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Women in Gaza take part in the 'Palestinian Women for the Return and Breaking the Siege' protest on 3 July 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians carry an injured protester after Israeli forces fired tear gas at protesters during the Great March of Return on 3 July 2018

Motasem A Dalloul
By Motasem A Dalloul

Early this week the Israeli Knesset approved the first reading of what is known the Facebook Billwhich stipulates that Israeli authorities are entitled to request internet giants like Facebook, Google and others to delete content under the pretext of inciting terror.

Then on Tuesday the Israeli Knesset passed a law that will ban rights groups which disclose crimes committed by Israeli soldiers against the Palestinians from entering Israeli schools and speaking with pupils.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennet, who initiated this law, said that it is targeting the people who are working to delegitimise the state of Israel: “The reality in which organisations that undermine the legitimacy of the State of Israel and slander IDF soldiers will get to school children has ended today,” he told Israeli media.

He referred to the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, which interviews former Israeli soldiers who committed violations and acted brutally against the Palestinians when they were serving in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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“Breaking the Silence crossed the line a long time ago of legitimate dialogue when they chose to slander the State of Israel in the international arena,” Bennet said.

Israeli MK David Bitan has said that he “examined whether, legally speaking, if I can ask the interior minister to revoke the citizenship of B’Tselem’s executive director. I checked, and there’s no legal avenue for doing so today, but we must strip his citizenship.”

Bitan’s remarks came after the director of the Israeli rights group addressed the UN Security Council and spoke about Israel’s violation of international law and disclosed Israeli army crimes before international leaders.

In a letter to B’Tselem, Director General of the Israeli National-Civilian Service Authority accused B’Tselem of spreading lies, claiming that it carried out “activities against the State of Israel and IDF soldiers in Israel and around the world”.

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All these efforts are aimed at preventing the dissemination of information about daily Israeli violations against the Palestinians. Israel calls Palestinians and pro-Palestine activists who post Israeli crimes on social media hate inciters. Therefore, it is working on the Facebook Bill to continue its brutalities.

Representatives of Breaking the Silence, according to Israeli lawmakers, must not mix with Israeli students at schools in case they give them distorted information about the crimes of the Israeli army.

#GazaCrisis

B’Tselem, the leading Israeli rights group, is accused of telling lies because it spoke to international leaders about the crimes of the Israeli army practiced against the Palestinians.

“There is a clear line between legitimate political opinions in Israel and disseminating and publishing lies and slander, which cause severe damage to Israel and IDF soldiers,” National-Civilian Service Authority Director General Sar-Shalom Djerbi wrote in his letter.

 Remembering the 2014 Israeli offensive against Gaza

Israel will only be happy when there is no one to speak about Israeli crimes and the brutal killing of Palestinians. Even when the UN Human Rights Council speaks about its crimes Israel accuses it of being anti-Semitic.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman commented on a resolution by the UNHRC taken against Israel: “Israel has no business being in the UN’s Human Rights Council”. He said its “presence there gives legitimacy to… anti-Semitic resolutions, and the farce must end”.

So, you have to remain silent about Israel’s crimes or you are accused of telling lies and being anti-Semitic and then the Israeli parliament constitutes laws against you.

(Source / 19.07.2018)

Israel holds over 2000 truckloads to Gaza

Holding truckloads

Israeli occupation is holding more than 2000 truckloads of goods for the industrial and commercial sectors of Gaza as part of its plan to strangulate Gaza and tighten the siege in an unprecedented manner since 2008.

Head of the Popular Committee Against Siege, MP Jamal al-Khudari on Wednesday said in a press statement that the occupation prevents the trucks from entering Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing, the only commercial crossing to G aza, which it recently decided to close.

Al Khudari pointed out that these trucks carry basic goods for the continuation of industrial and commercial life, including building materials of all kinds, “clothing, stationery, textiles, footwear, electrical tools, elevators, cars and raw materials for industry in all sectors of construction, metal, furniture and other industries.”

