Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians in Gaza

GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday.

The shootings followed protests that broke out after the funeral procession of Adnan Abu Khater, 16, a Palestinian youth who died earlier on Friday after being shot by Israeli soldiers on Thursday.

A 21-year-old man from al-Shati refugee camp was shot in the foot near the eastern cemetery in Jabaliya. He was taken to Kamal Adwan hospital with moderate injuries.

A spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health said that another 26-year-old man was shot in the back by Israeli soldiers in a watchtower in the same area.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that a “violent riot erupted” after “dozens of Palestinians gathered” and were “damaging the fence” by throwing rocks and burning tires.

“During attempts to disperse the riots, soldiers opened fire at the instigators’ lower extremities and a hit was confirmed,” she added.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off limits to Palestinians.

The “security buffer zone” extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached in November 2012 between Palestinian factions and Israel to end over a week of fighting which left over 170 Palestinians dead and more than a thousand injured. Six Israelis were also killed during the fighting.

Since the agreement, Israeli forces have shot dozens of Gazans in border areas, and have launched frequent incursions.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.

(Source / 03.01.2014)

Israel Places Cornerstone For New Settlement In Jordan Valley

[Thursday January 2, 2014] Israeli Interior Minister, Gideon Sa’ar, placed the cornerstone for a new illegal settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley of the West Bank, Palestine TV has reported.

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The Minister told reporters that Israel would boost and maintain the presence of its soldiers and settlers in the Jordan Valley, under any peace agreement with the Palestinians, adding that the area is essential for what he called “Israel’s strategic interests”.

His deputy, Ze’ev Elkin, stated that the new cornerstone comes in what he called “a great timing”, as U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will be visiting Tel Aviv and Ramallah on the same day in an attempt to advance direct political talks.

“Giving up the Jordan Valley will make Kfar Saba a border town with the Palestinians”, he said, “Israel will build, will continue to build and expand its settlements”.

Meanwhile, the head of the Regional Council of Settlements in the occupied Jordan Valley, David Elchaiiani, demanded that the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu officially annex the Jordan Valley.

He added that Netanyahu “doesn’t have a peace coalition”, referring to his settler-led government.

Israeli settlements, in every part of occupied Palestine, including the Jordan Valley and occupied Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory.

Losing their land to illegal Israeli settlements and the illegal Annexation Wall, the Palestinians continue to suffer significant economic losses due to illegal annexation of their land, in addition to the fact that various Palestinian communities became isolated from the rest of the Palestinian territories.

(Source / 02.01.2014)

B’Tselem: 2013 Highest in Number of West Bank Fatalities in 5 Years

JERUSALEM, January 2, 2014 (WAFA) – Three times as many people were killed in the West Bank in 2013 as were in 2012, the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, said in a report published at the end of last year.

It said that in contrast to the situation from 2003 to 2012 when most Palestinian fatalities occurred in the Gaza Strip, in 2013 the majority of Palestinian fatalities occurred in the West Bank.

According to the data for the past year, Israeli security forces killed 27 Palestinians in the West Bank in 21 separate incidents and nine Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in seven incidents.

In contrast, in 2012, Israeli forces killed eight Palestinians in the West Bank and 246 in the Gaza Strip, including 167 killed in an 8-day Israeli military onslaught on Gaza in November, of whom 104 were innocent bystanders.

Palestinians killed three Israelis last year, two in the West Bank and one near the Gaza perimeter fence, said B’Tselem.

It said that even though a military investigation was launched in 23 fatalities which occurred in 19 incidents, a decision was made regarding only five of all incidents but are awaiting enforcement.

B’Tselem director Jessica Montell said, “The sharp rise in fatalities in the West Bank only serves to intensify concern about lack of accountability.”

She said lack of accountability for the killing of Palestinians “does not serve as a deterrent and indicates disregard for human life.”

(Source / 02.01.2014)

Elderly Palestinian man dies from Israeli gas bombs

Elderly Palestinian Man Hospitalised

Israeli occupation forces raided on Wednesday the occupied West Bank city of Qalqilya, firing massive amounts of tear gas that killed an 85-year-old Palestinian man, medical sources said.

The sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces fired several tear gas canisters directly into Palestinian houses throughout the city. People then called for Palestinian paramedics to take the elderly Said Jasser Ali to the Al-Arabi Hospital in Nablus.

However, a few minutes after arriving at the hospital, Jasser Ali was pronounced dead.

