Latest attacks on Gaza cost Israel $33m, says military

An elderly Palestinian man leans on a tree destroyed and tangled with debris outside a building. 13 November 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The latest 48-hour Israeli escalation against the besieged Gaza Strip cost Israel around $33 million, the Israeli military announced on Wednesday.

Local sources told Al-Khaleej Online that the cost included the use of “Iron Dome missiles, air force fighter jets and naval facilities”.

On Monday violence broke out between Palestinian Resistance factions and the Israeli Army following the death of seven members of the Al-Qassam Brigades after Israeli special forces infiltrated the east of Khan Yunis province on Saturday. The conflict resulted in the death of an Israeli officer and injured another.

Israel minister: We will return with 500 coffins if we enter Gaza

Al-Qassam responded by firing rockets into the settlements and communities surrounding Gaza. The Israeli army said that around 400 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza, adding that the enclave’s warplanes bombed Israel 100 times.

On Tuesday a United Nations Security Council meeting ended without resolution, however Egypt later succeeded in securing a ceasefire.

The ceasefire announcement brought a lull to the outbreak of violence between both sides, however Israelis were outraged over what they described as “the surrender of the [Israeli] government”.

(Source / 16.11.2018)

Israel minister: We will return with 500 coffins if we enter Gaza

Image of Israeli minister, Tzachi Hanegbi on 8 January 2013 [The Israel Project/Wikipedia]

Israeli minister, Tzachi Hanegbi on 8 January 2013

Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi yesterday justified the Israeli prime minister’s decision not to launch a new war on Gaza saying “Hamas had a reason to attack”.

“It wasn’t that Hamas acted without a pretext. It had a pretext — to try to exact revenge. Its revenge was minor. In all, it managed, with 400 rockets, to kill one Palestinian,”  Hanegbi told Army Radio.

When it was put to him that one rocket fell on an empty kindergarten, Hanegbi replied: “The empty kindergarten – that’s always talked about. But those 500 coffins – of the Israeli youths that would come back if we sent them into [Gaza’s] Jabalaya [refugee camp] – would not be empty.”

The minister’s comments stirred controversy across Israeli political spectrum.

On Sunday evening, the Qassam Brigades foiled an Israeli operation carried out by a special unit which infiltrated east of Khan Yunis province, killing the unit commander and wounding another soldier.

Read: Israel’s failure in Gaza

(Source / 16.11.2018)

Egyptian security delegation arrives in Gaza Strip to establish the truce

The rubble left by the air strikes carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip on 11 November 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The damage left by the air strikes carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip on 11 November 2018

Egypt succeeded in stabilizing the cease-fire, on Tuesday, between the Palestinian Resistance in Gaza and the occupation – TwitterThe Israeli Public Radio said, on Wednesday, that an Egyptian security delegation will arrive in the Gaza Strip on Thursday for talks aimed at stabilizing the ceasefire and discussing ways to improve the living conditions in the Gaza Strip.

The radio added that the delegation would be headed by the official of the Palestinian file in the intelligence service, Ahmed Abdelkhaliq, and expected that some Hamas leaders would go to Egypt in the next few days.

Egyptian mediation between the Palestinian Resistance and the Israeli occupation succeeded in reestablishing the cease-fire in Gaza after an unprecedented round of escalation that began on Sunday and lasted about 48 hours.

On Monday, an escalation between the Palestinian Resistance factions and the Israeli occupation broke out following the death of 7 Resistance fighters who belong to the Al-Qassam Brigades, after their clash with an Israeli special force that infiltrated east of Khan Yunis on Saturday. The conflict also resulted in the death of an Israeli officer and injuring another.

The resistance responded to what is considered to be a misunderstanding of the cease-fire understandings and rocketed the occupation settlements and communities surrounding Gaza, before announcing, on Monday evening, the re-establishment the cease-fire mediated by Egypt.

Read: The truce in Gaza is between Egypt, Israel and Abbas

(Source / 16.11.2018)

64% of Israelis wants their govt. to attack Gaza

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — 65% of the Israeli public is extremely dissatisfied with the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance in the most recent confrontation with Hamas in Gaza, according to a recent poll.

In the poll, which was conducted following an armistice between Israel and the Palestinian resistance, 57% of respondents also expressed dissatisfaction with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s performance.

