Israel’s ‘Apartheid Road’ opens in West Bank, separating Palestinian and Jewish settlers

Israeli security forces block the road and take security measures after an armed assault at Barkan industrial zone near Ariel Israeli settlement located in Salfit, West Bank on October 7, 2018 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

Israeli security forces block the road and take security measures after an armed assault at Barkan industrial zone near Ariel Israeli settlement located in Salfit, West Bank on October 7, 2018

Israel has opened a road connecting areas of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank with Jerusalem, making settler access from the occupied Palestinian territory to the holy city easier.

Route 4370, which had been closed and out of use for years since it was built over a decade ago due to staffing disputes between the police and army, was opened to traffic yesterday and is the first part of the eastern ring of Jerusalem. It will significantly ease congestion around northern Jerusalem by providing an extra or alternate route to the city from the illegal settlements.

Israel’s Minister of Transport and Intelligence Yisrael Katz said that his department had invested more than 30 million shekels ($43 million) on Highway 4370. “The paving of the road constitutes an important step in connecting the residents of the [illegal West Bank settlements in the so-called] Binyamin region to Jerusalem and in strengthening the metropolitan area of Greater Jerusalem, following the opening of the Adam and other initiatives promoted by the Ministry of Transportation in recent years.”

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The re-opened route is, essentially, a way to further connect the settlers in the West Bank with the Israeli mainland and its newly proclaimed “capital” Jerusalem, in pursuit of Israel’s overall aim of increasing its sovereignty over Palestinian territories. Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said: “This is one of many other steps to strengthen the services of the Ministry of Public Security on its bodies to the residents of Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] and to strengthen sovereignty in the area…We will continue to work to expand Israeli sovereignty throughout the entire area, while maintaining strict and consistent security needs.”

The new route will also redirect Palestinian traffic through a new security checkpoint en route to Jerusalem and away from an existing road in the unbuilt area of E1 in the West Bank, effectively separating Palestinians and Jewish settlers from using the same routes.

Since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel in 2017, Israel has been increased projects and initiatives which prepare for its annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank, critics have warned.

(Source / 10.01.2019)

Fatah to scrap deals with Israel over ‘continuous aggression’

Executive committee member at the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), Ahmad Majdalani [Thaer Ganaim/Apaimages]

Executive committee member at the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), Ahmad Majdalani

Fatah has said it will scrap its deals with Israel over the latter’s “continuous aggression” in the occupied West Bank.

Member of Fatah’s Central Committee, Mohammad Ishtea, said that “all the deals with Israel were violated; therefore, we will not respect them,” Anadolu Agency reported yesterday, citing official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

“The relations with Israel are currently frozen and the findings of the Palestinian leadership’s meetings in the coming few days will draw the lines for the relationship [with Israel] in the future,” Ishtea added.

The senior Fatah leader stressed that the issue of security cooperation with Israel is currently on the table, due to the “latest Israeli aggression” in Ramallah last week.

On Thursday, member of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Executive Committee, Ahmad Majdalani, revealed that the Palestinian leadership is to meet today to discuss the latest political in the occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Palestinian Civil Commission, Hussein Al-Sheikh said: “We passed a clear message to the Israeli side that we will re-evaluate the signed deals as long as they are being botched by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers on the ground.”

For about a week, the West Bank has been witnessing increased tensions and violence due to Israel’s campaign of arrests against Palestinians, as well as the PA’s crackdown against women who took to the streets in protest.

READ: Israel politician incited settler violence, NGO says

(Source / 22.12.2018)

Israel soldiers shot Palestinian teen, ‘dragged him around’ and chased away ambulance

Palestinians mourn the death of Palestinian teen, Mahmoud Nakhle, who was shot by Israeli forces and then dragged around on 14 December 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians mourn the death of Palestinian teen, Mahmoud Nakhle, who was shot by Israeli forces and then dragged around near Ramallah on 14 December 2018

Israeli soldiers who fatally shot a Palestinian child last week prevented him from receiving potentially life-saving medical treatment, reported Haaretz.

Seventeen-year-old Mahmoud Nakhle was shot on Friday 14 December as Israeli occupation forces suppressed protests around Al-Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah.

The confrontations between residents and soldiers had already slowed down when Israeli forces “began chasing after the youths” and “suddenly…started shooting, using live ammunition”.

