Israel Declares Al-Quds TV As ‘Terrorist Media’

11 JUL
12:41 AM

A Palestinian media agency that is known for being first on the scene and recording eyewitness videos of Israeli military atrocities against Palestinians has been banned by Israel, as the Israeli Defense Minister and former nightclub bouncer Avigdor Lieberman signed an order declaring Al-Quds TV to be a ‘terrorist’ media organization.

Al-Quds (the Arabic word for Jerusalem) TV is based in Beirut, and has offices in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel. The organization began in 2008, and provides daily news coverage online and on its satellite TV channel. The main focus is on

The idea that a media organization can be declared a ‘terrorist’ organization, while unusual by international standards, is not new to Israel. During their 2004 invasion of Lebanon, Israel declared the Lebanese media agency Al-Manar to be ‘terrorist’ media, due to their affiliation with the Hezbollah political party and resistance group.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate issued a stateme.nt that, “This is just the latest move in Israel’s attack on Palestinian media organizations.”

Emad al-Efranji, the manager of Al-Quds TV in Palestine, said Israel wants to silence the media, as part of its campaign to conceal its crimes against the Palestinian people.

He added that Al-Quds TV broadcasts to every part of occupied Palestine, exposing the Israeli violations, and that is why Israel decided to shut it down, as part of its ongoing campaign against Palestinian media outlets.

“Our mission will always be the same, out TV station is honored to carry the name of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), and will continue its duties,” he said, “Israel constantly targets Palestinian media agencies and journalists, but we will continue our work; despite the sacrifices we have to make, and the ongoing violations against us, we are willing to pay the price for that.”

“Israel realizes the danger our media agency poses to its colonialist ideology; it knows we focus on legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, especially Jerusalem, and our mission to expose Trump’s so-called Deal of the Century,” al-Efranji stated, “We are the first station that has special programming for our people in historic Palestine, and we have various shows that focuses on the detainees and refugees.”

Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Defense Minister, has in the past openly called for the forced transfer of all Palestinians from their historic land, on which the state of Israel was created in 1948.

In his first move to criminalize the al-Quds news agency, Lieberman sent Israeli security officers to a video production company in northern Israel that edits video for the agency. According to the production company’s attorney, Omar Hamisey, the staff were told by Israeli security that their transmission or production of any footage for al-Quds TV would be considered illegal, and they would be prosecuted under anti-terrorism laws for doing their work as journalists.

Israeli Knesset (Parliament) member said that the listing of al-Quds TV as ‘terrorist media’ is, “the continuation of a silencing crusade by the extreme right-wing government to trample the freedom of speech. Many people in the Arab community as well as Arab lawmakers often give interviews to the channel, and what we say at the Knesset podium we also say there. The channel exposes the crimes of the occupation and the suffering of the Palestinian people.”

Israeli authorities gave no evidence of any wrongdoing by the news agency, but have vowed to shut down any offices of the agency and its contractors inside Israel. They claim that the news agency has an affiliation with the Hamas party, which is also a spurious claim, according to the owners of the agency.

Most recently, Quds-TV released footage of Israeli soldiers shooting and then dragging the bodies of Palestinian protesters near the border fence in Gaza – footage that directly contradicted the Israeli military’s claims that the young men had tried to cross the border fence and that is why they were shot. The al-Quds TV footage shows that the soldiers were at least 20 meters inside of the Gaza Strip when they shot the young men, who were at a protest inside the Gaza Strip and not trying to cross the fence as Israeli military officials claimed.

(Source / 11.07.2018)

Tightening Closure Imposed On the Gaza Strip For 11th Year

11 JUL
11:00 AM

Israeli Authorities Impose Closure On the Only Commercial Crossing in the Gaza Strip “ Karm Abu Salem” and Reduce Fishing Area.

PCHR strongly condemns the Israeli authorities decision to tighten the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and close the only commercial crossing “Karm Abu Salem” and warns of its consequences on the entry of goods and basic needs for the Gaza Strip population.

PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and all humanitarian organizations to immediately intervene in order to stop this decision, lift the closure, and open all crossings to ensure the entry of all the Gaza Strip population’s needs, especially basic goods.

Moreover, PCHR affirms that this decision was the culmination of several previous decisions that the Israeli authorities have implemented since June 2007 in the context of a plan to tighten the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip.