A bit less than half, 49%, said Hamas won the latest round of hostilities with the Israeli military.

64% said they believe Israel should have kept up offensives on Gaza and backtracked on the ceasefire. Only 21% agreed to the truce.

(Source / 16.11.2018)

TEENAGER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER ALLEGED ATTACK AT OCCUPATION POLICE STATION

17-year-old Abdul-Rahma Ali Abu Jamal was shot multiple times at an Israeli occupation police station in the Jamal al-Mukaber neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem late on Wednesday November 14th.
Israeli occupation claims that the boy would have climbed over a fence surrounding the station and ‘stabbed’ three occupation forces’ police officers, injuring all of them ‘lightly’.
He would have then been shot – along with fourth Israeli police officer, who was hit by friendly fire and suffered more serious injuries than his colleagues.
A video released by Israeli occupation shows a kitchen knife Abu Jamal supposedly used. The knife appears to have no blood in the blade, but perhaps some in the handle.
Photograph taken on the site shows Abdul-Rahma Abu Jamal held on ground, bloodied with someone kneeling atop him pushing his head against the pavement with a leg. His wounds were on Thursday described as ‘critical’.
Israeli occupation forces have arrested 10 members of Abu Jamal’s family, including his parents, two brothers and and his sister and threaten the family with destruction of their home which is situated in Jamal al-Mukaber.
(Source / 16.11.2018)

Netanyahu Forgets Prayers For World Peace To Make War On Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short his visit to Paris, aimed to commemorate the century of Armistice that brought World War One to an end, in order to follow up closely Israeli deadly attacks on Gaza.

Timing is everything in international politics, so as 70 world leaders descended on Paris at the weekend to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that brought World War One to an end you’d think that most would use the occasion to talk about peace. Not so Israel’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu who, instead of honouring the millions of soldiers who died in the Great War, was busy ramping up the threats to destroy neighbouring Gaza.

At a press conference just hours after the centenary commemorations, Netanyahu held his own media show. “No political solution exists for Gaza,” he told journalists, “just as there isn’t one with ISIS.”

In comparing Hamas with Daesh he was insulting those who are actively involved in trying to negotiate a long-term ceasefire in Gaza, as well as insulting millions of Palestinians by trying to draw parallels between them and the terrorist group. How dare he suggest that they are any less desirous of peace simply because they also seek justice.

One has to wonder why Netanyahu even bothered to go to Paris, because it certainly wasn’t to listen to French President Emmanuel Macron and so many other world leaders as they prayed for peace standing in silence at 11am on 11 November, marking the time and date that the guns fell silent across the Western Front in 1918, heralding the end of a four-year conflict.

Surely a little silence from Netanyahu would not have gone amiss. Instead, he trampled over the lives of the ten million troops and just as many civilians who died in World War One to bang the war drums ever louder in Gaza’s direction.

Where was Netanyahu when Macron made his comment about patriotism? “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” said the French President. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. In saying ‘our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values.”

Did the Israeli Prime Minister even bother to attend the inaugural Paris Peace Forum which wants to avoid the sort of politics which led to the outbreak of World War One? He must have spent time out of the media glare being briefed on what turned out to be a botched covert operation by Israeli Special Forces miles inside the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday evening. While the death toll of Palestinians in the enclave ran into double figures as a result of the Israeli incursion, a senior Israeli soldier known only as Lieutenant Colonel M was also killed. Israel’s army chief Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot said that M had been killed in a “very meaningful operation to Israel’s security,” adding that the army owed him “more than we can say.”

The coming together of world leaders in Paris on Sunday was to remember and honour the war dead, “lest we forget”. It seems that, within hours, Netanyahu had already forgotten why he was there, and exposed the Zionist State’s fuelling of a dangerous escalation of violence against the Palestinians.

It is shameful that not one world leader in Paris was prepared to stand up and berate the Israeli government for planning and preparing for war at a time when the world came together to pray desperately for peace. We should not be too surprised, though, because for Israel and its supporters — many of whom were among those 70 leading politicians — weasel words, empty prayers and open hypocrisy are par for the course. They’re not only shameful, but also entirely shameless.

