President Mustafa: Assad Bears Full Responsibility for Making Syria ‘Arena for Score-settling’

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa blamed the Assad regime for turning Syria into an arena for score-settling between regional powers and an epicenter for the Iranian-led cross-border terrorism. He pointed out that the Assad regime has long opened Syria’s doors wide for Iranian terrorist militias to enter Syrian territory and allowed Tehran to use Syria as a springboard for terrorist activities as well as a trump card to serve its expansionist ambitions and further its nuclear project.

“The Assad regime’s policies have brought destruction to Syria and made its territory an open battleground for regional and international powers with the sole aim of clinging to power,” President Mustafa added.

“The Assad regime has brought in Iranian and Hezbollah militias as well as allowed ISIS and al-Qaeda to grow and supported separatist groups.”

President Mustafa went on to say that “since the beginning of the popular revolution against his rule, the Assad regime has systematically destabilized the region through these terrorist tools with the aim of convincing the international community that it is the only side that is capable for restoring the status quo ante.”

President Mustafa noted that Iran exploited from Assad’s need for help, especially after it was teetering on the verge of collapse in 2013. He pointed out that Iran “used Syria as a bargaining chip for its nuclear project.”

President Mustafa underscored that the Assad regime must be dealt with in the same way as Iran as both of them threaten international peace and security, stressing the need for confronting their terrorist activities in the region.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 10.05.2018)

April: Human Rights Violations in Hebron

10 MAY
5:31 AM

Confrontations between young men and the occupation forces in the center of Hebron, April 20, 2018  

Israeli occupation forces and settlers continue to commit human rights violations against Palestinians in the West Bank district of Hebron.


On April 8, 2018 the Israeli army invaded the Bedouin village of Zanouta. They demolished an elementary school with six classrooms that served over 40 children. The Palestinian Education Ministry built the school a month ago because children in Zanoba have to travel long distances to other villages to attend school. The coordinator of the education department in Hebron issued statement that condemning the demolition. Locals called it a grave violation of children’s right to education and part of Israeli policies to confiscate land for settlements.

 

After the demolition, students set up classrooms in tents where their school once stood. A week later, on April 15, soldiers invaded area yet again and confiscated the children’s tents, desks and chairs. Military officers ordered the children not to study in tents there.

 

In Dura village, Israeli authorities delivered military orders announcing the confiscation of 291 dunams of agricultural land on April 8. The land confiscation will allow Israeli authorities to build a road between Negohot settlement and Mershaleem outpost. According to local sources, the settlement road will prevent farmers from reaching their land and limit the future development of the town. Already, Israeli authorities use the classification of Dura as Areas B and C as a pretext to prohibit Palestinian residential construction there.

On April 8, Israeli authorities delivered military stop-work orders to two houses in Saffa village. Ahmed Ikhlail was ordered to stop building his 120 meter square house and Jamal Issa was ordered to stop building his 7 square meter home. Israeli authorities claim the two men do not have Israeli building permits for the construction. Locals say that Israeli forces have demolished many homes in recent years. They view escalating demolitions as a consequence of the expansion of Kfar Etzion settlement.

On April 15, Israeli soldiers closed all entrances to al-Arroub refugee camp. Soldiers raided the camp and shot tear gas and rubber bullets in crowded residential areas. Many were treated in local clinics for excessive tear gas inhalation.

On the same day, dozens of soldiers invaded the Asidaa area of Beit Ommar. There, soldiers shot tear gas at the Zahert el-Madayen School. Many passersby and students required medical attention for tear gas inhalation. The soldiers stopped human rights activists Mohammed Awad while he documented the raid and told him to leave the area. Then the soldiers closed the main entrance to the town with an iron gate.

On April 18, residents of el-Adisa and Beit ‘Anun woke up to discover that their villages had been closed with roadblocks by Israeli soldiers. Residents expressed shock, saying that nothing had happened recently besides everyday life in the village. The closures trapped two thousand residents in their villages and isolated them from the rest of the West Bank. The closure of the entrance to Beit ‘Anun also affected over 40,000 residents of Sair and Ash-Shuyukh.

 

Israeli forces also raided the towns of Yatta, Beit Awwa, Deir Samet and Alkom in the Hebron district on April 18.