He stressed that the impact of holding these products leads to a rapid collapse of the industrial and commercial sector, and the collapse of all services as a result.

Al-Khudari added that these measures would gradually raise poverty and unemployment rates (highest in the world in Gaza), in addition to the fear that it would be difficult to fix all this potential collapse of the economy if the Gaza strangulation plan applied by the Israeli occupation continues.

In the same context, al-Khudari said that these goods were imported and purchased legally and have all approvals for passage, both ports and commercial crossings, but the occupation hinders it and returns after the arrival of the crossing, causing heavy losses, where they are stored for long periods, As a result of their lack of timely access to their owners.

Al-Khudari  called on the owners of these goods to appeal to Palestinian officials to move quickly and urgently to save them from this tragedy, as well as the European Union to exert pressure on the Israeli occupation, which is a flagrant violation of international law.

This comes as part of a collective punishment plan on Gaza for what it calls “burning balloons” being sent to the Gaza enclave settlements.

Israel also reduced the Gaza fishing zone from six to three nautical miles as part of its plan to strangle Gaza, which has been officially under blockade since 2006.

(Source / 19.07.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct At Least Twenty-Seven Palestinians In The West Bank

18 JUL
8:30 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday, at last twenty-seven Palestinians, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers violently invaded and searched dozens of homes, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before abducting twenty-eight, including a female photojournalist, identified as Ra’eda Sa’id, who was taken prisoner from the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinians in Israeli custody have been identified as:

1. Saed Abi al-Baja, Betunia – Ramallah.

2. Sami Abu Hussein (former political prisoner), Betunia – Ramallah.

3. Ibrahim Ahmad Tamimi, Dier Nitham – Ramallah.

4. Mouse Srouji, Tulkarem.

5. Odai al-Amour, Yatta – Hebron.

6. Mohammad al-Amour, Yatta –  Hebron.

7. Rami Najjar, Yatta – Hebron.

8. Mohammad Jibrin, Yatta – Hebron.

9. Ahmad Jibrin, Yatta – Hebron.

10. Omar Mohammad Barghouthi, Ramallah.

11. Nassim Hosni Barghouthi, Ramallah.

12. Ayyoub Rasmi Abu Alia, al-Mghayir – Ramallah.

13. Montasser Misbah Abu Alia, al-Mghayir – Ramallah.

14. Ahmad Tayyeb, Jenin refugee camp.

15. Tamer Ahmad Tayyeb, Jenin refuge camp.

16. Saber Ahmad Tayyeb, Jenin refugee camp.

17. Rauf Ahmad Tayyeb, Jenin refuge camp.

18. Wisam Abu Zeid, Jenin refugee camp.

19. Awni Kamil, Qabatia – Jenin.

20. Issam Saba’na, Qabatia – Jenin.

21. Abdul-Hakim Mousa, Marka – Jenin.

22. Moath Mousa, Marka – Jenin.

23. Fadi Hussein al-Atrash, Kafr Ra’ey – Jenin.

24. Borhan Mustafa al-Atrash, Kafr Ra’ey – Jenin.

25. Omar Mheisin, Shu’fat refugee camp – Jerusalem.

26. Mahmoud Sa’adi al-Adawein, Shu’fat refuge camp – Jerusalem.

27. Ra’eda Sa’id, Jerusalem.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

Israeli Military Issues Orders Illegally Confiscating Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem

17 JUL
4:13 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Palestinian agricultural lands in the al-Khader town, south o the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and posted orders for the illegal confiscation of 120 Dunams.

Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in al-Khader, said the Palestinians found the military orders placed on their lands.

Salah added that the orders also instructed the Palestinians that they have 45 days to file appeals against the military orders.

The orders addressed each land owner by name, requiring them to evacuate from their lands, otherwise the military will take over by force.

Salah also aid that the Palestinians were given the option to file appeals within 30 days, with the “Absentee Property Office,” explaining “the reasons for the appeals, accompanied by maps and deeds, to claim ownership rights.”

