Israel’s crimes are mounting

Crimes mounting

Today, November 29, marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the day in which the United Nations passed the Partition Resolution in 1947.

The Partition Resolution is the biggest stab to the Palestinian people, because it robbed them of a large part of their land, taking it from its original owners and giving it to alien Jewish settlers who came from various parts of the world. In response to this United Nations resolution, governments and civil society conduct various activities annually to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

On this day in 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181, later known as the Partition Plan, which stipulated that a Jewish and a Palestinian Arab State would be established in Palestine. Only a Jewish State, Israel, was established, while the Palestinian state remained ink on paper for up till now.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is an opportunity to remind the world and its forces of the reality of the Palestinian tragedy and the injustice inflicted upon the people of Palestine as a result of the Partition Resolution.

This is also an occasion to remind the international community of the fact that the question of Palestine has not yet been resolved despite all the efforts, endeavors, initiatives, negotiations, visits and exploratory tours of the Middle East undertaken by hundreds of officials and delegations from foreign countries.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian people, whose number had surpassed twelve million, have not yet attained their inalienable rights as established by the General Assembly, namely the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and property, from which they have been forcibly removed.

Israel’s Greed
Israel’s greed was not limited to the articles of Resolution 181. In 1948, when the war broke out between Israel and the neighboring Arab states, the Jewish state expanded and captured 77 percent of the territory of Palestine, including a large part of Jerusalem.

There have been many Arab-Israeli negotiations in Madrid, Geneva, Oslo, Washington, Camp David and many others, but they have shown one fact that Israel does not want a real peace, and that all it wants is negotiations for the sake of negotiations.

Unjust and void resolution
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) asserted in a statement on the anniversary that the Partition Resolution 181 is unjust and void because it establishes and legitimizes the occupation of the lands of others by force in a flagrant violation of the most basic principles of justice, the rules of international law, and the legal and moral foundations on which the United Nations was established.

The Movement called the resolution “a crime and a great injustice to our people and our homeland, Palestine, as an Israeli entity was internationally recognized by the resolution 181 on the land of Palestine and at the expense of its people.”

Hamas noted that this painful anniversary reaffirms our attachment to our land and our full rights. Hamas added: “We recall the blood of the martyrs and the wounded, the suffering of our heroic families and that of millions of our people who live in forced exile as a result of that unjust resolution.”

(Source / 02.12.2018)

Jewish settlers slash tires of 30 Palestinian cars in Kafr Qasim

Slash tires

A horde of extremist Jewish settlers at dawn Sunday sabotaged the tires of some 30 Palestinian vehicles in the central Israeli-controlled Arab town of Kafr Qasim and spray-painted threats and slurs on property.

One truck was spray-painted with the slogan, “Jews will not be silent.” A wall was also prayed in Hebrew with “Death to Arabs.”

The Israeli police claimed they launched an investigation into the incident.

On Friday, the police said they were investigating the vandalism of a building and vehicles in a Palestinian village near Bethlehem.

Residents of the West Bank village of Jab’a, southwest of Bethlehem, said they discovered Hebrew graffiti spray-painted on homes and cars in the morning, and the tires of nine vehicles had been punctured. The graffiti included Stars of David and the words “Bat Ayin evacuation — revenge.” The previous day, the Israeli authorities had demolished an illegally constructed toilet facility near a synagogue in the nearby settlement of Bat Ayin.

Last Sunday, a number of vehicles were damaged and graffiti was spray-painted on walls and cars in the Palestinian village of al-Mughayir in the central West Bank.

Last month, Aisha Rabi, a Palestinian mother of eight, was killed when a big rock, thrown by a settler, flew through the windshield of the car her husband was driving and struck her head.

Such settlers’ attacks have increased in frequency in recent months.

However, Israeli law enforcement authorities exhibit extreme incompetence in addressing such widespread occurrence of settlers’ crimes.

The vast majority of investigation files regarding harm to Palestinians and their property are closed due to deliberate police failure to investigate properly. The deficiencies and flaws in the work of the Israeli police are clearly noticed at every stage of an investigation when the victim is a Palestinian citizen.

