‘Silencing Raed Salah is meant to pave the way for Trump’s plan

Image of Shaikh Raed Salah

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah

Israel’s apparently endless efforts to silence Sheikh Raed Salah have all been meant to pave the way for the controversial peace plan known as the “deal of the century” to go through with no opposition within Israel, the iconic Palestinian community leader’s lawyer has claimed.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Khaled Zabarqa said that Israel has been planning for the past two years to ban any appearance by Sheikh Salah due to his ability to mobilise the Palestinians to reject any Israeli plan intending to terminate Palestinian rights in Jerusalem.

Last week, US President Donald Trump announced his “peace plan” to end the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The so-called “deal of the century” refers to Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital” and recognises Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the occupied West Bank.

The plan drew widespread criticism from Palestinians and the Arab world. It was also rejected by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). “All member states [should] not engage with this plan or cooperate with the US administration in implementing it in any form,” the OIC declared.

READ: The PA will opt for losing Palestine if it means keeping its ‘authority’

“Israel put Sheikh Salah under house arrest as he represents a symbol for the Palestinian people, mostly those living in Jerusalem,” explained Zabarqa. “We, Sheikh Salah’s defence team, did not understand at the beginning why the Israelis were giving meaningless and politically motivated verdicts against him. There was a secret agenda behind it, we told ourselves. Lately, we came to understand that banning Sheikh Salah from the media through his house arrest was aimed at silencing the man, to hinder him so that he cannot mobilise people against the US deal.”

Salah’s lawyer attributed this to the “big political weight, influence and popularity” that his client has among Palestinian citizens of Israel and, indeed, among all of the people of Palestine. “He is a symbol known throughout the Islamic Ummah as a role model for steadfastness and also a figure defending the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Muslims arrive to perform the Friday Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 20 December 2019. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

In August 2017, the Israeli police arrested Salah at his home in Umm Al-Fahm in northern Israel. He was then convicted on charges of “inciting violence”, which Salah denied completely. The following February, the Israeli Central Court imposed six more months of solitary confinement upon the popular Palestinian resistance figure. Exactly a year later, the Supreme Court sentenced Salah to three more months of house arrest, under which he is still restricted; he cannot receive guests, speak in public, communicate via the Internet or talk to media outlets.

“Israel knows Salah’s influence very well. That is why the Tel Aviv leadership sought to distance him from the Palestinian political scene in order to help the controversial plan pass without opposition,” Zabarqa pointed out. “They will not succeed in this. Sheikh Salah was and still is a symbol of Palestinian steadfastness. All of the Israeli schemes will fail.”

READ: The ‘Deal of the Century’ challenge for Palestinians

The Sheikh’s lawyer added that his client has committed no crime warranting such punishment. “All he did was preach to the people during Friday prayers. Only in Israel is this a crime.”

Since 2015, Israel has prohibited Salah from traveling outside the country for reasons ostensibly related to “national security”. The Islamic Movement in Israel, which Salah founded in 1971, was outlawed by the Israeli authorities in the same year. Ever since, the same authorities have arrested Salah repeatedly and shut down dozens of community organisations, including a number of charities, over their alleged links to his group.

Raed Salah was born in 1958 in Umm Al-Fahm. He studied Islamic Law at Hebron University in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and then served as Mayor of Umm Al-Fahm for three consecutive terms from 1987 to 2001. The veteran activist has led the Islamic Movement’s northern branch since 1996.

(Source / 07.02.2020) 

US’ Kushner: Palestinian leaders are inciting violence

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in Washington, US on 5 April, 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]

US President Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner in Washington, US on 5 April, 2017 

In a behind closed doors meeting with the UN Security Council in New York yesterday, US presidential aide, Jared Kushner, blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for escalating violence in the occupied West Bank, which erupted after Trump’s “peace plan” was unveiled on 28 January.

Kushner said Abbas “does have a responsibility” because leaders who are ready to form a state “don’t call for days of rage and encourage their people to pursue violence if they’re not getting what they want”. A spokesperson for Abbas blamed Trump’s Middle East plan for the unrest.

