Israeli minister rejects plan to reunite West Bank & Gaza

No reunite

Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said Tuesday that restoring the Palestinian Authority’s control over Gaza would be a threat to Israel’s security.

Israeli news outlets, said the rejection came at a meeting between members of the top-level security cabinet, who have spoken out against a proposal for the Gaza Strip that was said to have been discussed during secret talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

“Any attempt to return Abbas to Gaza and to connect between Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Jerusalem by way of a ‘secure passage’ which crosses Israel, will be a direct threat and a serious impact to Israel’s security and the demographic balance between Israel and the Palestinians,” Katz told the Israel Hayom daily.

“It is understandable and the matter should be debated and decided in the cabinet. Israel’s policy regarding Gaza must be clear — civilian separation between Gaza and Israel and the stretching of a clear border security line between Israel and Gaza,” Katz told Israel Hayom, which is seen as being aligned with the Likud party led by Netanyahu.

According to the newspaper, other cabinet ministers are also opposed to the deal Netanyahu and Sissi discussed.

A Likud cabinet member not identified in the report said, “Hamas will never give up on control of the Gaza Strip; therefore, such proposals are detached from reality.”

According to the report, ministers are wary of any unity deal between Fatah and Hamas. A deal struck between the two last year, but largely unimplemented, was met by an Israeli refusal to negotiate with the PA if it included Hamas as part of a unity government.

Most international parties view a Fatah-Hamas power sharing agreement as a necessary step toward reaching a deal to ease the Strip’s dire humanitarian situation.

On Monday, Channel 10 television news reported that Netanyahu secretly traveled to Egypt in May to meet with Sissi. Quoting unnamed American officials, the report said the focus of the trip was to discuss an arrangement in the Gaza Strip that would see the return of the PA to power there, a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas resistance group, the easing of the Israeli and Egyptian blockades on the Strip, and steps to advance humanitarian projects.

During the meeting with Netanyahu, Sissi stressed to Netanyahu that the PA must be allowed to regain control of Gaza and take responsibility for the territory, according to the report.

Channel 10 said the Netanyahu trip to Egypt took place on May 22 and most ministers in the security cabinet were not aware of the meeting between the leaders.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

520 Palestinians arrested by Israel in July

Palestinian prisoners

A total of 520 Palestinians were detained by Israeli occupation forces in July, human rights groups have said.

A report by the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Addameer and the Prisoners Commission revealed that of those arrested, 69 were children and nine were women.

This included 122 arrested from Jerusalem; 100 arrested from the Governorate of Ramallah and Al Bireh; 75 arrested from the Governorate of Hebron; 52 were arrested from the Governorate of Jenin; 48 were from Bethlehem; 55 were from Nablus; 15 from Tulkarm; 31 from Qalqiliya; seven from Tubas; eight from Salfit; and eight others from Jericho Governorate.

READ: Israel bans Gaza families from visiting detainees

In regard to the overall figures on prisoners, the number remained stable at around 6,000; including 53 women and three girls under the age of 18. The number of child prisoners totalled 300. The number of those being held under administrative detention is 430.

There were 86 administrative detention orders issued last month by the Israeli occupation.

#Israel arrested more than 600 Palestinians in May


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Israel army raids Palestinian school in West Bank

A Palestinian kid is seen outside a school, which was sheltering dozens of displaced Palestinians run by UNRWA, hit by an Israeli tank shell attack

Israeli occupation forces yesterday raided a Palestinian school in Al-Khader neighbourhood in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, the Anadolu Agency reported.

Coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committees Ahmed Salah told Anadolu that the Israeli occupation force raided Said Bin Al-As School and detained teachers and students. It was not clear how many people had been held as a result of the raid.

READ: Israel raid hits Gaza high school during exam

He said that the Israeli occupation forces raided the school while students were sitting exams.

Occupation forces often raid the school claiming they are looking for Palestinian stone throwers who target vehicles of illegal Israeli settlers in the area.

***#ChildrensDay in the #oPt***

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At least 20 arrested, numerous confiscations and demolition notices

Army and confiscations

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched large-scale raids and made a number of arrests in various Palestinian governorates on Tuesday morning.

Local sources said that Israeli forces arrested at least 20 Palestinian civilians in the area following assaults on dozens of houses across the occupied West Bank.

