Wife of Palestinian MP arrested by Israeli forces

Nisreen Dawiyat

The Israeli occupation forces at daybreak Thursday arrested Nisreen Dawiyat, the wife of the Palestinian MP Ahmad Atoun.

MP Ahmad Atoun told a PIC news correspondent that Israeli policemen stormed the family home in Sur Baher, in Occupied Jerusalem, and arrested his wife. No reasons were given for her arbitrary abduction.

The arrestee is a mother of five youngsters. Her husband lives in Ramallah after the Israeli occupation authorities forcibly deported him from Occupied Jerusalem.

Atoun was arrested five times by the Israeli forces. His sons Mujahed and Mohamed were also detained on several occasions.

(Source / 16.08.2018)

Israel army concludes probe into 2014 ‘Battle of Rafah’

Palestinians search for victims under the rubble of a house which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike during Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on 24 July 2014 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Palestinians search for victims under the rubble of a house which was destroyed during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on 24 July 2014

Israeli military prosecutors on Wednesday closed a years-long probe into the “Battle of Rafah”, also known as “Black Friday” — one of the bloodiest events of Israel’s 2014 onslaught against the blockaded Gaza Strip, Anadolu reports.

“Military prosecutors have decided to close their investigation into clashes that occurred between the Israeli army and Hamas during Operation Protective Edge,” Israeli daily Haaretzquoted an Israeli army statement as saying.

“Prosecutors have decided not to file any criminal charges against the [Israeli] commander involved in the incident,” the statement read.

During the battle, 42 Hamas fighters — along with at least 72 Palestinian civilians — were killed, according to Israeli figures.

The battle began on Aug. 1, 2014, after Israeli Army Lieutenant Hadar Goldin was captured — and two other Israeli soldiers killed — by Palestinian resistance fighters.

Read: Israel reopens Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza

Israeli troops deployed in the area reportedly initiated the so-called “Hannibal Protocol”, a controversial directive giving field commanders the right to “do anything” to prevent the capture of Israeli soldiers.

Israel’s 2014 military onslaught left more than 2,300 Palestinians dead and much of the Gaza Strip’s vital infrastructure in ruins.

At least 70 Israelis — 65 soldiers and five civilians — were also killed in the conflict, according to Israeli figures.

(Source / 16.08.2018)

IOF shot 10 Palestinians in West Bank clashes

HEBRON, PALESTINOW.COM — At least 10 Palestinians were injured on Wednesday evening in clashes between the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Palestinian youths in al-Khalil city.

Hebrew website “0404” claimed that two Israeli soldiers were wounded after being hit with stones during the clashes.

Violent confrontations broke out in Bab al-Zawiya area in al-Khalil city where 10 Palestinian youths chocked on teargas and were treated on the field.

According to the Palestinian reporter, two of the injured youths were transferred to al-Khalil Hospital to complete treatment. One of them was directly hit with a teargas canister in the face.

The clashes flared up after IOF soldiers stormed the city in large numbers and started to harass the Palestinian citizens who were shopping in preparation for Eid al-Adha.

The IOF heavily fired live ammunition, teargas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the Palestinian citizens.

(Source / 16.08.2018)

Killing 120 innocent Palestinians on Black Friday is OK, Israeli probe finds

Joint report by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture found evidence proving that Israeli occupation forces carried out war crimes on Black Friday
Chief Military Advocate General finds no criminal wrongdoing in killing 120 Palestinians, wounding more than 1,000 and demolishing more than 200 homes on Black Friday, Israeli Ynet News reported on Wednesday.

Black Friday was one of the bloodiest days during the 51-day Israeli offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2014.

Chief Israeli Military Advocate General Major General Sharon Afek has decided to close the case on the killing of Palestinians in revenge of losing an Israeli soldier during the attacks on Palestinian civilians.

“Prosecutors have decided not to file any criminal charges against the Israeli commander involved in the incident,” a statement read.

The aggressive attack began on August 1, 2014, after Israeli Army Lieutenant Hadar Goldin was captured — and two other Israeli soldiers killed — by Palestinian resistance fighters.

Israeli troops deployed in the area initiated the so-called “Hannibal Protocol,” a controversial directive giving field commanders the right to “do anything” to prevent the capture of Israeli soldiers.

Israeli 2014 military onslaught left more than 2,300 Palestinians dead and much of the Gaza Strip’s vital infrastructure in ruins.

