Palestinian Kid And Young Man Kidnapped By IOF In West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn on Saturday kidnapped two Palestinian citizens, including a child, from their homes in Kobar town, north of Ramallah city in the West Bank.

According to local sources, the IOF stormed the house of prisoner Khaldoun al-Barghouthi and kidnaped his son Obeida.

Another young man identified as Nasrallah Sarhan was taken prisoner after the IOF ransacked his home in the same town.

The IOF also engaged in clashes with local youths during its campaign in the town.

(Source / 31.08.2019) 

Palestinian Young Man Shot At Gaza Protest Dies Of Injury

A Palestinian young man was proclaimed dead on Saturday morning after he succumbed to a bullet injury he sustained the day before when Israeli soldiers quelled a protest rally staged on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip.

According to a local medical source, 25-year-old Bader Mousa, from al-Yabani neighborhood in Khan Younis, suffered a serious bullet injury in his head after an Israeli sniper shot him during his participation in a March of Return protest held on Friday in the east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

Several Palestinian protesters suffered from bullet injuries and their exposure to tear gas fumes when the Israeli occupation forces violently attacked their border rallies on Friday.

According to the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza, 42 citizens was injured by live ammunition during the protests.

(Source / 31.08.2019) 

EU to pay PA €24.5m to cover wages

Palestinian Authority employees stage a protest after 30% is cut from their salaries, seen on April, 2017

Palestinian Authority employees stage a protest after 30% is cut from their salaries, seen on April, 2017

The European Union (EU) has offered to give the Palestinian Authority (PA) €24.5 million ($27 million) to pay the August salaries and pensions of about 56,000 civil servants in the occupied West Bank, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

In a statement, acting EU Representative Thomas Nicholson said: “We are aware of the deep and complicated fiscal crisis the Palestinian Authority is facing and the potential human, social and security consequences.”

“We hope that the economic and financial deals between Israel and the PA continue to be fully active, including the obligations made by the Paris Protocol,” he added, referring to the 1994 agreement which established interim economic relations between Israel and the PA.

Nicholson continued: “The PA institutions offer healthcare, education and security for millions of Palestinians. This must be the interest of all parties.”

He reiterated that the EU would continue to offer financial support for the PA in order to guarantee its fiscal sustainability and protect its ability to build Palestinian institutions.

PA: Public wages to increase by 10%

(Source / 31.08.2019) 

471 Israel settlers stormed Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque last week

Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshipers, who wanted to stop fanatic Jews' raids, in Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque complex, injuring at least 37, in Jerusalem on 11 August 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces can be seen at Al-Aqsa mosque complex in in Jerusalem on 11 August 2019 

As many as 471 Israeli settlers raided Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli police last week, Quds Press reported yesterday.

Quds Press explained that Israeli police escort the settlers who raid Al-Aqsa Mosque through Al-Mughrabi Gate, which has been controlled by Israel since it occupied the Holy City in 1967.

The raids are often organised by Temple Mount groups, and include explanations about the Israeli narrative related to the history of Al-Aqsa Mosque and sometimes include performing religious rituals on the compound, in violation of the status-quo agreements.

At the same time, Israeli authorities continue to arrest Waqf officials, who belong to the Jordanian Islamic endowment which is responsible for the security, renovation and services at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Read: Israel police kidnaps seven Jerusalemites from Bab al-Rahma

(Source / 31.08.2019) 

Army Seals Entrance to Beit Ummar

31 AUG4:37 AM

Israeli occupation forces, today, sealed the main entrance to the town of Beit Ummar, to the north of Hebron, according to witnesses.

The army shut , with a metal gate, the entrance to the town, forcing Palestinians to use longer routes to enter or exit the village.

Human rights group have long condemned Israel for imposing restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank, describing the restrictions as the main tool which Israel uses to enforce its policy of occupation and control over the Palestinian population.

“In addition to the permanent restrictions in place, the military also employs travel restrictions in order to collectively punish villages, and sometimes entire regions, following instances of throwing stones or Molotov cocktails at roads,” says Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

(Source / 31.08.2019) 

BDS Calls for Boycott on AnyVision, Israel’s “Field-tested” Facial Recognition Surveillance Company

31 AUG4:45 AM

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is calling for the boycott of AnyVision, Israel’s facial recognition technology firm, due to its irrefutable complicity in Israel’s occupation and repression of Palestinians. 

