Report: Israel used ‘police dog’ to bite Palestinian’s genitals

Tension raises between an Israeli police and a Palestinian outside of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Eastern Jerusalem on 29 January 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

Israeli police aggressively grabs a Palestinian man outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Eastern Jerusalem on 29 January 2020 

Israeli security staff are alleged to have tortured Palestinian suspects raising further concerns over what rights group have described as the “systematic use of torture and ill-treatment at Israeli interrogation centres.”

Three Palestinians standing trial for carrying out an attack in which 17-year-old Rina Shnerb was killed in the occupied West Bank in August, displayed signs of torture. According to the Times of Israel, one of the men was hospitalised with kidney failure and 11 broken ribs. Another was nearly unrecognisable to his wife when he was wheeled into a courtroom. A third was stitched up after being attacked by a security dog.

Lawyers and family members of the three main suspects are reported saying that they were tortured to the point of being hospitalised. Several other Palestinians swept up by the Shin Bet internal security service said they were threatened, beaten, forced into painful stress positions and denied sleep.

READ: Israel plans West Bank annex after ‘deal of century’

Forty-four-year-old Samer Arbeed, believed by Israeli officials to be the mastermind of the attack was beaten and interrogated for 36 hours. He was left with kidney failure and 11 broken ribs. The Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency, attempted to downplay Arbeed’s injury saying that he “did not feel well” during interrogation and was taken to a hospital. They provided no further detail.

The wife of a second suspect, Walid Hanatsheh, said she was unable to recognise her 51-year-old husband when she saw him 60 days after his arrest. “He was brought into court in a wheelchair,” she said. “He looked very old, his beard was plucked from several places and his eyes were deep inside his head. He was not himself,” she said.

The third suspect, 22-year-old Qassem Barghouti, was bitten in his genitals by a security dog when authorities raided his home near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

This is the second time in a month that Israel’s security officials have been accused of torturing Palestinians. The father of captive Mais Abu-Ghosh, a student of Birzeit University and from Qalandiya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, divulged that his daughter was subjected to harsh investigation and torture at Al-Maskubiya Investigation Centre, since her arrest on 29 August.

READ: One killed, tens wounded during protests in West Bank

The allegations are consistent with Addameer’s report on the “systematic use of torture and ill-treatment at Israeli interrogation centres”. The Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, which has been following the case of the three Palestinian suspects closely, said that “since its creation, the occupying state enforced and developed laws and practices that led to both the systematic use of torture and to absolute impunity for the perpetrator of this crime.”

Israeli human rights group have also voiced their concerns. Rachel Stroumsa, the executive director of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, described the allegations of torture as being “very credible” and line up with the testimony her group has gathered from other detainees over the years.

“Torture is forbidden absolutely,” Strousma said. “There are things we do not do. We don’t rape. We don’t enslave people. We don’t torture. That’s a moral code. It’s also a legal code which Israel is bound to.”

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

Former Israeli PM says Abbas is the sole peace partner

Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert [File photo]

Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is the sole peace partner for his country, Yedioth Ahronoth has reported. Abbas, confirmed Olmert, is trusted by the Israeli security services.

“Abu Mazen’s [Abbas’s] security cooperation with Israel has undermined terrorism against our citizens,” explained Olmert. “He is the only partner to achieve peace with us.”

According to the former prime minister, he was close to reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians before resigning after being charged with corruption and going to prison for 16 months.

Olmert said that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want to make peace with the Palestinians, stressing that he could not even implement the deal of the century as it stands. He added that Netanyahu is be unable to say that he supports the two state solution because his right-wing partners object to it.

Denying Netanyahu’s claims that he is an advisor for Benny Gantz, the head of Blue and White Party, Olmert pointed out that he is not affiliated to any political party.

Abbas and Olmert are expected to hold a joint press conference at the UN Security Council this week.

READ: Abbas sides with Olmert and Burhan sides with Netanyahu

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

Israeli Army Fires Missiles Into The Gaza Strip

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Monday at dawn, many missiles into several areas in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, and in Gaza city, causing excessive damage, reportedly after a homemade shell was fired into the Negev.

Media sources said the army fired at least ten missiles into an area, northwest of Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing excessive property damage, and fire, to structures and the surrounding homes.

They added that the army also fired three missiles into a site, west of Deir al-Balah city, in central Gaza Strip, also causing excessive property damage.

In addition, the army fired thee mortar shells into a site near the Shuhada graveyard, east of Gaza Strip, causing damage. There have been no reports of civilian casualties.

The Israeli army said it was retaliating to one shell that was reportedly fired from Gaza into an area in the northern Negev, causing no damage or injuries.

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

Soldiers Invade Palestinian Lands in Central Gaza

Several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Monday morning, Palestinian farmlands east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza, and bulldozed them.

Media sources said the vehicles, including five bulldozers, came from a military base across the perimeter fence and invaded the lands through Abu Safiyya gate, east of al-Maghazi.

