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‘Foreign Agents Are Coming’: New Israeli video game targets anti-occupation activists

'Foreign Agents Are Coming' - a promotional advert for the new video game released by the Zionist Im Tirtzu organisation, where players confront anti-occupation activists

‘Foreign Agents Are Coming’ – a promotional advert for the new video game released by the Zionist Im Tirtzu organisation, where players confront anti-occupation activists

The rightwing Israeli Jewish group Im Tirtzu has released a new video game where the player takes on the character of an Israel Defence Forces’ soldier ‘dodging’ and confronting anti-occupation activists.

The game, available on desktop and Android, was released by the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu within the framework of a new campaign aimed at exposing the “harmful” activities of the US-based New Israel Fund against Israel and its soldiers.

In the promotional video for the game, it featured Adi Shosberger, who has recently called soldiers near the Gaza fence ‘terrrorists,’ and an activist from ‘Machsom Watch’ (‘Checkpoint watch’) who tells an Israeli soldier “you are a disgrace”. New Israel Fund, an international  organisation based in the US, has supported Machsom Watch, but it has no connection to Shosberger. “I have no connection to the New Israel Fund,” Shosberger writes, in Hebrew.

According to Im Tirtzu, the campaign’s goal is to expose the NIF as a foreign political organisation operating as a political opposition within Israel against the government and the IDF, while engaging in anti-Israel “lawfare” in the country’s Supreme Court.

The video game features Yotam Zilber, a fictional IDF soldier who repeatedly encounters “terrorists” and anti-occupation activists from NGOs funded by the NIF on his journey home. While the terrorists try to psychically harm Yotam, the far-left activists obstruct his path while berating him with derogatory calls, including “shame on you, occupier!” and “fascist!”

Im Tirtzu stated that the purpose of the game is to depict the realities facing IDF soldiers who are harassed and persecuted on a daily basis by far-left NGOs funded by the New Israel Fund.

In the game, the soldier confronts activists and ‘terrorists’ yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’. The narrator says:

“What are you waiting for? Join the fight against the foreign agents.”

In the actual video game, the soldier can kill the Palestinians, but has to jump over the Israeli activists.

(Source / 12.05.2018)

30 ambassadors to participate in celebrations of US Embassy transfer

Image of US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel [David Jones/Flickr]

The current US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel

Out of 86 foreign ambassadors in Israel, 30 ambassadors responded to the invitation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to participate in the celebrations of the transfer of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

The daughter of US President, Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, and the US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, will attend the event which will be held next Sunday.

Among the 30 ambassadors who responded to the invitation, three are members of the European Union that already opposed it, namely Hungary, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, the Romanian and Austrian representatives have not yet replied to the invitation.

There are also ten countries that refused to participate in the celebrations; some of them refused for reasons related to principles, and others for technical reasons, including Russia, Egypt, Germany, Austria, Poland, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal and Sweden.

Haaretz newspaper pointed out that the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not invite members of the Knesset from the opposition; however, it invited members of the government, heads of committees of the Knesset, members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee of the Knesset and the rest of the governing coalition blocs.

It turned out that, with the exception of opposition leader Isaac Herzog and opposition members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, the rest of the Knesset members were not invited.

(Source / 12.05.2018)

Syrian Coalition Highlights Iran’s Role in Worsening of the Syrian Crisis at a Meeting With Chinese Delegation

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa met with a delegation from the Chinese foreign ministry and discussed with them the latest field and political developments in the Syrian crisis. A delegation from the Coalition’s presidential and political bodies took part in the meeting.

President Mustafa stressed that the Assad regime bears full responsibility for the worsening situation in Syria, pointing out that the Assad regime destroyed the country and allowed the entry of the Iranian terrorist militias with the sole aim of clinging to power.

President Mustafa underscored the need to hold accountable perpetrators of war crimes in Syria, especially the use of chemical weapons and the continued mass forced displacement of the civilian population as well as the crimes of barrel bombings and the use of internationally prohibited weapons, such as the white phosphorous and incendiary napalm in attacks on residential areas.

Moreover, President Mustafa pointed out that Iran has further aggravated the crisis in Syria and the region by penetrating the local communities, establishing relations with political, religious and sectarian organizations, and trying to support them outside the framework of international legitimacy.

Tehran is seeking to impose its hegemony on Syria and is pressuring the Assad regime to refuse to engage in the political process, President Mustafa said, adding that Iran is encouraging the Assad regime to carry on with pursuing a military solution and impose a political solution in accordance with Iranian conditions.

President Mustafa called on the Chinese side to play a balanced, positive role in pressuring Iran and the Assad regime to accept a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254 calling for the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) with full executive powers.

