Hamas: US ‘legalisation’ of settlement ‘political massacre’

Ismail Haniyeh press conference in Gaza, on 10 November 2019 [Mohammed Asad-Middle East Monitor]

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh press conference in Gaza, on 10 November 2019 

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said yesterday that the US’ announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlement illegal “is political massacre”.

In a statement sent to journalists, Haniyeh said: “The decision announced by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo related to Israeli settlement is a dangerous political massacre which greenlights bloodshed and crimes carried out by the occupation.”

He added: “This decision represents a satanic alliance against the right of the Palestinians to remain on their land, protect their holy sites and hand over their land to the future generations.”

The top Hamas leader continued: “This decision is a continuation of the series of US positions aimed at undermining the principles of the Palestinian cause – Jerusalem, refugees and, today, settlements.”

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Therefore, he said, “the Palestinians will not remain silent ahead of these political and bloody massacres and they will stick to their rights and defend them.”

Meanwhile, he stressed that the Palestinian official stance “must turn from condemnation to actual confrontation by laying down a national strategy far away from Oslo and based on the national Palestinian legacy of resistance and unity.”

On Monday, Pompeo announced that the US no longer considers Israeli settlements 

(Source / 21.11.2019) 

Dutch parliament resists European court ruling on labelling Israel settlement produce

Palestinian protestors hold posters and graphics during a protest demanding Palestinian merchants to boycott Israeli settlement products and goods, and support national economy in the West Bank city of Ramallah ,on 15 July 2012. [Issam Rimawi - Apaimages]

Palestinian protestors hold posters and graphics during a protest demanding Palestinian merchants to boycott Israeli settlement products and goods, and support national economy in the West Bank city of Ramallah ,on 15 July 2012

The Dutch parliament passed a motion on Tuesday objecting to a recent European court ruling concerning the labelling of produce made in Israeli settlements, reported the Times of Israel.

According to the report, the motion – approved 82-68 – calls on the Dutch government to resist the European Court of Justice ruling, on the basis that Israel is supposedly being unfairly “singled out”.

Israel’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Naor Gilon, thanked Dutch parliamentarians for their support, expressing hope that Dutch leaders “will adopt their own recommendation and not implement a discriminatory resolution”.

The Times of Israel, citing a report in Israel Hayom, said an Israeli diplomatic official noted that the government hopes other European countries will follow the Dutch lead.

READ: European court demands labelling of Israeli settlement goods

The report added that the Dutch parliament vote was supported by Christian conservative groups, and backed by the governing coalition. The motion “does not compel the government to act and is largely symbolic”, but Israeli officials hope that it will “guide government policy to an extent.”

The court decision, resulting from a case brought by Psagot settlement winery, stated: “Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied, where those foodstuffs come from an Israeli settlement within that territory, by the indication of that provenance.”

Following the ruling, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz denounced it as “unacceptable both morally and in principle”, and vowed to work with his colleagues in the EU “to prevent the implementation of this gravely flawed policy”.

(Source / 21.11.2019)

College Student, 18, Shot With Gas Bomb In Her Face, Suffers Jaws Fractures, Burns

This item is about a female university student, studying Information Technology in Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie, in Tulkarem in northern West Bank.

An Israeli soldier shot her in the college campus with a high-velocity gas bomb which struck her face, fracturing her jaw, and causing burns to her face and hand. The gas bomb also left a large rupture in her cheek.

She was shot after the soldiers engaged in an excessive force against students holding a nonviolent procession in solidarity with Palestinian photojournalist Moath Amarneh , who lost his left eye after being seriously injured by a rubber-coated steel bullet, fired by an Israeli soldier.

Amarneh was covering a protest against land confiscation, in the Surif region of the Hebron governorate. He was rushed to the hospital in Hebron for emergency treatment.

After being shot by the gas bomb in her face, Nagham reacted by removing the bomb which had stuck to her face, causing various wounds, including penetrating and burning the skin, creating a large cheek wound, in addition to causing upper and lower jaw fractures and burns.

Her mother narrates the incident that led to her injury, and the damage the Israeli gas bomb caused to her face, jaw and hand.

I just arrived home, and I got a call telling me my daughter Nagham “fell in the university,”

I told them it seems there are some incidents in her college, was she injured?

Her colleague told me “yes auntie, she was shot with a gas bomb.”