According to PCHR’s follow-up, on Monday, 09 July 2018, the Israeli authorities announced the approval of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense and the Chief Staff to close the Karm Abu Salem crossing from Tuesday 10 July 2018 and prevent the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip, except for some humanitarian goods, including food and medicine.

Furthermore, the Israeli authorities imposed a complete ban on exporting and marketing goods from Gaza Strip. Upon the same decision, the Israeli authorities reduced the fishing area in the Gaza Strip to six nautical miles instead of nine.

According to the Israeli statement, the decision was taken in response to flying kites and balloons by Hamas towards the buffer zone along the Gaza strip . The Israeli authorities have threatened to intensify  punitive measures against the Gaza strip population under the pretext of maintaining “Israel’s security”.

The chairman of the Coordination Committee for the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip, Raed Fattouh, said that the Israeli authorities informed them of preventing the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip except for food and medical supplies, as well as wheat, feeds, cows, hay and petrol.

Fattouh affirms that the Israeli authorities completely prevented exporting from the Gaza Strip to West Bank or abroad.

He added that the Coordination Committee for the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip has informed the traders of the Israeli decision, which shall take effect on Tuesday, pointing out that the decision includes international projects in the Gaza Strip.

This decision is part of the framework of the complete closure policy imposed by the Israeli authorities on the Gaza Strip since June 2007,
as the crossings have witnessed tight restrictions on the movement of goods and persons  for  11 years.

Regarding commercial crossings, the Israeli authorities continue to impose strict restrictions on the entry of goods classified as “dual use materials.” The Israeli authorities officially list 118 items as “dual use items” which contain hundreds of goods and basic materials.

The Israeli authorities also continue to ban the export of Gaza Strip products, excluding limited quantities of 5% of monthly exports before the closure  in June 2007. Regarding the crossings points for individuals movement , the Israeli authorities continue to impose tight restrictions on the movement of the Gaza Strip residents through Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, except for limited categories of individuals.

PCHR is highly concerned with the Israeli authorities’ decision to tighten the closure on the Gaza Strip due to its catastrophic impact on the economic and living conditions of the Gaza Strip population. PCHR considers this decision as a form of collective punishment and an act of revenge committed by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians.

In light of the above, PCHR calls upon the international community to:

– Immediate and urgent intervention to put this decision to an end, open the only commercial crossing for the Gaza Strip, “Karm Abu Salem”, allow the entry of all the Gaza strip population’s needs, including basic goods and construction materials, and allow the export of the Gaza strip goods freely .

– Immediate and urgent intervention to ensure the respect of  the rules of international humanitarian and human rights law in order to stop the serious deterioration in the lives of the civilian in the Gaza Strip.

-Force the Israeli authorities to abandon the policy of collective punishment imposed on the population of the Gaza Strip, including the closure of the crossings, which leads to a serious deterioration in the civilians economic and social rights.

– Remind Israel of its obligations as an occupying power of the Gaza Strip to its population, in accordance with Article 55 of the Geneva Convention of 1949, which states: “The occupying Power shall, to the fullest extent of its means, provide the population with food and supplies and must take into account the needs of the civilian population”.

– The High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention must comply with their obligations under article 1 of the Convention to ensure the implementation of this Convention by the Occupying Power of Israel to the protection of Palestinian civilians.

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(Source /  11.07.2018)

Rights groups: Israel detained more than 3500 Palestinians since start of year, including 651 children

11 JUL
10:41 AM

July 10, 2018 (Palestinian News & Info Agency WAFA) – Israel detained 3533  Palestinians during the first half of 2018, including 651 children, 63 women and four journalists, several Palestinian human rights organizations working on prisoners issues said on Tuesday.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights organization, The Prisoners Commission and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights said in their joint report that Israel issued 502 administrative detention orders since the start of the year, including 197 new orders bringing the total number of administrative detainees held without charge or trial to 430.

The report said Israel detained 449 Palestinians in June, including 117 from Jerusalem; 55 from the Governorate of Ramallah and al Bireh; 75 from the Governorate of Hebron; 29 from the Governorate of Jenin; 51 were from Bethlehem; 49 were from Nablus; 15 from Tulkurm; 30 from  Tulkarm, 14 from Qalqiliya; 7 from Tubas; 6 from Salfit; 4 from Jericho Governorate; and 12 from the Gaza Strip.