For her part, Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, said that the current practices of the Assad regime are causing further instability and complicating efforts to combat terrorism. She pointed out that Syrian civilians are being forced out of their homes as in the case in rural Homs and rural Hama. She also cited the Assad regime’s adoption of legalizations and laws, the most recent of which is Law No. 10 aimed at legitimizing demographic change and preventing the return of IDPs and refugees to their homes.

Moussa stressed that there are hundreds of thousands of civilians who were detained or forcibly disappeared by the Assad regime, calling for taking concrete steps to disclose their fate or whereabouts.

(Source: Syrian Coalitions’ Media Department / 12.05.2018)

Report: Ongoing Nakba Must End — Time Has Come for the International Community to Act

11 MAY
8:11 PM
The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council has issued a statement entitled: “The ongoing Nakba must end: the time has come for the international community to act.” (WAFA)
 

For the Palestinian people, 70 years of Nakba means seven decades of subjugation by Israel, characterized by occupation, apartheid and colonial policies and practices. It also attests to the chronic inaction and failure of the international community to fulfill its obligations and responsibilities under international law, to a lack of accountability and protection, and to the continued support of a shallow and biased peace process incapable of bringing about peace or justice. Nevertheless, after 70 years of Nakba, the Palestinian people remain resolute in demanding their most fundamental rights to return and self-determination.

Today, at least 8.26 million of 12.7 million Palestinians are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of Israel’s ongoing policies of population transfer, annexation and colonization. Israel has persisted in its denial of reparations, refusing forcibly displaced Palestinians the right to return, restitution, compensation and guarantees of non-repetition as articulated in numerous UN resolutions. The remaining one third of non-displaced Palestinians, spread across Mandatory Palestine, is subject to ongoing policies of forcible displacement by Israel.

In recent years there has been a growing campaign led by Israel and the United States (U.S.) to terminate the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), the international body mandated to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees. This is not the first attempt by Israel to delegitimize UNRWA, nor is it the first time a U.S. administration has withheld, or threatened to withhold, funding to UNRWA as a form of political blackmail. The voluntary nature of UNRWA’s funding, however, has made the provision of its services dependent of the will of donors and, consequently, has rendered it vulnerable to political pressure and interference. In fact, a historical analysis of Israel’s demands and U.S. conduct from the outset of the Oslo ‘peace process’ reveals an organized and targeted strategy designed to eradicate the fundamental rights of Palestinians in general, and the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons in particular. This strategy is intricately linked to the demise of UNRWA, which serves as a reminder of the international community’s failure to find a viable solution for the world’s largest and longest standing displaced population. This situation has resulted in a severe financial crisis at UNRWA that has significantly affected the Agency’s capacity to provide the most basic services to Palestinian refugees.

On 6 December 2017, U.S. President Trump announced Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, becoming the first state in the world to recognize Israel’s unlawful annexation of the city. International consensus over the past seven decades has rejected claims by Israel to sovereign rights over the city of Jerusalem and condemned Israeli measures that have sought to alter the character of the city as having no legal validity, as reaffirmed by numerous UN resolutions. U.S. President Trump broke with this international consensus by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordering the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump’s declaration not only violates international law, it also deepens Israel’s unlawful annexation of East Jerusalem and illegal colonial and settlement enterprise in and around the city. Moreover, the declaration signifies a change in policy regarding final status issues which directly affect the conflict. The U.S.’s recent policies vis-à-vis Palestinian refugees, UNRWA and Jerusalem show a clear bias in favor of Israel, rendering the U.S. unfit to play a mediating role in peace efforts.

With the chronic lack of just and durable solutions, Palestinians organized marches demanding the right of return in the 1990s. The March of Return has been organized by Palestinians in Israel annually since 1998, each year taking place in a different village forcibly depopulated during the Nakba. The march has become the biggest event of the year for Palestinian citizens of Israel, with growing participation across the political and geographical spectrum, as well as from Palestinian youth. More recently in the Gaza Strip, the Great March of Return has seen thousands of Palestinians protesting for the realization of their fundamental rights and the end of the eleven years closure of the Gaza Strip.

Israel has responded to these protests with excessive, lethal force. Since the march started on 30 March 2018, Israeli forces have killed 40 Palestinians at the protests,including five children, two journalists, and two people with disabilities. Approximately 4,000 people have also been injured, over 2,000 from live ammunition. The willful killing and injuring of unarmed protesters represents a flagrant violation of international human rights law and constitutes a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. It also constitutes a crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. These practices attest to the continued domination and subjugation of the Palestinian people. The marches, and Israel’s excessive use of force and unlawful killings, demonstrate the urgent need to ensure protection for the Palestinian people and to hold Israel to account in accordance with international law.

