Lebanon actress calls for burning Palestinians in Hitler’s ovens

Lebanese actress Soha Kikano seen in an image uploaded on July 20, 2019 [@Sohakikano / Facebook]

Lebanese actress Soha Kikano seen in an image uploaded on July 20, 2019

Lebanese actress Soha Kikano has called for burning Palestinians in Nazi leader Adolph Hitler’s ovens over their protest against the Lebanese decision to restrict their working rights, Al-Wattan Voice reported yesterday.

Kikano wrote on Twitter: “The Palestinians in Sidon are protesting against the decisions of the labour minister. May they get blinded,” suggesting that measures are needed to “get rid” of them.

The actress then mentioned several ways to do this, including Hitler’s ovens, which were used to carry out the Holocaust. She then described Palestinians as “unleashed like monsters,” adding that “they want to work without laws”.

Her tweet caused wide-spread controversy in Lebanon. Lebanese journalist Hisham Haddad called for prosecuting Kikano  and called for Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, to hold a partisan court for her since she is a member of his party, the Free National Current.

Read: Palestinians continue protests against Lebanon work restriction

(Source / 03.08.2019) 

Israel Health Ministry ‘worried’ halt in Palestinian transfers will hurt Israel hospitals

A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance is seen at an Israeli checkpoint [file photo]

A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance is seen at an Israeli checkpoint 

Israel’s Health Ministry has expressed its worries about the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s decision to halt treatment transfers to Israeli hospitals, Ma’an reported yesterday.

According to Ma’an, Israeli public broadcaster KAN reported the concerns of officials in Israel’s Health Ministry that halting medical transfers would negatively affect Israeli hospitals.

KAN reported that representatives of the Israeli health and financial ministries will hold a meeting next week to discuss the repercussions of the halt in medical transfers.

A source from the Israeli Health Ministry, reported by KAN, hoped that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would interfere to sort out this issue.

Read: Greenblatt under fire after criticising PA for not paying Palestinian’s medical costs

(Source / 03.08.2019) 

Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies Report : 420 Arrests in July, Including 10 Women, 62 Children and the Martyrdom of a Prisoner

02 AUG11:36 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PCBS), released a report on August 1, 2019 confirming that the Israeli occupation authorities have continued to arbitrarily detain Palestinians during the past month of July. The PCBS has documented 420 cases of arrest of Palestinians during July, including 62 minors, 10 women, a deputy, and the martyr of the prisoners movement.

Riyad al-Ashqar, researcher for PCBS stated that the report documented 14 cases of arrest of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, 4 of whom were fishermen during the course of their work in the Gaza Strip, and the arrest of 10 young men and women while crossing the separation fence in the east of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli occupation forces arrested member of the Legislative Council, Azzam Noman Salhab, (63), from Hebron was placed under administrative detention, without charges.

The Arrest of Minors
Al-Ashqar affirmed that the occupation, targeted minor children with arrest and summons, 62 cases of the arrest of chlldren, including the siblings Mohammed Mazen Furcal (7) and Mahmoud Ezzedine Furcal (11), Amir Obeid (11), of Jerusalem, whom Israeli authorities interrogated.

In a serious precedent that exceeds all moral and legal standards, the occupation summoned the child Mohammed Rabea ‘Alyan (4) to interrogate him, as well as summoning Qais Firas Obaid (6) for interrogation, suspected of ‘throwing stones at police cars’.

The Arrest of Women
Al-Aqshar revealed that the Israeli occupation forces have persisted in the arrest of Palestinian women, during the July arrests, in addition to breaking into a house belonging to Shadi Sidr from Hebron, and the investigation of his daughter Angel (6), under the pretext that she had been ‘harassing the settlers’.

Fathia Sa’id Barghouthi (63), and the mother of Murad Barghouthi, was detained for at least six hours during her return to Palestine from Jordan, was interrogated during the entire period of her detention.

Alaa’ al-Bashir (23), from Qalqiliya, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces after she was summoned for interrogation, and detained for several weeks by the Palestinian security services. Another young woman, Sheroq Mohammed Al-Badin (25), from Bethlehem, was placed under a six month administrative detention order, with no charges.

Nagham Mohammad ‘Oleyyan (16) from the town of Issawiya, in the center of Jerusalem, was arrested and released two days later, on the condition that she pay a fine of 1,000 Israeli shekels, and five days of house arrest.

In addition to the arrest of the female teen, Rouen Atef Abu Sneineh (18), at a military checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba, on charges of possession of a knife, Israeli forces arrested Bara Mahmoud, from Jerusalem, Madlyn Issa, and Hayat Al-Zaghal, from Silwan, with her husband and son.