The Palestinian can also file appeals with the special court in Ofer military base, near Ramallah, in central West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that such orders are rarely overturned by any Israeli court, and the lands are used by for the construction and expansion of illegal colonies in the occupied West Bank, and for military considerations, in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Conventions and various international resolutions and treaties.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

IOF demolish two homes in Jericho city

Demolish Jericho

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning demolished two Palestinian owned homes in Jericho, northern West Bank, under the pretext of no building permit.

At dawn on Wednesday, Israeli bulldozers broke into the area and demolished two homes in al-Duyuk al-Tahta area in Jericho.

Local sources said that Israeli bulldozers demolished the homes under the pretext of unauthorized construction.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

Two Palestinians injured in Israeli airstrike on Gaza

Airstrike east Gaza

Two Palestinian youths were injured Tuesday in an Israeli airstrike that targeted a group of Palestinian citizens east of Gaza.

Local sources reported that an Israeli drone fired at least one missile at a group of Palestinian youths near al-Tuffah neighborhood east of Gaza city.

Ambulances transferred the injured youths to the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza. Their injuries were described as “minor”.

The Israeli occupation army announced that the aerial attack targeted a group of Palestinians who allegedly launched fire balloons toward Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 17.07.2018)

Netanyahu: Israeli attacks on Gaza ‘are not over yet’

‘You need to be prepared for the continuation of the fight,’ he told settlers of illegal Jewish settlement near Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that “exchange of blows” with Palestinian resistance “is not over yet,” stressing that Israel is “determined to win,” Israeli media reported.

“I told them we are in an ongoing fight,” the Israeli news website Ynet News quoted Netanyahu telling reporters during a visit to the illegal Israeli Jewish settlement of Sederot near the Gaza Strip.

“Just as we are now completing the thwarting of the tunnels, and just as we acted against and succeeded in stopping the mass charge on the fence [east of Gaza], we have also instructed the IDF to eradicate and stop the incendiary kite and balloon terrorism,” he said.

Netanyahu stressed: “We are in the midst of a process… it is important Hamas understands it is facing a steel wall, and that this wall is primarily made up of a determined government, steadfast local leadership and Zionist communities [settlements].”

He also said: “I am convinced that with our shared strength to thwart and deter, we will eventually be able to defeat this terrorism from Gaza.”

Netanyahu’s remarks were delivered in the wake of the Israeli aggression on Gaza that took place on Saturday: “We delivered the most serious blow Hamas has suffered since Protective Edge”, he said.

He addressed Israelis: “You need to be prepared for the continuation of the fight.”

“We are in the ongoing fight of Zionism. We have been fighting terrorism for 100 years, fighting it with great strength, and this place, at the moment, is the friction point between Islamist terrorism and the Jewish state, and we are determined to win.”

(Source / 17.07.2018)

Israel pass Facebook Bill which will authorise deleting content considered incitement

#FBFightsPalestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

#FBFightsPalestine – Cartoon

The Israeli Knesset has passed the first reading of what is called the Facebook Bill which stipulates deleting content from social media, Quds Press reported. The law is to go for its second and third readings in the coming days.

The Knesset said in a statement that the bill, when it becomes a law, would authorise the court to issue orders to delete internet content “if it harmed the human safety, public, economic, state or vital infrastructure safety”.

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According to the statement the law is to include the content of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other internet platforms.

It would also include search engines like google and it would block certain content from appearing in the search results.

READ: Israel arrested 500 Palestinians over Facebook posts

(Source / 17.07.2018)

Netanyahu: Israel is in an ongoing fight with Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brussels, Belgium on 11 December 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that the “exchange of blows” with the Palestinian resistance “is not over yet,” stressing that Israel is “determined to win,” Israeli media reported.

“I told them we are in an ongoing fight,” the Israeli news website Ynet News quoted Netanyahu telling reporters during a visit to the illegal Israeli Jewish settlement of Sederot near the Gaza Strip.