More than 11,000 Palestinians were wounded and most of the hospitals, many schools and mosques and tens of thousands of Palestinian homes were destroyed.

It is worth mentioning that a joint report by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture found evidence proving that Israeli occupation forces carried out war crimes on Black Friday.

(Source / 16.08.2018)

Senior Israel security advisor: Calls to reoccupy Gaza ‘absurd’

Image of former Israeli National Security Advisor, Yaakov Amidror [BICOM‏/Twitter]

Former Israeli National Security Advisor, Yaakov Amidror

Former National Security Advisor to the Israeli prime minister and former head of the National Security Council, Yaakov Amidror, described Israeli calls to reoccupy the Gaza Strip “absurd”, Arab48 reported yesterday.

Replying to a number of Israeli politicians, who called for reoccupying Gaza, Amidror said: “This is absurd. Whoever suggests this does not recognise what he says.”

He added: “Let’s imagine that we had occupied Gaza, what will we do the next day? Become responsible for two million people? This is absolutely not a reliable suggestion.”

Last week, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak suggested that ending Hamas’ control of besieged Gaza could be achieved through a “full” reoccupation of the coastal enclave, noting that this proposal was put on the table for discussion in 2011.

Read: Ex-Israel PM denounces rival politicians as ‘fascists’

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz called for his government to reoccupy Gaza in order to end Hamas’ rule.

Regarding the political proposal being offered to Hamas, Amidror said that its problem is that it does not touch on Hamas’ military abilities. This presses Israel to continue building up its power in order to be ready for the increasing abilities of Hamas.

Amidror said that there are only two options: continue attacking Hamas, and they would rebuild their power, or reoccupying Gaza.

He also suggested a third; targeting Hamas leaders. This, however, would lead to a fierce encounter with the Palestinian movement. “This option should be considered and we should remain ready to carry it out when the price deserves it,” he said.

(Source / 16.08.2018)

Israel military storms Hebron, injures Palestinians

Israeli occupation forces fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinians after storming into Hebron

Israeli occupation forces stormed the occupied West Bank city of Hebron yesterday shooting sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinians in the city.

Locals who witnessed the incident stated that the Israeli soldiers began stopping and searching Palestinian residents and vehicles.

Occupation forces fired tear gas in to a local shopping centre causing many Palestinians to suffer from suffocation.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, dozens of Palestinians were injured in the attack, including six who suffered from tear gas inhalation and one who was hit on the head with a tear gas canister and was rushed to hospital suffered major head injuries.

Video footage has been released by local residents showing Israeli forces questioning and searching residents, and Palestinian residents running as soldiers fired tear gas and sound bombs.

Palestinian residents of Hebron endure a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, as at least 32 permanent and partial Israeli checkpoints are set up throughout the city.

In recent months, there has been a sharp rise in raids conducted by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, with 520 Palestinians – including journalists – having been arrested in July alone. The arrests come as settlements are also currently being expanded in Hebron.

Read: Israel army raids Palestinian school in West Bank

(Source / 16.08.2018)

Palestine journalist arrested by Israel military, accused of inciting violence

Palestinian journalist with Israeli soldiers

Israeli soldiers threaten Palestinian journalist [File photo]

A Palestinian journalist was arrested by Israeli occupation forces yesterday morning during a raid on his hometown of Burham, north of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

Ali Dar Ali, a journalist and reporter for the Palestinian Authority-run news channel Palestine TV,livestreamed two videos of Israeli soldiers operating in a Palestinian refugee camp near Ramallah on Tuesday morning. He was then accused of inciting violence towards the soldiers, a charge he denies, and was arrested the next morning.

Read more: Palestinian journalists being ‘tortured’ in Israel jails

The Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has  protested the arrest and detention of Dar Ali, insisting that “these measures are intended to silence the Palestinian voice and dim the picture so that it [the Israeli military] can commit its crimes without any noise…such measures will not deter us or stop us from doing our national duty toward our cause.”

Dar Ali is the seventh Palestinian journalist to be arrested in the space of two weeks as part of Israel’s ongoing campaign against local news outlets. Since 30 July, numerous raids and arrests have been conducted by the Israeli military throughout the West Bank after Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared Al-Quds TV a terrorist organisation.

Read more: Israel to close Al-Quds satellite channel

Middle East and North Africa program coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Sherif Mansour, stated last week that “declaring a media outlet a terrorist organisation set the tone for the country’s latest crackdown on Palestinian journalists. We call on Israeli authorities to disclose charges against the seven journalists arrested over the past week or release them and allow them to work freely.”

