Ex-commander: Israel will gain nothing from new attack on Gaza

Former Israeli Commander Shlomo Turgeman [Twitter]

Former Israeli Commander Shlomo Turgeman

Israel will gain nothing from a new military attack on the Gaza Strip, former Israeli Commander Shlomo Turgeman said.

The army official who led the offensive against Gaza in 2014 said: “The Israeli government has to improve the economic situation in Gaza in order to decrease the level of security danger posed to Israel.”

“At the same time, the government should stop Hamas from reinforcing its power.”

Turgeman warned that the occupation of Gaza would mean taking responsibility for the lives of two million Palestinians.

He stressed that Israel would not accept this “even if Gaza was served on a golden plate” as this would be a greater financial burden and an economic disaster for Israel.

Read: Remembering the 2014 Israeli offensive against Gaza

According to Turgeman, a new military operation against Gaza could flare up the Syrian and Lebanese fronts. “Even without the involvement of these fronts, a military confrontation with Gaza will not be in favour of Israel,” he warned.

Such a confrontation would be complicated and might lead to the deterioration of the situation in the occupied West Bank, he added.

(Source / 09.07.2018)

Turkish medical team arrives in Gaza

Palestinian medical staff carry a wounded woman during a protest within the "Great March of Return" demonstrations near Israel-Gaza border in Gaza City, Gaza on 3 July, 2018 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian medical staff carry a wounded woman during a protest within the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations near Israel-Gaza border in Gaza City, Gaza on 3 July, 2018

A Turkish medical delegation yesterday arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip to help treat Palestinians wounded by Israeli occupation forces, the Anadolu Agency reported.

The delegation consists of seven people, including two members of management and five doctors.

“They will offer their help, support and training for the Palestinian doctors in addition to carrying out surgical operations for the wounded at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza,” a member of the organising team said.

There are a number of government and non-government Turkish organisations working in Gaza. They offer a variety of help for Gaza residents, where more than two million Palestinians have been living under a stifling Israeli siege.

Read: 136th Palestinian killed as Gaza protests against Israel enter 4th month

(Source / 09.07.2018)

Army Issues Demolition Order Of One Home, Removal Of Make-Shift School

09 JUL
2:53 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Masafer Yatta area, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and handed a demolition order of one home, in addition to delivering another order for the removal of mobile homes, which are used as a make-shift school.

Rateb Jabour, the media coordinator of the National and Popular Committees, said the soldiers handed Mohammad Ali Dababsa an order for demolishing his home.

He added that the home, built with light bricks and tin, is on his land in Khallet ad-Dabe’ area, in Masafer Yatta.

In addition, the soldiers, personnel of the Israeli “Construction and Planning Committee” in the occupied West Bank, and members of Rigafim extreme right-wing colonialist organization, handed orders for the removal of mobile homes, which were installed a few days ago, to serve as a local school for children in Khallet ad-Dabe’.

Also Monday, the soldiers invaded Barta’a ash-Sharqiya town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and summoned the owners of twelve Palestinian homes and five stores, for interrogation in Beit El, near Ramallah in central West Bank, allegedly for building without permits.

(Source / 09.07.2018)

Israeli Bulldozers Level Lands in Gaza

09 JUL
9:26 PM

Several Israeli military vehicles raided the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday morning.

Locals said, according to Ma’an News Agency, that six Israeli military vehicles raided into the area near the eastern borders of Gaza City, razed and leveled lands while Israeli forces were putting up a security fence from inside the borders.

Earlier today, a number of Israeli military vehicles raided into Al-Breij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Four large D-9 Israeli military bulldozers reportedly entered dozens of meters into lands near the “return camps” as drones flew overhead.

Military bulldozers began  razing lands and setting up a security fence; no shootings were reported.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone,” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for 10 years.

(Source / 09.07.2018)

IOF detain 15 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Night raids Jerusalem Nablus

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday overnight arrested 15 Palestinians in raids on areas all over the West  detained.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in Nablus, IOF detained a former prisoner after storming his family home. IOF also detained three Palestinians after breaking into and raiding their homes in Beita town, southeast of Nablus.

Meanwhile, forces conducted a raid into Silat al-Harithiya village, northwest of Jenin, detaining a Palestinian.

They also raided al-Yamoun town, west of Jenin, where they detained and beat a Palestinian after ransacking his family home.

Another was detained during a similar overnight raid into Yaabad town, west of Jenin.

In Tulkarem district, forces raided Tulkarem refugee camp, where they detained two Palestinians.

Forces also detained a former prisoner from Rafat town, west of Salfit city.

Two other Palestinians were detained during separate predawn raids into al-Mughayyir village and al-Jalazun refugee camp, northeast and north of Ramallah city.

In the southern West Bank, Israeli troops raided Halhul town, north of Hebron city, where they rounded up three Palestinians.

(Source / 09.07.2018)

Fact Sheet: Attacks in Gaza border areas and their consequences

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The term “buffer zone” in land and at sea is used for land and sea areas, which were unilaterally and illegally declared by Israeli forces as areas with no access along the eastern and northern borders and in the sea of the Gaza Strip following the Israeli Disengagement Plan in 2005. In violation of the provisions of the international humanitarian law, the Gaza Strip’s population are denied access to their property in the “buffer zone” in land while the fishermen are prevented from sailing and fishing in the “buffer zone” at sea . The area  of the buffer zone vary from time to time according to the Israeli forces declarations, without taking in consideration the international law that bans any changes to the occupied territories. According to Israeli forces instructions, the “buffer zone” extends to an area ranging between 100 to 1,500 meters in some eastern land borders, while ranges between 3 to 9 nautical miles in the Gaza Strip sea.

