ISSAWIYEH: A JERUSALEM NEIGHBORHOOD IN DISTRESS WITH DOZENS WOUNDED AND DETAINED

Jerusalem (QNN) – For two weeks now, Israeli security forces have been waging a mini-war against Issawiyeh neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local residents, that culminated in the shooting death of a young resident, injury of more than 80 people in just two days of clashes and the detention last night and today of at least 19 people.

Residents said most of those detained were from the extended family of 21-year-old Mohammad Obeid, who was shot and killed by the Israeli forces on Thursday, and included couples and children.

Residents have recently been protesting unusually harsh Israeli measures in their neighborhood that included daily harassment and raids at homes under various pretexts, including collecting taxes.

During one of these protests two days ago, the security forces shot and killed Obeid with a bullet to the heart. The security forces prevented the residents from rushing Obeid to a nearby hospital and instead used force to seize him while wounded and took him to the hospital with critical wounds where he was shortly after pronounced dead.

Witnesses said the shooting was in cold blood and totally unjustified since there were no confrontations at that moment other than the peaceful protest at one end of the neighborhood.

Obeid was a former prisoner who served time in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation and was recently released, which prompted his family and residents to charge that his killing was intentional and a vengeful act demanding as a result an autopsy to be carried on the deceased.

In the meanwhile, the protests continued and intensified in the neighborhood since the killing and the police and security forces crackdown on the protests that led to more than 80 injuries in only two days and over 19 detentions.

The Red Crescent said Israeli police has interrupted its operation in the neighborhood and providing medical attention to the wounded, often preventing ambulances from reaching the wounded.

It said its crews treated 50 cases only yesterday with seven suffocation cases from teargas inhalation and were taken to hospital, six with broken bones, and 37 from rubber-coated metal bullets.

Meanwhile, Israel is still holding Obeid’s corpse and it is not clear when it intends to turn it over to the family for proper burial.

(Source / 29.06.2019) 

Israeli forces wound 126, including 39 children in Gaza

As of the 64th Friday, the Israeli occupation has killed 310 Palestinian protesters, including 44 children, two women, nine disabled, four paramedics and two journalists

Israeli occupation forces shot, wounded 126 Palestinian protesters during 64th Friday of Great March of Return, including 39 children, two women, five paramedics and two journalists.

Local medical sources said that 41 of the wounded were shot by live rounds; eight of them sustained critical wounds.

Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights described the Israeli crackdown on the protesters of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege in Gaza as “violent.”

“Israeli occupation forces used excessive and lethal force in their crackdown on the peaceful protesters on the 64th Friday of the protests,” the rights group said.

As of the 64th Friday, the Israeli occupation has killed 310 Palestinian protesters, including 44 children, two women, nine disabled, four paramedics and two journalists, Al-Mezan said.

In addition, it said that 17,106 protesters have been wounded, including 4,015 children, 764 women, 203 paramedics and 171 journalists.

(Source / 29.06.2019) 

Netanyahu plans new offensive on Gaza

During the past 10 years, Israeli occupation carried out three major offensives on Gaza, killed and wounded hundreds of thousands of Palestinians

In order to get the opportunity to form an emergency government, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to carry out new offensive on Gaza.

On 29 May, Netanyahu announced his failure to form a new government and set a date for new Knesset elections on 17 September.

Fearing to reach similar results in the new elections and that would end his political life as a prime minister, Netanyahu is thinking of different distractions.

Israeli analyst Ben Caspit wrote for Al-Monitor that Netanyahu is afraid of going for a war in Gaza, but he might carry out an offensive in order to get his rival approve a request to form an emergency government so that he remains in office.

Thousands of occasions since the start of the Israeli occupation in 1948 proved that the Israeli occupation and its leaders do not respect the life of the Palestinians.

“Therefore, Netanyahu does not care about how many Palestinians he is killing in order to bolster his seat as a prime minister,” Israeli analyst said.

(Source / 29.06.2019) 

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians, Cause Fire In Olive Orchards, In Bil’in

29 JUN5:19 AM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing many injuries, and burning several olive trees.

The Palestinians, accompanied by international peace activists, marched from the center of the village and headed towards the Annexation Wall, built on their lands in Abu Lemon area.

They carried Palestinian flags while chanting against the ongoing Israeli occupation and its colonies, and in condemnation of the so-called “Deal of the Century,” and the Manama Conference.”