In May, statistics by the rights organizations showed that Israel detained 605 Palestinians, 94 of them were children and nine were women.

The detainees included 197 from Jerusalem; 104 from the Governorate of Ramallah and al Bireh; 70 from the Governorate of Hebron; 33 from the Governorate of Jenin; 44 were from Bethlehem; 48 were from Nablus; 15 from Tulkurm; 32 from Qalqiliya; 5 from Tubas; 20 from Salfit; 8 from Jericho Governorate; and 29 from the Gaza Strip.

They said that 83 administrative detention orders were issued in May against Palestinians, including 36 new and the rest were renewals.

Around 6000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons on charges of resisting the occupation. Of this figure, 61 are women, among them six under the age of 18, 350 children and 430 held in administrative detention.

(Source / 11.07.2018)

Israel banned call to prayer 298 times at key mosque

Israeli Jews walk outside the Ibrahimi Mosque, also called the Tomb of the Patriarchs, during the Jewish Passover holiday, in the West Bank city of Hebron, April 5, 2015

Israel prohibited the Muslim call to prayer 298 times in the first half of this year at a historical mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Anadolu reports.

“Occupying Israeli forces prohibited the Azan, including calls to Friday prayer, at the Ibrahimi Mosque 298 times in the first six months of 2018,” Palestinian Religious Endowments Minister Yousef Adais said Tuesday in a written statement.

He said Israel was strengthening its presence at the mosque and closed it for two consecutive days using Jewish festivals as an excuse.

He also touched on violations committed by Jewish settlers.

“The immorality and violations of Jewish settlers have also crossed the line – so much so that they organized parties with music until midnight inside the Ibrahimi Mosque. They have also set up huge camps in southern courtyards of the mosque,” Adais said.

Read: Rights groups petition Israel to end arms sale to neo-Nazi group

In June, dozens of Jewish settlers backed by Israeli police forced their way into the mosque, where they performed Talmudic rituals and held a music concert attended by senior Jewish rabbis and Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Arad.

Adais added that Israel was also interrupting restoration work at the mosque and its courtyard.

“All efforts must be made to strengthen the resistance of the people living in the region to protect the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Old City and to fight against the occupation regime and racist actions,” he stressed.

The Ibrahimi Mosque is located in Hebron’s Old City district, which is home to some 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 500 Jewish settlers, with the latter living in a series of Jewish-only enclaves heavily guarded by Israeli troops.

In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli-American Jewish settler, gunned down 29 Palestinian Muslims as they prayed at the mosque before being killed himself.

Since then, the mosque – believed to have been built on the tomb of Prophet Ibrahim – has been divided into a Muslim section (45 percent) and a Jewish section (55 percent).

(Source / 11.07.2018)

Palestine Mufti: Facilitating enemy’s ownership of Palestine is haram

Palestinian Muslims perform the last Friday Prayer in Muslims' holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on June 08, 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Muslims perform at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 8 June 2018

Palestinian Mufti Mohammed Hussein said yesterday that facilitating the enemy’s ownership of Palestinian land, including Jerusalem, is haram, Quds Press reported.

This came as Israel attempts to pass a bill that allowed Jews to own Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

“Palestinian land is Islamic endowment and it is haram to sell it or facilitate the enemy to own it,” he said, noting that “anyone who sells his land to the enemy or receives compensation for this is a sinner.”

He also said that doing these deeds leads to apostacy and the doer of such actions is a “traitor”.

The Mufti called for people to boycott anyone who sells his land to the Zionists or facilitates such sales.

READ: ‘Palestinians don’t accept Israeli ministers’ desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque’ 

(Source / 11.07.2018)

Hamas condemns PA actions to undermine lifting of Gaza siege

Charities locked out of Gaza due to the siege [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Charities locked out of Gaza due to the siege

Hamas has welcomed all efforts to alleviate the suffering of the besieged people in the Gaza Strip, the movement’s Political Bureau said on Tuesday. However, it also condemned the Palestinian Authority’s attempts to undermine efforts to ease or lift the siege.

“All serious initiatives are welcomed with open arms and we appreciate the efforts made by more than one party in this regard,” said the bureau. “However, the movement deplores the PA’s attempt to disrupt these efforts under the illusion that the easing of the humanitarian situation in Gaza is part of the ‘deal of the century’.”

