Israel withdraws VIP card from PA Attorney General

 

Palestinian Authority's (PA) Attorney General, Ahmad Barak

Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Attorney General, Ahmad Barak

Israeli authorities yesterday withdrewn a VIP card from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Attorney General, Ahmad Barak.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the decision to withdraw Barak’s VIP card comes after a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, carrying the Israeli blue identity card, was detained for selling land to Israeli settlers.

Last month, a Jewish organisation purchased a three-story building in Jerusalem’s Old City, near Herod’s Gate. The house, originally owned by the distinguished Joudeh family, was sold in April 2018 to a company registered in the Caribbean, apparently a straw company.

News of the sale sparked mutual accusations between Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud ‘Abbas and his rival Muhammad Dahlan, who was expelled from Fatah in 2011.

Read: Dahlan calls for Abbas to visit Gaza and announce unity government

In May 2016, the PA attorney general, Ahmad Barak, ordered to seize the funds of a Ramallah company on the grounds that it received money from UAE-backed Dahlan and brought “dubious funds” into the Palestinian territories. Barak claimed that the company had not engaged in any real business in Palestine since its establishment; rather, it was formed in order to secretly buy up property in Jerusalem’s Old City and transfer it to unknown elements.

VIP cards allows senior officials in the PA, including Palestinian security services, to travel across Israel with fewer restrictions.

(Source / 22.11.2018)

The Israeli Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition submitted by 104 Palestinians against claims by a right-wing Israeli organisation paving the way for 700 Palestinians to be forced from their homes, Haaretz reported.

Palestinians protest being evicted from their homes Silwan on 25 November 2011 [Makan.org]

Palestinians protest being evicted from their homes in Silwan on 25 November 2011

The Israeli Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition submitted by 104 Palestinians against claims by a right-wing Israeli organisation paving the way for 700 Palestinians to be forced from their homes, Haaretz reported.

The 700 Palestinians, who make up 70 families, have been going through a legal battle to protect their right to remain in their homes since 2002. Last June, lawyers for the occupation admitted that the process by which settlers organisation Ateret Cohanim received rights to the land was flawed. In spite of this, the judge ruled in favour of the settlers’ rights to siege the area.

Ateret Cohanim aims to take over Palestinian properties in occupied East Jerusalem and transfer then to Israeli settlers. The ownership claims were based on arguments of the properties’ situation before the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Palestinian house deeds were transferred to the Benvenisti Trust by Israel’s Justice Ministry in 2002 claiming it purchased the land in the late 1800s to settle Jews arriving in Palestine from Yemen.

READ: Jerusalem: Israel settlers occupy buildings near Al-Aqsa Mosque

The court refused to rule on basis of land classification, saying that “the High Court isn’t the right venue for determining how the Ottomans classified the land”, Haaretz reported. Adding that the judges urged the occupation state to compensate anyone evicted.

According to UN OCHA, “Ateret Cohanim now controls a total of six buildings in the area, where 200 Israeli settlers live”. Palestinians of occupied East Jerusalem find themselves under no option but to go to Israeli occupation courts, where the case is treated as an ownership dispute between two equal parties.

(Source / 22.11.2018)

Airbnb faces Israeli class-action lawsuit for delisting settlements

The San Francisco-based company said this week it was removing listings of around 200 homes in settlements after hearing criticism from people who “believe companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced”

Lawyers launched a class action lawsuit in Israel on Thursday against Airbnb, accusing the company of “outrageous discrimination” and demanding monetary damages after it withdrew listings of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The San Francisco-based company said this week it was removing listings of around 200 homes in settlements after hearing criticism from people who “believe companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced”.

Through her attorneys, Ma’anit Rabinovich from the West Bank settlement of Kida, who offers guest room rentals, said the move “represents especially grave, offensive and outrageous discrimination.”

Rabinovich claimed 15,000 shekels ($2,573) in personal damages. The class action lawsuit would seek an as yet unspecified sum on behalf of others in the same situation, according to court papers presented at Jerusalem District Court.

“The company’s decision is in effect directed solely against Israeli citizens living in the settlements, the petitioner claims, and this is severe, especially outrageous discrimination,” Rabinovich’s lawyers said in a statement.