The operation which involved the use of undercover forces, included the arrest of two women and the confiscation of vehicles and money from citizens.

According to the sources, the two Palestinian women arrested in Hebron included the wife of the MP from the Hamas parliamentary bloc, Mohammad Maher Badr Hebron.

In Dheisheh refugee camp in the Bethlehem governorate, local reports said special forces stormed the camp with a cargo vehicle and attacked the citizens. The IOF arrested two young men and there were violent clashes between residents of the camp and the Israeli occupation forces.

In the governorate of Ramallah and Al-Bireh, the IOF carried out large-scale raids in several villages in the governorate, where they arrested a number of Arab citizens. Two men from from the village of Kharbata Al-Mesba were detained, while a man from the village of Aboud was also arrested. In addition, the occupation forces confiscated the car of a local man

In Ramallah, clashes broke out in the town of Beit Rima, causing a military jeep to overturn during the incursion, while there were also confrontations in the neighborhood of Umm al-Sharayet.

Furthermore, a large force from the IOF stormed the home of the mother of the prisoner Abu Hamid in the Amari camp in Ramallah and officers threatened to demolish the house in the nearfuture. The occupiers took measurements in preparation for such a demolition

Meanwhile, in the Jericho governorate, The Israeli army launched a large-scale incursion into the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, where four men were arrested.

In the Nablus governorate, Palestinian sources said that Israeli occupation forces arrested two citizens from Nablus city and Askar camp in Nablus, along with a man from the village of Roujib.

Local sources in Tulkarem reported that the IOF arrested a young man after a raid on his house.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

Daghlas: Over 600 units added to Avni Hafetz settlement, Tulkarem

More than 600 units added

The Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, said that the Israeli occupation authorities have added more than 600 settlement units during the past five days to the settlement “Avni Hafetz “, which is built on territory of Shofa village in Tulkarem.

“There is a great acceleration in settlement expansion in this area where the occupation forces are working day and night to expand the settlement and turn it into a big one at the expense of the citizens’ lands,” Daghlas told Voice of Palestine radio on Tuesday morning.

The official pointed out that he had been contacted by the Council of the village of Shofa to follow up the issue from the legal point of view and to address it publicly.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

Israeli occupation keeps Palestinian journalist Alaa Rimawi jailed, writer Lama Khater under interrogation

  Alaa Rimawi  

Even as four Palestinian journalists were released after paying a bail of NIS 5000 ($1350) each, an Israeli military court extended the detention of journalist Alaa Rimawi, the director of the Al-Quds TV office. Rimawi previously went on hunger strike for 6 days immediately following his arrest. In addition, the interrogation of Palestinian writer Lama Khater, seized by occupation forces from her home in Al-Khalil, was also extended by an Israeli military court.

The four journalists released are Mohammed Sami Alwan, Qutaiba Hamdan, Hosni Anjas and Ibrahim Rantisi. Alwan, Hamdan and Anjas all work for al-Quds TV, while Rantisi works for TRT World.

Ibrahim Rantisi 

In an interview with Asra Media Center after his release, Rantisi said that “the interrogation was on the charge of incitement through my work with media outlets in the past, and I reiterated to the interrogators that this arrest was motivated by a policy of revenge against Palestinian journalists. While Palestinian journalists operate according to professional standards, they face charges of incitement through the arrest of journalists, subjecting them to interrogation and extracting confessions from them through threats or ordering them to administrative detention, imprisonment of unknown time and without charge.”

“Every media outlet is threatened with closure and the arrest of its employees on charges of incitement,” Rantisi said. “If their words, images and interviews do not meet the approval of the security forces, the journalist will be arrested and subject to interrogation and military prosecution.”

 Lama Khater

As Rantisi spoke, writer Lama Khater was ordered detained for 12 more days of interrogation. When Israeli occupation forces stormed her family home on 24 July, it came shortly after she had been summoned to interrogation and threatened to stop writing. Khater is being held under harsh interrogation in the Ashkelon detention center, restrained on a small chair for over 10 hours each day, deprived of sleep and cursed at and insulted by the interrogators. Her interrogation has been extended three times consecutively.

Her articles are published in a number of newspapers and websites, highlighting the struggle against normalization and the rights of Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people.

