Israel army attacks Gaza farmers with gunfire

Gaza farmers attacted

The Israeli military on Wednesday morning opened fire at Palestinian farmers east of the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Israeli army patrols stationed at the Gaza border unleashed barrages of machine gunfire toward Palestinian farmers east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, to the east of Gaza city.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas.

The practice, often carried out under the security pretext, has destroyed much of the agricultural harvest and property of the blockaded coastal enclave.

(Source / 8.08.2018)

Palestinian poetess Tatour sent to Israeli jail

Tatour to jail

Palestinian poet and social media activist Dareen Tatour turned herself in on Wednesday to the Israel Prison Service to serve two months that were left of her five-month prison sentence.

Dozens of Palestinians and supporters had gathered at Tatour’s home to bid her farewell as she left her house to serve her prison term.

Tatour thanked her supporters, whom she said have not left her for one moment during her ordeal.

She stressed that she was on trial for her political views, saying “this proves that Israel is a democracy for Jews only and that freedom of expression is confined to one type of people in this entity that oppresses the Arabs who thought they live in a law-abiding country.”

An Israeli court had earlier sentenced Tatour, 36, to five months in prison for a poem she published on social media titled “Resist my people, resist them”, which Israel claimed it included incitement to violence.

However, after already being held for three months in prison and two years and a half under house detention, Tatour, who was first detained on October 11, 2015 during pre-dawn raid at her home, was left with more two months to serve.

(Source / 08.08.2018)

New houses threatened with demolition in Jerusalem

Demolition al-Isawiya

Israeli-controlled Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday issued demolition notices against residential buildings in al-Isawiya town in Occupied Jerusalem.

Activist Mohammed Abu al-Hummus said that municipality crews, accompanied by the Israeli police, stormed the town at daybreak and distributed demolition notices against a number of houses and apartments for allegedly being built without license.

Abu al-Hummus said that all the notices distributed are administrative, which means that the demolition can be carried out at any moment.

Al-Isawiya’s institutions called on legal organizations and those concerned to urgently form legal committees to follow up the demolition cases.

Abu al-Hummus noted that the Israeli municipality usually procrastinates in issuing the necessary permits and licenses needed by al-Isawiya residents.

In another context, the Israeli police at dawn Wednesday launched a raid campaign in al-Isawiya, arrested four Palestinians, and summonsed a child for interrogation.

(Source / 08.08.2018)

Palestinian Central Council Considers Transition From Authority to State

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during the Palestinian National Council meeting in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank April 30, 2018

President of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) Salim Zanoun said Tuesday that invitations were sent out to all members of the Central Council to attend a session scheduled for mid-August in Ramallah.

Zanoun noted that the upcoming session would be held under the name of “the session of Martyr Razan al-Najjar” (a paramedic killed by Israel on the Gaza border), and would call for transferring the Palestinian Authority to a state.

In remarks to local media, he noted that invitations were also sent out to 10 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council affiliated with Hamas movement and that he was waiting for a positive response.

The session of the central council, scheduled for August 15, is expected to begin, with a comprehensive speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Member of the PLO executive committee Mohammed Majdalani said that the outcome of the session would mainly include decisions on defining the relationship with the occupation forces.

“The Central Committee will decide on the gradual withdrawal from all agreements signed with the occupation, including civil affairs and joint security arrangements, and the third track, in relation to the economic field at both the commercial and financial levels,” he said.

The meeting of the central committee is the first since the Palestinian National Council specified its powers in May.

The national council had announced that the agreements of Oslo, Cairo and Washington were no longer valid, stressing that the main current objective was the independence of the state of Palestine, entailing the transition from self-governance to the consolidation of sovereignty through a state.

Majdalani stressed that a report on the results of the dialogue with Hamas would be presented during the session, with the aim to determine the steps that would follow the handover of ministries in Gaza to the government of national accord.

(Source / 08.08.2018)

Israeli intelligence extends remand of newly-released Palestinian

Mahmoud Amjad Jaber

The Israeli intelligence extended on Tuesday the detention of Palestinian ex-prisoner Mahmoud Amjad Jaber, from Jerusalem’s Shu’fat refugee camp, for another 24 hours.

Jaber, aged 21, was re-arrested by Israeli occupation forces outside of Gilboa prison right as he ended his 12-month jail term. He was transferred to the Mascoubiya detention center, west of Occupied Jerusalem.

Jaber has spent a total of five years in Israeli lock-ups in several earlier arrests.

At the same time, 23-year-old prisoner Basel Shweiki, from Jerusalem’s town of Silwan, was released from an Israeli jail, where he had been locked up for 40 months.