According to the paper, Nakhle was returning home “by way of a dirt path that passes above the camp”, when “the soldiers ran after him and one of them shot him once, in the lower back”.

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The soldiers lifted Nakhle up and carried him a few dozen metres away, “laying him down at the side of the road”; one eyewitness said they carried him “like you haul a slaughtered sheep”.

After a few minutes, soldiers lifted the boy up again, and “carried him a few dozen metres more”. A Palestinian ambulance “was chased off by the soldiers, who threatened the driver with their rifles”. As far as is known, Haaretz reported, “the soldiers did not give Nakhle any sort of medical aid”.

It was only after a quarter of an hour “that the soldiers allowed an ambulance to be summoned”, but Mahmoud died en route to the hospital.

His death certificate states that the teen “died from loss of blood after a bullet entered his lower back, struck his liver and hit a main artery, damaging other internal organs”.

READ: 2018 one of the bloodiest years for Palestinian children under Israel occupation 

The paper described how “Mahmoud attended school until the 10th grade and then studied electrical engineering at a professional college”. After a year of apprenticeship, he had been “waiting to find a job as an electrician”. He is survived by his parents and two sisters aged 14 and four.

The Israeli military spokesperson told Haaretz “a Palestinian holding a suspicious object approached one of the soldiers” when “the soldier fired at him”. The incident is being investigated by the Military Police, who routinely whitewash the killing of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces.

(Source / 21.12.2018)

Army To Demolish A Palestinian Home Of A Detainee From Yatta

16 Dec 2:28 PM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and handed a family of a detainee, accused of killing an armed settler, a military order for the demolition of their home.

The demolition order was signed and approved by the “Central Command” of the Israeli army, targeting the family home of Khalil Yousef Jabarin, 17, located on the third floor of a three-story building.

The family was also informed it has until January 2nd, 2019, to appeal against the demolition order before Israeli military courts.

The Palestinian is accused of killing an armed Israeli settler, identified as Ari Fuld, 40, at the entrance of a mall near Gush Etzion colony, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Home demolition policy, enacted by Israel against the Palestinians is an illegal act of collective punishment, targeting entire families, in direct violation of International Law.

While Israel demolished the homes of Palestinians accused or convicted of killing Israelis, including soldiers and settlers, it does not close or demolish the homes of Israelis involved in fatal attacks against the Palestinians.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem), said that the punitive demolition of Palestinian homes inflicts suffering of entire families, including women, children and the elderly, even though they are not involved in offenses against Israelis.

It added that, while Israel claims its home demolition policy is meant as “deterrence,” the actual result on the ground has never been proven.

B’Tselem also said that this policy constituted deliberate harm on innocent civilians, and added that even if the demolitions had the claimed deterrence impact, it remains unlawful.

(Source / 16.12.2018)

Gaza: 6 sentenced to death for spying for Israel

Qatari officials are seen at the opening ceremony of a court in Gaza on 16 September 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Gaza court on 16 September 2018

A Palestinian military court in Gaza has sentenced six Palestinians to death for spying for Israel, Minister of Interior in Gaza spokesman Iyad Al-Bozom said yesterday.

The court also sentenced eight other defendants to prison for various periods in addition to hard labour, Al-Bozom added.

“The verdicts are a clear message to spies of the [Israeli] occupation,” Al-Bozom said.

Five of the collaborators are to be hanged while the sixth will be shot in the head.

READ: Israel jails 5 Palestinians for spying for Hezbollah

He noted that the one sentenced to be shot in the head is accused of collaborating with a “hostile foreign entity”.

“The security services achieved several successes that narrowed the net around Israel’s collaborators and dissolved a number of their security chains,” Al-Bozom said.

He stressed that the security services had undermined many of planned Israeli operations which would have taken place against Palestinians in Gaza.

(Source / 04.12.2018)

UN Secretary General: World Countries Failed To End Palestinian Suffering

Two million Palestinians in Gaza hugely suffer under strict Israeli siege

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the UN Secretary General said “this day reminds us of our collective, unfinished task of resolving the question of Palestine.”

In a statement, a copy of which sent to Days of Palestine, he said: “Over the decades, this has become one of the most intractable challenges for the international community, and we know only too well the tragic results.

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“Demolitions, illegal continued settlement expansion and construction, forced evictions and collective punitive measures will not bring peace.”