(Source / 16.11.2018)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (08 – 13 November 2018)

15 NOV
7:23 PM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 08 – 13 November, 2018.

New Israeli Military Esclation in the Gaza Strip: Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes, launching 197 missiles at civilian buildings and military sites belonging to Palestinian Armed Groups.
2 Palestinian civilians were killed and 20 others were wounded, including 5 children and 4 women. Many civilian facilities, residential houses, and security sites were targeted and completely destroyed.

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including 2 killed during their participation in the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege Protests while the 2 others were killed during the escalation the Gaza Strip witnessed in the middle of the week.  Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 172 civilians, including 27 children, 15 women and 4 paramedics.  In the West Bank, a person wounded succumbed to his wounds while Israeli forces wounded 17 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and a paramedic.

 

The Gaza Strip has witnessed a military escalation, where the Israeli forces have unprecedentedly used warplanes and artillery shells since the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.  This escalation has started after an Israeli special undercover unit “Mista’arvim” infiltrated the day before yesterday, 11 November 2018, Khan Younis in the Southern Gaza Strip and killed 7 members of the Palestinian armed groups, mainly a commander in al-Qassam Brigades from Khan Younis, creating a state of maximum alter among the Palestinian armed groups and tension among the Palestinian civilians.  This undercover operation was followed by barrages of rockets launched deep into the Israeli towns adjacent to the Gaza Strip.  Since Monday afternoon, 12 November 2018, and until the reporting period, upon a decision by the highest Israeli military and political echelons, the Israeli forces carried out intense airstrikes against many civilian facilities and residential houses in addition to sites belonging to the security services and others to the Palestinian armed groups, launching at least 40 missiles.  The Israeli artillery shelling also targeted the areas adjacent to the border fence with Israel.  Due to the hostilities, 2 civilians were killed and 20 others were wounded, including 5 children and 4 women in addition to the destruction and severe damage in many residential houses, other civilian facilities and security sites.

 

As part of using excessive force against the peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip borders, on 08 November 2018, the Israeli forces killed Mohammed Abu Sharbin (20) from Rafah City after wounding him with a bullet that hit his upper chest and exited his back during his participation in the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege protests in eastern al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip.  On 09 November 2018, the Israeli forces killed Rami Qahman (28) while participating in the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege protests in al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after being wounded with a bullet to the neck.

 

In the same context, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 152 civilians, including 22 children, 11 women, and 4 paramedics.  Three of those wounded sustained serious injuries.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip between 08 and 13 November 2018 in Each City

 

City Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical
Conditions
Northern Gaza Strip 31 11 2 0 3 2
Gaza City 55 0 5 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 21 6 3 0 0 0
Khan Younis 43 4 1 0 1 0
Rafah 2 1 0 0 0 1
Total 152 22 11 0 4 3

 

As part of the Israeli airstrikes, the Israeli forces fired artillery shells at sites belonging to the Palestinian armed groups along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods.

 

In the West Bank, medical sources at al-Istishari Specialist Hospital in al-Rihan Suburb declared the death of Mohammed Shreiteh (28) from al-Mazra’ah al-Gharbiyah, northwest of Ramallah, as he succumbed to wounds he sustained during his participation in the peaceful protests against settlements on 26 October 2018.  The above-mentioned had been wounded with a bullet to the front side of the head, fragmenting part of his brain.

in the same context, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 17 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and a paramedic, in separate shooting incidents.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 65 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 18 Palestinians, including 4 children.

 

Israeli Forces continued to create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

 

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 08 November 2018, the Israeli forces demolished a 200-square-meter residential house belonging to the family of ‘Ali al-Ja’bah in al-Za’im village, east of occupied East Jerusalem.  Moreover, they demolished a room and surrounding fence belonging to ‘Ali Abu Jom’ah in addition to removing the foundations of an under-construction house belonging to the family of Mohammed al-‘Omari.

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

 

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, PCHR’s fieldworkers in the West Bank documented 2 attacks carried out by settlers, in Salfit and Nablus.  The settlers wrote hostile slogans against Arabs on the walls and vehicles in addition to slashing tires of 17 vehicles in Kafr al-Deek village, west of Salfit.