The lack of durable solutions for Palestinian refugees is also of great significance in the context of the destructive conflicts within Arab countries. These conflicts have resulted in secondary mass displacement of Palestinian refugees. During the war in Syria, of the 560,000 Palestinian refugees present in the country before the commencement of the war, 400,000 have been displaced, 120,000 outside the country and 280,000 internally, most of them requiring immediate humanitarian assistance.

The inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, principally to self-determination and reparations for forcible displacement, cannot be ensured by the humanitarian and political approaches currently deployed by the international community, which are based on an immense imbalance of power and lack any foundation in international law. Any just and durable solution to the Palestinian Question must begin with the adoption of a rights-based approach. Failure to do so will maintain a status quo in which international protection is absent, and in which Palestinians are condemned to a fate of acute hardship and further displacement. The passivity of the international community not only impacts those who have already been displaced, but also encourages further displacement as Israel continues to enjoy impunity for systematic and grievous violations of international law.

PHROC believes that a just and durable solution is impossible without the adoption of a strategy based upon justice, international law, and relevant international resolutions, including UN General Assembly Resolution 194 and UN Security Council Resolution 237. It reasserts that the international community must:

  • Take all measures to ensure Israel’s compliance with its obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law;
  • Genuinely strive to secure international protection – including durable solutions – for Palestinian refugees, primarily their rights of return and to self-determination;
  • Ensure regular funding for the UNRWA is secured in order to ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance and protection to all forcibly displaced Palestinians.

(Source / 12.05.2018)

MEMO’s Gaza correspondent shot by Israeli sniper

Motasem Dalloul

Palestinian journalist and MEMO correspondent in Gaza, Motasem Dalloul, has been hospitalised after being shot by Israeli sniper fire today while covering The Great March of Return near Gaza’s eastern border.

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|| Israeli occupation snipers targeted the Palestinian journalist, Motasem Dalloul during his coverage of the east of Gaza .

Motasem one of the Admins of this page @DaysofPalestine and a reporter for the @MiddleEastMnt.

Wish him a speedy recovery .

In 2010, Motasem’s dairy farm was bombed by Israeli air forces. After it was rebuilt a few months later, the Israeli force once again destroyed the dairy farm as well as part of his home, including his children’s room. Thankfully, the children were not in the house during the attack.

4 years later, during the 2014 Israeli onslaught on Gaza, Motasem’s farm, home and his brother’s home was bombed a total of 7 times, making both homes uninhabitable and causing trauma to the children of both families.

The CPJ reports that at least four other journalists were injured while covering the protests today:

  • Mohammad al-Thalatini, a photographer for the German news agency DPA (Deutsche Presse-Agentur), was hit by a tear gas canister in his right leg while covering the protests east of the southern Gazan city of Khan Younis, according to news reports on social media and the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate. Al-Thalathini was taken for treatment to a nearby medical tent.
  • Freelance photographer Mahmoud Bassam was hit by a tear gas canister in his left leg while covering protests east of Khan Younis, according to pictures and news reports posted on social media and local journalist Saud Abu Ramadan. Basaam received treatment on site.
  • Freelance photographer Yasser Qudeih was hit by a tear gas canister in his right leg while covering protests east of Khan Younis, according to videos and newsreports posted on social media and local journalist Ramadan. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby medical tent for treatment.
  • Freelance photographer Deyaa Abu Aoun was hit by shrapnel in his left knee and left arm while covering protests in the northern Gaza strip, according to his own Facebook posts and those of news outlets.

Last month, Palestinian journalists Yasser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu-Hussein were shot dead by Israeli snipers while covering the events near the Gaza-Israel border despite wearing protective vests clearly marked “PRESS”. Several other journalists have also been wounded since the protests began.

Over 6,800 Gazans have been wounded during the demonstrations and at least 49 people have been killed by Israeli forces since 30 March, when the six-week demonstration and sit-in calling for the implementation of the Right of Return began.

Demonstrators are demanding that Palestinian refugees be granted their right to return to their towns and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven out in 1948 to make way for the state of Israel.

Palestinians dubbed today the “Friday of Preparation and Foreboding” ahead of the US moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday.

