REPORT: “ISRAEL IS THE ONLY NATION THAT PROSECUTES CHILDREN IN MILITARY COURTS”

It’s simply unbelievable to watch Israel continue to get away with these crimes against humanity without a collective world clampdown.  Of course – many world citizens already know why Israel continues to get a way with murder … literally.  That reason is simple; the United States vetoes any attempt at the United Nations to hold Israel accountable for their war crimes and violations of international law.

What we need is a “coalition of the willing” to force Israel’s hand … a coalition that will force Israel to go back to 1967 borders with threat of force.  Israel has shown it’s not an honest broker in the peace process and the world needs to stand together to stamp out Israel’s fascist tendencies.  It’s hard to imagine a good outcome when the government’s ideology is based on blood purity and eugenics.

The oppression that the Palestinian people have to live through on a daily basis is simply mind blowing.  It has existed for decades and it is a systematic, intentional gameplan to forcibly cleanse Palestinians off their lands.  And it’s been working like a charm.  But whatever – go watch Dancing With the Stars.

We’ve shared numerous examples of this kind of oppression on our Facebook page and this website.  For example – we shared that Palestinian children can be imprisoned by the Israeli military for up to 6 months without charge or access to their parents (source); it is illegal for Israel to do this to Jewish children however.  I could point to the Oxfam report that says Israel is responsible for “two decades of obstruction and broken promises” (source).  The available evidence to further prove my point is nearly endless approaching infinity.

And now a new report by the Defence for Children International Palestine points out a horribly frightening fact.  Israel is the only nation in the world that prosecutes children in military courts (but not if they’re Jewish).  Not Iran, not Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria or any other potential future country that Israel may look to attack in the future … just Israel.

They write HERE:

Israel is the only nation that automatically and systematically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Israeli military court judges, either active duty or reserve officers in the Israeli army, rarely exclude evidence obtained by coercion or torture, including confessions drafted in Hebrew, a language most Palestinian children do not understand…

During 2012, 74 percent of Palestinian kids suffered some form of physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation… Despite clear prohibitions under international law, Israel continues to use solitary confinement against Palestinian children solely for interrogation purposes… In addition to being arrested and ill-treated, a generation of Palestinian children have been shot, shelled and bombed… Their homes and schools have been attacked and children have witnessed numerous horrific and tragic events. They have lost parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors, as well as their own legs, arms and other body parts…

Repeated military offensives on Gaza and a draconian six-year-old blockade have led to persistent allegations of collective punishment of the civilian population, a violation of international humanitarian law. Since the outbreak of the second intifada in 2000, Israeli forces are responsible for the death of more than 1,000 children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, according to evidence collected by Defense for Children International Palestine.

And as we shared HERE – Israel has been responsible for the torture of Palestinian children when in custody.  Some have even died.

Kids.

And there is this recent situation where the Israeli military arrested a 5 year old for “throwing a rock”that hit a tire of an Israeli settler.  It’s systematic oppression.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=utu-mG9L-hQ

(Source / 28.09.2013)

Israeli army sprays sewage on Palestinian streets

Here’s a piece of disgusting news, so disgusting in fact that it beggars belief. Israel and its army of occupation are not just brutal, inhuman and utterly devoid of morality. They also have no self-respect, as the snippet below, posted on the Facebook page of Cadfa, the Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association, on 26 September shows.

Israeli army vans spraying sewage in Abu Dis

Israeli army sprays sewage on the streets of the Palestinian town of Abu Dis

Last night [25 September] a new weapon by the Israeli army against the people in Abu Dis: they drove round the main streets and sprayed sewage water everywhere – descriptions are of the really disgusting smell absolutely everywhere. It entered the houses and the kids’ rooms – and it didn’t clear like teargas apparently does. It hung around in the fabric inside houses and made everyone fear for their health: rumours of possible viruses are going around.

The Israeli army have been using a lot of tear gas recently in Abu Dis. The children in the Abu Dis schools have lost many of the first school days in Abu Dis, as the army have been shooting tear gas into school playgrounds as well as around the nearby university.