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

 

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and it was named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstration was in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed large participation by Palestinian civilians as the Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators, though the demonstration were fully peaceful. The demonstration was as follows during the reporting period:

 

Gaza Strip:

 

In the Thirty-third week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities, Israeli forces killed 2 civilians and wounded 152 civilians, including 22 children, , 11 women and 4 paramedics. Doctors classified 3 civilian’s injuries as serious. The incidents were as follows:

 

  • The Central Gaza Strip: at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, 98 November 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of Palestinian young men, who approached the border fence. As a result, Mohammed ‘Ala’a Mahmoud Abu Sharbin (20), from Rafah, was killed after he was hit with a live bullet that penetrated the upper side of chest and exited the back. Mohammed was transferred via a PRCS ambulance after it received coordination to a hospital where he arrived dead. The Israeli shooting and firing tear gas canisters, which continued until approximately 18:00, resulted in the injury of 21 civilians, including 6 children and 3 women. Sixteen of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 5 were hit with tear gas canisters.

 

  • The Northern Gaza Strip: 31 civilians, including 11 children, 2 women, a deaf young man and 3 paramedics, were wounded. Twenty four of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 1 was hit with a rubber bullet and 9 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified2 civilians’ injuries as serious. The wounded paramedics were identified as:
  1. Karem Mahmoud Rashed al-Dalow (37), a paramedic at the Palestinian Civil Defense from al-Remal neighborhood in Gaza City, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the neck;
  2. Saleh Faraj Saleh al-Remahi (27), a volunteer paramedic at the Palestinian Ministry of Health from Jabalia, was hit with a tear gas canister to the face; and
  3. Hutheifah Mahmoud Hasan Abu ‘Aitah (27), from Jabalia, was hit with a tear gas canister to the back.

 

  • In Gaza City: 55 civilians, including 5 women, were wounded. Twenty two of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 33 were hit with rubber bullets.

 

  • Khan Younis: Israeli forces’ shooting at demonstrators, which continued 18:00, resulted in the injury of 43 civilians, including 4 children and a paramedic. Twenty one of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 17 were hit with tear gas canisters and 5 were hit with rubber bullets. The wounded paramedic was identified as Falasteen Khalid Qdaih (21), a volunteer paramedic at Youth Pioneer of Peace medical Team, was hit with a live bullet to the left leg.

 

  • Rafah City: Israeli forces’ shooting, which continued until 17:00, resulted in the injury of 2 civilians, including a child, with live bullets. Medical sources at Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis declared the death of one of them namely Rami Wa’el Eshaq Qahman (28), who succumbed to his wounds he sustained after being hit with a live bullet to the neck.

 

  • At approximately 11 November 2018, a Palestinian civilian was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the head during his participation on the March of Return activities, east of al-Buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 09 November 2018, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders gathered on agricultural lands of “al-Resan” Mount area, west of Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah in protest against the Israeli settlers’ attempt to seize and confiscate the land. When the civilians arrived at the abovementioned area, the Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, Feras Samarah (33), a paramedic at Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), was hit with glass shrapnel of an ambulance where she was present after Israeli forces opened fire at the ambulance. The Israeli soldiers arrested Fares al-Sayed Nasser (30) and Mohammed Manthoum Abu ‘Ayash (23) after chasing and attacking them with their rifles.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 09November 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians moved from the center of Kufor Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, into the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years in favor of the entrance to “Kedumim” settlement established on the village lands. The protestors chanted national slogans in the anniversary of the death of the late President, Yasser Arafat demanding end of occupation, condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip within “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” activities. Minister Walid Assaf, head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements, participated in the demonstration. The protestors threw stones at Israeli forces stationed behind sand barriers. The Israeli forces fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. They also raided and searched houses belonging to Jamal Saleh Jom’ah, Zhdi, Ahmed Shtaiwi and Khaldoun Abu Khalid ‘Obaid. The soldiers then topped the houses’ roofs and used them as watchtowers to monitor the protestors and fire rubber bullets and sound bombs. As a result, 4 civilians, were wounded, including child Sari Abdullah ‘Ali (10) who was hit with a rubber bullet to the right hand.

