Why is Palestine Denied Clean Water?

04 JUN8:49 AM

Ramzy Baroud, author of ‘The Last Earth’ and editor of the Palestine Chronicle, wrote a commentary posing the question “if access to clean water is a human right, why is Palestine the exception?”

Baroud cites the 2010 UN General Assembly resolution, 64/292 recognizing “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

Baroud proclaims that “it all makes perfect sense. There can be no life without water. However, like every other human right, it seems, the Palestinians are denied this one too.”

He recognizes the water crisis affecting the whole world, but says the “situation is more complicated in Palestine, where the water crisis is directly related to the political context of Israel’s occupation: apartheid, illegal Jewish settlements, siege and war.”

Baroud accuses Israel of using a “cruel form of economic dependency to keep Palestinians reliant and subordinate.” This dependency is maintained through the control of borders, military checkpoints, taxes, road closures, military curfews and the denial of building permits. He states that water dependency is a center-piece of this strategy.

He notes that the “situation in Gaza is even worse,” citing a UN report, stating the Gaza Strip will be officially ‘unliveable’ by 2020, which, he points out, is next year.

Citing US-based RAND Corporation, who report that one quarter of all diseases in the besieged Gaza Strip are waterborne. RAND also estimates that, based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, that 97 % of Gaza’s water is not fit for human consumption.

Baroud concludes that this is “likely to continue as long as Zionism prevails in Israel and occupied Palestine,” calling zionism a racist, hegemonic and exploitative ideology. He raises the point, “if access to clean water is indeed a human right, why is the world allowing Israel to make Palestine and its people an exception?”

(Source / 04.06.2019) 

Army Invades Agricultural In Southern Gaza

04 JUN10:54 AM

Several Israeli army vehicles carried out, on Tuesday morning, Palestinian agricultural lands east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the invasion was carried out by four armored military bulldozers, before they advanced dozens of meters into the lands in the Nahda neighborhood, east of Rafah.

They added that the soldiers leveled sections of the invaded lands, especially near the perimeter fence, while military drones flew overhead.

The invaded area is one of many lands near the fence that are subject to repeated invasions, which also include bulldozing and uprooting them.

(Source / 04.06.2019) 

Military Encourages Settlement Councils to Seize More of Area C

04 JUN5:23 PM

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements pointed out, in its latest weekly report, the Israeli ignorance of international law and legitimacy resolutions (by annexing more occupied territories) as US President Trump’s chief adviser, Jared Kushner, on Thursday, handed over a new map to Netanyahu, which encourages the Israeli government to increase and speed up construction in the settlements, especially in occupied Jerusalem, where the Israeli Ministry of Housing has submitted a tender for the construction of 805 settlement units.

The building is divided between “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement, with 460 housing units, and “Ramot” settlement, with 345 settlement units. Tender 156/2019, with 263 settlement units in Ramot, is about to be issued for the rural neighborhood; tender 157/2019: 82 settlement units in Ramot, Al-Nadi rural neighborhood; tender 158/2019: 210 settlement units in “Pisgat Ze’ev”; tender 159/2019: 250 settlement units in Pisgat Zeev. The settlement expansion in Pisgat Zeev and Neve Ya’akov will close the areas that were originally intended to be natural expansion areas for Palestinians.

On the other hand, a number of senior Israeli generals and security experts prepared a draft document to deal with successive regional developments surrounding Israel, to be used as the next guide to Israeli security theory. The draft document includes 14 recommendations that will be submitted via Israeli political channels. The document also emphasizes the need for settlement construction in Jerusalem as it is of “strategic and historical significance, and must be maintained uniformly.” The document called for “a halt to the continued construction of Palestinians in areas classified as C of the West Bank, and action must be taken to confront foreign entities that violate Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.”

There are 6 regional councils in the West Bank, each of which oversees a number of settlements. Those councils are: the Southern Hebron Hills Regional Council, which runs a number of settlements in the south of the West Bank, the Gush Etzion Regional Council and the settlement bloc north of Hebron, and, to the south of the central area of the West Bank, the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, (Shomron) that manages northern West Bank, along with 2 regional councils which are Migilot, which runs the south-eastern part of the Dead Sea, and Erfut Herdin, which runs the area of the Ghor. The investigations, including those carried out by Israeli organizations, indicate that those councils have placed their hands over some 200,000 dunams in the Southern Hebron Hills and about 800,000 dunams in the area of the regional council in the Jordan Valley.

Within the same context, Amnesty International called on Trip Advisor to stop promoting tourist sites in Israeli settlements located in the occupied West Bank, as this contributes to the expansion and legalization of settlements.

The Amnesty request came about as it knows how the tourist sector is important in the settlements, whereas its tourism website has the largest number of visits by foreign visitors, to Israel. The site provides lists of activities and real estate sites – at least 70- in 27 settlements.

In a dangerous development, Israeli police issued fines against Palestinian drivers on top of a title to the Judea and Samaria Governorate / Jerusalem District: “In addition, the Palestinian population can pay the fines in the post offices or via Cairo Amman Bank in the Palestinian territories, all of which may be a prelude to annex wider areas of the West Bank to Israel.” Moreover, the Israeli Defense Ministry is preparing to hold an auction next week for the sale of 2 halls donated by the European Union to 49 students in grades 1-6 in Khirbet Ibzig, in the northern West Bank.”

Map source: 06/02/17 Palestinian Power in Area C to be Expanded

(Source / 04.06.2019) 


Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli Shabak members on Sunday kidnapped 22-year-old Noor Shalabi from his house in occupied Jerusalem, tortured him, then threw him in the streets claiming that he planned to obstruct the so-called “flag day”, which marks the occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

Shalabi wrote on his Facebook account that on 1 June, he and his family were surprised of Israeli forces ringing the bell of their house and telling them that he is arrested, which was the 44th time for him to be arrested.

Shalabi was taken after that and put in a small cell with others to find out that they were being hold without court order, which is considered kidnapping in law. They were accused of “planning to obstruct” the so-called “flag day”.

An officer handcuffed Shalabi’s hands and feet then other Shabak members started beating him. “They were carrying a table then throwing it on my back”, Shalabi said. “They crazily beat me on my face. One of them has put my arm on the edge of a table and kept hitting it with a chair. This has continued for over three hours.”

Shalabi started passing out, so they ordered him to sign a document claiming that they didn’t torture him but he refused, so they left him for two further hours without any medical aid.

Shalabi said that he heard them saying “let him die and we will say that he attacked a Shabak member”.

After that an officer signed the document and threw Shalabi in the street, where a passer-by found him and called for help.

In 2017, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published witnesses by Israeli interrogators confirming Israel’s systematic use of torture against Palestinian prisoners. Many of them have been proved to die under torture before the IPS covers the crimes of murdering them under torture with fake accusations and narrations.

Also in the same year, several joint research reports published by B’Tselem and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, based on hundreds of affidavits and testimonials given by Palestinians who underwent Shabak interrogations after the HCJ ruling, indicated that the Shabak still routinely employs psychological and physical abuse in interrogations, which went far beyond a reasonable interpretation of the term “moderate physical pressure”, a term which is used by the Israeli government to justify torture.

(Source / 04.06.2019) 

IOF detained Palestinian Muslima at Karama crossing

JENIN, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation forces on Monday arrested a Palestinian woman at al-Karama crossing on her way back to Jenin from Jordan.

Local sources said that the Israeli forces stopped Lana Nazzal at al-Karama crossing and interrogated her for hours.

The Israeli forces later informed Nazzal’s family that she was arrested.

(Source / 04.06.2019)