Israeli military vehicles infiltrate southern Gaza borders, raze lands

Israeli military vehicles infiltrate southern Gaza borders, raze lands
Israeli military vehicles infiltrating Gaza border and razing land (File photo)

KHAN YOUNIS, Monday, September 7, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli military vehicles today infiltrated the southern Gaza borders east of the city of Khan Younis and razed land, reported WAFA correspondent.

He said that six military vehicles infiltrated the borders to the east of the town of Abasan and proceeded to raze large areas near the border fence.

Israeli occupation forces regularly infiltrate the Gaza borders, level and destroy lands, which are mainly agricultural in an effort to prevent landowners from accessing, benefiting and farming their lands near the fence.

(Source / 07.09.2020)

Al Keela warns: The spread of Corona in Gaza will be different

The Minister of Health, Mai Al-Kayleh, has warned of the rapid spread of the Corona virus in the Gaza Strip, which is due to the high population density.

Al-Kailah said in an interview with “Voice of Palestine” radio Sunday morning, that the spread of the virus in the Gaza Strip will be different from all countries of the world.

She added that the ministerial delegation, which arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, includes 5 ministers, to discuss health measures there to limit the spread of the Corona virus.

Al-Keela explained that 20 trucks will arrive today in the Gaza Strip loaded with medicines and medical supplies, including 10 thousand swabs for examination.

(Source / 07.09.2020)

Gaza: Woman dies of corona

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced today, Sunday, that a new death from the Coronavirus has been recorded.

The ministry stated that the death of a citizen, the adoption of Al-Ghoula, was 36 years old, indicating that she was in the intensive care unit at Al-Shifa Medical Complex.

This brings the number of deaths in Gaza since last March to 8, including 7 from inside the Strip, and the death of a citizen who was returning from Egypt.

This morning, the Ministry announced the registration of 162 new cases of the virus.

(Source / 07.09.2020)

Palestine Action activists arrested in London after protests against Israel arms manufacturer

Four Palestine Action activists have been arrested at a mass protest in London as part of the group’s efforts to shut down Israel’s largest arms manufacturer, Elbit Systems.

The protest took place at the manufacturer’s London office on Kingsway Road, near Holborn, on Friday 4 September. Red paint was splashed along the entrance to the office and protesters gathered on both sides of the street and the central reservation.

Protesters blocked Kingsway Road as they stood holding large banners reading messages like “Stop Arming Israel”, “Elbit Arms: Tested on Children”. Cyclists from the big ride, members of Football against Apartheid, the Jewish Anti-Zionist network, drummers, musicians and artists filled the space and joined in the demonstration.

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The Metropolitan police has confirmed that four people were arrested on Friday.

A spokesperson said: “Police were called to reports of a group of around 60 people conducting an unplanned protest at Kingsway in Holborn at 10:57hrs on Friday, 4 September.

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“Protesters were in possession of a ladder, wood and glue.

“Four people were arrested for burglary and criminal damage related offences.

“There were no reports of injuries.

“All protesters left the scene by 16:00hrs.”

A report from Palestine Action said: “There was lots of support from passing traffic and members of the public who had no idea an Israeli arms manufacturer was housed in the office.

“Activists remain determined to take action until there is no place for a company developing and selling their weapons off the deaths of so many Palestinians.”

Palestine Action added: “Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest private arms company, marketing their weapons as ‘field tested’ on Palestinian civilians.”

Elbit supplied 85 percent of the drones used in the invasion of Gaza in 2014, where over 2200 Palestinians, 500 of them children, were killed in only 50 days. The manufacturer has ten sites across the UK.

Palestine Action is focusing on targeting all of these sites until they are shut down.

Palestine Action, which launched just over a month ago, is a new direct action network.

It has already targeted several Elbit sites across the country and mobilised activists in their fight to shut it down.

The group has targeted the Elbit office in London five times before, including storming the office, spray painting messages inside and outside, and covering the office with red paint which symbolises Palestinian blood.

(Source / 07.09.2020)

Fatah accuses Suha Arafat of carrying out suspicious role against Palestinians

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is led out of his compound in the West Bank, by his wife Suha Arafat, to board a helicopter bound for France in order to seek medical attention for an unknown illness on 29 October 2004 in Ramallah, West Bank. [Hussein Hussein/PPO via Getty Images]
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is led out of his compound in the West Bank, by his wife Suha Arafat, to board a helicopter bound for France in order to seek medical attention for an unknown illness on 29 October 2004 in Ramallah, West Bank

Replying to TV remarks of Suha Arafat, widow of former Fatah, PLO and Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Yasser Arafat, Fatah said yesterday that she is carrying out a suspicious role against the Palestinians.

Watan Voice reported the head of Fatah Mobilisation and Organisation Commission, Munir Al-Jaghoub, saying: “Suha Al-Taweel insists to use the name of Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat] to carry out a suspicious role in the campaign against the Palestinian leadership.”

Al-Jaghoub claimed that Arafat is marketing the “absurd views” of the UAE rulers related to the Palestinian cause.