In downtown Hebron on April 18, Israeli soldiers invaded the home of Mohammedd Sadiq Iqnaibi. The soldiers arrested his two sons: 12 year old Anas and 13 year old Amer. Anas was released after three hours while Amer was transferred to the police station in the city. Iqnaibi said the family suffers constant harassment by Israeli soldiers and settlers because their home is close to the Abraham Avino settlement outpost.

The night of April 20, settlers from Kiryat Arba settlement, east of Hebron city, stoned a bus transporting Palestinian students. Settlers started throwing stones when the bus reached a main road east of the settlement. Ahmed Moahmamed Noaman, 13 years old, was wounded in the face and taken to the hospital in Hebron. The students attend Karmel School in Yatta and were on their way home from a school picnic.

The same group of settlers who recently occupied the Za’tari home in downtown Hebron attempted to displace the Kfeisheh and Jaber families from their nearby homes on April 21. The settlers told the Kfeisheh family to leave their house and tried to enter it. The same settlers told the Jaber family to leave their home before threatening to take it over. Both homes are located in the center of the Old City near the Ibrahimi Mosque. Both attacks happened in the sight of Israeli soldiers who did not stop them.

 

 

On April 22, Israeli forces arrested human rights defender Manal Jabari. Manal was documenting an incident near the Ibrahimi Mosque. She was taken to the police station in Kiryat Arba settlement.

On April 23, 2018 the Israeli army closed the main road into al-Diwwara village in the east of Hebron district with cement blocks, trapping 2,000 residents. The closure continued until April 29, 2018. The reason for the closure, locals report, is because the village is close to the east side of Road 60, which is used by Israeli settlers.

In Ghuwein village in the Hebron district, Israeli forces delivered demolition orders to nine Palestinian homes. Ten Palestinian families live in ten homes in the village.

 

On April 24, Israeli forces confiscated the roof to a Palestinian home in Susiya village in the South Hebron Hills.

On April 30, the Israeli military installed and closed an iron gate at the entrance to Kharsa village that also serves many other villages in the Dura area. Mayor of Dura Ahmed Salhoub said the closure shows that Israeli forces are escalating attempts to besiege Palestinians and cut off villages from one another.

 

 

Ahmad Jaradat is the Senior Project Coordinator of the Alternative Information Center (AIC).

(Source / 10.05.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Fateh Leader And His Wife In Jerusalem

10 MAY
11:34 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, a senior political leader of Fateh movement in occupied Jerusalem, and his wife, after invading their homes in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Several army jeeps invaded the town, before storming the home of Adnan Gheith, and his wife, in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan town, and abducted them.

The soldiers caused excessive damage to the property during the violent searches, and interrogated family members.

The two were taken prisoner only a day after the army abducted nine Palestinians in the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem.

They have been identified as Mohammad Zakariya ‘Oleyyan, Saleh Abu ’Assab, Qussai Dari, Ahmad Sa’ad Mustafa, Mohammad Tha’er Mahmoud, Ali Amjad Atiya, Anas Ali Dirbas, Ahmad Ali Mazra’awi and Mohammad Ghassan Jaradat.

On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers abducted four young men from their homes in the West Bank governorate of Bethlehem.

Also at dawn, the soldiers abducted four young men from their homes in Qalqilia, Jenin and Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, after the army broke into and searched many homes and buildings.

(Source / 10.05.2018)

Bethlehem: IOF attack Return March ahead of 70th Nakba

Attack Return March

As Palestinians are on the edge of commemorating the 70th Nakba anniversary (exodus), hundreds have participated in the “Return March” north of Bethlehem, raising the Palestinian flags and chanting slogans on the right of return.

The marchers, who included political activists, journalists and organization representatives,  stressed the sanctity of the Palestinian right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees, as the number outgrows the number of non-refugee Palestinians.

Protesters condemned Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem next week, saying Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, and calling for justice and the end of occupation.

Protesters also called on ending the illegal expansion of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, as the protest took place in Bethlehem city, which is annexed by the wall and Abu Ghneim settlement, south of Jerusalem.

Shortly into the march, dozens of Israeli soldiers broke into the area, and opened teargas towards the protesters.

This is a developing article

(Source / 10.05.2018)

Palestinian hospitalised after settler drives in to him

23-year-old Palestinian Hani Al-Adarba is seriously wounded after he was hit by an Israeli settler

An Israeli settler rammed his car into a Palestinian man in the early hours of this morning in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, leaving him seriously wounded.

