Israel court rules state not liable for killing 15-year-old in Gaza

Israeli forces fire at Palestinians on the 15th marine protests in the Gaza Strip on 5 November 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

An injured Palestinian receives medical care after Israeli forces fire at Palestinians on the 15th marine protests in the Gaza Strip on 5 November 2018

An Israeli court has ruled that the state is not liable for damages for killing a 15-year-old Palestinian in Gaza, setting a precedent which means Israel will be immune from further legal action.

Fifteen-year-old Attiya Fathi Al-Nabaheen was shot by Israeli forces on 11 November 2014 in the wake of the 2014 war on Gaza. He was stood on his family’s property near Al-Bureij, in the centre of the besieged Gaza Strip and close to the fence with Israel, when he was shot at close range. He was left quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair as a result of his injuries.

Attiya’s case was brought to Israel’s Beersheba District Court by two NGOs – Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights and the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (known as Adalah) – in an attempt to achieve justice for his shooting and injuries.

Yet the court ruled against Attiya and his family, citing Article 5/B-1 of Amendment 8 of the Civil Wrongs Law (State Responsibility) of 1952. The article in question states that “residents of a territory declared by the Israeli government as “enemy territory”—as Gaza was declared in 2007—are not eligible to seek compensation from Israel,” Wafa reported.

Citing a press release by Adalah, Wafa added: “By upholding the constitutionality of this new law, enacted in 2012, all Gaza residents are now banned from redress and remedy in Israel, regardless of the circumstances and the severity of the injury or damages claimed.”

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Adalah explains that Israel has repeatedly used this law to dismiss hundreds of cases similar to that of Attiya, often setting criteria which are impossible for Palestinians from Gaza to meet. These criteria include declaring Gazans who suffer wounds during Israeli military operations ineligible to seek compensation, requiring thousands of dollars in court guarantees and needing to give power of attorney in person – a feat which is virtually impossible given Israel’s control over Gazan’s freedom of movement and closing of all pedestrian crossings into Israel.

Even though Attiya’s case could not be blocked by the first criteria – since his injuries were not sustained during an Israeli military operation – and the two NGOs assisting his family were able to overcome the other obstacles, the court ruled that his status as a resident of Gaza was sufficient to deny him compensation or damages.

Israel regularly kills and maims Palestinians in Gaza with impunity. This weekend Israel killedseven Palestinians and wounded scores more during a botched operation near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. The operation sparked two nights of intense bombardment, with the level of destruction compared to the 2014 Gaza war.

This year has also seen thousands of Gazans wounded by Israeli live fire for participating in the “Great March of Return” protests. As of 4 October, 205 Palestinians have been killed and 21,288 more have been wounded by Israel, according to statistics from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAoPt). Many of these were subsequently deniedpermission to travel to the occupied West Bank or abroad for medical treatment.

READ: Abbas raises taxes on trucks bringing goods to Gaza

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(Source / 15.11.2018)

PA arrests a Palestinian woman for helping Gazans

A poster supporting Suha Jubara, a Palestinian woman who would give financial aid to those in the Gaza Strip

A poster supporting Suha Jubara, a Palestinian woman who would give financial aid to those in the Gaza Strip

A Palestinian woman was arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces earlier this month accusing her of sending funds to help impoverished families living in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Suha Jubara from Turmus Ayya village north of occupied Ramallah was detained on 3 November, her family was given no information about her whereabouts.

The 30-year-old mother of three who holds dual US and Panama citizenship was transferred to Jericho city prison is thought to have been interrogated on the grounds of assisting the transfer of financial aid to the Gaza Strip for families of Palestinians killed or imprisoned by Israeli occupation forces after the PA suspended their salaries. Suha’s family reported that she suffers from a critical medical condition and not receiving sufficient medical attention.

HRW: PA, Hamas ‘systematically’ practice torture in ‘parallel police states’

The family’s lawyer was not permitted to visit her in prison, while the family have said Suha has been tortured and there are marks of physical violence on her body.

A court in Jericho ordered that she been held for “interrogation”.

The PA had told her family that she was being held in an effort to stop Israeli occupation forces from arresting her, however they fear that her continued detention will highten the likeliness that she will be held by Israel upon her released from the PA’s prisons.

(Source / 15.11.2018)

PA forces detained 22 children ‘using improper procedures’ in first half of 2018

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

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child

At least 22 Palestinian children were detained by Palestinian Authority (PA) forces in the first half of the year “using improper procedures”, reported Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), with evidence found of “serious violations of children’s rights”.

Of the 22 cases DCIP documented, “15 were detained by the Criminal Investigation police, two by the National Security forces, two by the Preventative Security forces, two by the Intelligence forces, and one by the Guards’ police.”