Tuesday will also see demonstrations as the Great March of Return culminates on the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), in which more than 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced by Israeli forces in 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

(Source / 12.05.2018)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03 – 09 May 2018)

11 MAY
9:05 PM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 03 – 09 May, 2018.

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian civilian succumbed to wounds he sustained in the March of Return and Breaking Siege demonstrations. 3 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip, while 189 Palestinian civilians, including 39 children, 3 women, 4 journalists and 4 paramedics, were wounded in peaceful protests.

Shooting:

Israeli forces continued to use excessive lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized on the 42nd anniversary of the Earth Day, particularly in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed peaceful demonstrations along the eastern Gaza Strip border area, where ten thousands of defenseless Palestinian young men, women, children, and elderlies participated. On Friday, 04 May 2018, the Gaza Strip witnessed peaceful demonstrations where ten thousands of Palestinian civilians participated.  As a result, 169 Palestinian civilians, including 31 children, 3 women, 4 journalists and 4 paramedics, were wounded on the above-mentioned Friday.  During the reporting period, the Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilian in a new crime of excessive use of force while another civilian succumbed to wounds he sustained while participating in the March of Return Demonstrations, which sporadically and peacefully occurred during this week.  During the demonstrations, 189 Palestinian civilian, including 38 children, 3 women, 4 journalists and 4 paramedics, were wounded; the injury of 5 of them is serious.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 11 Palestinian civilians, including 1 child and 1 paramedic, in separate incidents.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in a new crime of using lethal forces, on 06 May 2018, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians and detained the body of one of them.  This occurred 10 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  One of those killed was attempting to reach two wounded persons when the Israeli soldiers opened fire at him and he fell.  Following this, on his twitter account, the spokesperson of the Israeli forces tweeted that “After investigating the attempt to sneak incident, it turned out that a cell comprised of 4 persons arrived at the security fence to sneak into Israel and carry out “a sabotage attack!”” PCHR’s investigations emphasize that those four civilians did not cross the border fence contrary to the spokesperson’s claims and were targeted at least 50 meters away from the border fence.  The investigations added that one of those killed came from his house after hearing the gunfire and attempted to rescue and evacuate the targeted civilians.  Thus, the Israeli forces could have used a less-lethal force specially that that those civilians were unarmed.

 

Medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared on 03 May 2018 that Anas Abu ‘Aser (19) from al-Sabrah neighborhood succumbed to wounds he sustained on Friday 27 April 2018, while participating in the March of Return and Breaking Siege demonstrations in eastern al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

 

This high number of casualties in the Gaza Strip proves that the Israeli forces continue to commit crimes and use excessive force against Palestinian civilians in disregard for their lives and upon an official political decision. PCHR indicates that according to Israeli forces’ spokesperson on his Facebook page following the declaration of organizing these demonstrations commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the Land Day, the Israeli forces prefigured the demonstrations, whose organizers previously declared they would be peaceful, sending threatening messages to intimidate the organizers and Gaza Strip residents and deploying Israeli snipers along the border fence.

 

 

According to investigations and field observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers for the Fifth Friday of the March of Return and Breaking Siege demonstrations:

 

  • Dozens of Israeli Forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand barriers and in military jeeps along the border fence in front of the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip.

 

  • The number of those participating in the demonstrations decreased in the main 5 points as the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return chose not to gather large crowds due to school exams and called this Friday ” Friday of Palestine’s Workers.” However, thousands of civilians, including women, children and elderlies within entire families participated in the demonstrations.

 

  • According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, the number of youth gatherings near the border fence augmented to reach dozens who set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces, east of Khuza’ah village and the northern Gaza Strip, particularly in eastern Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia, adjacent to the Memorial Statute, southeast of Beit Hanoun, and east of the central Gaza Strip. Those gatherings extended to reach the east of al-Buraij refugee camp, east of Juhor al-Deek and to two points in eastern Rafah; one was adjacent to the March of Return encampment and the other was near Karm Abu Salem crossing in addition to the usually organized demonstrations, east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in Gaza City.

 

  • The Israeli snipers deliberately and selectively opened fire at the participants in the peaceful demonstrations which included thousands of civilians in 5 areas in the eastern Gaza Strip. As a result, 169 civilians, including 31 children, 3 women, 4 journalists and 3 paramedics, one of them was seriously injured, were wounded with live bullets and direct hits of tear gas canisters, noting that most injuries occur in the demonstrating area that is around 30-300 meters away from the border fence.

 

  • The Israeli forces widely used bursts of tear gas canisters targeting the center of the demonstrations and beyond away from the demonstrators near the border fence. As a result, hundreds, including PCHR’s fieldworkers who were documenting the incidents, suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures; some of them were transferred to hospitals as some of them so far receive medical treatment. Teargasing hysterically intensified after the demonstrators dropped 2 small drones flown by the Israeli forces in the sky of the demonstration area, east of Khan Yunis as the 2 drones were flying very low.

