Israeli minister: no to a Palestinian state

Israeli Officer General Yoav Gallant, chief of the south command, holds a press conference near the border with the Gaza Strip on 26 March 2010 [Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli Officer General Yoav Gallant, chief of the south command, holds a press conference near the border with the Gaza Strip on 26 March 2010

Israeli minister Yoav Gallant declared Sunday his opposition to a Palestinian state and support for the annexation of the occupied West Bank, reported The Jerusalem Post.

The Aliya and Integration Minister was speaking during a visit to West Bank settlements Beit Aryeh, Neve Tzuf, Eli and Shiloh. All settlements are considered illegal under international law.

“I am clearly saying no, to a Palestinian state. It is not possible to have more than one state west of the Jordan River”, Gallant declared.

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“We will work to apply sovereignty in all of Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank] and to strengthen the settlements”, Gallant continued, using a phrase often used to refer to annexation.

“Settlements are the only key to holding onto sovereignty and Zionism”, he added. “Settlements are the new Zionism of the 21st Century”.

Gallant also described Israeli settlements in the West Bank as “the eastern security belt for the State of Israel”.

In his previous role as Housing Minister, Gallant was a strong practical supporter of the settlements.

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Latest stage of UK-Gaza kidney transplant programme begins

Palestinian patients undergo kidney dialysis at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced yesterday that the latest stage of the “From Gaza to Liverpool” kidney transplant programme has begun.

This stage is the 20th instalment of the programme, which is led by the head of the Organ Surgery Centre at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the UK, Dr Abdelkader Hammad, Safa reported.

Since 2013 Dr Hammad – who is of Palestinian origin – has worked alongside his colleagues to transfer organ transplant expertise from Liverpool to the besieged Gaza Strip. According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 61 kidney transplants have been carried out since the start of the programme.

The first kidney transplant of this latest phase was carried out on Saturday. The head of the Artificial Kidneys’ Department at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr Abdullah Al-Qishawi, explained that the operation was carried out by Palestinian doctors on a patient in his thirties. The patient had been suffering from kidney failure for seven months and needed dialysis several times a week.

This operation is one of four kidney transplants to be carried out during this latest phase.

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‘Assad regime tortured, electrocuted and raped Palestinian detainees’

Women of International Conscience Convoy comprising people from over 50 countries, tie their hands to attract notice to Syrian women in prisons, as they gather at a fair area after their arrival in Hatay, Turkey on March 8, 2018 [Erdal Türkoğlu / Anadolu Agency]

Women of International Conscience Convoy comprising people from over 50 countries, tie their hands to attract notice to Syrian women in prisons, as they gather at a fair area after their arrival in Hatay, Turkey on March 8, 2018

The Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria said on Saturday that the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad has committed various violations against Palestinian refugees detained in its prisons, including “torture, electrocution and rape.”

According to a report published on the group’s website, as many as 35 Palestinian female refugees have died of torture in the Syrian regime’s prisons and detention centres.

The Monitoring and Documentation Team in the Action Group confirmed that as many as 565 Palestinians refugees, including children and elderly persons, have died during and after torture by the regime.

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It claims that the government in Damascus continues to conceal more than 1,724 detainees in various prisons and security branches, including 108 women and girls.

One Palestinian former detainee testified to the Action Group that the regime’s security forces violated herself and other women with electrocution, brutal beatings and rape, sometimes more than 10 times a day. Similar torture was used against all Palestinian detainees, she insisted.

Although the Syrian security services have apparently handed over personal documents relating to dozens of victims who died under torture, their relatives refuse to disclose the victims’ names for fear of reprisal. At least 82 Palestinian refugees died under torture in Assad’s prisons in 2018, the Action Group’s report added.

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PA investigators threatened to rape me, alleges former prisoner

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

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

A Palestinian mother who was released from a Palestinian Authority prison last week has told a press conference that the investigators there threatened to rape her. Suha Jbara’s defence team organised the media event to allow her to speak about the severe torture to which she was subjected during her detention by the PA security agencies.

It was while she was in Jericho Prison, the most notorious run by the PA, that the investigators threatened to rape her and her sisters, she explained. “During the investigation, which took place at night, the investigators threatened to bring my sisters to the prison and rape us together. They also insulted me with very bad words.”

Jbara pointed out that the awful treatment started as soon as she was admitted to the prison in Ramallah. “I collapsed,” she said, “then, they conducted a very degrading pregnancy test on me. They injected me with an unknown fluid which knocked me out. When I woke up I heard someone screaming, ‘You are in Jericho slaughterhouse.’”

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She alleged that she was kept handcuffed and blindfolded all the time. “The torture included pouring cold water on my body and beatings. The intention was to make me sign papers even though I did not know their content.”

Accused of collecting money illegally, Suha Jbara spent two months in PA prisons, during which time she was on hunger strike for 27 days.

The Director of Amnesty International in occupied Jerusalem, Saleh Hijazi, told a press conference on Saturday that the human rights group had informed the PA Public Prosecutor that Jbara was tortured. According to Al-Khaleej Online, the Prosecution Service responded by saying that, “All the measures taken against Jbara were appropriate as she was detained over criminal charges.”

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Abbas to take up presidency of ‘G77 and China’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on 3 December 2018 [Vatican Pool/Getty Images]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on 3 December 2018

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is to become president of the “Group of 77 and China” tomorrow.

The President’s Office announced the move in a statement yesterday, with Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu-Ridiena adding that Abbas will deliver a speech at the UN Headquarters in New York during the handover procedures, Wafa reported.

