Report: 250 Palestinian children deprived of basic rights in Israel jails

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child [Taimoor Ul Haq/Facebook]

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child

As many as 250 Palestinian children under the age of 18 are held in Israeli jails and subjected to all forms of oppression, torture and degrading treatment, the Palestinian Detainees Committee said.

In a special report released yesterday to mark Palestinian Children’s Day, the group revealed that Israeli forces have arrested nearly 10,000 Palestinian children since the Second Intifada in September 2000.

According to the report, Israeli forces subjected the detained children to brutal treatment including arresting them from their homes late at night, interrogating them without a lawyer, food or drink and subjecting them physical and psychological maltreatment including severe beatings, insults, threats and intimidation to obtain confessions under pressure.

Medical NGO: ‘What would be unimaginable elsewhere has become normal here in Gaza’ 

“Since the uprising of October 2015, the number of Palestinian children in Israeli jails has significantly increased, reaching more than 400 children in some months; the highest numbers since February 2009,” it said.

The committee said over the past four years Israel has adopted a number of laws targeting Palestinian children including issuing long jail terms for minor offenses.

It called on the international community and all human and children’s rights groups to intervene and end the suffering of Palestinian child detainees.

(Source / 06.04.2019) 

Israel soldier who killed wounded Palestinian crowdfunds a book

Azaria was convicted of the March 2016 shooting of 21-year-old Palestinian Abdel Fattah Al-Sharif  

Elor Azaria, the former Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian in Hebron, is crowdfunding a “tell-all” book, reported Haaretz.

The book’s title is “From Dark to Light: One Shot in Hebron”, and apparently promises to “reveal the full story of the episode that continues to this day to touch the rawest nerves of Israeli society”.

The crowdfunding campaign’s range of suggested donations starts at just 50 shekels up to 3,500 shekels ($14 to $970).

READ: Hebron shooter Azaria backs Israel soldiers who beat Palestinians in custody 

For the smallest contribution of 50 shekels, you’ll receive “a letter of thanks emailed to you for your donation toward the publication of Elor Azaria’s book”. For 200 shekels, meanwhile, “you can get a personal note” from Azaria.

However, for 800 shekels, the donor receives a copy of “Elor Azaria’s book and a double ticket for a fascinating tour of the scene of the shooting in Hebron led by Charlie Azaria, a retired police investigator [and Elor’s father]”.

Azaria was convicted of the March 2016 shooting of 21-year-old Palestinian Abdel Fattah Al-Sharif, following an alleged attempted attack on soldiers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Abdel Fattah was lying wounded when Azaria shot him in the head, events captured on camera.

Azaria eventually served just nine months in jail. He has expressed no remorse for his actions, and became a cause-celebre for far-right activists.

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Medical NGO: ‘What would be unimaginable elsewhere has become normal here in Gaza’

Palestinian medical staff carry away an injured Palestinian during a protest within the "Great March of Return" and "Palestinian Land Day" demonstrations at Israel-Gaza border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 30 March 2019. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian medical staff carry away an injured Palestinian during a protest within the “Great March of Return” and “Palestinian Land Day” demonstrations at Israel-Gaza border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 30 March 2019

An international medical charity has described the violence meted out on Palestinian protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip by Israeli soldiers as “unimaginable”.

In an article published yesterday, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field communications manager in Jerusalem, Jacob Burns, described the work of the organisation’s medics in Gaza, as health professionals struggle to deal with casualties from the Great Return March protests.

“What would be unimaginable elsewhere has become normal here in Gaza,” Burns wrote, reflecting on the events of 30 March, when one-year-anniversary protests were held.

Palestinians carry the dead body of Bilal Mamud en-Neccar (17), who was killed by Israeli forces in "Great March of Return" and "Palestinian Land Day" demonstrations, during his funeral ceremony in Khan Yunis, Gaza on March 31, 2019. ( Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency )

“A day on which four people are killed and 64 shot with live ammunition is one on which we feel almost happy because it was not the two or three hundred – or even more – we had feared it might be,” he added.

We must fight against this sense of normality. It is not normal to see so many young people arrive at hospital all at once with bullets in their legs

Burns wrote.

“It is not normal for our surgeons to work on a 25-year-old man who needed all his blood replaced because a bullet tore through both the main artery and the main vein in his chest. It is not normal for them to remove the kidney of a boy because to try to save it would mean he bleeds to death.”

READ: Israel forces kill 11 Palestinian children in first three months of 2019 

He continued: “It is not normal for our emergency doctors to listen to the lungs of a patient, hit in the throat with what was apparently a tear gas canister, fill with blood. It is not normal for us to discharge a patient from our clinics, and then to readmit him when he is shot again, only then to have his family tell us that he went back to the fence yet again and was killed.”

The MSF official noted that Gaza will “drift out of the headlines”, but its population will “continue to suffer” from “an economy in freefall, a health system all but broken by the Israeli blockadeand Palestinian political infighting”.

“We at MSF will go back to our usual activities this week, working in our clinics and hospitals across Gaza. We will admit more patients with gunshot wounds and continue to treat the nearly 1,000 who remain on our books,” he concluded, “a living reminder of the suffering that Gaza has gone through over the last year.”

