Hundreds of extremist settlers break into Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed on Monday morning Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque—the third holiest site in Islam—via the Maghareba Gate.

114 Israeli settlers, escorted by policemen, broke into al-Aqsa Mosque as part of the morning break-in shift and carried out a round of sacrilegious tours.

Dozens more are expected to show up at the site in the next few hours.

At the same time, the peaceful Muslim worshipers have been subjected to tough crackdowns and restrictions by the Israeli police near the main entrances to the site.

Several worshipers have been searched and dozens more have had their IDs seized while attempting to enter al-Aqsa to perform their daily prayers.

(Source / 18.09.2018)

3,500 Palestinians arrested by IOF since January 2018

Occupation forces arrested 3,533 Palestinians, including 651 children, 63 women, and four journalists during the first six months of 2018.

In the context of continued violations of international law, and the rights of the Palestinian people, Palestinian human rights organizations working on the issue of prisoners (The Palestinian Prisoners Club, Addameer, The Prisoners Commission and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights) recorded a total of 449 Palestinians detained by the occupation forces during the month of June 2018.

This included 117 arrested from Jerusalem; 55 arrested from the Ramallah district and al Bireh; 75 arrested from the Hebron district; 29 were arrested from the Jenin district; 51 were from Bethlehem; 49 were from Nablus; 30 from Tulkurm; 14 from Qalqiliya; 7 from Tubas; 6 from Salfeet; 4 from the Jericho district; and 12 from the Gaza Strip.

In regard to the policy of administrative detention, there were 83 orders issued this month by the occupation. Of the 83, 36 were new with the remainder being renewals.

In regard to the overall figures on prisoners, the number remained stable at around 6,000 prisoners. Of this figure, 61 are females with 6 girls under the age of 18. The number of child prisoners totaled around 350. In the context of administrative detention the occupation forces have issued 502 administrative detention order since the beginning of the year. 197 of them are new, bringing the number of administrative prisoners to 430.

Medical negligence

The Israeli Prison Service continues to deny the prisoners their right to adequate medical care. From the beginning of 2018, Palestinian human Rights organizations working on prisoners issues have documented several cases of medical negligence in Israeli prisons that eventually lead to severe complications.

One instance of such neglect is the case of Hassan Al-Tamimi. Al-Tamimi is an 18 year old ex-prisoner who was released at the end of May 2018. Due to acute medical neglect, Hassan lost his sight. This was a result of his being denied proper medication for his liver and kidney issues,  and the jail not meeting his need for a strict diet. Without these, Hassan is at risk of death. In the same regards, and because of the same policy, 2018 has witnessed several cases of severe complications affecting individuals with cancer. These include the case of Yaser Rabia from Bethlehem and Rajai Abd-alQader from Deir Ammar.

Yaser Rabia, who is serving a life sentence, suffers from a tumor in his intestine and is still waiting for a surgery to remove it. In the case of Rajai Abd al-Qader, who is currently serving a 45 month sentence, the prison administration hasn’t provided him with anything but pain killers since he was diagnosed with cancer in both his lungs and liver.

The above-mentioned organizations reported that around 30 prisoners have been diagnosed with different stages of cancer. Those 30 prisoners are part of a larger prison population, who are suffering from the policy of medical neglect. Such neglect includes delaying treatment and check-ups, and providing prisoners with incorrect or insufficient medications.

It’s worth noting that 61 prisoners have died inside the prison cells due to the medical  neglectance policy since 1967.

Executions and martyrs’ corpses

The organizations documented 4 prisoners’ deaths in the first half of 2018, making the total number of prisoners who died in israeli prisons 216 since 1967.

One of those cases was that of Yassine Omar al-Saradeeh, a 33 year old from Jericho. He died a few hours after his arrest on the dawn of Thursday, 2 February. A video of his arrest showed IOF soldiers brutally attacking Al-Saradeeh. The autopsy report later revealed that he was killed by a bullet, which lodged below his stomach and was shot from zero distance. The report also showed a broken pelvis as well as bumps and bruises all through his head, neck, chest, and shoulders area.

The report mentioned the case of Mohammad Abd Al-kareem Marshoud, a 30 year old from Balata refugee camp east of Nablus. Marshoud was shot by an Israeli settler on April 8 2018 near Maale Adumim illegal settlement east of Jerusalem. He was severely injured, then arrested and transferred to Hadassa Ein Karem hospital, where he lost his life on the evening of the following day.

