Mladenov ‘concerned by Israel’s persistent use of live fire against protestors’ in Gaza

A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated during clashes with Israeli forces, Gaza Strip 19 November, 2018 [Dawoud Abo Alkas/Apaimages]

A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated during clashes with Israeli forces, Gaza Strip 19 November, 2018

In his briefing to the UN Security Council, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said that he “remain[s] very concerned by Israel’s persistent use of live fire against protestors” in the Gaza Strip.

In his speech, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, he said: “I call on the [Israeli occupation] authorities to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from using lethal force, except as a last resort.”

He also told the UNSC about the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza. “In recent days, we have witnessed another dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza that risked unleashing an armed conflict with catastrophic consequences for two million impoverished Palestinian people.”

Mladenov pointed out that the Gaza residents “have endured three wars and crippling Israeli closures”.

He added: “The Secretary-General warned that a new war in Gaza would bring forth another unbearable tragedy and urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint.”

Defence for Children International Palestine: Israeli army killed 52 Palestinian children since beginning of 2018

The UN official continued: “My team and I worked closely with Egypt and all concerned parties to ensure a return to the 2014 ceasefire arrangements. Thankfully, a precarious restoration of calm has now been achieved. We must all work to ensure that this calm is maintained.”

However, he said: “The fragility of the situation underscores the urgency to fundamentally change the dynamics on the ground, that address the underlying political issues.”

“Two million Palestinians in Gaza cannot be held hostage to political grandstanding and brinkmanship. Their lives matter and they deserve real leadership that addresses the real problems of Gaza.”

“Israel must significantly improve the movement and access of goods and people to and from Gaza as a step towards the lifting of the closures, in line with UNSCR 1860; and the Palestinian Authority must strengthen its engagement in Gaza, which is an integral part of the Palestinian territory.”

Regarding the result of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, he said: “Overall in the reporting period, the Israeli Security Forces (ISF) killed 31 Palestinians Gaza, including four children. One IDF soldier was killed during the 11 November operation in Gaza. Meanwhile, in the occupied West Bank, ISF [Israeli occupation forces] killed four Palestinians.”

(Source / 20.11.2018)

Gaza Will Always Remain A Fortress Of Dignity

Hamas leader

Israeli occupation elite forces attempted to carry out a secret military operation in the depth of Gaza, but the vigilance of its resistance foiled it and pushed Israel to beg a ceasefire.


While the whole world is busy dealing with the case of assassinated journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and after the announcement of an internationally-mediated cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, a surprise security operation was carried out by a group of elite forces in the Zionist enemy army under the cover of darkness in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza.

The operation aimed to abduct two prominent leaders of Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades from the heart of the besieged Gaza Strip. As is common in such operations – which they carry out with extreme professionalism – the Zionist elite forces had used a civilian bus as camouflage and some of the soldiers had worn women’s clothing, under which they had hidden lethal attack weapons.

Nevertheless, the vigilance of the strong resistance men – who figured them out from the very beginning and followed their movements – thwarted their plan and caught them in the trap the resistance forces had prepared with extreme cleverness and high professionalism. The elite forces thus became surrounded, prompting the Zionist army to intervene to contain the situation and rescue the special group from the hands of the resistance combatants.

Aircraft intensified their attacks to provide cover for the fleeing force, leading to the martyrdom of six resistance combatants. Field leader Noureddine Baraka – said to have been one of the combatants targeted to be kidnapped in the operation – was also killed, having arrived at the location to assess the situation. Meanwhile, the courageous heroes of the resistance managed to inflict heavy losses among the ranks of the attacking unit, killing a senior officer and injuring others, who fled like rats under the protection of Israeli aircraft.

In order to cover up its catastrophic failure, save its reputation and confirm the famous saying that it is “invincible,” the Zionist army resorted to a new round of escalation in Gaza.  It launched continuous raids and heavy attacks on the already-besieged Strip, entering into military confrontation with the resistance. As it used to do, it resorted to the most cowardly and villainous methods – targeting civilian sites. It also wanted to silence the voice of the media for exposing its failures, so bombed Al Aqsa TV. The battle was on the verge of spiralling out of control and turning into a comprehensive war, which neither side wants to go through.

