Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Young Man And Two Children Near Ramallah

17 JUN
10:20 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, searched homes and abducted a young man and two children.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Raed al-Beyari, 18, in addition to Qussai Barakat, 15 and Sultan al-‘Ammouri, 15, and took them to an unknown destination.

The soldiers also invaded the home of Saed al-Masri and summoned one of his sons for interrogation.

During the invasion, several youngsters hurled stones at the soldiers who fired live rounds, sound bombs and concussion grenades.

(Source / 17.06.2018)

Army Abducts A Child In Kufur Qaddoum

17 JUN
10:50 AM

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, earlier Sunday, Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and abducted a child after assaulting and wounding him.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers invaded the home of Nabil Ali, violently searched the property and abducted his child, Tareq, only 14 years of age.

Eshteiwi added that the soldiers repeatedly assaulted the child, causing various cuts and bruises, before adducting him.

Many local youngsters hurled stones at the invading soldiers, while the army fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, searched homes and abducted a young man and two children, identified as Raed al-Beyari, 18, Qussai Barakat, 15 and Sultan al-‘Ammouri, 15.

(Source / 17.06.2018)

Palestine Sets Precedent with Legal Complaint

Attention has been focused on the state of Palestine’s recent submission of a “referral” to the International Criminal Court (ICC), alleging that Israeli officials committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinian people. However, another complaint recently submitted by the state of Palestine has received much less attention, although its findings will be important in building the factual and legal basis for prosecutions against Israeli officials who may face charges before the ICC and other fora – as well as against the state of Israel itself should an advisory opinion be sought at the International Court of Justice.

The Significance of Palestine’s CERD Filing

In April, Palestine submitted a legal complaint with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) involving serious violations of the rights of the Palestinian people. Like the ICC referral, it specifically alleges war crimes and crimes against humanity. Yet the CERD filing is noteworthy for three additional reasons: The “state of Palestine” is the complainant; the case is being brought against the state of Israel, not an individual; and the process allows for international legal experts entrusted with eradicating racism, racial segregation, and apartheid to make a determination about Israeli practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) that will be deemed authoritative by international bodies such as the ICC and the ICJ.

The filing is also groundbreaking because the complaint is the first of its kind. Never before has one state utilized the mechanism to complain about the human rights violations of another state. If the complaint process moves forward and an ad hoc panel of CERD experts is called on to issue findings, this will reaffirm Palestinian statehood and that the OPT is the territorial unit of Palestinian sovereignty. With the Israeli Knesset considering the annexation of some or all of the West Bank and the US State Department removing references to the West Bank and Gaza as occupied territory from its country reports, having an international legal body reaffirm that Palestine has legal character as a state underscores the Palestinian position and the illegality of Israel’s conduct in the OPT.

Never before has a state utilized the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to complain about the human rights violations of another stateCLICK TO TWEETFurther, there has never been a legal case brought before an international forum adjudicating human rights matters or international criminal responsibility that involves the states of Palestine and Israel as opposing parties. Existing international judicial mechanisms are not available to Palestine for complaints against Israel for such rights violations. The ICJ is not empowered to hear contested cases unless both states consent to its jurisdiction. As for the ICC, it only hears cases brought against individuals.

Finally, unlike the UN General Assembly or the UN Security Council, which are political bodies made up of states, CERD is a “treaty-body” created under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and is made up of international legal experts on racism and discrimination. The anti-racism convention that CERD is mandated to uphold is considered one of the core human rights instruments. Both Palestine (in 2014) and Israel (in 1979) have ratified the convention, requiring them both to respect the principle of equalitybefore the law and to eradicate distinctions based on race, color, or national or ethnic origin and all practices of racial segregation and apartheid, including those occurring in any territories under their jurisdiction.

Pursue the ICC but Zero In on the CERD

Palestine’s recent referral to the ICC is significant and has raised expectations for possible criminal accountability against Israeli civilian and military officials for human rights violations committed in the OPT. This is the first time Palestine has requested that the ICC open an investigation, although it had previously provided documentation to the ICC for its “preliminary examination” into acts committed by Israel since Operation Cast Lead in 2014 – an examination that has moved at a snail’s pace and has not resulted in the formal opening of an investigation.

Other international fora frequently rely on the factual findings and legal conclusions of UN treaty bodies like CERDCLICK TO TWEETThe referral to the ICC includes violations during the suppression of the protests in Gaza known as the Great Return March, Israel’s settlement policy in the OPT, including East Jerusalem, and the ongoing violence against Palestinians in furtherance of Israel’s territorial expansion. The Palestinian referral will have serious ramifications for the future of Palestinian-Israeli relations and peace efforts, and will trigger US laws that require the suspension of aid to the Palestinian Authority and the closure of the PLO representative office in Washington, DC.

