Data shows that Palestinians now own just 8 per cent of historic Palestine

Colonisation, by Jewish settlers, of confiscated land is attributed to being the cause of this decline

Colonisation, by Jewish settlers, of confiscated land is attributed to being the cause of this decline

New data published by the Lands Research Centre (LRC) shows that Palestinians own only eight per cent of historic Palestine. The LRC is affiliated to the Arabic Studies Association in Jerusalem. In a press conference held in Ramallah, it announced the publication of its latest Year Book, in which it documents Israeli violations of Palestinian rights concerning lands and houses. The book is published in English and Arabic.

LRC director Jamal Al-Emla described 2012 as “the year of settlements”, a reference to the massive increase in settlement expansion by the occupation authorities. He used photographs, charts and maps to demonstrate that the amount of historic Palestine owned by Palestinians has been in decline since the British Mandate era right up to last year. They now own just 8 per cent of their own country. The decline, claimed Al-Emla, is due to Israel’s ethnic cleansing, expulsion of Palestinians and confiscation of their land followed by its colonisation by Jewish settlers.

“The occupation destroyed 189 houses during 2012,” he pointed out. “About 1,215 Palestinian residents, who used to live in those houses, were made homeless.” The Israeli occupation destroyed 415 commercial and agricultural properties, including wells. They also threatened to destroy 772 houses while 590 other facilities under construction, including houses, have been halted.

“The city which is endangered the most is Nablus,” said the LRC director, “followed by occupied Jerusalem.”

The data also showed that the Israeli occupation has destroyed 64,000 trees on Palestinian property, including 53,122 olive trees, which have been uprooted, burnt or drenched in raw sewage.

Fixed Israeli checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian territories numbered 240 by the end of 2012; the statistics exclude those in the old city of Hebron and land occupied in 1948. Forty-six of the checkpoints were installed in 2012.

According to Al-Emla, 14 settler-only roads were built last year to link illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank. Settler aggression against Palestinians included attacks on religious and holy sites. Out of 110 recorded attacks in 2012, claim the LRC, 86 were against mosques and 24 targeted churches.

At the end of his press conference, Al-Emla called for international complaints to be drawn up against Israeli aggression with a call to impose sanctions on Israel. He also suggested the launch of an information campaign to raise awareness about Israel’s illegal and immoral policies and activity.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

Prisoner Ayman Hamdan enters his 2nd month of hunger strike

Palestinian prisoner in the occupation jails Ayman Hamdan, from Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank, enters his 31st day of hunger strike.

Hamdan told the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) lawyer, who visited him at the Ofer detention center, that he has lost sixteen kg of weight and that he suffers from a difficult health condition and needs urgent treatment.

He added that the prison administration has been exercising great pressure against him to thwart his hunger strike.

Captive Hamdan, held in administrative detention since the 22nd of last August, confirmed that he will continue his hunger strike until his release.

Two other prisoners from al-Khalil, held in Ofer prison, joined the open-ended hunger strike organized by a number of prisoners in protest against the administrative detention in the Israeli occupation jails.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

Mass graves of Palestinians discovered


The remains indicate that they were of Palestinians of varied ages 'killed by Zionist gangs' in JaffaThe remains indicate that they were of Palestinians of varied ages ‘killed by Zionist gangs’ in Jaffa

Mass graves have been discovered in the historical cemetery of Al-Kazakhana in Jaffa, Al-Aqsa Foundation for Islamic Endowments and Heritage announced on Monday.

The graves contain the remains of Palestinians killed by Jewish militias in 1948 during the Nakba (Catastrophe). According to the Foundation, they were discovered during routine maintenance and rehabilitation of the cemetery in one of the cities occupied by Israel since 1948.

The Head of the cemetery rehabilitation project, Mohammed al-Ashqar, said that the remains indicate that they were of Palestinians of varied ages “killed by Zionist gangs” in Jaffa. Some of the graves also date back to the Palestinian Uprising of 1936 against British Mandate rule.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

Newspapers Review: Expansion of Settlements Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, May 28, 2013 (WAFA) – The main front page story in the Tuesday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on the report that appeared in the Israeli daily Haaretz on Monday which said that the Israeli army expanded the overall area of the illegal settlements in the West Bank by adding 8,000,000 square meters of Palestinian land to them during 2012.