 Mohammed Mona  

In addition, as the number of journalists seized by Israeli occupation forces has escalated, Palestinian journalist Mohammed Anwar Mona of Nablus was ordered to administrative detention for six months. Mona, 35, from Zuwata near Nablus, has been jailed since 1 August when Israeli occupation forces invaded his home. He has been jailed on multiple occasions, with a total of six years in Israeli jails, mostly in administrative detention. He was first arrested as a journalism student in 2003, when he was jailed for 28 months. Mona directs a radio station in Nablus and serves as a correspondent for Quds Press.

Mona is not the only jailed journalism student; Ola Marshoud of an-Najah University and Istabraq Tamimi of Bir Zeit University are both imprisoned by Israel for their involvement in student activities on campus.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

Mother of Palestinian youth killed by Israeli forces accused of “incitement” for posting on Facebook

Susan Abu Ghannam

Susan Abu Ghannam, the mother of Mohammed Abu Ghannam, the Palestinian youth killed by Israeli occupation forces just over one year ago on 21 July 2017, was indicted in Israeli court in Jerusalem on Monday, 13 August. She was accused of making political posts on Facebook.. Her detention was extended until 13 September 2018, as Israeli occupation prosecutors listed 40 times that she posted on social media about politics.

She was seized from her home on 5 August by Israeli occupation forces, who invaded her home, confiscating cell phones and other electronics.Her son, Mohammed was killed by occupation forces as he joined in Jerusalem protests against the imposition of electronic gates outside Al-Aqsa Mosque.

After shooting him dead, Israeli occupation forces attempted to steal the body of Mohammed Abu Ghannam from Makassed hospital in Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation continues to hold the bodies of slain Palestinians hostage in an attempt to suppress Palestinian resistance as a general policy; while Palestinian families are struggling for the release of the bodies, Israeli high courts have upheld the occupation’s policy of holding them hostage.

In order to prevent occupation forces from seizing the body, his family and friends wrapped Mohammed in a sheet after he passed away, carried his body and passed it up over the hospital’s surrounding wall, several meters high. It was carried from there to the cemetery of al-Tur village; on the way, the car was stopped by police. While the occupation attempted to impose a rule of only seven people at the burial, hundreds joined in the funeral procession.

They acted just in time as dozens of military-armed Border Patrol swarmed the hospital, invading the area, forcing people donating blood to leave the hospital before they terrorized the crowds in the hospital’s courtyards by throwing stun grenades and tear-gas canisters at them.

The policy of the confiscation of bodies is, according to Gideon Levy, the brainchild of Gilad Erdan, the same Israeli minister charged with the global anti-BDS mandate and the creator of the “BDS Hate List” of international organizations in support of Palestine, including Samidoun and many others around the world.

The arrest of Susan Abu Ghannam is only the latest incident of Israeli harassment of the family; earlier, her husband, Mohammed’s father, Hassan Abu Ghannam, 47, was arrested days after Mohammed’s funeral.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

PA Sends Needed Cancer Medication to Gaza

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The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that medications were transported into the besieged Gaza Strip, on Monday, for the treatment of cancer.

The Palestinian Minister of Health, Jawad Awad, said that, upon instructions from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, medications were transported on Monday, to the warehouses of the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Awad added that it is a basic right and a necessity to send the necessary cancer and pain medications to treat all Palestinians in all northern and southern districts.

The ministry confirmed that the medications dispatched are enough for the next three months.

The ministry has been periodically sending shipments of various medications to its warehouses in Gaza, including last month’s shipment of medications for cancer patients, which in addition to the shipment sent on Monday amounts to about 6 million shekels ($1,612,644).

This decision came following reports from health officials in Gaza concerning major shortages of chemotherapy medications.

According to health officials in Gaza, some 700 cancer patients, including 200 children, who were being treated at the Abdel al-Aziz al-Rantisi Hospital in Gaza, did not receive chemotherapy due to a shortage in medications needed to administer it.

Director of the hospital, Muhammad Abu Silmiya, said that more than 45 of 60 chemotherapy drugs needed at the hospital, were already out of stock by Monday morning.

The al-Rantisi Hospital is one of two medical centers that provided chemotherapy in Gaza.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health stressed that it was never behind schedule on sending cancer medications to Gaza, suggesting that health officials in Gaza should have informed the ministry in advance and in official correspondence, concerning the shortage of medications, in order to provide it in time, not to endanger the life of cancer patients.

