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Injuries as Israel army violently disbands anti-settlement march

Injuries Qaqilya

Scores of Palestinians choked on teargas afternoon Friday after the Israeli occupation forces quelled a weekly march in Qalqilya condemning Israel’s unabated settlement activity.

Israeli soldiers attacked marchers as they approached the apartheid wall with heavy barrages of teargas canisters, resulting in several suffocation cases.

The occupation forces further chased down marchers in an attempt to detain them.

(Source / 06.07.2018)

Nono: Israel practices ethnic cleansing in al-Khan al-Ahmar

Taher al-Nono

The Hamas official Taher al-Nono, Media adviser to the head of the political bureau of Hamas Ismail Haneyya, said that the Israeli evicting of Palestinian families residing in Bedouin compounds near Occupied Jerusalem, especially in al-Khan al-Ahmar reflects Israel’s practices of terrorism and ethnic cleansing.

In a statement on Thursday, Nono hailed the steadfastness of the Palestinian families in al-Khan al-Ahmar area and their adherence to their land and homes.

He called for confronting the Israeli plans of emptying the Palestinian lands of its Palestinian residents. Nono also asked the international community and all competent authorities to urgently intervene for halting the Israeli crimes and violations in the region.

(Source / 06.07.2018)

Netanyahu’s potential successor links Palestinian ‘autonomy’ to Jordan

Image of Gideon Sa'ar, former Israeli politician who served as Minister of the Interior and Education Minister [Quds New]

Gideon Sa’ar, former Israeli politician who served as Minister of the Interior and Education Minister

Former Israeli minister Gideon Sa’ar, widely tipped as a potential successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as leader of the Likud party, reaffirmed his rejection of a two-state solution on Wednesday, suggesting Palestinians in the West Bank could have Jordanian citizenship.

Sa’ar made the remarks at an event in Jerusalem organised by the “Israel Victory Project”, an initiative of hard-right US-based think-tank the Middle East Forum.

“The two-state solution was nothing more than a two-state slogan, and it was only theoretical,” Sa’ar told the audience, according to a report by Jewish News Syndicate.

The report added that the former Likud minister “call[ed] for strengthening the Jewish majority in Jerusalem with projected housing projects in Jewish neighbourhoods and throughout the country with a new national push for Jewish immigration from Diaspora Jewish communities.”

Read: Israel evacuates 21 Palestinian families for military training in Jordan Valley

“He also suggest[ed] that Palestinians living in the West Bank could once again receive national citizenship in Jordan,” the report continued.

An item in the Jerusalem Post quoted Sa’ar as telling the gathering: “The only way to a possible solution in the future is to find a way to tie the Palestinian autonomy in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank] with the Kingdom of Jordan.”

“The ‘victory paradigm’, like Jabotinsky’s ‘Iron Wall’ concept, assumes that an agreement may be possible in the future, but only after a clear and decisive Israeli victory,” Sa’ar continued. “The transition to the ‘victory paradigm’ is contingent upon abandoning the Oslo concept of two states between the sea and the Jordan River.”

(Source / 06.07.2018)

Israel confiscates water pipes in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces can be seen confiscating water pipes in the Jordan Valley [Ma'an News Agency]

Israeli forces can be seen confiscating water pipes in the Jordan Valley

Israeli forces confiscated metres of water pipes in the Bardalla village in the northern occupied West Bank yesterday morning.

Activist Aaref Daraghmeh said that Israel continues to carry out assaults and violations against residents of Bardalla confiscating and destroying the village’s water sources in an attempt to force its residents out.

Israeli forces had demolished a pool used for gathering drinking water in the Jordan Valley on Wednesday.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 per cent of its land is classified as Area C – under full Israeli military control.

Read: Israel ousts 5 Palestinian families from Jordan Valley

(Source / 06.07.2018)

Socialist International of 140 Global Political Parties Adopts BDS, Calls for Military Embargo on Israel

July 5, 2018 Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

The Council of the Socialist International (SI) has called for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian rights at their meeting in the United Nations in Geneva on June 26-27. SI also called for a “total embargo on all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel.”

Socialist International brings together 140 global political parties, including 35 parties in government in South Africa, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Portugal, Tanzania, Luxemburg, Romania, Iraq and elsewhere.

The SI has reaffirmed the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and called on governments and civil organizations to “activate Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli occupation.” It called for the “total embargo on all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel as long as it continues its policies of occupation and Apartheid against the people of Palestine.”

SI strongly condemned Israel’s “racist laws,” and expressed its solidarity with Palestinian citizens of Israel, who “continu[e] to live under a system of institutionalized discrimination.”

Mahmoud Nawajaa, General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the leadership of the global BDS movement, said:

Given its sheer size and global reach, Socialist International’s call for sanctions against Israel is a game-changer in the global BDS movement.