Violence in the Occupied Territories has escalated since the announcement of the deal, with two teens and a Palestinian Authority policeman killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, and 12 Israeli soldiers injured in car ramming in Jerusalem yesterday.

Kushner added that the so-called “deal of the century” may be the final chance to establish a Palestinian nation because the rate of Israeli expansion will soon prevent the formation of an adjoined state.

The presidential aide said it is still possible but “very, very difficult to have a contiguous state where you can drive from the top to the bottom”.

READ: Does the Palestinian Authority really oppose Trump’s deal? 

Trump’s son-in-law, who has worked on the peace deal for three years, again appealed for the Palestinian leadership to negotiate with the Israelis in order to conclude the deal but said that “we’re not going to chase them”.

However, attempts to open channels of discussion in a proposed press conference with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, have been termed “pathetic” and “irrelevant” by Kushner.

“It comes from a lot of jealousy that they couldn’t do it themselves… neither made any substantial contributions to the peace process when they had the chance,” the presidential aide added.

Despite calling for negotiations between the two parties in an interview with Egyptian news channel MBC Masr on Sunday, Kushner said “we’re not going to chase them”.

The president’s son-in-law called the Palestinian leadership “disrespectful” after Abbas “rejected the plan before he even saw it” but said he thought “that he [Abbas] was surprised with how good the plan was for the Palestinian people”.

US’ Kushner: Palestinians foolish for protesting against US ‘peace plan’

The proposed plan would create a Palestinian state on approximately 70 per cent of the occupied West Bank, and pockets of land in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip, with Abu Dis, a suburb of Jerusalem, as the capital, connected by roads and tunnels.

However, the deal is predicated on certain conditions which Kushner termed “basic”. The Palestinian leadership must create a democratic state, ensuring freedom of the press, free elections and disband Hamas.

(Source / 07.02.2020) 

Israel minister: PA would collapse without security coordination

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri [File photo]

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri

Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said the Palestinian Authority would collapse within a week if it stopped security coordination with Tel Aviv.

“The security coordination is important for Israel, but it is more important for the Palestinian Authority,” Deri said in a radio interview yesterday.

He added that the PA’s threat to stop security coordination will not affect Israeli security much, and that the Shin Bet – Israel’s internal security service – can manage without coordination.

The Israeli minister refused to elaborate on what would cause the Palestinian Authority to collapse if it stopped coordination with Israel.

READ: Palestinians in Israel are the next target for the deal of the century

Remarking on future security developments, Deri expected more attacks against Israeli targets mainly in the Jerusalem area.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday that he has no objection to stopping security coordination with Israel, if Tel Aviv decided to annex large parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley as proposed in the US drafted “peace plan” known as the “deal of the century”.

Abbas added: “We can stop security coordination without any discussion, we have no objection if they continue on this line.”

(Source / 07.02.2020) 

Police Turn Back Worshipers En Route to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police, this morning, turned back busloads of worshipers en route from northern Israel to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Police deployed at the entrances of Jerusalem turned back worshipers from Galilee and the Triangle region, in the north of present-day Israel, making their way to Al-Aqsa for Friday morning prayers.

Police also barged their way into the flashpoint mosque compound, where they shoved and assaulted worshipers, following the morning prayer.

Worshipers slammed the action as an infringement upon their freedom of worship and as a form of collective punishment against them.

This came as Israeli occupation authorities boosted military reinforcements in Jerusalem and across the West Bank.

According to Hebrew sources, yesterday, Israeli ambulance crews reported that a Palestinian youth was seriously wounded after being shot by the occupation forces, on the pretext that he tried to carry out a stabbing operation in the Bab Al-Asbat area of ​​Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Jerusalemites reported that the occupation forces closed all the doors of the mosque, after news that an occupying policeman was wounded in the Bab Al-Asbat area in occupied Jerusalem, where occupation soldiers prevented any Palestinian from entering the mosque.

This also comes a day after three Palestinians were gunned down by Israeli military fire, in separate areas of the West bank, where 12 soldiers were injured when a Palestinian motorist drove into them, in West Jerusalem.

