Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu (C-L) meets Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki (C-R) ahead of Extraordinary Meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 15 September 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement of his intention to annex areas of the West Bank following next week’s elections shows Israel is becoming a “racist, apartheid regime”, Turkey’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday, Reuters reports.
Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would annex the Jordan Valley, a swathe of the occupied West Bank that Israel captured in 1967 and which Palestinians want as part of a future state. The move alarmed Middle Eastern nations, European powers and Arab foreign ministers.
On Saturday, Turkey’s foreign ministry said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would convene in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss Netanyahu’s statement.
Speaking in Jeddah, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Netanyahu’s “embarrassing” plan was a “despicable” attempt to earn votes ahead of Tuesday’s election, and criticised what he called a lack of reaction from other Muslim countries.
“Israel, encouraged by the support of certain countries, is continuing its aggressive policies that are turning it into a racist, apartheid regime,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.
“If the whole Muslim community had reacted together, the reckless plans, policies and behaviour of the United States and Israel would never have reached this point,” Cavusoglu said.
Around 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israeli settlers live in the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea area, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says. The main Palestinian city is Jericho, with some 28 villages and smaller Bedouin communities.
Turkey and Israel, former allies, have long been at odds over Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians and Jerusalem’s status. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for a summit of the OIC twice last year after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Turkey and Israel also expelled each other’s top diplomats last year during a dispute over clashes when dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border. The two sides continue to trade with one another
Beginning with invasive night raids multiple villages, and ending with 7 structures demolished, 4 families made homeless, 2 Palestinians arrested, 1 beaten and hospitalized, 1 car confiscated, and 1 major access road severely damaged, Israeli Occupation Forces continue their ongoing assault on local communities in Masafer Yatta.
Masafer Yatta is a collection of over 20 villages near Hebron, deep in the south of the West Bank. Most of the Palestinians who live here raise livestock for a living; some are Bedouins, who once traveled with their camels and flocks across the dry and rugged hills, before Israel invaded in 1967 and occupied the area.
Despite archeological excavations showing villages have been there since the early Roman and Byzantine era, the Israeli army declared the area a live firing zone in the 1970s and announced plans to demolish most of the villages. While Palestinians in Firing Zone 918 are forbidden from driving cars or possessing any kind of construction material, Israeli settlers in the settlements of Maon, Avigal, and Susya, illegal under international law, continue to build new houses and farms, and are free to travel in and out of the area.
On September 11th 2019, from 0:00 to 4:00 AM, Israeli soldiers raided multiple villages, breaking into homes, forcing sleeping children and parents outside of their houses and searching rooms, cupboards and fridges, as well as cars and wells, damaging villager’s belongings and terrorizing local residents. The soldiers refused to show residents a warrant or give a reason for the indiscriminate searches; residents say their villages are often used as a training ground for new recruits.
PHOTO [Israeli soldiers raided 8 villages from midnight to early morning, awaking residents and searching houses without giving a reason or warrant.]
At 9:00 AM, 4 bulldozers and excavators, from JCB, Hyundai, and Volvo, and a Scania loading truck, together with dozens of IDF soldiers, Border Police, and Civil Administration agents arrived in the village of Mufakara, a tiny hamlet of approximately 50 inhabitants from the Hamamda clan. 4 structures were demolished and 2 families displaced, including a widow, her 6 daughters and one son. Residents of Mufakara said it was the 5th demolition in their village alone this year; one family had their home, demolished 3 times in 9 months. Civil administration agents also cut and confiscated a water pipe bringing water from At-Tuwani to Mufakara. This is not the first time Israeli Civil Administration has deprived villagers in Mufakara of access to water, a basic human right; Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reports that after having running water for just 6 months, Israeli forces destroyed and confiscated 6 kilometers of piping in February this year. The IOF also confiscated a car owned by the Massafer Yatta Village Council.
PHOTO [Israeli soldiers at the scene of home demolitions in Mufakara]
The IOF also demolished the bathroom of a family living inside a cave passed down for generations.