“(It is) part of the long war being conducted by organisations (of which a clear majority are anti-Semitic) against the State of Israel in its entirety, and against Israelis living in settlements in particular.”

Palestinians who want to establish an independent state taking in the West Bank have welcomed Airbnb’s move. Most world powers view Israel’s construction of settlements on occupied Palestinian land as a violation of international law, and Palestinians say it is wrong for companies to profit from them.

“Airbnb took a decision in the right direction to stop dealings with Israeli settlements, consistent with international legitimacy,” Wasel Abu Youssef, a senior official with the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organisation, told Reuters.

Representatives of Airbnb were not immediately available for comment on the lawsuit.

In a statement emailed to Reuters on Tuesday, Chris Lehane, Airbnb’s global head of policy and communications, said: “Israel is a special place and our over 22,000 hosts are special people who have welcomed hundreds of thousands of guests to Israel.

“We understand that this is a hard and complicated issue and we appreciate everyone’s perspective.”

Airbnb’s delisting applies only to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule under Israeli military occupation. It does not apply to Israel itself, or East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, territories Israel has annexed without international recognition. Israel withdrew settlers from another Palestinian territory, the Gaza Strip, more than a decade ago.

Israel strongly objects to international boycotts, including boycotts of the settlements, which it views as discriminatory.

A 2017 Israeli law empowers courts to award cash compensation to claimants who prove they have been denied goods or services because of where they live.

(Source / 22.11.2018)

How Can Gaza’s Contaminated Water Catastrophe Be Solved?

Barely three percent of Gaza’s drinking water wells is fit for human consumption, and the crisis is claiming lives

By Sandy Tolan

Since the 2014 war, Mousa Hillah, known to neighbours and family as Abu Ali, has had far bigger worries, which are etched deeply into the exhausted face of the 48-year-old grandfather.

Dodging shell fire from Israeli tanks, he fled with his family from the destruction of his Shuja’iyya neighbourhood, flattened by Israel in an attack so devastating – 7,000 shells in barely an hour – that it astonished even US military officials. (“Holy bejeezus!” one retired general exclaimed.)

The family took refuge for months in an in-law’s house near the sea, along with 50 other people. When they returned, Abu Ali found his home – the one he had built after 30 years of working construction in Israel – utterly destroyed.

Brick by board, he rebuilt it, adorning his front entrance, in a dose of biting irony, with repurposed tank shells.

Facts
UN: more than 95% of Gaza water is undrinkable.
Israeli occupation prevents entry of digging equipment to Gaza so that Gazans cannot dig deep to get clean water.
Salinity has been sharply increasing since the start of Israeli punitive measures on Gaza.

And now, as he sits in the filtered morning light beneath a lattice of grape leaves, he worries less about potable water than the Israeli drone buzzing overhead – often the harbinger of another attack.

God forbid if the military on either side, Israel or Egypt, starts shooting people approaching the fence, desperate for clean water.

Gidon Bromberg, director of Ecopeace Middle East in Tel Aviv, said: “I want to sleep well,” Abu Ali says, as his family takes refuge inside the rebuilt house. “I don’t feel safe in my home.”

So the brackish, undrinkable water that sputters from his tap, or the sweet water with possible faecal contamination in his rooftop tank: these are issues Abu Ali files under the category of extreme nuisance.

This very morning, for example, the electricity came on only from 6:30 to 8:30.

It shut off before the water delivery truck arrived – “too late to pump the water to the roof,” Abu Ali complains.

A shortage of drinking water is a major concern, but clearly, worrying about the buzzing drone takes priority.

Gaza’s water catastrophe

Yet if the Gaza Strip truly becomes “uninhabitable” by 2020, as the UN and humanitarian groups warn, it will be largely because of the utter collapse of the system for delivering safe drinking water and properly disposing of disease-causing sewage.

Because of Gaza’s water and sewage catastrophe, medical experts are now seeing sharp increases in waterborne and foodborne diseases, including gastroenteritis, severe diarrhoea, salmonella, typhoid fever, an “alarming magnitude” of stunting in young children, and even something called “blue baby syndrome.”

Independent, peer-reviewed medical studies also document an alarming rise in anaemia and infant mortality. And doctors in Gaza’s hospitals now report increased cases of paediatric cancer.