The latest spike in violence was triggered by the recent announcement of the US-touted Mideast peace plan, dubbed the “Deal of the Century,” which cements Israel’s longstanding policy of permanent occupation, colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people.

Messianic Jewish settlers are hoping to establish an increased presence on the site of the mosque, among the most important Muslim shrines in the world and potent symbols of Palestinian nationalism, and calling for building a third temple on what they term the “Temple Mount”.

Their far-right beliefs were once considered a small fringe movement, but, in recent years, they have found favor with the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, receiving the endorsement of many lawmakers.

Settlers incursions into the mosque compound, coupled with the takeover of church property, in Jerusalem, are perceived as part of the plan to transform a multi-religious and multi-cultural city into a “reunified” Jewish city under the exclusive control and sovereignty of Israel.

(Source / 07.02.2020) 

PCHR: Excessive Use of Force and Collective Punishment: IOF Kills 3 Palestinians and Destroys a Prisoner’s House in Less than 24 Hours

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR): The newest Israeli killing of Palestinians under its policy of excessive use of force, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed 3 Palestinians and wounded 8 others in less than 24 hours in Jenin and Hebron, north and south of the West Bank.

Of the Palestinians killed, 2, including a policeman, were shot and killed during an IOF raid into Jenin to demolish a prisoner’s house, for the second time. This falls under the Israeli policy of collective punishment employed against families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli soldiers and/or settlers. Meanwhile, the third Palestinian was killed by an Israeli sniper in a protest in Hebron.

According to PCHR investigations, at approximately 1:30 on Thursday, 06 February 2020, IOF, backed by 20 military and construction vehicles, moved into al-Basateen neighborhood north of Jenin.

The soldiers were deployed among civilian houses and topped the roofs of some while 30 of them raided Palestinian prisoner, Ahmed Jamal Ahmed al-Qumbo’s,  house (220 sqm, home to 8 persons, including 2 children) to execute a demolition order issued by an Israeli court 48 hours prior. Al-Qumbo’ has been arrested since 17 January 2018, and the house was built only 9 months ago following IOF’s earlier demolition.

The soldiers did a thorough search of the house with a large number of police dogs; afterwards, the Israeli bulldozers proceeded to level the house to the ground. During the demolition, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF military vehicles present at the scene.

Immediately, IOF responded with live and rubber bullets and toxic tear gas canisters; the situation quickly escalated. As a result of the Israeli shooting, 2 Palestinians were killed, one on the spot and the other succumbed to his wounds hours later, and 7 were wounded. The two killed were identified as 1. Yazan Monther Khaled Abu-Tabykh (19), a university student from Wad Bourqin area west of Jenin, was shot with a live bullet in the chest and killed immediately; and 2. Tariq Loay Ahmed Badwan (24), a Palestinian police officer from Qalqiliyah, was shot with a live bullet in the abdomen while inside the police station. He was transferred to the hospital where his condition was classified as critical and he was pronounced dead at 11:40 on Thursday.

It should be noted that IOF detonated prisoner al-Qumbo’s house for the first time on 24 April 2019, under the pretext of being charged with involvement in the killing of an Israeli settler, Arail Shefeh, from “Hefat Gilad” settlement, southwest of Nablus, on 09 January 2018.

At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, 05 February 2020,  an Israeli sniper stationed on a building’s roof near Israeli Military Checkpoint (56) established on al-Shuhada’a Street, fired 3 live bullets at Mohammed Salman Ta’mah al-Haddad (17)  from a distance of 100 meters as Mohammed was near an old market, 50 meters away from the checkpoint’s entrance.

As a result, Mohammed was shot and injured with a live bullet in the heart and fell on the ground. A number of young men managed to reach Mohammed and transferred him via an ambulance to Hebron Governmental Hospital.

A few minutes later, doctors pronounced Mohammed’s death after being shot with a live bullet that penetrated his heart and caused severe bleeding. The shooting was reported during a protest organized by dozens of young men, who threw stones at IOF and burned tires near the abovementioned checkpoint.

