Colonialist Settlers Intrude on Palestinian Village to Perform Rituals

02 SEP
8:27 PM

A number of extremist Israeli settlers forced their way, early Sunday, into the village of Awarta, to the south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and performed Jewish religious rituals, according to a local official.

Hisham Awad, head of village council, told WAFA that a number of settlers broke into the village after midnight under heavy Israeli army protection and performed rituals at a site they claim is holy to them.

Village residents were forced to stay indoors as the settlers performed their rituals.

Awarta, which is less than eight kilometers from Nablus, has 14 historic sites, 11 in the village and three on the outskirts, most of them sacred to Muslims, said Awad.

Meanwhile, and not far from Awarta, Jewish settlers attacked a Palestinian commuter travelling on a road south of Nablus, according to Palestinian security sources.

They said that settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar attacked a Palestinian car with stones. Four passengers were injured and were admitted to hospital in Nablus for treatment from bruises and cuts as a result of broken glass.

(Source / 02.09.2018)

Palestinian girl arrested by Israel army over alleged knife possession

And yes, the knife

The Israeli occupation forces at noontime Sunday kidnapped a Palestinian girl near Qalandiya checkpoint, north of Occupied Jerusalem.

The Hebrew-speaking 0404 news site, said the Israeli military kidnapped a Palestinian girl over allegations that she was holding a knife.

The girl allegedly refused to stop for search at the aforementioned checkpoint.

(Source / 02.09.2018)

Israeli Navy Detains 6 Fishermen in Gaza

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on Palestinian fishermen in Gaza

Israeli naval forces opened fire on a number of fishing boats and detained six Palestinian fishermen on Sunday in the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to local witnesses, the fishermen were working within the permitted zone.

Sarah Wilkinson@swilkinsonbc

Israel machineguns Palestinian fishermen, propels them into the sea with watercannon & floods the inboard motors https://english.palinfo.com/36301 

Israeli navy attacks fishermen in Gaza waters

The Israeli occupation navy on Friday savagely attacked and opened machinegun fire at a group of Palestinian fishermen off the central and northern shores of the besieged Gaza Strip.

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Witnesses identified the detainees as Zaki Ibrahim al-Najjar, Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Ryala, Mahmoud Jihad Abu Awda, Muhammad Jihad Abu Awda, Jihad Muhammad Abu Awda, and Muhammad Bahjat Abu Awda.

The reason for their detention remained unknown.

Several hours after the detention, Israeli naval forces opened fire on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in northern Gaza.

Joe Catron 🍷@jncatron

6 Gaza fishermen arrested by Israeli navy at nightfall http://bit.ly/2NGlKPh 

6 Gaza fishermen arrested by Israeli navy at nightfall

Six Palestinian fishermen were arrested by the Israeli occupation navy on Saturday evening while saling off Deir al-Balah seashore, in the central Gaza Strip.

english.palinfo.com

Sources added that Israeli naval forces continued to fire and chased down the fishing boats, forcing them to sail back to shore.

No injuries were reported.

Richard Hardigan@RichardHardigan

ISMPalestine “Israeli navy detains 6 fishermen in Gaza

Israeli naval forces opened fire on a number of fishing boats and detained six Palestinian fishermen on Sunday in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Source: (Maan) http://j.mp/2wBTI0y  pic.twitter.com/ZBmaiB3IT5

As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited “designated fishing zone,” the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.

Quds News Network

@QudsNen

Israeli navy detain a number of Palestinian fishermen and confiscate their boats of the Gaza coast.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem recently concluded that Israel’s Gaza closure and “harassment of fishermen” have been “destroying Gaza’s fishing sector,” with 95 percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.

(Source / 02.09.2018)

Four Palestinians Injured after Israeli Settlers’ Attack

Jewish settlers threatening Palestinians while soldiers look on

Israeli settlers on Sunday attacked a Palestinian-owned vehicle in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, injuring four Palestinians.

According to local sources, Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, attacked a vehicle with stones as it passed on the main road, south of Nablus.

The IMEU@theIMEU

Israeli settlers from Yitzhar settlement attacked a Palestinian vehicle near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus this weekend. The attack left a father and his two young children injured. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780755 

Sources confirmed that four Palestinians were injured due to the attack and were immediately transferred to Rafidia hospital in Nablus for treatment.

The four Palestinians suffered bruises and various cuts as a result of broken glass.

Palestine@OccuPalGaza

Israeli settlers from the Yitzhar colony attacked a Palestinian car with stones. 4 passengers, who were driving to work, were admitted to the hospital in Nablus for treatment from bruises and cuts as a result of broken glass. https://www.wattan24.com/?app=article.show.67127 

Their identities remain unknown.