Yet the importance of Palestine’s CERD complaint cannot be overstated. Other international fora frequently rely on the factual findings and legal conclusions of UN treaty bodies like CERD. A notable example is the ICJ’s advisory opinion on the legality of the construction of Israel’s wall of separation in the OPT. Thus, if CERD’s findings following adjudication of Palestine’s complaint against Israel are made public, they could potentially be relied upon in any future ICJ advisory opinion – and they could be authoritative in the case now referred to the ICC to hold Israeli officials criminally responsible. This makes Palestine’s submission before the UN’s anti-racism body something to follow, particularly since one of the allegations made in the recently filed ICC referral is that Israel has established a system of apartheid inside the OPT.

(Source / 17.06.2018)

2 Palestinians injured in Israeli airstrike

Israeli army strikes at al-Bureij refugee camp in Gaza Strip

At least two Palestinians have been injured after Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) carried out airstrikes in blockaded Gaza Strip, health sources said on Saturday.

According to a health official, two Palestinians were injured when the Israeli army conducted a strike at the al Bureij refugee camp.

The Israeli army said in a statement it hit two alleged observation positions belonging to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.

“Fire balloons” had been prepared at one of the positions which had been hit, the statement added.

Israeli media reported that a number of fires erupted in the region after Palestinian protesters sent “fire balloons” containing flammable material to the Israeli settlements.

Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli/Egyptian blockade that has largely destroyed the enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of basic commodities.

Earlier this week, UN General Assembly approved a resolution that urges protection for Palestinians.The resolution blamed Israel for the recent deaths of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and urged the international community to consider protection for Palestinian civilians.

(Source / 17.06.2018)

Israeli police, settlers clash over West Bank ‘outpost’

Jewish settlers who reject to leave the settlement, prepare for a possible police intervention as they gather around a synagogue despite the police officers evacuation of the Jewish settlement of Amona north east of Ramallah, West Bank on February 2, 2017 [Ilan Assayag - Anadolu Agency]

Jewish settlers who reject to leave the settlement, prepare for a possible police intervention as they gather around a synagogue despite the police officers evacuation of the Jewish settlement of Amona north east of Ramallah, West Bank on February 2, 2017

At least 16 Israelis, including 11 police officers, were injured on Sunday in clashes that erupted when Jewish settlers refused to vacate a settlement outpost built on Palestinian land east of the city of Salfit in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement cited by Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli Border Police said incalcitrant settlers had “thrown cleaning material [chlorine], eggs and sticks at police”.

Five setters were slightly injured, and six others arrested, during the clashes at the Tapuach Ma’arav settlement outpost, which consists of 10 structures.

Israeli police were carrying out the eviction order based on an earlier court ruling that the outpost had been built illegally.

Israeli Minister Bennett: ‘The West Bank will soon become part of Israel’

Some of the settlers left the site voluntarily, but dozens of others regrouped at nearby Jewish settlements where they staged sit-ins and engaged in limited clashes with police.

The Israeli government seeks to enact a law that would allow homes built by settlers on Palestinian land to remain intact in return for financial compensation to the Palestinian landowners.

Through this so-called “Settlement Law”, Israeli lawmakers hope to legitimise outposts in the West Bank erected by Jewish settlers on Palestinian land.

Read: 3 French companies involved in rail construction in illegal settlements

(Source / 17.06.2018)

Israeli warplane strikes empty vehicle in Gaza City

Strike is reportedly aimed at Palestinian activist known for flying ‘fire kites’ into Israeli territory

An Israeli warplane struck a car in Gaza City early Sunday, according to Israeli officials and eyewitnesses.

Israeli Army spokesman Avichay Adraee said the vehicle — which was empty at the time of the attack — belonged to a Palestinian activist responsible for launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israeli territory.

“The raid comes as a response to the continuation of the launching of burning kites and balloons [by Palestinian activists] toward Israeli land,” Adraee said.

Eyewitnesses at the scene told Anadolu Agency that the car had been struck by a rocket while it was parked outside a home in Gaza’s Shujaiyya neighborhood.

No deaths or injuries were reported in connection with the attack.

The Palestinian authorities have yet to comment on the incident.

Palestinian activists have been flying incendiary kites and balloons toward Israeli territory as part of ongoing demonstrations near the Israel-Gaza security fence that began on Mar. 30.

Since the protests began, at least 128 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred — and thousands more injured — by Israeli army gunfire.

Protesters demand the “right of return” to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel’s decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of basic commodities.

(Source / 17.06.2018)