As explained by DCIP, “under the 2016 Palestinian juvenile protection law, the juvenile prosecutor is the only party authorised to order a child’s detention, per Article 20. Once an arrest is so ordered, the Palestinian juvenile police force is the singular body legally sanctioned to carry out the arrest.”

DCIP also “found evidence of other serious violations of children’s rights among the 82 cases documented of Palestinian children arrested by Palestinian authorities in the first six months of the year”, including “physical violence against 23 children” – some in the context of interrogation.

Read: ‘No justice for 50 Palestinian children killed in 2018’, says NGO

The PA signed into law the first Palestinian juvenile protection law in February 2016, creating “juvenile courts and specialised units among police, prosecutors and judges”.

Between January and September of this year, DCIP submitted 11 official complaints to the Palestinian General Prosecution Office, Ministry of Social Development, Palestinian Police, Intelligence forces, and the High Justice court.

“One of the complaints addressed overarching ill-treatment against children in conflict with the law, while the rest addressed seven specific juvenile cases,” the statement added.

“In several cases, DCIP complaints resulted in positive outcomes, spurring investigations into children’s cases and supporting the best interests of the child.”

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(Source / 15.11.2018)

Israel military court jails Palestinian activist for bike protest in his village

Palestinian human rights defender Abdullah Abu Rahma in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 23 February 2015 [Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images]

Palestinian human rights defender Abdullah Abu Rahma in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 23 February 2015

An Israeli military court sentenced Palestinian human rights defender Abdullah Abu Rahma to four months in prison yesterday “for two charges stemming from a bicycle race to mark Nakba Day in 2016”, reported +972 Magazine.

Abu Rahma, “one of the most well-known leaders of the popular struggle against the separation wall”, was convicted of violating a closed military zone order and obstructing a soldier during a race in May 2016 in his home village Bil’in.

“Hundreds of Palestinian and international cyclists participated in the so-called ‘return ride’, which kicked off in Ramallah and ended in the West Bank village,” the report explained. However, Israeli occupation forces “raided the village before the race even began”, arresting Abu Rahma.

Yesterday, an Israeli military judge “agreed to let Abu Rahma begin serving his sentence in mid-December, so as to give the defence time to appeal both the sentence and conviction.”

The judge also “applied part of a suspended sentence from another, earlier conviction for participating in another protest a year earlier.”

Read: Israel arrests Fatah official in Jerusalem

“The suspended sentence was triggered by the current conviction. Abu Rahma will serve a total of 110 days in an Israeli military prison,” +972 Magazine added.

“Abdullah is a human rights defender,” said Gaby Lasky, his attorney following the sentencing.

He non-violently opposes the occupation — that’s what makes him such an important target. As long as he is in prison, he cannot be out in the field.

“These punishments for ongoing nonviolent resistance indicate that the military court is not a court of justice; its sole purpose is to maintain the occupation and to prevent any resistance to it,” she added.

“I feel angry and sad about the decision,” Abu Rahma said at the end of the hearing. “This is not a real court — it is a political court.”

“I will pay the price, but this punishment will encourage me to continue supporting the people wherever they may be — that is my duty as a Palestinian, until the occupation is gone.”

(Source / 15.11.2018)

LIBERTY FOR LEGENDARY HUNGER-STRIKER KHADER ADNAN

Legendary hunger-striker Khader Adnan(40) became a free man again on Tuesday November 13th, when his most recent spell of captivity in the hands of the Israeli occupation ended following his successful hunger-strike.

His most latest hunger-strike lasted for 58 days and ended in his victory on October 29th, when Israel’s military court in an effort to save face sentenced him to a year in prison (with time served) and 1.5 years suspended sentence.

Adnan had been arrested on December 17th 2017 and Israel’s regime planned to charge him with anti-occupation activity, including support for political prisoners and membership in Islamic Jihad. Instead Israel had to back down, for a third time in its contests of will with him.

In 2012 Adnan won a 66-day-long hunger-strike, followed by a 55-day-long hunger-strike in 2015. Although Palestinian political prisoners have fought hunger-strikes for decades, Adnan’s first successful hunger-strike became an example followed by such famous figures as Samer Issawi, who came to face the occupation with an empty stomach their only weapon.

In both of these cases Khader Adnan was imprisoned as administrative detention prisoner – a practice which is based on a British colonial-era law, which allows people to be jailed without being charged or convicted if the occupation military court sees them as a ‘security risk’.

Each year hundreds of Palestinians are imprisoned in administrative detention by Israel, with each period of six months captivity renewable indefinite times. Neither the prisoner nor his or her lawyer has access to the secret claims which are used as an excuse for the imprisonment.