In addition to annexation of land, Israel also demolished homes and structures in the West Bank and gave orders to demolish more structures, said the papers on their front page.

In addition, al-Quds daily said 450 homes in occupied East Jerusalem are awaiting demolition after the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem issued these orders against them on ground they were built without a permit.

It also said that the army intends to open new bypass roads for the settlers at Gush Etzion settlement block, which means expropriation of more Palestinian land.

Al-Ayyam said as well that Israeli settlers occupied two shops in the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City under police protection and female soldiers in army uniform and settlers held provocative tours of al-Aqsa Mosque.

The paper reported as well on clashes between Palestinians and settlers in the Nablus area village of Ureef after settlers attempted to vandalize the village. Soldiers intervened in support of the settlers and fired tear gas at the unarmed residents who were trying to protect their homes and children from settlers’ rampage.

Al-Ayyam said also that a mass grave was discovered in Jaffa for Palestinians killed during the 1948 war.

On the political level, the papers reported on the meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry as well as on the meeting between Kerry and Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni in Jordan. The papers said the Kerry-Livni meeting was supposed to be secret.

Al-Quds said residents of the Naqab desert protested outside the Israeli parliament against an Israeli plan to displace them from their land.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

Occupation court postpones the trial of two female prisoners

Occupation court postpones the trial of two female prisoners

Ahrar–Ahrar center for Prisoners studies and human rights confirmed in a statement that an Israeli court has postponed the trial of prisoners Nawal Al-Sa’di and Muna Qa’dan from Jenin city.

Nawal Al-Sa’di, 53, was arrested on 4/11/2011 and Muna Qa’dan, 40, was arrested on 13/11/2012 and both are held at Hasharon prison without charges.

Fuad Al-Khuffash the center’s director said that there are 15 female detainees in occupation jails suffering hard conditions and are prevented from family visits.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

Settlers illegally seize two stores in Jerusalem’s old city


 Dozens of Israeli settlers, illegally occupied on Monday two Palestinian stores near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported.

PNN said that dozens of settlers and Israeli police officers are currently surrounding the two stores that belong to members of Wazwaz Palestinian family.

Local sources have reported that dozens of residents also gathered at the scene amidst increasing police presence.

Furthermore, Israeli Policemen and personnel of the Department Revenue broke into several Palestinian shops in the Old City.

The Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) have reported that several shop owners have been fined, while dozens of shop owners just closed their business for the day.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

Occupation Forces arrest al-Aqsa guard for protesting settlers


On Tuesday 28th May, Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf (trust) and Heritage said that Israeli soldiers arrested Samer Qweider, a guard of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for asking Jewish settlers not to perform their religious rituals on the Muslim holy site.

The Foundation said in a statement that at around 7:45 AM, a group of Jewish settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque through al-Magharbeh gate, under the protection of Israeli police. The settlers entered into the mosque in an attempt to perform their rituals on the site, an act that violates an agreement between the Muslim Waqf, which runs the compound, and the Israeli police.

The guard Qweider attempted to stop the settlers from holding rituals and asked the police accompanying them to take them out of the compound. Yet, the police arrested the guard instead and took him to a nearby police station, according to the statement.

The statement added, following the arrest of the guard, more groups of settlers were allowed to enter the mosque to perform rituals in a way that provoked the Muslim worshipers.

Al-Aqsa Foundation expressed its solidarity and support with the Mosque guards and warned of more violations by the Israeli occupation on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites and called for an immediate intervention to preserve Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

Israel builds up military presence in occupied Golan Heights

Israeli soldiers are seen aboard a mobile artillery vehicle during a military exercise in the occupied Golan Heights, September 19, 2012.

Israeli soldiers are seen aboard a mobile artillery vehicle during a military exercise in the occupied Golan Heights, September 19, 2012.

“The Israeli military activities in the occupied Golan Heights come following several strikes by the Tel Aviv regime against Syria.”

The Israeli regime has launched a large-scale military drill in the occupied Golan Heights amid escalating tensions in the region over Tel Aviv’s recent strikes on Syria.