 

  • The demonstrations were as always fully peaceful, and PCHR’s fieldworkers did not witness weapons or armed persons even dressed in civilian clothes among the demonstrators, who were thousands of elderlies, women, children and entire families. Those demonstrators moved forward until in certain instances, particularly in eastern Gaza City, Jabalia and Khan Younis, reached the border fence raising flags, chanting slogans and national songs, flying kites in high and burning tires and setting fire to tires.

 

  • PCHR fieldworker’s observations undoubtedly refute the Israeli government and some media’s claims that children are used as human shields by the demonstrators. This refusal was based on the totally peaceful nature of the demonstrations, participation of entire families, including their children, and some women and children’s offering water for the demonstrators and raising flags with no influence from any political party encouraging them to do so.

 

  • A tear gas canister landed on a tent used by volunteer paramedics belonging to Isnad Community in the Return encampment in Khuza’ah village. Dozens of medical crews’ members in Khan Yunis and Rafah suffered tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces heavily fired tear gas canisters in their vicinity or the wind carried the gas towards the medical points though they were hundreds of meters away from the demonstration areas. Moreover, 2 paramedics were wounded, east of Rafah and Jabalia and one of them was seriously wounded, after being directly hit with tear gas canisters while they were offering first aid to and transferring the wounded civilians from the incidents areas, east of Gaza, Khan Yunis and al-Buraij.

 

  • Journalists were again directly targeted resulting in the injury of 5 of them (2 in Khan Yunis, 2 in al-Buraij and one in east of Gaza City) as many tear gas canisters fell in the vicinity of the journalists’ encampment in Khuza’ah. As a result, many journalists suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

  • The Israeli incitement against the peaceful demonstrations and encampments continues as extension of previous statements by Israeli political and military officials threatening to inflect deaths and injuries among the demonstrators in addition to perceiving the demonstration itself as danger. This hereby violates the right to peaceful assembly codified in all International instruments.

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 70 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 12 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 66 Palestinians, including 12 children; (4 of them were arrested while the Israeli forces were protecting the settlers who attacked Madma village, south of Nablus) in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 34 civilians, including 10 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 08 May 2018, Israeli forces moved into eastern alBureij in the central Gaza Strip, to level lands and set sand barriers in the lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel before redeploying along the border fence.

 

On 09 May 2018, Israeli forces moved 70 meters into the area opposite to Abu Reidah neighborhood, east of Khuza’ah, southeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  They leveled along the border fence and repaired the malfunction in the border fence.  They then moved to the south along the border fence until they reached opposite to the Return encampment and leveled lands there.  They then set new barbed wires replacing those parts removed in the previous demonstrations.

 

Efforts to Create a Jewish Majority in East Jerusalem:

 

As part of the Israeli settlement expansion, house demolition notices and demolitions, on 07 May 2018, the family of Rami Yousif ‘Awadallah self-demolished a floor comprised of rooms, a kitchen and bathroom in Qalendia village, north of occupied East Jerusalem upon a decision issued by the Israeli Municipality.  The abovementioned civilian established those rooms above his already built house.  In the same context, the family of Hasan Shahham self-demolished their warehouses in the above-mentioned village on the same grounds to avoid paying high fines imposed by the Israeli municipality in case its vehicles carried out the demolition.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces demolished a commercial facility for construction materials in Beit Safafa village, south of East Jeursalem, under the pretext of building without a license.  The facility was built on an area of 60 square meters belonged to Ahmed al-‘Abbasi.

 

On 08 Mary 2018, Israeli municipality vehicles demolished a commercial facility (petrol station) in al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of illegal construction.  Member of the Local Follow-up Committee said that the Israeli forces moved into the village and demolished the facility belonging to Khalil Mahmoud without having a judicial demolition order.  They then arrested the owner after he objected to the demolition saying he has legal papers proving the facility is licensed.

