Israeli Study Suggests Accommodation with Hamas Rather than Escalation

Palestinians run as smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip

An Israeli study published by Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) suggested there are three scenarios for Israel to deal the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, with the best option lying in accommodating with it.

According to the study prepared by the two Israeli researchers, Kobi Michael and Yohanan Tzoreff, the first scenario is the continuation of the status quo with neither escalation nor calm and with escalation followed by calm.

The second scenario, they said, is a gradual military escalation against Hamas, leading to comprehensive war. While the third is a broader and longer-term accommodation with Hamas.

The study concluded that the chances of understanding and settlement between Israel and Hamas are the most likely, pointing out that Israel faces a serious dilemma regarding the situation in the Gaza Strip, especially the behavior it is supposed to adopt towards Hamas.

“Although it (Israel) seeks to provide calm in the Strip by reaching a settlement with Hamas in return for easing the siege there, this settlement requires that Hamas retain the ability to govern and restrain factions seeking to foil prospects for calm,” the study noted.

Practically, Israel does not seek to end Hamas’ rule in Gaza, but wants it to continue since this prolongs the division with the West Bank and Fatah. However, the problem lies in the movement’s ongoing development of its military capabilities.

“These indicators raise the following question: Does the weakening of Hamas serve Israel as a prelude to the Palestinian Authority’s return to Gaza Strip?” asked Tzoreff.

It is doubtful the PA will try to regain control of the Strip as long as there is no political breakthrough in relations with Israel and since such a move would be perceived as enabled by Israeli aggression, he remarked.

The PA had previously rejected such proposals “to overthrow Hamas and return to the Strip.”

Hamas in turn, is facing its own dilemma in regards to fulfilling the civic responsibilities of governance in Gaza and in combating Israel.

It has sought to open channels of communication with regional and international countries to explain its contradictory stance that refuses to recognize Israel and is yet not opposed to striking agreements with it.

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians In Jerusalem

Many Israeli army jeeps invaded, on Saturday evening, the town of al-‘Isawiya in occupied East Jerusalem, and attacked the Palestinians with gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens of injuries, including among many children.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the invasion was carried out without a reason, especially since the situation in the town was calm, and no protests were taking place.

Silwanic added that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, especially in ‘Obeid neighborhood, causing many Palestinians, including children and women, to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded the front yard of a home, owned by members of Abu al-Hummus family, and assaulted them with batons and pepper-spray, causing many injuries, including cuts and bruises.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics provided the needed treatment to the wounded Palestinians and rushed two of them to a hospital.

It added that one of the Palestinians who were moved to a hospital is a known nonviolent activist, identified as Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, who suffered burns around his eyes.

The soldiers also assaulted and injured two young men, and abducted them, before moving them to an unknown destination.

It is worth mentioning that al-‘Isawiya has been subject to constant invasions and violations since last June, and the soldiers have abducted dozens of Palestinians from the town, in addition to summoning many others for interrogation.

During the invasions, the soldiers also distributed demolition orders targeting many homes and buildings, and included the firing of live rounds, in addition to gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

Palestinian Farmer’s Land Flooded With Sewage

Israeli occupation forces prevented Palestinians from harvesting their olive crops in the village of Sebastia, northwest of Nablus, WAFA reported.

Mayor of Sebastia, Mohammed Azem, said Israeli forces kicked farmers out of their land under the pretext of lacking prior coordination, despite the fact that their lands are located beyond the fence that surrounds the illegal Israeli settlement of Shafi Shomron.

Azem further stated that farmers were shocked to find pig carcasses on the property, and the land flooded with sewage, acts attributed to the illegal settlers from the nearby settlement.

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

Illegal Colonists Invade Village Near Bethlehem

On Saturday evening, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists, squatting on Palestinian lands near Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and attacked several Palestinians, in addition to using fireworks against them, in al-Jab’a village, southeast of Bethlehem.

Thiab Masha’la, the head of the al-Jab’a Village Council, southwest of Bethlehem, said the attack was carried out by more than ten colonists.

