How Israel Is Trying To Expel Palestinians From Gaza

Israeli officials have reportedly said the state was willing to help Palestinians leave Gaza – provided they don’t come back

A man and a child are pictured at a refugee camp in southern Gaza on 24 June (AFP)

A man and a child are pictured at a refugee camp in southern Gaza on 24 June

Israeli officials recently admitted what they have really been aiming to achieve through the inhumane, 13-year siege of Gaza.

The blockade has not been imposed for security reasons, or to punish a specific Palestinian faction. Rather, it is part of an ongoing process of “more land, less Arabs”, initiated by Zionist gangs to expel and displace the indigenous people of Palestine.

According to a report last week in Ynet News, a government source acknowledged that Israel has sought to push Palestinians to leave Gaza, noting that “attempts have been made” to persuade “certain nations” to take in Palestinians, but the attempts failed.

Arranging flights

The source revealed that the Israeli government was even willing “to arrange transportation” for Palestinians wishing to leave the Gaza Strip, “at least to one of the airports in the Negev”.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s public security minister, reportedly confirmed these statements, noting that the Israeli government has discussed encouraging Gaza’s Palestinians to leave the coastal enclave.

The admission by Israeli officials of their goal to push Palestinians to leave Gaza only compounds Israel’s crimes against the two million Palestinian civilians living there

In an interview with Army Radio, Israeli politician Ayelet Shaked criticised measures taken by the Israeli government and army to deny Gaza’s population an exit from the blockaded territory, stressing that she supported their departure. Shaked noted that Gaza has been experiencing a population explosion and extreme overcrowding, and that it was time for Israel to allow them to leave the country.

These statements of sudden empathy for Gaza’s tragic reality ignore several facts: that around two-thirds of Gaza’s Palestinians are refugees, whose grandparents were expelled by Israel from their villages in 1948, and that Gaza’s overpopulation would have been much less damaging if Israel did not further occupy a third of the territory in the so-called “buffer zone”.

The statements also disregard the fact that Gaza’s humanitarian crisis is the result of Israel’s decision to close Gaza’s crossings, restrict the movement of individuals and goods, and prevent real economic development in the territory.

Explicit goal

Instead of being implicit, Israel’s strategic goal to empty Palestine of its indigenous population has become explicit.

In 1948 when Israel established its state, Zionist gangs committed more than 70 massacresagainst Palestinians, destroyed more than 530 villages and towns, and killed at least 15,000 Palestinians. More than 750,000 Palestinians were forced to flee, enabling Israel to control 78 percent of Palestinian lands.

Israel’s desire for more land was never curbed, continuing to expand as it occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Egypt’s Sinai and Syria’s Golan Heights in 1967. Israel later seized control of southern Lebanon in 1982.

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While Israel was ultimately forced to withdraw from the Sinai and Lebanon’s south, it continues to occupy the Golan Heights and the West Bank while keeping Gaza under blockade. According to data from B’Tselem, Israel established more than 200 illegal settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, between 1967 and 2017, housing 620,000 settlers.

This past March, US President Donald Trump signed a declaration recognising Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights. Expressing gratitude for the US bias towards Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named a settlement in the Golan Heights after Trump.

‘Demographic threat’

Israel has revealed its intentions to annex Area C, which comprises 60 percent of the West Bank. It is simultaneously working to get rid of as many Palestinians as it can, including through the Absentee Property Law, which transfers housing owned by Palestinian refugees to the state – which then gives it to Jewish immigrants.

“Demographic threat” is one of the most widely used terms in Israel’s academic and political space, reflecting Israel’s perception of Palestinians as a threat to its character as a Jewish state. In this context, we can understand Israel’s refusal to withdraw from the Jordan Valley, as this would give Palestinians direct physical contact with Jordan, potentially allowing thousands of refugees to return to the West Bank and to disrupt Israel’s settler-colonial presence.

Israel’s strategic objective in Gaza is justified by the logic of the “demographic threat”, whereby Palestinians are seen as a “ticking time bomb”. This perception speaks to Israel’s deeply embedded racism and discrimination against Palestinians.

The admission by Israeli officials of their goal to push Palestinians to leave Gaza only compounds Israel’s crimes against the two million Palestinian civilians living there. The first crime is the collective punishment they have endured for more than a decade; the second is Israel’s intention to displace them yet again.

