Israel renews detention of Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar

Khalida Jarrar PFLP

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities renewed the administrative detention of leading member of the PFLP Khalida Jarrar for three months for the third consecutive time.The Israeli military court of Ofer approved the renewal order that would keep Jarrar in detention for three more months.The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said that the renewal of Jarrar’s detention would not stop her from continuing her initial role in resisting the occupation.The PFLP said in a statement that “this is an attempt to absent influential leaders from events and developments in Palestine.The renewal of her detention comes two weeks before Jarrar’s release date.Israeli forces had detained Jarrar on July 2nd, 2017; a year after he release, her detention was renewed late December 2017 for six months that would end on June 30th, 2018.Jarrar, a leading member of the PFLP, deputy at the PLC (Palestinian Legislative Council), heads the PLC’s prisoners’ committee and acts as the Palestinian representative in the Council of Europe, an international organization promoting human rights and democracy around the world, was previously detained in 2015 and had spent 14 months in Israeli jails.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

3 French companies involved in rail construction in illegal settlements


Israeli railway station

At a time when the French government has publicly opposed the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, several organizations have published a report today, highlighting the participation of three French companies – EGIS and SYSTRA, subsidiaries of public institutions and ALSTOM – in the Jerusalem light-rail construction, the France Palestine Solidarity Association press release.

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This symbolic construction, a tool of Israeli settlements and annexation policy, aims to connect West Jerusalem to the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem, in blatant violation of international law, via the extension of an existing line and the creation of two new lines, all with the settlements as their endpoints.

East Jerusalem’s occupation and “annexation” by the State of Israel violates international law, as recalled by numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council.

The French government is doubly liable.

First of all, under the international law obligation, it has “to protect against human rights violations by third parties”, in the concerned companies.


Then, as trustee of the 3 public institutions that are majority shareholders in the two companies concerned.

“What are we to make of the French government’s inaction in the face of public sector entities participating in Israeli settlement activity, which is completely illegal, and which, incidentally, the French government has repeatedly condemned? It’s time to shift from words to action,” said Bertraod Heilbronn, President of the France Palestine Solidarity Association.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

IOF opens fire at resistance post near Gaza border

Resistance post under fire

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday afternoon opened fire at a Palestinian resistance post east of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip with no injuries reported.

The IOF soldiers and snipers were deployed in large numbers along Gaza’s eastern border fence in anticipation of major demonstrations scheduled to be launched in Gaza Friday.

The Kites Unit at the Great March of Return has announced that it will fly 5,000 balloons and fire kites on Friday, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, toward Israeli settlements neighboring the Gaza Strip.

The IOF tried to intimidate the Palestinians and prevent them from taking part in Friday’s protests. Israeli Helicopters dropped leaflets over the Great March of Return camps warning them against participating in the March and approaching the border fence.

The Israeli settlements have suffered significant losses after vast tracts of their farmlands were damaged by fires caused by Gaza’s kites and balloons.

Fire kites are one of the tools used by Palestinian youths in Gaza to respond to the IOF crimes against the peaceful protesters in the Great March of Return.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

Flaming kites from Gaza said to spark fire in Kissufim lands

Flaming kites

Hebrew media sources on Saturday reported that Israeli firefighting teams have been trying since the afternoon to extinguish two massive fires in the farmlands of Kissufin settlement in the 1948 occupied Palestine.

Haaretz newspaper said that the fires were caused by flaming kites or balloons sent form the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli settlements neighboring the Gaza Strip have suffered significant losses after vast tracts of their farmlands were damaged by fires caused by flaming kites and balloons prepared by Palestinian youths protesting along the border fence in the Great March of Return.

In a related context, Israel Hayom newspaper said that three Palestinian youths crossed the border fence east of Gaza on Saturday and attempted to damage military equipment used by the Israeli army.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that the youths managed to withdraw into the Gaza Strip after the Israeli army opened fire at them.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

Israel forces storm Burin town and Yanun hamlet in Nablus

Burin town

An Israeli army bulldozer escorted by a military force was seen on Friday afternoon in an area near Burin town, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, while soldiers put marks in Yanun hamlet to the east.

According to local sources, an army patrol vehicle, foot soldiers and one military bulldozer were spotted in an area located 200 meters away from Yitzhar settlement near Burin town.

The reason for the presence of troops with a bulldozer in the area is still unknown.

Meanwhile, citizens from Yanun hamlet near Aqraba village southeast of Nablus reported seeing an Israeli official from the antiquities authority along with soldiers putting marks between homes in the village and then left, causing fears among the local residents of an Israeli plan to carry out demolitions.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

Clashes in Barta’a al-Sharqiya town amid Israeli intent to raze house

Barta'a al-Sharqiya

The West Bank town of Barta’a al-Sharqiya, south of Jenin city, has seen violent clashes between local young men and Israeli soldiers, amid expectations of an Israeli intent to demolish the family home of prisoner Alaa Qabha.

Qabha, 26, has been accused of killing two Israeli soldiers and injuring others in a vehicular attack outside a military post in the northern West Bank near the Mevo Dotan settlement a few months ago.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the deadline set by the Israeli high court of justice for the family of Qabha to evacuate its home ended on Friday, June 15, adding that Israeli bulldozers are expected to arrive in the town any moment to raze the house.

In the midst of this anticipation, Israeli soldiers stormed the town at dawn Saturday and fired volleys of tear gas grenades at angry young men to disperse them.

Two youths were reportedly beaten and sprayed with pepper gas during the events.

