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Palestine Scholars: The Jewish state law inaugrated Israel’s demise

Pal. Scholars Ass.

The Palestine Scholars Association has said that Israel declared the beginning of its demise when its Knesset enacted the so-called Jewish nation-state law.

“In addition to its previous crimes which include killings, genocide and ethnic cleansing, [this law] is considered the biggest crime this illegitimate state have committed over the past decades,” the association said in a statement.

The association affirmed that Israel took such step when its leaders realized that there were an American cover, European and Arab connivance, and international neglect as well as the Palestinian Authority’s security coordination with it.

It also said that this law unveiled “the true black face of the Israeli occupation state, stressing that  neither this law nor other decisions “would force the Palestinian people to waive the Islamic identity of Palestine.”

“This despicable declaration must provide an incentive for all people of Palestine at home and abroad, especially in the 1948 occupied Palestine, to announce all-out civil disobedience in all institutions and sections of this racist and detestable state, which is widely hated around the world,” the association urged.

The association also called on all religious institutions in the Arab and Muslim worlds, especially al-Azhar al-Sharif and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to assume their responsibilities in this regard and urge all concerned governments to confront this dangerous racist law.

Last Thursday, the Knesset passed a racist bill that officially defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and asserts that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country (the 1948 occupied Palestinian territory).

This bill, which became a law, stipulates that “Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it”.

The racist law also includes clauses stating that a “united Jerusalem” is the capital of Israel and that Hebrew is the country’s official language.

Another clause says that “the state sees the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation.”

The bill also strips Arabic of its designation as an official language alongside Hebrew, downgrading it to a “special status” that allows its continued use within Israeli institutions.

(Source / 21.07.2018)

Gaza Truce Largely Holds, Balloons Not Included in Deal

Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza City July 14, 2018

A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held Saturday after a wave of deadly air strikes across the Gaza Strip sparked by the death of an Israeli soldier shot along the volatile border.

Israel did not confirm the deal announced by Gaza’s rulers, which went into effect around midnight Friday reducing fears of a wider conflict.

Israel’s government and army rarely acknowledge ceasefires with Hamas, but a military spokeswoman said civilian life should return to normal in areas next to Gaza.

The Israeli army also said a tank struck a Hamas observation point east of Gaza City on Saturday morning, saying it was retaliation for an attempted border infiltration in northern Gaza.

There were no reports of injuries in that strike and there was no major Israeli bombing campaign overnight or mortar fire from Gaza toward Israel.

“With Egyptian and UN efforts, we reached (an agreement) to return to the previous state of calm between the (Israeli) occupation and the Palestinian factions,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement early Saturday.

A senior Hamas official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP the deal involved “the cessation of all forms of military escalation” including Israeli air strikes and Hamas mortars and rockets.

The source said that balloons and kites attached with incendiary devices, which Palestinians have been floating over the border for months to spark fires inside Israel, were not included in the agreement.

Israeli politicians have been calling for a fierce response to the kites and balloons, which have caused damage amounting to millions of shekels (hundreds of thousands of dollars).

Israel’s army and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office declined to confirm a truce was reached.

“All we can say is that there have been no incidents or Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip since the last wave of airstrikes on Friday night,” a military spokeswoman told AFP.

On Friday, three Hamas militants were killed as air raids sent fireballs exploding into the sky over Gaza, while Israel said rockets had been fired back at its territory. A fourth Palestinian was shot dead in protests near the border.

The United Nations urged all sides to step “back from the brink” of war after months of increasing tensions.

The soldier, shot dead along the border in southern Gaza, was the first to be killed in and around the Palestinian enclave since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

(Source / 21.07.2018)

Zionist army again breaks ceasefire, bombs Gaza sites

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation army on Saturday morning bombed a Palestinian resistance site south of Gaza city in a first violation of the Egypt-brokered ceasefire announced Friday evening.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli tanks fired two missiles at a resistance post in al-Zaitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza city, with no injuries reported.

A spokesman for the Israeli army claimed that Israeli tanks bombed a Hamas post after a group of Palestinians attempted to cross the border fence east of Gaza.

Hamas Movement on Friday evening announced that a ceasefire was reached with the Israeli side.

In a brief statement at dawn Saturday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that following Egyptian and UN efforts, a ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli army had been restored.

A state of cautious calm has prevailed since 10:00 pm on Friday after Israel halted its aerial and artillery attacks on Gaza but maintained its drone overflights.