It is the most significant call for sanctions against Israel to date since BDS was launched in 2005. BDS activists expect it to blow wind in the sails of the BDS movement and in particular, to mainstream the call for a military embargo on Israel after its massacre of over 130 unarmed protesters in Gaza in May.

We deeply value Socialist International’s principled solidarity with the people of Palestine and salute them for taking concrete measures to hold Israel accountable for its decades-old regime of military occupation, colonialism and apartheid.

We look forward to the implementation of this momentous declaration in SI members’ home countries.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

(Source / 06.07.2018)

Assaf: “Legal Battle Is Not Over, Temporarily Halting Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Demolition A Step Forward”

06 JUL
2:52 PM

The Head of the Commission Against the Israeli Annexation Wall and Colonies, Walid Assaf, said the Israeli High Court’s decision to temporarily halt the demolition of al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin Palestinian community, east of Jerusalem, is a positive step forward, but added that the legal and political battle to save the community is approaching, as it is still under the serious threat of demolition and displacement.

His statement came after the Palestinians managed to achieve a temporary injunction by the Israeli Supreme Court, giving the army until July 11trh, to respond to a petition by the villagers, who said they were denied construction permits due to unfair policies.

Assaf said more and ongoing popular, political, diplomatic and legal struggle is now urgently needed to achieve a ruling completely voiding the Israeli decision to demolish and displace the Palestinian community.

During a press conference in al-Khan al-Ahmar village, Assaf said the lawyers of the commission, supported by the steadfastness of the locals, Israeli and international peace activists, managed to achieve this victory, this first step.

He added that the temporary injunction gives the legal team some time to study the earlier decision of the High Court thoroughly allowing the demolitions, to prepare for a new defense and find ambiguities in the initial ruling.

“The lawyers only received the file five days ago, started preparing a structural plan for the village, and filed it with the Israeli Civil Administration in Beit El,” Assaf stated, “But It refused to receive the plan, and informed us that there is a political decision for the demolition of al-Khan al-Ahmar.”

Assaf said that after Civil Administration refused to receive the file, the lawyers rushed to the Israeli High Court, on Thursday evening, demanding an injunction halting the displacement and demolition.

“The Israeli judge, who issued the initial verdict to demolish and displace al-Khan al-Ahmar, is a colonizer from Kfar Adumim settlement, next to the Palestinian community,” he added, “We then achieved the temporary injunction, and a ruling asking Israel to explain while the structural plan was rejected.”

“For eighteen consecutive days, we sent a clear message to the world to stand with our people, and prevent their displacement,” he added, “This issue does not only impact al-Khan al-Ahmar; there are 46 other Bedouin villages facing the same fate of destruction and displacement.”

The official added that “the Palestinian leadership, all factions, unions and the peace activists managed to foil America’s so-called Deal of the Century on the field level, but the struggle against the displacement of our people in Area C of the occupied West Bank is still ongoing, especially since Israel wants to remove the indigenous Palestinians to control the lands and build colonies.

Assaf added that the case of al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian village is not only about displacement of the inhabitants, but also part of the ongoing struggle against the Israeli plans to build thousands of colonialist units by displacing dozens of Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank.

Adnan Al-Husseini, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said the Palestinian leadership rejected the so-called ” of the Century,” presented by U.S. President Donald Trump, and added that part of rejecting this plan is the struggle to save al-Khan al-Ahmar.

“Israel is committing these crimes with a complete the support of the United States; our people need to be prepared for a lengthy battle,” he said, “The case of al-Khan al-Ahmar is not over, and what is needed is more support and solidarity, especially since this case is part of the Israeli attempts to fully annex East Jerusalem and its surrounding areas, by first removing the locals.”

Arab Member of Knesset, Dr. Ahmad Tibi, said the Israeli occupation wants to subject the Palestinians to another Nakba, like what happened to them in 1948, and added that the inhabitants of al-Jahalin Bedouin village, al-Khan al-Ahmar, every community, and every Palestinian will remain steadfast, and will never abandon their legitimate rights.

“Israel is targeting al-Khan al-Ahmar because it is the gate to occupied Jerusalem, it wants to implement its illegal E1 colonialist project,” Dr. Tibi stated, “What is happening to the Palestinians is ethnic cleansing.”

He also said that the delegations and diplomats who visited al-Khan al-Ahmar to protest the Israeli decision had an impact, but what is needed is real policies to oblige Israel to refrain from implementing its illegal projects.

“What is needed from the European Union is political and economic sanctions on Israel,” Dr. Tibi said, “Otherwise, the Israel plans will continue. We also need massive support from the Arab countries and the international community to foil the ‘Deal of the Century’, to prevent the implementation of this conspiracy against Jerusalem, and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, struggling for the liberation and independence of their homeland.”

