Revealed: Israel established committee in 1967 to devise ways of encouraging Palestinian emigration

Palestinians cross Qalandiya checkpoint to perform the first Friday Prayer of Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Ramallah, West Bank on 10 May, 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians cross Qalandiya checkpoint in Ramallah, West Bank on 10 May 2019 

Newly uncovered documents have revealed that Israeli authorities began looking for ways to encourage Palestinian emigration immediately after occupying the West Bank in 1967.

According to +972 Magazine, the discovery was made by Omri Shafer Raviv, a PhD student in the Department of Jewish History at Hebrew University. The study uses official government documents from the 1967 war and its aftermath that have only recently been declassified.

The documents uncovered by Shafer Raviv show that “mere weeks” after the Six-Day War, “Israel enlisted teams of academics in the country to find ways to encourage Palestinians to emigrate from the newly occupied territories”.

In July 1967, then-Prime Minister Levi Eshkol assembled a committee of academics “and sent them into the territories to study the newly-occupied population”.

The objective of the committee was two-fold: “to create a body responsible for ‘long-term planning’ in the occupied territories”, and, says Shafer Raviv, to find ways to ensure Palestinians did not resist the military regime while looking for ways to encourage them to leave altogether.

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“Those early years set the tone for how Israeli policy looks today,” he told +972 Magazine.

According to the academic, a key goal of the Israeli government was to reduce the number of Palestinians living in the newly-occupied territories.

“We saw this most prominently in Gaza, where the authorities believed they could halve the population from 400,000 to 200,000 in order to contend with the new demographic problem.”

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Another goal assigned to the so-called “Professors Committee” was to understand “how to limit popular resistance to Israeli rule, as well the extent to which revolutionary ideas such as communism or Palestinian nationalism could flourish in the occupied territories.”

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The professors and their researchers visited Palestinian communities across the occupied territories to conduct interviews about the population’s daily lives and needs.

Among the questions Israeli researchers asked Palestinian questions were what they had for dinner, designed to classify whether they were “modern” or “traditional”.

“Large family dinners, for instance, were seen as traditional, whereas smaller dinners were a sign of modernity,” +972 Magazine described.

“There is no proof that recommendations were adopted solely on the basis of what the Committee proposed,” Shafer Raviv said.

“But one can see a connection between the recommendations and the policies. A prime example of this can be seen in the government’s decision to encourage Palestinian emigration.”

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(Source / 19.06.2019) 

Ahed Tamimi injured in West Bank car crash

Palestinian teenager Ahed al-Tamimi (C) and her mother Nariman Tamimi (not seen) are welcomed by press members and citizens at the entrance of in Nabi Salih village of Ramallah, West Bank on 29 July, 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi (C) in Ramallah, West Bank on 29 July 2018

Released prisoner, Ahed Tamimi, and her parents suffered injuries as a result of a car crash near the village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank last night.

A local source said that the vehicle Tamimi and her parents were in swerved off the road linking the villages of Kafr Ain and Nabi Saleh. This resulted in the three passengers sustaining bruises and scratches. They were transported to the Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah.

Sources noted that Tamimi and her parents will be discharged this afternoon.

The 18-year-old is back the West Bank after spending three months studying English in the UK. She gained notoriety for slapping an Israeli soldier and forcing him off her family’s land in the occupied West Bank. After footage of the event went viral on social media both her and her mother were arrested and she served eight months in Israeli jails after agreeing to a pleas bargain. She was released in July last year.

READ: Ahed Tamimi featured in Vogue magazine

(Source / 19.06.2019)

Palestinian From Jerusalem Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Two Weeks Ago

19 JUN11:37 AM

A Palestinian man died, Wednesday, from serious wounds he suffered two weeks ago, when several undercover Israeli soldiers repeatedly assaulted and struck him, in Shu’fat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian, identified as Mousa Abu Mayyala, 60, was assaulted by the undercover soldiers while standing in front of his home in the refugee camp.

Abu Mayyala suffered various serious injuries, including fractures in his ribs, due to the violent assault against him, before he was rushed to a hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

Various Palestinian human rights groups, and national factions, strongly condemned the fatal attack against Abu Mayyala, and denounced the seriously escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinian people, including children and the elderly.