(Source / 02.01.2014)

Badr brothers end hunger strike after being charged for military trial

Mohammed Badr, 25 and Islam Badr, 20, two Palestinian men held in Israeli occupation prisons, ended a 38-day hunger strike on December 22, 2013 after they were removed from administrative detention and transferred for trial.

Ma’an News reported that their families reported that they would now face charges in Israeli military courts. The brothers were arrested on October 28 by undercover Israeli military forces in Beit Liqya village.

Mohammed and Islam Badr launched a hunger strike in mid-November in protest against their administrative detention without charge, but ended the strike after the agreement was reached.

Their family told Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights that the administrative detention against the two brothers had been concluded as a part of the deal.

Administrative detention refers to the tactic of keeping a prisoner without charge or trial for extended periods of time.

Also on hunger strike with the Badr brothers is Thaer Abdu. Reports indicate that he is continuing his strike.

(Source / 02.01.2014)

The “Brutal Arab” and the “Muslim Terrorist” in the Israeli Media

 

Rana AwaisiAlthough Israeli law considers racial incitement illegal, the Israeli media consistently provides a platform for extremists who commit racial incitement against groups that Israelis perceive as an “enemy,” especially the Palestinian people.

Based on the results of monitoring the mainstream Israeli media (secular and religious), conducted over two years, this article addresses the most prominent cases of racial incitement against Arabs and Muslims, justified by biblical texts and fake historical facts. Every day, the Israeli public is exposed to ideas in the media which influence their perceptions of Arabs and Muslims and solidify existing negative views.

Attributing the Arab-Israeli conflict to religious-historical roots

The trend of viewing the conflict through a religious lens revives, reproduces and distributes religious myths of a perpetual conflict between two sides: one symbolizes “good” and the other “evil”. The superior side faces an enemy haunted by inferiority, motivated by envy and jealousy, and driven by a deep wish for revenge.

Explaining political and sometimes tragic incidents in such terms has become part of the Israeli political culture, as expressed in the following quote: “Incapability, frustration, and a sub-conscious sense of inferiority towards Jews have deeply affected all Muslims, turning them slowly into maniacs. It is the war of Ismail against Isaac. It is a war until the elimination of the last Jew” (Yaakov Schoenfeld, published on March 30, 2012 in Hamodia, defined as “the daily newspaper of Torah Jewry”).

In an article by Ariel Kahana, published in a newspaper called Makor Rishon on March 14, 2011, we read: “This is what history has shown us, Murder is an innate feature of the Arab people, at least since their path crossed with the path of the Jewish people. This is their character. Jews behave according to ‘one hand raises the message and the other works’, the Arabs react out of ‘will be a brutal man’. This is their character, these are their traits”.

Many authors call the Arabs “Ismaelites” when they want to express contempt, as we see in an article by Avi Bentov: “So, these are the Ismaelites, the brutal, the bloodthirsty, worse than animals of a forest, some who eat and some who get eaten. One animal kills the other when it is hungry and also to feed its offspring. Animals don’t kill humans without reason, but Arabs do, as they live on the ruins of their victims, the knife in their left hand. They are stupid, and their hands are soiled with the blood of our beloved” (published on the Kikar Hashabat website on March 27, 2011).

Another article by A. Yizhaki, responding to the assassination of the Arab-Jewish movie director Juliano Mer-Kamis in Jenin, stated: “In recent years, the director Juliano Mer-Khamis met his calling in the Jenin refugee camp. He went to live there and worked to develop Palestinian ‘culture,’ believing it is possible to ‘educate’ the descendants of people the Torah describes as ‘wild.’ Reactions from leftist Jews prove that they do not know the truth about the character of their subjects in Ismail’s camp. The Palestinian culture of killing, or generally speaking, the Arab culture of killing, strikes very deep. It is so deeply rooted that the Israeli left is not capable of perceiving it as a serious matter” (published in Yated Nee’man on November 4, 2011).

Demonizing Islam

Racism and incitement in the Israeli media are not only directed towards Arabs but also at Muslims. The Israeli media demonizes Islam, falsifies historical facts, and takes verses from the Qur’an out of context.