We [Cadfa] are writing to our MP, asking him to ask the Foreign Office to enquire about this, in order to protect the people (and in particular the children) in the face of such attacks. You may want to do the same.

Does anyone have contact with news media that might cover this particularly the sewage spraying? We know it is not the first time in Palestine – have heard of it in Nabi Saleh and Bil’in when there have been demonstrations, and then last Friday [20 September] in Aizariah next to Abu Dis. But this is the first time in our “twin” town, right in the middle of all the families, and it must not be allowed to become routine (anywhere)!

The Israelis have chosen to stoop to levels hitherto unexplored by humanity. It is up to us to make sure that the innocent do not suffer as the “chosen ones” continue their downward journey to hell.

(Source / 28.09.2013)

Israeli forces detain local committee activist near Hebron

Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinians during military operation in the West Bank city of Nablus, January 7, 2007.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday detained Ratib al-Jubour, coordinator of a popular committee against Israel’s separation wall and settlement activities in south Hebron area.According to his son Luay, Israeli soldiers stationed at the Container checkpoint east of Bethlehem stopped al-Jubour and took him to unknown destination.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

(Source / 28.09.2013)

A Palestinian Prisoner’s Family Pleas For His Life

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The family of the patient prisoner Abdul-Jabbar Shemali, 34, from Araba village in Jenin, called on human rights organizations and Doctors Without Borders to intervene to save their son’s life.

The patient prisoner’s family has told Ahrar center that their son suffers severe back pain and needs an urgent surgery which the Israel Prison Service (IPS) refused to carry out.

He suffers from severe hoarseness that led to losing his ability to speak, the family added, warning of serious deterioration in his health.

Fuad al-Khuffash, the director of the center, confirmed that Shemali was in good health condition before his arrest, however due to the Israeli difficult detention conditions he started suffering many health problems and illness.

Nearly 30 Palestinian patient prisoners are currently detained in Eichel prison including three cancer patients suffering severe health deterioration due to the Israeli deliberate medical negligence.

The prisoner Shemali was arrested in June 2001 where he was sentenced to 27 years on charges of carrying out a “subversive operation”.

(Source / 27.09.2013)

Palestinians in Gaza breathe Israeli tear gas as they march for Al-Aqsa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NqbGCDra6Hw

In Jerusalem today, Israeli occupation forces banned Muslim men under fifty years old from reaching the Al-Aqsa mosque and attacked worshipers with tear gas and stun grenades.

In besieged Gaza, meanwhile, Palestinians marched toward the Nahal Oz siege gate on the territory’s eastern boundary with present-day Israel to show support for Al-Aqsa, which is increasingly under assault from Jewish settlers.

Gaza students Belal Dabour and Asem Alnabeh were present and offered live accounts via Twitter.

Alnabeh tweeted that marchers set off toward Nahal Oz from three locations in Gaza.

The day’s events as witnessed by Dabour and Alnabeh began when hundreds of people gathered in central Gaza City to march toward the Nahal Oz crossing with Israel east of Gaza City, according to Dabour.

As the marchers headed east thorough the Shujaiya section of Gaza City, more people joined the march, Alnabeh tweeted.

As the group reached the Nahal Oz crossing, Israeli army jeeps gathered on the other side.

Palestinians youths threw stones toward the occupation forces, who fired shots into the air and fired tear gas grenades at the marchers, according to Alnabeh.

One young man, pictured by Alnabeh, tried throw one of the gas grenades back, in a scene reminiscent of the weekly protests in West Bank villages such as Bilin and Nabi Saleh.

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أحد الشباب يحاول التقاط قنبلة  ألقاها الاحتلال علينا!  

The gas caused some people to faint, Dabour tweeted.

He also said it was his first time ever breathing in tear gas, calling it an “uncomfortable feeling.”

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قنابل الغاز التي يطلقها الاحتلال علينا!  

A photo Dabour tweeted shows a young man being treated for gas inhalation.

أحد المصابين.. One of the casualties from east #Gaza demonstrations.. Now

أحد المصابين.. One of the casualties from east #Gaza demonstrations.. Now on Instagram

 

The video at the top of this post shows one injured person being carried away.

