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Israel demands Palestinian family pay $28,000 for jeep which killed their son

Palestinian child looks at Israeli jeep during scuffles in the West Bank city of Hebron on August 2, 2010 after Israeli authorities destroyed the irrigation system in the Jaber family's land

Palestinian child looks at Israeli jeep during scuffles in the West Bank city of Hebron on August 2, 2010

Israel has sent the family of Abdullah Ghneimat, a Palestinian in his early twenties who was crushed to death by an Israeli army jeep, a bill for $28,000 for damage caused to the vehicle which killed him.

The incident occurred at around 4am on 14 June 2015 as Ghneimat was walking home from work in the West Bank town of Kufr Malek, northeast of Ramallah. The Israeli vehicle reportedly flipped over while conducting military activities in the area, trapping Ghneimat underneath. Al Jazeera reports that Ghneimat was “denied medical attention for over three hours and bled to death under the vehicle.” The Israeli Ministry of Defence says that Ghneimat threw a Molotov cocktail at the vehicle, meaning the state is thus “immune from prosecution” regarding the killing.

The Ghneimat family has been engaged in a protracted legal battle since they filed a lawsuit against the Israeli soldiers who were driving the vehicle six months after Ghneimat’s death. The Israeli Ministry of Defence then filed a countersuit against the family, the latest development of which is the $28,000 bill for damages to the jeep.

According to Shawan Jabarin, director of independent Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, the billing of Palestinian families for damages is part of a new strategy by the Israeli authorities to punish Palestinians for any form of resistance. He told Al Jazeera: “I think they’re heading to a level where anyone who utters the word ‘occupation’ can be arrested, harassed and possibly fined.”

Read: Israel arrests donkey in Jerusalem

Iyad Ghneimat, Abdullah’s father, told Middle East Eye that he did not hold much hope for a fair trial. He lamented:

You know, not once in their existence have the Israeli courts given a fair and just trial to any Palestinian […] we would be lying to ourselves if we say there was a real chance for justice.

The possibility of Palestinians receiving compensation for harm caused to them by Israeli forces is becoming increasingly unlikely, according to a 2017 report by Israeli Human Rights organisation B’tselem. The report found that from 2012 to 2016, Israel paid an average of 3.8 million shekels (around $1 million) in compensation, a decline of more than 80 per cent from the 1997 to 2001 period. This has led to a drop of nearly 95 per cent in the number of Palestinians filing new claims in the courts, the report noted.

(Source / 14.02.2018)

Breaking News: Khader Adnan seized by Israeli occupation forces, launches immediate hunger strike

Prominent Palestinian leader, organizer and former prisoner and hunger-striker Khader Adnan was seized on Monday morning, 11 December, by Israeli occupation forces at his home in Arraba, Jenin. He immediately launched an open hunger strike to demand his release.

Randa Moussa, his wife, told Palestine Today that he had announced an immediate strike on food, drink and speech after his arrest. She said that four patrols, an armored troop carrier and a jeep surrounded their home at 2:30 am and invaded the home violently, trying to break down the door of the home, and that they hit Adnan on the back and hand, throwing him on the ground before handcuffing him. He was then interrogated in a closed room of the house before being taken away to an undisclosed location.

Adnan, prominent political activist from the town of Arraba near Jenin, has been arrested 10 times and spent six years in Israeli prison, all in administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial. In 2012 and 2015, he carried out 66-day and 56-day hunger strikes, respectively, winning his liberation from arbitrary Israeli imprisonment.

The Islamic Jihad movement said in a statement that “the arrest of leaders and popular and national symbols will not weaken our people or break their will….this is a desperate attempt to suppress the uprising of Jerusalem,” as Palestinians inside and outside Palestine have risen up against US President Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the “capital of Israel” in the eyes of the US.