Meanwhile, dozens of Israeli settlers escorted by heavily armed Israeli forces raided the Palestinian village of Awarta, south of the Nablus district, and performed Jewish religious rituals in the area.

Troublesome@DialloFabiine

As of september 2, dozens of settlers escorted by Israeli forces raided the Palestinian village of Awarta to perform Jewish religious rituals and residents of that village were forced to remain indoors while Israeli settlers performed the religious rituals!

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

(Source / 02.09.2018)

PCPA appeals for action to end occupation, Apartheid in Palestine

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The PCPA cautions against the escalating spread of racism and expansionism in Palestine by Israeli occupation authorities and the government of Israel, which was created against our will in Palestine, our historic homeland, in 1948 followed by the accumulation of laws, procedures, policies and arbitrary practices. The PCPA calls for a serious and urgent response at global level to counter them.

The new Basic Law of 2018, which considers Israel as “the nation state of the Jewish people”, is the most dangerous constitutional document of its kind in the history of Palestine’s occupation, entrenching racism, aggression and expansion. This basic law is based on the Zionist Racist ideology. Given the text of this law and its stipulations, Israel has implicitly declared itself an Apartheid state. It also encourages illegal settlements across the whole of historic Palestine, labelling them a ‘national value’. It denies the existence of the Palestinian people, which infringes on their inalienable rights, including the right of/to return for all the Palestinian refugees in accordance with United Nations resolution 194.

The PCPA highlights the grave consequences of this Basic Law and its blatant constitutional discrimination against the Palestinian people, especially in the territories Israel captured, in the Nakba of 1948, which serve as a stark reminder of Israel’s Apartheid practices since its creation. Such practices have been encouraged by the impunity it has enjoyed thus far, resulting in these unprecedented acts which require serious examination by the international community at all levels.

The occupation of Palestine by military force, which occurred in stages, and the displacement of its people, was a direct result of the policy of ethnic cleansing which commenced during the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948 and the subsequent implementation of additional policies of oppression, segregation, racial discrimination, and deprivation of the indigenous Palestinians, including the refusal to allow them to return to their homes over the past 71 years. These oppressive policies have been further entrenched by passing the Nation State bill (2018), which further enshrines the inherent racist character of the state, its institutions, regulations and practices, at the same time as spreading Israeli Apartheid on the ground. This includes the uprooting and forced displacement of Palestinians taking place before the eyes of the world in Palestinian areas marked for the expansion of illegal settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank and the construction of the Apartheid wall, coupled with racist settler-only bypass roads. These serious and illegal acts demand a serious response form the international community including the end of mutual cooperation agreements with Apartheid Israel and ending bilateral and multilateral security agreements with the racist state.

The PCPA calls for the adoption of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Apartheid Israel, which occupies the land of the Palestinian people, confiscates it and compels the Palestinians to live in isolated enclaves or Bantustans in their own homeland. It further surrounds them by walls, barriers, settlements and observation towers coupled with systematic criminal policies including collective punishment, extrajudicial killings, abuse, humiliation and systematic detention without trial for adults and children alike. The immoral siege on Gaza has now entered its 12th year, turning the enclave into a prison camp. Respect for the principles of human rights, justice, and related international instruments requires action not words of condemnation. The peaceful BDS campaign has already brought pressure on Israel evidenced by its campaign to criminalize it and label it an anti-Semitic campaign despite the fact that it is a peaceful campaign to pressure Apartheid Israel to cease its criminal activities. Adhering to the principles of inalienable rights, justice, and related international covenants requires the adoption of BDS and imposing deterrent sanctions, as well as withdrawing investments from this racist state. There is no justification for investment in Apartheid.

The PCPA calls on the United Nations to fulfil its responsibilities in this regard in accordance with its Charter and to re-adopt Resolution No. 3379 of 1975, which declared, “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” The United Nations General Assembly annulled this in 1991, thus encouraging Israel to escalate its expansionist and racist policies escalated. This recently culminated in the passing of the racist ‘Nation State Bill (2018)’ which defines it as a state only for Jews from anywhere in the world. This contradicts the principles of democracy, the rule of law, concepts of equality and the people’s rights, and even international obligations. Instead, it entrenches the racist character of the State and its institutions, laws and practices.

The PCPA also calls on all member states of the United Nations to support the implementation of the resolution 2334 of the UN Security Council, issued on 23/12/2016, which opposes the settlements, considers them illegal and calls for their cessation and removal. Any delay is an encouragement to Israel to continue with its policy of rapid settlement expansion on the ground, encouraged by the Nation State Law.

The Conference invites the UN Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations to adopt a resolution to criminalizing Apartheid Israel and imposing sanctions on it. Similar sanctions should be imposed on any state or institution, public or private, cooperating with the Apartheid state, its military and its illegal settlements, or which help perpetuate occupation, aggression and Apartheid through financial, political, military or technical support.