(Source / 02.12.2018)

Child among 3 Palestinians arrested in West Bank campaigns

3 Pals arrested + child

The Israeli occupation forces at dawn Sunday kidnapped three Palestinians, including a child, during West Bank sweeps.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society said that the Israeli forces arrested Anas Omar, 22, in Tulkarem, Ahmad Ghaith, 15, in al-Khalil, and Ahmad al-Mashni in Bethlehem.

The Prisoner Society pointed out that the Israeli forces over the past two days have arrested 10 Palestinian citizens, including the ex-prisoner Malak al-Khatib.

(Source / 02.12.2018)

IOF storms Khilat al-Amoud area in Nablus

Khilat al-Amoud

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday stormed Khilat al-Amoud neighborhood in Nablus city and posted themselves on Attour Mount, which overlooks the Old City.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that troops aboard five patrol vehicles and one detention van entered the neighborhood at dawn and remained there until the morning, without making arrests.

During the past two weeks, the same neighborhood had seen raids on homes and detention of several young men.

(Source / 02.12.2018)

IOF attacks Nablus demonstration in solidarity with Jerusalem

Nablus demostration

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday violently quelled a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Jerusalem at Huwara checkpoint, north of Nablus city.

Eyewitnesses said that the IOF heavily fired teargas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the demonstrators. A number of Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties as a result of inhaling teargas.

The witnesses noted that large military reinforcements were summoned in the area, while Israeli drones kept hovering in the sky.

The demonstration was organized by several Palestinian groups in Nablus to express solidarity with Jerusalem which is being subjected to systematic violations and aggressions.

(Source / 02.12.2018)

OPCW rejects US bid for Palestine’s exclusion from Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

A picture taken in The Hague, on June 26, 2018 shows the logo of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) during the beginning of an extraordinary session of member-states [JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images]

A picture taken in The Hague, on June 26, 2018 shows the logo of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) during the beginning of an extraordinary session of member-states

Palestinians have aborted US attempts to exclude Palestine from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the foreign minister said Saturday.

Riyad al-Malki said the Palestinian delegation to the OPCW’s Fourth Review Conference has rejected “US attempts to add an article in the final document to cast doubts on the membership of Palestine” in the watchdog.

“Most member states have defended Palestine’s right to equal representation with other states,” he added in a statement.

Palestine officially joined the world’s chemical weapons watchdog in June.

The top Palestinian diplomat went on to vow to pursue efforts to bring Israel to accountability for using chemical weapons against the Palestinians.

OPCW member nations have failed to agree on a final document at the conference, which was held in The Hague on November 21-30.

The OPCW, an international chemical weapons watchdog, has been servicing as the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention since its entry into force in 1997.

(Source / 02.12.2018)

Information War Between Palestinian Resistance And Israel Heats Up After Botched Raid

‘Israel received a hurting slap in its botched operation in Gaza,’ former Israeli commander told Israeli TV Channel 2

By Motasem a Dalloul

The war between Hamas (which leads the Palestinian resistance) and Israel is now also being fought online. Israel’s recently failed attack on Gaza was an important victory for Hamas.

“Palestinians everywhere have provided very valuable and important information which serves the resistance regarding the consequences of the Operation Sword Edge,” Abu-Obeida, the spokesman of the Al Qassam Brigades – the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas – said on last week.

He refers to the failed Israeli attempt to carry out a secret operation against the Palestinian resistance somewhere in the Gaza Strip on November 11.

This announcement by Abu-Obeida came one week after pictures were published of the members of the secret Israeli commando unit, which was involved in the failed operation in Gaza, including pictures of the Palestinian collaborators who helped them.

Israel was stunned by the success of Al Qassam Brigades in tracing the members of the secret Israeli unit, the Israeli Military Censor issued a statement warning both the Israelis and the Palestinians of trusting Al Qassam Brigades and of circulating the pictures on social media.

“We ask you to avoid circulating the pictures and any notable information on social media, including WhatsApp or any other medium. You must act responsibly,” the statement said.

Following this statement, the Israeli TV Channel 14 deleted reports and news stories from its website, however, it included only blurred pictures.

