Palestinian With French Citizenship Rearrested Immediately After His Release From Administrative Detention

30 SEP
12:58 PM

The Israeli authorities rearrested, Sunday, a Palestinian political prisoner with French citizenship, minutes after his release from prison after spending thirteen months under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges.

The Palestinian Salah al-Hammouri, from occupied East Jerusalem, was held at the Negev Desert Detention Camp for thirteen months, under Administrative Detention orders, and was rearrested immediately after his release.

He was taken prisoner on August 23rd, 2017, and was instantly held under Administrative Detention orders. Salah is also a former political prisoner, who was held by Israel for more than six years.

It is worth mentioning that Salah is married to a French woman, and the two have a child; the Israeli authorities deported his wife to France along with their child, while at the same time denying him the right to travel, thus separating the family.

(Source / 30.09.2018)

Palestinian youth injured in Israeli raid in West Bank

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child [Taimoor Ul Haq/Facebook]

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child

A Palestinian youth was injured on Sunday in an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to local residents as reported on Anadolu Agency. 

An Israeli force raided the town of Nahalin, west of Bethlehem, and searched several homes, triggering clashes with dozens of angry youths, the residents said.

Israeli forces fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse angry Palestinians, according to the same source.

Read: Israel kills two Palestinians at rally in Gaza

“A Palestinian youth was injured when he was shot in the chest,” a local resident told Anadolu Agency.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has yet to confirm the injury.

There was no comment from the Israeli military on the raid.

Israel frequently conducts sweeping arrest campaigns across the occupied territories on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

(Source / 30.09.2018)

Real Madrid honours Ahed Tamimi at home stadium

Ahed Tamimi met with Emilio Butragenio, a former striker for Real Madrid, who gave her a team jersey with her name and number nine printed on its back [Ma'an News Agency]

Ahed Tamimi met with Emilio Butragenio, a former striker for Real Madrid, who gave her a team jersey with her name and number nine printed on its back

The 17-year-old Palestinian icon, Ahed al-Tamimi, who was imprisoned for eight months in an Israeli prison, was honoured by the Spanish soccer club Real Madrid, on Saturday, after being invited to visit the team’s home stadium.

Ahed arrived at Real Madrid’s home field of Santiago Bernabeu hours before the anticipated derby match between the club and Atletico Madrid.While at the stadium, Ahed met with Emilio Butragenio, a former striker for Real Madrid who currently serves as one of the club’s senior managers, and was handed a team jersey with her name and number nine printed on its back. She was accompanied by her father, Basem al-Tamimi, during her trip to Spain, where she attended several political events to discuss the Palestinian resistance movement and the experience during her eight-month imprisonment by Israel.

The Tamimi’s speak about their family’s history of struggle against occupation

In response to Real Madrid honouring Ahed, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Emanuel Nachshon, tweeted on his Twitter account that the incident was “shameful” and a “disgrace to the sport’s values.”Nachson’s tweet read “What a shame, Real Madrid accepts a terrorist that incites to hatred and violence, what is the connection between this and soccer values?”

Additionally, Israel’s ambassador to Spain, Daniel Kutner, tweeted on his Twitter saying “Ahed Tamimi does not fight for peace, she defends violence and terror, the institutions that have received and celebrated her indirectly encourage aggression and not the dialogue and understanding that we need.”

Ahed was detained on December 19, 2017 after a video went viral on social media platforms, showing Ahed slapping and kicking an armed Israeli soldier, who raided her hometown and shot her 15-year-old cousin Muhammad in the face, in the Nabi Saleh village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Tamimi’s mother: Support for Ahed is based on racism

Since her detention, Ahed has received worldwide media coverage and has become the image of dozens of solidarity campaigns across the world demanding her release from Israeli prison, and an end to Israeli detention of Palestinian children.

(Source / 30.09.2018)

Knesset member and Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa

Israeli settlers can be sen after they stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on 22 July 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli settlers can be seen after they stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on 22 July 2018

Israeli Knesset member, Shuli Mualem, along with dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot as reported on Ma’an News Agency. 

Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, said that dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in successive groups and among them was MK Shuli Mualem, for the Jewish Home political party.

Al-Dibs added that Mualem along with the Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate, under heavy protection by the Israeli forces, who were also deployed across the compound since early morning.

