Israel exploits normalisation deals to escalate violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian Muslims await Friday prayers inside the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on 10 July 2020 [Muhammed Qarout Idkaide]
Palestinian Muslims await Friday prayers inside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on 10 July 2020

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas said yesterday that Israel is exploiting normalisation with Arab countries to escalate violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque and demolish more Palestinian homes in Jerusalem.

“Storming Al-Aqsa Mosque by dozens of Israeli settlers early this morning and the plans of some extremist Jewish groups to carry out mass raids in the Muslim compound on Thursday are the outcomes of normalisation deals with the Israeli occupation,” Hamas said.

In a statement, the movement’s spokesperson Abdul-Latif Al-Qanoa said the Israeli occupation authorities “do not respect peace or diplomacy”.

Al-Qanoa called on Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque against the arbitrary Israeli measures and policies.

Yesterday, scores of Israeli Jewish settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque, with so-called Temple Mount groups calling for further raids tomorrow.

OPINION: Whether paid for or free, normalisation is treachery

(Source / 16.09.2020)

Israel orders Palestinians to vacate Jerusalem homes to make way for settlers

A Palestinian man searches through the rubble of his home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, after Israeli forces demolished it, on 26 August, 2013 [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]
A Palestinian man searches through the rubble of his home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, after Israeli forces demolished it, on 26 August, 2013

An Israeli court in Jerusalem last week ordered Palestinian families to evacuate their homes in the holy city’s Silwan neighbour to make way for Israeli Jewish settlers.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the beneficiaries are settler associations who argued that the homes belonged to Jews before 1948.

Wadi Al-Hilwa Information Centre noted that the family of Izzat Salah was among them and it was given until 25 November to evacuate its house.

The family has been living in the house since 1968. The landlord, Aref Al-Qara’een, claimed it in 2015 and sold it secretly to Elad settler organisation in 2017.

Elad seized the whole building, except Salah’s house because he is a “protected tenant”.

READ: Israel exploits normalisation deals to escalate violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque

The family’s lawyer said that the Israeli Magistrate’s Court, Central Court and the High Court ruled in favour of Elad despite the fact that the family is classed as a “protected tenant”.

The Palestinian family said that it was subjected to repeated harassment over the past few years in order to concede their house.

Israeli law allows the return of property to their Jewish owners but not to Palestinian owners, legislation right-wing groups are using to force Palestinians from their homes and to change the demographic of the occupied city.

Rights group Peace Now said: “For every dunam of land owned by Jews before 1948 that was lost in the war, there are hundreds of thousands of dunams of land in Israel that were owned by Palestinians before 1948 and were lost. The settlers’ demand to evict Palestinians based on pre-1948 ownership is a strategic threat on the moral justification of hundreds of thousands of Israelis living on properties and lands that had belonged to Palestinians.”

$115.5 million was spent by Israel on settlements in the occupied West Bank in the first quarter of 2019, ‘the highest first-quarter total in a decade’

(Source / 16.09.2020)

Israel detained 12 Palestinians from West Bank, including mayor

Israeli forces raid Yabed village and arrest a Palestinian in the northern Jenin city, West Bank on 12 May 2020. [Nedal Eshtayah - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces blind fold a Palestinian man after arresting him in the West Bank on 12 May 2020

Israeli occupation forces arrested 12 Palestinians, including a mayor, from the occupied West Bank last night, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported.

According to a statement issued by the PPS, Israeli forces rounded up five Palestinians after ransacking their houses in Bethlehem.

One of the five detainees was identified as a resident of Umm Salamuna village, south-west of Bethlehem, two others as residents of Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem city, and two others as residents of Beit Sahour city.

During the raid in Jericho, the PPS said, Israeli occupation forces stormed Ein Sultan, west of the city, in military vehicles and rounded up one and physically assaulted another.

It added that a similar military raid was conducted in Silat Ad-Dhar town, south-west of Jenin, where soldiers, Wafa said, arrested the town Mayor, As‘ad Amin Hantouli, and a former prisoner.

READ: Israel arrests more than 40 Palestinians including ex-prisoners

The Israeli army carries out frequent arrest campaigns across the West Bank – including in occupied East Jerusalem – on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to PPS, Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 3,000 Palestinians from the start of 2020 until the end of August.

(Source / 16.09.2020)

Nearly 3,500 Palestinians killed during Netanyahu era

Relatives of Nur Jabir al-Bergushi, 23, who died in Negev prison belonging to Israel, mourn during his funeral ceremony in the Aboud village of Ramallah, West Bank on 27 April 2020. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
Relatives of Nur Jabir al-Bergushi, 23, who died in Negev prison belonging to Israel, mourn during his funeral ceremony in the Aboud village of Ramallah, West Bank on 27 April 2020

During the prime ministry of Benjamin Netanyahu, who signed an agreement with the UAE and Bahrain to normalize relations, nearly 3,500 Palestinians, including many women and children, were martyred and thousands of others injured in the attacks of Israeli forces, Anadolu reports.