The Israeli TV Channel 13 did not report or publish the pictures because, it said, this might harm the people involved in the failed operation and might harm the national security of Israel.

Alon Ben-David, the military correspondent and analyst at the Israeli TV Channel 10, said, “Publishing the pictures of the people involved in the operation by Hamas causes a strategic harm to Israel, not only in Gaza, but across the Middle East. This is a very dangerous issue … and the Israelis have to know that if they republished them, they would serve Hamas.”

New online battleground

Meanwhile, the Israeli news website 0404 said that Hamas’ military wing had moved the battle with the Israeli forces to the psychological field. Maybe the danger of publishing the pictures would hurt the corporeal spirit for the Israeli soldiers, who are tasked to carry out daily secret operations in Gaza.

Barak Ravid, the diplomatic correspondent for the leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz, reported the Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant saying that the Israeli army carries out almost daily operations in Gaza similar to the failed one.

Galant is a former commander of the Southern Command of the Israeli occupation forces. The Israeli TV Channel 2 said, “Thirteen years after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the secret Israeli security operations have not stopped.”

Israeli military and security experts described the success of exposing information about members of one of the most secretive Israeli military units as a “big achievement.”

Israeli Channel 10 Arab Affairs Analyst Tsvika Yehezkeli said, “Publishing the pictures of the [Israeli] cell is considered an important achievement for Hamas thanks to its smart technological abilities. It was a shocking work mainly as Hamas claims it also has the names and it might publish them in the future.”

Military Censor blunders

The Israeli occupying army worked hard to undermine the information battle initiated by Al Qassam Brigades but failed.

Ronen Bergman, the Israeli investigative journalist and author who is a senior political and military analyst for the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, said the military censor failed due to shock and lack of expertise in this field.

“The measures of the Israeli Military Censor gave Hamas an important victory in this memory battle related to the disaster that took place in Gaza,” he said, “but the Military Censor does not recognise this.”

This came as a shock because as Israeli military reporters and analysts and former Israeli commanders told Israeli TV Channel 2, the Israeli forces tasked to carry out such operations are trained to succeed 100 percent.

They stressed, according to Channel 2, that “Israel received a hurting slap in this operation as the Israeli forces were uncovered and one of the Israeli commanders was killed.”

Specialist in Israeli Affairs, Dr Saleh al Naami, said, “The Palestinian resistance inflicted a harmful attack on the Israeli military and intelligence efforts … This means that such Israeli units, which carry out secret operations in other countries will be dangerous as it could be revealed like what happened in Gaza.”

Naami added, “Israel has been looking for an answer for the question, which is worth a billion dollars: Where and how did Al Qassam Brigades get some of these pictures, which are considered part of the most confidential information about the most secret units of the Israeli Army?”

Speaking to TRT World, Hamas Spokesman Hazim Qasim said, “Again, the Palestinian resistance proves that it is able to challenge the Israeli occupation, and it is able to embarrass its calculations and plans in its way to regain the freedom of the Palestinian people and their rights.”

Abu-Obeida said, “We still have much sensitive information about the Operation Sword Edge [the failed Israeli operation in Gaza]. We will reveal each piece of information about it when we feel it is needed.”

The military correspondent of the Israeli Radio Iyal Alima said, “Hamas has been achieving continuous military intelligence and information superiority over Israel throughout this operation.”

(Source / 02.12.2018)

Army Abducts A Child In Hebron

02 DEC
11:02 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, a Palestinians child in Hebron, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and installed many roadblocks near towns around the city, before stopping and searching dozens of cars.

Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers stormed and searched a number of homes, and abducted a child, identified as Ahmad Shaher Gheith, 15, in the southern area of the city.

They added that the soldiers installed roadblocks at Abu al-Halawa junction, in the southern area of Hebron city, in addition to the southern entrance of Bani Neim town, and the northern area of Yatta town, before stopping and searching dozens of cars.

The soldiers interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, causing huge traffic jams in the entire area.