 

As part of seizure of Palestinian civilians’ property in favor of the settlement associations, on 05 May 2018, “‘Atarit Cohanim” settlement association handed the family of Jawad Abu Sneinah a house eviction order  in the central neighborhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City, claiming their ownership of the building.  Zuhair al-Rajabi, Head of the Central Neighbourhood Residents Committee, said that a group of Israeli settlers from “Ateret Cohanim” association raided a house belonging to Jawad Abu Suninah, handed his family an eviction order and gave him until 25 June 2018 to implement the order, in addition to paying NIS 19,000 as a rent allowance for 3 years. He added that Abu Suninah Family house is in a 5-storey building, which was sold to the “Ateret Cohanim” association by Jamal Sarhan in August 2015. At that time, all the building was seized, except the apartment where tenant Abu Suninah lived as he refused to leave. Abu Suninah renewed the rent for a year before the building was seized. Al-Rajbi added that Sarhan Family filed a lawsuit against Jamal Sarhan after selling the building in an attempt to return it. al-Sarhan Family clarified that this building belongs to Jamal’s father, so Jamal does not have the right to sell and buy. At that time, the judge delayed issuing a final decision in this case and the building remained for settlers, except Abu Suninah’s apartment.

 

As part of restrictions imposed on the Jerusalem-based organizations’ work, on 05 May 2018, the Israeli police confiscated equipment used by al-Aqsa Society in an attempt to obstruct an activity organized by the society to clean al-Aqsa Mosque and Islamic Cemeteries in Jeurslem’s Old City.  The police searched the Palestinian civilians at al-Aqsa gates and confiscated the equipment provided by the society for the cleaning.  Despite all of this, the Palestinian volunteers cleaned al-Aqsa Mosque yards and al-Yousifiyah and al-Rahmah cemeteries in addition al-Makaqsed Cahrity Hospital.

 

Settlement Activities, Demolitions, and Settlers’ Attacks against Palestinian civilians and their Property:

 

As part of the settlement expansion and house demolitions and demolition notices, on 03 May 2018, Israeli forces closed an agricultural road used by Palestinian farmers to access their lands, south of Bethlehem, before detaining them and their vehicles. The Israeli forces also closed with rocks a road leading to al-Shoshhala village, south of al-Khadir village, south of Bethlehem.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces confiscated a barrack built of tin plates and a 250-square-meter agricultural greenhouse used for selling seedlings and fertilizes, under the pretext of non-licensing in Beit Za’tah area, east of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron.  This property belongs to Ramzi Nabil Abed al-Rahman Abu ‘Ayyiash.

 

On 04 May 2018, the Israeli authorities notified ‘Isaa al-Atrash to stop the construction works in his 120-square-meter house in ‘Ein Jouwaizah area, northeast of the village, under the pretext of non-licensing and aiming at seizing lands and annexing them to the Municipal boundaries of Jerusalem.

 

On 08 May 2018, the Israeli forces confiscated heavy construction equipment in al-Balou’a area in al-Khadir village, south of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. They also confiscated a concrete mixer and bulldozer in a residential building in al-Balou’a area.

On 09 May 2018, Israeli forces demolished a 70-square-meter house, which was comprised of 2 rooms and a living room built of tin plates, in Bab al-Sha’ab area.  The house belongs to Mahmoud Ibrahim Mohamed Mahmoud, from al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. Mahmoud built the house to live with his wife and two brothers with disabilities after he incurred losses as well shortly before due to the demolition campaign targeting al-‘Issawiyah village.

 

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property, on 07 May 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from  “Yitzhar “settlement established in the southern side of Madama village, south of Nablus, attacked under the Israeli forces’ protection Palestinian civilian houses. A number of the village residents then confronted the settlers while the Israeli forces arrested 4 children after chasing them in the area. When A ‘Abeer Mousa Abed al-Kareem Ziyada (39) attempted to rescue her son, the Israeli forces pepper-sprayed her face, so she fell on the ground. ‘Abeer was then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment.

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

 

Continuing the demonstrations in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it, Palestinian civilians organized protests against the decision throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They further organized peaceful demonstrations where ten thousands of civilians participated on the 42nd Anniversary of the Land Day in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Seizing Palestinian Civilians’ Property in Favor of Settlement Associations 

 