He added: “Arafat’s interview with Al Arabiya TV included much abuse and defamation even to the history of Abu-Ammar,” stressing that her remarks fuel sectarian and religious divisions “while all the Palestinians are united against the dangers facing the Christian and Islamic holy symbols.”

READ: Remembering Yasser Arafat 

“We did not imagine that Suha Arafat would use the sectarian logic, which is completely rejected by Palestinians, and attempt to incite sedition at this time. This indicates that she is working for programmes aiming to liquidate the Palestinian cause.”

He concluded: “We are confident that our people will not be dragged into this dangerous square and will not accept trading with the name of Abu-Ammar or trust the claims that he exploited the Palestinian cause.”

In late August, Suha spoke to Israel broadcaster Kan for the first time to criticise the PA leadership and apologised to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the burning of its flag, in the wake of the announcement that the Emirates was normalisation relations with the occupation state.

(Source / 07.09.2020)

Exposed: another fake anti-Semitic plot to defame prominent pro-Palestinian group

Activist from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign protest Israel's violations of Palestinian rights outside the Glasgow Sheriff Court, Scotland on 10 July 2017 [Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign/Facebook]
Activist from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign protest Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights outside the Glasgow Sheriff Court, Scotland on 10 July 2017

Another member of the pro-Israel lobby in Britain has been reported to have faked an anti-Semitic attack in order to discredit a prominent pro-Palestinian group. According to Scotland’s Daily Record, this has prompted condemnation from legal watchdogs and a demand for compensation from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC).

Described as a “top lawyer”, the man identified by the Daily Record as Matthew Berlow is said to have played a key part in faking an anti-Semitic graffiti attack at his home then used the bogus incident to smear the SPSC. For his part in the conspiracy, Berlow is apparently facing a reprimand from the Law Society of Scotland (LSS) as well as a £500 fine. The SPSC, however, is urging the LSS to insist that the pro-Israel lawyer pays compensation to everyone he has smeared.

Berlow is an associate of Ed Sutherland, the head of religious and moral education at the Belmont Academy in Ayr, Scotland, who in August admitted to making anti-Semitic posts to discredit pro-Palestinian groups. Both men are said to belong to the Confederation of Friends of Israel, which aims to promote the interests of the Zionist state in Britain.

Details of Berlow’s part in the plot to defame the SPSC include a fake anti-Semitic social media post by someone alleged to be a pro-Palestine activist named “Stevie Harrison”. This person “Harrison” has been identified as a creation of Sutherland. Berlow promoted the story of the fantasy attack by playing the victim and commenting on “Harrison’s” post that it was “Idiocy. Typical SPSC behaviour criminal.”

A preliminary ruling found that Berlow failed to maintain the standards of behaviour expected of a solicitor. An LSS report confirmed that Berlow and “Mr Y” who was identified as Sutherland were working together to tarnish the reputation of the pro-Palestinian group.

READ: Israel’s false flag anti-Semitism 

“Mr Y, like the solicitor [Berlow], is a supporter of the state of Israel. The reporter is satisfied that Mr Y impersonates an anti-Israeli activist and in order to convince other anti-Israeli activists, Mr Y targets Israeli supporters, including the solicitor.”

Furthermore, “The reporter is satisfied that when commenting on the post, the solicitor would have known that the post was false and no vandalism had taken place. The reporter is satisfied that the purpose of the comment was to associate the ostensibly criminal act with members of the SPSC despite the solicitor being aware at the material time that no criminal act had taken place.”

Pro-Israel lobbyists have a track record of using such deception to discredit pro-Palestinian groups. At the height of the Labour Party anti-Semitism row under former leader Jeremy Corbyn, an investigation by the Electronic Intifada documented ten fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters and issuing virulent anti-Semitic posts.

On US college campuses, pro-Israel lobby groups have fabricated accusations of anti-Semitism in an attempt to incite official crackdowns against Palestine solidarity activists.

Moreover, in July, pro-Israel news outlets ran “deepfake” op-eds in what was described as a “new disinformation frontier”. Last December, Guardian investigation traced back to Israel a network of Facebook accounts fuelling far-right Islamophobia around the world.

(Source / 07.09.2020)

Police wedding under lockdown in Gaza

Jihad and Ala’a had planned to have a traditional wedding with their family and loved ones, however with the onset of the coronavirus in the enclave, their plans had to be altered

Palestinian groom, Jihad Ahmad, wore his police uniform to his wedding to Ala’a in Gaza on 7 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian groom, Jihad Ahmad, wore his police uniform to his wedding to Ala’a in Gaza on 7 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian groom, Jihad Ahmad, wore his police uniform to his wedding to Ala’a in Gaza on 7 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian groom, Jihad Ahmad, wore his police uniform to his wedding to Ala’a in Gaza on 7 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian groom, Jihad Ahmad, wore his police uniform to his wedding to Ala’a in Gaza on 7 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian groom, Jihad Ahmad, wore his police uniform to his wedding to Ala’a in Gaza on 7 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian groom, Jihad Ahmad, wore his police uniform to his wedding to Ala’a in Gaza on 7 September 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinian groom, Jihad Ahmad, wore his police uniform to his wedding to Ala’a.

