IMAGES OF POLITICAL PRISONER REVEAL MARKS OF TORTURE BY ISRAELI OCCUPATION

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New images show the effect of torture by Israeli occupation on political prisoner Muhammad Walid Hanatsheh(b. 1969), who has been imprisoned by Israeli occupation since October 3rd 2019.

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Hanatsheh’s wife didn’t at first recognize him after seeing him at the Ofer prison on occupied West Bank after he had went through 12 days of interrogation and torture, with up to 23 hours each day. “I feel like I died three times” was his comment to his wife after she finally recognized him based on his voice.

During those interrogations he was beaten until he fell unconscious, with his lawyer saying that five different methods of torture was used on him.

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Hanatsheh, a veteran activist imprisoned for years without trial on several occasions since 2002, was arrested as part of the second wave of mass arrests of members of left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine following a bomb explosion targeting illegal Israeli settlers on the occupied West Bank on August 23rd 2019.

Israeli Eitan Shnerb had taken his two children, 19-year-old son Dvir and 17-year-old daughter Rina, hiking in an area on which Palestinians have been denied access. A bomb exploded on the path to a spring near the village of Ras Karkar and the illegal Israeli colony of Dolev, and the daughter suffered fatal injuries while the son suffered serious and the father light injuries.

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Hanatsheh home after Israeli occupation raid on Oct 3rd.

On September 25th Israeli occupation arrested Samer Mina Salim Arbeed(44), Qassem Abdul-Karim Shibli(25), Yazan Hussein Mijmas(25) and Nizam Sami Awlad Mohammad(21), with Hanatsheh taken from his home in the Attira neighbourhood of the city of Ramallah on October 3rd.

The arrest of his daughter Mays, a student in the Birzeit University, was announced on October 11th. She was reported freed on October 14th.

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Samer Arbeed, who Israseli occupation claims would have been ‘leader of a cell’ behind the bomb, ended up in hospital in critical condition after days of torture by Israeli occupation, staying in intensive care for 45 days, but the fate of the other people has been given far less attention. Hopefully these images showing the extent of torture on Hanatsheh will help to change that.

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Up to 50 people have been arrested by Israeli occupation, which (as usually) considers the suspects guilty – and seems to see the incident in August as a convenient excuse to enact a mass incarceration of PFLP members.

The homes of two prisoners, Hanatsheh and Yazan Mghamas (perhaps same as Yazan Mijmas above) have already been scheduled to be destroyed as a collective punishment by Israel’s regime, with their families handed out demolition notices on January 9th, although show trials that will end up in pre-determined convictions have not yet even started.

 (Source / 18.01.2020) 

ZAHRAN’S HUNGER-STRIKE ENDS IN VICTORY AFTER 114 DAYS

Ahmed Zahran won his second hunger-strike within a year on Monday January 13th when he made a deal with the Israeli occupation which should see him freed on February 25th.

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The father of four children from the village of Deir Abu Mishaal near Ramallah fought 114 days to gain his freedom, sustaining himself with water, salt and vitamins. During his imprisonment fellow political prisoner Jamil Ankoush(47), captive since 2003, was on solidarity hunger-strike for 16 days and Muhammad Abu Ghazi(19) for at least nine days.

Zahran has spent 15 of his 42 years on Earth in Israeli occupation prisons as a result of his anti-occupation activism as a member of the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine(PFLP).

Zahran was imprisoned without charge or trial by Israeli occupation military court in March 2019. After a hunger-strike that lasted for 39 days, Israeli occupation in July agreed to set a date for his release, but reneged on the deal.

As a result Zahran started a new hunger-strike on September 22nd, during which he lost over 35 kilograms from his weight. In the later part of his hunger-strike he was being moved between the notorious Ramle prison clinic and the civilian Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot in ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948.

As late as January 7th Israeli occupation military court refused to release him, claiming that he should first end his hunger-strike before it would consider his case.