These crimes are part of IOF’s grave escalation in the oPt since the U.S President Trump declared his Middle-East Peace Plan known as “the Deal of the Century” on 28 January 2020. IOF suppressed more than 60 protests against Trump’s plan at seam points confrontation in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

As a result, dozens of civilians were shot and injured with live and rubber bullets in addition to many others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

PCHR strongly condemns the IOF’s crimes, which prove the ongoing Israeli use of excessive force against Palestinian civilian, who did not pose danger or threat to the soldiers’ lives.

PCHR condemns the crime of demolishing Qombo’s house for the 2nd time as part of IOF’s collective punishment policy against the Palestinian civilians.

PCHR reminds that this policy is internationally prohibited according to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that: “No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited.”

Therefore, PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to put an end to the Israeli crimes. PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the oPt.

(Source / 07.02.2020) 

RESISTANCE FACTIONS: THURSDAY’S OPERATIONS REFLECT RAGE AND DESPAIR AMONG PALESTINIANS

Ramallah (QNN)- The Palestinian resistance factions stated that the four resistance operations, which caused 14 injuries among Israeli forces and 4 deaths among Palestinians, are a form of the legitimate resistance.

All factions said that the operations fall within the framework of the legitimate resistance against occupation and colonialism and against Trump’s plan, which aims at liquidating the Palestinian cause and ending the aspirations of the Palestinian people.

The spokesperson for Fateh movement, Hassan Hamayel, told QNN in exclusive statements on Thursday that the PA stopped implementing all agreements with the occupation state as soon as Trump’s plan was announced. All resistance factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, attended a meeting in Ramallah, in which the PA decision was announced.

The recent operations in the occupied West Bank reflect rage and despair among Palestinians, according to Hamayel. “Though, our people are defenseless, facing the occupation state”, he added.

“The despair, which the Palestinian people suffer from on a daily basis, will surely have a reaction. Every day, the Palestinians see their trees uprooted, their properties confiscated, and their houses demolished.”

The spokesperson for Hamas, Abdellatif Qanou’, said that the recent operations in the West Bank and Jerusalem proved the efficiency of resistance.

He told QNN that the PA has to stop the coordination with the occupation state and its grip on the Palestinian people and resistance fighters.

Qanou’ assured that the continuation of such popular operations will completely end Trump’s plan and put pressure on the occupation state.

In the same context, Muhammad Hindi, member of the political bureau of the Islamic Jihad movement, said that “despite of the very imminent dangers, Arab countries continue to conspire [with the Israelis] and the PA continues to chase the delusions of the two-state solution and the international law and to coordinate with the enemy instead of announcing the West Bank an occupied area and allow resistance operations”.

(Source / 07.02.2020) 

IN VIDEO| ISRAELI SOLDIERS MURDER PALESTINIAN TEENAGER DIRECTLY IN THE NECK AND WOUND OTHERS

Occupied Tulkarem (QNN)- One Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces in Tulkarem on Friday, during confrontations erupted to protest against Trump’s Middle East plan.

The Ministry of Health said that Bader Nafleh Harsheh (19 years old) was sent to Tulkarem public hospital after being shot with live bullets in his neck, causing the main artery to be cut.

The ministry announced later on that the teenager succumbed to his serious wounds.

Violent confrontations erupted on Friday between native Palestinians and Israeli forces in several areas throughout the West Bank following protests against Trump’s Middle East plan.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that 31 Palestinians were wounded during confrontations in Kafer Qaddoum in Qalqilyah.

Other locals were wounded as well during confrontations in Arroub refugee camp, eastern Qalqilya, northern Jericho, Bel’in in western Ramallah, Bita in southern Nablus, and eastern Jabalya in the Gaza strip.

(Source / 07.02.2020) 

Shoot and abandon: How Israel punishes child protesters in besieged Gaza

‘In addition to more than 200 Palestinians who were killed, by the end of January 2020, some 8,000 demonstrators were wounded by live ammunition, including 1,500 minors and 150 women,’ B’Tselem said

The unlawful open-fire policy Israeli occupation is using allows Israeli soldiers to shoot live fire at unarmed child protesters who endanger no one, Israeli rights group B’Tselem has said.