Hundreds of soldiers and tanks participated in the massive drill that began on Monday.

The Israeli military activities in the occupied Golan Heights come following several strikes by the Tel Aviv regime against Syria.

On May 5, Syria said the Israeli regime had carried out an airstrike targeting a research center in a suburb of Damascus, following heavy losses inflicted upon al-Qaeda-affiliated groups by the Syrian army. According to Syrian media reports, the strike hit the Jamraya Research Center. The Jamraya facility had been targeted in another Israeli airstrike in January.

The May 5 Israeli aggression was Tel Aviv’s second strike on Syria in three days.

On May 21, the Syrian army said it had destroyed an Israeli military vehicle that had crossed the ceasefire line in its territory in the Golan Heights.

According to the Syrian army, the Israeli military fired two rockets from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras into Syria overnight in retaliation.

Syria has been gripped by unrest for over two years, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the foreign-sponsored militancy.

(Source / 28.05.2013)

5,000 prisoners in Israeli jails

The director of the statistics Department at the Ministry of Prisoners’ in the Palestinian Authority Abdel Nasser Farawana, stated today the 27th of May, 2013 that about 5,000 prisoners languishing in Israeli jails, including 246 children.

Farawna explained, in a statistical report released today, that since the Nakba of 1948 to date, more than 800,000 of Palestinians were arrested, and that the most brutal violence was perform against the Arab and Palestinian prisoners and detainees in the phase that followed the catastrophe i,e, Nakba of 1948 and even 1967, where the israeli occupation performed arbitrary arrests, in addition to torture and deliberate direct physical harm to detainees, in the form of group executions of prisoners and detainees, noting that the Israeli occupation is still performing the above mentioned to date.
Farawna added that 78,000 arrests of the total number of cases had been recorded since the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifada on the 28th of September 2000 until today, and that the Israeli occupation arrests included all segments of the Palestinian people and didn’t exclude any of them.
According to the report, Israeli occupation arrested during the second Palestinian Intifada more than 950 females, more than 9000 children, nearly 60 former MPs and ministers, dozens of journalists, academics and hundreds of political and social leaders.
Farawna pointed out that the Israeli occupation is still holding in its prisons and detention camps nearly 5,000 prisoners in harsh conditions, lacking the minimum of human rights stipulated in international agreements and conventions, including 246 children. It’s worth mentioning here that the report confirmed that among these prisoners there are 533 prisoners serving life sentences for once or several times.

(Facebook / 27.05.2013)

Kery to eat “Knafa”

Kery and the Shawerma كيري والشاورما
قال عدة وزراء اسرائيليون أن رام الله هي عاصمة “فلسطين” وأخليت شوارع رام الله كي يأكل جون كيري الكنافة هنالك (ويا ريت أصرت السلطة إنه يروح يوكل فلافل في مخيم للاجئين) ثم جاء اللقاء التطبيعي في البحر الميت من الجهة الأردنية (الدلائل واضحة للحل الكونفدرالي) والذي أعلن فيه كيري أنه سيشتري السلطة الفلسطينية ب 4 مليار دولار (تطبيقا لبرنامج نتانياهو). ثم جاء إجتماع تل أبيب اليوم والذي ضم رجال الأعمال الإسرائيليون والفلسطينيون لتعزيز التعاون. كل هذا يصب في الطبخة وهي تصفية القضية الفلسطينية بدل مقاومة اسرائيل. هل نسكت؟

Many Israeli ministers said that Ramallah is the capital of “Palestine” and its streets were forced to be empty to allow Kery to eat “Knafa” (We wished that the Palestinian Authority made Kery to eat Falafel in a refugee camp) then the normalization meeting happened in the Jordanian side of the dead sea (It’s obvious that they are working for a confederal solution with Jordan), at that meeting Kery announced that he is going to buy the Palestinian authority for 4 Billion USD (based on Netenyaho program). then Tel-Aviv meeting that happened today, which had Palestinian and Israeli businessmen, to enhance cooperation. all of this is supporting their plan, which will end the Palestinian case, instead of resisting Israel, shall we remain silent.

(Facebook / 27.05.2013)