This led to Zahran releasing via his family this declaration on January 11th:

“I will not submit to the occupier. I will not remain silent in the face of crimes. I will raise my voice loudly. If it is muted, I will speak with my eyes and with my heart. If I confront it with my empty stomach and my slim bod, this is a cry of my conscience to the conscience of all of the people in the world who love freedom. I know that I, my four children, my wife, my close and extended family are not alone. By our side are all of the freedom-loving people of the world, and therefore, this struggle will continue until victory.”

Two days later he won his hunger-strike. Now it remains to be seen if Israeli occupation authorities are going to respect the deal – and how long will Zahran be free even if it does, as Israeli occupation has a tendency to re-arrest victorious hunger-strikers.

(Source / 16.01.2020) 

HIGH-RANKING ISRAELI SECURITY OFFICER KILLED IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM

A high-ranking Israeli security officer was killed in occupied East Jerusalem and Israel’s regime has declared a ban on reporting the exact details of the incident. Even the name of the officer killed was reported by the Israeli press only after being approved for release by the regime.

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50-year-old Amos Sa’ar, commander of Israeli occupation’s Jerusalem District Court Guard, was stabbed in the staircase of the building he lived in or near the illegal Israeli colony of Har Homa in the occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday December 25th.

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According to his wife, Orly Sa’ar, a neighbour had knocked on their door, saying after she opened it that her husband had collapsed in the staircase and that he had perhaps hit his head. She had then called an ambulance. This person had not noticed that he had been stabbed.

Sa’ar was taken to hospital in critical condition and after going through surgery, died of his injuries on the same day. He had been working for the Israeli occupation Jerusalem court since 1995, first as a liaison officer.

Israeli occupation is treating his killing as a criminal case after possible political motives were put forward in the immediate aftermath. Israeli media reported that at the time of his killing his apartment was being ‘renovated by Arabs’ and Iranian press source claimed that a man arrested for his killing was a Palestinian.

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Two men have been arrested, the main suspect is a 30-year-old man who is accused of killing him with a knife and another man is accused of aiding him after the stabbing. The main suspect is reportedly suspected of a premeditated murder but will be sent to a psychiatric examination.

Israeli media describes the main accused as ‘a neighbour’ who would have harassed Sa’ar and his wife for an extended period, making him report the suspect to a police a year ago when he would have also given up his dog because the suspect was complaining about it ‘whining’. Israeli occupation police had closed that case without taking action against the suspect.

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According to Amos Sa’ar’s widow, the suspect would have also threatened to kill Sa’ar just three days before doing so. He is reported to have made a Facebook post before the killing in which he would have written that he had approached the couple several times ‘but they did not change their behaviour’.

Both Israeli officials and the widow have described the main suspect as ‘mentally ill’ and it’s reported that he would have been arrested a month before the killing for ‘indecent acts with a minor’. That case is described as being still open.

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The second arrested man is described as ‘elderly’ and being ‘without a criminal record’. His defense attorney Mustafa Yahya claims that he has no connection to the killing. A deliberately pixielated photograph of him shows a man perhaps in his late fifties or in his sixties.

  (Source / 31.12.2019) 

39 PEOPLE WOUNDED BY ISRAELI OCCUPATION DURING THE 86TH GREAT RETURN MARCH DEMONSTRATION

On Friday December 27th Israel’s occupation forces wounded 39 people, including 11 minors, during the 86th Great Return March demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip.

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At least 8 people were shot with live bullets, including teenager Ahmed Ahmed Mesbah al-Hams(19) who was wounded in his feet east of Rafah, suffering a serious injury, and 42-year-old woman Huda Nayef Edwan who was shot in head in the same location.

Other wounded were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets or hit with tear-gas canisters. East of Gaza City 29-year-old Sa’ed Ahmed Tawfiq Mahani was shot in an eye with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Dozens of protesters also suffered from ill effects after inhaling Israeli occupation tear-gas.

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The Supreme National Authority of the Great Return March has decided to suspend the demonstrations until the second anniversary on March 30th 2020, after which they will take place once a month and on national events.

Later, on Sunday December 29th a farmer was shot in chest and arm with rubber-coated steel bullets by Israel’s occupation forces, suffering moderate injuries. The shooting took place in Beit Hanoun.