A statement from Hamas pointed out that the PA is contributing to the siege by imposing sanctions, cutting salaries and obstructing regional and international efforts to have it lifted. “This is separating the Gaza Strip from the West Bank — intentionally or unintentionally — and paves the way for Trump’s deal.”

READ: Poll: 79% of Palestinians want PA to lift sanctions off Gaza 

Furthermore, said the Political Bureau, our movement strongly condemns any official or unofficial Arab or local attempts to normalise relations with the Zionist entity. “Indeed, Hamas values greatly all Arab, Islamic and international models that boycott the occupation and oppose the normalisation with the criminal racist entity.”

Regarding Palestinian reconciliation, Hamas announced its desire to achieve national unity on the basis of resistance and joint decision-making: “The Political Bureau stresses that national reconciliation can be achieved when the unjust sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip are removed immediately; when the PLO is restructured through a new national unity council based on the 2017 Beirut agreement; and the terms of the 2011 Cairo agreement are implemented fully.”

(Source / 11.07.2018)

UN concerned about new Israeli restrictions on Gaza

Palestinian activists take part in a rally titled "Save Pal People" against the Israeli occupation and Gaza blockade in front of a tower which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in the summer of 2014

Palestinian activists take part in a rally titled “Save Pal People” against the Israeli occupation and Gaza blockade in front of a tower which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in the summer of 2014

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nicolay Mladenov, has expressed his concern at the latest Israeli restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli-led siege for 12 years.

“I am concerned by the consequences of Israel’s decision to temporarily suspend imports and exports with the exception of basic humanitarian supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing,” Mladenov explained. “Humanitarian assistance is no substitute for commerce and trade. I urge the [Israeli] authorities to reverse this decision.”

The United Nations, he pointed out, is continuing its engagement with Israeli and Palestinian counterparts, as well as regional and international partners, to reduce tensions, support intra-Palestinian reconciliation and resolve all humanitarian challenges. “This latest development must not divert us from this urgent course of action. Everyone must step back from the trajectory of confrontation and escalation.”

READ: Tightening the siege, Israel closes Gaza commercial crossings 

Mladenov appeared to be following the Israeli narrative when he added, “Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza should also do their part by maintaining calm, stopping incendiary kites and preventing other provocations.”

Once again, say observers, Israel is seen by the international community to be reacting to Palestinian “provocation” when the reality is that the people of Gaza are simply exercising their legitimate right to oppose the military occupation of their land.

(Source / 11.07.2018)

Israel to demolish Palestinian homes in Bethlehem

An Israeli excavator demolishes a Palestinian building for allegedly being unauthorised on 1 May 2018

Israeli occupation authorities handed demolition orders to owners of two Palestinian houses and a fence in the neighbourhood of Nahaleen in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Quds Pressreported yesterday.

Chairman of Nahaleen Municipality Subhi Zaidan told the news agency that the Israeli occupation forces accompanied by employees from the Israeli Civil Administration distributed the demolition orders.

READ: Israel’s demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar is a mini-Nakba 

The houses, Zaidan said, are owned by Isam Shakarneh and Hashim Najajra and occupation forces claim they were built without building licenses.

The Israeli occupation authorities told the owners that be demolitions would take place as early as this week, claiming that they had previously informed them that this was to happen and no appeals had been submitted.

(Source / 11.07.2018)

Israel sentences Jerusalemite woman to 10 years

Fadwa Nazih Kamel Hamada can be seen taking into custody by Israeli police [Amin Jarrar/Twitter]

Fadwa Nazih Kamel Hamada can be seen taking into custody by Israeli police

The Israeli central court in Jerusalem sentenced on Monday Fadwa Nazih Kamel Hamada, a Palestinian mother of five children to ten years imprisonment and a find of 30,000 NIS ($8,300).

Safa news agency said Hamadah, 31 from the neighbourhood of Sur Bahir on the southeastern outskirts of East Jerusalem, was convicted of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.

Hamada was arrested on August, 12 2017 in the ​​Damascus Gate area under the pretext of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.

Hamada is married and has five children, the eldest is 8 years old and the youngest is only one and a half years old.

She has been transferred to several prisons and is now held in HaSharon Prison.