During two days of intense escalation by the Zionist enemy, the resistance confronted it with all its factions through a joint operations room. Its strong men fought with great courage and the resistance it proved its readiness for any unexpected attack. It also proved the illusion of the Iron Dome, since neither the dome nor the iron protected the enemy from the missiles fired on them like rain. The Iron Dome repelled only 100 out of 400 missiles. How, then, will they be able to sell this dome in the arms market after the uncovering of its failure before the world?

It can be argued that the resistance was easily able to change the rules of the game and that it now has a strategy of deterrence. It has managed the situation with great restraint, especially in the messages it sent to the Zionist leadership warning them that, if the army continued to bomb civilian targets, this would lead to a large Palestinian counterattack. The resistance has also compelled the Zionists to stay in their shelters. The most dangerous warning message came when the resistance targeted a bus transporting army soldiers with a guided missile after the bus offloaded the soldiers. This avoided casualties, which would have turned the military confrontation into the all-out war both sides tried so desperately to avoid.

However, those who are driven by their innate hostility to the Zionist entity occupying the land of Palestine criticised the resistance because it did not bomb the bus when the forty soldiers were inside. Some have even whined over the Granit missile the resistance lost with no material results. This is short-sighted and those of this opinion have not yet understood the strategy of deterrence and what it actually means.

We are not in a decisive war that will resolve the conflict. Rather, we are in one of its rounds. Whether we like it or not the conflict will be ended by a truce – or, let us say, a stabilisation of the truce – between the belligerent parties. Each party wants to improve its conditions and even impose its conditions on the other. This is what has happened with Hamas. Zionists were quick to ask for a truce. The only reason behind this request was that the Zionist foe realised the balance of power was not in its favour and that the Palestinian resistance now has the same deterrent power the Zionists used to consider a source of pride. A microscope caption of the Zionist Defence Minister from a sniper’s rifle can forward a straight message with unequivocal clarity: “we are able to reach you wherever you are, if we want to, or if you decide to assassinate one of our leaders”.  Hamas has succeeded in imposing its word and the Zionist enemy is in a state of confusion and agitation, faced with the extent of power and resilience managed by the resistance.

The Zionist enemy sought a truce when it felt its massive losses and cracked internal front, which was followed by the resignation of the Zionist Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Meanwhile the masses in Gaza, even those whose houses were bombarded and their children martyred, went out cheering and rejoicing for the crushing victory. This is the difference between the original offspring of the land and the son of those who came from all over the world to take over others’ homeland.

It also wanted to prove its superiority and ability to penetrate Hamas, yet the movement’s response proved that it has a great deal of strength, stability and organisation in the face of any possible escalation. Hamas does not feel pressure to rush into a truce agreement as was hoped.

The Zionist enemy was surprised by the reaction of the resistance, which has shaken the occupation entity. The former Israeli Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, admitted that Hamas had imposed its conditions and that Israel had become submissive to Hamas’ decisions, not only because of the number of sudden rockets dropped on occupied lands, but because of the Kornet missiles that broke the rules of the game and disrupted Israel’s preventive strategy. Barak’s stance was supported by Ehud Yaari, the Zionist expert on Middle Eastern affairs. Yaari saw the demand made by Hamas’ political bureau member Hossam Badran to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – “to isolate Lieberman” if the latter wanted to end the confrontation – as a call that reflected the confidence of the Palestinian resistance in the impact of such strife.

Thanks to Allah’s generosity, Gaza won and defeated the Zionist Arabs before vanquishing the Zionist aggressor. Gaza overpowered the Arab conspirators and traitors.

Gaza is the only place in the Arab region facing the Zionist enemy with all its might and pride. Gaza terrifies and humiliates the Zionist entity, despite the siege and desperate attempts to starve Gazans, in addition to the conspiracies of Zionist Arabs who seem more eager to destroy Gaza than the Israeli Zionists themselves. Yet Gaza is proud to embrace the Palestinian resistance and the protection provided by Hamas to its population. Instead, Hamas knocked down and humiliated the Zionists with its legendary steadfastness throughout these long years. It also exposed the shameless Zionist Arab rulers, who are terrified of the resistance missiles fired at the Zionist enemy, under whose custody they submissively hide and with whom they disgracefully race to normalise.