Israeli tanks and warplanes on Friday attacked several targets in Gaza, including the Great March of Return, killing 4 Palestinians and injuring 120 others.

The Israeli army late Friday announced that an Israeli soldier was shot and killed by a Palestinian sniper near Gaza border.

Since the start of the Great March of Return protests on 30th March, 155 Palestinians have been killed, 8 of whom are being detained by the Israeli army, while 16,500 injured, including 390 in critical conditions.

(Source / 21.07.2018)

Hamas accuses Kushner as ‘Spokesman for Israeli occupation’

Kushner said that all Palestinian sufferings would be ended if they stopped fighting for their right to end the Israeli occupation and return to their homes

Hamas, which won the last free Palestinian elections held in 2006, hit back after op-ed by Trump aides blames it for plight of Palestinians and urges it to abandon resistance.

An op-ed by Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, shows that American officials are “mere spokesmen for the Israeli occupation,” a Hamas spokesman said on Friday.

“Kushner and Greenblatt are adopting the Israeli narrative, and their aggression against Hamas points to the contempt of the American government,” said Hamas Spokesman Sami abu-Zuhri.

The opinion article published in the Washington Post called on Hamas to take clear steps towards peace if it wishes to receive economic assistance, referring to US call for the Palestinian movement to stop resisting the Israeli occupation.

“Life could significantly improve in short order for the Palestinian people if Hamas allowed it,” read the op-ed, which was also credited to Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special Mideast envoy and David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel.

“There are engaged, interested parties with resources who are ready to get to work,” they said, “Yet without real change accompanied by reliable security, progress is impossible.”

The article emphasises that all Palestinian sufferings would be ended if they stopped fighting for their right to end the Israeli occupation and return to their homes.

(Source / 21.07.2018)

Kushner, Greenblatt, Friedman: Gang gets together against Gaza

The three US officials did their best to distort Hamas’ reputation, ignoring 121-year-old Israeli siege on Gaza

Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser, Jason Greenblatt, special US envoy to the Middle East, and David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel, gang go together to justify Israeli aggression on Gaza residents.

In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post, they said: “Help is at hand for Palestinians. It’s all up to Hamas,” where they expressed their concern for the continuing “nightmare.”

The relationship between the three men predates their work together in President Trump’s administration, as they have ties to the worlds of New York real estate and law.

“The nightmare of Hamas’s leadership is continuing and needlessly prolonging the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza,” they said, ignoring that Hamas is a Palestinian movement that won overwhelming majority in the last free Palestinian genera elections held in 2006.

International donors are conflicted, the officials wrote. “Should they try to help the people directly, at the certain risk of enriching terrorists, or withhold funding to Hamas and watch the people it is supposed to govern suffer?”

There’s no good option, they said: Either the government must change or Hamas must recognise the occupation state of Israel. The officials were not shy about their opinion on the matter.

“Seventy years after the founding of Israel, it would be wise for Hamas to acknowledge that the existence of Israel is a permanent reality,” they wrote.

“Almost all in the Middle East have come to accept this fact, and many even embrace it. At the expense of the Palestinian people, Hamas is fighting a morally bankrupt, decades-old war that has long been lost.”

In their piece, which was dedicated to attack and distort Hamas reputation, they ignored the 70 years of Zionist occupation of Palestine, the 12-year-old strict Israeli siege and the daily aggression on the Palestinians, the last of which was yesterday when the Israeli forces killed four Palestinians and wounded 210 others.

(Source / 21.07.2018)

Yousef: By closing the final crossing, Israel is starving Gaza

A man carries sacks of flours during a food aid distribution by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) at Al-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on January 15, 2018 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]

A man carries sacks of flours during a food aid distribution by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) at Al-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on January 15, 2018

The Head of the Popular International Committee to Support the Gaza Strip, Essam Yousef, warned of the humanitarian consequences of the Israeli authorities’ closure of the Karm Abu Salem (Karem Shalom) border crossing on the population of Gaza.

“The catastrophic effects of closing the only commercial crossing by the occupation will be so comprehensive that the lack of food and basic life necessities will affect young and old people in the besieged Gaza Strip,” Youssef said in a press release.

He stated that “the danger will affect all neighbourhoods in the Gaza Strip.”

The occupation controls the arrival of food, drinks and medicines to Gaza residents. If it could, Israel would deny them the oxygen they breathe.