The Conference calls on all signatories to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965) and all signatories to the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (1973) to fulfil their obligations and to undertake specific measures to end Israeli Apartheid.

The Conference draws attention to the specific responsibility of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the African Union (AU) and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and all other regional and international bodies with bilateral agreements and forms of cooperation between their member states and Israel end these agreements with immediate effect. It further calls on the European Union (EU), the Organization of American States (OAS), UNASUR Union of South American Nations the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and BRICS (BRICS) to fulfil their moral responsibility of respecting the rights of peoples to freedom, human rights and democratic values, which Israel violates systematically and therefore should not be treated as a normal state.

The PCPA salutes the growing solidarity and vigilance of the peoples of the world as well as their awareness and the vitality of their collective conscience, expressed through their networks, movements, initiatives and committees through national, regional and international efforts to support the Palestinian people facing a decades long occupation under an Apartheid regime, including the adoption of the BDS movement, other solidarity initiatives. It also calls on them to increase and develop these efforts in various fields in order to keep up with the growing challenges faced by the Palestinian people.

The Conference calls for the formation of a global coalition against the crime of apartheid and all associated violations of human rights, practiced by the occupying entity, Israel against the Palestinian people. This should be based on the lessons learnt from the fight against Apartheid in South Africa. The PCPA also urges legal and human rights experts in particular to develop frameworks and actions to prosecute Israel as a state and its leaders as individuals for the crimes committed against the Palestinian people, including possible war crimes, by referring them to international penal systems, including the International Criminal Court, to hold them accountable for their crimes against humanity.

The Conference affirms that the Palestinian people, both in Palestine and abroad, will continue to vigorously pursue, both in Palestine and abroad, the just struggle to restore their inalienable rights, using all available means, as evidenced by the ongoing Great March of (GMR) and the Palestinian people’s resistance in the face of attempts to uproot them from their land as in the West Bank communities of Khan Al-Ahmar and Um Al-araqib in the Negev. It is necessary for the people and governments around the world to support the struggle and steadfastness of the Palestinian people to regain their right to freedom, self-determination and return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes, thus finally ending the unwarranted suffering of Palestinians at home and abroad.  The question of Palestine remains a fundamental example for the whole world of the struggle for justice, human rights and freedom.

The Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad
1 September 2018

(Source / 02.09.2018)

Palestinian refugees angry and dismayed at US for halting funds to UN agency

UNRWA beneficiaries seen collecting aid during a visit by Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to Gaza on Janaury 22, 2018 [Middle East Monitor / Mohammad Asad]

UNRWA beneficiaries seen collecting aid during a visit by Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to Gaza on Janaury 22, 2018

Palestinian refugees reacted with dismay on Saturday to a United States decision to halt funding to a UN agency, warning that it would lead to more poverty, anger and instability in the Middle East.

The US announcement on Friday that it will no longer support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has deepened a cash crisis at the agency, and heightened tensions with the Palestinian leadership.

The 68-year-old UNRWA provides services to about 5 million Palestinian refugees across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza. Most are descendants of the roughly 700,000 Palestinians who were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting in the 1948 war that led to Israel’s creation.

In Gaza, Nashat Abu El-Oun, a refugee and father of eight, said: “The situation is bad and it will become worse…People can hardly afford living these days and if they became unable to earn their living they will begin thinking of unlawful things.”

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Friday that UNRWA’s business model and fiscal practices were an “irredeemably flawed operation” and that the agency’s “endlessly and exponentially expanding community of entitled beneficiaries is simply unsustainable.”

UNRWA rejected the criticisms, with spokesman Chris Gunness describing it as “a force for regional stability.”

Read: Germany to increase donations to UNRWA

Speaking in Jordan, where more than 2 million registered Palestinian refugees live, including 370,000 in ten refugee camps, Gunness said: “It is a deeply regrettable decision…some of the most disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable people on this planet are likely to suffer.”

Gunness said UNRWA provides health clinics, schooling for 526,000 refugee children across Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and food assistance to 1.7 million people – a million of them in Gaza. The agency will now ask existing donors for more money, and seek new sources of income.

“Our funding gap is $217 million … so although we have opened up our schools just this week we have made it clear that we only have money until the end of September,” he said.

Opinion: America’s madness regarding the UNRWA

(Source / 02.09.2018)

Jordan says US move to halt UNRWA funding fuels radicalism

School children in an UNRWA institute fly kites carrying the hashtag 'dignity is priceless' to highlight the dire situation in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

School children in an UNRWA institute fly kites carrying the hashtag ‘dignity is priceless’ to highlight the dire situation in Gaza

Jordan said on Saturday it regretted a US decision to halt funding to a United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, saying that jeopardising the fate of an agency that helps millions of refugees would only fuel radicalism and harm prospects of Middle East peace.