Read: What Israel is doing to Palestinians is ‘unacceptable,’ insists Al-Azhar

(Source / 11.07.2018)

The fight against Israeli cultural appropriation: Palestinian Heritage Wear Day

By Naomi Kundera – July 10, 2018
Now they’re taking the clothes.
Israel’s attempt to erase Palestinian identity from worldview goes far beyond their land grab tactic. State propaganda efforts consistently appropriate Arab and Palestinian culture and claim it as their own.
July 25 is national Palestinian Heritage Wear Day, which also coincides with Arabic Culture Day. Both of these initiatives are Palestinian attempts at reclaiming the culture being stripped away from them by the occupation.
Two weeks ago, on June 30, the celebrations commenced in al-Bireh, Ramallah. A crowd of almost 300 gathered in the streets and marched to the al-Bireh municipality office. Men and women, young and old, were all dawning different traditional Palestinian garb.
“This initiative started four years ago,” Lana Hijazi, one of the lead organizers of the march, told Palestine Monitor.
“When we saw an Israeli fashion model wearing a Palestinian dress and saying that is it an Israeli dress. That made us angry and sad and we wanted to change that and stop it. So we decided that we should wear our national dresses and go out in the streets.”
“That is our way to resist the Israel work on stealing our traditional clothes.”
Israeli designer Yaron Minkowski draped Israeli models with the traditional Arab headdress – and symbol of Palestinian resistance – the kuffiyeh. In the 2015 fashion week, Minkowski said he attempted to transform the kuffiyeh into a “symbol of coexistence.”
In 2016 Israeli designer Dodo Bar Or went even further and eroticized the kuffiyeh in her spring collection. Extreme cuts, backless dresses, and short rompers mocked the traditional design of Arab heritage wear.
And last September some bedouin women in Negev were actually tricked into creating a dress with traditional Palestinian embroidery for the New York Fashion Week. The group of women, known as Desert Embroidery, were approached by Israeli designer Aviad Arik Herman for a partnership, unaware that the project was sponsored by the OR movement, an Israeli organization that works to settle Jews in the Negev and Galilee.
This year there are 10 cities and villages around the West Bank that will be hosting an event in celebration and reclamation of Palestinian heritage wear from Israeli appropriation.
“[Palestinian] heritage wear is very unique and it’s different from one city to another. That’s what is special about making these activities in each city. [And] each city has its own challenges,” Hijazi explained to Palestine Monitor.
“For example, Salfit is one of the places that has a lot of settlements and problems with settlers… Qalqilia is surrounded by the Israeli apartheid wall… Battir is a very well-known historical city and its known for its special plants and is now on the map of the international heritage map.”
“Every city has its special, own circumstances,” Hijazi continued, “and having a happy, Palestinian ceremony happening in these places – a happy march – its very special.”
“Usually as Palestinians we have a lot of sad ceremonies, a lot of sad days. So this is a happy day. We want everybody to wear the Palestinian traditional wear, be happy, sing the traditional songs, dance, walk on the streets, take photos, smile, and connect with our ancestors through our clothes and our culture.”
The Palestinian Heritage Wear Day Initiative is a team of volunteers who simply want to take action in their own hands.
The last march, on July 7, took place in Battir and was a celebration in combination with a local wedding. Women of the bride and groom’s family along with Palestinians from all over the West Bank came together in dresses traditionally worn for weddings.
The women paraded behind the happy couple’s car clapping and chanting traditional wedding songs.
“We don’t want to be like the UN and just [be] worried and not doing anything. We want to do something to change the situation,” Hijazi said about the volunteers in the initiative.
The Palestinian Heritage Wear Day Initiative also takes action outside these annual marches.
Efforts are made to keep the knowledge and skill of traditional embroidery alive in the younger generation.
Talking about the importance of keeping the tradition of embroidery going, a woman from Darna Couture, a retail shop in Ramallah that showcases Palestinian fashion and heritage with a modern touch, at the Battir march told Palestine Monitor, “We don’t want it to die out with the younger generation.”
“Your grandmother passed it to your mother and you mother passed it to you [but] now it’s starting to be [made] by computers. We’re trying to pass down theses artistries, not let somebody claim our heritage, our dress, our food, our culture. We want to re-appropriate our culture.”
The initiative helps empower young and marginalized women from Gaza and the West Bank by bringing sewing kits to their homes and teaching them the skill of embroidery. This action keeps Palestinian heritage alive and helps the economic status of Palestinian women.
The next march will take place in Hebron on July 12.
(Source / 11.07.2018)