PHOTO [Israeli forces demolish a family’s bathroom]
In the nearby village of Khallet Ad-Dabe’a, Israeli forces and Civil Administration demolished the houses of a family with 6 children and their uncle’s house. A relative of the family that lost their home was violently assaulted by Israeli soldiers after running past them towards the house, and was hospitalized with multiple injuries. Two Palestinians, head of the At-Tuwani Village Council, Mohammad Rib’ey, and Bakr Fadel Rib’ey, were assaulted, then arrested by the IOF. They were released without charge later in the day.
PHOTO [Relative of the family that lost their home, with his son, after being attacked by Israeli soldiers, was later hospitalized for multiple injuries.]
At the same time as the home demolitions, the Israeli army used excavators to dig holes and pile boulders and rubble onto a key road, cutting off 15 villages from the regional hub of Yatta. For some of these villages, alternative routes to Yatta will turn a 30 minutes trip into one that takes 4-5 hours, much of it through unpaved dirt roads.
Many of the houses demolished on Wednesday were, in fact, built with funding from the EU and international NGOs, as well as the road, which locals say was repaired with EU funding after it was previously damaged by Israeli forces. Regavim, an extremist far right settler group which lobbies for demolitions and against EU development projects in Palestine, is highly active in and around the illegal Israeli settlements in Masafer Yatta.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, humanitarian organizations currently providing assistance to communities in Masafer Yatta are impeded by demolition orders “against the items provided”, as well as confiscation of organizations’ vehicles and equipment, and restriction of access to the area.
The Israeli government defends such demolitions by arguing that the houses were built without the legally required permits. A quick look at the numbers, however, show the virtual impossibility of obtaining a housing permit under Israel’s apartheid system. In a 2014 report by the World Bank, only 1.6% of Palestinian housing permit applications were approved; Israeli Civil Administration confirms that from 2008 to 2016, 66 Palestinian applications for construction were approved, while 12,763 Israeli settlement construction applications were approved.
To put that into numbers, an Israeli settler is 193 times more likely to have his application approved than a Palestinian.
Wednesday’s demolitions marked the first demolitions in 1 month and 8 days. The fact that such an extensive round of demolitions occurred just 6 days before Israelis vote in legislative elections did not go unnoticed, as Netanyahu, facing corruption charges and failure to form a government, tries to secure the settler and pro-Occupation vote. With both major Israeli parties declaring their intention to continue illegal settlement growth, and demolition orders pending on 26 of the 28 villages and hamlets in Masafer Yatta, the Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing of Masafer Yatta looks set to continue.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli campaigns have been using Facebook as a platform to directly and indirectly incite against Palestinians and their rights, said Sada Social centre on Sunday.
After monitoring Israeli electoral propaganda on social media, Sada documented direct and indirect incitement against Palestinians and calls to deny them their basic human rights. Some posts even incite murder against Palestinians.
Sada Social centre stated that it monitored Israeli electoral propaganda made by Knesset candidates last April and reported violations to Facebook administration, which pushed Facebook to remove some posts and keep others. The move shows Facebook’s unfair and double-standards policy, which usually doesn’t do justice for Palestinians, said Sada Social
The centre also documented further violations during the electoral propaganda for the re election, and interestingly, this time Facebook administration suspended Netanyahu’s page.
Sada Social Centre stressed that it demands to deter Israeli officials from incitement on social media platforms and to apply Facebook’s policies fairly and clearly on all users without using double standards policy.
Israeli PM Netanyahu pledged to expand Jewish settlement if re-elected
Illegal Israeli Jewish settlers started on Sunday setting up new illegal settlement outpost at Jabal al-Mintar area, east of occupied Jerusalem.
Younes Jaafar, head of the local council of nearby Sawahira Village, said that a number of armed settlers proceeded to raze land in the area in the morning.
Then, he said, they placed caravans and other residential and agricultural structures in the Palestinian area, stating that the land occupied by the settlers belongs to Palestinian citizens from the village.
On Saturday, Israeli settlers razed a plot of land outside the nearby town of Abu Dis, aiming to establish another settlement outpost.
The latest measures by Israeli settlers came in the aftermath of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announced threats to annex large swathes of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank if he was re-elected in the upcoming election.
Netanyahu also promised to enhance settlement construction and expansion as well as to annex the Jordan Valley region, which makes up one third of the total area of the occupied West Bank.