The soldiers came from the area behind the university, her colleagues were waiting for her in front of the library, she was only ten meters away from the soldier who fired the gas bomb at her.

Another student who witnessed the shooting said that the gas bomb (after striking her in the face) was literally stuck on her hand, after it had lodged in her jaw, and she tried to remove it.

He said that he managed to remove the gas bomb from her hand, and added that she wasn’t very coherent after that, due to the injury.

The mother stated that her daughter wears eyeglasses, which apparently protected her eyes, before they flew away from the force of the bomb.

The mother reported, “I rushed to the emergency room at Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital, in Tulkarem, and found her bleeding, they gave her the needed treatment, but the hospital does not have surgeons specialized in facial or jaw surgeries, so she was moved to the Istishari Hospital, in Ramallah.”

They instantly started treatment, especially for the gas bomb which struck her face and jaw; she has a burn in her hand, and two fractures in her jaw.

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(Source / 21.11.2019) 

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians, Including Jerusalem Governor, One Woman, In West Bank”

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, at least eight Palestinians, including a young woman and the Governor of occupied Jerusalem, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed.

The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said several army jeeps invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the city, and ransacked a home before abducting a young woman, who is in her fourth year at Palestine Polytechnic University.

The young woman, identified as Leen Akef Awad, 23, is also an elected member of the Students’ Council at her college.

Her father said the soldiers violently searched the home, and confiscated a Laptop, a computer, mobile phones and even a landline phone owned by the family.

He added that the soldiers took his abducted daughter to Etzion military base, north of Hebron.

The soldiers also invaded Shiokh town, east of Hebron, and abducted Yousef Warasna, after storming and ransacking his home.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and abducted Yousef Ashour, 17, after invading and violently searching his family’s home in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood.

The soldiers also abducted Jerusalem Governor, Adnan Gheith, from his home in Silwan town.

The governor has been abducted and detained more than thirteen times since he took office, and was banned from entering all other areas in the West Bank for twelve months.

Also in Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted the Director of the Education Ministry Samir Jibreel, and Ziad Shamali, who heads the Parents’ Council of Jerusalem Students.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded and searched homes in the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the city, before abducting two Palestinians identified as Odai Adnan Shehada, 23, and Khalil Mohammad al-Banna, 24.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Aseera al-Qibliyya town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and confiscated a bulldozer, owned by Ali Issa Makhlouf, from his own land.

(Source / 21.11.2019) 

Illegal Colonists Burn Palestinian Lands Near Nablus

A group of fanatic illegal colonialist settlers invaded, Thursday, Palestinian agricultural lands in Burqa village, north of Nablus in northern West Bank, and set them ablaze.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the assailants set lands ablaze close to the evacuated Homesh colony.

Daghlas added that the colonists have been trying to occupy the lands to install an outpost in that area.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers stopped and delayed the Palestinians and firetrucks, who were rushing to the burn lands to extinguish the fire.

In related news, the colonists hurled stones at Palestinian cars near Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus, causing damage.

(Source / 21.11.2019)

Army Demolishes A Home Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers demolished, Thursday, a Palestinian home in Khallet ad-Dabe area, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular Committees in southern West Bank, said the soldiers demolished the home, made of bricks and a tin roof, owned by Amer Mohammad Ali Dababsa,

The demolition order was issued less than 72 hours prior to the destruction of the property, which consisted of two rooms.

The destruction left eleven family members, mainly children, homeless in the cold; the family tried to appeal against the demolition order but to no avail.

This marks the second time the soldiers demolish the property, especially after the Civil Administration rejected the structural plan of the village.

The soldiers also handed similar demolition orders to three Palestinians in the area.

The army claimed that the structures were not licensed by the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank.

(Source / 21.11.2019)

Nael Barghouti, longest-serving Palestinian political prisoner in Israel

The Palestinian Mandela, Nael Barghouti, spent a total of 40 years inside Israeli prisons, making him the longest serving Palestinian political prisoner

By Ihab Rimawi

Nael Barghouti, 62, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces when he was only 20 years old. He was released in prisoner swap, placed under town-arrest and rearrested 31 months later.


Barghouti, from the village of Kobar, northeast of Ramallah, was first arrested on 18 December 1977 for resisting the Israeli occupation. He was sentenced to three months in prison. Nevertheless, 14 days after his release, he was re-arrested and later sentence to life in prison plus 18 years.