For instance, in addressing the case of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Dr. Reuven Barco claims that the conduct of Hamas is affected by the “low morals” of the prophet Mohammad: “In addition to a…heritage of violence, the bearded Hamasnics of Gaza, in their operations against Israel, apply two main lessons of the failed siege which Mohammad conducted against Taeif, the city of the ‘infidels’. He threw huge stones, injuring civilians, women and children without discrimination”. (Published in the daily newspaper Yesrael Hayom on October 19, 2011)

On March 22, 2012, the newspaper Hamodia published an article by M. Shalom, saying: “The world knows how to shut up and ignore when the Jews in Israel defend themselves against those products of Islam, the brutal anti-Semites with their insatiable hunger for terror. Worse still, this world condemns the Jews when so-called ‘innocents’ get killed and the Jews are trying to defend themselves.”

Another report in the same newspaper says: “Islamic terrorists are running a global war. Throughout our painful, bloody history, Jewish children were at the top of the killers’ list. Today Arabs and Muslim carry the cross of this bloody campaign”.

A website called “News1” published an article by Yehuda Drori on January 29, 2012, describing Islam as the “devil’s religion.” Drori wrote: “Some people might disagree with my view of Islam as a violent, bloody religion. In order to read about a loving and peaceful Islam, those who disagree have to look towards tolerant academics living in the West, but we know Islam better than them! I can understand how difficult it is for a leftist to adjust his attitude and accept the awful truth: There are no ‘good’ Muslims. The only goal for Arabs, here at least, is to eliminate us. They constantly promote this idea in their media with non-stop incitement against us. Islam is the devil’s religion”.

The superiority of Jews and inferiority of Arabs

The theory of a “super race” descending from Isaac – as opposed to an “inferior race” descending from Ismail – is usually accompanied by the theory of the Jews as “God’s chosen people” and their religious superiority over the “gentiles.” Numerous Israeli writers are convinced that Jews are a “chosen people,” superior to non-Jews religiously and culturally.

In Yesrael Hayom on October 19, 2011, Reuven Barco confirms the racial superiority of Jews over Arabs – the latter of whom he calls “the strain of Hagar the slave” – and the religious superiority of the “chosen people”. He writes: “the Palestinian prisoners go on a hunger strike with an incredible sense of insolence; they demand rights to welfare, education, food, visits from family members, and watching media. This proves that somewhere in the back of the Palestinian’s brain is an implicit recognition of Jewish superiority. They are right; there is a substantial difference between the Jews and the Palestinian Islamists. We are not only talking about Jewish accomplishments in science and the Nobel Prizes won by the chosen people; we are basically talking about Jews who value life compared to the death industry produced by the Islamists”.

Racism and incitement

The Israeli media carelessly express extremely racist insults towards Islamic culture, and won’t allow facts to melt their entrenched stereotypes. One example is found in Yated Nee’man on March 26, 2012: “As a rule, the Islamic culture thoroughly suppresses citizens’ rights wherever they live. It is a culture of terror, racism, humiliation and suppression. Whoever tries to speak up is immediately decapitated”.

In the editorial of the same newspaper, on March 25, 2012, we read: “It is also true that many immigrant Muslims have managed to integrate into their new countries, but those who cling to an ideology that wishes to conquer the whole world and put it under the shoes of Mohammad’s destructive religion, are definitely not a minority”.

In another article written by M. Shalom, we read: “Lying and deception are the most prominent characteristic of the Arabs. They are firmly rooted in Mohammad’s religion. The Quraysh Covenant proves that deception is allowed – and even required – on the way to defeating the enemy and accomplishing goals”. (Hamodia, May 30, 2011)

It is considered “racist” to oppose occupation and demand that Israel withdraw from the occupied territories. On December 15, 2010, Professor Hillel Weis wrote in the religious newspaper Makor Rishoan that “Islam turned out to be a boot trampling on Europe. European leaders demand that Israel evacuate form Jerusalem. That’s racism! Those who invented the term ‘racism’ have adopted it.”

On June 22, 2012, Yaakov Schoenfeld published an article in Hamodia in which he says, “This animal-like thirst for blood drives Muslims crazy. It seems that Muslims are frustrated, attempting suicide and taking the whole world down with them. It seems that history has never witnessed the sort of madness that Islam is exhibiting, as a religion of killing and destruction”.

Racial incitement is not absent from the secular Israeli media. As we pointed out earlier by referring to the “News1” website, we now look to Ha’aretz, a paper known for its liberal and leftist views. In an article published on March 17, 2012, the journalist Yisrael Harel wrote: “Those who believe that peace is possible and that the Palestinians are partners should be the first to tell the truth about Palestinian incitement. It’s not possible to prove a direct relationship between the killings in Itamar and daily incitement. The reasons are deeper. Over the years whole villages have been slaughtered in Algeria – about 300,000 victims – and thousands of infant throats slit. In Darfur, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Muslim world, people have been massacred. These killings are the outcome of a murderous character, not the incitement led to them”.

