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Netanyahu attacks Gaza ‘to deflect attention’ from corruption charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) in Washington, US on 6 March 2018

Israel’s Prime Minister uses attacks against the Gaza Strip to deflect attention from corruption charges against him, and the potential dissolution of his coalition government, Quds Press said on Sunday.

The comment was made after Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter to point out that the Israeli occupation forces had destroyed two tunnels in Gaza. He warned the international community that money being raised to help Palestinian refugees is used by “terror” groups. “It is time for the international community to recognise that Gaza aid money is being buried underground,” he alleged, in reference to the tunnels.

In response, the military wing of Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades, said that the Israeli claims about destroying tunnels refers to old structures which were used by the Palestinian resistance during the massive Israeli offensive against civilians in the Gaza Strip in 2014. Almost 2,300 Palestinians were killed during the attack.

Israeli media reports expect Netanyahu and his family to be investigated by the police on Monday in relation to Corruption Case 4000. According to Israeli Hayom, Netanyahu’s eldest son Yair will be investigated for the first time in relation to the alleged corruption of his father.

Read: Israeli politicians suspect Netanyahu seeks election to survive corruption probes

At least one independent observer pointed out that allegations about the misuse of humanitarian aid are also old-hat. “Charities are an easy target,” said a spokesman for British charity Interpal, “and evidence is never produced when ‘terrorist’ claims are made. The Prime Minister’s shameful allegation is clearly an attempt to cut the flow of aid to the most vulnerable people during the worst man-made catastrophe to hit the Palestinians since the 1948 Nakba.”

(Source / 19.03.2018)

Israeli settlers target Palestinian cars in racist ‘price tag’ attack

Israeli settlers vandalised Palestinian cars with racist terms in Jerusalem on 5 June 2017 [Jpost]

Israeli settlers vandalised Palestinian cars with racist terms in Jerusalem on 5 June 2017

Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem overnight Monday, vandalising cars and daubing racist graffiti.

Residents of Hizma woke up to find car tyres slashed, and slogans spray-painted on to vehicles and walls, according to reports.

The Hebrew-language slogans included: “The Arabs of Jerusalem are considered terrorists, expel or kill them”, “Let us deal with them,” “There is no place in Israel for foreigners and the enemies of God,” and “God is our king”.

Israeli police said the incident was under investigation, but at the time of writing, no suspects had been arrested.

Read: Israel settlers attack Palestinian houses, attempt to burn mosque in Hebron

Jewish Israeli settlers and ultra-nationalist extremists often target Palestinians in so-called ‘price tag’ attacks, in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and within the Green Line.

These attacks typically take the form of graffiti, vandalism, and damage to property, but can also entail physical assaults leading to injury or even fatalities.

(Source / 19.03.2018)

Israeli forces attack Palestinian school near Bethlehem

chool in Gaza shelled by Israeli forces

File photo of a school shelled illegally by Israeli forces

Israeli occupation forces attacked a Palestinian school near Bethlehem on Monday morning.

According to Palestinian news agency WAFA, Israeli soldiers targeted the school, located in the town of Tuqu’ in the southern West Bank, with more than 10 tear gas grenades.

Local sources told WAFA that the tear gas bombardment forced school staff to close the doors to “prevent soldiers from breaking into it”.

WAFA added that “Israeli forces deploy in the vicinity of the school on daily basis, provoking students and making it hard for them to continue their education”.

Israeli occupation forces regularly attack, detain and harass Palestinian students and staff across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Read: Israeli forces fire tear gas at primary school in Jerusalem

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.. قوات الاحتلال تمطر طلبة مدرسة ذكور تقوع الثانوية شرق بيت لحم بوابل من القنابل الغازية.

(Source / 19.03.2018)

Israeli navy opens fire at fishermen in Gaza


The Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishermen and their fishing boats while they were sailing in al-Sudaniya sea to the northwest of the Gaza Strip on Monday.

The navy also propelled waste water at the boats forcing the fishermen to return to shore.

Despite the signed agreements between Palestinians and Israel, which allow fishermen to go 12 nautical miles inside the Mediterranean Sea, Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen almost daily and does not allow them to go further than three nautical miles, which the fishermen say is not enough to catch fish.

(Source / 19.03.2018)

Video: Jewish settler looses attack dog on Palestinian shepherd and flock, maiming sheep

This graphic video was shot on Saturday in the South Hebron Hills. It was posted by activists– including Guy Butavia and our good friend Ronnie Barkan — and is said to show a Jewish settler from a new outpost near the illegal settlement of Havat Mor releasing an attack dog on Palestinian shepherds grazing a flock. The shepherds are from the nearby Khirbet a-Rahwah village.

The dog rips off the tail of a sheep and part of its buttocks, as is evident at the end of the video. One other sheep was injured in the head.