They added that the vehicles advanced dozens of meters across the fence, bulldozed large areas of farmlands, and installed sandhills.

During the invasions, military helicopters and drones were seen flying over the area, and several parts of the Gaza Strip.

The invasion came hours after the army carried out several airstrikes targeting a few areas in the besieged and improvised coastal region.

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

WHERE HAVE THE ARAB MASSES GONE?

An Egyptian young man raising Palestine flag and standing alone against a pro-Israeli protest at the University of Cape Town in South Africa

By Dr Amira Abo el-Fetouh

Donald Trump dropped a bombshell with his “deal of the century”, which eliminates what remains of historic Palestine and completely liquidates the Palestinian cause. The Arab countries should have risen up as one against this. The Arab masses should have taken to the streets in their millions as a natural reaction to the deal. Neither happened, not even in the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Those who did take to the streets, somewhat timidly, were in Jordan, Algeria and Morocco.

What has happened to the Arab people? Where have the masses gone? Have their feelings towards the central Arab cause, Palestine, faded? We saw mass demonstrations in years gone by when, for example, Ariel Sharon desecrated Al-Aqsa Mosque; when 12-year-old Mohammad Al-Durra was killed; when Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Abdel Aziz Al-Rantisi and others were martyred. The masses also took to the streets during the frequent Israeli attacks against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The latest weak response mirrors the reaction to Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the “undivided” capital of the State of Israel. Even the US President himself said at the time that he expected more of a reaction from the Arabs. I am sure that it is the lack of a furious reaction that encouraged him to make so many unjust moves in favour of the Zionist enemy which should have provoked the Arabs, as he is assured that, as a single nation, they are moribund. Such moves include the green light for Israel to annex the Syrian Golan Heights and the illegal Zionist settlements, as well as cutting off US donations to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), all of which were the prelude to the ill-fated deal.

Instead of street protests, the Arab masses are apparently content with declaring their anger via social media, no doubt because they are themselves oppressed by dictators who rule with an iron first and do not allow any kind of publicly-expressed dissent. When they did take things into their own hands, during and after the Arab Spring revolutions, Palestinian flags flew in the public squares in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

In Egypt after the revolution, for example, one man climbed the walls of the tower block where the Israeli Embassy is located on the 12th floor, and took down the Israeli flag, which was thrown to the ground and burned; the act was applauded by witnesses. Compare this with the fate of the young man who held up a Palestinian flag while watching a football match a few months ago. He was arrested and sent for trial.

That is what has happened to the Arab people, and why Israel conspired against the Arab Spring with its agents in the region, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, so that national leaders controlled by Israel could be appointed as proxies to guard their borders. The President of security coordination with Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, admitted his own betrayal in his speech before the so-called Arab League. He said that he had given the Israelis information that they could only dream of having, but now he is stopping and they will need to fend for themselves. He also said that he believed the Palestinians do not need guns and will seek to make the State of Palestine a demilitarised entity. It is a fact that the Arab rulers see Israel as a lifeline for them, which is why they rush to please it in any way possible in order to ensure that they remain on their thrones.

It is thus shameful that the Chairman of the Transitional Military Council in Sudan, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda after the announcement of Trump’s deal of shame, and announced that he had agreed to normalise relations with the Zionist state. Incredibly, he claimed that his visit to Entebbe will benefit the Palestinian people.

After Al-Burhan’s trip — which was treacherous to both our religion and the Arab people — we can say without exaggeration that the entire Nile Valley is now under Israeli domination. It completes the comprehensive Arab siege of the Palestinian people, who are now being asked to give up everything as part of the surrender document masquerading as a “peace plan”.

However, this will not happen. The heroic Palestinian people will never surrender and will never give in. They have already started individual action, but we want them to stage a collective uprising led by a unified leadership that shakes the earth from under the feet of the Zionists. We want a united resistance and a return to the struggle of the past. The historical land of Palestine, from the river to the sea, will only be restored through legitimate resistance of all kinds.

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

‘ISRAEL’ CARRIES OUT MORE STRIKES ON GAZA

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli jets carried out a series of strikes on several locations in Deir al Balah, Khan Yunis, and southern Gaza in the early hours of Monday.

In Deir al Balah, Israeli jets struck land near the coastal road in the south-west of the city.

Israeli warplanes intensively shelled land between Deir al Balah and Khan Yunis with violent and continuous strikes. No casualties were reported.

In a statement, the Israeli army claimed it shelled “infrastructure built for Hamas military training”. It claimed that it is prepared to deal with a varied and wide range of scenarios.

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

Israel threatens to use ‘lethal force’ to ‘crush’ Gaza

Aggression Minister Naftali Bennet said: “Our attacks on Gaza will be unbearable this time”

Right wing Israeli Crime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Israel is to take “crushing action” against Palestinians in Gaza Strip, who have been under tight Israeli siege for 14 years.