Despite thick clouds of tear gas, the marchers were undeterred from their goal of reaching the border.

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الشباب يرفضون التراجع, يريدون الوصول للشريط الحدودي مباشرة وقوات الاحتلال ما زالت تلقي قنابل الغاز!  

According to Dabour, hundreds of people entered the so-called buffer zone, territory in Gaza that Israel has unilaterally forbidden Palestinians from entering.

Alnabeh said that Israelis fired munitions that set fire to fields in the area.

We are inside the so called buffer zone.. We are in hundreds. 

One young man managed to raise a Palestinian flag on a pylon, in view of the occupation forces.

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شاب فلسطيني يرفع علم  أمام جنود الاحتلال على حدود 

Alnabeh and Dabour returned home safely.

Home sweet home.. Need a shower frim the dust and tear gas :-$

 

(Source / 27.09.2013)

Ministers’ statements on borders expose depth of racism and extremism in Israeli politics

 

Uri Ariel… One of many racist and extreme statements made by Uri Ariel, ‘… a Jewish temple should be built in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the establishment of a Palestinian state is just ‘a myth’

Israel’s housing minister, Uri Ariel, has claimed that the state’s borders “extend from the Jordan River to the western border”, which is, of course, the Mediterranean Sea. He told an Israeli news channel that he rejects the establishment of another state “based on the 1967 borders”.

This, along with Israel’s colonial-settlement policy is entirely consistent with “the teachings of the Torah” he believes.

The extreme right-wing minister was speaking at the opening of a synagogue on an illegal Israeli settlement-colony in the occupied West Bank. “You are the good people who represent the Torah,” he told the settlers.

This statement is just one of many racist and extreme statements made by Uri Ariel; he said recently that a Jewish temple should be built in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the establishment of a Palestinian state is just “a myth”. Moreover, during a press conference the Israeli Minister held at the Shilo colony in the occupied West Bank, he said that the Israelis have built many temples, but they need to build what he called “the real temple on Temple Mount”, which was a reference to the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa, wherein stands Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Commenting on Ariel’s statement about the state of Israel extending from the river to the sea, the Arab Deputy Speaker of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, said that it indicates that extremism and racism are now part of the mainstream in public life. Dr Ahmad Tibi, who is also the leader of the Arab Movement for Renewal, described both characteristics as going against all legal norms and agreements. “Extremism exists at the very top of the political pyramid in Israel,” he added.

In a related context, Naftali Bennett, the leader of the Jewish Home Party and Israeli Minister of the Economy, expressed his belief that the establishment of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River will cause Israel “100 years of continuous war, will flood the Jewish state with millions of Palestinian refugees, and will increase international isolation”.

Moreover, Bennett posted on his Facebook page that he believe that such a Palestinian state will be poor and hostile, “such as the state established in Gaza in 2005”, the actions of which are still “hostile and extremely dangerous”. Such a state, he said, will be a 30-second flight from Ben-Gurion International Airport and 10 minutes away from the city of Petah Tikva, located in the centre of the self-styled Jewish state.

Bennett went on to say that Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in August 2005 gave the state “thousands of missiles and a terrorist state run by Hamas”. He also wrote that the two-state solution Prime Minister Netanyahu said he was committed to in his speech at Bar-Ilan University is not applicable and, therefore, “an alternative to planting a Palestinian state in the heart of Israel must be found”. Nevertheless, his party will not prevent or oppose any negotiations with the Palestinians despite its lack of faith in them. Furthermore, he called on the majority of the Likud members of Knesset to sabotage the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, noting that Israel is making concessions that go against the principles of the Likud Party during the rounds of talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Bennett called on 7 of the 11 Likud MKs to stop negotiations; subsequently, the members sent a letter to the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Danny Danon, who is also Deputy Minister of Defence, urging him to hold a meeting for Likud Party members.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, the members told Danon that the Israeli government headed by Likud is engaging in political negotiations which include Israel’s agreement to a list of concessions that clash with the party’s principles mentioned in its charter. The letter also mentioned the demand that Likud MKs be allowed to express their initial positions on these matters in the Knesset.

