Amnesty International: Israel must lift Gaza’s 11-year-old siege

‘More than before, we need to prove to the world that the Palestinians are not alone in their crisis,’ Amnesty says

Amnesty International stressed on Tuesday that 11-year-old strict Israeli siege imposed on Gaza must be lifted, millions of Palestine refuges must be allowed to go home.

In a sponsored short statement posted on social media, the rights group published an online petition, calling for internet users to sign it in order to ask Israel to lift its “strict illegal” siege imposed on Gaza.

The rights group also called for allowing millions of Palestinian refugees to go back to their homes, where their fathers were forcefully expelled by the Zionist gangs in 1948.

“Israel claims the siege is to afford security,” Amnesty International said, “but the fact is that the Palestinians are actually inside a large open-air prison.”

It added: “More than before, we need to prove to the world that the Palestinians are not alone in their crisis.”

(Source / 02.10.2018)

‘Problem in Mideast began with creation of Israel,’ Malaysian president says

Prior of British Mandate and creation of Israel, Jews lived in absolute peace with Palestinians in Palestine

Malaysian President Mahathir Mohammad linked on Tuesday the problems in the Middle East to the creation of Israel.

“If you are going to be truthful, the problem in the Middle East began with the creation of Israel. That is the truth,” he said in an interview on BBC’s Hard Talk, “but I cannot say that.”

This is an undisputed fact, but the craven mainstream media, which is biased with the Zionists, the Western world, which is battering freedoms, have been claiming the opposite.

However, looking back at the history of the region, Jews lived in peace with the Palestinians in Palestine and many other places across the Muslim world.

Last week, when addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Mahathir said the world “rewards Israel” for breaking international laws and committing acts of terrorism against Palestinians.

Regarding the claimed anti-Semitism, Mahathir Mohammad, who is considered a Muslim thinker, gives a very clear and wonderful answer, proving it is a slogan raised by Zionists to mobilise fake sympathy with the Zionist Israeli occupation.

When asked why he described Jews as “hook-nosed” in his book The Malay Dilemma, he said: “They are hook-nosed. Many people called the Malays fat-nosed. We did not object, we did not go to war for that.”

(Source / 02.10.2018)

Israel media suggests internal army debate over open fire rules

AFP photographer Joe Dyke lies on the floor as he gets injured by the intervention of Israeli forces while covering demonstrations in the village of Ras Karkar near Ramallah, West Bank on 4 September, 2018

A report in the Jerusalem Post has suggested that there might be an internal debate within the Israeli army over the open fire regulations at the perimeter fence of the occupied Gaza Strip.

Yesterday, Israeli media outlet 0404 “reported that orders had come down allowing IDF soldiers to open fire on the border only in situations where they are being or about to be shot at.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, “broadly speaking, soldiers can currently open fire at Palestinians’ knees if they violate a security zone near the border in a way that poses a potential threat to life or to breaking through the fence.”

#PalestinianLivesMatter

The 0404 report “specifically said that firing on stone throwers and inciters was banned, though until now the open fire rules permitted firing on such persons in certain circumstances.”

However, in the same report, an army spokesperson “said that there had been no change to the rules of engagement, while alluding to the possibility that in different circumstances the rules might be implemented differently.”

The Jerusalem Post noted how the government told the Supreme Court on 30 April that “it had already modified its implementation of the open fire rules in light of the many Palestinian injuries”, adding that “it seems that the aggressiveness of the implementation of the open fire regulations have also gone up and down”.

READ: Israeli soldiers fired ‘deliberate shots’ at slain Palestinian paramedic, NGO finds

The paper also cited an unnamed army source who said “that there was no change at all at the high command level and that at most, possibly one senior commander on his own had given a briefing on open fire rules for particular circumstances, which had leaned more toward restraint.”

“Whatever the truth is,” the Jerusalem Post added, “the official word seems to be projecting the message of no major change.” That means “that at the top there is no current move to placate the International Criminal Court or other global critics over the open fire policy.”

(Source / 02.10.2018)

Israel Targets Palestinian Homes in Jerusalem for Demolition

02 OCT
6:30 AM

The aftermath of a house demolition in Jerusalem, September 2018 

Israeli forces demolished five Palestinian-owned structures in the holy city in September.


Israeli authorities continued targeting Palestinian homes and businesses for demolition in the holy city throughout September.