326 settlers storm Al-Aqsa ahead of Yom Kippur

Many of the Israeli settlers performed religious Jewish prayers while in the compound. Al-Dibs mentioned that Israeli forces and police set up iron barriers at the entrances of the compound and confiscated ID’s of Muslim worshippers before allowing them entry.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. While Jewish visitation is permitted to the compound, non-Muslim worship at Al-Aqsa is prohibited according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

(Source / 30.09.2018)

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian while asleep

Nour al-Din Shakarneh

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 20-year old Palestinian was injured, on predawn Sunday, after Israeli forces raided his family home and shot him while asleep in the Nahalin village, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.

The Palestinian was identified as Nour al-Din Shakarneh, 20, and was injured after Israeli forces raided his home in Nahalin village without anyone’s knowledge and shot him with a live bullet while asleep.
According to the Shakarneh family, Israeli forces broke into the home around 5 a.m. and began firing live bullets and stun grenades, causing material damage to parts of the home.
It is noteworthy that Nour lives in the home along with his parents, brother and sister-in-law, and two young children.
No other injuries were reported among the Shakarneh family.
The Shakarneh family confirmed that Israeli forces attempted to detain Nour, however, the family prevented the detention and transferred him to a nearby hospital to receive necessary medical treatment.
Nour was reported to be injured in his pelvis and is in moderate condition.
Israeli raids into Palestinian towns and villages, while opening fire at defenseless Palestinians, are near daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
(Source / 30.09.2018)

Israeli soldiers storm W. Bank areas, clash with youths

Clash with youths

Violent clashes broke out last night and at dawn Saturday between Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers in different areas of Jenin and al-Khalil.

In Jenin, the clashes started after soldiers stormed Misilyah town, closed its main entrance and embarked on interrogating local residents on its streets.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that local youths hurled stones at the soldiers who responded by indiscriminately and intensively firing tear gas grenades.

Several tear gas canisters fell on homes in the town, causing many families, mostly children and women, to suffer from their exposure to fumes.

In al-Khalil, overnight clashes with soldiers erupted and continued into the early morning hours of Saturday in different areas of al-Khalil city.

Local sources reported that the events occurred after Israeli troops stormed al-Fawwar refugee camp and al-Salayma neighborhood in the Old City of al-Khalil as well as the nearby area of al-Darwa in Halhul city, and carried out raids on homes.

They added that a large number of local young men in those areas confronted the troops and forced them to withdraw.

(Source / 29.09.2018)

IOF imposes closure on al-Fawwar refugee camp

Al-Fawwar refugee camp

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday morning closed the main entrance to al-Fawwar refugee camp in al-Khalil, south of the West Bank.

The PIC reporter said that the abrupt closure has disturbed the life of about 10,000 Palestinians living in the camp, adding that hundreds of cars are stuck on both sides of the entrance waiting to be allowed in or out.

Businessmen, merchants, workers and university students were harassed and searched by the IOF soldiers who installed a military checkpoint near the entrance.

Tension has flared up in the refugee camp since Friday night when the IOF stormed the camp and attacked Palestinian citizens who responded by throwing stones, empty bottles, and Molotov cocktails. No arrests have been reported so far.

(Source / 29.09.2018)

MAP’s Director of Programmes in Gaza speaks at Labour Party Conference

This week, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) was at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool speaking to Parliamentarians, delegates and the public about the humanitarian emergency in Gaza, and barriers to the right to health of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.

MAP’s Director of Programmes in Gaza, Fikr Shalltoot, spoke at Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East’s (LFPME) fringe event titled ‘#ExistenceIsResistance – Supporting Palestine’s Next Generation’, chaired by Richard Burden MP, who had the week before been in the West Bank on a delegation with MAP and Caabu.

Alongside Fikr on the panel were Chris Gunness, Spokesperson for UNRWA; Professor Karma Nabulsi, Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at Oxford University; and Dr. Mezna Qato, Junior Research Fellow in Middle Eastern History at King’s College Cambridge.

Fikr opened by discussing the severe movement restrictions Palestinians in Gaza face. She described her lengthy journey to get to conference, requiring a visa from the UK, a permit to exit Gaza from Israel and a non-objection letter from Jordan to fly out of Amman – a journey which took five days. Fikr stressed that, by being able to travel out of Gaza at all, she was “one of the lucky ones”. She reflected that Israel restricts the exit of all Palestinians from Gaza with few exceptions: business owners with permits, international NGO staff like herself, and urgent medical cases. “Being able to leave at all is rare for people in Gaza, and most young people have never left Gaza at all” she said. Approval of permits for members of these categories is far from guaranteed, however. With 48% of patients’ exit permit applications either denied or not responded to last year, Fikr stressed that restrictions can have serious consequences for those needing urgent medical care outside of Gaza.