Shweiki was arrested by the Israeli forces on April 1, 2015

(Source / 08.08.2018)

Israel bulldozers demolish Palestinian coffee firm in Jerusalem

Israel bulldozers demolish Palestinian coffee firm in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation bulldozers yesterday demolished the headquarters of a Palestinian coffee firm in Jabal Al-Mukabber in occupied Jerusalem, the Safa news agency reported.

Owner of Nakhlat Al-Quds, Hussein Abu-Sukar said that he was surprised when the bulldozers came to demolish the building as he had received no prior warning.

Municipality employees gave him no more than 15 minutes to evacuate the building, which meant he was unable to remove most of the machinery, materials and produce from the site.

READ: Israel forces 4 Palestinian families out of their homes

The Israeli aggression cost him 500,000 shekels ($135,844) Abu-Sukar said.

Abu Sukar said that he had applied for licences to build a roof on his property six years ago however occupation authorities did not issue them.

He was subsequently fined 8,000 shekels ($2,174).

The demolition of the factory has left ten Palestinians unemployed and 50 without a source of income, Au-Sukar said.

Israeli occupation forces also forced a Palestinian to demolish him home in occupied Jerusalem or risk paying Israel tens of thousands of shekels to raze it.

READ: Netanyahu promises to ease house demolitions in Druze communities post-Nation State Law

Obeidat built his 90-metre-square house of metal plates and applied to the Israeli municipality to get a licence, but they did not issue one, he was however fined.

Reports revealed that, in 2017, the Israeli municipality distributed demolition orders to all the residents of Obeidat’s neighbourhood in Jabal Al-Mukabir, which is close to Nof Zion settlement under the pretext that the land is owned by an Israeli company.

(Source / 08.08.2018)

Israel to expand illegal settlement to include home of Dawabsheh killer

Ahmed Dawabsheh

Ahmed Dawabsheh, the brother of Ali Saeed Dawabsheh who was killed in an arson attack by settlers

Israel plans to expand one of its illegal West Bank settlements to triple its current size, a move which will absorb a nearby illegal outpost previously home to the Dawabsheh family’s killer.

Under the plans the Amichai settlement, located north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, will incorporate the neighbouring outpost of Adei Ad. Adei Ad was previously home to Amiram Ben-Uriel, the extremist Israeli settler responsible for the arson attack against the Dawabsheh family in 2017. The attack killed three members of the family, including 18-month-old baby Ali, and left his brother Ahmed orphaned. The Dawabsheh’s home was situated in the village of Duma, some four kilometres from the Amichai settlement and overlooked by the Adei Ad outpost. Ben-Uriel is facing court proceedings after he was indicted for three counts of murder, but his 16-year-old settler accomplice was released to house arrest in July this year.

According to Haaretz, “sources familiar with the details of the [expansion] plan conceded that at this point the goal of increasing the jurisdiction of Amichai is to legalise Adei Ad.” The Israeli government argues that Adei Ad was “built on state land without legal permits”, though “the state never evacuated it and declared on a number of occasions that it intended to legalise it,” Haaretz reported. Although Israel differentiates between settlements and outposts, which do not have official government recognition, both are deemed illegal under international law which prohibits the transferring of civilian populations into occupied territory.

The plans to incorporate Adei Ad into Amichai came to light during ongoing legal proceedings against the latter’s current boundaries. The case pitted the Israeli Civil Administration, the organisation which administers “Area C” of the occupied West Bank, against Palestinians who argue any further expansion of the illegal settlement will deny them access to their farmland. The Palestinians involved in the case are being represented by NGO Yesh Din, whose attorney, Shlomi Zecharia, said:

The inhabitants of the villages near the outpost have become hostages to the policy that abundantly rewards prizes and gifts to ideological criminals. Cutting off farmlands by means of a false [expansion of] jurisdiction is extreme, disproportionate and needless, and in fact is intended to perpetuate restrictions on and infringement of Palestinian property, this time under the official auspices of the government.

READ: Israel forces 4 Palestinian families out of their homes

Amichai is inhabited by 40 families who were evacuated from their previous settlement in Amona in February 2017 after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that it was built on private Palestinian land. Clashes erupted between the settlers and Israeli forces, with 20 police officers injured and 13 arrested for “disturbances”. The families moved in to Amichai in March 2018, the first “new” settlement to be built in 25 years.

Illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank has been rife since Israel occupied the territory in 1967. Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem states that, as of the end of 2015, there were 127 Israeli government-sanctioned settlements in the West Bank (not including occupied East Jerusalem and Hebron). This was in addition to 100 non-recognised outposts and 15 Israeli neighbourhoods inside the Jerusalem Municipality. These settlements are inhabited by approximately half a million illegal settlers, who remain under the protection of Israeli domestic law despite their location in the West Bank.