He added that the assailant also used fireworks in assaulting the Palestinians before the locals intercepted their invasion and prevented from reaching its center.

The colonists then ran towards the eastern entrance of the village and stayed there for some time until the army arrived, and retreated to their colony.

On Sunday morning, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded a Palestinian orchard near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, before cutting and uprooting more than 60 olive trees.

Furthermore, Israeli soldiers forced a Palestinian farmer out of his own grove near the village of Burin, to the south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.

On the same day, the soldiers invaded a Palestinian olive orchard near Huwwara military roadblock, south Nablus, and forced a farmer out of his land.

The attacks are part of the dozens of violations targeting the Palestinian and their lands by both the soldiers and illegal colonialist settlers.

These violations escalate during the olive harvest season, especially in lands that are isolated by the illegal Annexation Wall, or close to illegal colonies and outposts, which were built on stolen Palestinian lands.

They also include cutting, burning and uprooting trees, picking olive trees and stealing the produce, in addition to assaulting the Palestinians and forcing them out of their orchards.

Israel’s colonies in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Conventions, and various United Nations and Security Council Resolutions.

Settlers Steal Olive Harvest in Nablus-District Town.

Illegal Israeli Colonists Flood Orchard With Wastewater In Bethlehem

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

Soldiers Abduct Two Former Political Prisoners Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, early on Sunday morning, Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted two former political prisoners.

Local sources in Beit Ummar said the soldiers invaded and violently searched a few homes in the town, before abducting the two former political prisoners.
The abducted Palestinians have been identified as Mohammad Kassab Bahar, 23, and Bashar Yousef at-Teet, 19.

The soldiers also summoned Ahmad Husam Bahar, 16, for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

IN VIDEO| DOZENS OF INJURIES IN ISRAELI VICIOUS ATTACK ON ISSAWIYYEH

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens of native Palestinians were injured last night during an Israeli brutal attack on the Issawiyyeh neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

Testimonies by locals stated that several residents were suffocated after Israeli soldiers heavily targeted the houses with tear gas grenades.

Paramedics revealed that they have dealt with 15 suffocation cases, including an 8-months-old infant, while the Palestinian Red Crescent stated that its teams treated two wounded cases before evacuating them to hospital.

The Israeli soldiers also attacked human rights activists, who were documenting the Israeli raid. Muhammad Abu Hummus, a human rights activist, was wounded when Israeli soldiers hit his face with a rifle to stop him from video taping what was happening in the Palestinian neighborhood.

Israeli soldiers assaulted the locals and used tear gas and stun grenades in addition to rubber-coated metal bullets and beating with rifles and truncheons.

Several women were assaulted while several residents were arrested after being beaten.

Israeli forces carry out raids into the Issawiyyeh neighborhood from time to time. A recently leaked video footage, which was published by an Israeli Newspaper, revealed that the Israeli authorities adopt such raids as a policy, which aims at provoking native Palestinians and pushing them to defend themselves then get arrested and evicted from the holy city.

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

THE PALESTINIAN OLIVE HARVEST AND ISRAELI PROPAGANDA

By Ramona Wadi 

The olive harvest in Palestine is an annual reminder of Israeli settler vandalism and violence. In 2018, the Israeli NGO B’Tselem reported on the extensive damage inflicted upon the olive groves, with one Palestinian farmer explaining that, “It looked like the trees had been slaughtered.” Meanwhile, the discrepancies regarding freedom of movement – unrestricted access for Israeli settlers juxtaposed against coordinated days for Palestinians to harvest – once again forces Palestinians into a silence which is not of their own making.

Knowing that filing complaints to the Israeli authorities yields no results, Palestinian farmers are forced to choose silence and a smaller harvest. “I only had three coordinated days left and I preferred to harvest the remaining trees,” explained one.

Israel’s military Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) would have the entire world believe otherwise. However, its latest propaganda video exposes two realities which the Israeli state has no intention of reversing: the ongoing restrictions on Palestinian movement, and settler violence as a complementary measure to the colonial state’s dispossession of the Palestinian people.