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

Netanyahu repeats pledge to annex Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on 14 April, 2019 [RONEN ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on 14 April, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, Reuters reported him as saying on Sunday, reiterating an election promise made five months ago but again giving no timeframe.

Settlements are one of the most heated issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians have voiced fears that Netanyahu could defy international consensus and move ahead with annexation with possible backing from US President Donald Trump, a close ally.

“With God’s help we will extend Jewish sovereignty to all the settlements as part of the (biblical) Land of Israel, as part of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said in Sunday’s speech in the West Bank settlement of Elkana, where he attended a ceremony opening the school year.

He did not say when he planned to make such a move.

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Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, made a similar pledge days before an Israeli general election in April. After the vote he failed to form a governing parliamentary majority and the country will hold a new election on September 17.

With publication of a US peace plan still pending, Trump has already recognised Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

Palestinians seek to make the West Bank part of a future state that would include the Gaza Strip and have East Jerusalem as its capital. Israel captured those areas in 1967 and moved troops and settlers out of Gaza in 2005.

Read: Netanyahu is risking war to boost his electoral prospects

After decades of settlement-building, more than 400,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank, according to Israeli figures, among a Palestinian population put at about 2.9 million by the Palestinian Statistics Bureau.

A further 212,000 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“This is our land,” Netanyahu said in his speech in Elkana. “We will build another Elkana and in another Elkana and another Elkana. We will not uproot anyone here,” Netanyahu said.

The Palestinians and many countries consider settlements to be illegal under the Geneva conventions that bar settling on land captured in war. Israel disputes this, citing security needs and biblical, historical and political connections to the land.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

The Trump administration says it intends to release its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan after the Israeli election and has not disclosed whether it will advocate a two-state solution that has been at the foundation of past negotiations.

Read: US will not release Middle East peace plan before Israeli election

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

Palestinians demand legal protection after ‘honour’ killing of Israa Gharib

Ahlam Wahsh (center), 57, head of the PLO’s General Assembly of Palestinian Women, speaking passionately in front of the crowd of protesters in Beit Sahour's main square [Megan Giovannetti]

Ahlam Wahsh (center), 57, head of the PLO’s General Assembly of Palestinian Women, speaking passionately in front of the crowd of protesters in Beit Sahour’s main square

“No to violence against women!” Palestinian women and men of all ages shouted, marching from Bethlehem’s manger square down to Beit Sahour.

“From Beit Sahour to the government leaders, we need laws to protect women!”

Saturday afternoon, August 31, a group of almost 100 people gathered in the middle of the Bethlehem town of Beit Sahour to demand justice for 21-year-old Israa Gharib, a prominent make-up artist and Beit Sahour local who was allegedly murdered by her family as a form of honour killing.

Though details of the incident are not yet confirmed, The New Arab reports that Gharib was killed in her hospital bed after receiving treatment for a spinal injury she acquired falling from the second story of her house. She was apparently attempting to escape attacks from male family members when she jumped off a balcony.

After the news spread across social media – including a viral video containing her torturous screams from her hospital room and hashtags stating “We are Israa” – public outcry against honour killings ensued. This opened up a larger discussion over the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) outdated legal system in terms of gender-based violence.

“We are here protesting, calling for the end of violence against women,” Lucy Talgieh, a member of the women’s department in the Palestinian Center for Conflict Resolution, told MEMO at Saturday’s protest. “We are sending our message to our President that we need a law to be implemented to stop the killing and domestic violence in Palestine.”

An outdated, dysfunctional system

The main issue at hand is a penal code adopted from the Jordanian legal system when they controlled the now-Israeli occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem before the 1967 war. Article 99 of said penal code, “grants judges the ability to dramatically reduce sentences,” when “extenuating circumstances” are present.

According to a 2014 UN human rights report written by Palestinian judge Ahmad al-Ashqar, “Legislation in place contributes, to a large extent, to building a social awareness that killing under the pretext of honour is acceptable.”“Since 100 years there is nothing really changing in laws,” Amira Khader, lawyer and co-manager of the feminist store BabyFist in Ramallah, explained. She noted that Palestine has undergone occupation from the Ottoman Empire, the British, and the Israelis consecutively, leaving little opportunity for the development of its own legal system.