The protesters also chanted for national unity, the Right of Return of the refugees, the release of all political prisoners, liberation and independence.

The soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at the nonviolent protesters, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, and leading to fire in olive orchards, burning many trees.

(Source / 29.06.2019) 

Israeli Soldiers Kill One Palestinian, Injure Many, In Jerusalem

28 JUN2:25 AM

Israeli soldiers and the police invaded, on Thursday evening, the al-‘Isawiya town, north of occupied East Jerusalem, killed a young Palestinian man, and injured many other residents, in addition to imposing a strict siege on the town.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Obeid neighborhood in the town, and attacked many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, in addition to searching homes and shops.

They added that the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian youngsters protesting the invasion.

Local nonviolent activist, Yousef Obeid, said the soldiers killed a former political prisoner, identified as Mohammad Samir Obeid, 21, after shooting him with several bullets, including a live round in the heart.

He added that the soldiers also injured four other Palestinians, causing mild-to-moderate wounds.

After killing the young man, the soldiers took his body away, and assaulted several Palestinians with clubs and batons.

Furthermore, the soldiers imposed a strict siege on the town, and prevented the residents, including ambulances, from entering or leaving it.

An eyewitness, who was standing next to the slain Palestinian, said the soldiers shot him with three live rounds from a close range, including the fatal round in the heart, and one that struck him in his leg, and added that the shooting had no cause or justification, especially since it was carried out an hour after the nonviolent protest ended.

His statements, alongside other witnesses, contradict allegations by the police that the slain young man “lit firecrackers in the direction of the police,’” allegedly “endangering their lives.”

It is worth mentioning that the invasion, and the killing of the young man, took place after the army attacked the nonviolent procession held by the locals against the daily invasions and violent searches of homes and property, carried out by the Israeli military and the police.

The killing of the young man also led to protests in the neighborhoods and towns of Wadi al-Jouz, at-Tour, al-‘Isawiya, Shu’fat, Shu’fat refugee camp and Abu Dis.

Mohammad was taken to Hadassah Israeli Medical Center in Jerusalem, where his death was confirmed by the surgeons and physicians, including a Palestinian surgeon, who is also from al-‘Isawiya.

An eyewitness, who was also injured after the soldiers attacked him, and went to Hadassah, said the young man was shot by a police officer, wearing an armored suit and a helmet, and used a pistol in shooting and killing Mohammad Obeid.

The eyewitness added that the soldiers and the police, who also went to the urgent care unit in the hospital, prevented the family and friends of the slain Palestinian from entering it, before assaulting many Palestinians, including his family, causing serious lacerations.

The slain young Palestinian man is a former political prisoner, who was released just a year ago, after spending twenty months in prison.

He was also abducted and imprisoned several times since he was a young teen, spending more than four years in prison.

It is worth mentioning that, on March 25 2016, Israeli soldiers abducted his sister, Sondos Obeid, 16, after alleging she carried a knife; she was sentenced to five months and a fine.

Their father is a former political prisoner, who was abducted and detained several times, including being held under Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

The nonviolent protests in al-‘Isawiya have been ongoing for more than three weeks, as the police and the army continue to invaded homes and stores, in addition to imposing high fines on the Palestinians, and the frequent abduction and imprisonment of many locals.

These protests are held by the local Palestinian residents of the town, in addition to Israeli peace activists.

(Source / 29.06.2019) 

Army Injures Ten Palestinians, Including A Journalist, In Kufur Qaddoum

29 JUN3:05 AM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and colonies in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, wounding ten Palestinians, including a journalist.

Morad Eshteiwy, the spokesperson of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the protesters nonviolently marched from the center of the village, while chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation and its colonies, in addition to the Manama Conference, and the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

He added that the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, wounding a child, 17 years of age, with a rubber-coated steel bullet, leading to fractures in his jaw.

The soldiers also shot a journalist, identified as Nidal Eshteyya, with two rubber-coated steel bullets.

Eight other Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, or suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, before receiving treatment in the local clinic.

Kufur Qaddoum witnesses frequent Israeli invasions, assaults and abductions as it continues to hold is weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.