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) calls for boycotting AnyVision, Israel’s facial recognition technology firm, due to its irrefutable complicity in Israel’s occupation and repression of Palestinians.

AnyVision profits from Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights and exports its repressive surveillance technology globally.

With offices in Tel Aviv, New York, Mexico, London, Belfast and Singapore, the company was founded in 2015 and has quickly gained investments, contracts and joint ventures with the Israeli military, governments and companies internationally.

Human Rights Watch has called on Microsoft to review its investments in AnyVision given the “human rights risk associated with the investment in a company that’s providing [facial recognition] technology to an occupying power.” AnyVision violates Microsoft’s own principles on facial recognition because they provide technology used for unlawful surveillance.

HPE, which supplies servers to Israel’s population control registry, a pillar of its apartheid system, uses AnyVision facial recognition technology in its servers.

Spanish telecommunications transnational Telefónica and G4S also use AnyVision’s technology. The city of Nice, France, surveils citizens with AnyVision and entry to the London stadium was surveilled by AnyVision last summer.

Enabling the occupation

AnyVision plays a direct role in Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, which includes Israel’s illegal wall and military checkpoints. According to the Israeli army, AnyVision is part of a “program to upgrade” military checkpoints in the West Bank through adding technology for new “identification and inspection stations”. Anyvision also maintains cameras for the Israeli military deep inside the West Bank to spy on  Palestinians and enable the Israeli military’s illegal targeting of civilians.

AnyVision promotes itself as a company of “AI Designers & Security Veterans” with  over 20 years of “field experience”. AnyVision president, Amir Kain, is former head of the security department at Israel’s Ministry of Defense. One of its advisers, Tamir Pardo, is former head of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency.

Israel’s “defense” ministry is responsible for carrying out repeated war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied Palestinian territory, including massacres in Gaza and ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem. The Mossad is a criminal agency that directly enables violations of international law and Palestinian human rights through illegal covert operations and extra-judicial killings.

The Israeli government systematically supports private companies in exporting its repressive technology and tactics for profit. The profits made from this dirty business serve to offset Israel’s military spending and other costs of its apartheid regime.

Exporting repression

Civil rights organizations and academics in the U.S. have raised alarm over the use of facial recognition. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has warned that this technology has “enormous civil liberties implications”, and legal scholar Woodrow Hartzog described it as “the most uniquely dangerous surveillance mechanism ever invented”.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) appeals to people of conscience to boycott and divest from AnyVision until it ends its violations of human rights worldwide. In particular, we call for pressure on Microsoft to drop its shameful relationship with and investment in AnyVision as they violate Microsoft’s own principles on facial recognition.

The BDS movement has also called for a boycott of HP companies due to their deep complicity in Palestinian human rights violations. Their complicity is now deeper given their collaboration with AnyVision.

We call on academic institutions and conscientious academics to refrain from collaborating with AnyVision in order not to provide scholarly legitimacy to grave violations of international law.

(Source / 31.08.2019) 

FOR JERUSALEM POLICE, EVEN DIRECTING TRAFFIC IS A FORM OF TERRORISM

By Oren Ziv

Israeli police arrested a well-known Palestinian activist in East Jerusalem earlier this week, accusing him of encouraging drivers to run over Israeli officers while he directed traffic in his neighborhood.

Muhammad Abu Hummus, one of the most prominent activists in Issawiya who has been documenting the daily police incursions into the neighborhood over the last several months, was arrested on Sunday after uploading a video of himself guiding a Palestinian driver through a traffic jam.

Abu Hummus was brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where police representatives told the judge that he had encouraged the driver to run them over. In the video, Abu Hummus can be heard helping to direct traffic in the middle of Issawiya as police officers look on. When a reluctant Palestinian driver approaches, Abu Hummus can be heard telling her “id’asi,” the Arabic equivalent of “keep driving.” However, to most Jewish Israelis, it sounds similar to the Hebrew word “tidresi,” which means “to run over.” Abu Hummus was arrested four days after the video was uploaded to Facebook.

The court released Abu Hummus a day after his arrest. The police appealed the decision to the Jerusalem District Court, which extended his remand until Tuesday afternoon and ordered him to stay away from the neighborhood for 15 days. Abu Hummus has been sleeping in a gas station at the entrance to Issawiya since.