He added: “Today, in particular, our hearts are heavy with the suffering of the people in Gaza, where approximately two million Palestinians remain blocked in increasing poverty and unemployment, with limited access to adequate health, education, water and electricity.”

Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been enduing a strict and illegal Israeli siege and was subject to several major onslaughts that claimed the lives of about 6,000 residents and wounded more than 100,000 others.

“Young people see little prospect of a better future,” he said. “I urge Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of people and goods, which also hamper the efforts of the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies.”

Regarding protests of the Great March of Return, he said: “Israel has a responsibility to exercise maximum restraint and to not use lethal force, except as a last resort against imminent threat of death or serious injury.”

He concluded: “On this International Day of Solidarity, let us reaffirm our commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and to building a future of peace, justice, security and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.”

(Source / 29.11.2018)

Legislator Jarrar Receives Another Administrative Detention Order For Three Months

22 OCT
1:02 AM

The Israeli Authorities renewed, Sunday, the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders against Palestinian legislator, Khaleda Jarrar, for three more months, for the fourth consecutive time.

The Palestinian Ministry of Women’s Affairs issued a statement strongly denouncing the continued imprisonment of Jarrar, holding her captive under arbitrary orders without charges or trial.

The Ministry said that “Israel continues to violate the basic principles of International Law, and all related human rights resolutions,” and condemned the ongoing abduction and imprisonment of many elected legislators, and political leaders.

It also denounced the escalating violations targeting the detained women and children in occupied Palestine, and called on the International Community to intervene and expose the Israeli crimes.

The Ministry also stated that the Palestinians are ongoing with their revolution to achieve freedom and independence, despite Israel’s escalating crimes against them, and their lands.

Israel is still holding captive five democratically-elected Palestinian legislators, under dire conditions and constant violations.

Legislator Jarrar, the chairwoman of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, is a senior political leader of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a former executive director of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and a current member of its board.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli authorities have issued, Sunday, 40 Administrative Detention orders against Palestinian detainees; 32 of the issued orders were renewal of existing orders, and the remaining are first-time orders.

The Ad-Dameer Association has reported that Israeli is holding captive 5640 Palestinians, including 53 women and 270 children; 50 of the children are under the age of 16.

It added that among the 5640 detainees are 465 who are imprisoned under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges.

(Source / 22.10.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Ten Nonviolent Protesters, Abduct One, In Al-Khan Al-Ahmar

20 OCT
3:36 AM

Israeli soldiers resorted, Friday, to the excessive use of force against dozens of Palestinian, international and Israeli peace activists, holding a nonviolent procession in the al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian Bedouin community, east of occupied Jerusalem, wounding ten, and abducted one after injuring him.

Medical sources said the soldiers physically assaulted the nonviolent protesters, in addition to spraying with gas and pepper-spray.

They added that the attack led to at least ten injuries, including five who were rushed to Palestinian hospitals after suffering burns, cuts and bruises, in addition to the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

Furthermore, the soldiers assaulted and injured a Palestinian, identified as Tha’er Shawabka, before abducting him.

Palestinian Legislator and the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, said the escalating Israeli attacks against the nonviolent protesters will only boost the steadfastness and determination of the residents and activists.

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“The Israeli occupation army is brutally assaulting nonviolent protesters, medics and journalists,” Dr. Barghouthi said, “The army installed roadblocks, surrounded the entire area, and tried to prevent us from reaching al-Khan al-Ahmar, but the protesters, locals, Israeli and internationals managed to reach through the surrounding hills and mountains.”

He described the excessive use of force by the army as “vicious and criminal,” and added that the “popular resistance will continue in al-Khan al-Ahmar, and will prove the unity between occupied Jerusalem, the ongoing Great Return March processions in Gaza, and the struggle from breaking the deadly Israeli siege.”

The entire village is set to be razed to the ground by military forces under the ‘E1 Jerusalem Plan’ meant to encircle the eastern part of Jerusalem with Israeli colonial settlements in order to encircle Jerusalem and claim it for Israel, denying the Palestinian people’s historical and ongoing claim to the city.

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The plan, which began in 2005 and has vastly expanded Israeli colonial settlements on Palestinian lands, is set to displace hundreds of thousands of Palestinian residents from their homes and add them to the Palestinian refugee population – the largest refugee population in the world.

