Israeli Police, Military Have Killed 76 Palestinians Since October 1st

Since October 1st, 76, including 17 children and two women, while more than 2379 Palestinians have been injured.

Israeli soldiers stand near the body of 27-year-old Palestinian Fadi Froukh, in the Beit Einun junction east of the West Bank city of Hebron, Sunday, Nov 1, 2015. The Israeli military claims the man had a knife and tried to stab them on Sunday in the West Bank city of Hebron but admit that no Israelis were harmed. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Israeli soldiers stand near the body of 27-year-old Palestinian Fadi Froukh, in the Beit Einun junction east of the West Bank city of Hebron, Sunday, Nov 1, 2015. The Israeli military claims the man had a knife and tried to stab them on Sunday in the West Bank city of Hebron but admit that no Israelis were harmed

Following the Thursday evening deadly shooting of a young man, north of the southern West Bank district of Hebron, the Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the number of slain Palestinians, since October 1st, has arrived to 76, including 17 children and two women, while more than 2379 Palestinians have been injured. Names of slain Palestinian listed below this article.

The slain young Palestinian man in Hebron, has been identified as Malek Talal Sharif, 25; he was shot dead near the Gush Etzion settlement block, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Furthermore, seven Palestinians were injured Thursday in Tulkarem and Hebron; four of them in Tulkarem, including a child who lost his eye after being shot with an Israeli rubber-coated steel bullet, and three Palestinians were shot with live army fire in Hebron.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said Sharif’s death brings the number of Palestinians, killed by Israeli fire since October 1, to seventy-six, including seventeen children and two women.

One of the slain women, a mother, identified as Rahaf Yahya Hassan who was also five months pregnant, was killed along with her two-year old child after the soldiers bombarded their home in Gaza.

It added that at least 2379 Palestinians have been injured with live army fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to cuts and bruises after being assaulted by soldiers and colonialist settlers, while many suffered burns due to Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The Ministry stated that 1136 Palestinians were shot with live rounds (743 of them in the West Bank), 877 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 236 suffered fractures and bruises after being assaulted by soldiers and colonialist settlers, and at least 5000 suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

More than twenty Palestinians suffered burns due to Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades.

393 Palestinians were shot with live Israeli army fire in the Gaza Strip; 110 with rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The number of wounded children in the West Bank is 325; 165 of them with live fire, 108 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 19 were directly shot with gas bombs, in addition to 33 children who were assaulted and beaten by the soldiers, and colonialist settlers.

In the Gaza Strip, 170 children were shot and injured, most of them with live Israeli army fire.

The number of wounded children in the West Bank is 325; 165 of them with live fire, 108 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 19 were directly shot with gas bombs, in addition to 33 children who were assaulted and beaten by the soldiers.

In the Gaza Strip, 170 children were shot and injured, most of them with live Israeli army fire.

The names of those killed by the army since October 1st:

West Bank and Jerusalem:

1. Mohannad Halabi, 19, al-Biereh – Ramallah. Shot after allegedly grabbing gun and killing two Israelis. 10/3
2. Fadi Alloun, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses and video. 10/4
3. Amjad Hatem al-Jundi, 17, Hebron.
4. Thaer Abu Ghazala, 19, Jerusalem.
5. Abdul-Rahma Obeidallah, 11, Bethlehem.
6. Hotheifa Suleiman, 18, Tulkarem.
7. Wisam Jamal Faraj, 20, Jerusalem. Shot by an exploding bullet during protest. 10/8
8. Mohammad al-Ja’bari, 19, Hebron.
9. Ahmad Jamal Salah, 20, Jerusalem.
10. Ishaq Badran, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses. 10/10
11. Mohammad Said Ali, 19, Jerusalem.
12. Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Awad, 28, Hebron. Shot at protest by rubber-coated steel bullet in his forehead. 10/11
13. Ahmad Abdullah Sharaka, 13, Al Jalazoun Refugee camp-Ramallah.
14. Mostafa Al Khateeb, 18, Sur-Baher – Jerusalem.
15. Hassan Khalid Manassra, 15, Jerusalem.
16. Mohammad Nathmie Shamasna, 22, Qotna – Jerusalem. Allegedly grabbed gun of Israeli soldier on bus and killed two. 10/13
17. Baha’ Elian, 22, Jabal Al Mokaber-Jerusalem.
18. Mutaz Ibrahim Zawahra, 27, Bethlehem. Hit with a live bullet in the chest during a demonstration.
19. Ala’ Abu Jammal, 33, Jerusalem.
20. Bassem Bassam Sidr, 17, Hebron. Killed in Jerusalem after Israeli shoted that he ‘had a knife’ – but no knife was present.
21. Ahmad Abu Sh’aban, 23, Jerusalem.
22. Riyadh Ibraheem Dar-Yousif, 46, Al Janyia village Ramallah( Killed while harvesting olives)
23. Fadi Al-Darbi , 30, Jenin – died in Israeli detention camp.
24. Eyad Khalil Al Awawdah, Hebron.
25. Ihab Hannani, 19, Nablus.
26. Fadel al-Qawasmi, 18, Hebron. Shot by paramilitary settler, Israeli soldier caught on film planting knife near his body.
27. Mo’taz Ahmad ‘Oweisat, 16, Jerusalem. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
28. Bayan Abdul-Wahab al-‘Oseyli, 16, Hebron. Military claimed she ‘had a knife’, but video evidence contradicts that claim. 10/17
29. Tariq Ziad an-Natsha, 22, Hebron. 10/17
30. Omar Mohammad al-Faqeeh, 22, Qalandia. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
31. Mohannad al-‘Oqabi, 21, Negev. Allegedly killed soldier in bus station in Beer Sheba.
32. Hoda Mohammad Darweesh, 65, Jerusalem.
33. Hamza Mousa Al Amllah, 25, from Hebron, killed near Gush Etzion settlement.
34. Odai Hashem al-Masalma, 24, Beit ‘Awwa town near Hebron.
35. Hussam Isma’el Al Ja’bari, 18, Hebron.
36. Bashaar Nidal Al Ja’bari, 15, Hebron.
37. Hashem al-‘Azza, 54, Hebron.
38. Moa’taz Attalah Qassem, 22, Eezariyya town near Jerusalem. 10/21
39. Mahmoud Khalid Eghneimat, 20, Hebron.
40. Ahmad Mohammad Said Kamil, Jenin.
41. Dania Jihad Irshied, 17, Hebron.
42. Sa’id Mohamed Yousif Al-Atrash, 20, Hebron.
43. Raed Sakit Abed Al Raheem Thalji Jaradat, 22, Sa’er – Hebron.
44. Eyad Rouhi Ihjazi Jaradat, 19, Sa’er – Hebron.
45. Ezzeddin Nadi Sha’ban Abu Shakhdam, 17, Hebron. Shot by Israeli military after allegedly wounding soldier, then left to bleed to death.
46. Shadi Nabil Dweik, 22, Hebron. Shot by Israeli military after allegedly wounding the same soldier, then left to bleed to death.
47. Homam Adnan Sa’id, 23,Tel Rumeida, Hebron. Shot by Israeli soldiers claiming ‘he had a knife’, but eyewitnesses report seeing soldiers throwing a knife next to his dead body. 10/27
48. Islam Rafiq Obeid, 23, Tel Rumeida, Hebron. 10/28
49. Nadim Eshqeirat, 52, Jerusalem. 10/29 – Died when Israeli soldiers delayed his ambulance.
50. Mahdi Mohammad Ramadan al-Mohtasib, 23, Hebron. 10/29
51. Farouq Abdul-Qader Seder, 19, Hebron. 10/29
52. Qassem Saba’na, 20, shot on motorcycle near Zaatara checkpoint. 10/30
53. Ahmad Hamada Qneibi, 23, Jerusalem. Soldiers claimed ‘he had a knife’.
54. Ramadan Mohammad Faisal Thawabta, 8 month old baby, Bethlehem. Died of tear gas inhalation.
55. Mahmoud Talal Abdul-Karim Nazzal, 18, al-Jalama checkpoint near Jenin. Israeli troops claim ‘he had a knife’, but eyewitnesses contradict that claim. 10/31
56. Fadi Hassan al-Froukh, 27. Beit Einoun, east of Hebron. 11/1.
57. Ahmad Awad Abu ar-Rob, 16, Jenin.
58. Samir Ibrahim Skafi, 23, Hebron. Shot by Israeli soldiers after his car hit a soldier who was on the street – it is unknown if he hit the soldier intentionally or accidentally. 11/4 59. Malek Talal Sharif, 25, Hebron, shot dead after the army claimed he attempted to stab a settler. 11/5

Gaza Strip:

60. Shadi Hussam Doula, 20.
61. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman al-Harbawi, 20.
62. Abed al-Wahidi, 20.
63. Mohammad Hisham al-Roqab, 15.
64. Adnan Mousa Abu ‘Oleyyan, 22.
65. Ziad Nabil Sharaf, 20.
66. Jihad al-‘Obeid, 22.
67. Marwan Hisham Barbakh, 13.
68. Khalil Omar Othman, 15.
69. Nour Rasmie Hassan, 30. Killed along with her child in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
70. Rahaf Yahya Hassan, two years old. Killed along with her pregnant mother in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
71. Yahya Abdel-Qader Farahat, 23.
72. Shawqie Jamal Jaber Obeid, 37.
73. Mahmoud Hatem Hameeda, 22. Northern Gaza. 74. Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27, al-Boreij.
75. Yihya Hashem Kreira.
76. Khalil Hassan Abu Obeid, 25. Khan Younis. Died from wounds sustained in protest earlier in the week.

Non-Palestinian killed by Israeli mob:
Eritrean asylum-seeker Haftom Zarhum killed in Beer Sheva bus station by angry mob who mistook him for a Palestinian- 10/18

Names of known Israeli casualties during the same time period:

1 & 2. 10/1 – Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, both aged around 30 years old, killed in drive-by shooting near Itamar settlement.
3. 10/3 – Nahmia Lavi, 41 – Rabbi for Israeli military. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate when he tried to shoot the attacker but had his weapon taken.
4. 10/3 – Aaron Bennet, 24. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate.
5. 10/13 – Yeshayahu Kirshavski, 60, bus shooting in East Jerusalem
6. 10/13 – Haviv Haim, 78, bus shooting in East Jerusalem
7. 10/13 – Richard Lakin, 76, bus shooting in East Jerusalem (died of wounds several days after the attack)
8. 10/18 – Omri Levy, 19, Israeli soldier with the Golani Brigade who had his weapon grabbed and turned against him by an Israeli resident.

An additional 2 Israelis that were initially claimed to have been killed in attacks were actually killed in car accidents.

(Source / 06.11.2015)

Palestinian shot, killed by Israeli forces in southern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a 23-year-old Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Palestinian officials said, the second Palestinian to be killed after a 72-year-old woman was shot dead in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day.The Ministry of Health in Gaza identified the man as Salameh Moussa Abu Jame.He was shot east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip during clashes in the area.In northern Gaza, a Palestinian teenager was injured during clashes near the Erez crossing.A Ma’an reporter said that dozens of Palestinian youths protested at the border, with Israeli forces firing tear-gas canisters at demonstrators.An Israeli army spokesperson said “tens of Palestinians gathered and approached the security buffer zone and attempted to damage the security fence.”Israeli forces called for the perpetrators to stop, before firing at the “main instigator,” the spokesperson added, confirming an injury.Seperately, hundreds of Palestinians took part in a march in Gaza City Friday, where Hamas leader Ismail Radwan called on the PLO to support resistance, and for Palestinians in the West Bank to form coordination committees to lead the intifada.Earlier in the day,Tharwat al-Sharawi, 72, was shot dead in Halhul in the West Bank after Israeli forces claimed she attempted a “vehicle attack” on forces in the area.Two Palestinian youths who were standing at a gas station nearby were injured as Israeli gunfire shattered the car’s windows.Abu Jame was the 75th Palestinian to be killed since the beginning of last month, the majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces during alleged, attempted, and actual attacks on Israeli military and civilians.The number includes 18 Palestinians who have been killed in the Gaza Strip. The majority were killed during demonstrations, and two — a 2-year-old and her pregnant mother — were killed in an Israeli airstrike on their home.Israeli forces shot and wounded at least 2,617 Palestinians with live and rubber-coated steel bullets through October, the Palestinian Red Cross said earlier this week, as clashes have carried on into the new month.Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have launched demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.Use of force by the Israeli military during the demonstrations led the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights to condemn last month Israel’s “excessive use of force, and violations of the right to life and security of the person.”