Khader Adnan is now again a free man, but as the past shows, Israeli occupation has not learned from the previous defeats it has suffered when engaged in a contest of will and it seems likely that the baker from Arabeh near Jenin in the occupied West Bank will have to face this struggle again the future.

(Source / 15.11.2018)

ISRAEL BLOODY HARVEST IN GAZA

The fighting that began on Sunday after Israeli commando team fatally entered deep into the besieged coastal enclave of Gaza continued on Tuesday, and although an agreement to stop fighting was reached late that day, on Wednesday Israel’s regime took yet another life. At the same time, a senior member of Israel’s ruling coalition cabinet left his post as a protest against the truce.

SAILING TOWARDS DEATH 

Israel’s occupation forces killed a fisherman in the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday, November 14th.

The death of Nawwaf Ahmad al-Attar, aged 20 or 23, happened following the murder of 4 other people product of Israeli air strikes and attacks on Tuesday. According to most reports al-Attar was shot in the abdomen in an Israeli charge against fishing boats. One source, on the other hand, claims that al-Attar was on the beach when he was shot. He was taken to the Indonesian Hospital where he was either declared dead or perished soon after the arrival, depending on sources.

THE BLOODY HARVEST OF ISRAELI IN GAZA: FIVE DEATHS IN TWO DAYS

Akram Yousef Ma’rouf (29) was killed on Tuesday evening in Israeli air-strike in Beit Lahia’s al-Shayma, after the killing of Mos’ab Hos (aged 20 or 21) and Riyad Ahmad Sultan (26) in two separate incidents. Both Hos and Sultan were working in agricultural fields when killed in Israeli air-strikes; Hos east of Gaza City in the central part of the Strip and Sultan in the north, in Salameen near Beit Lahia.

Both bodies have been described as “severely mutilated” by the missile explosions. Two to three other people were wounded during the same attack, where Hos perished, carried out by a drone.

Tuesday also saw the death of Mousa Eyad Abdul-Al (22), a member of Islamic Jihad’s al-Quds’ Brigades, who had been wounded on Monday evening in Israeli air-strike which hit Rafah.

14 people have been killed in Gaza and at least 31 have been wounded in Israeli occupation forces’ attacks against Gaza since the Israeli commando team’s fatal incursion on Sunday evening.

LIEBERMAN RESIGNS PROTESTING TRUCE

The truce agreement late on Tuesday led to a fracture in the ranks of Israel’s ruling cabinet coalition, as former Moldovan bouncer Avigdor Lieberman resigned from the post of the army minister. Lieberman claimed that the truce was ‘surrendering to terror’. Palestinian resistance factions, on the other hand, treated his resignation as a victory.

Claims of an early Knesset election have been heard for most of the year in Israel, and Lieberman’s resignation clearly anticipates a coming election fight. It also shows that Lieberman, leader of the Russian-speaking immigrants Yisrael Beitenu -party, will try to outflank his old ally Benyamin Netanyahu from the right.

Although Lieberman has been mostly content of playing a second fiddle to Likud’s Lieberman for years, he has made no secret of his ambition. He has publicly stated that wants to be the first Israeli Prime Minister who speaks Russian as his first language.

A Knesset election which would be fought on the basis who is ready to inflict more suffering on Palestinians would not be good news for Palestinians – not in Gaza, East Jerusalem, West Bank or ethnically cleanse Palestine 1948.

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(Source / 15.11.2018)

UN warns of deteriorating capacity of Gaza’s largest hospitals

A child receives medical care in a hospital in Gaza [File photo]

A child receives medical care in a hospital in Gaza

The Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, visited Al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s largest hospital, and documented the suffering of medical staff and patients there.

The hospital’s staff stressed to McGoldrick that they are no more able to provide the necessary care for the sick and wounded patients, they have a severe shortage of essential medicines and medical supplies, and they are unable to pay the medical staff’s salaries.

During his talks with the hospital’s staff, McGoldrick said: “The healthcare sector has been suffering from a severe shortage of funding for years and the siege the occupation has been imposing on the Gaza Strip for 12 years has prevented access to basic goods, supplies and medicines.”

He added: “The only way out of this situation is to find a political solution and until then, support for basic life-saving services in Gaza must be increased.”

For his part, a senior doctor at the hospital, Dr Mahmoud Matar pointed out to McGoldrick to the lack of basic resources in the hospital and said: “the worst feeling for the doctor is the inability to provide what is necessary to save the patient’s life.”

Read: The end of a reckless Israeli jaunt in Gaza

Matar called on the international community to help the hospitals in Gaza and provide them with the necessary medical tools to be able to deal with the large number of patients, which exceeds the capacities of the local staff.

About 20,000 people were injured in the March of Return demonstrations, 5,000 of who were shot by live bullets.

Because of the increase in the number of patients, the hospital was forced to postpone about 8000 surgical operations for cancer, heart disease, and other diseases.