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Al-Khan al-Ahmar village is made up of around 180 members of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, which has a 70-year-long history of dispossession and forced relocation by the Israeli government.

Before Israel’s establishment, the Jahalin lived in the area of Tel Arad in the Negev, located in present-day Israel. Following the 1948 war, the Israeli military forced them out of their villages and into the West Bank; they settled in the pink, rocky hills of what today is known as Mishor Adumim in the early 1970s. Most of the villagers live in makeshift tin shacks or tents, and make their living off grazing.

(Source / 20.10.2018)

Israel limits Palestinian access to farmland

Image of barbed wires around Palestinian farmland [Abed Rahim Khatib/Apaimages]

File photo of a wiremesh around Palestinian farmland

West Bank farmers seeking access to their farmland located behind Israel’s illegal Separation Wall are facing intimidation and further access restrictions by Israeli occupation forces.

“When you go to that gate, there is a group of Israeli soldiers and the settlement guards. They keep people’s ID cards when they enter and hand it back to them on their way out,” one eyewitness said of the treatment farmers get in Salfit.

Farmers are forced in the system of so-called “prior coordination” ahead of the olive harvest, meaning that they seek approval from the Israeli occupation authorities in order to access their farmland which is surrounded by illegal settlements or which is located behind the illegal Separation Wall.

As a result of restrictions to access, farmers arrive at the Wall’s gates in the early hours of the morning and wait until occupation forces come to open them. The situation is worse when farmers try to return to their homes, the eyewitness told MEMO, “farmers wait there at 4pm to leave, tired after a long walk and a long day working, when I was there the army opened the gate for them at 5:30pm”.

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Salfit is surrounded by one of the largest illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Ariel, which is home to 41,000 settlers. The Palestinian town is home to 74,000 people.

The olive harvest season runs from mid-October to mid-November, some 100,000 families are said to rely on olives and olive oil as main sources of income.

Earlier this month settlers were filmed stealing olives from Palestinian trees near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

According to Israeli human rights NGO Yesh Din incidents like these are repeated every year. Last year thousands of kilogrammes of olive crops were stolen by settlers in the Nablus area, the  group said.

Since 1967, #Palestine has had over 800,000 olive trees uprooted by Israeli forces in the #WestBank

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(Source / 18.10.2018)

Erdan: US Student Will Be Released If She Condemns BDS

10 OCT
7:54 AM

Israeli minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan, on Tuesday, said he would reconsider his official stance on denying entry to an American student over alleged links to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement if she publicly condemned a boycott of Israel.

Last week, Lara Alqasem was barred from entering the country despite obtaining a student visa from the Israeli constulate in Miami, because Israeli authorities claim she supported and took part in campaigns boycotting Israel. Since then, according to the PNN, she has been detained at Ben-Gurion Airport, pending a final ruling on her case. Her first appeal was denied. The second appeal is expected to be heard in the coming days.

In her testimony to the appeals court last week, Alqasem said, “I don’t support BDS. If I supported it, I wouldn’t be able to come to Israel as a student.”

According to Haaretz, the ministry’s profile of Alqasem was composed of several Facebook posts and a profile compiled by the controversial right-wing website Canary Mission.Erdan questioned Alqasem’s credibility, saying she erased her social network accounts before coming to Israel. He also criticized the “far-left, Meretz members,” as well as the Hebrew University, for cooperating with “the campaign of lies of the boycott activist.”

Speaking on Israeli army radio, Erdan said that if “Alqasem comes forward tomorrow morning with her own voice, not with all sorts of lawyers’ wisecracking and statements that could be construed this way or another – and declares that supporting BDS, she thinks today is illegitimate and she regrets what she did on this matter, we will consider our stance.”

Erdan insisted that Alqasem is not incarcerated, and may travel back to the U.S. whenever she wishes. He said any other portrayal of the situation was a “huge lie.”

On Monday, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s senate called on Erdan and Interior Minister Arye Dery to allow Alqasem into Israel.

In an unusual step, the university also asked to join Alqasem’s appeal to the district court against the decision to deport her.

“Beyond that it [the Hebrew University] gave a scholarship to someone whose activity in the U.S. is to violently silence voices in U.S. campuses … the Hebrew University assists her, giving her a tuition scholarship at the expense of other students and appeals to the court,” he said.

(Source / 10.10.2018)