(Source / 06.11.2015)

Israel continues to hold human rights activist detained in Hebron

A Palestinian shop front in Hebron, now closed, spray-painted with the Jewish Star of David

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel continues to hold a Palestinian human rights activist from Hebron in detention following his arrest last month after a protest to demand that Israel returns the bodies of Palestinians killed following alleged attacks, a local rights group said Friday.Mohammed Zoghour, spokesperson for local group Youth Against Settlements, was arrested at 2 a.m. on Oct. 28, hours after a mass protest in Hebron to demand that Israel returns the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.Youth Against Settlements said Friday that Zoghour was moved to the Ashkelon interrogation center and has been denied access to a lawyer.No arrest warrant was issued and no clear information has been given about the reason for his arrest.”Youth Against Settlements is deeply concerned about the illegitimate and arbitrary arrest of Mohammed Zoghour, his transfer to the secret service interrogation center in Israel, the denial of contact to his lawyer, and thereby the denial of a fair and legitimate trial,” the group said.On Oct. 29, the human rights activists’ interrogation period was extended for eight days, and then again on Nov. 5 for a further eight days.”The arrest of Mohammed Zoghour comes in the midst of a wave of unjustifiable disproportionate repression of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt),” Youth Against Settlements said.”Over the past weeks Israeli forces have arbitrarily arrested thousands of Palestinians for exercising their legitimate right to take part in the popular struggle against the military occupation of the oPt, Israeli provocations at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and settler violence.”In a hearing on Thursday, Mohammed Zoghour said he had been deprived of sleep and humiliated during his interrogation.Youth Against Settlements have called for his immediate release.Israeli forces detained eight Palestinians, including a lawyer, during a protest in Hebron on Oct. 27 to demand that Israeli authorities deliver the bodies of Palestinians killed by military forces.A total of 33 Palestinian bodies were held by Israel during October, and eleven have since been returned.The refusal to turn over the dead to their families — a policy that Israeli authorities supposedly halted near the end of the Second Intifada — has provoked controversy among Israeli officials and led to mass protests in the occupied West Bank.

Hebron, the largest city in the occupied West Bank, has borne the brunt of violence in recent weeks, with at least one third of the more than 70 Palestinians killed by Israel’s army residents of the district, nine of whom were shot dead in the Old City over the past week.
(Source / 06.11.2015)

Israeli news site pulls children’s game ‘Neutralize the Terrorist’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli news site on Thursday removed a game inviting players to help Israeli security forces “neutralize terrorists” shortly after it appeared on the site’s main children’s section, calling the game a “mistake.”
News site Arutz Sheva (Channel 7) posted the game, wherein players “assist security forces in neutralizing the terrorists that are attacking us.”
The site pulled the game — entitled “Neutralize the Terrorist” — from the main page after media criticism, according to Israeli news site the Jerusalem Post.
The game offered a choice of three weapons with which to either kill or beat the “terrorist,” who is brandishing guns, Molotov cocktails, and a knife.
The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron — a current flashpoint between Palestinian locals and Israeli settlers and military present in the area — was one of several backdrops to the children’s game, which ran phrases “Long live Israel” and “Help the IDF win.”
A crude cartoon depiction of a Palestinian-Muslim man wearing a turban appears in front of the holy site brandishing a weapon.
The game was released in light of a series of attempted, alleged, and actual stabbing attacks carried out by Palestinians on Israeli military and civilians.
Israeli forces were criticized last month for their “shoot first, ask later” policy during such attacks, while Israeli MKs received flack for inciting violence against Palestinians.
Over 70 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of last month, several of which rights groups labelled “extrajudicial killing” carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians who did not pose a threat at the time of their death.
(Source / 06.11.2015)

First family home rebuilt year after Gaza war

First family home rebuilt year after Gaza war

Some of those now rebuilding are doing so for the third time

Thousands of homes destroyed by Israeli bombardment in the 2014 Gaza war are slowly being reconstructed as winter approaches, but blockades by both Israel and Egypt continue to pose obstacles.

For over a year Atef al-Zaza and his family have been waiting to move back into their Gaza home, flattened like thousands of others in last year’s devastating war with Israel.

Now it has become the first in the ravaged coastal strip to be completely rebuilt, just in time for the wet and windy Gaza winter.

The 51-day war in July-August 2014 killed 2,200 Palestinians and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In 1948 we had to go into exile. During the 2008 and 2013, wars we left our home and in the 2014 war it was destroyed…

Until now the only repairs had been to buildings which were partially damaged, while the Zaza home – in the particularly hard-hit Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City – was completely obliterated.

Since then, Atef al-Zaza, 49, and the 11 members of his family have stayed with relatives and for a while in a small rented apartment.