Foreign Minster Ayman Safadi told Reuters his country which hosts over 2 million registered refugees would continue to rally donor support to ease the acute financial crunch faced by the agency.

The US announced on Friday that it will no longer support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Earlier this year the United States, long its biggest donor, had slashed funding.

Meanwhile, a senior Israeli minister said on Saturday that the US decision to cut funding for UNRWA is a “realistic view of the situation and supports Israel’s position”.

“I praise the decision of the president of the United States to halt all funding of UNRWA – the body that enshrines the Palestinian refugee problem,” Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz wrote on Twitter.

(Source / 02.09.2018)

Scientists Openly Oppose Holding Conference in Israeli Settlement

01 SEP
9:09 PM

In an open letter, published on Friday in the British the Guardian newspaper, 15 academics and scientists from around the world expressed opposition to holding a conference on cosmology and particle physics at Ariel University, as it is located in an illegal settlement of the occupied Palestinian territory.

“We are writing to express our view that Ariel University in the occupied West Bank is the wrong venue for a conference on cosmology and particle physics starting on Monday 3 September and running until 6 September,” said the letter. “The settlements are illegal under international law and have been denounced by the international court of justice and numerous UN resolutions. Human Rights Watch has noted that Ariel’s ‘development is inseparable from a history of continuous dispossession of Palestinians from their land and restrictions on their freedom of movement’.”

The academics said that, due to its location on occupied land, Ariel University is excluded from receiving funds from the European Union, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development. In 2012, more than 1,200 Israeli faculty members signed a petition opposing the establishment of Ariel, describing it as an attempt to recruit the Israeli academia into the service of the occupation and settlement efforts.

They called on fellow academics and scientists not to engage in activities at Ariel University because it would be tantamount to accepting Israeli annexation of occupied territories and normalizing the occupation.

“We, the undersigned, believe that participating in any activities held in a settlement amounts to accepting the Israeli government’s policy of gradually annexing the occupied territories to Israel. We call upon our colleagues and the wider scientific community to consider these facts before engaging in any activities related to Ariel, and not to take part in any attempts to use science to normalize the occupation of the Palestinian territories.”

Prof Ofer Aharony Weizmann Institute

Prof Imad Barghouthi, Al Quds University

Prof Suleiman Baraka, Al Aqsa University-Gaza and Virginia Tech

Prof Robert Brandenberger, McGill University

Prof Anne-Christine Davis, University of Cambridge

Prof John Ellis, King’s College London

Prof David Gross, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara

Prof Thomas Hertog, KU Leuven

Dr David Marsh, University of Cambridge

Prof Ann E Nelson, University of Washington

Dr Syksy Räsänen, University of Helsinki

Prof Martin Rees, University of Cambridge

Prof Nathan Seiberg, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Prof Neil Turok, Perimeter Institute

Prof Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

(Source / 02.09.2018)

Israeli Colonizers Injure Four Palestinians Near Nablus

02 SEP
10:56 AM

A number of illegal Israeli colonizers attacked, on Sunday at dawn, Palestinian cars, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, wounding four residents.

Media sources in Nablus said the colonizers hurled stones at several cars, causing damage, and wounding four Palestinians, who were in one car.

They added that the wounded Palestinians were moved to Rafidia hospital, suffering various cuts and bruises.

The attack took place near the junction leading to the illegal Yitzhar colony, which was built on Palestinian lands.

On Saturday, extremist Israeli colonizers from Yitzhar, invaded an olive orchard and cut at least twenty trees.

|Illegal Colonialist Settlers Install A New Outpost Near Nablus|

(Source / 02.09.2018)

IOF shot eight year old Palestinian boy in Qalqiliya

QALQILYA, PALESTINOW.COM — A Palestinian child on Saturday evening was struck with bullet fire unleashed by Israeli forces toward non-violent protesters who joined a peaceful anti-settlement demonstration in the village of Kafr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia.

Eight-year-old Mo’men Shteiwi was hit with rubber bullets in the head. He was admitted into Rafidia hospital in Nablus so as to be treated for the Israeli-inflicted wounds.

Over years, the Palestinians of Qafr Qaddoum, a peaceful village near Qalqilya in the northern occupied West Bank, decided to rise up against the Israeli military’s closure of a vital and historical access road, which has been closed by the occupation forces for nearly 15 years.

The Israeli military’s reaction to the peaceful protests usually ends up violent. The army fires tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protesters and homes in the village, causing many suffocation and injuries. Raids are also conducted to detain activists.

(Source / 02.09.2018)