  • On Saturday, 05 May 2018, “Ateret Cohanim” association handed an eviction order to Jawad Abu Sunuinah Family in al-Westa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, claiming their ownership of the house. Zuhair al-Rajbi, Head of al-Westa neighborhood Family Committee, said that a group of Israeli settlers from “Ateret Cohanim” association raided a house belonging to Jawad Abu Suninah, handed his family an eviction order and gave him until 25 June 2018 to implement the order, in addition to paying NIS 19,000 as a rent allowance for 3 years. He added that Abu Suninah Family house is in a 5-storey building which was sold to the “Ateret Cohanim” association by Jamal Sarhan in August 2015. At that time, all the building was seized, except the apartment of tenant Abu Suninah who refused to leave. Abu Suninah had renewed the rent for a year before the building was seized. Al-Rabjbi clarified that the “Ateret Cohanim” association attempted from 2015 to vacate Abu Suninah apartment and seize it by intimidating him but he stood still while the case is pending. Al-Rajbi added that Sarhan Family filed a lawsuit against Jamal Sarhan after selling the building in an attempt to return it. The al-Sarhan Family clarified that this building belongs to Jamal’s father so he does not have the right to buy or sell. The judge then delayed issuing a final decision in this case and the building remained for settlers, except Abu Suninah’s apartment. Al-Rajbi pointed out that Abu Suninah Family was surprised with a new eviction decision despite not deciding the case, pointing out that the family will head to the competent courts. He added that Abu Suninah Family is comprised of 11 persons, who live in the house, except Jawad that was lately arrested under the pretext of the illegal presence in Jerusalem. Jawad was sentenced for 3 months and prevented from entering Jerusalem for a year and a half. He lives now in Hebron after he was released. Al-Rajabi clarified that the tightening on Abu Suninah started in 2015 when his residency permit in Jerusalem was cancelled and was arrested several times.  Moroever, his hosue was raided and searched and given temptations such as money, a house in Israel, or blue ID, in order to leave his house.

 

 Restrictions on Institutions’ Work in Occupied Jerusalem:

 

  • On Saturday, 05 May 2018, Israeli police confiscated tools used by al-Aqsa Association as an attempt to obstruct an activity organized by the abovementioned association. This event was organized to clean al-Aqsa Mosque and Islamic cemeteries in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Safwat Friaj, the Association Director, said that the Israeli police obstructed the association work in cleaning al-Aqsa Mosque and nearby areas in the Old Camp and confiscated other tools. He added that that association for the 9th consecutive year sent buses from Israel to the al-Aqsa Mosque in coordination with Endowment (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs Department to clean the al-Aqsa Mosque in preparation for Ramadan. He clarified that the association sent 91 buses carrying thousands of Palestinians from many villages to clean al-Aqsa Mosque, pointing out that the Awqaf Department annually provided them with cleaning tools, but the Israeli police prevented it in this year. Moreover, the Israeli police officers searched Palestinian civilians at al-Aqsa Mosque Gates and confiscated the tools provided by al-Aqsa Association for cleaning. Despite that, the Palestinian volunteers cleaned al-Aqsa Mosque yards without tools. He also clarified that the Palestinians are working in 4 cleaning shifts in al-Aqsa Mosque, al-Yousefiyia and al-Rahma Cemeteries, and al-Maqased Hospital in al-Zaytoun Mount, east of Jerusalem.

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • On Thursday, 03 May 2018, Israeli forces closed an agricultural road used by Palestinian farmers to access their lands, south of Bethlehem, before detaining them and their vehicles. Ahmed Salah, the Coordinator of the National Committee against Settlement, said that the Israeli forces closed with rocks a road leading to al-Shoshhala village, south of al-Khadir village, south of Bethlehem. He also stated that the Israeli forces detained a number of Palestinian civilians’ vehicles and their agricultural vehicles and prevented them from entering and exiting the village. Ahmed Salah also considered that the Israeli attack aims at obstructing the farmers work in the village to prevent them from repairing their lands as a prelude to seize them.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles, a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration, and a mounted-crane truck moved into Beit Za’tah area, east of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the bypass road (60) while the Israeli Civil Administration staff dismantled a barrack built of tin plates and a 250-square-meter agricultural greenhouse used for selling seedlings and fertilizes, under the pretext of non-licensing. After that, the Israeli Civil Administration staff confiscated all the agricultural greenhouse contents, which belong to Ramzi Nabil Abed al-Rahman Abu ‘Ayyiash.

 

  • On Friday, 04 May 2018, the Israeli authorities notified to stop constructing a house and demolish a retaining wall in al-Waljah village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ibrahim ‘Awaddallah, an activist in the village, said that the Israeli authorities notified ‘Isaa al-Atrash to stop constructing his 120-square-meter house in ‘Ein Jouwaizah area, northeast of the village, in addition to demolishing a retaining wall surrounded agricultural lands of Palestinian civilians. He clarified that ‘Ein Jouwaizah area was exposed to the Israeli forces attacks several times, in which they demolished houses, levelled lands, and notified other houses under the pretext of non-licensing and aiming at seizing lands and annexing them to the Municipal boundaries of Jerusalem.