When he is speaking Hebrew, the settler claims that the arrival of activists to the Hebron Hills ruins good neighborly relations with the Palestinians, and also that the Palestinians have “crossed a line,” according to Ofer Neiman,

This is surely akin to the horrifying video (of a Palestinian father being arrested outside Hebron as his son cries) that animated Peter Beinart to declare a crisis of Zionism seven years ago. Yesterday the American Jewish rightwing leader Ron Lauder published a piece in the New York Times discovering a crisis of Zionism in Israel’s turn to the right and its neverending settlement project; and liberal Zionist leader Jeremy Ben-Ami celebrated the article. It’s good that Lauder is stirring; but how much information does anyone need? When is enough enough? The Kishinev massacre in 1903 spurred international action by Jews against Russia after pictures were rushed out to the London and New York papers (by Zionists). Palestinians have experienced pogroms for 50 and 70 years and American Jews still cannot turn against the religious ideology that animates this settler: the idea of a Jewish national home on someone else’s land.

(Source / 19.03.2018)

Israeli army launches multiple aerial attacks on Gaza

Multiple aerial attacks Gaza

Israeli warplanes at dawn Sunday bombed several sites and agricultural lands in different areas of the Gaza Strip.

According to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) in Gaza, more than 13 air-to-surface missiles hit training sites belonging to the Palestinian resistance as well as cultivated plots of land.

PIC reporters said there were intensive overflights in different areas of Gaza, adding that the resistance opened anti-aircraft fire at the warplanes.

Several homes near the bombed areas sustained some damage, with no reported casualties.

(Source / 18.03.2018)

Israeli army tightens military grip near Gaza border

Tight military grip Gaza

Israeli forces on Sunday morning intensified military presence around Eshkol settlement council, near Gaza borders under the security pretext.

According to the Hebrew-speaking Walla news site, a round of military checkpoints was pitched around Eshkol council due to an unidentified security-threatening event. No details were revealed on the nature of the alleged event.

Vehicles and civilians passing through the area have been subjected to intensive searches.

A few hours earlier, at daybreak, Israeli warplanes struck the blockaded Gaza Strip and its vicinities. Heavy material damage was wrought on civilian homes and properties by the offensive.

(Source / 18.03.2018)

Israel Destroys Hamas Tunnel in Gaza


Israel announced that it destroyed a Hamas tunnel in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli military announced on Sunday that it destroyed a tunnel dug by the Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza that was aimed at carrying out cross-border attacks.

“On the basis of quality intelligence and groundbreaking technology, Israel is destroying Hamas tunnels one-by-one,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement.

The tunnel had been cut off during the 2014 Gaza war and Hamas had tried to put it back into operation, a military spokesman said. It had been dug inside the Hamas-controlled enclave several hundred meters away from Israel’s border fence.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called the Israeli action a further escalation that would not achieve its goals.

The Israeli forces did not cross the border to render the tunnel inoperable but used a new technique, Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

“We did not use explosives. It (the tunnel) was filled with a certain material, with a certain compound,” Conricus said.

He said Israel has been following Hamas’ progress for some time and that the targeted tunnels will now be impossible to rebuild. Conricus called it a “futile effort” by group and a waste of resources that could be used to aid Gaza residents.

“Hamas has invested billions in its tunnel project and now it is sinking in the sand,” Lieberman added.

“I suggest Hamas invest its money in the welfare of the people of Gaza because by the end of the year its entire tunnel project will be destroyed.”

Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but still maintains tight control of its land and sea borders.

Israel has placed a high priority on halting the tunnel threat since Hamas infiltrated Israel during the 2014 war. Although they did not manage to reach civilian areas, the infiltrations caught Israel off guard, with one attack killing five soldiers, and terrified the local population.

Since then, Israel has been working on advanced counter-measures including a sensor-equipped underground wall along the 60-km (36-mile) Gaza border, a $1.1 billion project it aims to complete by mid-2019.

This marks the fourth such tunnel Israel has destroyed over the past four months.

Israel last went public with an operation against a Gaza tunnel in the area in January, saying that the secret passage had also run through neighboring Egypt.

(Source / 18.03.2018)

Israeli forces briefly detain Ma’an TV cameraman while filming in Hebron

Cameraman Ma'an

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers on Saturday briefly detained a Ma’an TV cameraman while he was working in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Muhammad Hamamreh was on a shoot with reporter Duaa Yahiya when soldiers approached the pair and attempted to prevent them from filming.
When Hamamreh and Yahiya refused, soldiers detained Hamamreh and took him inside a military base in the area.
Yahiya remained on the scene and demanded Hamamreh’s release. He was released shortly after being detained for reasons unspecified by the soldiers.
(Source / 18.03.2018)

200 Israeli settlers break into al-Aqsa Mosque

200 settlers

About 200 Israeli settlers on Sunday stormed al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy police protection.

The Jerusalem Islamic Awqaf Department said that 152 settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque from al-Maghareba Gate during the first round of incursions which started at 7:00 am and performed Talmudic rituals there.

It added that 47 Israeli soldiers entered the Mosque and toured its courtyards during the same period.

A settler website named Temple Mount News announced that nearly 12,000 Israeli settlers have visited al-Aqsa Mosque since September 2017.

The website added that this increase in the number of settlers is 50% higher that the number documented in 2016.

It pointed out that 1,500 Israeli settlers have carried out incursions into the holy site since the beginning of March 2018.

(Source / 18.03.2018)