Despite what the police claim, the video shows that the officers present were not in danger, did not respond directly to Abu Hummus as he spoke in Arabic to the driver, and did not arrest him on the spot. The minutes of his hearings reveal that the police had other motives for the arrest.

“He appears at every disturbance or whenever police officers arrive in Issawiya. He agitates and taunts the police. All the officers know him,” police representative Haitham Trody told the District Court judge on Monday. “We arrested him because he is not a force for good in Issawiya,” said another police representative.

Michal Peleg, an activist with the anti-occupation group Ta’ayush who was present when the video was filmed, said it was just another routine day in Issawiya. “At around 6:30 p.m., young Border Police officers began marching through the neighborhood. We followed them along with Abu Hummus and took photos. When we were on the main street, one of the officers turned around suddenly and without any cause fired a stun grenade at us, which smashed a car windshield.”

She says the police vehicles that enter the neighborhood on a daily basis block Issawiya’s narrow streets, causing major traffic jams and creating chaos.

“Abu Hummus was trying to solve a traffic jam created by the police. The driver was next to us and he signaled her to go ahead so as not to block traffic,” she added.

Peleg has no doubt that the police are looking for any way to stop Abu Hummus. “They want any excuse to arrest him, so someone came up with the idea that the video could help. They have an interest in removing him because he is a source of nonviolent civil resistance and documents what they are doing in the neighborhood.”

(Source / 31.08.2019) 

DEATH OF PALESTINIAN YOUNG MAKE-UP ARTIST ISRAA GHRAYEB RAISES QUESTIONS OVER “HONOR MURDER”

Bethlehem (QNN) – #WeAreAllIsraa, a hashtag that has spread like wildfire in solidarity with a 21-year-old Palestinian young woman from Bethlehem, who died after allegedly being beaten and tortured by her family after she posted a video on social media with a man who she was soon to be engaged to.

Activists across the world are calling for justice for Israa’ after she was reportedly killed in a family “honor killing” on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

According to Israa’ friends on social media, the video was sent to her father and brothers by relative, they were outraged claiming it dishonored the family by showing her together with her fiancé before the official wedding ceremony.

Israa’ was physically assaulted by her brothers that they broke her spine. Other sources say that she sustained her serious spinal injuries after she fell from the second floor of their house whilst attempting to escape her family’s violence.

Israa’ was moved to the hospital of the Arab Society Hospital in Bethlehem. While on her bed in the hospital, Israa’ posted a selfie on her Instagram account, that showed bruises on her body, indicating domestic violence. She wrote on her selfie, “I am better now. Alhamdulillah.”

She posted another picture of a cannula in her hand, and wrote on the picture that she had to cancel all August and September appointments due to her health condition. It’s worth noting that Israa’ had been a young, ambitious, and skillful make-up artist.

A Facebook account called Remana Naseer, who says she was a friend of Israa’s, shared voice notes where Israa’ is heard screaming for help and beaten up by someone in the hospital.

The voice notes were allegedly recorded and sent by a nurse who heard the noise while she was near Israa’s room. According to witnesses from the hospital, it was Israa’s brother in law who was with her in the room.

Israa’ was heard screaming “Police! Where’s the Police!” amid sounds of beating, but no help was offered.

The circumstances surrounding her death are still unclear, with social media reports claiming she died at home days after being assaulted in hospital.

Social media accounts published a statement said to be by Ghrayeb family in the aftermath of their daughter’s death, claiming that Israa’ was suffering from psychological disorders and that’s why she threw herself from the second floor on August 9 and sustained spinal injuries before she was transferred to the hospital.

“Due to the turbulent behavior by Israa’, it was necessary to get her out of the hospital on family responsibility and complete her treatment at home, but it didn’t take her much time until she died from a stroke. Her body has been transferred to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Dis for autopsy, and we’re waiting for the medical report to be issued by the official authorities,” the statement said.

QNN contacted the family who denied their relationship with the statement and refused to offer details about Israa’s death.

Later on August 30, 2019, Israa’s brother in law, in a live broadcast on his Facebook profile, denied all the accusations and claimed that Israa’ died from a heart attack. He said she was not beaten by her family, and the sounds of her screaming in the hospital were because she had been jinn-possessioned (meaning she suffered from mental health problems and hallucinations by an evil spirit).