 

  • On Monday, 08 May 2018, Israeli forces confiscated construction tools in al-Balou’ area in al-Khadir village, south of Bethlehem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ahmed Salah, the Coordinator of the National Committee against Settlement, clarified that the Israeli Civil Administration staff confiscated a bulldozers and a concrete mixer while working in a residential building in al-Balou’ area. Ahmed Salah added that Israeli forces prevented conducting works in the area under the pretext that this area belongs to lands, which is classified as area (C) according to the Oslo Accords, and needs an Israeli permit to conduct construction works. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities continued the military orders policy that aims at demolishing Palestinian civilians’ houses in lands classified as area (C), which constitutes 60% of the West Bank lands, in an attempt to evict and deport the residents and impose its control over these lands.
  • At approximately 16:30 on Wednesday, 09 May 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a digger and 2 vehicles of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Bab al-Sha’b area, 150 meters away from the last house in Doma village, which is classified as area (C), southeast of Nablus. The digger demolished a 70-square-meter house, which was comprised of 2 rooms and a living room built of tin plates. The house was built a month ago and belongs to Mahmoud Ibrahim Mohamed Mahmoud, from al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. Mahmoud built the house to live in it with her wife and his two sons with special needs.

 

Israeli Settlers’ Attacks:

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on Monday, 07 May 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar “settlement established in the southern side of Madama village, south of Nablus, attacked under the Israeli forces’ protection Qattan al-Sawanah and Berjes area in thesoutheastern side of the village. The Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ houses belonging to Nazmi Mohamed Abed al-Raheem Qatt and his brother Hatem, ‘Emad Ibrahim Sa’ada Ziyadah, and Jalal Mohamed Abu Rowais. A number of the village residents confronted the settlers while the Israeli forces arrested 4 children after chasing them in the area. The children were then taken to Tal Camp in the northern side of the village. The arrested children were identified as Abed al-Kareem ‘Emad Ziyadah (11), Zaid Mostafa Qatt (12), Hussain Diyaa Nassar (14), and Ahmed Mohamed Ziyadah (13). When Abed al-Kareem’s mother ‘Abeer Mousa Abed al-Kareem Ziyada attempted to help her son, the Israeli forces pepper-sprayed at her face, so she fell into the ground. ‘Abeer was then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment.

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official webiste of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 12.05.2018)

Israel to confiscate 1,500sqm of Palestinian land in Nablus

Israel to confiscate 1,500sqm of Palestinian land in Nablus

Israel will confiscate 1,500 square meter of land from Palestinians in the village of Huwwara, to the south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to local Palestinian media.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the West Bank, told PA official news agency WAFA that the Israeli army announced to take over the land to supplement the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar.

In February last year, the Israeli Knesset passed a controversial law that would legalise the annexation of land privately-owned by Palestinians to benefit Israeli settlement enterprise in the occupied territories.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

51 years of illegal occupation

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, committing various crimes against Palestinian civilians.

Last month, a group of Israeli soldiers were caught laughing as they shot at Palestinian civilians in Nablus as they tried to move a roadblock illegally placed by the Israeli army.

A video showed Israeli soldiers on April 13 arriving at the scene where around 30 residents of the Palestinian village of Madama tried to remove a roadblock that Israeli forces placed at the eastern entrance to the village.

Whilst shooting, the Israeli soldiers were filmed laughing at the Palestinian civilians being injured.

“We need one good hit and that’s it. That’ll teach them to throw stones,” one soldier said.

The soldiers then rejoiced after successfully firing at a Palestinian who had hid behind the dumpster.

“Aha we got him! Son of a b***,” they said after he was shot.

Prior to this, Palestinian children were left struggling to breathe after Israeli forces fired tear gas at a school in Nablus.

Daghlas said the attack happened on Monday at al-Lubban to the north of Nablus, at a school which was targeted by Israeli forces “almost on a daily basis”.

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and stun canisters toward the school, he added, which led to a number of children suffering suffocation from inhaling the gas.

Last week a group of Israeli settlers carried out attacks overnight near Nablus, vandalising a mosque and cars and spraying “death to Arabs” on homes.

The group targeted the villages of al-Labban, al-Sharqiya and al-Aswiya, south of Nablus city, vandalising a mosque and slashing tyres of 30 vehicles.

(Source / 12.05.2018)

Army Injures Four Palestinians Near Ramallah

12 MAY
8:08 AM

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, four young Palestinian men at the northern entrance of al-Biereh city, in the Ramallah and al-Biereh governorate in central West Bank.

The soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters who marched at the northern entrance of the town, and fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot a young man with two live rounds in his legs, before he was rushed to Ramallah governmental hospital.

They added that three Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and scores suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, especially since the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs into a large area.

In related news, the army claimed its soldiers arrested a Palestinian after he reportedly “tried to ram soldiers with his car” south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

In addition, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ahmad Rashad Issa, in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem.

 

(Source / 12.05.2018)