Mohammad Subhi Asmar Anbar, a 44 year old detainee from Tulkarem refugee camp, was shot in front of Jbara military checkpoint near Tulkarem. He was then arrested and  transferred to Meir hospital. Anbar eventually lost his life, after few days, on April 8 2018. Upon physical examination, the report shows the cause of death to be ruptures in his intestines and arteries as well as blood poisoning.

Another instance of death is the case of Aziz Awisat, a 53 year old from Jerusalem, who was brutally assaulted and attacked by his jailers at Eshel prison. The assault resulted in a stroke at Ramleh prison clinic on May 9.  He was transferred to Assaf Harofeh Medical center where he lost his life on May 19 2018.

After these 4 deaths, the report notes that the total number of prisoners deaths since 1967 have increased to 216. Of this figure, 73 died as a result of torture, 61 because of the policy of medical neglect, and 7 were killed as a result of direct shooting by the guards and/or jailers in prisons.

Detaining martyrs’ corpses

The occupation have continued with their systematic policy of holding dead bodies captive under several justifications. Currently, they are holding a total of 253 corpses, including 24 new bodies since October 2015. Among the detained bodies are Aziz Awisat, Mohammad Anbar, Mohammad Marshoud, Misbah Abu Sbaih and many more.

On March 3 2018, the general authority in the Knesset ratified a draft for a law that was put forward by the Public Security Minister Gilad Erden. That law gives the occupation the right to hold Palestinian bodies, and to place strict conditions on funerals for martyrs. The conditions may include, but are not limited to, restricting the number of participants in the funeral, controlling who can attend and who can’t, controlling the route of the funeral, deciding when it’s going to be held, and deciding the material allowed to be used during funeral. In some cases, the law also grants the occupation police and authority the right to determine the place of burial as well as fining the people in charge of the funeral.

Omar Kiswani

Omar kiswani was arrested from the campus at Birzeit University on March 7 2018 at around 4 pm. During his arrest, Kiswani was assaulted by 5 special unit members. Additionally. he was tased, and kicked in the head, back, face.

Kiswani also reported to Addameer’s and the Palestinian Prisoners club lawyer who visited him in Ofer  that he was brutally assaulted during transfer both physically and verbally. During his transfer he was handcuffed using plastic cuffs and blindfolded. He was left on the ground for 15 minutes before he was transferred to another military camp, the location of which he was unable to identify. In that military point, he was left outside in the cold.

As soon as Kiswani reached  Al-Mascobiyeh interrogation center at 10 pm he was sent to interrogation.  After the interrogation session he was moved to a small cell (2*2 meters) where he found a mattress on the floor, a blanket, and a hole to use as a toilet. The place had a bad smell and was freezing cold.

After a week following his arrest, the occupation forces brought Kiswani’s mother to Al-Mascobiyeh. When  he knew she was present in an interrogation room, he ended up admitting to all the israeli claims and charges. A long series of interrogations followed, which included severe sleep deprivation. In response, Kiswani went on a hunger strike lasting for 13 days.

During all the interrogation sessions Kiswani’s hands were handcuffed to the back of the chair, with sessions lasting up to 20 hours straight. Kiswani was also denied his right to talk to see a lawyer up till March 26 2018. When interrogations concluded, he was sent to Ofer Prison near Ramallah.

It’s worth noting that the testimonies taken under these illegitimate circumstances are accepted in the occupation courts and are used against the detainee on the day of trial. These policies directly conflict with international law, including article 2 (1) from the UN Convention Against Torture, that was signed and ratified on October 3.1991. Even Though the right to be free from torture is an inalienable right, and does not include exceptions, the occupation  keeps breaking international laws and treaties each and every day by using various dehumanizing methods of torture in plain sight without being held accountable.

Administrative detention

The occupation forces continues to widely use the policy of administrative detention. Since the start of this year (2018) up till the end of June, 502 administrative detention order were issued. The administrative detainees include two children, Hussam Khalifa from Al- Walajaa near Bethlehem and Laith Kherma from Kufur Ein near Ramallah.

The policy of administrative detention is also used against Palestinian parliament members. There are three currently being held under administrative detention: Mohammad Jamal Al-Natsheh, Hassan Yousef, and parliament member Khalida Jarrar. Moreover, this policy also targets Palestinian women. There are currently two female administrative detainees.s.

On February 2018, the administrative detainees announced that they will be boycotting  all court proceeding regarding administrative detention. As of today, the boycott continues, with 430 having boycotted court proceedings for the whole period. In response, the guards, the courts, and the prosecutors are seeking to force individuals to attend and participate in the legal charade.

The continuous use of administrative detention like this by the occupation forces is considered a major violation to the 4th Geneva convention, specifically article 78 and 147. Administrative detention is also considered a war crime according to article 8 of the Rome Statute.