He stressed that the health sector, which is already reeling from the 12-year siege which Israel has imposed on the Strip, would be unable to survive the latest closure.

He explained that “weakening the hospitals and health centres’ capability to provide services to citizens in Gaza, and thus curbing their work, will increase the percentage of patients who will die as a result of the lack of treatment options.”

“The prevention of basic requirements, such as construction materials, clothing, textiles, electrical appliances, raw manufacturing materials and other necessities in any society would lead to the rapid collapse of the trade and industry sectors; thereby raising poverty and unemployment rates, which are already increasing to unprecedented levels as a result of the unjust siege that has been imposed for many years.”

Yousef stressed that “the Israeli occupation’s closure of the Karm Abu Salem border crossing is a form of collective punishment.

He called on the international community to put pressure on the occupation to stop the crimes against humanity that “it commits without deterrence”.

He called on “all countries, bodies, institutions, organisations and international federations to carry out their role in exerting pressure on the occupation by all means to prevent it from continuing its crimes and stop the cycle of death that has long been taking place in the Gaza Strip.”

Gaza patients appeal to the world to save their lives

(Source / 21.07.2018)

Dozens Of Israeli Bombs Dropped In Various Parts Of Gaza Strip; One Soldier Killed By Palestinian Fire

20 JUL
10:36 PM

As night fell on Friday evening, after Israeli airstrikes killed  Palestinian fighters that afternoon, and one Israeli soldier stationed at the border was reportedly killed, reports began coming in on Twitter from different parts of Gaza showing Israeli fighter jets dropping bombs.

The Israeli army said one of its soldiers was seriously injured by Hamas fighters near the southern part of the Gaza Strip, during what it called a military activity near the border fence, in southern Gaza, and later died from his wounds.

The name is of soldier has not been released at the time of this report.

The extent of the damage is unknown as of yet, and the airstrikes appear to be ongoing. As the loudspeakers sounded the call to evening prayer from mosques across the Occupied Territory, the sound of Israeli fighter jets filled the sky, and bombs began to fall.

The Israeli army said it targeted and destroyed 25 sites, run by armed resistance groups in Gaza, including monitoring and training centers.

The bombing came just hours after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that he was planning to launch a large-scale war in Gaza similar to the one in 2014, in which 2200 people were killed. In his statement, he said the ‘Palestinian people will pay the price’ for the continued non-violent protests at the border, which have been going on for 100 days.

One woman in Khan Younis filmed a bombing on her phone, and posted it on Twitter with the caption, “I have heard twenty bombs in the last 30 minutes”. Several people live streamed on Facebook from different parts of Gaza, as the bombs began to drop.

The Israeli strikes were carried out in several parts of the Gaza Strip, including sites run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed of Hamas, in Rafah and Khan Younis, in addition to missiles fired into the Zeitoun neighborhoods, east of Gaza city, causing several injuries.

The soldiers also fired at least eleven missiles into two sites, west of Khan Younis, causing serious damage.

The Israeli army claims it “was retaliating to shells fired against its soldiers near Gaza’s eastern border area, while Hamas said it was retaliating to the killing of four Palestinians by army missiles, Friday.

It said that Palestinian fighters fired shells into areas in Shaar HaNegev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils of Settlements,  and added that the Iron Dome missile defense system managed to intercept two.

It stated that one shells landed and detonated in an open area in Shaar HaNegev. The reported shells did not lead to any casualties.

The sirens were heard amid an escalation along the Gaza border with Israel.

Fawzi Barhoum, the spokesperson of Hamas in Gaza, said that Israel has chosen the path of war and offensive on Gaza and its people, by murdering unarmed protesters, and added that these killings have raised the bar of retaliation.

“Israel will be held accountable for its crimes; our resistance has the moral and legal duties to protect its people, despite the dire consequences of its retaliation,” Barhoum said, “Shelling will be met my shelling – the resistance is ready, and capable of retaliation and of fighting for the liberation of its people, for breaking the siege and continuing the struggle for independence.”

Furthermore, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats, near Gaza city, wounding one fisherman, and causing damage to several boats. The soldiers also sprayed many boats with waste-water mixed with chemicals.

In announcing the death of the soldier, the Israeli military did not release the name of the soldier, but issued a statement that, “Hamas will be held accountable for this incident as well as the series of the terror activities it has been executing over the past months. Hamas has chosen to escalate the security situation and will bear the responsibility for its actions.”