It is worth noting that Danon has now called for the immediate cancellation of the Oslo Accords, the announcement that the agreement has failed, and the acknowledgement that it was a mistake. He is on record of telling the New York Times that 20 years down the line from Oslo the Israelis and Palestinians are still in negotiations. “True peace seems far away,” he insisted, “just as it was before the disclosure of the secret talks in Oslo.” The Israeli government, stressed Danon, must put an end to this “foolishness” immediately.

In this, we must agree with Danon, for the evidence from the mouths of senior Israeli politicians is clear; peace looks less likely than ever before and the Israeli colonisation of Palestinian land is increasing daily. A Zionist state from the river to the sea is already a near-reality because of Israel’s illegal settlements and military occupation, and the government is insisting that a “final” agreement with the Palestinians would insist on keeping Israeli soldiers based in the Jordan Valley. Israel’s racism and extremism, when coupled with its expansionism, look set to make sure that a truly viable Palestinian state on the 1967 borders is just never going to happen.

(Source / 27.09.2013)

Settlers set 2 cars on fire near Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Friday set two Palestinian cars on fire in Al-Zeraa neighborhood in al-Jalazone refugee camp near Beit El settlement, locals said.

The cars were burned in front of the house of their owner, Subhi Awda al-Qadi.

Settlers also wrote graffiti on walls in the area saying that the act was to avenge the killing of an Israeli soldier in Hebron. The cars were almost completely burned before civil defense arrived.

There have been a series of settler attacks in al-Jalazone camp in recent days.

(Source / 27.09.2013)

Violent clashes across West Bank

A Palestinian protester argues with Israeli troops at a demo against settlements in al-Massara.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out Friday across the occupied West Bank, as Palestinian demonstrators hurled rocks and Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protests.

In Hebron, clashes broke out after Friday prayers on Shalaleh Street in the center of the city, a Ma’an reporter said.

Dozens of Palestinians threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli settlements and Israeli forces responded by firing tear gas and stun grenades.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that some 250 Palestinians hurled rocks at security forces.

In the Ramallah area, Palestinians were injured and others suffered tear-gas inhalation.

Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli soldiers and burned tires outside Ofer detention center, in Qalandiya refugee camp and in al-Ram near Ramallah.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Several people were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets including three in Qalandiya refugee camp, and others suffered tear gas inhalation.

The army official said about 80 “rioters” hurled rocks at security forces in Qalandiya.

Additionally, protests in Bilin against the Israeli separation barrier through the West Bank were met with rubber bullets and tear gas, injuring one Palestinian.

Further north in Nablus, two people were injured in clashes at Huwwara checkpoint and near Itamar settlement.

Hamdi Allam, 17, was struck with a rubber coated-steel bullet in the head near Huwwara. He was taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment, medical sources said.

Ohers suffered tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters.

In Beit Furik east of Nablus, hundreds of Palestinians marched toward Itamar before clashing with soldiers who fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Mahmoud Bassam Sheikh Mohammad, 17, was shot in the foot and arrested during the clashes, locals said.

In Jerusalem, Israeli forces suppressed demonstrations that launched from different areas in Jerusalem supporting the al-Aqsa Mosque and condemning repeated “raids” during the Jewish holidays.

Demonstrations were held at five gates leading into the Old City, and Israeli forces confronted demonstrators with tear gas and stun grenades.

Five Palestinians were arrested during the clashes across the city.

Earlier, Israel restricted access to the mosque for men to only those aged under 50, citing security concerns.

(Source / 27.09.2013)

Israeli plans to establish a Jewish temple on one-sixth of Aqsa space

 

 

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A Palestinian activist specialized in affairs of the occupied city of Jerusalem said the settlement activities in the city have significantly escalated since the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations about two months ago under U.S. auspices.

The activist Rasim Obeidat pointed that the settlement activity in occupied Jerusalem has been escalated, adding that the occupation approved the construction of thousands of settlement units in addition to the increased number of settlement projects that are approved by the Israeli authorities.