And while under occupation, Khader added, the political system is not stable. “It’s really difficult to change anything while the Israelis control everything single detail about your life.”

“And now the [Palestinian] parliament hasn’t been working since 2000 and the intifada,” she continued. “There hasn’t been any real discussion or any real voting since 2006,” when the PA split between the political parties Hamas, controlling Gaza, and Fatah, controlling the West Bank.

Without a functioning parliament, no article can be changed without a signature from the president Mahmoud Abbas. Various women’s rights groups have given a petition with nearly 12,000 signatures to the president himself years ago to change Article 99, but he has yet to sign it into action.

According to Khader, “if he is going to sign it, then he has to face the patriarchal society…and this isn’t something he wants to do.”

‘Enough with the silence, its not benefiting anyone’

While calling for structural change to the government, protesters on Saturday were also demanding immediate justice for Israa Gharib with the understanding that it would affect future violence toward women.

“In 2019, until now, 14 women were killed in the West Bank and four in Gaza,” by honour killings, Lucy Talgieh explained. “Some [cases] are in the court, but no one has been sentenced. And in most of the cases, they will be closed.”

“They must continue,” 19-year-old protester Rima Nael, from Hebron, explained as her reason for being out in Bethlehem on Saturday. “The police should not close this case…they should find the criminals and punish them so other men don’t do the same thing,” she told MEMO emphatically.

Ahlam Wahsh, 57, head of the PLO’s General Assembly of Palestinian Women, spoke to MEMO at the protest, explaining that though a sense of tragedy was still present, there is a bright side: “Hundreds of incidents such as this one has happened and no one actually dared to speak about it this loud.”

Gharib’s death was in many ways the last straw. “Enough with the silence,” said Wahsh, “its not benefiting anyone.”

 Justice is not mutually exclusive

The protest was created and led by 19-year-old Bethlehem native, Manar Raje, via Facebook event page. Her primary motivation was her stance against all forms of violence, especially violence Palestinians while dealing with the violence of the occupation.

“Today we are coming together and being good to each other,” Raje told MEMO. “We have an occupation and we are against occupation.

“But we will start with ourselves – to make ourselves better one way or another.”

“We are living under a situation of occupation and oppression,” explained Wahsh, a political prisoner herself in an Israeli prison back in 1979. “Our women are being killed [by the Israeli military] within house demolitions, checkpoints.”

But, “Today [is] for Israa,” Wahsh pointed out. “We want to announce to everyone it’s… time for the bloodshed to stop – at least on this side, that we are responsible for.”

Many criticisms arose online against the silence around Gharib’s killing, putting forth a sentiment that social justice issues in Palestine too often get swept under the rug when faced with the fight for liberation.

In an Instagram post yesterday, Palestinian lawyer and author Noura Erakat wrote, “We protest Israeli torture, violence, self-righteous superiority… [but] it is incomplete and insincere when that struggle drops like a brick in our own homes.” Erakat pointed out the recent violence the PA police incited against the LGBTQ organisation Al-Qaws as another example of how the intricate forms of patriarchy permeate society and inhibit the capacity, “to transform and grow even as we unite against settler-colonial oppression.”

“Bringing justice to both women and to Palestine are not mutually exclusive,” BabyFist founder, Yasmeen Mjalli, wrote in a blog post. “Justice for one does not and should not hurt chances at justice for the other.

“In fact, Palestine will never truly be liberated until ALL of us are liberated.”

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

For Organizing Soccer Competition; Army Abducts The Head Of A Social Center, Its Administrator, And Its Coordinator, In Jerusalem

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Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, Burj Luqluq Social Center Society in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, and forced it shut, in addition to abducting its head of its executive administrator, and its coordinator, for organizing a soccer competition for Jerusalemite Palestinian families.

The soldiers and police officers invaded the social center, before abducting its executive administrator Montaser Edkeidik, in addition to handing the society an order barring it from conducting its planned soccer competition, which include ten Palestinian families from occupied Jerusalem.

Earlier Saturday, the soldiers abducted Nasser Gheith, the head of the center, in addition to the coordinator of the Families’ Soccer League, Ala’ Jamjoum, and took them to interrogation facilities in occupied Jerusalem.