Israeli forces expanded the fishing area in the Gaza Strip from 3 to 6 nautical miles following the ceasefire agreement post November 2012 Israeli offensive. However, there is conflict over the Access Restricted Area (ARA) in land, which increases the risks endured by the Palestinian civilians. In a statement on his official website, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) declared that fishermen could now access the sea up to 6 nautical miles offshore, and that farmers could now access lands in the border area up to 100 meters from the border fence. However, both references have since been removed from the statement, which obviously indicates the Israeli forces retreat of the abovementioned ceasefire. On 21 March 2013, the Israeli forces’ spokesperson announced re-reducing the fishing area allowed for Palestinian fishermen from 6 nautical miles to 3 nautical miles. The same announcement also included the re-expansion of the “buffer zone”  in land up to 300 meters. However, on 21 May 2013, the Israeli authorities decided to allow fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles.

Following the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2014, a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian armed groups was brokered by the Egyptian government, which allowed fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles. However, the Israeli naval forces have not allowed fishermen to sail up to this limit. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) observed that all the Israeli attacks have taken place within less than 6 nautical miles. On 07 March 2015, the Israeli naval forces declared via loud speakers that the allowed fishing area reduced to 4 nautical miles and warned Palestinian fishermen from approaching this area along the Gaza Sea. On 01 April 2016, the Israeli authorities expanded the fishing area from 6 to 9 nautical miles between the area from Gaza valley to the southern Gaza Strip, while denied access to more than 6 miles in the other areas. On 03 May 2017, the Israeli authorities allowed fishermen to fish up to 9 nautical miles, instead of 6 nautical miles in the Sea in Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip.

According to field updates followed up by PCHR, the Israeli occupation forces have escalated their attacks against the Palestinian civilians, including farmers and fishermen, and prevented them from safe and free access to their lands and fishing areas. This constitutes a violation of their rights according to the international human rights standards, including their right to security, personal safety and protection of their property, their right to work, the right to adequate standard of living, and the right to the highest attainable standard of health. Enforcing the “buffer zone” through the use of live fire which has often led to direct targeting of civilians, is a war crime, where killings under these circumstances constitute a wilful killing in grave violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

 

Attacks

June 2018

Attacks Total “Buffer zone” on land “Buffer zone” at sea
Shelling 70 70 0
Shooting 590 568 22
Incursions 2 2 0
Land levelling 0 0 0
Detention incidents 1 1 0
Total incidents 663 641                22

 

Consequences of attacks

 

  1. Deaths and injuries

June 2018

Consequences Total “Buffer zone” on land “Buffer zone” at sea
Death of persons 13 13 0
Minors 3 3 0
Women 1 1 0
Injury of persons 555 555 0
Minors 86 86 0
Women 18 18 0

 

  1. Property related violations

June 2018

Consequences Total “Buffer zone” on land “Buffer zone” at sea
Property damaged 9 8 1
Property confiscated 0 0 0
Dunums razed 0 0 0

  Detention

 

June 2018

Consequences Total “Buffer zone” on land “Buffer zone” at sea
Total persons detained 1 0
Minors detained 0 0 0
Women detained 0 0 0

(Source / 09.07.2018)

Israel facilitates gun ownership for Israeli Jews

This was made to make it easy for Israeli Jews to kill Arabs and Palestinians.

Extremist Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan issued on Sunday his directions to offices of his ministry to increase the number of gun licenses for Israeli Jews.

This way, Israeli media said, he gives a chance for hundreds of thousands of Israelis to carry guns and thus increase crime rates.

According to the directions, conditions for obtaining a gun license are to be eased based on a proposal Erdan offered to the Knesset in October 2016.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that official statistics stated that 145,000 Israelis have licences to carry guns.

The reduced conditions stipulate that applicants for gun licenses should be over 21 years, be in good health, be reserve officers, have served in the Special Units, farmers, tourist guides and paramedics with a preference given to settlers who live in illegal settlements or Israelis living in border areas.

After the new facilitations, the ministry estimated that between 35,000 and 40,000 new Israelis would benefit from the relaxing of the laws.

(Source / 09.07.2018)

Israel bans Palestinian TV channel

Banning the Palestinian TV channel is an attempt by Israel to ‘hide its crimes’ against Palestinians.

Extremist Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman banned on Monday Palestinian Al-Quds TV channel.

In a decree signed on July 3, Lieberman said the ban was based on the Israeli anti-terrorism law.

Under the decree, the channel will not be broadcast inside Israel.

The decree did not give a reason for the ban, but the Israeli authorities accuse the channel of being a propaganda tool for the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.

Al-Quds TV channel broadcasts from Lebanon and has correspondents in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Palestinian journalists’ groups condemned the ban of the Palestinian TV and accused the Israeli occupation of racism and practicing media black out in an attempt to “hide its brutal crimes” carried out against the Palestinians.

(Source / 09.07.2016)