(Source / 18.09.2018)

Israel to build 220 settlement units in Jerusalem

Image from October 2012, showing the work being done at the time to expand the Israeli settlement of Harmoun Hanatsave in Gilo, south of Jerusalem city [Mahfouz Abu Turk / ApaImages]

Construction work begins after Israel approved new settlement units

Israel approved plans to construct 220 illegal settlement units in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Al-Mukabbir, a settlement activist has revealed yesterday.

Aryeh King, a right-wing candidate running for the Jerusalem Municipality, said the Israeli Civil Administration had approved the plans.

The units would serve as part of the expansion plan for the illegal Israeli settlement of Nof Tzion, adjacent to the area in question.

Sources also said that the construction plan was approved by the Israeli Civil Administration, noting that the plan is still open to objections.

However, if the construction plan is approved without any objections, 220 new settlement units are expected to start construction in the next few months.

READ: Israel plans to annex 64 acres of Palestinian land for illegal settlement

According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the year and a half since President Donald Trump took office some 14,454 units in the West Bank has been approved, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and half before his inauguration.

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.

The estimated 196 government recognised Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are considered illegal under international law.

There has been a 17% increase in illegal settlement construction in the occupied #WestBank in the first year of #US President Donald J. Trump‘s term

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MEMO infographic by QUAD Business House

(Source / 18.09.2018)

Israel plans to annex 64 acres of Palestinian land for illegal settlement

Construction workers build illegal settlements in the West Bank

Israeli occupation authorities have announced a plan to expand the illegal settlement of Tina Omarim which is built on private Palestinian land to the south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Quds Net News reported yesterday.

According to a statement issued by the Land Research Centre yesterday, the Israeli Subcommittee for Settlement, affiliated to the Israeli Civil Administration, published a detailed plan for the expansion of the illegal settlement.

READ: Israel to build 20,000 new housing units in occupied Jerusalem

The statement noted that the total area of the private land to be expropriated in favour of the illegal settlement is 260 dunams (64.2 acres).

Based on the plan, the Land Research Centre said that the Israeli authorities are planning to initially build 43 settlement units on an area of 22 dunams and 92 settlement units on 34 dunams.

The plan also shows that 35 dunams are suggested for plans to connect the settlement neighbourhoods as part of the new settlement project, which is taking place to the northeast of the illegal settlement.

Israel announced the annexing of 1,400 dunams (345.9 acres) of Palestinian land in  the same area in 2016, in addition to 47 (11.6 acres) dunams in 2017 under the pretext that there were security needs.

#Israel has been escalating its #settlement activities in the #WestBank disregarding the displacement of Palestinians as well as the Arab and international condemnation

MEMO Infographic by The White Canvas


(Source / 18.09.2018)

Exploiting Gaza tops the UN’s humanitarian agenda

Humanitarian aid materials sent by Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) are being deployed in Gaza after humanitarian aid sent by “Sefkat” ship has reached Gaza City, Gaza on 16 July, 2017

By Ramona Wadi

What would prompt the UN to assert, without reservations or calculated statements, that Gaza has collapsed in terms of humanitarian necessities? So far, the international organisation has relied on projecting extended timeframes; the result being that Gaza was forced into a currently irreversible situation while the UN saves face, or believes it does, by stepping in at its designated intervals.

On Monday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory announced through a press release that it was releasing $1 million “to prevent the collapse of life-saving services in the Gaza Strip”.

According to OCHA’s Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick, “This allocation is critical to prevent a complete collapse of services and a potential outbreak of disease. Unfortunately, it comes in the absence of action from the relevant authorities, who have responsibility for the wellbeing of Gaza’s citizens, or predictable donor support”. It is expected that the funds will provide life-saving services and access to basic necessities, for a mere one and a half months.

OPINION: The Israel-Palestine mask is off. It may never be reworn with the same naivety

Clearly, Israel has perpetrated a magnitude of violations that no amount of funding will be able to reverse. The oPt Humanitarian Fund supports “humanitarian responses to unexpected emergencies”.  It is undeniable that Gaza’s situation constitutes an emergency. “Unexpected”, however, does not fit the narrative, not even the one concocted by the UN that determined Gaza will become unliveable by 2020. Indeed, the press release states that the enclave has become dependent on emergency fuel delivered by the UN. This is not a situation that deteriorated overnight but a consequence of the international community’s complicity in Israel’s colonial endeavours. Condemnations and non-binding resolutions – the bulwark of UN diplomacy – has failed, and will continue to fail Palestinians. As a result, the least the UN can do is to acknowledge its role in promoting an intentional misrepresentation of Palestinians in Gaza, if only through its observations.