He told Quds Press that “these projects are being approved publicly, and the Palestinian Authority knows about it… We are witnessing in Jerusalem the construction processes on the ground. It is no longer a secret.”

Obeidat pointed out that the settlement activity is concentrated in the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem, according to a scheme that aim to separate these neighborhoods from each other and to prevent territorial contiguity between the Jerusalemites.

He confirmed that the occupation authorities have approved the construction of 4,000 housing units in many Palestinian towns and neighborhoods in the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem, since the return to negotiations.

The Palestinian activist warned that the occupation authorities, in light of the negotiations, are working on creating a new reality inside the Aqsa mosque, through the daily incursions of the settlers under the Israeli police protection, and the prevention of the Muslims from entering the mosque.

He pointed out that the Jewish Yishai Society is planning to establish a synagogue on the one sixth of the space of ​​the Aqsa mosque, and stressed that Jerusalem is exposed to a comprehensive attack, even in the field of education.

Obeidat condemned the state of silence by the Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians vis-a-vis the Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, and called for developing an Arab and Islamic comprehensive strategy to save the city.

(Source / 26.09.2013)

13 Palestinian female prisoners call for highlighting their plight

Thirteen Palestinian female prisoners are still held in Hasharon Israeli prison suffering very difficult detention conditions amid the deafening silence of human rights institutions and international community.

Lena Jarboni, 34, from Buttof village inside the Green Line, was arrested since 2004 and sentenced to 17 years on charges of helping resistance elements. She spent 11 years behind Israeli bars where she suffers from swelling in her feet and severe and endless headache. Lina has undergone a surgery. The IOA refused to release her in Wafa al-Ahrar prisoners exchange deal.

Inam Hasanat, 30, from Bethlehem, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine of 1,000 shekels for attempting to stab an Israeli settler at a military checkpoint.

Nawal Saadi, 56, from Jenin, a mother of five children, was arrested from her house in 2012 without being sentenced till this moment. Nawal is charged with smuggling money to a“terrorist group”. She suffers high blood pressure and constant fatigue amid a deliberate medical negligence to her health condition.

Mona Ka’adan, 42, from Jenin, was arrested several times by Israeli forces most recently was on November 2012 from her home on charges of smuggling funds to organize a “hostile group”. Her mother died while she is in custody. Her fiancé is also detained in Israeli jails and sentenced to life.

The Jerusalemite prisoner Intisar Sayyad, 38, was arrested on November 2012 and sentenced to 30 months on charges of attempting to kill a settler. She is a mother of four children.

The university student Alaa Abu Zaytun, 22, from Nablus district, was arrested on her way to college on September 2013 at an Israeli military checkpoint. She was sentenced, after weeks of investigation, to two years’ imprisonment.

Nahil Abu Aisha, 23, from al-Khalil, was arrested near the Ibrahimi mosque on March 2013 under the charge of trying to stab an Israeli soldier.

Inam Kanmbo, 44, from the city of Jerusalem, was arrested while participating in a march denouncing the death in an Israeli occupation jail of prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiya in due to medical negligence.

Tahrir Algueni, 27, from Nablus district, was arrested on May 2013 with her brother Saddam Algueni.

Donya Wakid, 27-year-old from the city of Tulkarem, was arrested from her home in May 2013. Her family did not receive any information about her since her arrest. She suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Linan Abu Ghalam, 32, from Nablus, was arrested during a visit to the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 on August 2013 with two other Palestinian women, Lina Jawabra, who was released after one month in detention, and Maysar Atyani. Linan was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

The activist in prisoners’ issue Maysar Atyani, 49, from Nablus, was arrested in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 where she was sentenced to three months.

Ayat Mahfouz, 20, from al-Khalil, was arrested in August 2013 near the Ibrahimi Mosque, on charges of possession of a knife. Her detention was few months after her release where she spent two months in Israeli jails.

Hasharon Israeli prison was built during the British Mandate years, and is known for its poor ventilation, clamminess and insect infestations. Besides housing the Palestinian female prisoners, the complex contains also juvenile Israeli female prisoners.

(Source / 26.09.2013)