sources the Israeli channel reported that the warning was conveyed via the senior Egyptian delegation which is currently visiting Gaza.

“The Egyptians have informed the movement that in any future escalation, Israel will strike back harshly and may reach the point of toppling the Hamas regime in Gaza. None of the Hamas leaders will be safe,” the sources said.

“A senior Egyptian delegation conveyed a clear message to the Palestinians about the consequences of any new escalation in Gaza and according to this message, it is better for Hamas not to play with fire. This is the senior Egyptian intelligence delegation currently visiting Gaza which Arab media channels say aims to discuss the Palestinian internal reconciliation.”

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(Source / 17.03.2018)