(Source / 06.07.2018)

UN Officials Call for an End to West Bank Demolitions and Respect for International Law

06 JUL
2:15 AM

The Following is a statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) :

Today (Thursday), the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, the Head of West Bank Operations for UNRWA, Mr. Scott Anderson, and the Head of the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. James Heenan, expressed serious concern over demolitions and related events in vulnerable Palestinian communities in the central West Bank.

Yesterday, Israeli forces began levelling access routes in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al Ahmar-Abu al Helu, home to more than 180 people, 95 per cent of whom are Palestine refugees. The work comes in advance of the expected demolition of the entire community.

Israeli forces injured thirty-five Palestinians and arrested others, including residents, in confrontations that ensued while bulldozers were levelling all entry and exit points. One Israeli soldier was also reported injured as well. Today, the Israeli authorities have declared Khan al Ahmar a closed military area, and are heavily restricting movement of residents and preventing the entry of others to the community.

“What we are seeing unfold on the ground is deeply disturbing,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “Demolitions have a devastating impact on families and on communities. These demolitions are particularly outrageous because they target communities who already live in extremely difficult conditions, with high levels of humanitarian needs. I call again on the Israeli authorities to cease demolitions and other measures that may result in the forcible transfer of Palestinians.”

This situation occurs on the backdrop of a wave of demolitions across the West Bank in recent days. Since 1 July, eleven incidents have occurred, displacing 59 Palestinians, including 37 children, and affecting more than 200 others.

Included within this is the demolition of 19 structures, including nine homes, in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Abu Nuwar (around 600 residents, 88 per cent Palestine refugees). As a result, 51 people, including 33 children, were displaced and another 13 people, including five children, who had family property destroyed, were directly affected. Also, one home was destroyed today in Susiya, displacing a family of five.

“The escalation of events in the last few days – the demolitions in Abu Nuwar, the declaration of the Khan al Ahmar community as a closed military zone, the violence and large presence of armed Israeli forces – makes life in these communities virtually untenable. The latest developments are of serious concern as it is evident that they are undertaken with the objective of relocating the concerned communities, as well as causing serious distress to the vulnerable residents who are watching what appear to be preparations for the demolition of their community,” said Mr. Scott Anderson. “These pastoral communities are mostly Palestine refugees – originally displaced from their tribal lands in the Negev. They should not be forced to experience a second displacement against their will.”

“The demolitions in the community will have serious human rights and humanitarian law consequences,” said Mr. Heenan. “There is high risk of forced evictions of individuals, destruction of private property as well as a dramatic increase in the coercive environment under which the community already lives, in turn raising the risk of forcible transfer.”

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For more information, please contact Mr. Ofir Feuerstein, +972 (0) 54 33 11 836, feuerstein@un.org.

Background:

Khan al Ahmar – Abu al Helu and Abu Nuwar are among the 46 Palestinian Bedouin communities (8,100 people) at risk of forcible transfer in the central West Bank and among the more than 3,500 residents living in 18 communities located in the area slated for the E1 settlement plan that seeks to connect the Ma’ale Adummim settlement bloc with East Jerusalem.

International humanitarian law (IHL) requires an occupying power to protect the population of the territory that it occupies, ensure its welfare and wellbeing, as well as the respect for its human rights. Any destruction of property by the occupying power is prohibited, except when rendered absolutely necessary by military operations, which is not relevant in the West Bank where there are currently no active hostilities.

The extensive demolition of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly, may be a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention and may amount to a war crime. Other than for the security of the population or imperative military reasons, IHL further prohibits the transfer of the population of an occupied territory without the genuinely and fully informed consent of the affected people, regardless of the motive.

Consent is not considered genuine in an environment marked by the use or threat of physical force, coercion, fear of violence or duress. In the absence of such consent, the transfer is forcible and constitutes a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

(Source / 06.07.2018)

Ad-Dameer: “Administrative Detention Order of Khalida Jarrar Confirmed”

06 JUL
2:04 AM

By  Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association: In a hearing held on 2 July 2018, Military Court Judge Raphael Yemeni  confirmed the renewal of Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar’s administrative detention order.

This will be the second time in which it has been renewed, meaning that Khalida has been held without charge or trial since 2 June 2017. Khalida nor her lawyer were present for the hearing, as she is part of the collective action to boycott all court hearings related to the process of administrative detention.

According the Judge’s decision, there has been new secret information brought to his attention. This information apparently confirms that Khalida remains a threat to the security of the state.

This information apparently confirms past claims made against Khalida though he does not specify if the new information is relating to the current period, or prior to her arrest.

On the basis of said secret information, it was concluded that Khalida’s release will cause a security threat to the state. In order to balance the rights of the individual to freedom with the apparent security of the state, Judge Yemeni came to the conclusion that a four month extension was appropriate.

The irony of such a statement is that Khalida has now been imprisoned for over a year. It is difficult to envisage a way in which an additional four months adds to the security of the occupation state, or how her imprisonment affects it in anyway.