“Just a few weeks ago, we took out the top commander of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and I suggest that Islamic Jihad and Hamas refresh their memories,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in occupied Jerusalem.

“I will not lay out in detail all our actions and plans in the media, but we are prepared for crushing action against the terror groups [Palestinian factions] in Gaza. Our actions are powerful, and they are not finished yet, to put it mildly.”

Meanwhile, his extremist right wing Aggression Minister Naftali Bennett warned that Israel would take “lethal action against Gaza residents.”

Bennett considered the protest actions taken by Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza, as “irresponsible behaviour” that must be stopped.

Israeli settlers near the eastern fence of Gaza express their worries and fear the anti-Israeli siege protests being organised by Hamas the other Palestinian factions in Gaza.

“Israel does not want a war with Hamas in Gaza, but we are committed to the safety of the residents of the south. The irresponsible behaviour of Hamas’s leadership is bringing us closer to taking lethal action against them,” Bennett warned.

He added: “We will not announce when or where. This action will be very different from those taken in the past.

“No one will be immune. Hamas faces a choice: choose life and economic prosperity or choose terror and pay an unbearable price. Their actions will determine [which it will be].”

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

Israeli court jails resistance icon Raed Salah for 28 months

Israel is doing its best to keep Sheikh Raed Salah away from Al Aqsa Mosque as he is an outspoken critic of occupation policies against the Islamic holy site

An Israeli court sentenced on Monday Palestinian resistance icon Sheikh Raed Salah to 28 months in prison over claims of inciting violence.

Sheikh Salah has already served 11 months in Israeli prison, including six months in solitary confinement.

Dozens of Palestinians organised a stand in solidarity with Salah before the Israeli court in northern city of Haifa which issued the sentence.

Khaled Zabarqa, Salah’s lawyer, told Anadolu that Israel’s endless bids to silence Sheikh Raed Salah were meant to pave the way for announcing the controversial peace plan in the Middle East.

In August 2017, Salah was arrested at his home in the city of Umm al Fahm in northern Israel before being convicted on charges of “inciting violence.” He denied the charges.

In February 2018, the Israeli Central Court slapped the Palestinian resistance icon with six months of solitary confinement.

Exactly a year after, the Israeli Supreme Court sentenced Salah to three more months of house arrest, where he has served until now.

Since 2015, Israel has prohibited Salah from traveling outside the country in order to keep him silent and away from mass media.

The Islamic Movement in Israel, which Salah founded in 1971, has been outlawed by the Israeli occupation authorities since 2015.

In recent years, the Israeli occupation authorities have repeatedly arrested Salah and shut down dozens of organisations, including a number of charities, over their alleged links to his movement.

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

Israeli Soldiers Broke Her Face, Skull As She Was Protecting Her Kid From Detention

Israeli occupation forces harshly beaten Palestinian woman Rina Dirbas, 36, broke her face and skull as she was protecting her 14-year-old son from being detained.

About a month ago, Dirbas went back home to find a large number of the Israeli occupation forces inside her house.

She rushed inside to find them trying to detain her 14-year-old son, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The woman wanted to protect her son from being detained by the Israeli occupation forces, but they insisted they wanted to match him with the features of a child who was wanted over throwing stones at the Israeli military vehicles.

Dirbas insisted to accompany her little son. “When I was inside the military vehicle, I wanted to speak with the Israeli soldiers,” she said, “but a of them immediately hit me with the butt of his gun in my face and I fell unconscious.”

Later on, she found herself in the hospital. She had several surgeries in her skull and face and she is to undergo several follow up surgeries.

“When I look at the mirror, I start weeping,” she said.

Meanwhile, she said that the Israeli police tried to prevent her from filing a complaint against the Israeli soldiers.

“When I went to the police station to complain, the Israeli police treated me indifferently and claimed that I was hit with rock,” she said.

(Source / 10.02.2020) 

Israeli Police Seizes Money Of Former Prisoners’ In Jerusalem

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Israeli occupation police early Monday seized money from the families of former prisoners during multiple raids across occupied East Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, a Silwan-based watchdog, said that police and intelligence officers stormed the family houses of four former prisoners in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Sur Baher, ransacking them and seizing all the money found.

The watchdog center elaborated that the funds were seized purportedly for being paid by “hostile entities”, in reference to the stipends the Palestinian Authority pays to the families of Palestinian prisoners.

Police seized they could find in the houses, even the saving found in the piggy banks of children, in addition to a vehicle. The seized funds totaled NIS 26,790 ($7,800).

They also froze the bank accounts run by the families of nine prisoners. The total of NIS 270,900 ($80,000).

Israeli minister Naftali Bennett issued a decision several weeks ago to withhold the salaries of eight imprisoned Palestinian citizens of Israel purportedly for receiving monthly stipends from the Palestinian Authority.

(Source / 10.02.2020)