For years these torments seemed sealed off from the outside world by layers of fences, locked gates, patrolling Israeli drones and warplanes, and international disdain and indifference.

Now, finally, from Washington to European capitals, and even to the Israeli security infrastructure in Tel Aviv, alarm bells are going off, warning that something must be done to prevent the water catastrophe in Gaza from spinning out of control.

“If you really want to change the lives of people, you have to solve the water issue first,” says Adnan Abu Hasna, Gaza spokesperson for the UN Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA.

How did the water crisis begin?

The crisis essentially began with the creation of Israel in 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven from their towns and villages and the population of Gaza quadrupled in a matter of weeks.

Now, three-quarters of Gaza’s two million people are refugees. Their descendants put immense pressure on Gaza’s aquifer, drawing it down so far that seawater is flowing in.

What is increasing the pressure on the aquifer are the billions of gallons pumped by Gaza’s now debilitated citrus industry, and the billions more by Gaza’s Israeli settlers, who helped drain a sweet pocket of Gaza water before Israel removed them in 2005.

Now, barely three percent of Gaza’s drinking water wells are fit for human consumption.

The aquifer is badly contaminated with disease-causing nitrates from pesticide use, and from sewage which flows freely as Gaza’s sewage plant is shut down for lack of electricity.

And the desalinated drinking water used by two-thirds of Gazans, according to tests by the Palestinian Water Authority, is prone to faecal contamination, causing more disease and making it a severe risk for Gaza’s children.

Israel’s bombing of water delivery infrastructure – including wells, water towers and pipelines, and sewage plants – in the 2014 war, made matters much worse.

A comprehensive peace deal, in theory, could have eliminated the challenges by connecting Gaza to the West Bank, where the vast Mountain Aquifer is big enough to drown Gaza’s water crisis.

As it is, there is no peace. The two territories are splintered, and Israel has effective control over all of the water – from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean.

As a health epidemic looms, experts, politicians, humanitarian officials and ordinary Gazans are left to debate the best way out of Gaza’s water catastrophe.

‘Stolen by the Israelis’

“We have 15 percent of our water resources, and the rest is stolen by the Israelis,” says Mazen Al Banna, deputy minister for the Hamas government’s water authority.

As he speaks, the wail of an ambulance and a slow mournful dirge pass by the minister’s Gaza City office – a memorial for three Gazans killed in Israeli air attacks the previous day.

Decades ago, Israel captured the Jordan River, directing much of its flow into Israel’s National Water Carrier.

Equally important, it controls the Mountain Aquifer, exercising its power under the Oslo accords to prohibit Palestinians from drilling wells – even though the aquifer lies almost entirely beneath the West Bank.

“And this is against international law,” says Al Banna. “I’m talking about Palestinian water rights. It is very important.”

Yet arguing for Palestinian water rights is akin to debating the right of return for Palestinian refugees. It may be inscribed in international law, but it remains a distant and faltering prospect within the current political reality.

Instead, Hamas ministers and everyone else in Gaza must contend with Israel’s ongoing economic siege, which has restricted the movement of basic goods, including medical supplies and crucial parts for water infrastructure.

“Occupation and siege are the primary impediments to the successful promotion of public health in the Gaza Strip,” declared a 2018 study in the Lancet, which cited “significant and deleterious effects to health care.”

According to a 2017 report by the Israeli human rights group B’tselem: “During the siege, the health system has further deteriorated due to the lack of medical equipment, medicines, and rescue vehicles, and because of the frequent, prolonged power blackouts.”

The Israeli siege sharply restricts the movement of people and materials to and from Gaza – including “dual-use” materials it claims could serve both civilian and military purposes.

This is a direct reason why nearly half the population is unemployed, and an increasing number of Gazans – now more than three-quarters of the population – are dependent on humanitarian aid.

The blockade has also delayed the entry of vital water infrastructure – in some cases, for years at a time.

A proposed desalination plant for Gaza City, for example – one of a series of proposed plants – has been delayed since 2010 because of dual-use restrictions.

“Eight years,” says Yasmin Bashir, project coordinator for Gaza’s Coastal Municipal Water Utility. “We got the funding in 2012. This plant is supposed to serve the people who are suffering from bad quality, high salinity water.”