(Source / 19.06.2019) 

Child Released A Month After Losing His Leg When Israeli Soldiers Shot Him With Expanding Bullet

19 JUN3:05 AM

Israeli soldiers released, Tuesday, a Palestinian child from the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a month after they shot him with an expanding Dumdum bullet in the leg, leading to an amputation.

The Palestinian child, Mahmoud Hussein Salah, 14, was abducted by the soldiers who shot him, and was later moved to Shaare Zedek Israeli Medical Center, where his left leg was amputated, due to the severe injury he sustained.

Salah said his dream was to become a famous soccer player, before the soldiers shot him with a Dumdum expanding bullet, in direct violation of International Law.

Commenting on his injury after his release, the child told the Palestinian Watar Broadcast Network (WBN) that he and his friends were playing soccer, and the ball was kicked out of the field before he ran after it.

“I located the ball and carried it before I heard a soldier shouting at me and almost instantly started shooting,” Salah said, “I ran just a few feet, then I fell, and the soldiers ran towards me and started kicking and beating me up, and later took me behind the (Annexation) Wall where I was kept for about two hours, until an ambulance came and took him to the hospital.”

“At the hospital is where I went into a coma, and the next day they performed a surgery and amputated my leg  — I had no idea they did that until my mother came and informed me of what happened,” he added, “It was like a dream, or rather a nightmare to me, is my leg there, or it isn’t?!”

Commenting on the injury of his child, the father Hussein Mousa Salah, said his mother went to see him after he was injured, but could not find him, and later managed to reach him at the hospital.

It is worth mentioning that Israel continues to use the illegal expanding bullets against the Palestinian people, in direct violation of the International Law, especially The Hague Convention of 1899, Declaration III, which prohibits the use of expanding bullets.

Video By Watar Broadcast Network

(Source / 19.06.2019) 

Ailing Detainee, Sami Abu Diak, Faces Serious Deterioration

19 JUN10:31 AM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) issued a statement warning of the grave deterioration of the health condition of a Palestinian detainee, held by Israel, especially after a recent serious health setback.

The PPS said the detainee, Sami Abu Diak, 36, from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, suffered various complications, including skin poisoning causing discoloration of his skin, renal failure, kidney failure, in addition to cancer.

It added that the detainee underwent a surgery in his bowels in the year 2015, after the prison authority moved him to Soroka Medical Center, but due to a misdiagnosis and a medical error he faced serious complications, and some of his intestines were removed.

Before he recovered, he was moved to various prisons, and was repeatedly moved to medical centers in prison vehicles, not fit for transferring patients, which caused another deterioration, and poisoning of the skin, before he also developed renal failure and kidney failure, in addition to cancer.

Qaddoura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) held Israel responsible for the live of the detainee, especially since he was constantly denied professional medical attention.

Fares added that the PPS, and various Palestinian Human Rights groups, have filed various appeals with Israeli courts, asking for his release to receive treatment in Palestinian hospitals, and hospitals abroad, but the appeals were all denied despite the seriousness of Abu Diak’s condition.

He stated that Israel uses the dire conditions of the detainees, and their serious health conditions, to punish them and inflict further suffering, in violation of International Law.

It is worth mentioning that Abu Diak was abducted by the army in 2002, and was sentenced to three life terms, and additional thirty years in prison.

His brother, Samer Abu Diak, is also a political prisoner serving a life term, and is facing various health complications, in the Ramla prison clinic.

(Source / 19.06.2019) 


Occupied West Bank (QNN)- On the dawn of Wednesday, Israeli occupation forces arrested 7 Palestinians during raids throughout the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli army announced that it arrested 7 Palestinians allegedly on suspicion of participating in popular activities to resist occupation.

In Tulkarem, Israeli forces broke into the house of Ribhi Amara, vandalized it and confiscated personal money of the family, which they found during search.

In Ramallah, Israeli forces broke into eight houses at Jalazoun refugee camp and arrested Hussain Akroush and Hasan Zaid. The child Abdallah Dweik was also arrested for several hours before being released and getting an order to visit the Israeli intelligence.

