Israel detains 2 Palestinian children in Jerusalem

A Palestinian child is being arrested by Israeli security forces [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian child

On Friday evening the Israeli occupation arrested two Palestinian children from the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, Safa News Agency reported.

Local sources identified the children as Mohamed Haimouni, 15, and Mohamed Abu-Qalbain, 13, from the Ras Al-Amud suburb of Silwan.

As of December 2019, statistics show that there are currently over 5,000 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails.

READ: 200 Palestinian children arrested by Israel forces in Jerusalem neighbourhood 

(Source / 11.01.2020)

Saudi TV bans Palestine announcer due to solidarity with Yemen

Palestinian sports presenter, Razan Malash, sacked for tweeting 'you bomb Yemen but not Israel' [Shehab News]

Palestinian sports presenter, Razan Malash, sacked for tweeting ‘you bomb Yemen but not Israel’

Director of Saudi sports channels, Ghanim Al-Qahtani, has banned Palestinian announcer, Razan Malash, from appearing on his channels after she tweeted in solidarity with Yemen, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday.

The ban came following controversy on social media among supporters of the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia, claiming that a tweet posted by the announcer was abusive towards the Kingdom.

Malash, who is a sports correspondent in Spain, tweeted: “The Saudi fighters only strike Yemen, not Israel.”

Al-Qahtani confirmed that she does not work directly with his sports channels, but through a company contracted by them.

READ: Major sporting events in Saudi Arabia ‘sportwash’ the dire human rights situation

Saudi social media users also retrieved old tweets by Malash, in which she accused Saudi Arabia of being responsible for Daesh existence.

Malash was not the first such case. In 2018, the Saudi MBC channel fired announcer Ola Al-Fares, after she criticised US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

She tweeted: “Trump did not choose the time absurdly… Tonight, we condemn and tomorrow we welcome him.”

This tweet ignited controversy on social media, as Saudi users claimed she was disparaging of the kingdom, which led to her firing.

(Source / 11.01.2020)

Israel Notifies 3 Prisoner’s Families of Order to Demolish Homes

Israeli forces, overnight Thursday, notified the families of three alleged Palestinian attackers, of their intention to demolish their houses across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported.

The Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed that Israeli forces broke into the family home of Mohammad Walid Hanatsheh, in Attira neighborhood of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and handed the family a military order to demolish their house.

Forces also handed the family of Yazan Mghamas, a military order to demolish their house in an incursion in Birzeit town, north of Ramallah.

Hanatsheh and Mghamas, are currently in Israeli custody for their alleged involvement along with Samer Arbid in the killing of an Israeli settler near the illegal colonial settlement of Dolev, near the Palestinian village of Ras Karkar, in August 2019.

Arbid was hospitalized in critical condition for 45 days after undergoing interrogation with the Israeli internal security agency, the Shin Bet, for his purported involvement in the settler’s killing.

Meanwhile, Israeli military handed a similar demolition order to the family of Mahmoud Atawneh in Beit Kahel town, northwest of Hebron, southern occupied West Bank.

Kamel Atawneh said that soldiers invaded his 140-meter-sized house, and took photos and measurements in preparation for the planned punitive demolition.

Atawneh’s son, Mahmoud, who is currently in Israeli custody, is accused of allegedly stabbing a settler at the Gush Etzion colonial settlement bloc, south of Bethlehem, in July 2019.

Israel resorts to punitively demolishing the family homes of Palestinians as a way to intimidate, and deter others from attempting to injure Israelis in the future.

Interesting to note that Israel does not apply the same policy to Israeli settlers involved in fatal attacks against Palestinians.

Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention states that collective punishment is a war crime.

(Source / 11.01.2020)

Syrian National Released After 5 Years in Israeli Prison

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Israeli authorities, on Friday, released a Syrian national who has been in Israeli detention for five years, the Palestine News and Info Agency reported.

Sidqi al-Maqt, 53, was jailed in 2015 on alleged charges of “treason and espionage, support for terrorism and contact with a hostile organization,” and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Al-Maqt, who comes from Majdal Shams, a Druze village in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, had rejected an Israeli release offer in November 2019, on condition of being deported to the Syrian capital of Damascus.

In April 2019, Israel freed two Syrian prisoners back to Syria in an initial goodwill gesture for the return of the body of Zachary Baumel, an Israeli soldier who in 1928 was declared missing in action in Lebanon. His body was recently discovered by Russian forces in Syria.

There are roughly 20,000 native Syrian nationals in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied territory.

(Source / 11.01.2020)

Israeli Troops Assault Demonstrators in Kufur Qaddoum; Fire Tear Gas

During the weekly nonviolent protest in Kufur Qaddoum village in the northern West Bank, dozens of local residents suffered from tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces attacked demonstrators.