Following the event’s focus on the “next generation” in Palestine, Fikr described life for young people in Gaza: “We are two million people, half are under 15 years old. More than two-thirds are refugees, expelled from our former homes and lands in what was Palestine and is now Israel”.

Starting at birth, high rates of maternal malnutrition means babies in Gaza have increased chance of low birthweight. At birth, if babies need intensive care, they will be treated in a hospital running on back-up generator power for up to 20 hours per day. Fuel for these provided by the UN is running out because of lack of funding, and switching from mains to generator power causes fluctuations which can damage equipment.”

While around the world infant mortality has declined, in Gaza deaths among children aged one year or less have not declined since 2006 – covering the period of Israel’s closure.

If a child gets ill and needs to be treated outside of Gaza, assuming they are able to get a permit to exit from the Israeli Authorities, they may have to do so without their mother or father by their side. In August 2018, almost half of all permit applications for patient companions – including parents trying to accompany their children to appointments for treatment in East Jerusalem or elsewhere in the West Bank – were denied or delayed by Israel. “This means that children’s wards in hospitals in East Jerusalem contain children going through scary treatments for diseases, such as cancer, without their parents with them,” said Fikr. “MAP – and some MPs here who have been on delegations with MAP and Caabu to the West Bank – see new-borns and neonate babies from Gaza in intensive care in Al Makassed Hospital separated for weeks and months from their mothers due to lack of a permit from the occupying power”.

Fikr stressed the importance of thinking not only of children’s physical health, but their mental health too. An 11-year-old child in Gaza has witnessed three major Israeli military offensives. In 2015, UNICEF estimated 300,000 Gaza children need psychosocial care:

They will have never experienced a full day of electricity in their lives, and they are unlikely to have ever left the 40km by 12km Strip. They are now growing up in a place where the economy, healthcare, education, water and sanitation infrastructure are all de-developing. Unemployment among youth is 60%. They will see the daily suffering and struggles of their parents, including how serious health conditions deteriorate while Israel does not give them permits to travel to East Jerusalem for treatment. Last year 46 cancer patients died after this. Imagine watching that happen to your mother.”

Fikr also outlined the mass casualties in Gaza as a result of Israeli military’s shocking use of force against demonstrators at the “Great March of Return”, and outlined how MAP is helping Gaza’s health sector to respond to complex limb injuries.

At the event, MAP made three recommendations for the UK Government to support the health of young Palestinians in Gaza were:

  • Contribute to the UN Humanitarian funding appeal for Gaza, including for vital hospital generator fuel;
  • Prioritise sustainable development work through DfID, including skills and opportunities in the health sector; and
  • Call on Israel to lift Gaza’s closure, in line with calls by UN bodies and the ICRC, and in particular lift restrictions on the movement of patients trying to get to treatment and health workers trying to get to training and opportunities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

MAP was also at the LFPME evening reception – see next week’s Monitor – and will have a stall and be hosting a meeting at the Scottish National Party Conference, on 8 October at the SEC in Glasgow (Confronting Gaza’s health emergency, with a focus on breast cancer: Dr Philippa Whitford MP,  with Neil Sammonds, MAP, Boisdale Room 9am).  If you are attending, see you there!

(Source / 29.09.2018)

IOF fired tear gas near Jenin, injured several Palestinians

JENIN, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at night, Misilyah village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, during protests the followed the invasion.

Media sources said the soldiers fired many gas bombs at random, some striking homes, causing several Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

They added that the soldiers also installed a military roadblock at the junction of Qabatia town, south of Jenin, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 29.09.2018)

Al-Aqsa Intifada: The revolution is still going on 18 years later

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — These days coincide with the anniversary of the outbreak of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, which marked a turning point in the Palestinian cause, changing many equations. Due to its revolutionary action, the Israeli occupation withdrew from Gaza; initiating a new phase for the liberation of Palestine.