The invasion into the center, and the abduction of the three Palestinians, are part of Israel’s escalating violations against the Palestinians, their homes and lands in occupied Jerusalem, and its illegal policies barring the Palestinians from conducting any activities, to assert its control over the occupied city.

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

Israeli Settlers Assault Farmer near Bethlehem

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A Palestinian farmer sustained injuries in the head, on Friday night, when he was brutally assaulted by extremist Jewish settlers near the village of Artas, to the south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, local sources said.

Settlers from the Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion reportedly broke into the farm of Ayman Khalil Sa’ad, who comes from Artas, while working in the farm near the village. As Sa’ad attempted to prevent the settlers from raiding his own farm, the sources said, the latter assaulted and beat him, causing him bruises in the face and eye.

He was moved of moderate injuries to a nearby emergency center for treatment, Days of Palestine reports.

Settler violence has become part of daily life under occupation in the West Bank. These actions range from blocking roads, throwing stones at cars and houses, raiding villages and farmland, torching fields and olive groves, and damaging crops and property to physical assault, and sometimes hurling Molotov cocktails or using live fire.

Hundreds of testimonies, videos and reports, as well as many years of close monitoring by human rights organizations, including B’Tselem, have revealed that Israeli security forces not only allow settlers to harm Palestinians and their property as a matter of course – they often provide the perpetrators escort and back-up.

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

QATAR CUTS FUEL SUPPORT TO BESIEGED GAZA BY HALF

Gaza (QNN) – Qatari Ambassador to Palestine Mohammed al-Emadi has decided to cut fuel support to besieged Gaza Strip by half, according to Israeli media sources.

The Israeli reporter Jackie Hoji said on Sunday that al-Emadi has retreated from an agreement he had signed earlier to pay for Gaza fuel until the end of this year.

The agreement, signed by Qatar and the United Nations, stated that Qatar buys three million liters of diesel a week from an Israeli company which, in turn, forwards it to the besieged enclave. This has granted Gaza residents electricity for eight hours a day.

Al-Emadi’s recent decision means that Qatar will only pay for 1.5 liters of diesel a week, lessening the time during which the Gazans enjoy electricity to four hours a day.

On August 26, 2019, the Israeli occupation government decided to punish Gaza residents for the rocket attacks against Israeli settlements by reducing the fuel entering Gaza Strip by half.

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

PALESTINIAN GIRL DIES IN MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES AT NORWEGIAN CUSTODY CENTRE

Oslo (QN) – A 17-year-old Palestinian Shatha Al-Barghouti died last Wednesday while in custody of the Norwegian Child Welfare Services, Barnevernet. 

Shatha Al-Barghouti and her two younger siblings, Mohammed and Ahmed, were taken from their parents about seven years ago by Barnevernet on grounds of parental neglect, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. The parents tried desperately to prove otherwise and showed great remorse over the reasons that led to such situation, but the authorities were strict with their decision.

Shatha and her two younger siblings, Mohammed and Ahmed

According to Shatha’s parents, she had petitioned Barnevernet to be reunited with her parents as she was close to the age of becoming legally responsible for herself.

Two weeks before her reunification, Shatha was found dead and her death was explained as suicide.

Shatha with her father

Shatha’s father said in an interview with Al-Arabiya.net, “a court hearing to regain custody over our daughter Shatha was due next month. My daughter was supposed to be present to testify. But our lawyer believes that she was previously forced to provide false testimonies to prevent our reunification.”

The parents also said that they found several bruises on Shatha’s body, and refused refuse to accept this “suicide” explanation and demanded an immediate independent and transparent investigation into the death of their eldest daughter.

Al-Barghouthi family express their concerns about the fate of their two other children, and are demanding to regain custody over them again immediately to provide the necessary safety for them.

According to a report issued by the Euro-Med, Barnevernet has been widely criticised on both national and international levels over how the agency takes over custody too easily, where it has a too low threshold for taking action and confiscating children from their parents, and for the suffering and abuse some children experience while living in its orphanages.

Shatha’s body

The Euro-Med Monitor, in its report, has called on the Norwegian government to immediately investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Shatha al-Barghouthi, and demanded the immediate release of Shatha’s two younger siblings to be reunited with their “deeply aggrieved parents, who’ve been living in terrible fear and trauma ever since the three children were taken away from them.”