“Our purpose is to ensure that every farmer has free and secure access to his trees and can harvest his olives without any problem,” the Israeli official states. Alongside footage showing Palestinians harvesting the olives, the official adds, “As you can see, the Palestinian farmers who live here work freely. We are here with them, and that is our purpose.”

Coordinating the olive harvest is not freedom, and nor is a military presence in a work scenario. If COGAT needs to highlight its presence in the fields and emphasise “free and secure access” to the land, it underscores a plethora of violations that are not only related to the olive harvest, but also to the Israeli state depriving Palestinians of rights which, elsewhere, are taken for granted. Israel’s presence, as well as the military and the settler population, are the reason why COGAT is attempting to normalise military presence and equate it with providing Palestinians safe access to their land.

Of course, the video attempts to divert attention away from the army’s protection of settlers even as they vandalise Palestinian land and property, and destroy the farmers’ main source of livelihood, one reason why Palestinian agriculture has become militarised. The Palestinian attachment to the land is Israel’s obstacle; settlers contribute to the colonial state’s gradual expansion and, as a result, Palestinian dispossession. Last year, settlers equated Palestinian farming with terrorism; the ultimate disfiguration of agriculture and Palestinians’ presence on their own land.

COGAT released one video lauding a collaboration which fails to explain why military presence is needed in close proximity to Palestinian farmers; there is no mention of settler violence or colonial land theft in the propaganda. Yet settlers leave their traces routinely, operating in full view and with ultimate protection from the Israeli state.

The issue is much larger than the olive harvest; it is land theft which Israel eliminates from its fake narrative. Yet in doing so, it raises the obvious question: why should Palestinians be forced to work alongside a military presence if they are indeed living freely in their own land?

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

Israeli forces injure 16 Palestinians in Jerusalem

An 8-year-old boy is among the wounded

At least 16 Palestinians sustained various injuries on Sunday night as Israeli occupation forces raided Jerusalem neighbourhood of Al-Issawiya and attacked Palestinian residents.

Heavily armed forces raided several shops in the neighbourhood and assaulted civilian in what seemed to be a retaliatory crackdown targeting the neighbourhood.

Medical sources said that 16 Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated rounds, teargas or beating.

The injured, including an 8-year-old boy, were treated at the scene of the attack.

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

Settlers Chop Off 118 Olive Trees In Nablus, Salfit

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Israeli settlers at dawn Sunday destroyed dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees in Yasuf and al-Sawiya villages in the West Bank districts of Salfit and Nablus.

Anti-settlement activist Ghassan Daghlas said that Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Rahalim chopped off about 60 olive trees in al-Sawiya village.

Head of Yasuf’s village council Khaled Ibayya said that 58 olive trees were cut down in his village.

Ghassan Daghlas, a local anti-settlement activist, said that settlers from the illegal settlement of Rahalim broke into Palestinian-owned groves in the village, before they proceeded to chop off about 60 trees which belong to three Palestinian villagers from from as-Sawiya.

Ever since the start of this year’s olive harvest season, a main source of livelihood of thousands of Palestinian families in the countryside, Israeli settlers carried out hundreds of attacks targeting this vital sector.

The cruellest attack occurred on the morning of October 16 when more than 30 settlers, masked and armed, attacked Palestinian farmers and foreign volunteers in Burin, north of the West Bank, injuring three of them, one seriously.

Since the start of the olive harvest season in October Israeli settlers have stepped up their attacks on Palestinian groves in the West Bank.

(Source / 10.11.2019) 

Israeli Forces Detain Nine Palestinians In West Bank

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The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday arrested a number of Palestinian citizens during home raids in different areas in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Local sources said that the IOF arrested 9 Palestinians in campaigns targeting Bethlehem, al-Khalil and Jerusalem.

Last night at least 15 Palestinian citizens were injured after the IOF attacked al-Shahid Obeid neighborhood in Jerusalem, fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian homes, and physically assaulted residents

(Source / 10.11.2019)