Severe cases of racism also exist, such as the words of the right-wing radio broadcaster Avery Gila’ad. On June 12, 2012 he said: “we don’t want to forget that those who are knocking on our doors are followers of Islam, and that Islam is a disease rampant in the world. The fact that Islam dominates the world and we see it everywhere, and in light of Muslims’ wish to impose their thoughts and beliefs, we must be careful in managing our lives”. (From Gila’ad’s program “The Last Word,” broadcasted on Galle Zahal, the radio of the Israeli army).

Following this incident, which aroused much anger, protesters took to the streets, and a complaint was filed with to the government attorney general. Unfortunately, as usual, none of these actions resulted in any changes.

Conclusion

It seems that the Israeli media holds a world view which divides humanity into two parts. The first is the Jews, the descendants of Isaac – who are considered superior religiously and ethnically – and the second part comprises the “terrorist” Muslims and the “brutal” Arabs, the descendants of Ismail.

This supposed “religious-ethnic superiority” is merely an attempt to legitimize the Israeli occupation and the crimes committed against the Palestinian people. Legitimization occurs by dehumanizing and demonizing the “enemy.” Those who emphasize a demonic image of Islam are attempting to justify the Western wars against Muslim and Arab countries under the pretext of battling the so-called “global Islamic jihad.”

Thus while reading an Israeli newspaper, it is common to find a piece of racial incitement against Arabs and Muslims, and below it, another piece criticizing alleged racism and anti-Semitism among the same Arabs and Muslims who are exposed to systematic racial incitement.

(Source / 02.01.2014)

Palestinian teen seriously wounded in IOF shooting

 

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian youth was seriously wounded to the east of Gaza city on Thursday evening at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra, the health ministry spokesman, said that the young man, a teenager, was hit with a bullet in his pelvis.

He said that the teen was transferred to Shifa hospital in Gaza city in serious condition.

IOF soldiers recently escalated their incursions and shelling along the eastern borders of Gaza Strip.

(Source /02.01.2014)

Israeli DM Outlaws Belgian NGO, Threatens EU MPs With Arrest

Relations between the European Union and Israel have been tense recently, but look to be getting a lot worse, as Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced he is “outlawing” Belgium-based non-profit the Council for European Palestinian Relations(CEPR) on “national security” grounds.

The CEPR has organized several delegations to Israel and the occupied territories including top European Union MPs. Ya’alon said his “outlawing” of the group means that not only will Israel seize any of its assets, but they may also arrest the European MPs for being linked to a banned organization.

Ya’alon’s statement justified the ban on the grounds that the CEPR had publicly opposed Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, and Israeli media outlets dutifully accused that of meaning the group was “lobbying” for Hamas.

CEPR leaders criticized the ban, saying the group has no affiliation with any political parties anywhere in the world, and intends to challenge the Israeli ban through any legal means available.

(Source / 01.01.2014)

Minor Shot Near Bethlehem, Activists Arrested

Tent village demolished

[Wednesday January 1, 2014] A Palestinian minor was shot and injured by Israeli forces, Wednesday, in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

Scene from Jordan Valley - Ayman Nubana / WAFA
Scene from Jordan Valley

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) reports that, according to security sources, live bullets were fired toward Palestinian minors in the camp, shooting a 14-year-old in the foot.

He was transferred to a hospital, for treatment, where his condition was described as moderate.

In related news, WAFA reports that the Israeli army has demolished the tent village of Kanaan, on Wednesday, immediately after its construction; eight activists were arrested, according to a local activist.

Hassan Brijiyeh, coordinator of the National Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Bethlehem, said that activists set up a camp in the Jordan Valley, in response to the recent committee recommendation, by Israel, to annex the valley.

He went on to say that Israeli forces attacked the activists, arresting eight.

(Source / 01.01.2014)

Israeli Forces Raid Ramon Prison

Prisoners assaulted

Nahshon Israeli forces raided, on Tuesday, Ramon Israeli prison, breaking into Section 2 and assaulting prisoners.

image: PNN

The Palestinian News Network (PNN) reports that, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), the prisoners were transferred to an unknown location; no further details have been disclosed.

The PPS holds the Israeli occupation fully responsibile for the lives of the prisoners who have been abused.

(Source / 01.01.2014)