(Source / 15.11.2018)

Israel breaks truce only hours in, kills fishermen

Eight Palestinians have been killed during the recent attack on the Gaza Strip

The Israeli occupation forces have broken the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip hours after declaring it. Gunboats fired on Wednesday afternoon a Palestinian fisherman who was working in the sea, killing him instantly.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health declared the death of Palestinian young man Nawaf Ahmad Al-Attar in the northern Gaza Strip, hours after the Israeli occupation declared a cease-fire after the attack Israel has been launching since last Sunday evening.

The Spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Ashraf Al-Qudra, said that the martyr Al-Attar was 20 years old and that he died of his wounds after fireboats shot him in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that the fisherman, Al-Attar, was killed by a bullet in the abdomen fired by Israeli fireboats while he was working in the northern Gaza Strip.

It is noteworthy that the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, on top of which Hamas, announced that they had reached an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire between them and Israel.

Read: Palestinian hunger striker free from Israel jails

The factions said they would abide by the truce as long as Israel would do the same, while it has still not given any official confirmation of the truce.

Accordingly, eight Palestinians have been killed during the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in the two previous days, in the worst escalation since 2014.

The most recent escalation has started on Sunday evening, with a special operation of the Israeli occupation forces inside the Gaza Strip, which was faced by an urgent armed counterattack from Hamas combatants.

The resistance factions counterattacked by firing hundreds of missiles and mortars into the occupied areas. An anti-tank missile targeted a bus carrying Israeli soldiers, and an Israeli soldier was seriously injured in the attack.

It is noted that the Israeli occupation has launched three attacks on Gaza since 2008. The occupation’s suppression and violence against the protests on the borderline between Gaza and the occupied territories since 30 March have raised fears of a fourth war, especially amid the tightening of the siege on the Gaza Strip and the poor humanitarian conditions in it.

(Source / 15.11.2018)

17-year-old Palestinian Climbs into Israeli Police Station; 4 Officers & Suspect Wounded

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1:21 PM

A 17-year old Palestinian allegedly climbed the fence of a police station in Jerusalem Wednesday and attempted to attack the officers stationed there, according to Israeli sources. The officers shot the young man multiple times, seriously wounding him.

Three Israeli officers were allegedly ‘lightly’ wounded – and a fourth was shot by so-called ‘friendly fire’ when the officers opened fire on the suspect.

All of the officers, except for the one who was shot in the arm by fellow officers, were released from the hospital shortly after being admitted.

According to Israeli media sources, the suspect approached the Oz police station in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv, climbed the fence and then approached the officer stationed at the entrance.

The Israeli medical service Magen David Adom arrived on the scene at 10:32 pm, and a representative of the group told the Jerusalem Post that they treated three officers who “were fully conscious and sustained minor injuries.” The medics “gave them first aid and took them to the hospital, fully conscious and in stable condition.”

The Israeli officers were taken to Sh’are Tzedek Hospital and were all released soon after, apart from the one shot by a fellow officer.

Border Police Commander Yaakov Shabtai told the officers who were wounded, “You managed to spot the terrorist [sic] and to identify him as a suspicious person and acted with determination which, along with the other fighters who came to the scene, to the neutralizing of the terrorist.”

The Israeli Army invaded the home of the suspected stabber, Abdul-Rahma Ali Abu Jamal, 17, in Abu Jamal neighborhood, in Jabal al-Mokabber, south of occupied East Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said dozens of soldiers and intelligence officers invaded the neighborhood before storming Abu Jamal home, and searching it.

The soldiers also abducted Abdul-Rahman’s mother, and took photos and measurements of the home, to demolish it later.

The soldiers also surrounded Jabal al-Mokabber Secondary School, which Abdul-Rahman attended, and tried to invaded it, but the students an administration protesters and foiled the invasion.

(Source / 15.11.2018)

Army Seizes West Bank Farmlands for ‘Security Reasons’

15 NOV
6:58 PM

The Israeli army seized, on Thursday, a plot of agricultural land amounting to 29 dunams, in an area that belongs to farmers in the village of Jalameh, east of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, under the pretext of “security reasons,” according to one of the landowners.

Khaled Abu Farha, Jalameh’s former head of village council and a landowner, told WAFA that the army seized 29 dunams of village land in the vicinity of a military camp built near the village.

He said that the land belongs to six families and to the Palestinian Industrial Estates & Free Zones Authority (PIEFZA).

He refuted the army’s claim that the reason for the seizure of the land was security, stressing that the true reason is that this land is rich with gravel, cement, stone and sand, which Israel wants to put its hands on.

He warned that removing the gravel and sand would endanger the fertility of the agricultural land in that area and harm the environment.

(Source / 15.11.2018)