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Palestinian prisoners to begin hunger strike

Palestinian demonstrators hold placards during a demonstration in support Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on May 25, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian demonstrators hold placards during a demonstration in support Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on May 25, 2017

Palestinian prisoners are to begin a mass hunger strike tomorrow, 7 April, in protest against the deteriorating situation inside Israel’s prisons and its recent crackdowns on inmates.

“In light of heated dialogue between the prisoners’ leaders and the administration of Israel’s prisons, we are waiting for 7 April 2019 second by second,” the prisoners said in a statement yesterday.

The prisoners stressed that the general hunger strike will begin tomorrow in a bid to pressure Israel to afford them their rights, as guaranteed under international law. The announcement comes just days before Israel’s general election on Tuesday, which has led commentators to suggest Israel might be more willing to negotiate a quick end to the hunger strike to limit any bad press it could cause.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Prisoners Committee said that the situation inside Israeli prisons has deteriorated since the Israeli Prison Service installed electronic jamming devices in several prisons. These jamming devices are believed to have severe medical implications, including dizziness, headaches and links to cancer.

The prisoners therefore stressed that “any deal must guarantee a dignified life, as well as maintenance of our rights”, adding they would not accept a deal that does not include the removal of the jamming devices.

According to the PLO committee, leaders of Hamas’ prisoners in Ramon Prison, located near Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev (Naqab) desert, are to be briefed about the outcomes of the dialogue with the Israeli prison service.

READ: Israel fines Palestinian prisoners in further crackdown on Al-Naqab, Ramon facilities

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Netanyahu: Killing 300 Gaza protesters was ‘wise’ decision

Israeli forces attack protesters during the Great March of Return on 11 January 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israeli forces attack protesters during the Great March of Return on 11 January 2019

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel used force “wisely” in the Gaza Strip, as Israeli soldiers have killed “more than 300” Palestinians near the eastern fence of the besieged enclave.

In an interview with Israel Hayom, Netanyahu said: “More than 300 Palestinians have been killed near the border when they tried to breach the fence and abduct our soldiers. We have used force wisely, and powerfully.”

Netanyahu also said that his government’s policy led Hamas, the ruler of the besieged Strip, to suffer the severest economic crisis. “They [Gazans] are in enormous economic distress, and Hamas is in check and wants some quiet so it can stand up to the huge pressure in Gaza,” he said.

He added: “The economic distress is its own problem, but the humanitarian distress is our problem. Issues with sanitation, disease, things that could make their way to us. So we’re saying: Prevent problems from occurring and create deterrence. The goal is deterrence, but so is preventing environmental and humanitarian problems that could harm Israel.”

READ: Medical NGO: ‘What would be unimaginable elsewhere has become normal here in Gaza’

Asked how to “deal” with Gaza, Netanyahu replied: “The real choice is to occupy and govern Gaza. You don’t have anyone to give it to. I won’t give it to Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas].

“The connection between Gaza and [the occupied West Bank] has been broken. They are two separate entities, and I think that in the long term, that’s not something that’s bad for Israel,” he added.

“Abu Mazen brought that upon himself. He cut back the influx of PA funds [to Gaza]. He thought that by doing so, he could send Gaza up in flames. We would pay for the occupation of Gaza with a heavy loss of life, and on Israel’s back he [Abbas] would get Gaza on a silver platter. That won’t happen.”

He continued: “The money he cut is Palestinian money. Israel isn’t paying. That money was covered by the Qataris and stopped Abu Mazen’s plan from coming to fruition, as well as cutting Gaza off from [the West Bank].”

“If anyone thought there would be a Palestinian state that would surround us on both sides. That isn’t something that’s going to happen.”

READ: Netanyahu: I offered Gaza to many Arab leaders, they refused

Regarding Israel’s relations with US President Donald Trump and his so-called “deal of the century”, he said: “I’m not coordinated with him. I laid out three basic principles for him and his people. I really hope they are expressed in the plan: 1) We won’t evacuate a single settler. Not only any settlement, not a single settler; 2) We will retain control over the entire area west of the Jordan River. We will have a permanent presence. That is the main sovereign authority that we will retain in any situation; and 3) We will not divide Jerusalem.”

Netanyahu also revealed what happened when he presented his principles to US officials. “When I presented these principles to [former] Vice President [Joe] Biden when he was here, he told me, that’s not a country. I said, ‘Joe, define it however you want, these are my terms and I won’t retreat from them.’ That’s what I told Trump and his representatives [Jared] Kushner and [Jason] Greenblatt.”

He also pledged that he would not remove any illegal settler from the occupied West Bank: “I’m not willing to uproot any Jew. That includes settlements outside the big blocs.”

When asked whether he would annex area C of the occupied West Bank, which amounts to approximately 60 per cent of the territory, he replied: “I promise you there will be surprises. I can’t tell you anything about the plan, but President Trump is a great friend, and I’m doubtful we’ll ever have a better one in the future.”