The weekly anti-settlement march called for the opening of the main village street, which was closed by Israeli military forces 16 years ago.

The coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Eshteiwi, told reporters from the Wafa News Agency that the occupation forces fired tear gas canisters and metal bullets towards the participants in the march, which led to dozens of cases of gas inhalation, which were treated on the scene.

Eshtewi pointed out that the march on Friday had a focus on rejecting Israeli officials’ recent statements regarding the intention of annexing Palestinian lands for the purpose of settlement expansion.

Israeli military authorities regularly attack the weekly non-violent protests held in Kafr Qaddoum to protest the Israeli takeover of their land.

According to the Electronic Intifada, “When the road was first closed in 2003, villagers organized a single demonstration. “It was very peaceful,” Shttaiwa said. “The people left work and came, took their cars to where the barrier is [on the road], and then just sat and talked. We spoke with the soldiers and the soldiers stated to us that the road will eventually be opened.”

“When the soldiers’ promise failed to materialize, however, villagers took the issue to court in 2004. After five years of waiting, in November 2010 Kufr Qaddoum finally received a positive response from the Israeli court system, authorizing its Palestinian villagers to use the road again. At that time, however, the Israeli military groundlessly claimed that the road is “unsuitable” and “unsafe” for human traffic. After all legal appeals failed, villagers decided to organize weekly demonstrations in July 2011.

“Since then, Kufr Qaddoum has consistently held one of the most tight-knit, well-organized and well-attended Palestinian-led demonstrations against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank.”

(Source / 11.01.2020)

France Deplores New Israeli Settlement Expansion Plans

France condemned, on Friday, the recent Israeli decision to green-light the construction of 1,936 housing units in the West Bank illegal settlements.

The French consulate in Jerusalem said in a statement that the decision “comes at a troubling time of accelerated settlement on the West Bank,” the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

“Settlements in all forms are illegal under international law, and specifically UN Security Council Resolution 2334. They heighten tensions on the ground and undermine the conditions for a just and lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians, based on the two-state solution,” the statement said.

France called on the Israeli authorities to “renounce these projects and all those that undermine the two-state solution.”

Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention states; The occupying power [Israel] must not transfer any part of its population onto the land which it occupies [Palestine].

(Source / 11.01.2020)

International Criminal Court Prepares to Try Israelis over War Crimes

Shawan Jabarin of the Al-Haq human rights organization discusses the International Criminal Court decision to prepare a lawsuit against the state of Israel regarding war crimes committed against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli authorities are already panicking. (Transcript unavailable.)

Via The Real News Network.

(Source / 11.01.2020)

Palestinian prisoner enters his 111th day of hunger strike despite serious health deterioration

Ramallah (QNN)- The Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Zahran has entered his 111th day of hunger strike despite his very serious health condition, in protest against his administrative detention.

The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners said that Zahran suffers from low heart rate in addition to pain all over his body and severe de-mineralization. He has lost over 35 kg of his weight.

Zahran’s family told QNN that the Israelis are repeatedly sending him between Kaplan hospital and the clinic of Ramleh jail, ignoring his health condition, in order to push him to end his strike.

It added that his lawyer and the Red Cross could not visit him last week.

The Israeli court last Tuesday rejected an appeal against Zahran’s administrative detention and ordered him to end his hunger strike.

Meanwhile, Jameel Ankoush, who is sentenced to 20 years in jail, has been on a hunger strike for over 16 days in solidarity with Zahran.

Ahmad Zahran has lost nearly 15 years of his life in Israeli jails. He went on a hunger strike last year in protest against his administrative detention but ended it after promises by the Israelis to end his detention. However, the Israelis renewed his administrative detention pushing him to restart another hunger strike.

(Source / 11.01.2020)

More war crimes are Israel’s plan for the immediate future

By Ramona Wadi

Israel’s main bone of contention with the International Criminal Court’s possible investigation into war crimes in occupied Palestine is about settlement expansion. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration in November 2019 which basically insisted that Israeli settlements are not illegal, affirmed US support for annexation of the occupied West Bank. That move was mentioned tentatively by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in June last year.

In a pre-recorded statement transmitted by video link during the Kohelet Forum in Jerusalem, Pompeo reiterated that the US shift in policy regarding Israel’s settlement enterprise is a means of “advancing the cause of peace between Israelis and the Palestinians.” His words were echoed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he vowed further expansion in defiance of the ICC’s designation of settlements as a war crime which, indeed, they are according to international law.

Likewise, Likud MK Nir Barakat revealed plans for two million settlers to occupy Palestinian territory within 50 years. “This is a commitment which requires that we lay the framework now to make that possible and this is an investment which will also benefit the Palestinian people,” Barakat claimed, while urging the US to reveal details of the so-called “Deal of the Century” without further delay.