Now he proudly shows visitors the brand new, 160 square metre (1,722.23 square foot) house, surrounded by the rubble of neighbours’ homes yet to be reconstructed.

“The best day of my life,” his wife Fatima says of the move back home, while expressing concern for “his brothers-in-law who are still waiting for a house and for the whole neighbourhood which is destroyed”.

In Gaza, violence is never far away and a few hundred metres from the Zaza home young Palestinian stone-throwers clash daily with Israeli soldiers on the other side of the border fence.

Rebuilding could take decades

The UN Relief and Works Agency, tasked with caring for Palestinian refugees who make up 75 percent of the strip’s population, says 9,000 of their homes were totally destroyed in the Israeli bombardment and tens of thousands damaged.

Some of those now rebuilding are doing so for the third time, UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said, referring to previous Gaza wars in 2008 and 2012.

The task is fraught with obstacles; the Gaza Strip is subject to blockades by both Israel and Egypt, between which it is sandwiched.

Israel tightly controls the flow of raw materials such as cement and gravel into Gaza, fearing they could be used by Palestinian militants to fortify bunkers and tunnel under the border.

Money is also lacking

“UNRWA has only received about $247 million (225 million euros) when it needs $720 million to rebuild or renovate the 140,000 homes of refugees affected by the war,” Abu Hasna said.

Tens of thousands of damaged homes have been fixed, but more than 13,000 refugee families are still homeless, he said.

NGOs estimate that with the supply of materials and funding at present levels, Gaza home reconstruction could take decades, and that is not counting the need to repair or replace infrastructure and hundreds of schools, medical facilities and other public buildings.

‘Explosion’ on the way

UNRWA has so far won Israeli agreement to allow in enough materials to rebuild the homes of 170 families and sees the completion of the Zaza home and the 169 to come as a small victory.

But in a territory where poverty and unemployment – at 45 percent one of the world’s highest jobless rates – are rampant, “despair and anger caused by the delay in construction and the continued blockade will cause an explosion,’ Abu Hasna said.

Israel imposed its blockade on Gaza in 2006 after Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas captured an Israeli soldier, and tightened it a year later when Hamas took control of the strip.

Before then, Zaza worked in the Israeli construction industry. Today he is unemployed and needed UNRWA to build his house.

A descendant of refugees, he knows how to temper his happiness at the new family home with caution learned from history, starting with the foundation of Israel in 1948 and the accompanying war in which so many Palestinians became refugees.

“In 1948 we had to go into exile,” he said. “During the (2008 and 2013) Gaza wars we left our home and in the third (2014 war) it was destroyed.”

“Every minute we say that a new war may break out.”

(Source / 06.11.2015)

No Moderate Syrian Rebels Exist


All anti-Assad forces are US-trained, armed, funded, and directed terrorists, taught the fine art of killing, committing atrocities and using chemical weapons – including ISIS, Al Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and various splinter groups.

The so-called Free Syrian Army and other alleged “moderates” exist only in US and go-along media propaganda reports, willful misinformation to deceive an uninformed public.

Wars depend on lies to gain popular support, or at least no significant opposition. ISIS et al represent proxy US foot soldiers, imported abroad from scores of countries.

Putin is effectively contesting Obama’s dirty game. Washington has no effective counter-strategy, increasingly transparent propaganda and dubious military moves alone, along with continued Russia bashing and fear-mongering.

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, two State Department officials repeated tired old Big Lies.

Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson and her European and Eurasian Affairs counterpart Victoria Nuland committed perjury – claiming Russian air strikes hit 85 to 90% “moderate” rebels and civilians in areas with no ISIS presence.

“Russia’s military intervention has dangerously exacerbated an already complex environment,” Patterson blustered.

“(T)his has not been a Russian fight against terrorism so much as an effort to preserve the Assad regime,” she duplicitously claimed.

Nuland remains infamous for orchestrating the coup against Ukraine’s sitting government.  Her testimony was a litany of Big Lies, saying Assad “continues to barrel bomb its own citizens with impunity, perhaps even emboldened by Moscow’s help.”

“The vast majority of Russian air strikes are targeted in areas where the Assad regime has lost territory to forces led by the moderate opposition.”

“We are accelerating the work we are doing to support the moderate Syrian opposition and to protect Syria’s neighbors” – code language of US supporting ISIS and other takfiri terrorists.