Khader Adnan is a Palestinian and international symbol of steadfastness within the prisons who has inspired widespread international solidarity. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network demands the immediate release of Khader Adnan and will announce further actions as we receive more news and information from Palestine on Adnan’s detention. The struggle for the freedom of Palestinian political prisoners is at the forefront of the struggle to defend Jerusalem and liberate Palestine. 

(Source / 11.12.2017)

Palestinian killed, 379 injured in protests against Trump’s move

379 injured

One Palestinian was killed and 379 were injured on Friday in the “Day of Rage” protests over the US announcement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Spokesman for Gaza’s Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qedra, announced that a 29-year-old Palestinian was killed and 134 others were injured in confrontations with the Israeli occupation forces in several areas east of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Red Crescent crews also said on Friday that they have attended to at least 245 injuries in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

These confrontations followed calls by Hamas Movement and other Palestinian factions on the Palestinian people to take to the streets in protest at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Under the instructions of the chief of general staff of the Israeli army, Gadi Eizenkot, a state of alert was announced and reinforcements were summoned as clashes escalated across the West Bank and east of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 09.12.2017)

PA court acquits al-Araj’s comrades: “A correct decision at an incorrect time”

The Palestinian Authority’s Ramallah Magistrate’s Court dismissed charges against five Palestinian young men, comrades of Basil al-Araj, the assassinated Palestinian youth leader, in a hearing on Thursday, 19 October.

The six, al-Araj, Haitham Siyaj, Mohammed Salameen, Seif al-Idrissi, Mohammed Harb and Ali Dar al-Sheikh, were seized by PA security forces in April 2016; PA president Mahmoud Abbas touted their arrest as an example of the value of PA security coordination provides to the Israeli occupation. They were released after an open hunger strike and growing Palestinian popular demands for their freedom; the PA prosecution accused them of possession of unlicensed weapons.

Following their release, four of the six – Siyaj, Harb, Salameen and al-Idrissi – were seized by Israeli occupation forces; all four are currently held without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention. They failed to arrest al-Araj; instead, on 6 March 2017, Israeli occupation forces stormed the Ramallah homewhere he was staying, shooting him down as he resisted.

Only one week after his assassination, al-Araj and his comrades’ case was scheduled for a hearing in the PA court, prompting mass anger and clashes outside the court when PA security forces attacked peaceful demonstrators demanding an end to the case. Charges against al-Araj were dropped due to his death; they were delayed several times against the others due to their ongoing imprisonment by the Israeli occupation without charge or trial.

A Palestinian commission set up to investigate the events outside the court when PA security forces attacked, beat and injured demonstrators urged that the charges be dropped against all six and the case closed.

Palestinian lawyer Muhannad Karajah, who represents the youth, said in Quds News that “the charges were dropped because they did not commit any crime…the case has ended with a clear ruling confirming the acquittal of the five young people from any charges brought by the prosecution.”

Al-Araj’s mother spoke with Wattan TV after the verdict, saying “If they are acquitted now or not, what is the benefit of that now? After Basil died, what is left?” Speaking to her son, she said, “Are you now innocent, so you can go and come out of the grave and get them out of the prisons of the occupation?”

Al-Araj’s father said that “This is a correct decision at an incorrect time, as it has come after a lengthy procrastination. This decision was made after these youth have paid a very high price on their lives and their freedom.”

(Source / 21.10.2017)

Salfit farmers complain of Israeli restrictions during olive season

Olive season

Palestinian farmers from Qarawat Bani Hassan town, northwest of Salfit in the occupied West Bank, have complained of tight Israeli restrictions on their access to their olive groves during the current harvest season.

Farmers told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the Israeli occupation army continued to close an important agricultural road used to facilitate their access to their lands and their work during the olive harvest season.

One of the farmers said that the industrial and residential settlement of Barkan devoured vast tracts of the town’s land, while the Israeli army persists in imposing restrictions on the movement of local farmers every season.

For his part, anti-settlement specialist Khaled Maali said that the Israeli army and settlers continue to tighten the screws on Palestinian farmers during the olive season and make it difficult for them to reach their lands, especially those located behind the separation wall.