 

 

Civilian Succumbed to his Wounds:

 

  • At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 10 November 2018, medical sources at the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Raihan Suburb in the northern Gaza Strip, announced the death of Mohammed Ibrahim Shraiteh (28), succumbing to wounds he sustained during his participation in the peaceful demonstration against the Israeli forces on Friday, 26 October 2018, in al-Mazra’ah eastern village, northwest of the city. Mohammed was hit with a live bullet to front side of the forehead, causing a fragmentation to a part of the brain. Mohammed underwent 4 surgical operations in the abovementioned and he stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a deep coma until his death.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli forces’ attack:

 

  • At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 08 November 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a military vehicle and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kherbit al-Mofaqarrah, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officer handed Ahmed Mahmoud al-Hamamdah (45) a notice to evacuate his 5-dunum land under the pretext of State lands within 45 days. It should be noted that Kherbit al-Mofaqarrah is a residential compound.

 

Israeli settlers’ attack:

 

  • At approximately 03:00 on Friday, 09 November 2018, a group of Israeli settlers moved into Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit, and then wrote hatred slogans against Arabs on walls and vehicles. They also punctured the tires of 17 vehicles. PCHR keeps the names of persons whose vehicles were damaged.

 

  • On Sunday, 11 November 2018, dozens of Israeli settlers with the Israeli forces’ protection moved into the Antiquities areain Sibistia village, northwest of Nablus. The village’s Council said that around 150 Israeli settlers accompanied with Israeli forces moved into the antiquities area in Sibistia village and stayed there for few hours before leaving. It should be noted that the Antiquities area in Sibistia village was under the Israeli incursions several times.

 

Recommendations to the International Community:

 

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC to continue to investigate the Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and grave violations in the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  7. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  8. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  9. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  10. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  11. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 16.11.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Procession in Bil’in

16 NOV
2:20 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and colonies, in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at the nonviolent protesters, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources in Bil’in said the soldiers also used a surveillance drone to film the protesters.

Bil’in has been a leading example of popular nonviolent protests against the illegal Israeli annexation wall and colonies, for the last thirteen years, and has been subject to constant military invasions and violation.

The army’s use of excessive force against the nonviolent protesters has led to hundreds of injuries, dozens of them seriously, in addition to killing Bassem Abu Rahma, in April 2009, after shooting him with a high-velocity gas bomb in the chest, and his sister, Jawaher, who died in 2010 from the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

Their brother, Ashraf Abu Rahma, was shot in his leg in 2008, by a soldier, after he was bound and blindfolded, and was ordered to stand behind their vehicle. The incident was caught on film by a girl from Bil’in, and the soldiers later targeted her and her family.

In related news, the soldiers attacked local and international nonviolent protesters on Palestinian lands, in Jabal ar-Reesan Mountain, in Ras Karkar village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

(Source / 16.11.2018)

Army Injures Dozens Of Palestinians Near Ramallah

16 NOV
2:00 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, local and international nonviolent protesters on Palestinian lands, in Jabal ar-Reesan Mountain, in Ras Karkar village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The soldiers attacked the protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Medical sources said one Palestinian was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his face, and was rushed to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

The soldiers also shot a photojournalist, identified as Mohammad Hamdan, with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his leg.

Despite the rain, the Palestinians and the internationals marched towards the lands, and held noon prayers on the Mountain, before starting the nonviolent procession.

The soldiers then started firing many gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at them.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics provided the needed treatment to dozens who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

In addition, the soldiers installed a roadblock on the main road leading to villages west of Ramallah, stopped and searched dozens of cars, and did not allow the residents to cross.

Israel is trying to illegally confiscate the lands, owned by the Palestinians from the three villages, to use them for its colonialist activities and for military purposes.

(Source / 16.11.2018)

Army Injures Four Palestinians In Gaza

16 NOV
4:00 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the Great Return Match processions in the Gaza Strip, and wounded at least four Palestinians, including one who suffered a serious injury.

Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds and high-velocity gas bombs at the protesters, on Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence, along the eastern part of the besieged coastal region.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers shot and seriously injured one Palestinian, east of Gaza city.

It added that the soldiers also shot two Palestinians, in Jabalia, in the northern part of the coastal region.

The army fired a barrage of live rounds, in addition to rubber-coated steel bullets and high-velocity gas bombs at the protesters, in addition to journalists and medics, especially when the army fired at the Great Return March encampment, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Friday morning, the soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinians on their farmlands, east of al-Qarara, near Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip.

The shots came from soldiers on military towers in Kissufim base, across the perimeter fence.

(Source / 16.11.2018)