For years Bashir continued to submit “a long list” of material for Israeli approval, including pipes, pumps, and spare parts for the desalination plant.

“But because of the blockade and frequent closure, that delayed the material entry into Gaza.”

And that is just one project.

“We manage more than 25 projects nowadays,” Bashir added.

Now, even voices within Israel’s military and security infrastructure are sounding warnings.

According to a 2017 report by Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, “severe limits on access and movement imposed by Israel and Egypt have hindered post-conflict repair and reconstruction.”

Israel’s long list of dual-use items, according to the report, “includes 23 essential items” needed for Gaza’s WASH sector (water, sewage and hygiene), “such as pumps, drilling equipment, and chemicals for water purification.”

Is desalination the solution?

A consensus is now emerging between the Palestinian Authority, the UN, international donors, and even, it appears, the Israeli army, to establish a network of large desalination and sewage plants.

This solution carries an, at least, 500 million euro price tag, and is years away from operation, at best – if it’s ever built.

“Of course Gaza needs this project,” says Rebhi al Sheikh, former deputy minister for the Ramallah-based Palestinian Water Authority.

Others criticise the large, expensive development solution as inappropriate technology for an impoverished population that would struggle to afford desalinated water.

“The fantastic plans,” says Ramallah-based German hydrologist Clemens Messerschmid, fail to account for the fact that “Gaza can’t afford it. You just start crying if you look at the GDP.”

He argues that outside contractors, including in Israel, would be the biggest beneficiaries of the desalination scheme.

Perhaps more to the point, says Messerschmid, the amount of water to be produced by the plant won’t ultimately meet Gaza’s needs.

“You don’t reach these quantities under realistic conditions in Gaza.”

Yet the desalination plan appears to be gaining momentum.

The PA’s concerns about Gaza’s water crisis are joined by humanitarian agencies, foreign governments, and even, it appears, an emergency response committee of the Israeli army.

In a Gaza Emergency Response document circulated to unnamed “Friends and Colleagues,” the Israeli army calls for “an immediate humanitarian response” to “enhance the energy supply” and “increase the access to potable water” in Gaza.

Despite the desalination push, a pilot plant in southern Gaza barely operates.

A midday visit in late summer revealed a quiet plant; birds were chirping in the rafters above the idle plant floor: no power.

“We don’t have more than four hours these days,” said plant manager Kamal Abu Moamar. “But we hope.”

He is waiting for his superiors, PA ministers to solve the problem. “But we don’t know how or when.”

Even if the plants are built, there’s no guarantee they would remain standing. Some officials question whether Israel would decide to bomb the desalination plants in the next Gaza war, just as it bombed Gaza’s power plant and other critical infrastructure in previous wars.

“Nobody can tell Israel that you are doing the wrong thing,” says Hamas’s Al Banna. “Israel is doing everything against international law but nobody can prevent Israel doing everything she wants to do.”

In the “Emergency Response” document, the Israel army endorses the Gaza desalination plan, but so far has offered no guarantees it wouldn’t target these plants in the next war.

Al Jazeera contacted an Israeli army spokesman a dozen times, but did not receive a response by time the of publishing.

So the question came to Gregor von Medeazza, a UNICEF water and sanitation expert working in Gaza: Under the circumstances, is investing hundreds of millions in donor funds wasn’t too big a risk?

“Any infrastructure is a risk” he said, “[But] what is the way forward?”

Beyond Gaza’s borders 

Other risks abound, both with Gaza’s water and its sewage, which flows into the sea at a rate of 110 million litres a day.

These risks flow well beyond Gaza’s borders, flowing north in the currents.

Gidon Bromberg, director of Ecopeace Middle East, based in Tel Aviv, said Gaza sewage led to the closure of Israeli beaches, and even at one point the shutdown of the desalination plant in Ashkelon, which supplies Israel with 15 percent of its drinking water.

Bromberg says Israelis cannot continue to ignore the humanitarian disaster in Gaza.

He called it “a ticking time bomb”, and warned of an outbreak of pandemic disease – a direct consequence of Gaza’s contaminated water.

If that happens, Bromberg says, Gazans could flock to the fence on Israel’s border – not “with stones or rockets,” but “with buckets”, demanding clean water.