 (Source / 31.12.2019) 

ISRAEL WOUNDS 44 PARTICIPANTS OF THE 85TH GREAT RETURN MARCH DEMONSTRATION

ISRAEL WOUNDS 44 PARTICIPANTS OF THE 85TH GREAT RETURN MARCH DEMONSTRATION
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On Friday December 20th the Great Return March demonstrations for the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homes in ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 were held for the 85th time in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel’s occupation forces attacked the demonstrations on the border and wounded 44 participants, 3 of them seriously, according to the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights. 11 of the victims were shot with live bullets, 5 were directly hit by tear-gas grenades and assume that the rest of those injured were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets or hit by shrapnel.

Among the wounded are 18 minors, a female demonstrator injured in her face and photojournalist Thaer Khaled Fahmy Abu Rayash(24), who was shot in in his left leg with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the northern part of the small coastal enclave.

Dozens of people are also reported of having suffered from the ill effects of tear-gas inhalation. Israeli occupation is said to have used a large amount of tear-gas east of Khuzaa according to @SafaPS.

 (Source / 21.12.2019) 

ISRAEL KILLS YOUNG MAN ON THE BORDER WITH BESIEGED GAZA STRIP

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Israel’s occupation forces killed a young man on the border between besieged Gaza Strip and the ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 early on the evening of December 17th.

Abdullah Ahmad Abu Nasser, who was in his 20s and from the town of Abasan al-Kabira in the southern part of Gaza, was killed in Israeli occupation forces’ missile strike on the border east of Khan Younis. The missile was fired by an unmanned drone aircraft.

Israeli occupation released a video claiming to show events before Abu Nasser’s killing. It shows a person, who can’t be identified and is carrying what seems to be a rifle, as he moves before a barbed-wire fence, stopping there apparently trying to get something from a bag. The video ends and doesn’t show what happened next.

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Assuming the video is legitimate – and nothing so far implies that it isn’t – the drone attack would have come immediately after.

In the aftermath Israeli occupation forces didn’t allow Palestinian ambulance crew to reach and fired warning shots before using an armoured military bulldozer to pull his body over the body. It is assumed that he was dead by then.

Israeli newspaper Maariv claimed that the victim would have been killed inside an Israeli settlement near the besieged Gaza, but based on all other reports, this is clearly wrong.

According to one report, Abdullah Abu Nasser’s brother had been killed previously by Israel, so this could represent an attempt at personal revenge.

(Source / 18.12.2019)

TO THE ISRAEL-LOVING FAR-RIGHT, OPPRESSION OF PALESTINIANS IS A MODEL TO FOLLOW

TO THE ISRAEL-LOVING FAR-RIGHT, OPPRESSION OF PALESTINIANS IS A MODEL TO FOLLOW

The decision by the genocidal far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to move Brazil’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to divided Jerusalem is a further affirmation that identification with Apartheid Israel is an essential part of the current global Far-Right.

People who don’t stand on the ranks of the Fascists yet react with indifference to news like this, make a terrible mistake: Domestic and foreign policies are never separate realms but always two sides of the same coin.

Political leaders and parties which support racism, segregation and ethnic cleansing abroad will enforce similar modes of oppression back at home when an opportunity to do represents itself.

To support Israel’s oppressions of Palestinians is not just an attempt to curry favour with the United States, Christian Zionist voters and local Israeli Lobby; no, it’s to see Israel’s oppression of Palestinians as a model, a political goal in a fight against the ‘Other’ back at home.

If you don’t care about this decision – and similar decisions and plans in other countries like Australia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Romania and the United States – yet are among those groups of people targeted by the regimes in those countries, then you are to blind to how those regimes see you and to the danger they present to you.

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To Jair Bolsonaro all Brazilians who are not Christian right-wingers of European descent are effectively Palestinians and he wants to treat them like Apartheid Israel treats Palestinians.

It’s the same case outside Brazil: What Israel has done and is doing to Palestinians is what Israel-loving Far-Right everywhere wants to do to you if they don’t see you as one of their own.