(Source / 29.06.2019) 

The extreme pro-Israel right attacks the growing campaign to free Georges Abdallah

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Paris, France, on Saturday, 22 June to demand the liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, the imprisoned Arab struggler for Palestine who has been jailed in France for nearly 35 years. After the large demonstration, attacks have poured in from the French far right and pro-apartheid organizations, as documented by the Collectif Palestine Vaincra (translation below from the original French)

A story that comes (again) from afar

We can recognize the “quality” of these attacks in their consistency. Indeed, the Zionist far right and its allies have been repeatedly outraged by the growing support for the release of Georges Abdallah, Arab Communist and fighter for Palestine imprisoned in France since 1984 and eligible for release since 1999.

Since his arrest in 1984, Georges Abdallah has suffered repeated attacks from the supporters of the apartheid regime.

In 2016, during a film screening about Georges Abdallah at Utopia in Toulouse, the CRIF defamed the resister Georges Abdallah and the organizations that support him by attempting (unsuccessfully) to ban the event.

A few months ago, La France Insoumise member of parliament Danièle Obono was subjected to a wave of insults on Twitter for her support for the longest-held political prisoner in Europe. Among these Twitter attacks, one could count that of the lawyer-editorialist for the extreme right, Gilles William Goldnadel, or those of the leaders of the Printemps Républicain, Gilles Clavreul and Laurent Bouvet.

The campaign targeting only this one parliamentarian while dozens of prominent political figures also support Georges Abdallah must raise clear questions. This is especially true as many attacks referred to “integration” and the “values of the Republic,” long-established anti-Black, racist dog-whistles.

Misrepresentation in the service of Israel

The “controversy” surrounding the Paris demonstration for Georges Abdallah was sparked following an article in the pro-Israel, far-right website “Le Monde Juif,” close to the Jewish Brigade and the Jewish Defense League. This article, accompanied by a video, claims that the demonstrators chanted “Death to Israel,” (“A mort Israel” in French) and thus reflects anti-Semitism in the streets of Paris.

Even though it is very clear in the video that the slogan being chanted is actually “Down with Israel,” (“A bas Israel” in French) this is a classic refrain of the supporters of Israeli apartheid. They repeatedly affirm the Zionist claim that attempts to assimilate all Jews under the banner of the Zionist state. What is targeted in this slogan is the Israeli state, as a colonial, racist and advance base of Western imperialism in the region.

The accusation of anti-Semitism is too serious to be taken lightly. We condemn these wretched propaganda operations which aim to cast opprobrium upon a campaign that actually has great political clarity. Indeed, this campaign supports the struggle of Georges Abdallah and his organizations – the FARL as well as the PFLP – who fought and still fight against colonialism and racism, and for a free and democratic Palestine from the river to the sea.

Leading politicans support the attacks

This campaign, initiated by the most extreme ultra-Zionist networks, was soon joined by several prominent politicians.

For example, Les Républicains leader Eric Ciotti said, “hearing ‘Death to Israel’ on the streets of France in 2019 is unacceptable. This anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic act is intolerable.” Note also that he uses the same amalgamation as President Macron in an attempt to criminalize anti-Zionism.

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Entendre “Mort à Israël” dans les rues de France en 2019 est insoutenable.

Cet acte antisioniste et antisémite est intolérable.

Je m’étonne qu’une telle manifestation de soutien au terroriste Georges Ibrahim Abdallah ait été autorisée à Paris par la @prefpolice !1,17711:42 AM – Jun 26, 2019 1,182 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy

For her part, the Israeli apartheid ambassador to France, Aliza Bin Noun, said she was “shocked, especially since the organizers were authorized by the Prefecture of Police.”

Aliza Bin Noun @AlizaBinNoun  

On a scandé “mort à #Israël” ce samedi en plein cœur de #Paris. Pas étonnant: c’était lors d’une manifestation de soutien au #terroriste notoire Georges Ibrahim Abdallah! Je suis plus que choquée, ce d’autant + que les organisateurs aient reçu l’autorisation de @prefpolice43011:26 AM – Jun 26, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy 283 people are talking about this   

Faced with slander, we must confront it!

This new campaign of defamation helps to reveal that, in the diversity of its expressions, the campaign for the liberation of Georges Abdallah is growing and disturbing the defenders of racism and colonialism. The Collectif Palestine Vaincra asserts on this occasion its support for the Jeunes Révolutionnaires, initiator of the red block that is attacked in the video, which has been attacked on multiple occasions on social networks in this regard.View image on Twitter

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Jeunes Révolutionnaires@JR_EF_  

A bas Israël ! De la Mer au Jourdain, Palestine aux Palestiniens !356:06 PM – Jun 24, 2019 18 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy

Meanwhile, LREM deputy Sylvain Maillard will propose that the National Assembly adopts the “IHRA definition of anti-Semitism,” which is yet another attempt to censor support for the Palestinian people. We must not allow France to criminalize anti-Zionism; this is our duty to everyone.