Adalah Justice Project, a Palestinian Human Rights organization, said they were “outraged and saddened” by Israa’s “heinous killing”, and called for an investigation into her alleged murder.

“Israa was murdered by members of her family after she posted a selfie video of an outing with her fiancé. The crime is being called an ‘honor’ killing, but this is misleading and false. There is no honor in murder,” the group said in a statement.

The director of Center for Women’s Psychosocial Counseling and a member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Women’s Union, Khawla Azraq, said in an interview, “we gathered some information which proves that Israa’ did not suffer from any mental disorders. She worked in a well-known beauty salon in Bethlehem and was a skillful make-up artist. Israa’s acquaintances did not mention that she suffered from any mental disorders.”

Following an Arabic hashtag which translates to #WeAreAllIsraa, several people, social activists and institutions posted messages of solidarity calling for justice for Israa’.

(Source / 31.08.2019)

LOOK FOR WHO BENEFITS FROM THE GAZA BOMBINGS

By Habib Abu Mahfouz

It only took a few hours after the suicide bombing earlier this week that killed three Palestinian policemen in the Gaza Strip for Hamas security officers to arrest the mastermind behind the horrific crime. Others linked directly to the suicide bombers were also picked up.

Despite the condemnation of the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas is generally regarded as one of the first groups to confront the threat of extremist ideology in the besieged territory. It was, after all, Hamas which eliminated Abdel Latif Moussa’s Salafi Jihadist group ten years ago. Moussa had announced the establishment of an independent emirate in a speech at the Sheikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah Mosque in 2009, after his group — Jund Ansar Allah — declared Hamas members to be non-believers.

Having failed to get rid of Hamas despite waging three military offensives against the Gaza Strip since 2008, Israel has been looking at ways to destabilise the security of the enclave from within, specifically through plans to infiltrate and direct the actions of extremist groups. The resultant bombings would, in effect, be Israeli bombings.

This scenario is given credence by the fact that this week’s suicide bombers targeted a traffic police checkpoint, which is relatively insignificant in terms of security and would probably not warrant the sacrifice of one’s life. The main objective was clearly for the attack to happen so that it would impose new and unexpected priorities for the resistance movement, thus affecting its ability to challenge the Israeli occupation.

Intelligence suggests that the plan was to carry out large-scale bombings in heavily-populated areas where members of the security services live and work, as well as Palestine Police transport. Israel cannot afford to repeat the scale of its 2008 war scenario for simple financial reasons.

Looking at the operations carried out by the militant groups, we find that it is the Israelis who benefit the most from, for example, the assassination of former prisoner Mazen Faqha, the attack on ex-Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy, or the attempt to kill Deputy Interior Minister Tawfik Abu Naim, who is also a former prisoner.

In terms of timing and the regional context, it is Israel which stands to benefit most from the latest bombings, given the current tension between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and the Palestinian resistance movement’s talk of engaging in the next confrontation.

Hence, Israel wanted to be able to point to Gaza and say that the security situation is not calm enough, in the hope of diverting the attention of Hamas and removing it from the equation in a military confrontation on the nominal border with southern Lebanon. It has to be said that the Israelis are very skilled at creating confusion and chaos, as well as carrying out security strikes to achieve their strategic objectives.

Over the years, the relationship between Hamas and militant groups has gone through various stages, from dialogue to security crackdowns, but understandings have soon collapsed, usually as a result of regional state or Zionist interference. However, it is clear that Hamas has the military capacity and capabilities to confront the members of the extremist groups, control them and, most importantly, do this with popular support for its own direct approach to confronting the Zionist enemy rather than fellow Palestinians. If we want to know who is really behind the bombings in Gaza, look for who benefits from them.

(Source / 31.08.2019) 

Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained on Friday Gaza protests

More than 305 protesters have been killed since start of protests on 30 March 2018

Palestinian youth identified as Baderiddin Musa abu-Musa, 25, who sustained serious wounds on Friday Gaza protests, succumbed to his wounds today morning.

The youth, from the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, was shot with a live bullet in the chest during the 72nd Friday of the protests of the Great March or Return.

During this Friday protests, at least 75 protesters were wounded, inclduign 42 hit with live bullets.

Since the Gaza rallies began in March last year, nearly 305 protesters have been martyred and thousands more wounded by Israeli troops deployed near the buffer zone.

Demonstrators demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has shattered the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic amenities.

(Source / 31.08.2019)