Israeli settlers frequently commit crimes against Palestinians living nearby. Last week, illegal settlers punctured and vandalised ten Palestinian vehicles in the village of Ein Yabrud, east of Ramallah, spray painting racist slogans on them. The settlers were escorted by Israeli occupation forces and appear not to have faced any repercussions for their actions. In July, a group of extremist settlers set fire to Palestinian property in the village of Jaloud, on the outskirts of Nablus in the north of the West Bank. Witnesses said that the settlers set fire to Palestinian farmland, including at least 2.5 acres of wheat, as well as a house in the area. The settlers also cut down dozens of Palestinian-owned trees in the area.

OPINION: ‘Farmer terrorism’ is the new Jewish settler slogan justifying the destruction of crops

(Source / 08.08.2018)

Israel: Ibrahimi Mosque only open to Jews

Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, also known as the Cave of Patriarchs [File Photo]

Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

Israeli occupation forces are to close the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslim worshippers for 24 hours starting this evening in preparation for a Jewish holiday.

Muslim worshippers will be banned from entering the site from 10pm tonight until the same time tomorrow. The Muslim call to prayer will also be banned during this period.

Fatah said the closures is a crime against the site and against the Palestinian people and their right to access their holy places, it is also a violation of international conventions, the movement added.

READ: Israel banned call to prayer 298 times at key mosque

A member and official spokesperson of the Fatah Civil Revolutionary Council, Osama Al-Qawasmi, urged Palestinians to head to the Ibrahimi mosque on Friday to pray and make the Palestinian presence known.

Al-Qawasmi stressed, in a statement, that the holy site is “a purely Islamic site and Jews have no right to it.”

He also called upon the international community to act urgently to stop Israel’s on-going crimes and racism against defenceless Palestinians.

UNESCO last year designation of the Ibrahimi Mosque, a site which is stormed regularly by illegal Israeli settlers, as a Palestinian World Heritage Site under threat from Israel.

In response, Israel and the US cut funding to the UN body on multiple occasions, accusing it of “anti-Semitism”.

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(Source / 08.08.2018)

Bethlehem: U.S. Companies Investing in Settlements

08 AUG
6:45 AM

Representative of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Bethlehem, Hassan Brejiyyeh, on Tuesday, revealed the arrival of U.S. delegations from political and tourism companies, in order to carry out investment projects in two Bethlehem settlements.

In an interview with Voice of Palestine radio, Brejiyyeh said that American companies are currently investing in Israeli settlement tourism projects, specifically in the settlements of Eliazar and Efrat, which are located on lands of Palestinian citizens.

Such projects, settlement plans, construction of streets, tunnels and rail roads are part of the Israeli occupation project to establish ”Greater Jerusalem” plan and link Jerusalem to the Gush Etzion settlement, to cut the West Bank in half and seize more Palestinian land.

(Source / 08.08.2018)

Shaked Warns High Court against Revoking Jewish Nation-State Law

07 AUG
10:57 PM

Israeli Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, warned of an “earthquake” that would occur, in the case that the Israeli High Court of Justice decides to overturn the controversial Jewish Nation-State law.

Ma’an reported that, according to the Times of Israel, during an interview with the official Israeli Army Radio, Shaked said that the Israeli High Court has no right to strike down the law on constitutional grounds, because it was passed as a Basic Law.

The Basic Laws of Israel are the constitutional laws that can only be changed by a super-majority vote in the Israeli Knesset, hence the constitutional underpinning of the Israeli justice system.

Shaked stressed that “such a move would cause an earthquake between different authorities.”

Shaked added that “the Knesset is the constituent assembly, which defines and determines the Basic Laws. The High Court justices have to interpret the laws in accordance with the Basic Laws,” explaining that she doesn’t believe the majority of the High Court would take such a step.

Shaked restated her support for the controversial law, which has been overwhelmingly labeled as a racist policy against non-Jewish minorities.

Since the law was passed in July, at least three petitions have been submitted to the Israeli High Court, demanding that the justices overturn the law for its discriminatory nature.

One of the petitions was filed by Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, demanding the Israeli High Court to overturn it for this reason.

The petition was submitted on behalf of all Arab political leadership in Israel, the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, the National Committee of Arab Mayors, the Joint List parliamentary faction and in the name of Adalah, against the Knesset, according to an Adalah press release.

The petition stated that “there is no single constitution in the world today that declares in its laws that it will act to advance the interests of the dominant group, particularly when it concerns public resources such as land.”

The Nationality Law enshrines the status of the State of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

The law includes legally preserving Israel’s “democratic” character, its state symbols (national anthem, flag, icon), Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Hebrew as the official language and the right of return for Diaspora Jewry.

Critics of the law raised concerns that the law will deepen a sense of apartheid within the Arab community, which has become a minority over the years.

(Source / 08.08.2018)