On September 20, 2018, Fadi Shwamreh demolished his home in Beit Hanina. According to an Israeli demolition order, if Shawamreh did not demolish his home himself, Israeli forces would raid his home, demolish it, and then charge him for the costs of demolition.

Shawamreh reports that his home was built in 2006. Israeli authorities accuse him of building the home without an Israeli construction permit. Fifteen people lived in Shawamreh’s home.

On September 5, Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian home in Beit Hanina. The house was owned by Naeem Farrah and his family.

Sana Farrah told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center that Israeli forces raided the home and then forced her outside in order to execute the demolition. Israeli police did not allow the family to remove most of their belongings from the house.

The family had attempted to postpone the demolition of their home in Israeli courts. “The family built the house 16 years ago and fines were imposed amounting to NIS 120,000. After the fines were paid, the municipality issued a decision to demolish the house,” Sana explained. Eight people lived in the Farrah family home.

Israeli forces demolished another Palestinian home on September 5 in Silwan. The home belonged to Ali Abu Sway, who reports he had no prior notice of an impending demolition. Israeli authorities allege his home, which was built five years ago, lacks Israeli construction permits.

 

Israeli forces demolished two homes in Anata on September 4. The homes belonged to the Fahidat family. Ziad Fahidat told Ma’an News that six people lived in them.

The Israeli municipality zones only 8 – 13% of East Jerusalem for Palestinian residential construction. As a result, many East Jerusalem residents are forced to build without permits to avoid overcrowding. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel found that 20,000 homes in East Jerusalem – 39% of all homes in East Jerusalem – lack Israeli construction permits.

Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem are the target of Israeli settlement plans, which aim to link four concentric circles of settlements, starting with the Old City, followed by the “Holy Basin” (Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah, a-Tur, Mount Zion, and the Kidron Valley), Jerusalem’s annexation border, and finally the West Bank.

The United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs reports that as of September 24, a total of 306 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished by Israel this year. The European Union found in August that nearly half of the Palestinian-owned structures demolished by Israeli authorities this year were in the Jerusalem district.

(Source / 02.10.2018)

Israeli Navy Injures 93 Palestinians In Boat Protest Against The Gaza Siege

02 OCT
1:20 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported, Monday, the Israeli navy injured 93 Palestinians, including 37 with live fire, during a boat protest against the ongoing Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry stated that the soldiers engaged in an excessive use of force, and fired dozens of live rounds at the boats, and the protesters at the shore.

It added that the army also repeatedly targeted medics and ambulances with live fire and gas bombs.

The Ministry has confirmed that the Israeli attacks led to 93 injuries, including 37 who were shot with live fire.

Media sources in Gaza said several Palestinians burnt tires, and floating them on the water, while the army fired more live rounds trying to stop the boats from sailing, although they were in Gaza territorial waters.

(Source / 02.10.2018)                  

 

Jalama Detention Center Deliberately Providing Dirty Water to Detainees during Interrogation

02 OCT
6:56 AM

A number of Palestinian detainees filed a complaint with the Detainees Committee, against Israeli Prison Services, for offering them dirty water while under interrogation at Jalama detention center.

41-year-old detainee Abu Rejleya told a lawyer, after his visit to Ofer detention center, that during his interrogation at Jalama detention center, the detainee’s administration intentionally supplied unhealthy water.

He said that the dirty water that he drunk caused  pain in his two kidneys, but the IPS did not pay attention to his suffering and neglected his health condition.

According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the Commission revealed cases of illness in the detention, including that of detainee Hamad Barghatha, aged 23, from the village of Deir Abu Mash’al, in the Ramallah district, whose health condition deteriorated after he waged a hunger strike, last year.

The detainee also suffers from a lack of oxygen, which causes severe pain in the head and lack of sleep. In many cases, he will suffer from fainting. IPS gives him only painkillers.

Mohammed Zaghloul, a resident of Ramallah who is sentenced to 20 years in prison, complained of the effects of being beat by Israeli forces following the storming of Section 15,  10 days ago .

(Source / 02.10.2018)

Colonialist Settlers Flood Al-Khan Al-Ahmar With Sewage

02 OCT
2:38 PM

Illegal Israeli colonialist settlers flooded the al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin Palestinian community with Sewage water, in an attempt to force the inhabitants to leave their Dwellings, just as the ultimatum set by the Israeli court for their displacement went into effect, Monday.