Such aggressive police “has led to horrific results.”

B’Tselem said: “In addition to more than 200 Palestinians who were killed, by the end of January 2020, some 8,000 demonstrators were wounded by live ammunition, including 1,500 minors and 150 women.

“According to World Health Organization (WHO) figures, by the end of 2019, physicians had to perform limb amputations on 155 protesters, including 30 minors. Twenty-seven demonstrators are paralysed as a result of spinal injuries.

“The severe injuries are only the beginning of a torturous journey which includes treatments, tests, surgeries and adjusting to a new reality.

“In the Gaza Strip, the situation is even more complicated: any health system would be hard-pressed to cope with such a scope of injuries, but Gaza’s was already crippled by a shortage of medications, physicians, equipment and professional training, because of the Israeli siege policy.

“As a result, many of the injured do not manage to receive the medical treatment they need, which in some cases exacerbates their condition, especially considering the shortage of rehabilitation centres in the Gaza Strip.

From the start of the demonstrations through January 2019, WHO revealed, 604 applications to exit Gaza via Erez Crossing for medical treatment in the West Bank or Israel had been submitted.

“Only 17 per cent of the requests were approved, while 83 per cent were rejected – directly or by delaying the issuance of a response,” WHO said.

It added: “In other cases, the wounded are forced to travel to other countries, such as Egypt or Turkey, sometimes at their own expense.”

Click here to read first person accounts for a number of those who had their limbs amputated.

(Source / 07.02.2020) 

Israeli Forces Storm Prisoners’ Cells In Ashkelon Jail

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Israeli prison guards on Thursday evening stormed Palestinian prisoners’ cells in Ashkelon jail and wreaked havoc on them.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society said that confrontations flared up between the Palestinian detainees and Israeli prison guards during the raid.

No injuries were reported, but one Palestinian prisoner was transferred to another section as a punishment.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society said that about 50 Palestinian detainees are held at Ashkelon jail, and they have been subjected to arbitrary raids and transfers on a regular basis since October 2019.

Thursday’s raid was the second since the start of the new year, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society.

(Source / 07.02.2020)  

Palestinians In Israel Are The Next Target For The Deal Of The Century

By Adnan Abu Amer

Israelis of all political persuasions welcomed the Trump “peace plan”, but the Palestinian citizens of the self-styled Jewish state are angry because the deal refers to land and population swaps between Israel and Palestinian Authority territory. This confirms that Israel wants to displace them, fulfilling right wing aspirations.

Arab members of the Israeli parliament have said that they will not agree to the deal of the century and its explicit annexation proposal. Nevertheless, the right-wing Israeli government now has a green light to strip citizenship from hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in the “Triangle” in northern Israel.

It is clear that Trump’s plan is not just about taking more of the Palestinian land occupied in 1967, but that it also wants to “transfer” Palestinians from the areas occupied in 1948. Israel wants to “swap” the area with the PA; protests against this are not, therefore, simply in solidarity with the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the refugees in the diaspora. There is also a conspiracy against their existence in Israel.

The Palestinians in Israel have held crisis talks about the implications of the deal, especially for those in the Triangle, which is a predominantly Arab area in Israel, near the West Bank, divided into the Northern Triangle and the towns of Kafr Qara, Ar’ara, Baqa Al-Gharbiyye and Umm Al-Fahm, and the Southern Triangle, which includes Qalansawe, Tayibe, Kafr Qasim, Tira, Kafr Bara and Jaljulia. It is a stronghold of the Islamic movement in Israel, led by Sheikh Raed Salah.

The part of the Triangle mentioned in the Trump plan covers 350 square kilometres. The area threatened by the swap proposal covers more than 42,000 acres, inhabited by 300,000 Palestinians, who make up 20 per cent of the total Palestinian population inside Israel and have Israeli citizenship. These villages are thus a source of demographic concern for Israel due to the steadily increasing population, which is expected to reach 500,000 in the next five years, tipping the demographic balance in favour of the Palestinian Arabs.