The ministry added that it is working hard to provide all health services to the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip, noting that it continuously provides all hospital necessities, such as medicines and medical supplies, in order to maintain the health system and keep it from collapsing.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

Lieberman: War on Gaza a matter of time

Last week, Israeli forces attacked Gaza, killed pregnant mother, her toddler and destroyed 5-story cultural centre

It is only a matter of time before Israel launches a new offensive against the Gaza Strip, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on monday.

The Jerusalem Post reported Lieberman saying: “The question of the next round of fighting is not ‘whether’ but ‘when.’ I am sure we will do what is needed.”

The senior Israeli official met with the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Occupation Army Gadi Eisenkot, the head of the Southern Command Herzi Halevi, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Kamil Abu Rokon and representatives from Shin Bet.

“Since the start of the ‘March of Return,’ Hamas has claimed 168 dead, another 4,348 wounded and dozens of terror infrastructures destroyed,” Lieberman said.

“We are conducting a responsible and powerful security policy.”

He explained: “Responsible security policy is not an answer-not to online commenters, not newspaper headlines or public opinion. We are prepared and know what to do and how to do it.”

Last week Israeli jets pounded Gaza with more than 150 air strikes that killed a pregnant mother and her 18-month-old daughter and destroyed a cultural centre.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

‘Farmer Terrorism’ Is the New Slogan for Jewish Settlers

Farmer terrorism

Jewish settlers regularly set fire to Palestinian lands, destroying crops and olive trees

By Ramona Wadi

In less than three months, Jewish settlers have destroyed over 2,000 trees and grapevines in the occupied West Bank. Rights group B’Tselem has issued a detailed report on this destruction, including testimony from Palestinian farmers. Bales of hay and barley fields were also destroyed. The destruction wrought by Israel’s settler-colonists equates Palestinian agriculture to terrorism; slogans sprayed on Palestinian property following the destruction included “No to farmer terrorism”.

The personal testimonies show that Israel has once again refused to act in order to deter settler violence against Palestinians and their land. Ultimately, the aim is to displace Palestinians forcibly by terrorizing those seeking access to their own land. “This process has erected invisible walls throughout the West Bank, which Palestinians know crossing will expose them to violence and even danger to their lives,” says B’Tselem.

Israel is using complementary forms of violence: direct destruction by targeting crops and using the same destruction to levy a psychological threat against the colonized population. In the documented cases, the destruction was so severe that new plants have to be cultivated, thus having a negative impact on the sliver of economic independence that Palestinians can gain from agriculture.

There is an outcome of resilience mingled with imposed resignation; the farmers will still tend to their fields yet the threat of another round of settler violence fuelled by impunity is always imminent. No matter how well rights organizations document the violations, though, the Palestinians have no recourse other than awareness. This is partly because Israel has moved ahead in terms of normalizing colonial expansion.

Hassan ‘Issa discovered that 168 out of 250 grapevines in his fields had been destroyed by settlers. “What happened to my vines feels like a terrible injustice, and I feel incredibly frustrated and sad.” It is painful to read this. Compare the vagueness of ‘Issa’s statement — made in the knowledge that there are no rights for the colonized in apartheid Israel — with the threat left by the settlers: “No to farmer terrorism.”

The value of people and land is misplaced to set the accelerated pace for forced displacement and a re-enactment of the image of Palestine being barren, one of the false premises behind Palestine’s colonization by Israel. The only difference is that Israel now prefers sustained acts of violence that are documented and discussed almost routinely.

“Farmer terrorism” is, of course, a complete falsehood, yet it is on such premises that expansion has been facilitated. The more that Israel utilizes such absurd claims, the further it is removed from reprimand by the international community. This lends Israel ample time and space — and total immunity — to construct its variety of “terror” narratives to make such purported threats endemic to its settler-colonial presence. Why would anyone even seek to challenge the notion of “farmer terrorism”? At first glance, it is void of any logic; a second reading flaunts its depravity, embodied by state and settlers alike.

Palestinian resilience has always laid bare the Zionist myths. Having no other means to sustain itself, Israel is eager to create the conditions for myths to become a manifested reality, even if it means acknowledging Palestinian existence through accusations which serve to embellish its purported “security concerns”. Nothing, though, justifies the wanton destruction of crops by illegal Jewish settlers or anyone else.

(Source / 14.08.2018)