(Source / 29.06.2019) 

ISRAEL WOUNDS UP TO 128 PARTICIPANTS OF THE GREAT RETURN MARCH IN BESIEGED GAZA

On Friday June 28th Israel’s occupation forces attacked the 64th Great Return March demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding up to 128 people.

Of the up to 128 participants of the Great Return March that were wounded in the attack by Israeli occupation forces, reports say that 38-39 are underage, 2-3 are women, 1-2 are journalists and 5-8 are paramedics.

41 people were wounded with live bullets of shrapnel (one source specifies that at least 19 were shot with live ammunition), 42 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and 46 were directly hit with tear-gas canisters launched by Israeli occupation forces from batteries placed on armoured vehicles.

Dozens of people taking part in the demonstration also suffered from effects of inhaling tear-gas.

The Great Return March is held to demand a right of return for Palestinian refugees that form 70 % of the 2 million inhabitants of the besieged coastal enclave, which is only 360 square kilometers in size. Most of the refugees live within 50 kilometers of their old home towns and villages which were ethnically cleansed by Israel in 1948-1949.

At least 277 and up to 315 people (depending on which protests are counted as part of the Great Return March) have been killed by Israeli occupation troops since March 30th 2018. Among the victims are 52 children. 550 people wounded in the same time period still suffer from life-threatening injuries.

(Source / 29.06.2019) 

Friedman renews claims Israel has ‘right’ to annex West Bank

(L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, touch the stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019, during the second day of Pompeo's visit as part of his five-day regional tour of the Middle East. [ABIR SULTAN/AFP/Getty Images]

(L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, touch the stones of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on 21 March 2019

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has renewed his claim that Israel has the right to annex parts of occupied West Bank.

According to Quds Press, Friedman told Israeli radio that there is no scenario in which Israel would have to leave the West Bank, which it has occupied since 1967.

Friedman reiterated his previous comments to the New York Times, in which he claimed Israel has the “right” to annex parts of the West Bank. The US ambassador stressed this is the policy of his country, or at least “the American expectations for the coming decades”.

His comments provoked a wave of criticism, with the Palestinian Foreign Ministry consideringfiling a complaint against the ambassador at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

US: No change to W. Bank policy after envoy goes rogue

“I do not understand why this issue was faced with such criticism,” Friedman argued, stressing that “there is not scenario in which Israel is leaving the whole West Bank”.

Israel’s illegal settlement of the occupied West Bank has continued apace; on Monday, Palestinian research Hanna Issa issued a statement noting that Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem have reached 503, with more than one million settlers.

Israel’s settlement is a violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which bans an occupying power from transferring civilian populations into territories it occupies.

In 2016, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 2334 in a 14–0 vote, stating that Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories is illegal.

READ: Top Trump envoy backs Friedman on West Bank annexation

(Source / 27.06.2019) 

Israel demolishes farming and commercial facilities in occupied West Bank

Palestinians inspect their animal barns following after the Israeli troops demolished it in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, June 13, 2019. [Abedalrahman Hassan - Apaimages]

Israeli troops demolished a barn in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 13 June 2019

Israeli occupation forces demolished several agriculture and commercial facilities on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Felesteen.ps has reported.

According to the Head of Ballout Municipality, Yahya Mustafa, the Israelis demolished a barn owned by Tayseer Abdullah and a car wash business owned by Amer Abdullah. He said that the demolitions were carried out without any prior notification, or even ultimatums. The Israeli occupation authorities, explained Mustafa, said that the facilities were demolished because they are located in Area C, which is under Israeli security and administrative control.

Meanwhile, local sources in occupied Jerusalem said that the Israelis also demolished a petrol station on Wednesday morning. No further details were provided.

The Israelis demolish Palestinian homes and facilities on a daily basis, usually claiming that they have been built without the necessary permits. Israel rarely, if ever, gives such permits to Palestinians, although illegal Jewish settler-colonists are allowed to build and occupy buildings almost at will.

READ: Israel Supreme Court backs demolition of 13 buildings under PA control 

(Source / 27.06.2019)