Netanyahu, shown as one of the chief architects of Israel’s oppression and violations against Palestine, served as the prime minister during the two bloody attacks on the Gaza Strip under the blockade by the Israeli army.

According to the data of the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, nearly 3,500 Palestinian Palestinians have been martyred in the attacks of the Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza since 2009, when Netanyahu was the prime minister.

Of the Palestinians who lost their lives in Israeli attacks, 799 were children, and 342 women.

2 large-scale operations

Netanyahu, who took the prime ministry seat seven times, ordered the “Operation Pillar of Cloud” in 2012 and “Operation Protective Edge” attacks in 2014 against the Gaza Strip.

According to data from B’Tselem, 167 Palestinians lost their lives in Israel’s 2012 attacks on Gaza.

The year of 2014 was one of the bloodiest years in Palestinian history due to the attacks Israel launched on Gaza on July 8, under Netanyahu.

According to a UN report, the Israeli army hit Gaza with 6,000 airstrikes with nearly 50,000 tank and artillery shells for 50 days.

READ: Israel’s deals to ‘transfer’ Palestinians are simply thinly-disguised ethnic cleansing

In Israel’s attacks, 2,251 Palestinians, including 551 children and 299 women, were martyred, more than 11,000 people injured, and over 1,500 children left orphaned.

Palestinian authorities noted that 28,366 houses were damaged in the city, devastated especially by airstrikes, leaving 3,329 houses completely and 23,445 partially destroyed.

Some 65,000 Palestinians were left homeless in Gaza, where infrastructure was badly damaged due to the attacks.

Netanyahu's victory - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Netanyahu’s victory – Cartoon

Massacre before eyes of the world

Under the prime ministry of Netanyahu, who ordered the 2012 and 2014 attacks — shown among the bloodiest attacks on Gaza — Israeli forces carried out a new massacre in the region in 2018.

During the peaceful demonstrations under the name of the “Great March of Return” launched on the Gaza border on March 30, 2018 and lasted for months, Israeli soldiers did not refrain from using excessive force, including real bullets, against the Palestinians.

The Netanyahu administration could not tolerate even the peaceful demonstrations held at the border demanding the right to return of Palestinian refugees who were forcibly expelled from their lands after the lifting of the land, air, and sea blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2006.

Israeli soldiers massacred Palestinians in front of the eyes of the world during the protests, aired by live broadcasts of local TV channels.

READ: Inconclusive investigations and psychological trauma cultivate Israel’s impunity

According to the data of Al Mezan, a human rights organization in Gaza, 215 Palestinians were martyred by Israeli soldiers and thousands injured in the demonstrations.

Among those who lost their lives in Israel’s attacks on the Gaza border were 47 children, two women, four healthcare workers, two journalists, and nine disabled people.

Destruction of Palestinian homes increases in East Jerusalem

During the Netanyahu period, the pressure on the Palestinians increased, along with the massacres.

Especially in the occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli administration does not allow the Palestinians to build houses and continues to destroy some with the claim that they were built without permission.

According to B’Tselem, while Israel destroyed 30 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem this year on the grounds that they are “unlicensed”, 59 families had to destroy their homes on their own due to Israeli decision. With these destructions, 278 people were left homeless, including 141 children.

As the Israeli administration also takes the destruction costs from the owners of these houses, Palestinians have to demolish their own homes.

According to the report, 23 Palestinian homes were destroyed in East Jerusalem in 2010. This reveals the recent rise in the destruction in the area.

(Source / 16.08.2020)

Al-Haq: “UAE and Bahrain’s Normalisation with Israel Incentivises Continued Colonisation of Palestine”

An open Letter by Shawan Jabarin, General Director, Al-Haq

The decision of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalise relations with Israel lay bare what has been clear to Palestinians for decades: Israel’s illegal acts of annexation and apartheid will not deter those in power from the pursuit of their own interests, to the detriment, if not damnation, of justice, accountability, and human rights in Palestine.

In effect, the normalisation of diplomatic and trade relations between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel reveal a worrying and detrimental trend in regional State practice towards the acceptance and endorsement Israel’s illegal acts against our people including, the closure and collective punishment of the Gaza Strip, enforcement of an apartheid regime over the Palestinian people as a whole, the annexation of our land, and the erasure of the Palestinian people.

The shameful recognition of Israel’s illegal acts by both these States, must be collectively opposed, by the international community, and the Palestinian people.

