Several illegal Israeli colonists hurled stones, on Friday evening, at Palestinian cars driving on the Nablus-Jenin road, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the assailants gathered at the main junction near the former Homesh colony, and hurled stones at the Palestinian cars.
Daghlas added that the attack caused damage to several Palestinian cars, but did not lead to physical injuries.
In related news, Israeli soldiers shot and mildly injured a Palestinian man near the entrance of Beit Awwa town, west of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.
In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said it detained one Palestinian “who crossed the perimeter fence.” The army said the Palestinians was not carrying any weapons, and was moved to an interrogation facilities.
Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, several young Palestinian men in Qalandia area, north of occupied East Jerusalem, while trying to enter the city for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the second Friday of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
Media sources said the soldiers chased and attacked several young Palestinian men, and prevented them from entering Jerusalem.
They added that the soldiers also abducted several young men, and took them to an unknown destination.
It is worth mentioning that, while Israel claims to allow the Muslim Palestinians to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers, men under the age of 40 are denied access.
On Friday at dawn, the soldiers invaded Arraba town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Mazen Sha’er, 25.
In related news, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded Palestinian agricultural lands in ‘Aseera al-Qibliya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and burnt them.
Germany’s federal parliament, the Bundestag, has given its approval to continuation of Israeli occupation and Israeli regime’s attack on the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment, Sanctions) by condemning it and trying to dishonestly connect it to the German crimes against Jews during the Nazi regime and rising antisemitism in Germany. Taking place during an unprecented attack on the two state solution by Israel and the United States, this in effect signals German abandonment of two state solution and refusal to accept a one democratic state – instead German Bundestag through its condemnation of BDS embraces one state Apartheid. According to the non-binding Bundestag resolution, boycotting companies supporting and profiting from Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank is “reminiscent of the most terrible chapter in Germany history” (the Holocaust” and ‘triggered memories of the Nazis’ slogan “Don’t buy from Jews”’ – German sins are projected to occupied Palestinians and their supporters, who are painted as modern Nazis by the German parties which have been selling arms to Israeli occupation forces. Meanwhile international companies profiting from the occupation, many of them having no connection whatsoever with Jews, are protected by the resolution. The fact that German financial institutions and businesses have connections to occupation profiteering is something the Bundestag passed by in silence. The parties which brough the resolution to the Bundestag – Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Social Democrats, centre-right FDP and the Greens – have all taken part in German governments which have sold military equipment for Israeli occupation forces. (In the case of military submarines built by Thyssen-Krupp with the help of bribes paid to Israeli officials. Both Thyssen and Krupp corporations financed Nazis and eleven members of Krupp management were sentenced to prison for war crimes after World War II.) The idea that the parties’ leadership or ranks in Reichstag wouldn’t know what the actual goals and methods of BDS movement are doesn’t hold closer scrutiny – and same goes for the consequences of this resolution: It emboldens Israel’s regime, encourages other European Union states to increase their support for one state Apartheid rule and leads to Palestinian deaths. This is all deliberate. This is a monstrous attack on vulnerable, occupied and exiled nation by the elected representatives of a state which doesn’t seem collectively to have learned nothing since 1945 – the Reichstag and its parties (only left-wing Der Linke had muted opposition to the resolution) still divide people in Übermensch and Üntermensch, believing that moving Jews from the latter to the former is the only change in German mentality needed since the Holocaust was revealed to the world. Palestinian lives are essentially treated as worthless and violent oppression by Israel as justified by Germany’s political elite, and any opposition to that violent oppression is seen as unjustified because Übermensch can do whatever they want to Üntermensch. Only the identity of the Üntermensch has changed in this German vision. 90 % of hate crimes against Jews in Germany are done by the Far-Right, which most certainly don’t support or care about Palestinian liberation, yet German Jews concerns about rising antisemitism in Germany were used to ‘justify’ condemning non-violent resistance to a violent occupation, Apartheid segregation and disposession; resistance which has no connection to rising Far-Right in Germany, which the same Reichstag parties refuse to confront with strong action – instead the Far-Right in the form of Alternative für Deutschland took part in the condemnation of BDS movement and went furthest, proposing that it should be banned. As German Jews do face increase in hate crimes, support for Israeli occupation and opposition to peaceful means to end it unites the ‘moderates’ and the Far-Right that drives the increase in the hate crimes. The result is suffering for Palestinians and increased threats to Jews in Germany from the Far-Right. What has taken place in the Bundestag is a deeply offensive display of hypocrisy and scapegoating, but continues the long line of alliance with Germany with Israel’s regime where Germany supports killing of Palestinians and theft of their lands under the idea that through shedding of Palestinian blood and land the Germans somehow atone for the crimes against Jews done by the Nazis. It is very convenient arrangement and long-running agreement between Germany and Israel. The alliance written with Palestinian blood has brought profits for German companies which once used slave labour during the Nazi rule and safety for generations of German far-right while Israel has been able to trust in German support for the occupation no matter what it does. No surviving German Nazi or a modern Neo-Nazi or other member of the far-right has ever had to fear Israel’s vaunted Mossad. (Source / 18.05.2019)
Rohingyas are seen at a makeshift camp in Teknaff, Bangladesh on 23 September 2017
A new report by Amnesty International has accused Israel of selling arms and intelligence equipment to serial human rights violators, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Sudan and Myanmar.
The report – which was published by Amnesty’s Israel office in Hebrew – found that “Israeli companies continue to export weapons to countries that systematically violate human rights” and that “often these weapons reach their destination after a series of transactions, thereby skirting international monitoring and the rules of Israel itself”.