The spark of the intifada broke out 18 years ago, after the Israeli war criminal, the leader of the Likud Party at the time, Ariel Sharon, along with Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and tried to desecrate its yards and its symbolic place through their provocative actions.

The Palestinian people faced this provocation with courage with their bare chests, providing examples of sacrifice and dignity, as they always did to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause as a whole.

The spirit of resistance and redemption
The Palestinian people faced Sharon’s intrusion into Al-Aqsa with strength and firmness, as dozens of martyrs and rivers of blood were scattered on the ground in expression of this spirit of resistance. The Palestinian people have proved that the stolen rights can only be restored through the united will of the people around the project of resistance and protection of rights.

Al-Aqsa Intifada, or what is known as the Second Intifada, was characterized by frequent armed confrontations and escalating military actions between the Palestinian resistance and the occupation, in which 4,412 Palestinians were killed and 48,322 were injured. More than 1,000 Israeli soldiers and settlers were killed and more than 5,000 were wounded.

Different stages
The Palestinian resistance during Al-Aqsa Intifada passed through many stages. It started with a great popularity that swept through the Palestinian cities and towns. The Palestinian people participated in it, gradually starting clashes with the occupation soldiers at the entrances of towns and cities that led to the injury of many Palestinians in most of the provinces. The images of confrontations and throwing stones appeared on TVs, as the confrontations later led to the martyrdom and injury of many Palestinians in most of the provinces.

Child Faris Awda: One of the icons of Al -Aqsa Intifada
The stage of military engagement, which slowly infiltrated the scene, began. There were some military clashes of individual resistance fighters, after which some military groups from the Palestinian factions led the path, and that period was a tidal wave between the Palestinian resistance and the occupation soldiers.

The Palestinian response began to widen, and the circle of engagement began to affect the occupation soldiers and settlers at the main roadblocks and streets of the West Bank, as well as the storming of the settlements and carrying out military operations, which led to the spread of fear in the ranks of the occupation after the casualties they incurred.

The resistance gradually developed with the continuation of the Intifada. The Palestinian factions were able to form military groups in most Palestinian cities. Their performance developed, and a new phase began in the conflict. This was the stage of the human-bombing attacks that constituted the greatest blow to the occupation. The scenes of buses, restaurants and charred hotels were the most prominent feature at that stage.

The stage of human-bombing attacks continued during the Intifada’s early years, before another stage began to emerge. It was the rockets and mortars stage. The first Qassam rocket launched from Gaza towards a settlement was on 26 October 2001, which now is the most disturbing point for the occupation.

The Palestinian resistance was characterized by several advantages imposed by the facts on the ground during Al-Aqsa Intifada, perhaps the most prominent of which was the leadership which was engaged in the battle and the Palestinian consensus on the resistance approach. The Palestinian factions and their leaders acted in the field. The Palestinian unity and the consensus on the resistance were the most prominent features among the Palestinians.

The resistance was characterized by its durability over the years of the Intifada, and during the period of resistance and implementation, it relied on the abilities of its people, who invented various means and tools of resistance. Self-reliance was one of the characteristics of the resistance at the time.

The direct and strong response of resistance to any Israeli violation and aggression was a prominent feature of the resistance approach, and it imposed certain deterrence to the occupation and its arrogance.

With the development of martyrdom attacks and hitting the depth of the occupation, Israel began the construction of the separation wall in 2002, to limit these operations and infiltration of Palestinians and fighters to Jerusalem and the occupied lands.

The Intifada was also marked by the assassination of several prominent Palestinian leaders, headed by the founder of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the leader of the movement Abdel Aziz Rantisi, in addition to the Secretary General of the Popular Front Abu Ali Mustafa, and the leader of the armed wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) Raed Al Karmi.

The occupation destroyed the Palestinian infrastructure in the West Bank during the Intifada, while also causing heavy losses, the most striking of which was the tourism sector and the economy of Israeli settlements. This also led to destroying the notion of the invincible army, that Israel used to describe its army with, and the insecurity and instability in all areas of the Palestinian land, where the resistance benefited from the experience of resistance in the years of the Second Intifada, sending a message that the security of settlers is shaken and that the Palestinians do not fear the occupation or its army.

It seems that the root of revolution, which was ignited by the Intifada, is being renewed. The Palestinian people continue to fight the enemy and to confront its aggressions and violations in Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and in the 1948 Territories, as illustrated by the Great March of Return.

(Source / 29.09.2018)