Abdullah Abu Rahma, a senior nonviolent activist and the head of Save al-Khan al-Ahmar Campaign, said both the Israeli soldiers and the colonialist settlers are constantly increasing the suffering of the Palestinians, and continuously violating their rights, even their very existence, in order to remove and displace them.

Abu Rahma said the assailants, from Kfar Adumim illegal colony, flooded the community with Sewage water, in yet another means of assaults and violations against nearly 200 Palestinians, including children.

“Both the settlers and the soldiers are partaking in these violations and war on the inhabitants of a-Khan al-Ahmar,” he said, “But the violations, and isolation of the community, will not only increase the steadfastness and determination of the villagers.”

He also called for increasing the support and solidarity with the Bedouin community, to foil the illegal Israeli plans of displacement, and replacing the Palestinians with illegal colonialist settlers.

|Hanna: “Israel Is Practicing Ethnic Cleansing In Al-Khan Al-Ahmar”|

Eid Abu Dahouk, the mayor of al-Khan al-Ahmar, said that “by flooding the community with sewage, the colonialist settlers are engaging in a new form of war against the inhabitants.

He warned of the grave consequences, and health risks resulting from this serious violation against al-Khan al-Ahmar, especially the children, in addition to the livestock, the only source of livelihood of the families.

The Palestinians, along with international peace activists, are ongoing with their nonviolent protests in al-Khan al-Ahmar, despite the constant assaults, violations and threats of forceful eviction.

|P.A. To Head To ICC Over Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Demolition|

On September 5th, the Israeli supreme court denied an appeal against the demolition of the Palestinian community, and ordered its removal and displacement.

The first ruling by the court was made in May of this year, when it granted the military a green light for demolishing it.

There are approximately 200 Palestinians living in al-Khan al-Ahmar, %53 of them are children, and %95 of the population are refugees officially registered by the UNRWA. The community has one school providing education to 170 children.

It is worth mentioning that al-Khan al-Ahmar is surrounded by several illegal Israeli colonies, while Israel wants to remove it as part of its E1 colonialist project, which aims at surrounding occupied Jerusalem with a chain of Jewish-only colonies, and blocking the geographical contiguity of the occupied West Bank, and completely isolating the Palestinians from Jerusalem.

(Source / 02.10.2018)

3 attacks by Jewish Israelis on Palestinians in one week

210 unarmed Palestinians were injured as they took part in the Great March of Return protests in the Gaza Strip on 7 September 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

210 unarmed Palestinians were injured as they took part in the Great March of Return protests in the Gaza Strip on 7 September 2018

Three separate attacks by Jewish Israelis on Palestinians took place over the last week, according to a report in Haaretz, including serious assaults and damage to property.

Several Palestinians were injured on Sunday “when they were attacked by a large group of Orthodox Jews near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem”, one of “a spate of such assaults on Arabs by Jews” in recent days, said Haaretz.

Eyewitnesses and CCTV footage showed “several dozen Orthodox men” throwing chairs and tables from nearby restaurants and stones “at Arab passersby and business owners before they were dispersed by the police. No arrests were made”.

“They think they’re strong because there are a lot of them, so they started throwing chairs and tables, and anybody who tried to protect their property got hit,” said Iyyad Kastro, a local business owner.

“Palestinian sources said five young men were injured in the assault, while cars and other property were damaged”, Haaretz added.

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🇵🇸 : Dozens of Zionist colonizers attacked Al Misrara neighborhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem and damaged Palestinians properties and shops

Last Wednesday, meanwhile, “four Palestinian students were assaulted in Gonenim Park in the Katamon neighbourhood by Jewish youths, who allegedly used a Taser on some of their victims”.

“We were sitting there for maybe five minutes when we saw a group of about 30 men, age 20 to 35 – one looked like their rabbi, around 55,” said Islam Agwa, a law student. “They were looking for Arabs and the second they saw we were Arabs their rabbi said a word and they jumped us.”

READ: PA helped undermining 3,000 attacks against Israel, reports

The paper added: “Agwa suffered a broken nose and deep cuts and bruises to his face, head, and neck. One of his friends was injured in the shoulders by a block thrown at him.”

In addition, last week “a Palestinian bus driver was assaulted in the Orthodox settlement of Betar Ilit on the outskirts of Jerusalem”.