Netanyahu is also using the US stance on settlement expansion as a countermeasure to the ICC’s plan to investigate Israel (and Palestinians, it must be said) for war crimes. Deeming the US support for settlements “an appropriate response”, Netanyahu is clearly aiming at politicising a possible investigation which still has to clear several bureaucratic hurdles. Furthermore, the ICC’s delays in arriving at a conclusion which stipulates that Israel has committed war crimes decreases in impact when juxtaposed against the US-Israeli strategy under the Trump administration to facilitate the colonisation plan often referred to as “Greater Israel”.

This strategy was explained by Friedman during the Kohelet Forum when he referred to having approached the three issues that Israel has been vying for politically: the status of Jerusalem, the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the occupied West Bank. “We have approached them in ascending order of complexity,” Friedman clarified, once again highlighting the discrepancy between Israel’s planning on one hand, and the Palestinian Authority’s response on the other. The PA has fallen behind by following the international trend of isolating each Israeli gain as a separate violation.

With the plan determined by the US, Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett has little standing in his way to implement the annexation of more Palestinian land. “The State of Israel’s policy is that the land in Area C belongs to [Israel],” he stated at the Forum.

Settlement expansion is in itself part of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of a colonised population to accommodate the state narrative and its colonial settler population. The announcement of an additional 2,000 settler dwellings in the occupied West Bank must not only be seen as an affront to the ICC statement but also as a continuation of what Israel started prior to the international community’s designation of which settlements violate international law. Blaming America’s overt steps for the current belligerence barely scrapes the surface of what the UN started when it approved the Zionist colonial project in Palestine. More war crimes are on the way in Israel’s plan for the immediate future.

(Source / 11.01.2020)

Israel continues its crime of stealing body parts of Palestinians

Director of Israeli forensic institute revealed how it was managed and how skin and corneas were stolen from the bodies that were sent to the institution illegally

Israeli occupation practices the worst forms of organised terrorism against Palestinians, including theft of body parts, destruction, forgery, looting and seizing Palestinian rights.

These practices are evidence of the atrocity of the organised terrorism led by the Israeli intelligence services known as the Shin Bet, Aman and Mossad, as this audacity has reached the level of stealing organs from the bodies of Palestinian martyrs that have been seized.

A number of Israeli doctors supervise the implementation of the most accurate and dangerous organised organ theft from the bodies of Palestinians without the consent or knowledge of their families.

After it stole the Palestinian land and history, the occupation is stealing human organs in complex operations carried out by its gangs, thus violating all laws. This is considered a heinous crime and bitter reality by all standards.

After Arab and international journalists and institutions published reports on this and several human rights organisations called for the prosecution of the occupation for carrying out the most heinous thefts in modern history, seizing the bodies of Palestinian martyrs and stealing their organs to save the lives of Israelis.

This is considered one of the ugliest crimes and organised terrorism brutally led by the Israeli security agencies’ gangs.

Swedish investigation

Swedish journalist Donald Bostrom published a report in August 2009 in Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper in which he revealed that the occupation government stole the organs of the martyr, Bilal Ghanem, 19, who died in 1992.

According to the report, the body of the Palestinian martyr was handed over and it was clear that Bilal had been cut open from his neck to his abdomen and his organs had been stolen.

The matter was very clear when he was being prepared for burial, which proves that the doctors from the forensic medicine institute took part of the body.

Organs have been taken from bodies still held in the cemetery of numbers, where the occupation government keeps the bodies of Palestinian martyrs and still refuses to hand them over to their relatives.

Israeli admission

In a past investigation, Director of the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine, Yehuda Hiss, admitted stealing the organs of Palestinian martyrs while performing autopsies.

The recorded confessions of Dr Hiss in 2000 addressed the way the forensic medicine institute was managed and how skin and corneas were stolen from the bodies that were sent to the institution illegally.

Dr Hiss and the doctors working under him would steal corneas from the eyes of Palestinian martyrs.

Palestinian families mentioned they would notice large incisions in the abdominal and chest of their relatives who were killed in Israeli attacks during the First Intifada that took place in 1987. The occupation army had seized their bodies before handing them over.

Needed reaction

What we need is to open this file and consider it seriously in order to demand supervision over the occupation’s crimes and ending it by opening a major investigation.

A team of international lawyers informed of these crimes must be formed and they must work to expose them on an international level in order to prosecute the occupation leaders.

No matter how far the occupation government’s arrogance, practices and crimes against the Palestinian people go, we cannot allow them to avoid international prosecution.

We must work to activate Arab and Palestinian efforts, as well as official and popular European efforts to hold the occupation leaders accountable for the war crimes they continue to commit against the Palestinian people.

(Source / 11.01.2020)