Maali said that the Jewish settlers brutalize local farmers, and burn and destroy their olive trees or saplings almost on a daily basis in the West Bank, but they intensify such assaults during the harvest season.

(Source / 11.10.2017)

Several Palestinians kidnapped in IOF dawn raids in W. Bank

IOF kidnapped citizens

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday continued to carry out their daily campaigns in different West Bank areas, where they stormed several homes and kidnapped citizens.

Maariv newspaper claimed the Israeli army and the Shin Bet arrested 14 wanted Palestinians, 12 of them accused of carrying out attacks or intending to attack Israeli targets and citizens.

The newspaper noted that 21 Palestinians had been detained by the Israeli security and military authorities during the holiday of the Jewish new year and at the end of last week.

In a related context, Palestinian local sources in the West Bank reported that the IOF kidnapped four Palestinian young men from their homes in different areas of Bethlehem province.

Six others, including a journalist, were taken prisoners during IOF campaigns in Qalqilya city and the nearby town of Jayyous.

Eyewitnesses told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli soldiers broke into and ransacked the house of journalist Ragheed Tabisa in Qalqilya, confiscated his cellphone and personal belongings, and then rounded him up.

In al-Khalil, the IOF raided homes and stores in different areas, kidnapped a Palestinian young man, and handed others summonses for interrogation from the Shin Bet.

The IOF also kidnapped last night a young man called Mamoun al-Natsheh from a street in Tel Rumeida neighborhood after he was allegedly found in possession of a knife.

(Source / 24.09.2017)

102 Israeli settlers break into 3rd holiest site in Islam

102 settlers break in Al Aqsa

Israeli settler hordes broke into al-Aqsa Mosque—the third holiest site in Islam—via the Maghareba Gate on Tuesday morning.

102 Israeli settlers, escorted by policemen, defiled al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in shift.

Presentations on the history of the alleged Temple Mount were delivered during the sacrilegious assault.

(Source / 22.08.2017)

Palestinian prisoner undergoes surgery after suffering from heart attack

Dawoud al-Khatib

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner is in stable condition after undergoing heart surgery, following a heart attack he suffered earlier this week, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS lawyer Khalid Mahajna said in a statement on Thursday he was able to visit Palestinian prisoner Dawoud al-Khatib in Israel’s Soroka hospital, due to a heart attack al-Khatib suffered while being held in Israel’s Ramon prison.
Mahajna said that doctors at the hospitals told him that al-Khatib suffered from 70 percent blockage in one of the heart’s valves, and that he “will remain under observation at the hospital,” noting that his condition is stable.
Al-Khatib, whose age remained unknown, is from the Bethlehem governorate, and is serving an 18 year prison sentence in Israeli prison.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,128 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of July, 450 of whom were being held without charge or trial.

(Source / 11.08.2017)

Israel seeks to withdraw citizenship from Azmi Bishara

Image of Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit [alresalah]

Image of Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit

The Israeli Minister of Interior Affairs, Aryeh Deri, has officially asked the Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, to withdraw citizenship from former Arab Member of the Knesset Azmi Bishara.

Israel accuses Bishara of “communicating with an enemy state in time of war, helping an enemy state and cooperating with terrorist organisations, while he was still a member of the Knesset.”

According to human rights activists, the charge of “communicating with the enemy in time of war, breach of trust, supporting a terrorist organisation and acting against state security” are among the charges that may lead to a death sentence in Israel.

Read: Knesset gives green light for phone taps on security officials

Since 2007, the Israeli judiciary has been prosecuting Bishara on security charges, forcing him into exile. Demands to prosecute Bishara increased following the failure of attempts to prevent him from running for the Knesset since the Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Intifada, the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, and following the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006. The main reason was Bishara’s declared attitudes, especially the right of the occupied people to resist the occupation, and his refusal to consider Syria and Lebanon enemy states.

If the request is granted, it will be the first time Israeli citizenship is revoked.

(Source / 31.07.2017)