The couple had planned to have a traditional wedding with their family and loved ones, however with the onset of the coronavirus in the enclave, and the subsequent lockdown imposed, their plans had to be altered.

Twenty-six-year-old Jihad, however, wanted to mark the day by wearing the uniform he is proud to represent and received special permission allowing him to go and collect his new wife from her family’s home.

READ: Gaza on alert as 4 coronavirus cases detected

He was even provided a police escort to do so.

Their wedding date was made more special by the celebration of his wife’s birthday on the same day.

Jihad said he was aware that Gaza is suffering greatly under lockdown and, as a result, he only took one day off for his wedding and returned to work the very next day to support efforts to stem the flow of coronavirus and enforce the lockdown.

(Source / 07.09.2020)

UN announces ‘temporary’ measures for Gaza patients to travel for treatment

United Nations (UN) Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov on 30 April 2015 in Gaza city [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
United Nations (UN) Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov on 30 April 2015 in Gaza city

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, revealed on Monday some “temporary” measures for Palestinian patients in the besieged Gaza Strip to travel for treatment.

“A temporary arrangement has been agreed to support #Palestinian patients and companions from #Gaza to access essential #health services outside the Strip,” Mladenov tweeted.

The UN official did not give details about these new arrangements or indicate who the partners are in carrying them out.

However, he thanked the World Health Organisation in the Occupied Territories; Jamie McGoldrick, the UN Development and Humanitarian Coordinator in Palestine; and the UN Special Coordinator of the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) for their “amazing work with all parties.”

Since May, when the Palestinian Authority halted security coordination with Israel over Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plans, the Israeli authorities have been preventing patients travelling abroad from Gaza, citing a lack of coordination with the PA.

Due to serious shortages of medicines, medical equipment and expertise in Gaza as a result of the 14-year-old Israeli-led siege of the territory, many patients need to travel in order to receive vital treatment available in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel or abroad.

READ: Gaza reports 162 new coronavirus cases

(Source / 07.09.2020)

Sharp decrease in number of building permits granted to Palestinians by Israel

Palestinian forced to demolish his own house to avoid paying occupation forces to do it
Palestinian forced to demolish his own house to avoid paying occupation forces to do it 

The number of building permits Israel has granted Palestinians in the occupied territories has decreased by 45 per cent in the second quarter of 2020, reported the Wafa news agency.

A total of 1,217 building licenses were issued in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT) in the second quarter of 2019, which included 813 for new buildings, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said today.

The new statistics show a 45 per cent decrease in the number of permits granted to Palestinians, compared to the first quarter of the year.

Palestinians are rarely granted building permits by the Israeli occupation authorities, especially in occupied East Jerusalem.

READ: Israel issued 650 demolition orders against Palestinian facilities in 2020

Palestinians charge that the true purpose of the restrictive planning regime applied by Israeli authorities is to empty the city of its Palestinian inhabitants.

The UN’s Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted in an April 2019 report that in East Jerusalem “a restrictive planning regime applied by Israel makes it virtually impossible for Palestinians to obtain building permits.”

The building permits are charged at extortionate prices and are unaffordable for most Palestinians, creating a legal loophole for Israel to annex more land and to leave Palestinians in limbo by preventing them from developing infrastructure.

The latest demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem brought the total number of Palestinian structures destroyed this year to 118: “Half of them were carried out by the owners,” reported OCHA.

Israel’s widely practiced policies of home demolitions targeting entire families are acts of illegal collective punishment and come in direct violation of International Human Rights Law.

READ: Israel demolishes 25 Palestine structures, displaces 32 people in 2 weeks, says UN

(Source / 07.09.2020)

PA ready to talk with Israel based on international resolutions

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh speaks to press in Ramallah, West Bank on 30 July 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh speaks to press in Ramallah, West Bank on 30 July 2019

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said on Sunday that the leadership is ready to return to a political track with Israel based on international resolutions and agreements already signed by the two sides, Wafa news agency has reported.

Shtayyeh made his comments during a meeting with the German Minister of State Niels Annen in Ramallah.

The PA official praised Germany’s rejection of Israel’s annexation plans and support for the two-state solution. He stressed that the solid international and Arab position and the will of the Palestinian leadership and people combined to thwart the plans.

He also reiterated the PA’s readiness to return to the political track based on clear terms of reference, including signed agreements with Israel and international law as well as resolutions recognised by the global community.

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“If the annexation stops,” said Shtayyeh, “we will not allow the continuation of the status quo, whereby [illegal] settlements and the undermining of the establishment of a Palestinian state continue.” He called on Germany to play a role in ending the status quo through a serious political track.

Palestinian-Israeli talks have been stalled since 2014 after the failure of the then US Secretary of State John Kerry to get the two sides to reach a peace agreement. On 19 May this year, the PA announced the halting of all coordination and cooperation with the Israeli occupation authorities, and suspended all mutual agreements.

Last week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas called for an international peace conference under the UN umbrella and based on new talks with Israel launched from the Arab Peace initiatives.

(Source / 07.09.2020)