The sympathy of all the Arabs with Gaza and their support for the victory of the resistance is a significant emotional participation that sends an important message that Palestine is still at the heart of every Arab person, running like blood in his veins. This did not however go beyond posts on social media platforms, since oppressive regimes have banned such demonstrations that used to take place in the past.  Yet it is a unique and unending love. The Arab regimes’ previous attempts to reduce Arab awareness of the Palestinian cause and twist facts – making Hamas the foe and the Zionist entity the friend – have indeed failed.  Palestine is still the essential cause for the Arab citizen and the Zionist entity is still the eternal enemy of the nation.

Gaza is defending the dignity of an entire nation; a nation that was the best nation brought to the world and still pays the costs of its resilience with its children’s blood. Today, Gaza is the last stronghold of resistance in the nation and tomorrow will be the core symbol of victory and the liberation of Palestine, by God’s will and by Gaza’s brave and righteous men. They will conquer their enemy, ignoring the ones who failed Palestine.

In conclusion, there is nothing more beautiful than the words of the late poet Mahmoud Darwish about Gaza: “Gaza has no horses, no planes, no magic sticks, and no offices in capitals. Gaza liberates itself from our traits, our language and its invaders all at the same time, and when we meet with Gaza in the same dream, perhaps it will not recognize us; because Gaza was born with fire inside and we were born waiting and crying over wrecked homes.”

(Source / 20.11.2018)

Israel ‘inexplicably’ banning exit of processed foods from Gaza

Fresh fruit at the market in Gaza. [File photo: APAimages]

Fresh fruit at the market in Gaza

Israel continues to “inexplicably” impose a ban on the exit of processed foods from the occupied Gaza Strip to markets in the West Bank and Israel, reports Israeli human rights NGO Gisha, “thwarting economic activity and growth in one of Gaza’s most promising sectors”.

Processed food, defined as “any kind of food that has undergone an adaptation and manufacturing process, including things like date paste, cookies, and potato chips”, had been a significant part of the Gaza economy prior to the blockade.

Now, however, “Israel’s policy regarding movement of goods out of Gaza reveals that dates can go to the West Bank but not date paste, and tomatoes can be shipped to Israel but not tomato paste,” Gisha described.

Gisha noted how “Israel’s comprehensive ban on the sale of goods in Israel and the West Bank was enforced until late 2014 and was one of the major causes of Gaza’s economic stagnation.” Yet while some of these restrictions have eased, the ban on “the marketing of processed foods” remains.

Read: Sustaining cycles of Israeli aggression in Gaza

Before the blockade was tightened in June 2007, a monthly average of 1,064 trucks carrying goods exited Gaza for the West Bank, Israel and abroad. In 2008, a total of only 33 truckloads of goods left Gaza all year.

According to Gisha, “Israel has provided no official reason or explanation for limiting the sale of processed food products from Gaza to the West Bank and Israel.”

“While many in Israel talk about the importance of enabling economic development Gaza, including for Israel’s own security interests, in practice, Israel imposes arbitrary and sweeping restrictions on movement that thwart economic growth in the Strip without any clear reason,” the NGO concluded.

Read: Israel’s failure in Gaza

(Source / 20.11.2018)

‘Khan al-Ahmar to be demolished very soon,’ says Netanyahu

Palestinian Bedouin women walk in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli occupied West Bank on 16 September, 2018 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Palestinian Bedouin women walk in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli occupied West Bank on 16 September, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank, “will be demolished very soon.” Netanyahu made the remark during a press conference.

“However,” he added, “I am not saying when. We are preparing for it.”

The demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin village located in the occupied West Bank has been delayed several times. No new date for its destruction has been released.