Despite the UAE and Bahrain’s legal responsibilities as third States under international law to take effective action to oppose Israel’s illegal settler-colonial enterprise and other unlawful acts, they have instead opted to act in contravention of these responsibilities and embrace inexcusable violations of international law and human rights in the name of geopolitical expediency and gain.

Palestinian self-determination is not a matter which is up for debate; not as part of future negotiations between Israel and the State of Palestine, and certainly not as part of an agreement between Israel and the UAE or Bahrain, brokered by the United States, with intentionally excluded Palestinian voices and perspectives.

In striking contrast to the recent wholesale dismissal of the centrality, or indeed relevance at all, of Palestine to Arab-Israeli relations, the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, proposed by Saudi Arabia and endorsed by the Arab League, conditioned normalisation on the full withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces from the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, the recognition of a Palestinian State therein, and the permitting of Palestinians refugees and exiles to exercise their right to return.

Instead, Israel has attained full normalisation with the UAE and Bahrain essentially without precondition, having claimed to suspend its plans of full de jure annexation of the West Bank, threatened previously in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This purported suspension has done little to console the millions of Palestinians already living under de jure annexation in East Jerusalem, under de facto annexation in much of the West Bank, as refugees and exiles denied their right of return, or being treated as demographic threats and invaders within Israel’s borders. Whether American-backed de jure annexation comes now or in 2024, Palestinians will continue to be targeted with deadly force, will continue to watch their homes being demolished, will continue to be denied reunification with their families, will be denied the right to return to their homes and lands, and will be denied the dignity promised to them by an international rules-based order.

Emirati support for the struggle against Israeli colonialism, annexationist-aggression and apartheid was ultimately cowed by the allure of the lucrative partnership between the UAE and Israel’s private sectors. Defence, cybersecurity, and infrastructure corporations have for years made billions in revenue as Emirate-based multinationals in Israel, and vice versa.

According to the Times of Israel, exports from Israel to the UAE stand to rise up to $500 million USD annually, whereas UAE investment in Israel may reach an annual $350 million USD. Similarly, conversations have taken place at the highest political level between Israeli and Bahraini officials. Economic benefit and “peace in the region” are thus the fig leaf for the abandonment and betrayal of the Palestinian people offered by American, Emirati, and Bahraini proponents of normalisation.

However, a peace which does not include the realisation of the rights of all Palestinians will be one without justice, and so will be no peace at all. In the midst of continued human rights violations and the commission of international crimes in Yemen, Syria, Egypt, and Libya, stood over and perpetuated by a corrupt ruling elite and multinational profiteers, Palestine is once more left by the wayside.

It is critical that the international community intervenes to pressure the UAE and Bahrain to comply with their third State obligations towards Palestine and prevent aiding and abetting Israel in its continuing violation of peremptory norms of international law.

It is now time, for the international community and the Palestinian people to collectively rise up and resist this egregious regional normalisation, to ensure the realisation of our people to self-determination and permanent sovereignty, and to prevent Israeli and regional measures towards the erasure of our people, culture, lands and home.

(Source / 16.09.2020)

Press Release: Israeli Authorities Arrest Cancer Patient at Erez Crossing

Al-Mezan Center For Human Rights: On Monday evening, 14 September 2020, the Israeli authorities at Erez crossing arrested Mohammed Tayseer Sawali, a 36-year-old cancer patient from Khan Younis, despite having granted him a travel permit. Sawali was on his way to Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem.

Sawali’s family told Al Mezan that Mohammed was diagnosed with colon cancer six months ago and had been referred to Augusta Victoria Hospital for medical treatment. His mother, Asmahan Sawali, was his designated companion. However, when they arrived at Erez crossing at around 1 pm on Monday, Mohammed was called in for interrogation by Israel Security Agency officers at the crossing.

Several hours later, at around 7 pm, Asmahan Sawali was ordered to go back to Gaza without her son who had just been arrested. She was admitted to a quarantine facility upon returning as a mandatory preventive measure—initiated by authorities in Gaza—to fight the spread of COVID-19. The reason for Sawali’s detention and his current health condition remain unclear.

The Israeli authorities continue to use Erez crossing as a means of entrapment and attempted coercion of Palestinians residing in Gaza, particularly of those in urgent need of medical exit permits, which are only granted for pressing humanitarian needs.

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the detention of Mohammed Sawali and the policies and practices of the Israeli authorities that hamper access to healthcare and ultimately the denial of the right to health. The physical and psychological pain that patients and their relatives endure while attempting to access healthcare is a form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Al Mezan reiterates its calls on the international community to ensure the respect of international law, and to exert pressure on Israel, the occupying power, to lift the blockade and closure, ensure freedom of movement of goods and people, put an end to the policy of arbitrary detention, and investigate incidents involving torture, ill-treatment, and coercion of Palestinians.