“God forbid if the military on either side, Israel or Egypt, starts shooting people approaching the fence, desperate for clean water.”

This article is the second of a two-part series on Gaza’s water crisis. The first, which examines Gaza’s water and health catastrophe, has been previously published.

(Source / 22.11.2018)

‘As long as there’s occupation, there’ll be resistance’

The following article by Jehan Alfarra and Shatha Khalil is reprinted from Middle East Monitor.

Former Palestinian prisoner Taysir Suleiman has lived in Turkey since his 2011 release from Israeli detention as part of the prisoner swap deal negotiated by Hamas and occupation forces.

As a Jerusalemite, Suleiman’s release was conditional on his being sent into exile. He has been living in Istanbul since.

In Jerusalem, Suleiman tells MEMO at the Palestine Media Forum in the Turkish city, “there was a large number of Israeli occupation controls and we lived under their grip”.

After a couple of years of carrying out resistance operations which saw them take control of a number of weapons from Israeli forces, Suleiman was arrested and handed a life term.

Over a period of 18 and a half years, he was transferred between 24 prisoners across Israel and the occupied territories. He says during this time occupation forces worked to break the prisoners’ morale. “Life in prison is built on morale. In prison, the occupation works to break your morale which led you to resist it. It doesn’t want you to be a revolutionary or to rebel against the occupation’s actions.” But the Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement operates in every prison, he explains, and its purpose is to “raise people’s morale so when prisoners are released they become like we are now, fighting by every means available to us in the countries that we are in to regain our rights as Palestinians and to continue our armed struggle in our Palestinian lands because if we are not strong on the ground we will not be able to free it.”

Since his release, Suleiman has been working to keep the stories of the resistance in the media. “The resistance needs a media arm to defend it,” he says.

“As long as there’s an occupation then there must be resistance,” Suleiman adds.

“If there are those in the world who wish to free the Palestinian people without spilling a drop of blood then we are with them, but we hope that a cascade of Palestinian blood will not continue while such efforts are being exerted,” he says of the criticism levelled at Palestinian fighters who are battling Israel’s army. “We in Palestine have been forced to use weapons because the occupation is killing us with its weapons.”

(Source / 22.11.2018)

Administrative Detention Extended for 23 Palestinians

22 NOV
3:10 AM

Israel’s Ofer military court, near Ramallah, on Wednesday, extended the administrative detention of 23 Palestinian prisoners, according to Ma’an News  Agency.

The extensions ranged from two to six months, with nine of the prisoners having their sentence prolonged for 6 more months.

A prisoner held under administrative detention has not been charged or had a trial, and Israel can extend detentions indefinitely, if it chooses.

Addameer prisoner’s rights group stated that 465 Palestinian prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial.

Administrative detention is often employed by Israel to disrupt the Palestinian political processes, as Israel targets Palestinian politicians, journalists and activists with the procedure. This would suggest that Israel applies administrative detention only to Palestinians, according to rights groups.

(Source / 22.11.2018)

Palestinian Court Sentences Two to 15 Years Imprisonment for Selling Land to Israelis

22 NOV
3:50 AM

The First Instance Court in Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, on Wednesday, sentenced two Palestinians to 15 years in prison, with hard labor, after convicting them of selling Palestinian land to Israelis.

The two, from the village of Kufr Thuluth, were part of a ring of land dealers involved in the attempt to sell lands in Jerusalem, Qalqilia, Nablus, Tulkarem and inside Israel, as well, to Israelis, in a deal that was supposed to have taken place last January.

The Palestinian Preventive Security said, on its website, on Monday, that its units were able to arrest four people, one of them a lawyer, suspected of plotting to sell land to Israeli parties. While the Israeli parties were not identified, they were assumed to be settlers.

According to WAFA, the organization said that one of the people involved was hiding in Israel, and that another, a land dealer from inside Israel, have conspired with the rest of the ring members to sell land worth over $10 million to Israelis.

Palestinian law bans sale of land in the West Bank and Gaza to non-residents of Palestine without a prior approval from the Council of Ministers.

(Source / 22.11.2018)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct 21 Palestinians In West Bank”

22 NOV
11:14 AM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until morning hours Thursday, 21 Palestinians from their homes, and illegally confiscated money from many homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted four young men, after stopping a car that was transporting them in Jabal al-Mokabber.