The reference to ‘terror activities’ appears to be a reference to the three months of non-violent protests that Palestinians have engaged in at the Gaza-Israel border fence. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, in the period between March 30th and July 17th, 2018, Israeli forces killed 142 Palestinian non-violent demonstrators, and wounded 16496. No Israelis were killed during that time period.

7901 of the wounded were treated in field trauma stabilization units, while 8695 of the wounded were transferred to several hospitals. 17 of the slain Palestinians are children. 68 of the wounded had limbs amputated. Israeli army fire also caused damage to 58 Palestinian ambulances in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

During this period, Palestinian demonstrators have gathered each Friday at the border fence between Gaza and Israel for the ‘Great March of Return’, in which they are demanding a lifting of the decade of sanctions against Gaza, the opening of the border, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees to homes they were forcibly removed from in 1948 during the creation of the state of Israel.

(Source / 21.07.2018)

Ceasefire Understanding Reached Under Egyptian Mediation

21 JUL
3:21 AM

An indirect ceasefire understanding was reached between Hamas and Israel, on Friday at night, following extensive Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, and the killing of four Palestinian fighters, and one soldier.

Hamas spokesperson in Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, said that “through Egyptian, and international mediation, a ceasefire understanding was reached between the occupation and the resistance.”

Israeli sources said the United Nations Envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, held extensive talks with both Israel and Hamas, and added that the ceasefire was reached “because both parties are not interested in escalation.”

He stated that the ceasefire was reached without an agreement, but with the sole purpose of “returning to the era of calm.”

Hamas was pressured by Egypt, Qatar and Turkey to refrain from responding to the Israeli strikes, in order to avoid a serious and extended military escalation.

The understanding was reached after Israel shelled and bombarded more than 68 areas in the Gaza Strip, after following the death of one soldier by Palestinian fire, and four Palestinians by Israeli army fire.

Despite the understanding for ceasefire, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Mladenov in a phone call that “the responsibility for escalation or calm lies with Hamas,” and added that “if the group continues to fire shells into Israel, then the outcome will be far worse than what they think.”

Lieberman also said that “the destruction and loss of live will be on Hamas,” Israeli daily Haaretz said.

It is worth mentioning that the slain Israeli soldier, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, is the first Israeli to be killed by the Palestinians in Gaza, since the Great Return March procession started on Palestinian Land Day, March 30th, 2018.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army killed 146 Palestinians protesters, including 17 children, two medics and two journalists, and wounded more than 16496 others.

Israeli army fire also caused damage to 58 Palestinian ambulances in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday, July 19, 2018, an Israeli army drone dropped a missile at Palestinians, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing one Palestinian, identified as Abdul-Karim Radwan, 22, and wounding three others, one seriously.

(Source / 21.07.2018)

Shin Bet kidnaps Palestinian passenger at Allenby crossing

Allenby crossing Shin Bet

The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, on Friday morning kidnapped a Palestinian young passenger at Allenby border crossing as he was en route to Jordan.

According to local sources, Israeli officers stopped Waseem Rabay’ah, , from Meithalun town in Jenin, at Allenby crossing as he was trying to travel to Jordan  and told him he was under arrest.

Allenby crossing, also known as al-Karama, is a bridge that spans the Jordan River and connects the West Bank with Jordan.

The bridge is the sole designated exit and entry point for West Bank Palestinians traveling in and out of the Israeli occupied territories.

(Source / 20.07.2018)

Israel launches massive air raid on Gaza – IDF

Massive Air Raid

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 20, 2018

Israeli military have started a broad air attack on Hamas position in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement. It comes after serious border clashes, in which IDF soldiers came under fire from Gaza.

IDF

@IDFSpokesperson

IAF jets recently conducted a wide-scale attack against Hamas military targets throughout the Gaza Strip following a severe shooting attack against IDF soldiers this afternoon. The IDF is currently conducting the attack in various locations

“The IDF views today’s attack and the hostile activity orchestrated by Hamas throughout the last months with great severity. Hamas chose to escalate the security situation and will bear the consequences for its actions,” the Israeli military stated.

The escalation comes after months of tension in the Gaza Strip, where thousands of protesters gathered weekly at a fence erected by the Israeli forces for the so-called Great Return March. Dozens of civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers in what Israel called a measured response to Hamas attempts to break through the wall.

The statement said earlier in response to the border clashes the IDF used aircraft and tanks to attack Hamas fighters.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

(Source / 20.07.2018)