The residents of the village belong to Al-Jahalin tribe, which was evacuated forcibly to the West Bank by the nascent state of Israel in the early 1950s as part of its ethnic cleansing of historical Palestine. The West Bank was under Jordanian control at the time.

Former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman as well as Education Minister Naftali Bennet have criticised Netanyahu several times for not demolishing the village.

READ: Jewish Home party to stay in Israeli government

(Source / 20.11.2018)

Defence for Children International Palestine: Israeli army killed 52 Palestinian children since beginning of 2018

According to Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP), since the beginning of the year, the Israeli Occupation Forces have killed 52 children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, 46 of whom in the Gaza Strip.

The international movement said in a statement on Monday that among the children the occupation forces have killed, 18 were injured in the head, nine in the chest, seven in the abdomen, and five in the neck.

The movement added that the rest of the injuries were in different areas of the body (because of shrapnel), “which indicates that the Israeli soldiers are intentionally shooting at the upper areas of the victims’ bodies in order to kill them.”

It stressed that the Israeli Occupation Forces are still using excessive force and live bullets against Palestinian children by intentionally targeting them.

Read: Bending the Knee at Herzlia

The international movement considered that the reason for the use of excessive force was the widespread culture of impunity among the Israeli occupation soldiers and their prior knowledge that they would not be held accountable for their actions whatever the results.

DCIP also pointed out that, according to the Israeli Occupation Forces regulations, live ammunition must be only used in circumstances that pose a direct mortal threat to the soldier, and indicated that there is so far no evidence that suggests that children who have been shot dead since the beginning of 2018 posed such a threat at the time when they were shot.

It is worth noting that Tuesday, 20 November, is the Universal Children’s Day, when the Declaration on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1959.

On the same day in 1989, the General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, the Universal Children’s Day marks the commemoration of the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly of the Declaration and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 2000, the Israeli Occupation Forces, security guards and settlers have killed more than 2,070 Palestinian children, according to DCI documentations.

Israel is still the only country in the world to systematically prosecute between 500 and 700 Palestinian children before military courts each year, in a way that lacks basic rights to a fair trial.

#Israel arrested more than 600 Palestinians in May

READ: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180607-data-israel-arr…/

MEMO #Infographic by The White Canvas

(Source / 20.11.2018)

Gaza’s Fatal Ritual: Relentless Protests, Mounting Casualties

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a Palestinian who was injured during a protest stands after sunset near the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Gaza City

Atalla Fayoumi hobbles on crutches across the flat, sunbaked plain near Gaza border fence, gazing toward plumes of smoke rising from a clutch of burning tires in the distance.

The 18-year-old Palestinian’s right leg was amputated after Israeli soldiers shot him in April at one of the mass demonstrations held weekly for the past eight months against Israel’s long blockade of Gaza. Yet, like other desperate young men in Gaza who feel they have nothing left to lose, he has kept returning to the protests.

The Gaza Strip has been on the front line of confrontations between Palestinians and Israel for generations. But the territory has been brought to its knees over the last decade by three punishing wars with Israel and an air, sea and land blockade.

The 11-year blockade, imposed by Israel, is aimed at weakening Hamas, the militant group that seized power in Gaza from the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority in 2007. But its impact is felt by all. Raw sewage flows directly onto once-scenic Mediterranean beaches, tap water is undrinkable, and electricity is available just a few hours a day. Over half the Gaza Strip’s 2 million people are unemployed, and most residents cannot leave.

While most Gazans see the protests as the inevitable reaction to Israel’s siege, Israel views them as coordinated attacks and says it must defend itself.

Since they began on March 30, Israeli troops have killed more than 170 people and shot nearly 6,000 others. Thousands more have been wounded by tear gas or rubber-coated bullets. On the Israeli side, one soldier was killed by a sniper and six others wounded.

Every Friday, there are more.

When Fayoumi arrived at one of five protest sites along the border just after 2:30 p.m., the area was largely empty. A few days earlier, he swore he would keep participating despite his wounds. But why?

“Because I want to die,” he said.