Except for 31 months he spent out of prison between 2011 and 2014 during which he got married to Iman Nafe, Barghouti does not know how much longer he can survive behind bars.

Barghouti was released in 2011 in a prisoners’ exchange deal reached between the Palestinian resistance group Hamas and Israeli occupation. He was nevertheless placed under town arrest after his release and had his movement restricted to his village only.

He got married to Nafe a month after his release thinking that he is going to have a normal life again and raise a family.

But this did not last. He was re-arrested in 2014 and had his previous life sentence plus 18 years reinstated.

Nafe, Barghouti’s wife, is the only one who can visit him in his prison cell since he did not have any children after his marriage.

“Since his nephew Saleh Barghouti was killed (by the army several months ago), his sister Hanan has been banned from visiting him,” she said, making her the only one who can visit her husband in prison.

Hanan, 55, began to visit him when she was only 14 years old. Her other brother, Omar, and her father were also serving time in prison for their resistance activities.

“I used to visit Nael alone,” she said. “My mother would go and visit my father in another prison and my sister-in-law would go and visit her husband, my brother Omar, in a third prison.”

Barghouti’s father died in October 2004 and a year later his mother died, leaving Hanan the only one who can visit him at that time even though she was also denied visitation for five years before his release in the exchange.

“His re-arrest was very difficult for us,” Barghouti’s wife, Iman Nafe, said. “It came like a shock to me and his family. We haven’t had enough of him and he hasn’t been able to breath freedom long enough. He thought that the whole thing was over.”

For the moment, Barghouti’s wife and sister hope that they will see him again out of prison, hopefully in another prisoners’ exchange.

(Source / 21.11.2019) 

Rights group: Israel arrested 745 Palestinian children in 2019

Detained children are often deprived of food and water and are beaten, insulted, threatened and intimidated, the report said

Israel occupation arrested 745 Palestinian children since start of 2019, many of whom were subject to numerous rights violations, Palestinian rights group revealed on Wednesday.

According to figures issued by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC), nearly 200 children were being held in various detention centres across Israel as of Tuesday.

The figures were released ahead of World Children’s Day which was marked yesterday.

Palestinian children, the rights group said, arrested by Israeli occupation forces experience many forms of violations as soon as they are taken from their homes.

Children are being interrogated under very harsh conditions and without the presence of any of their parents or lawyers.

According to the rights group, the minors are denied their right to education while inside the Israeli occupation prisons.

Some of the children, the report stressed, are denied family visits and proper medical treatment.

They are often deprived of food and water and are beaten, insulted, threatened and intimidated, the PPC report said.

As a result, it continued, many are obliged to give false confessions and agree to pay high fines handed to them.

While others are held under administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.

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(Source / 21.11.2019) 

Israel occupation forces destroy road, water pipeline in Jerusalem

Jabal al Baba is one of the 18 Bedouin communities located within the area Israel has allocated for its settlement plan codenamed E1

Israeli occupation bulldozers have razed lands near Jabal al-Baba Bedouin community, located near al-Eizariyah town, to the northeast of Jerusalem, local sources said.

Atallah Mazar’a, community representative, said that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers into the area, where their heavy machineries razed 500-meter-long earth road, severing Jabal al-Baba from al-Eizariyah and destroying the main water pipeline.

The Bedouin community depends on the town for services such as education and health clinics. So, the destruction of the road would effectively trap the Bedouins.

Jabal al Baba is one of the 18 Bedouin communities located within the area Israel has allocated for its E1 settlement plan.

Israel wants to relocate all communities in this area in order to pave the way for building a large new and controversial settlement that is expected to divide the West Bank and separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank.

Israel demolished dozens of makeshift homes and structures in that area, most of them were donated by the European Union as part of its humanitarian assistance for hard-hit Palestinians in the Israeli controlled Area C of the occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile, the so-called Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank, an arm of the military government, informed residents in that area that their homes are going to be demolished for “construction without permit” in spite of a High Court order freezing the demolitions.

(Source / 21.11.2019) 

IOF demolishes two Palestinian homes near Ramallah

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, two Palestinian homes in Shuqba village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Media sources said several army jeeps, and bulldozers, invaded the village and demolished the homes, reportedly for being built without a permit from the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the executive branch of the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

They added that the homes are owned by Abdul-Jaber al-Masri, and that the soldiers briefly detained him along with his brother.

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(Source / 21.11.2019)