When it comes to the UN, observation does not translate to precision, unless its meaning is reversed to take into account its precision in disseminating intentionally misleading statements that are dissociated from the sequence of colonial violence perpetrated by Israel. The only reason the UN can sustain its regurgitated statements of impending collapse is that, in collaboration with Israel, it is extending the parameters of suffering as a result of humanitarian deprivation.

UNRWA and Palestinian refugees are being treated unfairly - Cartoon [AlArabi21News/Twitter]

It is no secret that financial humanitarian aid cannot reverse, or even halt, the ramifications of human rights violations, given the investment in the latter in terms of finance and complicity. However, the UN is not averse to exploiting the existing funding crisis, which has largely impacted its capacity to prevent “a potentially catastrophic breakdown in essential service delivery”, as articulated by McGoldrick. The funding crisis exacerbates the humanitarian situation because the political intent is to maintain the continuation of violating human rights. In its previous warning of the impending collapse in services, there is no mention of Israel. For the UN’s intent is not to highlight Israel’s culpability, but to disseminate an image that spells an unabashed misattribution of blame.

(Source / 18.09.2018)

PA helped undermining 3,000 attacks against Israel, reports

Israeli forces intervene in a protest against construction of Israeli settlement and separation wall at Kafr Qaddum village in Nablus, West Bank on 28 July, 2018 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces attack Palestinians during a protest against the construction of Israeli settlement in Nablus, West Bank on 28 July, 2018

Israeli security sources yesterday claimed that the Palestinian Authority (PA) helped occupation forces undermine 3,000 “lone wolf” attacks planned against Israel this year, Quds Pressreported.

An Israeli television channel reported that the “terror attacks were undermined thanks to technology, intelligence services Shabak, Israeli army and Israeli police.”

Security sources said that the PA helped arrest Palestinians prior to attacks against Israeli targets taking place.

Shabak this year stopped 200 “dangerous” attacks which were being planned, including a suicide attack which included planting bombs, kidnapping and shooting live fire.

READ: PA calls for documenting Israel settler attacks

(Source / 18.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Invade al-Khader and Artas, In Bethlehem

18 SEP
2:44 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at night, the towns of al-Khader and Artas, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers surrounded the two towns, and fired many flares before invading them.

They added that local youngsters protested the invasions and hurled stoned and empty bottles at the military jeeps, while the soldiers fired gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and several rounds of live ammunition.

There have been no reports of injuries, or abductions, and the military later withdrew from the two towns.

The soldiers also invaded and searched several homes in the two towns.

(Source / 18.09.2018)

Palestinian Beaten to Death by Israeli Soldiers

18 SEP
11:10 AM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday at dawn, a young Palestinian man after abducting him from his home, and repeatedly assaulting him.

The PPS said undercover Israeli soldiers abducted Mohammad Zaghloul al-Khatib, 24, from his home in Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

It quoted his brother stating that nearly 30 Israeli soldiers invaded the family home to abduct Mohammad, before continuously and repeatedly assaulting him in his home until he fell unconscious.

He added that the soldiers then took him brother to an unknown destination, and the family was later contacted by an Israeli intelligence officer, asking them whether Mohammad had any “preexisting conditions,” and they assured the officer that their son was completely healthy.

His mother said that the soldiers beat him on the head, then smashed his head several times against the wall until he fell down, unconscious. They handcuffed his prone body, then left the scene, leaving him unconscious and handcuffed with no medical attention.

On Tuesday morning, the Palestinian District Coordination Office was contacted by its Israeli counterpart, informing them that Mohammad was dead, without setting a date for transferring his corpse back to his family.

The family said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against Mohammad, continuously beating him up while abducting him, and accused the military of executing their son.

They stated that the soldiers started beating Mohammad up immediately after breaking into his room, and continued to assault him until he lost consciousness before the soldiers carried him and left the building.

The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association held Israel responsible for his dead.

In a detailed statement Addameer said: “At around 4 in the morning, Israeli special forces entered the house. Following their arrival, a larger number of regular soldiers arrived as back up. After removing the door to the house, the soldiers attacked the individual’s mother and brought the members of the family into one part of the house. This included the mother, the father and three sons. The soldiers took Mohammad into a separate room, where he was beaten into an unconscious state. He was taken away from the house while in such a state, and taken to an unknown location. After two hours, his family was informed of their son’s death. It was added that the dead had been shot in the leg two years ago during clashes in the village.”