The Triangle is more conservative in nature than the more integrated Arab regions in Israel. Swapping the land and population out of Israel will see the loss of those who best preserve traditional Palestinian identity. Local political groups believe that the land and population swap is an extension of previous efforts by Israel to liquidate the Palestinian issue; Israel wants more land but without the people of Palestine on it. It is not the first time that the Israelis have sought to transfer the largest number of Triangle residents and the least amount of land. Such a move will not only hit the Palestinians directly involved, but also their extended families and social connections, many of which will be severed.

Efforts to Judaise the Triangle areas to provide Israel with some strategic depth have included a belt of settlements on the outskirts of the Arab towns. This has caused anxiety among the Palestinians, with almost daily attacks by settlers against them and their properties. There is also a fear that another massacre like that at Kafr Qasem in 1956 is on the cards in order to make the local population leave of their own accord.

A plan developed by the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, called the “Seven Stars” project, tried to change the demographic nature of the Triangle. A Jewish majority was to be created by establishing religious centres, hemming-in Umm Al-Fahm so that it could not be developed further, and linking the area to settlements in the West Bank. This would also have seen the removal of the so-called Green “Armistice” Line of 1949 dividing the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 from those occupied in 1967. The latter were supposed to form the “State of Palestine” according to the international consensus. Sharon’s project did not get beyond the discussion stage.

It is clear that Israel is seeking to buy enough time to impose a fait accompli on the ground by getting Knesset approval for the deal. Although the Arab MKs have the third largest coalition with 12 seats, their chances of thwarting the vote on the plan are almost non-existent in light of the general agreement within Israel to implement Trump’s plan.

Israelis have declared the Palestinian-Israeli population growth as a “demographic time bomb”. With a falling birth rate among Israeli Jews, the fear is that Palestinians will outnumber them across historic Palestine within the next ten years.

Land swaps to defuse this “threat” to the “Jewishness” of the state of Israel have been mooted before, of course. Post-1967, Israel’s policies in the newly-occupied territories have included the annexation of Jerusalem, still unrecognised by most countries in the world; land confiscation; house demolitions and the removal of residency rights.

In 1982 a secret document called for the Interior Ministry to crack down on the Palestinians and push them to leave their land. This was picked up by the racist General Rehavam Ze’evi in 1988, and notorious Rabbi Meir Kahane, who called for Umm Al-Fahm to be attacked as a means of provoking its residents.

By 2004, former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman was proposing the swap of minor Israeli settlements in the West Bank with Arab villages and towns in the Triangle, based on similar agreements made post-World War Two in different parts of the world. Donald Trump’s “peace plan” is in many ways simply a US-endorsed Judaisation project giving Israel everything that it wants, for now. Its aims and objectives mirror those of earlier schemes.

Israeli security agencies are also concerned about the growing influence and activities of the Islamic movement within the “Jewish state”, particularly in the Triangle, as its ideas are similar to those of the Muslim Brotherhood. The movement also mobilises volunteers against Israeli violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The fear is that the conflict will spill over into serious clashes between Palestinian Muslims and religious Jews.

The timing of the release of the deal of the century helped Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces yet another general election next month — the third in less than a year — as well as indictments for corruption. The deal is a bit of a lifeline for the Israeli Prime Minister. Nevertheless, approval and implementation of its terms may be postponed until after the election, giving the Arab MKs time to try to prevent the displacement of citizens from the Triangle.

Palestinians within Israel believe that the Trump “peace plan” is anything but peaceful, and will lead to violence. In fulfilling the aims and aspirations of the Israeli far-right, it looks set to entrench even further Israel’s status as an apartheid state, with the indigenous people facing ever more discriminatory legislation and displacement. It remains to be seen if they can prevent the implementation of the plan, at least the land swap clause, which seeks to rob so many people of their citizenship and transfer them against their will.

(Source / 07.02.2020)