The settlers were protected by the Israeli occupation forces when they attacked the Palestinian homes
Extremist Israeli Jewish settlers on Saturday night attacked with rocks and bottles Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Khalil.
Palestine Post 24 reporter said that dozens of extremist Israeli Jewish settlers descended from the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, protected by Israeli forces, threw rocks and glass bottles at civilian homes in the neighbourhood of Al-Hareeqa in the Palestinian city.
The reporter also said that the Jewish settlers smashed glass windows and chanted racist slogans, terrorising children and families.
Some 800 Israeli Jewish settlers live in the occupied city of Al-Khalil, which is home of over 200,000 Palestinians.
Harassment of Palestinians in that area is repeated almost everywhere, particularly following the departure of the international monitoring team in February when Israel refused to extend their mandate.
Citizens of the neighbourhood called on international and rights groups to urgently interfere to put an end to the Israeli government-supported settler terrorism and to provide protection for them.
Muslim women shout slogans as Jews, under Israeli police protection, raid Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 2 June, 2019
On Thursday, Israeli occupation authorities attempted to prevent staff of the Al-Aqsa Construction Committee from carrying out renovation of Al-Silsila Gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Felesteen.ps reported on Friday.
The construction staff planned to repair cracks in the walls of the gate, and add supporting struts to protect the wall, preventing it from collapsing.
Director of Islamic Endowment, Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab, stated that the committee insisted on carrying out the renovation, and finally succeeded on Friday.
He warned that the Israeli occupation is working hastily to Judaise Al-Aqsa Mosque, noting that the daily settler and MKs raids are part of the Judaisation plan, in addition to hindering the renovation works.
Researcher in Jerusalem’s affairs, Mustafa Abu-Sewwi, affirmed that the Israeli occupation authorities are working hard to reinforce their occupation of the holy site.
Abu-Sewwi warned that the Israeli right-wing exploits the raids and attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Palestinian worshipers inside it, for electoral purposes.
“This is not a new policy” he explained, stating that generally, the Jerusalemites are able to undermine their plans. He noted that there are settlement projects around Al-Aqsa Mosque aiming to Judaise it, and insisted that the Jerusalemites need urgent and significant support from Arab and Muslim states.
On 74th Friday of Great March of Return, 75 civilians were injured as a result of the Israeli military’s continued use of excessive force against peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border; 34 children, 1 woman and 1 journalist, were among those injured this Friday, 13 September 2019.
Israeli forces continued to exercise excessive force against Palestinians using live ammunition and targeting protestors’ upper body; PCHR recorded 35 injuries with live bullets this week, 2 deemed extremely critical.
Israel’s military has been put on high alert along the Gaza border as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threatened to launch a military operation against the Gaza Strip at any time.
According to Israeli reports, Israeli military reinforced its presence along the Gaza borders, along with the use of the ‘Iron Dome Missile Defence’ in several nearby cities and villages.
The Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege called for today’s protests, which coincided with the 26th anniversary of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), under the slogan “Erase the Oslo Accords from Our History.” The protests lasted from 15:00 to 19:00 and involved activities such as speeches by political leaders and theatrical performances.
Thousands of civilians protested at varied distances from the border fence across the Gaza Strip. The protestors threw stones, Molotov Cocktails and firecrackers at the Israeli forces, while the latter, well-shielded hundreds of meters away, responded with excessive force. As a result, dozens of civilians sustained bullet injuries while others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
PCHR has documented 211 killings by Israel since the outbreak of the protests on 30 March 2018, including 46 children, 2 women, 9 persons with disabilities, 4 paramedics and 2 journalists. Additionally, 13,854 were wounded, including 2,959 children, 423 women, 233 paramedics and 214 journalists, noting that many of those injured had sustained multiple injuries on separate occasions.
The following is a summary of today’s events along the Gaza Strip border:
Northern Gaza Strip:
Approximately 1,000 civilians participated in Abu Safiyah area protests, northeast of Jabalia. Speeches, theatrical performances and other segments were performed at the protest central encampment. Dozens of protestors approached the border fence and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, 15 civilians injured, including 5 children: 6 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 3 were hit with tear gas canisters; and 6 were shot with rubber bullets. Ahmed Mahmoud Abdul Men’em Manoun, 21, sustained serious live bullet wounds in his left leg with damage to bones, veins and tendons.