Mohammad was previously shot by the Israeli military two years ago, in the leg.

Addameer stated that, “Killing this young man, who posed no threat to the soldiers, violates international law”. The group added, “This lethal, excessive use of force is an extrajudicial assassination”. The group called on the United Nations to form a committee to investigate this and other crimes by the Israeli military.

The PPS held Israel fully responsible for killing Mohammad, and added that this crime is added “to a long lost of similar crimes and executions, carried out by the soldiers against Palestinian detainees.”

It added that the army has killed 217 Palestinian political prisoners, since Israel occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967.

The PPS stated that the silence of the international human rights organizations is granting Israel a green light to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people, especially since Israel continues to violate the basic rights of the Palestinians with impunity.

The PPS also said that approximately %95 of the Palestinians who are abducted and imprisoned by the Israeli army have been subjected to various forms of torture, during  their arrest, and during interrogation.

Furthermore, the PPS stated that Mohammad is the third Palestinian detainee to be killed by the army this tear, as the soldiers killed Yassin Saradeeh, 33, who was shot and beaten repeatedly while lying on the ground, on February 22nd,  in addition to Aziz ‘Oweisat, 53, who died on May 20, at an Israeli hospital from serious complications after he was assaulted by several soldiers in the prison, when they claimed he attacked an officer with a sharp object.

(Source / 18.09.2018)

UPDATE: French Activist Released, Tells Story of Detention at Khan Al-Ahmar

18 SEP
3:06 AM

The Israeli occupation court in Jerusalem on Monday withdrew its decision to deport French activist Frank Romano for participation in the protest against the occupation in Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin village, east of occupied Jerusalem.

Romano, a law professor at the French Sorbonne University, who holds both French and American citizenship, was arrested for “suspicion of obstructing the work of a policeman,” according to Israeli sources.

He was taken into custody on Friday, from Khan Al-Ahmar, as he was  demanding the cancellation of the evacuation and demolition of the village of Khan Alahmar, home for 180 Palestinian Bedouins.

“They said I was organizing a riot and that I was violent– all lies. They tried to convince me that the Palestinians and the Bedouins had no right to fight Israeli policy in section C [of the West Bank], that this is Israel and Israel can do whatever they want,” Romano told press in Khan Al-Ahmar, after he returned.

“They [Israelis] started saying ‘Bedouins are just Nomads, they can go here, they don’t mind leaving,’ I said no, they are not nomads.. They go to 3 places every year to get away from the wind and winter. That’s not nomadism, they are people who settled here and want to have a normal life like anyone else.”

Romano said that, upon arrest, soldiers assaulted him and moved to another cell, where he held a hunger strike, in protest.

“I did the hunger strike because when you’re in jail you don’t have power.. The only power you have, to tell the world, is a hunger strike.. I did this for three days and I’m still doing this because I want the world to know that this is worth the sacrifice,” Romano said, according to the PNN.

After that,  he was taken to immigration office and refused to sign a paper that would ban him from entering Palestine (and Israel). In the end, he was sent to court.  Romano says he released without any documents (passport) or money, as police told him he had to go back to the detention center and get it.

“If they send me back to France, I wouldn’t be able to come back for ten years,” Romano told journalists in Khan Al-Ahmar.

“We want the Bedouins and all Palestinians to be free from this terrible occupation.. We have to do what we can to stop these bulldozers.. I want to continue this struggle,” he concluded, as he continued to protest in the village alongside dozens of activists who are staying over at the village to prevent Israeli forces from demolishing it.

(Source / 18.09.2018)

Israeli occupation kills 3 Palestinians tonight

Israeli forces kidnapped Palestinian from his home and beat him to death

Israeli occupation killed two Palestinian citizens in the east of Al-Burij Refugee Camp in Gaza Strip tonight, Palestinian medical sources said, adding that another one was killed in West Bank.

Spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said that the ambulances of the Palestinian Red Crescent moved bodies of two Palestinians found near the eastern border of Al-Burij Refugee Camp and moved them to the hospital.

The two have not been identified yet, but Palestinian sources said that they were guarding the camps of the activists who participate in the protests of the Great March of Return.

Israeli media reported Israeli army claims that they attacked two Palestinians who planned to install explosive devices near the “border”.

Meanwhile, in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli occupation forces liquidated the Palestinian Mahmoud al-Rimawi.

Relatives said that the Israeli occupation forces raided his house in Beit Rima, north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, kidnapped him and started beating him harshly.

“Later on, we received the news about his death,” his cousin told Days of Palestine. “It is a complete crime. It is an intended liquidation,” he stressed.

(Source / 18.09.2018)