READ: Netanyahu promised no deal with Hamas until release of soldier’s remains, claims family

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Reoccupation of Gaza ‘Still On the Table’ says Netanyahu

06 APR7:19 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, on Thursday, that he had spoken with many Arab leaders about the possibility of taking over the besieged Gaza Strip, however, there were “no takers.”

During an interview with Israeli Kan Reshet Bet radio, Netanyahu said that Israel “may be forced” to carry out an operation in Gaza, which would only be taken “after every alternative had been explored.”

Netanyahu revealed, “All the options are still on the table, including entering Gaza and occupying it, out of consideration of what is best for Israel.”

“But that is the last option and not the first,” he added.

He explained, “Israel hasn’t recaptured Gaza, because once it does, it would have to continue to hold onto that territory and Israel doesn’t want to rule the 2 million Palestinians there.”

Netanyahu mentioned that he had spoken with Arab leaders about the possibility of “turning Gaza over to another country” and “hoped that we would find someone who would take it (Gaza).”

However, “No one wanted to do this,” he stressed, according to Ma’an.

It is noteworthy that the more than 2 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip have suffered from a nearly 12-year Israeli-imposed land, air, and sea blockade, which has plunged the small territory into poverty and some of the highest unemployment rates in the world.

The UN has reported that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020.

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Jerusalemite Palestinian Forced To Demolish His Home

06 APR1:29 PM

A Palestinian man from occupied Jerusalem had to demolish his own home, Saturday, to avoid the excessively high fines and fees imposed by the City Council, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.

The Palestinian, identified as Nabeeh al-Basity, living in the Old City, said that he was forced to demolish the ceiling and all remaining walls, especially since, in 2016, he was forced to demolish all inner walls of the property, rending its unsafe.

Silwanic said that the City Council recently summoned al-Basity, and ordered him to demolish the remaining of the property, and level it, and gave him until April 7th to do complete the destruction, or face very high fines and fees.

The municipality in occupied Jerusalem also claimed that his property “caused damage to the archeological aspect on the Old City.”

Al-Basity stated that his home was built in the year 1999, and was 65 square/meters, and added that the City Council decided, three years ago, to demolish it and to stop all attempts to obtain a license for the property.

Video By Silwanic

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IOF using strange toxic gas against Palestinian non-violent protesters in Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation forces have been using the Great Return March and its thousands of protesters as a sort of “testing ground” for new forms of weaponry and crowd control, say physicians in the Gaza Strip. They talk of explosive bullets and an unknown gas that causes severe convulsions and loss of consciousness, among other symptoms.

“We are being used as guinea pigs to test new weapons, as the case in past Israeli wars on Gaza,” says Ashraf al-Qedra, MD, spokesperson for the Gaza Health Ministry.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used an unknown kind of teargas bombs against the peaceful protesters on the 53rd Friday of the Great March of Return.

There are a new kind of teargas bombs that give off red and yellow flames and have been used for the first time by IOF against the peaceful protestors, and no one knows what they are composed of, the source added.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that at least 83 Palestinians reached the hospitals on the 53rd Friday of the peaceful Great March of Return, east of Gaza Strip.

Palestinians participate in Great March of Return protests every Friday in an attempt to put pressure on the Israeli authorities to break the siege imposed by Israel for more than 12 years.

Israel has killed more than 260 Palestinians, injured more than 28,000 others since the beginning of the Great March of Return on March 30, 2018.

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Palestinian child deliberately run over by Jewish settler near Hebron

HEBRON, PALESTINOW.COM — A Palestinian boy suffered serious injuries on Friday after he was deliberately struck by an Israeli settler in a speeding car in At-Tuwani village, south of al-Khalil.

Local sources reported that Aysar Houshiya, 15, was rushed to hospital for treatment after he was seriously injured in the attack.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli settler further chased other Palestinian citizens in the same village in an attempt to hit them but they managed to escape.

(Source / 06.04.2019) 

ISRAEL CLAIMS IT KILLED ONE YOUTH AND KIDNAPPED TWO ON THE GAZA BORDER ON WEDNESDAY

Israeli occupation claims that it killed one and kidnapped two young men, wounding one of them, late on Wednesday April 3rd after they would have crossed the border from besieged Gaza Strip to ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948. The three young men, whose identities are unknown, would have crossed the border apparently in southern part of the small littoral enclave, after which at least two of them would have been shot by Israel’s occupation soldiers. One of them would have suffered critical injuries, another moderate ones and the third individual was either unharmed or suffered light injuries, depending on the source reporting. The first two persons would have been air-lifted to the Soroka medical center in ethnically cleansed city of Beersheba, south of the occupied West Bank, in Israeli occupation narrative. The critically wounded individual would have been either declared dead on arrival or would have died soon after arrival, succumbing to his wounds. Israeli occupation claims that the youths would have had ‘knives’ and would not have obeyed command to stop by soldiers – the standard Israeli cliché of Palestinians armed with knives slowly walking to their deaths towards Israeli occupation forces like World War I soldiers in the Western Front. Palestinian sources have not confirmed the incident, but there is no reason to suspect that it wouldn’t have taken place; whether the Israeli occupation narrative is correct is suspect until further information is released.
(Source / 06.04.2019)