To support Palestinians in their fight to survive and achieve freedom is to take part in the battle for your own future: It starts with minorities and other oppressed groups, but it will always reach you if you don’t stand side by side with those targeted first.

(Source / 16.12.2019)

AHMED ZAHRAN’S HEALTH DECLINING AFTER 78 DAYS ON HUNGER-STRIKE

AHMED ZAHRAN’S HEALTH DECLINING AFTER 78 DAYS ON HUNGER-STRIKE

The condition of political prisoner Ahmed Zahran(42) has declined after 78 days on hunger-strike and on today, Monday December 9th, it was reported that he has been moved to a civilian hospital, the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, by his Israeli occupation captors.

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Zahran has been imprisoned since March without charge or trial and won an earlier 39-day-long hunger-strike, coming to an agreement with Israeli occupation on his release, but as Israel’s regime broke the agreement, he started a new hunger-strike.

The father of four from the village Deir Abu Mishaal on the occupied West Bank has been imprisoned for a total of 15 years by Israel. He is a member of the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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On Sunday December 8th his fellow political prisoner and hunger-striker Musab al-Hindi(29) won his own 75-day-long hunger-strike when Israeli occupation agreed to set a date for his release.

The resident of the occupied West Bank village of Tell will be released after four more months of captivity without charge or trial. He has been imprisoned for a total of 11 years by Israeli occupation, 7 of them without charge or trial.

(Source / 09.12.2019)

18-YEAR-OLD SHOT, LEFT TO BLEED TO DEATH BY ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES

srael’s occupation forces killed a teenager in the town of Beit Awwa on the occupied West Bank late on the evening of Saturday November 30th.

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18-year-old Badawi Khaled al-Masalma was shot several times by Israel’s occupation soldiers, who did not allow Palestinian medical personnel to reach him.

He is said to have bled to death ‘in minutes’. The incident took place at the entrance to Beit Awwa, near the city of Hebron.

Israeli occupation source claimed afterwards that al-Masalma might have been throwing Molotov cocktails when occupation soldiers opened fire at him and two other persons, who did not suffer injuries. A video shows at least a dozen people present at the time of the shooting, with the voices in the video sounding very young – no Molotov cocktails can be seen thrown.

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Two different, but not necessarily contradictory, claims about the killing and the Molotov cocktails have been attributed to the Israeli occupation: The first one that the soldiers who killed al-Masalma claim that that they saw the youths throwing petrol bombs (but, it is implied, not at the shooters themselves) and opened fire at them and the second that the youths were throwing the petrol bombs towards Israeli occupation forces’ military vehicles when they were shot at.

This, throwing of Molotov cocktails if we accept the Israeli occupation claim, would have then in the eyes of the occupation, justify the occupation soldiers turning into judge, jury and executioner, taking another young life by killing Badawi al-Masalma who lived his entire life under the Israeli occupation.

The two others who were with Badawi al-Masalma when he was shot have been identified as Odai Ismael Aqel al-Masalma and Mohammad Osama al-Masalma, and they were kidnapped by the occupation troops who shot him.

  (Source / 01.12.2019)

RESISTANCE FIGHTER DIES OF WOUNDS IN BESIEGED GAZA STRIP

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A young man wounded by Israel’s occupation forces two weeks ago died of his wounds on Friday November 29th in the besieged Gaza Strip.

30-year-old Raed Rafiq al-Sirsawi died on the Friday afternoon of injuries he sustained when Israel’s occupation forces’ missile exploded near his motorcycle as he was driving in Gaza City on Wednesday November 13th.

The funeral of al-Sirsawi took place only hours after his death on late afternoon.

According to Islamic Jihad, Raed al-Sirsawi was member of its armed wing, the al-Quds Brigades.

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Friday also saw the death of Thaer al-Abd Hamed(aged 28 or 29), who was reported injured in ‘an accidental explosion’ which took place in a house in Gaza’s Beit Lahia on Thursday.

An unreliable pro- Israeli occupation source claimed that he would have been a member of Fatah.

  (Source / 30.11.2019)