The Death of a Prisoner in Solitary Confinement
The number of Palestinian martyrs of the Prisoner Population this July, rose to 220, after the death of the Palestinian prisoner Nassar Majid Taqatqa (31), from Beit Fajjar in Bethlehem, as a result of torture and medical neglect that he suffered in Israeli interrogation centers and detention. The Israeli occupation forces arrested Taqatqa after invading his home on June 19, 2019. Occupation forces ransacked and damaged the home, and took him for interrogation. He was subjected to harsh and violent torture, and placed in severe conditions, which led to pneumonia infection, and was denied the necessary medical treatment. He was left alone, to fight the infection, in solitary confinement, until he succumbed to the infection, for which the Israeli occupation bears full responsibility.

21 Prisoners on Hunger Strike
Researcher Al-Ashqar confirmed that 21 Palestinian prisoners were on open ended hunger strikes, in opposition to their administrative sentences, in the month of July, 14 of whom suspended their strike after receiving promises to limit the administrative detention. 7 prisoners were still on strike for various periods, the longest being Muhammad Nidal Abu Bakr (22), Mustafa al-Hassanat (25), from Bethlehem, and Hotheifa Bader Halabiyya (33), in occupied Jerusalem, entering their second month in a row, their health situations deteriorating significantly.

Administrative Detention
Al-Ashqar asserted that the Israeli occupation authorities have maintained in July, the unethical practice of administrative detention against the Palestinian prisoners, where the courts issued 51 new administrative detention orders, including 14 new orders, mostly of prisoners that were released from prison, and then re-arrested and placed under administrative detention. 37 orders were for the renewal of the administrative detention, ranging from two months to six months.

Among those issued administrative decisions were Palestinian Minister of Parliament, Muhammad Ismail al-Tal (54), from Hebron, whose administrative detention was extended for a third time for more three months. From Gaza’s ruling party, Hamas leader, Sheikh Nazih Sa’id Abu-Aun (57), from Jenin, had his administrative detention renewed for a third time, and the sentence of Mohammed Anwar Mona (36), from Nablus, was extended for another 4 months.

Palestine Prisoners’ Center for Studies

(Source / 03.08.2019) 

Israeli Troops Abduct Two Palestinians South of Jenin in Overnight Raid

03 AUG10:11 AM

Israeli occupation forces arrested two young men from Qabatiya village south of Jenin in the early morning hours on Saturday .

Local sources told the Palestinian Wafa news agency that the Israeli forces arrested Bilal al-Sa’di and Khaled Nazzal while they were near the village of Marqa, south of Jenin .

Israeli forces conduct nightly raids into Palestinian areas, abducting Palestinians from their homes while they are sleeping, in an attempt to instill fear in the Palestinian population.

(Source / 03.08.2019) 

Israeli forces wound 64 protesters in Gaza protests

Since start of protests, Israeli occupation have killed 311 Palestinians, including 44 children, two women, nine disabled, two journalists and four paramedics

Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded 64 peaceful Palestinian protesters during Friday protests of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege in Gaza.

According to Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, the number included 27 children, one woman, a female paramedic and two journalists.

The protests started on 30 March 2018 to call for ending the 13-year-old strict and oppressive Israeli siege imposed on Gaza, as well as to reinforce the Palestinians’ right of return to their homeland they were forced out in 1948.

Since the start of the protests, the Israeli occupation forces have killed 311 Palestinians, including 44 children, two women, nine disabled, two journalists and four paramedics.

In addition, they have wounded 17,512 protesters, including 4,213 children, 782 women, 177 journalists and 205 paramedics.

(Source / 03.08.2019) 

Gaza shootout proved the failure of Israel’s tactics

To justify their defeat, as well as executing the Palestinian gunman, who run out of ammunition, Israeli army denied reports about invading Gaza and claimed the gunman breached the fence into Israel

By Motasem A Dalloul 

After just one day on completing a wide-scale Israeli military exercise around Gaza, only one Palestinian gunman, who prevented invasion of two platoons of special forces into Gaza, proved the failure of all Israeli tactics in the besieged enclave.

Three Israeli occupation soldiers, including one officer, were injured by a Palestinian gunman in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis at dawn today. The Palestinian was identified as Hani Abu Salah, who was killed while the three soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to an Israeli hospital in Al-Naqab with non-life-threatening wounds.

According to the Israel Defence Forces, Abu Salah was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and several hand grenades. He apparently acted independently and was not ordered to carry out the attack by any of the resistance groups in Gaza.