According to Gadi Gvaryahu, the chairman of the anti-racism group Tag Meir, “dozens of Arab drivers are attacked each year in violent racist assaults. Only a tiny number of these assaults are investigated by the police, and in most cases, the assailants run free.”

#Israel kills witnesses to its crimes and doesn’t want us to know

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(Source / 02.10.2018)

Israel shoots hundreds across occupied West Bank, Gaza

51 Palestinians injured in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli occupation’s use of bullets and tear gas according to the Ministry of Health

Israel yesterday shot hundreds of Palestinians participating in a general strike across the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), leaving scores wounded.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, 93 people were left injured after Israeli naval forces fired live rounds and rubber-coated bullets at protesters. Thirty-seven Palestinians were shot with live bullets, according to Wafa, and were subsequently transferred to hospitals for medical treatment “where their conditions were described as moderate.” Wafa also added that there were “several suffocation cases due to tear gas inhalation.”

In the occupied West Bank, Palestinians participating in the general strike were also targeted by Israeli forces in Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron. In Al-Bireh, just outside Ramallah, a Palestinian journalist was shot and injured with a rubber-coated bullet and others suffocated, according to Wafa. Similar incidents were reported in Qalandia refugee camp, where Israeli soldiers attacked a rally taking place, “shooting and injuring a youth with live ammunition in his back.”

READ: Israel bans Fatah official from Al-Aqsa for 10th time

In Jerusalem, Israeli police attacked Palestinians who gathered in the courtyards of Damascus Gate. Wafa reported that “[Israeli] police physically assaulted protesters and used pepper spray against them, injuring a young man”. Israeli forces also stormed the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabal Al-Mukabbir in occupied East Jerusalem and targeted protesters in Al-Azariya and Abu Dis. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), five Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces and ten others suffered from tear-gas inhalation, Ma’anreported.

Palestinians had gathered across the oPt and Israel to participate in a general strike in protest of Israel’s recently-imposed Nation State law. The strike was initiated by Palestinian citizens of Israel, with chair of the Joint List Hassan Jabareen saying: “The strike sends a message of opposition to the continued discrimination and racism towards the Arab public, which will not receive inferior citizenship status […] We were born in this country and will fight for national equality.” Various Palestinian factions came out in support of the strike, with shops, government and financial institutions, schools and universities and public transport across the oPt observing the strike.

READ: Israel killed 26 Palestinians, wounded 2,300 in September

The Nation State law was passed in July and declared that: “Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it.” Given that over 25 per cent of Israel’s population is comprised of non-Jewish communities, the Nation State law was seen as an attack on these minorities and lambasted by Druze and Palestiniancitizens of Israel alike. The law also demoted the status of Arabic from an official language of the State of Israel to one with “special status”.

Yesterday’s strike was given additional significance by its commemoration of the killing of 13 Palestinian citizens of Israel in October 2000 in the Galilee and Wadi Ara regions. Combined with Ariel Sharon’s storming of Al-Haram Al-Sharif in September 2000, the killing was seen as a key event which sparked the Second Intifada.

(Source / 02.10.2018)

Turkey condemns Israel use of force against unarmed Palestinian in Gaza

51 Palestinians injured in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli occupation's use of bullets and tear gas according to the Ministry of Health on 1 October 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

51 Palestinians injured in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli occupation’s use of bullets and tear gas according to the Ministry of Health on 1 October 2018

Turkey on Sunday strongly condemned the Israeli occupation’s use of excessive force against Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“We strongly condemn the excessive and disproportionate use of force by the Israeli security forces against the innocent civilians using their right to peaceful assembly in Gaza, which resulted in the killing of seven Palestinians and the injury of more than 500 people,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, Israel’s continued use of force against Palestinians in the occupied territories reaffirms the importance of implementing the UN General Assembly resolution on the protection of Palestinian civilians.

Israel shoots hundreds across occupied West Bank, Gaza

The statement urged the international community to insist on holding Israeli officials accountable for these crimes and to prevent such attacks from recurring in the future.

The statement stressed that Turkey will continue to pursue this issue in international forums and stand by the state and people of Palestine.

As many as seven Palestinian demonstrators, including two children were killed on Friday and more than 500 demonstrators were injured, including 90 people with live bullets, during protests near the parameter fence.

(Source / 02.10.2018)