“Just as we are now completing the thwarting of the tunnels, and just as we acted against and succeeded in stopping the mass charge on the fence [east of Gaza], we have also instructed the IDF to eradicate and stop the incendiary kite and balloon terrorism,” he said.

Israel carries out 9 airstrikes in Gaza, in response to kites - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Netanyahu stressed: “We are in the midst of a process… it is important Hamas understands it is facing a steel wall, and that this wall is primarily made up of a determined government, steadfast local leadership and Zionist communities [settlements].”

READ: EU voices concern over Israeli attacks in Gaza

He also said: “I am convinced that with our shared strength to thwart and deter, we will eventually be able to defeat this terrorism from Gaza.”

Netanyahu’s remarks were delivered in the wake of the Israeli aggression on Gaza that took place on Saturday: “We delivered the most serious blow Hamas has suffered since Protective Edge”, he said.

He addressed Israelis: “You need to be prepared for the continuation of the fight.”

“We are in the ongoing fight of Zionism. We have been fighting terrorism for 100 years, fighting it with great strength, and this place, at the moment, is the friction point between Islamist terrorism and the Jewish state, and we are determined to win.”

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(Source / 17.07.2018)

Israel passes bill banning Breaking the Silence group from schools

Breaking the Silence is an organisation of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories

The Israeli Knesset has passed a bill banning whistleblowing organisation Breaking the Silencefrom attending schools, in a bid to clamp down on critics of the military, with detractors hailing the move as a blow to freedom of speech in the country.

The bill, passed last night with a majority of 43 to 24, will prevent lectures and activities at local schools that are organised by groups arguing for legal action to be taken against the military for its crimes against the Palestinian population. A last minute addition by Israeli MK Amir Ohana also stipulated that the law should apply to those promoting political proceedings against Israel, such as human rights watchdog B’Tselem which has expressed support for economic sanctions against Israel.

The law has been dubbed the Breaking the Silence bill, due to its perceived targeting of the organisation, which collects testimonies of former Israeli soldiers and the operations they were instructed to carry out in the occupied territories.

However, the group’s representative said earlier this morning that the legislation would not fully apply to them as they are not calling for Israeli troops to be indicted in foreign courts.

The bill was supported by Education Minister Naftali Bennet, who welcomed the development as important to the education of future generations.

“The reality in which organisations that undermine the legitimacy of the State of Israel and slander IDF [Israeli] soldiers will get to school children has ended today. Breaking the Silence crossed the line a long time ago of legitimate dialogue when they chose to slander the State of Israel in the international arena,” Naftali told parliamentarians.

READ: Israel pass Facebook Bill which will authorise deleting content considered incitement

However, the proposal did not enjoy unanimous support, with Zionist Union MK Shelly Yachimovich calling the initiators of the law “cowards” for refusing to allow students to be exposed to different points of view. Tamar Zandberg, leader of the left-wing Meretz party, also tweeted her support for the group.

“Breaking the Silence is not against IDF soldiers. Breaking the Silence *are* IDF soldiers. IDF soldiers who return from the territories and tells us the reality of military rule. Instead of closing our eyes and hoping the reality will disappear, we need to simply end the occupation,” she wrote.

The response has also been mixed amongst the Israeli public, with Ram Cohen, a headmaster at Tel Aviv’s Tichonet high school which hosted Breaking the Silence at the school last year, telling reporters that planned to invite the group again, even if it meant breaching the law.

“As a principal, as an educator, it is my duty to stand up and say—no more,” Cohen said. “These laws are meant to harm democracy. I shall not be a part of it. I do not agree with it and I shall object to it.”

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Palestinian representatives of the Knesset have also previously slammed the measure as another initiative by Israel to normalise the occupation and to advance “creeping annexation” over the West Bank.

Israel has attempted to limit the activities of its critics on many occasions, including a proposed ban on Breaking the Silence conducting occupation tours in the city of Hebron.

Last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he would not meet with foreign dignitaries who also meet with representatives of the group, and cancelled a meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel after he chose to visit the organisation.

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(Source / 17.07.2018)