Hundreds of protestors took part in eastern Malakah area. Speeches, theatrical performances and other segments were performed at the protest central encampment. Dozens of protestors approached the fence and threw stones with slingshots at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 11 civilians injured, including 5 children: 5 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 4 were shot with rubber bullets and 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters.
Central Gaza Strip:
At approximately 15:00, hundreds of civilians, including women and children, took part in the eastern Bureij refugee camp protests; dozens gathered adjacent to the border fence at a range varying between 3 – 300 meters. The Israeli soldiers launched a drone to photograph protestors who had set tires on fire and thrown stones and sound bombs near the borders; also, they shot them with live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters. As a result, 28 civilians were injured, including 14 children and 1 journalist: 13 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 9 with rubber bullets and 6 with tear gas canisters. The wounded freelance journalist, Zakaria Rawhi Bkair, 24, from al-Maghazi, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left hand.
Hundreds of Palestinians participated in Khuza’ah protests. Some approached the border fence, set tires on fire, attempted to throw stones and firecrackers and raised Palestinian flags in addition to chanting national songs. Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters, wounding 5 civilians, including 2 children and 1 woman and they were transferred to local hospitals: 1 was hit with shrapnel; 2 were shot with rubber bullets and 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. Moreover, 13 civilians, sustained minor wounds after being hit with tear gas canister and rubber bullets and they received medical treatment on the spot. The wounded woman, Sabreen Ismail Ibrahim al-Najjar, 42, sustained minor wounds after being hit with a rubber bullet to the head. Sabreen was also previously injured on 16 August 2019.
Hundreds participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore songs and speeches were held. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones at the shielded Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters in addition to pumping wastewater at the protestors. As a result, 16 civilians injured, including 8 children; one child deemed in extremely critical condition: 10 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel and 6 were shot with rubber bullets. Ahmed Naji Sa’ed Abu Qamar, 17, sustained serious wounds after being shot with a live bullet in the head.
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians, among them children, including a girl with special needs, in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Media sources said the soldiers invaded the town and fired gas bombs at many homes, and streets, without any provocation, causing dozens of Palestinians, including children, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
One of the wounded children is a little girl with special needs, who passed out for around three minutes while in her room after suffering the severe effects of teargas inhalation, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.
The town has been subject to daily invasions, including breaking into homes and the abductions of dozens of youngsters, in addition to the dozens of injuries caused by the soldiers.
On Thursday evening, the soldiers attacked a mosque in al-‘Isawiya, and fired gas bombs, causing at least three Palestinians to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.
Every detained Palestinian was subject to at least one form of torture
Israeli occupation has arrested 120,000 Palestinians since announcement of Oslo Accords between PLO and Israel in September 1993, Abdel-Nasser Ferwaneh, specialist in prisoners’ issues, revealed on Friday.
To absorb this large number of Palestinian prisoners, Ferwaneh explained, Israel built and opened several new prisons.
He noted that detention decreased between 1993 and 2000, but has sharply risen since 2000, when the second Intifada or ‘Al-Aqsa Intifada’ commenced.
Farwaneh, who is a former prisoner, stated that the Israeli detention included men, women, elderly and minors, confirming that about 2,000 women and more than 17,500 children have been detained since the Oslo Accords.
Meanwhile, he disclosed that the Israeli occupation has arrested more than half of the Palestinian MPs, a number of ministers, hundreds of academics, NGOs and international organisations’ staff during this period.
The specialist announced that every detained Palestinian was subject to at least one form of torture, noting that torture and harsh treatment have recently increased.
He also stated that the Israeli Knesset had discussed and approved more than 20 laws targeting the Palestinian prisoners.
Since the Oslo Accords, he added, 107 Palestinian prisoners have died inside Israeli jails due to torture and intentional medical negligence – the most recent being Bassam Al-Sayeh, who passed away last week.
Further to this, Farwaneh confirmed that tens of Palestinian prisoners die after they are released, due to illnesses relating to their imprisonment.
Currently, there are approximately 5,700 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 220 children, 38 females (women and girls), 700 patients and 500 under administrative detention.