During the speech, Abbas will express his appreciation for being elected as president of “this important group,” adding it constitutes a “historic incident added to the achievements of the PA since it was elected an observer state at the UN in 2012”.

Abbas will also say that “this will put Palestinian identity on the map of the international community after colonial powers have long worked to erase it”.

In October, the UN General Assembly voted in favour of appointing Palestine head of the G77 and China, a coalition of developing nations that will allow Palestine to act more like a full UN member state during meetings in 2019.

The United States, Israel and Australia voted against the move.

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Benny Morris says Nakba was ‘very clean war’

The Deir Yassin massacre took place on April 9, 1948, when around 120 fighters from the Zionist paramilitary groups Irgun and Lehi attacked Deir Yassin, a Palestinian Arab village of roughly 600 people near Jerusalem [Wikipedia]

The Deir Yassin massacre took place on April 9, 1948, when around 120 fighters from the Zionist paramilitary groups Irgun and Lehi attacked Deir Yassin, a Palestinian Arab village of roughly 600 people near Jerusalem

Israeli historian Benny Morris has doubled down on his defence of the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that took place in 1948, reported Middle East Eye.

In a new interview with Israeli paper Haaretz, Morris addressed previous comments he has made concerning the events of 1948.

“When you judge the acts of slaughter in other wars, especially in other civil wars, what happened here in 1948 was a very clean war, on average”, 70-year-old Morris said.

In a 2004 interview in Haaretz, Morris justified the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Invited to reassess those remarks in the latest interview, the historian doubled down.

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While apparently regretting some of his language, Morris continued to back the population expulsions that took place.

“Everyone must do their own calculation to decide if in 1948 they did right or wrong. I think it would have been preferable to both sides if we would have separated back then,” Morris told Haaretz.

“If only the War of Independence had ended with a total separation of populations – the Arabs of the Land of Israel on the east side of the Jordan (River) and the Jews on the right side of the Jordan, the Middle East would be less unstable, the suffering of the two peoples in the last 70 years would be much smaller”.

“They [the Palestinians] would have been satisfied with a state of a sort (in the present-day Kingdom of Jordan) – not exactly what they wanted; and we would have received the whole Land of Israel”.

An elderly Palestinian and a child during the Nakba [Hanini/Wikipedia]

Morris was pessimistic about the future.

“This place will deteriorate into a Middle Eastern state with an Arab majority. The violence between various populations inside the state will continue to increase,” Morris hypothesised.

“The Arabs will demand the return of the refugees. The Jews will remain as a small minority in a large Arab sea of Palestinians – a persecuted minority or a slaughtered minority, as it was when they lived in Arab countries”.

“In another 30 to 50 years they will overcome us, one way or another”.

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Palestinian boy in Gaza dies 2 days after he was shot by Israeli snipers

Since the start of the Great March of Return, Israeli snipers have killed 247 peaceful protesters, including 44 children and six women

Palestinian boy, 14, was announced dead on Sunday night, two days after he was shot dead by an Israeli sniper during the protests of the Great March of Return on Friday.

The Palestinian ministry of health named the boy as Abdel-Ra’uf Salha, noting he is from the northern Gaza city of Jabalia.

Last Firday, the Israeli occupation snipers shot dead a Palestinian women during the protests. She was named as Amal al-Taramsi, 35 years old.

Since the start of the protests of the Great Return March, the ministry said, Israeli occupation snipers had killed 247 peaceful protesters, including 44 children and six women.

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Army Orders Families To Halt Construction Of Home, Shed And Well

14 Jan 1:11 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and ordered two families to halt the construction of their home, shed and water well.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular and National Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in southern Hebron, said the soldiers invaded the al-Jawaya village, east of Yatta, and handed the orders to Abdul-Mottaleb Hammad Nawaj’a and Mousa Hasan Shawaheen.

He added that the properties in question are being built on private Palestinian lands, but the military has been denying the residents the right to build on their property.

Jabour voiced an appeal to local and international human rights groups to intervene, and stop the illegal Israeli colonialist policies, aiming at forcing the Palestinians out of their lands to replace them with colonialist setters, and to use their properties for military purposes.

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Child Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Last Friday in Gaza

14 Jan 10:36 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a child died, on Monday at dawn, from serious wounds he suffered on Friday January 11th, 2019, after Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire, in northern Gaza.

The Health Ministry stated that the child, Abdul-Rauf Ismael Salha, 14, was shot with a live round in the head during the Great Return March procession, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip.

It added that the child was first rushed to the Indonesian Hospital, in Beit Lahia, and was later moved to the Shifa Medical Center, in Gaza city, due to the seriousness of his wounds.

On the day of his serious injury, the soldiers killed a Palestinian woman, identified asAmal Mustafa at-Taramisi, 43, also with a live round in the head.

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, a Palestinian man, identified as Anwar Mohammad Qdeih, 33, died of serious  wounds sustained three weeks earlier, when he was shot in the neck by Israeli sharpshooters while participating in the Great Return March in Gaza.

It is worth mentioning that the army has killed a least 257 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including journalists, medics, children and women, since the Great Return March procession started on Palestinian Day, March 30th, 2018.

The Israeli army killed Palestinian Photojournalist Yasser Mortaja, and journalist Ahmad Abu Hussein, in the Gaza Strip, in addition to wounding dozens of journalists, in 2018.

The soldiers also killed three medics, identified as Razan Najjar, 22, Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, 36, and Abdullah al-Qutati, 20, in the Gaza Strip, in 2018.

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