The human rights organisation therefore called on Israel’s Knesset and Ministry of Defence (MoD) to “more tightly monitor arms exports and enforce transparency guidelines adopted by other Western countries that engage in large-scale weapons exports,” Haaretz reported.
The Israeli daily translated large portions of the report, which argues that since “there are functioning models of correct and moral-based monitoring of weapons exports […] established by large arms exporters such as members of the European Union and the United States, there is no justification for the fact that Israel continues to belong to a dishonorable club of exporters such as China and Russia.”
Amnesty continues: “The absence of monitoring and transparency [has] for decades let Israel supply equipment and defense-related knowledge to questionable states and dictatorial or unstable regimes that have been shunned by the international community.” Eight such “questionable” states were named in Amnesty’s report, including South Sudan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Cameroon, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Mexico and UAE, some of which were under sanctions and weapons-sales embargos at the time Israel sold its arms.
A number of the countries named in Amnesty’s report have previously been exposed as recipients of Israeli arms and intelligence equipment. The UAE, for example, is known to have purchased Israeli spyware firm NSO Group’s Pegasus software, a tool which has been used to hack into the iPhones of prominent activists, journalists and Amnesty International staff. Just this week, Amnesty announced that it was supporting legal action against Israel’s MoD to demand that it revoke NSO’s export license.
Meanwhile, Israel’s selling of surveillance technology and assault rifles to South Sudan, where the regime and army has committed ethnic cleansing and aggravated crimes against humanity, has drawn fierce criticism from activists. In 2017, a group of Israelis petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court to force the disclosure of the names of those Israeli companies involved in selling arms to the East African nation.
However, as today’s Amnesty report notes, “with no documentation of sales, one cannot know when [these arms] were sold, by which company, how many, and so on”. Amnesty adds: “All we can say with certainty is that the South Sudanese army currently has Israeli Galil rifles, at a time when there is an international arms embargo on South Sudan, imposed by the UN Security Council, due to ethnic cleansing, as well as crimes against humanity [including] using rape as a method of war.”
Israel’s arms deals were thrust into the spotlight once again in 2017 by the crisis in Myanmar, which saw the Burmese military forcibly displace over half a million Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state, driving them into neighbouring Bangladesh. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights subsequently called for the Myanmar government to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing and genocide.
In September 2017, Israel issued a gag order against its Supreme Court, forcing it to keep secret details of its ruling on a petition against arms sales to Myanmar. As a result, few details pertaining to the sales are known, with Amnesty’s report adding only that Myanmar’s chief of staff carried out the arms deal and apparently posted about it on his Facebook page.
The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported that Israeli soldiers injured 65 Palestinians, including 22 children and five women, and added that one of the injured Palestinians suffered serious wounds during the protests marking the Palestinian Nakba, in several parts of the coastal region.
Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said one of the injured Palestinians is in a serious condition, in addition to 15 who suffered moderate wounds and 49 who were mildly injured.
He added that 22 of the wounded Palestinians are children, and five are women, and said that the soldiers also targeted medics, wounding three with rubber-coated steel bullets.
Dr. al-Qedra stated that 16 of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live rounds, 14 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 4 were injured by shrapnel from bullets, 15 suffered cuts and bruises, 4 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and 12 were injured by shrapnel from gas bombs.
In related news, Israeli navy ships fired live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, wounding one fisherman, identified as Morad al-Hassi, 22, from the Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza.
Medical sources said the fisherman was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and suffered mild-to-moderate wounds.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also abducted one Palestinian, who crossed the perimeter fence.
Also Wednesday, the Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 305 Palestinians, including 59 children, ten women, three medics and two journalists, since the Great Return March procession started, in the coastal region, on Palestinian Land Day, March 30th, 2018.
Israeli soldiers resorted, Friday, to the excessive use of force against the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, wounding several persons, and causing a few trees to burn.
Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at local and international peace activists, who marched from the center of the village, heading towards the villagers’ orchards, largely isolated behind the illegal wall.
They added that several nonviolent protesters suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.
The soldiers also fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades into the Palestinian olive orchards, causing many trees to burn, before the firefighters managed to control the fire.
The protest today marked the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, and many protesters carried Palestinian flags, in addition to black flags symbolizing the ongoing displacement of the Palestinian refugees.
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, wounding four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, including a child who was injured in his chest.
Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them.
He added that the soldiers also broke into one home, and tried to ambush the protesters, in addition to using an under-construction home to fire at the protesters.
Medical sources said four Palestinians were injured by the rubber-coated steel bullets, including two who were moved to a hospital; one of them is a child, and several others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
The protest started from the center of the village, while many carried big keys made of cardboard, symbolizing the determination to achieve the refugees’ internationally guaranteed Right of Return, and the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Palestine.
Kufur Qaddoum witnesses frequent Israeli invasions, assaults and abductions as it continues to hold its weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at dawn Thursday six Palestinian citizens after raiding their homes in different West Bank areas.
In a statement on Thursday, the Israeli army said its forces arrested six wanted Palestinians in the West Bank.
The IOF arrest campaigns took place in Kobar village (north of Ramallah), al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya village (northwest of Ramallah), Beit Fajjar town (south of Bethlehem), Qabatiya town (southwest of Jenin).
The IOF also raided homes in other areas of the West Bank, without making arrests.
In a separate incident, the Israeli police kidnapped a teenager from his home in Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque.
According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center, police forces stormed and ransacked the house of 16-year-old Mohamed al-Abbasi, rounded him up and took him to one of its stations in the holy city.