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

‘ISRAEL’ ATTACKS MAROUN EL RAS WITH PHOSPHORUS AND CLUSTER BOMBS

Beirut (QNN)- Lebanese media said Sunday that the Israeli army targeted Maroun El Ras town in southern Lebanon with over 40 internationally prohibited cluster and phosphorus bombs.

Al Manar Lebanese satellite TV. , owned by Hezbollah, said that the Israeli shelling targeted Maroun El Ras with phosphorus bombs.

Hezbollah group has announced that it destroyed an Israeli military vehicle with a guided missile on the road towards Avivim military site in northern occupied Palestine.

Meanwhile, Israeli media said that an anti-tank missile was fired from Lebanon at occupied Palestine and that the Israeli artillery fired back.

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

Israeli Forces Kidnap Two Palestinians In West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces on Saturday evening arrested two Palestinian citizens in the West Bank.

Local sources said that the Israeli forces abducted the Palestinian child Abdulhadi Abu Sneineh inside the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Meanwhile, the Israeli forces arrested the Palestinian youth Karmel al-Barghouti from Kobar village in Ramallah.

(Source / 01.09.2019) 

Vasten van ‘Ashura!

Ashura

Vandaag, zondag 1 september, is de tweede dag van de islamitische maand Muharram.

Muharram is tevens de eerste maand van onze islamitische kalender. Vandaag is dus de tweede dag van het islamitisch nieuwjaar, het jaar 1441.

Dit betekent dat de verhuizing (Hidjra) van onze profeet vrede zij met hem van Mekka naar Medina 1441 jaar geleden heeft plaatsgevonden. Aangezien ‘Umar – moge Allah tevreden met hem zijn – deze gebeurtenis heeft aangesteld als de eerste dag van de islamitische kalender.

‘Ashura
Het is sterk aanbevolen om de tiende dag van de maand Muharram te vasten, oftewel ‘Ashura. Deze komt dit jaar overeen met maandag 9 september.

De reden achter het vasten van ‘Ashura
Nadat de profeet vrede zij met hem van Mekka naar Medina verhuisde, merkte hij op dat de Joden ‘Ashura vasten. Toen hij hen vroeg wat de aanleiding daarvoor is, antwoordden zij dat het de dag is waarop Allah de profeet Moesa – vrede zij met hem – en zijn volk van de tiran Fir’awn redde. En dat Moesa uit dankbaarheid aan Allah deze dag vastte en dat zij hem daarin volgen.

Hierop zei de profeet vrede zij met hem dat de moslims meer recht hebben op (het volgen van) Moesa dan de Joden, waarop hij de moslims beval om deze dag te vasten. [Hadith in Bukhari]

Verdienste van het vasten van ‘Ashura
De profeet vrede zij met hem zei over de verdienste van het vasten van ‘Ashura dat het de (kleine) zonden van het voorgaande jaar kwijtscheldt. [Hadith in Sahih Muslim]

Het is aanbevolen om samen met ‘Ashura een dag ervoor of erna te vasten. Het beste is een dag ervoor, oftewel zondag 8 september. 

Verder is het aanbevolen voor wie daartoe in staat is om ook veel andere dagen van de maand Muharram te vasten. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: 

“Het beste vasten na Ramadan is het vasten van de maand van Allah: Muharram.” [Hadith in Sahih Muslim]

Wie nog dagen van Ramadan moet inhalen
Voor degenen die nog dagen van Ramadan moeten inhalen, is het ook aanbevolen om de dag van ‘Ashura te vasten. Zij mogen dit doen met de intentie van én het inhalen van Ramadan én de verdienste van de dag van ‘Ashura. Alhoewel het beter is dat zij de dag van ‘Ashura apart vasten en de gemiste dagen op een later tijdstip inhalen.

Beste broeders en zusters

Vast zondag 8 en maandag 9 september en spoor de mensen om jou heen aan om te vasten. Hopend op de vergiffenis van Allah en in navolging van de Sunnah van onze nobele profeet Muhammad vrede zij met hem. 

(Kennisviamail.nl / 01.09.2019)