Palestinian Information Centre correspondent said 23-year-old Hani Al-Adarba was hit by an Israeli settler driving near Bypass Road 60, to the northeast of Halhul.

The settler fled the scene following the collision.

Israeli ambulances transferred the critically-injured youth to the Hadassah Hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

The victim’s family said Hani has taken a turn for the worse after he was moved to Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.

‘Partners in crime’: Israel settlers and soldiers attack Palestinians in West Bank village 

(Source / 10.05.2018)

Hamas: 15 May is a decisive day in Palestinian history

Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Al-Sinwar meets with leaders of Palestinian factions, in Gaza city on 18 October 2017

Head of Hamas Political Bureau in Gaza Yahya Al-Sinwar said yesterday that 15 May will be a decisive day in Palestinian history, Safa News Agency reported.

During a meeting with young people in Gaza Al-Sinwar said: “Those who think that it is a revolution of starving or besieged people are delusional. Today, youths have stepped up to restore balance to the Palestinian cause and correct its track.”

Al-Sinwar stressed that the Great March of Return “returned life to the hearts of children, women and men, as well as to the hearts of all the free people in the entire world,” noting that the march “embarrassed” the Israeli occupation as it returned the Palestinian issue to the table again.

“Palestinian factions bet on the Palestinian youths, who returned the Palestinian cause to a top international issue,” he said, stressing that the world “is unable to oblige us to accept what we do not like or what does not meet with our national goals and principles”.

Read: Israel envoy to UK says slain demonstrators ‘not innocent civilians’

Al-Sinwar said that mediators contacted Hamas to stop the protests, but they have refused. “A tiger has been living under siege for 11 years,” we told them; “the tiger has been unleased to bring those who besieged it down”.

He added: “We told the mediators that Hamas and the other factions will not detach themselves from the Palestinian people… we will not fail them even if we lose millions of martyrs. We are ready to defend our right to return, our holy city of Jerusalem, our right to live in dignity, and our right to break the siege.”

The demonstrations of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege started on 30 March 2018. Since then Israeli forced have killed 53 demonstrators and wounded more than 8,500 others.

(Source / 10.05.2018)

Israel arrests Ahed Tamimi’s brother

Waed Tamimi, the older brother of Ahed Tamimi

Israeli occupation forces arrested Ahed Tamimi’s older brother Waed from his family home in the village of Nabi Saleh, to the north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

His arrest follows the occupation’s policy of targeting the village of Nabi Saleh and targeting the Tamimi family in the village as a result of their activism and resistance.

Israeli occupation forces stormed the village, raided the Tamimi house and ransacked it. They then arrested Waed.

Seventeen-year-old Ahed is serving an eight month term in an Israeli jail after reaching a plea bargain in March. The teen was arrested in December after video footage circulated showing her slapping an Israeli occupation soldier who was standing on her family’s property. Moments earlier she had discovered that her cousin had been shot in the head by Israeli soldiers.

Her mother, who filmed the footage, was also arrested and has since been held.

Knesset deputy speaker: Ahed Tamimi should have been shot in the kneecap

(Source / 10.05.2018)

Israel forces damage Islamic cemetery in Jerusalem

Israeli forces are seen at Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery in East Jerusalem on 10 December, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces are seen at Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery in East Jerusalem on 10 December, 2017

Occupation officials from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority stormed the Islamic cemetery of Bab Al-Rahma, adjacent to the eastern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, Quds Press reported on Wednesday.

The Islamic Endowment Department in Jerusalem said that members of the Nature and Parks Authority stormed the cemetery protected by the Israeli police and damaged the graves.

According to the sources, police attacked a number of Palestinian youths who attempted to stop the Israeli aggression.

Palestinian activists from Silwan, which is adjacent to the cemetery, said Israeli authorities have long been working to annex the area. In 2015, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority set up a railway, wires and poles around the cemetery, claiming it had a court ruling stating it owned 1,800 square metres of the total area of the Islamic site.

Then, in 2016 and 2017, the authority demolished a number of graves.

Read: Palestine’s Mamilla Cemetery and Israel’s colonial project

(Source / 10.05.2018)