(Source / 16.09.2020)

Palestinian Resistance Fires 2 Rockets into Israel, 5 Israelis Injured

The Palestinian resistance in the besieged Gaza Strip, Tuesday, launched rockets north towards Israel, in an expression of contempt for the normalisation agreements between Israel and 2 Arab states, Quds News Network reported.

Resistance factions in the Gaza Strip fired primitively made rockets towards Israeli cities of Asqalan and Asdood, where sirens were heard, amidst media reports of powerful explosions heard in the area.

Israel’s ‘Kan’ reported that a shopping complex in Ashdod was hit, while Israeli channel 2 reported that the ‘missiles’ caused one person to suffer a moderate injury, while others suffered mild injuries.

Other Israeli sources said that 5 Israelis were wounded, in an apparent failure of the Iron Dome missile defense system over.

“While Netanyahu is celebrating in Washington, the resistance is celebrating in Ashdod and Asqalan.”
– Former Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman

The Israeli army announced, Tuesday evening, that it tracked two rockets, fired from the Gaza Strip, one was shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system, while another landed in Ashdod, Shehab News Agency reported.

The Walla Al-Abry website reported that the total number of injured as a result of rockets fire is 13, including 1 moderate injury, 4 minor injuries, while 8 people were classified as ‘injured’ because they suffered from panic.

All casualties were transferred to Assuta Hospital for medical treatment.

Haaretz reported that two Israelis sustained injuries from glass debris in Ashdod, including a 62-year-old man who suffered moderate wounds, and another that was lightly wounded.

“The agreements between Israel and Bahrain and the UAE isn’t worth the ink spilled or the paper it was signed on. The Palestinian people are determined to continue the struggle to get all of their rights, and will treat these agreements as if they do not exist.”
– Hamas statement Sept. 15, 2020

“On a historic evening of peace, we received a reminder from our enemies that we must always be strong and prepared to protect the residents of Israel in every place and at all times.”
– Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantz

Mustafa Barghouti, leader of the Palestine National Initiative and a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Council, told Haaretz that the event in Washington was a mere performance meant to serve U.S. President Donald Trump and Netanyahu.

“Anyone who wishes to make real peace cannot ignore the Palestinians, and the rocket fire during the ceremony proved it.”
– Mustafa Barghouti

(Source / 16.09.2020)

Video| Gaza shells surrounding settlements in retaliation for Trump’s normalization ceremony

Three Israeli settlers have been reportedly wounded in the resistance attack

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian resistance in Gaza has launched several missiles at surrounding settlements in the occupied land in retaliation for the normalization deals that are being signed in a ceremony at the White house.

The resistance shelled occupied Asqalan and Asdood using several missiles. Sirens sounded in both occupied cities while Israeli media reported that sounds of powerful explosions have been heard.

Israeli ‘Kan’ reported that a shopping complex in Asdood has been targeted while the Israeli channel 2 reported that the missiles cause one medium injury and several other casualties.

Meanwhile, other Israeli media stressed that five settlers have been wounded in the resistance attack.

Former Israeli Minister of War, Avigdor Lieberman, has reportedly said that while Netanyahu is celebrating in Washington, the resistance is celebrating in Asdood and Asqalan.

(Source / 16.09.2020)

Israel exploits normalisation deals to escalate violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque

During the Israeli, UAE and Bahrain ceremony to celebrate the so-called peace deals in Washington, hundreds of Israeli settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli occupation is exploiting normalisation with Arab countries to escalate violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque and demolish more Palestinian homes in Jerusalem, Hamas said on Tuesday.

“Storming Al-Aqsa Mosque by dozens of Israeli settlers early this morning and the plans of some extremist Jewish groups to carry out mass raids in the Muslim compound on Thursday are the outcomes of normalisation deals with the Israeli occupation,” the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas said.

In a statement, the movement’s spokesperson Abdul-Latif Al-Qanoa said the Israeli occupation authorities “do not respect peace or diplomacy”.

Al-Qanoa called on Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque against the arbitrary Israeli measures and policies.

Yesterday, scores of Israeli Jewish settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque, with so-called Temple Mount groups calling for further raids tomorrow.

(Source / 16.09.2020)

Qatar rejects normalisation with Israel before solving Palestinian situation

Qatar has completely rejected normalising ties with Israel, stressing that this is not the core of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Speaking to Bloomberg on Monday, Spokesperson of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater said: “We don’t think that normalization was the core of this conflict and hence it can’t be the answer.”

Al-Khater added: “The core of this conflict is about the drastic conditions that the Palestinians are living under” as “people without a country, living under occupation.”

(Source / 16.09.2020)