In Kofor Ne’ma in Ramallah, Israeli soldiers rearrested Seif Abro and arrested anther young man from their houses after breaking into it.

Two young men were arrested in Beit Fajjar in southern Beithlehem. Meanwhile, two children were arrested in Issawiyyeh, Jerusalem.

(Source / 19.06.2019) 

Israeli settlers torch fruitful olive trees in occupied West Bank

Such settler crimes, which are encouraged by the Israeli government, take place almost in a daily basis

A group of Israeli Jewish settlers torched on Monday tens of fruitful olive trees in the villages of Beitin and Burqa, east of West Bank city of Ramallah, and near the illegal settlement Givat Asaf.

Wheat crops, including 30 fruitful olive and fig trees and grapevines, were destroyed as a result of the arson made by the extremist settlers.

This is the latest in a number of settler attacks in the occupied West Bank.

On Sunday, settlers uprooted dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees in Bani Na’im, a town east of the West Bank city of Al-Khalil.

The trees were planted in lands illegally seized by the Israeli occupation authorities last month.

At dawn on Monday, Israeli settlers sprayed anti-Arab and Palestinian racist graffiti on a mosque and punctured car tyres in Kafr Malek village, east of Ramallah.

Similar attacks occurred this morning at dawn in the town of Deir Istiya, northwest of the West Bank city Salfit.

Last month, the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem released a video showing illegal Israeli settlers setting fire to fields in the occupied West Bank, contradicting the Israeli army’s claim that the blaze was started by Palestinians.

It was later revealed that one of the settlers found starting the fire was an Israeli soldier.

Settlers regularly attack Palestinian property and are rarely held accountable by Israeli authorities. According to B’Tselem, the Israeli army had granted “almost total immunity” to the settlers involved in last month’s attacks, as none were interrogated or arrested following the incidents.

(Source / 19.06.2019) 

Israeli minister: ‘We’ll not withdraw from any single inch from Palestinian lands’

‘No to the establishment of a Palestinian state,’ the minister said.

Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis has said that Israeli occupation would never withdraw from “any single inch” from the Palestinian or Syrian lands.

He also stressed that the Israeli occupation would never divide the holy Palestinian city of Jerusalem, which the occupation authorities consider the united capital city of Israel.

Commenting on the remarks of the American Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, Akunis said: “Greenblatt’s words which support our right to annex the West Bank are highly appreciated.”

He added: “We consider the West Bank as an inseparable part of Israel and the history of the Jewish people.”

Regarding the creation of a Palestinian state, Akunis said: “No to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank. The issue of the two-state solution has expired.”

(Source / 19.06.2019) 

Official New Zealand Government Website Wipes Israel Off The Map

Immigration New Zealand, an official government website, publishes map showing ‘Palestine’ but no Israel

Days Of Palestine – New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand, an official government website, published a fact sheet with a map of the Middle East that showed the truth about Palestine and wiped out “Israel.”

According to the Israel National News website that the web page was removed following a barrage of Israeli complaints on social media.

The fact sheet, which offered information about Palestinian Arab immigrants to New Zealand, also identified eastern Jerusalem as the designated capital of the State of Palestine. It also added that Israel caused massive repression of Palestinians during the second Intifada.

The web page mentioned that Israel’s economic sanctions and a blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza with no further explanation.

We in Days Of Palestine highly appreciate the New Zeland’s Immigration Minister and call upon him to keep fighting to show the truth about Palestine. We demand an investigation to be undertaken to find out the truth about the Israeli occupation who occupied Palestine and stole the Palestinian Lands in 1948.

(Source / 19.06.2019) 

IOA Demolishes Two Palestinian Homes In Jericho

IOA demolishes two Palestinian homes in Jericho - (Photo File)

IOA demolishes two Palestinian homes in Jericho

Days Of Palestine – Jericho

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning demolished two Palestinian owned homes in Jericho, northern West Bank, under the pretext of no building permit.

Local sources said that Israeli bulldozers demolished the homes under the pretext of unauthorized construction.

 (Source / 19.06.2019)