Yes, he hopes the blockade gets lifted so he can leave Gaza to get a new, prosthetic leg. But if that doesn’t happen, “what’s the point of living?”

By 5 p.m., at least 13,000 people are gathered along the border, throwing rocks and burning tires. Ambulance sirens begin to howl soon after, signaling the start of the day’s violence. At a medical triage tent about a kilometer from the frontier, they bring the wounded: a 22-year-old shot in the left leg, an 18-year-old struck by shrapnel, a 31-year-old shot in the chest.

“Every Friday we wait for the injuries, and every Friday it’s always the same,” says one of the staff, Dr. Khalil Siam. “They always come.”

A few dozen meters away, five men in checkered, black and white headscarves are performing a traditional folk dance with their arms crossed for a captivated crowd under a massive tent. Behind them, in the distance, the border fence looks like a war zone; the sky is completely black, burning tires are shooting flames into the air, and gunfire is ringing out every few minutes.

At the border, all hell is breaking loose. Protesters are swarming the 12-foot-high fence. One man is hanging from the top, shaking it back and forth. The noise is constant, like a waterfall. Men are blowing whistles. Others are screaming at the top of their lungs.

Most are throwing rocks over the fence, thrusting their fists in the air, taking selfies, waving Palestinian flags. Every time a gunshot rings out, they duck like a school of fish darting in unison. Sometimes a man falls, and within seconds he is surrounded by medics in orange uniforms, who bandage him on the spot and rush him on a stretcher to the ambulances waiting in the rear.

After the sun sets, the crowds dissipate rapidly as two black drones circle overhead. A pair of nearby explosions sends shards of concrete and debris hurling into the air. The Israeli army will say that aircraft and a tank struck two Hamas watchtowers after a soldier was wounded by a pipe bomb.

The last casualty arrives at the medical tent at 7:24 p.m. Siam says his team treated 25 people, mostly for gunshot wounds. Half were shot in the leg.

Almost every Friday protest is followed by at least one funeral on Saturday. This week, there are three, including one for an 11-year-old boy.

On Sunday, Fayoumi is sitting on the small bed in his small room, showing off pictures of himself at Friday’s protest.

He is proud that he went. Proud that he stood up for the Palestinian cause. But when asked if having a job would have changed anything, his answer is clear: “I would never have gone.”

After his injury, Fayoumi received a payment of $200 from Hamas. It was spent long ago, he says, on medical bills.

Now he has nothing. No work. No hope. And little else to lose.

Next Friday, he says, he will return to the protests again.

(Source / 20.11.2018)

Navy Opens Fire At Fishing Boats, Army Invades Lands, In Gaza

 
20 NOV
9:05 AM

Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Tuesday morning, at several Palestinian fishing boats, while the soldiers invaded agricultural lands, in the Gaza Strip.

Media sources in Gaza said several armored military vehicles, stationed at Abu Safiya army base, across the perimeter fence, invaded farmlands, east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza.

They added that the army vehicles, including bulldozers, advanced nearly 100 meters into the lands, and bulldozed sections close to the fence.

In addition, the Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at fishing boats, in Palestinian territorial waters close to the shore, in the northern part of the coastal region.

(Source / 20.11.2018)

AirBnB announces: No more listings in Israeli colonial settlements

20 NOV
2:29 AM

On Monday, the international crowdsourced bed and breakfast company AirBnB announced that they will no longer allow listings that are located in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

The decision comes after a two year campaign of Human Rights Watch and other organizations, who pointed out that the promotion of listings in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and of international law.

According to a statement on the AirBnB website, “We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Israeli military forces began occupying the Palestinian Territories of Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the Syrian territory known as the Golan Heights in 1967.

Such military occupations are meant to be temporary situations, according to the Fourth Geneva Convention, and are not meant to last for decades, like the Israeli occupation of Palestine has. In addition, it is expressly forbidden, under the Fourth Geneva Convention, to transfer civilians into land occupied by military force.

Over the past 51 years, Israel has, in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, transferred more than 500,000 civilians into housing developments on stolen Palestinian land – most of which was initially seized by the military for ‘security purposes’, then transferred to civilians for colonial settlement takeovers.