The Judge’s assertion that he is balancing her right to freedom with the security of the state is especially ludicrous. It rest on the notion that this reduction of the order from the maximum six months, to a more moderate four months without charge or trial, is somehow an act of legal kindness.

The process of administrative detention represents the most severe action that an occupying state can utilize against a protected populace under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

According to Article 78 of said convention such a process can only be utilized “for imperative reasons of security” for as short a period as possible. In the light of the Judge’s decision, it is difficult to legally rationalize such a high threshold for imprisonment with the occupation’s continued internment of Khalida.

As such, Addameer calls for the occupation to meet its obligations under international law and free Khalida along with all of its administrative detainees. For such a process to be legal, a clear indicator of how an individual meets such standard as set out in the Article 78.

In addition, we call on all third party states to abide by Article 1 of the First Geneva Convention, and take concrete steps to ensure the occupation abides by humanitarian law more broadly.

If you wish to assist to free Khalida, please contact your local representatives and ask them to push the issue with your government. Additionally, you can send contacts to the relevant decision makers in the occupation government. Their details can be found here.

(Source / 06.07.2018)

Israel Denies Entry To Swedish Peace Activist Who Walked To Palestine

06 JUL
11:55 AM

The Israeli Border Authority denied entry to a Swedish peace activist, who started walking to Palestine eleven months ago to raise awareness about the Israeli occupation, and the suffering of the Palestinian people.

The peace activist Benjamin Ladra started his walk on August 8th, 2017, with the aim of informing the world about the situation in Palestine and spread awareness about the Israeli military occupation.

His walk also marked the centennial of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which Britain pledged a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the British mandate and occupation of the country.

After being denied entry, he said the officers at the Israeli-controlled crossing with the West Bank interrogated him for six hours, and told him that they believe “he was lying during interrogation,” and that “he would be participating in the protests in Nabi Saleh village,” near Ramallah.

After being denied entry into occupied Palestine, Ladra wrote the following statement on his Facebook account:

The Israelis didn’t allow me to enter Palestine. I was interrogated for about six hours before they told me I was denied entry.

They only gave two reasons for denying me entry, one was that they thought I was lying during the interrogation and the other was that they thought I would go to Nabi Saleh and make a demonstration (which they just assumed).

On this day it has been eleven months of walking and speaking about the human rights violations under the occupation. Now ask yourself why the Israeli state fears one Swedish man so much that they didn’t allow him to enter the country they are occupying. This is the power of activism.

On July 4th he wrote:

Tomorrow I will make the final distance of my journey and arrive at the border of occupied Palestine. There is a big probability that the occupying Israeli soldiers will not let me enter Palestine so i have a favor to ask of everyone if this happens.

My journey has been about raising awareness about the human rights abuses committed under occupation and the media is a very powerful tool for spreading awareness. If they don’t let me in tomorrow it is a very good opportunity to try and get the media around the world to talk about how Israel is blocking human rights activists from entering Palestine.

So, I need everyone to contact as many newspapers, TV stations, News Agencies etc. as possible and share this story. What I did on my walk was to Google ‘country name + media’ and try to find a phone number or email to all the media outlets in all the countries I was walking through. So please be ready on Thursday evening and Friday to see if they didn’t let me in and let the world know that they are hiding their crimes by not allowing people that would bear witness.

(Source / 06.07.2019)

UN Security Council Once Again Fails to Stop Carnage Against Civilians in Dara’a

The UN Security Council once again failed to stop the carnage civilians in Syria, particularly in Dara’a province by the Assad regime forces and their allies. Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition, Badr Jamous, said that the indifference being shown by the international community towards the tragedy of the Syrian people would remain a dark stain on humanity’s conscience.

An emergency session of the Security Council on the situation in Syria’s south ended Thursday evening without any results. The session was held in parallel with relentless Russian airstrikes on the town of Saida in eastern rural Dara’a resulting in the death of a family of a mother and four children.

Jamous called upon the United Nations to hold Russia, Iran and the Assad regime responsible for the war crimes against Syrian civilians as he stressed the need to activate the international neutral mechanism to hold war criminals accountable.

During the UN Security Council meeting, which was convened at a request by Sewden, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his deep concern at the devastating impact of the military campaign being launched by Assad forces and the Iranian terrorist militias with Russian aerial support in southern Syria.

UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric on Thursday said that an estimated 750,000 lives in southern Syria are in danger, adding that more than 320,000 people are now displaced and most are living in dire and insecure conditions.

Jamous condemned all crimes taking place against civilians in Dara’a, stressing that the regime’s onslaught on the province is part of the demographic change and mass forced displacement policy it has pursued elsewhere in Syria. He pointed that the regime’s strategy is aimed at disrupting political solution in Syria.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 06.07.2018)