The PPS said the soldiers assaulted the four young Palestinian men while examining their ID cards, before abducting them.

They have been identified as Mohammad ‘Oweisat, Ahmad ‘Oweisat, Mo’tasem ‘Allan and Mo’taz ‘Allan; they were moved to an interrogation facility in the city.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Saed Abdul-Raman Zama’ra, in addition to Yahia Issa Zama’ra, after storming their homes and ransacking them.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks on roads leading to various cities, towns and refugee camps, in Hebron, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers searched many homes in ‘Ellar town, north of the city, and abducted Ehab Hosni, Salah Hijazi, Mo’taz Za’rour, Mohammad Abu Sa’ada, Nihad Jazzar and Fa’eq Kharouf.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers wired and detonated the doors of many homes in the town, before breaking into them.

Owners of three of the homes have been identified as Badran Kharouf, Riyad Majadba and Abdul-Khader Abu Sa’ada.

In Jenin, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers searched homes in Zabbouba town, west of the city, and abducted Ahmad Nasri Jaradat.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Firas Hasan Daraghma, after invading and searching his home, in addition to Ra’ed Daraghma and Assad Saleh Abu Arra, who were taken prisoner at the Za’tara military roadblock.

Furthermore, the soldiers searched many homes in the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and abducted the coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, Ahmad Mahmoud Salah, 44, in addition to his brothers Ashraf and Emad; all are former political prisoners, in addition to Mohammad Ismael Mousa, 22.

In related news, the soldiers illegally confiscated thousands of Shekels from the homes of several political prisoners, after invading them, and alleged locating weapons during searches in Hebron Governorate, in southern West Bank.

(Source /22.11.2018)

Soldiers Invade Shu’fat Refugee Camp

22 NOV
12:02 PM

Dozens of soldiers, undercover forces, and personnel of the City Council, in occupied Jerusalem, invaded Shu’fat refugee camp, Thursday, and surrounded many areas, before storming and searching several buildings, and occupied their rooftops.

Media sources said the soldiers were also accompanied by bulldozers, and invaded many areas, especially the main road near the military roadblock at the entrance of the refugee camp, in addition to Ras Khamis and Shehada areas.

The soldiers also stopped and searched dozens of schoolchildren, in addition to several buses, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

The invasion was carried out one day after the army demolished nineteen stores and shops, an issue which raised fears among the Palestinians of further destruction of property in the refugee camp.

The soldiers used bulldozers to remove the rubble of the demolished stores, after completely surrounding and isolating the refugee camp.

On Wednesday at night, the soldiers invaded many areas in the refugee camp, and fired live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades at local youngsters, who protested the invasion and hurled stones at the army vehicles.

Senior social and political leaders in occupied Jerusalem have warned that the escalating Israeli violations against Shu’fat refugee camp, are part of a wider policy arming at ending the work of the UNRWA there.

(Source / 22.11.2018)

ISM Report: Palestinians and Internationals Attacked with Gunfire in Mazra’a al-Qibliya (VIDEO)

22 NOV
4:08 AM

11/19/18 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team

Investigating a reported settler attack on a home outside of Mazra’a al-Qibliya, the residents, along with ourselves, were attacked by a settler on horseback on the 18th of November.

The settler began by intruding on the property and brandishing a handgun. The residents responded by throwing stones, as the settler circled, firing seven shots over the course of five minutes. My colleagues and I ducked as the last three bullets whizzed past our heads.

Before the initial attack, we interviewed the villagers about an assault on their property, in which they described about twelve settlers coming in the middle of the night, armed with rifles, firing shots in the air, while vandalizing various parts of their property.

 

Near the house, we found all of their water tanks punctured by stab marks, fencing around the property ripped from the perimeter, and their television’s satellite dish destroyed.

Further out in the courtyard were more signs of damage, including attempted arson. One of the residents showed us a Molotov cocktail made from a beer bottle with cloth inside. “He wanted to burn down the flat,” he said, making a point to show us the front of the bottle: “From Israel. Look. Do you see that? Shandy”, an Israeli brand of beer.

Their property sits less than two kilometers away from two Israeli settlements, and one outpost, including the settlement Kem A’erm, where the attackers reside.

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