In response to the announcement by AirBnB, the Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said that the Israeli government will restrict AirBnB’s operations in Israel as a whole. Levin claimed without evidence that AirBnB was ‘singling out’ Israel, and that the decision was based in ‘anti-Semitism’.

The Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan said that he would be contacting U.S. officials to try to charge the company in U.S. courts for an alleged violation of the Israeli anti-boycott laws recently passed in 25 US states following lobbying by Israeli-government funded lobbying groups.

AirBnB, in their statement, made clear that Israel is not being singled out, and that this decision is based on its newly released international standards on not allowing listings on lands where people have been displaced.

(Source / 20.11.2018)

Israeli Forces Wound 25 Palestinians, Including AP Cameraman, in Gaza Boat Protest

20 NOV
1:01 AM

The weekly protest at the Gaza beach to protest the ongoing Israeli closure of sea access to Gaza was met with violence from Israeli forces today, who fired live ammunition at protesters in boats and along the shore. 25 were wounded with live bullets, including an AP camera operator.

The protest took place off the coast of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, when hundreds of Palestinians gathered on the shore and then took off in small fishing boats bearing Palestinian flags into the Mediterranean Sea.

Almost immediately, the Israeli Naval ships stationed off the coast began firing live ammunition toward the protesters, according to local sources.

The Israeli Navy also fired tear gas canisters, causing passengers on the boats to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

One of the people wounded by the Israeli forces’ live ammunition was a camera operator working for the Associated Press (AP), who was shot in the foot.

In a separate protest Monday along the Gaza-Israel border, a 13-year old boy was reportedly injured by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces, according to local sources.

As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip to work within a limited “designated fishing zone,” the exact limits of which are decided by Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

Many attempts have been made, throughout the years, to draw the public’s attention to and break the on-going siege of the Gaza Strip, whether via ships attempting to sail into Gaza, or ships attempting to sail from Gaza.

The maritime protest has continued each Monday despite an announcement on November 3rd that Qatar and Israel had agreed to establish a sea passage between Cyprus and the Gaza Strip.

At that time, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported that the route would be monitored by international forces and under Israeli security supervision – including cameras, computer networking and the presence of international inspectors.

But a few days after the agreement was announced, Israeli forces violated the ceasefire with an operation in Gaza in which they killed several Palestinians and one of their soldiers was also killed. That was followed by a series of Israeli airstrikes and Palestinian resistance fighters’ rocket attacks – leading to the breakdown of the ceasefire agreement.

The plan for a maritime passage remains uncertain at this time, and the popular resistance in Gaza has vowed to continue its weekly non-violent challenge to the Israeli naval siege, despite being met each time with live ammunition from the Israeli naval forces.

(Source / 20.11.2018)

Knesset Approves Colonialist Constructions In Silwan

20 NOV
11:45 AM

The Israeli Knesset approved, Monday, the construction of residential units for colonialist settlers, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, in the area that Israel has termed “The City of David National Park.”

Media sources said 63 Knesset members approved the plan, while 41 others voted against it.

The constructions are in Silwan Palestinian town, which is subject to ongoing illegal annexation of its lands, homes and property, in addition to frequent demolition of homes.

The “City Of David” colonialist project is part of the larger plan which include the Old City of Jerusalem, and various Palestinian areas near its walls, where more than 100.000 indigenous Palestinians reside.

Israel initially claimed that the “City Of David” project would be a national park and facilities, with no residential components, but is now approving housing units of the illegal colonialist settlers.

It is worth mentioning that Elad colonialist organization, which instigated this bill, has been pushing for the construction and expansion of colonies in occupied Jerusalem, especially in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods and towns.

This is happening while the Palestinians are denied the basic rights to build and expand their homes on their own lands in occupied Jerusalem, and amidst ongoing demolition of their homes and property.

On Tuesday, Israeli bulldozers dug and uprooted lands in Wadi ar-Rababa neighborhood in Silwan, and started preparing for terraced trenches, as part of the ongoing illegal colonialist activities.

(Source / 20.11.2018)