(Source / 02.12.2018)

PCHR: On 36th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 58 Civilians, including 14 Children and Paramedic

02 DEC
4:50 AM

On Friday evening, 30 November 2018, Israeli forces wounded 58 Palestinian civilians, including 14 children and a paramedic in the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip despite the decreasing intensity of the demonstrations there for the fifth week consecutively and absence of most means usually used during the demonstrations since the beginning of the Return and Breaking the Siege March 7 months ago.

 

According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, for the fifth week since the beginning of the Return March on 30 March 2018, the demonstrators abstained from setting fire to tires while the attempts to cross the border fence and throw stones and incendiary balloons were completely absent.

 

Though the demonstrators were around tens of meters away from the border fence, the Israeli forces who stationed in sniper positions and military jeeps along the fence continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them, without the later posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

On 30 November 2018, the incidents were as follows:

 

At approximately 14:30, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to the five encampments established by the Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege adjacent to the border fence with Israel in eastern Gaza Strip cities and raised flags, chanted national songs in addition to organizing sportive and folklore performances inside the encampments and its yards. Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel in front of each encampment and gathered tens of meters away from the main border fence. Further, setting fire to tires, throwing stones, incendiary balloons and Molotov cocktails were almost absent. Despite the prevailing calmness, the Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets in addition to hundreds of teargas canisters, particualry in eastern Jabalia, Gaza and al-Bureij refugee camp. The Israeli shooting, which continued at around 17:00, resulted in the injury of 58 Palestinian civilians, including 14 child and a paramedic. Doctors classified 4 civilians’ injury as serious. In addition, hundreds suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures due to tear gas canisters that were fired by the Israeli forces from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip.

 

The following table shows the number of civilian victims due to the Israeli forces’ suppression of the Great March of Return since its beginning on 30 March

Notes Medical Crews Journalists Women Children Total Casualties
Among those Killed, there were 6 Persons with Disabilities and a girl. 3 2 1 33 175 Killed
Among those wounded, 508 are in serious condition and 94 had their lower or upper limbs amputated; 82 lower-limb amputations, 2 upper-limb amputations, 10 finger amputations and 17 children had their limbs amputated according to the Ministry of Health.   The number of those wounded only include those wounded with live bullet and directly hit with tear gas canisters as there have been thousand others who suffered tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises. 148 118 274 1717 9621 Wounded

 

PCHR emphasizes that continuously targeting civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, is a serious violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the ICC Rome Statute and Fourth Geneva Convention. Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation in these crimes and to prosecute and hold accountable all those applying or involved in issuing orders within the Israeli Forces at the security and political echelons.

 

PCHR hereby condemns the excessive use of force and commission of crimes by the Israeli forces despite the prevailed calmness, believing it is as a result of Israel’s enjoying impunity thanks to the U.S. and so encouraging the Israeli forces to commit further crimes upon an official decision by the highest military and political echelons.

 

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

 

PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel’s respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territories.

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(Source / 02.12.2018)

Israeli Forces Violently Subdue Peaceful Protest in Jerusalem

02 DEC
4:21 AM

Israeli forces, on Saturday, quelled a peaceful demonstration on al-Zahra St, in central occupied Jerusalem, that was held in support of wounded Palestinian detainee Israa Jaabis.

Jaabis, 33, a mother of a baby child and a resident of Jabal al-Mukkaber neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, was sentenced to eleven years in jail after she was charged of attempting to blow up an Israeli army checkpoint outside of Jerusalem, in October of 2015.

WAFA correspondence said that Israeli police and special forces attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters, who were demanding the release of Jaabis, with tear gas canisters and stun grenades. No injuries or arrests were reported.

Jaabis, who is married to a Palestinian from Jericho, had a gas cylinder in her car when it blew up, apparently accidentally, when she was only meters away from the checkpoint to the east of Jerusalem. Her family said that, at the time, she was moving her belongings from Jericho to a new place in Jerusalem, and the cylinder blew up by accident. The army, however, decided otherwise and said Jaabis was intending to blow up the checkpoint.

The Jerusalem resident was seriously hurt in the accident, and left with third degrees burns on 60 percent of her body and face. She also lost eight fingers.

Jaabis’ medical condition has  worsened severely, since her arrest, due to medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

(Source / 02.12.2018)