Palestinian Journalists Arrested by Israel - Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

(Source / 16.08.2018)

Radioactive sheep said to prove Israel illegally tested nuclear weapons

Dimona nuclear research facility in Israel

Dimona nuclear research facility in Israel

A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law.

The study, which was published by Princeton University’s Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince Edward Islands, located in the Indian ocean off the southern tip of Africa. At the time, a “double flash” of light was recorded by an American satellite named Vela 6911, a sign thought to indicate that a nuclear test had taken place. Theories have speculated since that the flash could have been caused by natural phenomena, for example by a meteor shower, but the journal’s new study claims to have proof that this was not the case.

The new research, led by Christopher Wright of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Lars Erik de Geer, a former member of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, claims that a few weeks after the mysterious flash, “traces of radioactive Iodine (I-131) had been discovered in several dead sheep in Australia”. Samples from the sheep’s thyroid glands were then sent for tests in the United States, “but the test’s results were never made public,” Ynet reports.

It is thought that due to stormy weather at the time the “double flash” was recorded, the fallout from the alleged nuclear test was scattered throughout parts of Australia. The study believes the sheep in question may have eaten some grass in the affected area, causing them to become radioactive. If the journal’s theory is correct, this marks the most concrete evidence to date that Israel conducted illegal nuclear testing during the height of the Cold War. That this was done in cooperation with South Africa, at that time ruled by an Apartheid regime, will likely raise further eyebrows.

READ:Major UK donor to Israel denounces ‘apartheid’ legislation

Israel has long sought to conceal its alleged nuclear capabilities, neither confirming nor denying its possession of nuclear weapons. However, it is widely believed that Israel possesses nuclear WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognised by the international Non-Proliferation Treaty. The other three are India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israel’s forays into the nuclear arena came under the spotlight in July when an exposéby the Wall Street Journal(WSJ) revealed that in 1999 North Korea demanded Israel pay $1 billion in cash in return for halting its nuclear missile sales to Iran. It is believed that Israel refused the offer, instead offering to provide North Korea with food aid. The Israeli government refused requests to comment on the revelations.

Israel has also sought to prevent its regional foes from obtaining nuclear capabilities, most notably Iran and its proxies in Lebanon and Syria. In March, Haaretz revealed a 2007 strike on a North Korean made nuclear reactor near the Syrian town of Deir Ez-Zor, the details of which were subsequently censored by Israel for over a decade. Israel has also sought to quell Saudi Arabia’s nuclear potential, in July setting outa number of “red lines” to the US administration over planned sales of nuclear reactors to its regional ally. These red lines included that Israel must know all the details of the plan in advance and that it be involved in preliminary consultations on the planned location of the nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia.

READ:Israel killed 4 Gaza children without authorisation, secret report reveals

(Source / 15.08.2018)

Israel approves plans to build military colleges in Jerusalem

Bulldozers demolish two buildings belongs to Palestinians under the observation of Israeli forces with the claim of unauthorized construction, near Bethlehem, West Bank on January 29, 2018

Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality’s Planning and Construction Committee has approved a plan to build military colleges on Palestinian land located in Ein Karem village, southwest of the holy city, Safa reported yesterday.

According to news site, the Israeli Broadcasting Committee said that the plan was approved despite strong opposition by the Franciscan Church and its followers who fear the construction will drown Mary’s Spring, which is a holy site for Christians.

Ein Karem is one of the biggest and most important villages in Jerusalem. It lies along the highway that connects Jerusalem with Yaffa. Palestinians who inhabited the village were forced out of their homes during the 1948 Nakba.

Occupation forces continue to target Islamic and Christian sites in the occupied Palestinian lands through land expropriation and allocating areas as “military zones”.

READ: Israel army to conduct new punitive house demolition in West Bank village

(Source / 15.08.2018)

IOF shot Palestinian child in his head east of Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — A Palestinian child was injured Tuesday evening when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened fire at a group of Palestinian citizens near the border east of Gaza city.

A medical source said that a child was wounded  in the head by shrapnel from a live bullet while he was standing close to the Great March of Return camps east of Gaza.

Eyewitnesses said that the child was injured when the IOF heavily opened fire at a group of peaceful protesters near Gaza’s eastern border fence.

Since the start of Gaza border protests on 30th March, 176 Palestinians have been killed by the IOF and over 18,000 injured.

(Source / 15.08.2018)