The dawn shootout has been criticised widely, focusing mainly on Israel’s occupation forces as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, not least because it came just one day after the end of the largest military drill in the area since the 51-day summer 2014 Israeli military offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza, dubbed Operation Protective Edge.

“The drill which took place in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon near the border with the Gaza Strip, which began on Sunday…” reported Israeli Hayom, “included attack helicopters, combat troops, as well as new forms of weaponry for combat inside attack tunnels.”

The Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, agreed the date for the exercise as soon as he took office in January. He made the decision due to growing concerns that the army is not sufficiently prepared to engage in a successful war against the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip. Such concerns increased after the botched Israeli Special Forces raid in the same area last November.

Although soldiers have been trained intensively on tackling resistance fighters, today’s incident demonstrated how ineffective the training is. It also suggested that Israel’s tactics are futile.

As usual, the Israeli media reported the army narrative that the Palestinian gunman had infiltrated the occupation state through the eastern fence surrounding Gaza and that soldiers did not at first think that he was an armed “terrorist.”

Initial reports on military radio, however, said that the shootout took place after the armed incursion of an Israeli Special Unit in Gaza, but the army denied this. The official statement then claimed that Abu Salah crossed the nominal border into Israel and clashed with the Israeli forces. According to Palestinian resistance sources, though, the lone gunman confronted Israeli soldiers who had infiltrated the Gaza Strip.

“Even if we accept the official Israeli narrative,” said Walid Al-Agha, an expert in Israeli affairs, “the incident proved the failure of the whole Israeli military system when it comes to dealing with Gaza.” He noted that this incident followed the large-scale military exercise in which all sections of the Israeli army took part and there was a full deployment of soldiers around the coastal enclave for the duration of the exercise.

“This incident is enough to prove the failure of the Israeli forces in dealing with just one Palestinian armed with a light weapon,” claimed Hassan Lafi, a Palestinian expert on Israeli military affairs in Gaza.” The Palestinian clashed with the first Israeli platoon and wounded three of them. Then, another one advanced and could not kill him for at least an hour. This proves the failure of Kochavi’s exercise.”

It is not only the Palestinians who believe that the shootout was a test of Israel’s readiness for military activity in and around Gaza, and that it failed the test. Commenting on the incident, former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman conceded that Israeli deterrence has been eroded. He blamed Netanyahu for the poor capabilities of the Israeli occupation forces. The former head of Israel’s domestic security agency, Yoram Kohen, concurred when he told army radio that Israel’s deterrent factor is being cut.

Other commentators were just as scathing. “It was not necessary for the Israeli army to brag about the improvements it has made for a future war in Gaza,” explained Yossi Yehoshua, military correspondent with the country’s largest-circulation newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. “The major problem was not resolved. If this was the second failure of the Golan forces in the span of one month, they might not have been prepared properly to deploy along the border with Gaza.”

The veteran reporter on military affairs for the Walla news website, Amir Bohbot, said that it was “unacceptable” that such an incident had taken place “less than 24 hours” after the army completed the Gaza Division’s major exercise, “which was carried out to evaluate the readiness of the army for a potential war.”

Amir Oren, the senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board, concluded that, “Khan Younis is the name of the city which is the most frequently traded. It is the password which could bring the dreams of the Chief of Staff to an end.”

(Source / 03.08.2019) 

Palestine Pleads To EU To Stop Israel ‘Crimes’

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) appealed Friday to the European Union and human rights organisations to “intervene urgently” to stop Israel’s “ongoing crimes” against Palestinian detainees, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The Palestinian leadership is making intensive efforts to hold Israel accountable for its grave violations against the Palestinian people, especially the Palestinian prisoners,” PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said during a meeting with ambassadors and consuls of EU countries.

Erekat briefed officials on the latest prominent violations committed by Israel against Palestinian people, and prisoners in particular, including torture, degrading treatment, medical negligence and more.

According to Palestinian figures, about 5,500 Palestinians, including many women and children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities.

(Source / 03.08.2019) 


Occupied West Bank (QNN)- The Israeli Civil Administration is set to advance plans for at least 2,430 new settler units and to authorize four new settlement outposts near illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, Peace Now said on Friday.

Earlier this week, Israeli authorities approved a plan for 6,000 settler units in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

On Wednesday Netanyahu visited the illegal Efrat settlement and vowed that as long as he was in office, no settler or settlement would be uprooted. He also promised to expand settlements and occupation of the West Bank.

(Source / 03.08.2019)