Israeli soldiers also set up a checkpoint at the main entrance to the town and obstructed the movement of citizens and vehicles.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

Israeli minister disappointed at not killing Palestinian young man

Ofir Akunis Likud

Israeli science minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) has expressed dismay for not giving orders to execute a Palestinian young man on site instead of arresting him during a raid in al-Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah.

In televised remarks last Thursday, Akunis criticized the orders given to Israel security forces assigned to capture the wanted Palestinian, saying he should have been liquidated during the operation.

“It would have been better if they would have finished the job, just finished the job and shot him. We do not need to take him into custody, we need him dead,” he said.

“They needed to just shoot him. Find him, then shoot him,” he added.

Last month, during an Israeli military campaign in Am’ari camp, 32-year-old Islaam Yousef Abu Hamid dropped a marble slab on a soldier’s head. The soldier died later of a critical injury.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

Israeli soldiers assault Nafha prisoners because of picture

Nafha jail assaulting

Israeli special forces assaulted Palestinian prisoners in Nafha jail on Friday, the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.

A Hebrew radio report claimed that Israeli prison service soldiers subdued prisoners in Nafah after the transfer of a detainee to an isolation cell provoked riots.

The radio report added that the isolated prisoner appeared on social media in a picture taken by a cellphone showing him preparing Eid cookies.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

IOF arrests 4 Palestinians near Nablus

4 Pal's arrested Nablus

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday afternoon arrested four Palestinian young men at the northern entrance to Huwara town south of Nablus city in the northern West Bank.

Eyewitnesses reported that the four detainees were transferred to Huwara military camp.

In a related context, the IOF abruptly set up a temporary checkpoint near al-Marba’a area west of Tal town in Nablus.

There are hundreds of Israeli permanent and temporary checkpoints scattered all over the West Bank isolating the Palestinian cities from each other and restricting the citizens’ movement.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

How many Gaza medics must die before Israel’s crimes are acknowledged?

Aayesha Soni

By Aayesha Soni

“We have one goal: to save lives and evacuate [wounded] people.”

These were the words of 21-year-old volunteer paramedic Razan al-Najjar in an interview with The New York Times last month. Today, she lies buried after being shot in the chest by an Israeli sniper.

At the time of her killing, Najjar’s hands were in the air as she moved towards an injured protester, wearing her white medical coat. This was obviously no deterrent to the Israeli sniper who killed her, and it is indicative of the Israeli army’s culture of plain disregard for basic human rights, wanton intention to harm and flagrant abuse of power.

Breaking international law
The Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory, has protocols that afford special protections to medical personnel and humanitarian staff. It also guarantees respect for their freedom of movement and ensures that they are granted all necessary material facilities to perform their duties, including the removal of victims and attending to and transferring injured and sick civilians.

Besides breaking international law, Najjar’s killing violates human decency. The Israeli military said that it would investigate her death, but added that its troops worked “in accordance with standard operating procedures”. To actively target and kill a healthcare worker – as, surely, we cannot excuse the shooting of a medic through her chest as collateral damage – truly transgresses all bounds of barbarity.

As a doctor and human being, I can say with confidence that Israel has crossed all limits with its latest actions. This is a dangerous, slippery slope of amorality and brazen disregard for consequences.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been protesting in the Gaza Strip since 30 March, intending to shed light on the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza, and also calling for the “right of return” for the 750,000 Palestinian refugees displaced by the 1948 founding of Israel.

Hospitals struggling
I had the privilege of visiting Gaza as a medical student in 2013. Evident in all facets of daily life was the effect of Israel’s blockade, resulting in a shortage of all supplies, especially medical. Also evident was the fallout from its routine massacres and bombardment of the civilian population.

Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital was as short-supplied and struggling as all of the public hospitals where I’ve worked in South Africa. How Shifa has managed the stream of casualties since 30 March is baffling. Any healthcare system in a First World country would struggle under the burden of treating as many gunshot wounds as Gaza saw in a single day – yet Gaza’s medical system, which for years has been on the brink of collapse as a result of the Israeli blockade, has coped amazingly well.

The protests along the Gaza border have injured thousands of people, including hundreds of children. Many were injured by live ammunition. Among the dead was a paramedic from the Palestinian Civil Defence, shot on 14 May on the way to rescuing an injured protester.

Between 13 and 20 May, another 24 medical personnel were injured – eight by live ammunition, six by bullet shrapnel, one by a tear gas grenade and nine by exposure to tear gas, according to a report in Haaretz. These are just some of the dozens of medical personnel who have been injured since the peaceful protests began.

While these may read merely as statistics to some, I am flabbergasted by the abolition of the sanctity that usually accompanies being a healthcare worker. We take oaths, dedicate countless hours and sacrifice so much in the hopes of serving humanity. Najjar was dedicated to this cause completely, and Israel’s actions were beyond unethical.

Lives on the line
Why Israel is not held to the same standards of morality as the rest of the world is a question that has long been left unanswered. The United States has contributed to this situation by vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel’s use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force” against Palestinians. As long as these two countries continue to disregard all basic human rights, there is little hope for peace in the region.

Healthcare workers in Gaza put their lives at risk to an extent greater than many other healthcare workers across the globe. By staying on duty for the civilian population of Gaza, they knowingly jeopardise their own lives – and yet every single doctor I met in Gaza indicated that this was a sacrifice they would make over and over again.

Najjar will forever be immortalised as a hero, but how many more young people must lose their lives in the line of duty before the Israeli occupation will be recognised for the monster it is?

(Source / 16.06.2018)