“(W)e are awaiting further evidence that Russia is sincere in its claims to want to fight ISIL and save Syria for the Syrian people, rather than simply protecting the dictator who bears direct responsibility for the country’s destruction…The quality of our cooperation with Russia in Syria depends on the choices Moscow makes.”

It’s hard imagining anyone believes Nuland’s utter disregard for the truth.

“What would positive cooperation by Russia look like,” she asked? Cease its military campaign, “insist” Assad pull back, work with Washington and its (rogue) partners for resolving things diplomatically.

Who are the so-called “moderate” rebels Washington consistently touts? Where are they? Last month, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia can’t identify them. Washington provides no information.

“From the very beginning of the operation in Syria, President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have expressed the readiness to interact with the so-called moderate opposition,” Peskov explained.

“At the same time, it had to be stated that attempts to identify the so-called moderate opposition remained unsuccessful all the way.”

“(N)o moderate forces can be spotted in the patchy mass of terrorist and extremist organizations that pose a threat to Syria’s territorial and political integrity.”

“Regrettably, neither the US nor European partners, nor somebody else has been able to help us with this identification. Other countries are unable to point to some moderate forces capable of taking care of a settlement in Syria. Regrettably, there have been no tangible results.”

State Department spokesman Admiral John Kirby claims some (nonexistent) “moderate” rebels switched sides. Hot war success depends heavily on winning the propaganda one.

Putin’s effective war on terrorism shows America is losing on both fronts. He’s the preeminent leader for world peace and stability.

(Source / 06.11.2015)

29 Palestinians injured in Ramallah-area clashes

Palestinians from Jalazoun refugee camp clash with Israeli forces at the entrance of the West Bank settlement Beit El, north of Ramallah, Oct. 24, 2014

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Twenty-nine Palestinians were injured in clashes throughout the Ramallah district that broke out between locals and Israeli forces Friday.Locals told Ma’an that clashes continued for hours in Jabal al-Taweel area and in al-Bireh near the illegal Beit El settlement.The Palestinian Red Crescent said that five were injured by live fire as well as five with rubber-coated steel bullets.Nineteen also suffered from tear-gas inhalation, including a family who was forced out of their home in Jabal al-Taweel after Israeli forces shot tear gas at the house.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that dozens of Palestinians “rioted” near the illegal settlement of Psagot, burning tires and throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers.The forces attempted to disperse the scene but identified and fired at the lower extremities of “main instigators” when the “rioters” failed to stop throwing stones.The spokesperson said that the group continued to march to the al-Bireh area and Israeli forces opened fire when they heard gunshots from the crowd.Earlier on Friday, an Israeli settler was stabbed and seriously wounded near the illegal settlement of Shaar Binyamin in Ramallah.The attacker fled the scene and Israeli forces were searching the area following the incident.Clashes also broke out across the Hebron district Friday, as Israeli forces sealed off areas following two shooting attacks that left three Israelis injured.The shooting attacks came hours after a 72-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead in Halhul north of Hebron after Israeli soldiers said she tried to hit them with her car.

(Source / 06.11.2015)

“They think that they have nothing more to lose”: Young Palestinians on the frustration and oppression fueling the current wave of protests in Israel

A new generation of Palestinians is carrying on the struggle for self-determination and liberation of the land

"They think that they have nothing more to lose": Young Palestinians on the frustration and oppression fueling the current wave of protests in Israel

Issa Amro

Since the beginning of October, 65 Palestinians (14 of them children) and 11 Israelishave been killed in protests and violence sparked by frustration over Israel’s nearly half-century-old military rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories and growing provocations by messianic Jewish extremists in the Noble Sanctuary mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem, known as the Temple Mount to Jews.

As Palestinian youth have been driving the current protests independent of any political direction, I reached out to several young Palestinians, including citizens of Israel and ones living under Israeli occupation in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, in order to gain a better understanding of what’s going on and what the future might hold. These young women and men came of age during the era of the Oslo Accords and the U.S.-managed “peace process,” which held so much promise on the surface but which entrenched Israel’s brutal, discriminatory occupation regime and illegal settlement enterprise rather than rolling them back.

Since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to power in 2009 the situation for Palestinians, both inside Israel and in the occupied territories, has continued to deteriorate, as Israeli society has drifted further and further to the extreme right and Israel’s government has become increasingly dominated not only by virulent racists and settlers, but by members of the radical Temple Mount movement, which threatens to turn what has always been a political conflict into a major religious conflagration. It is in this context that these young Palestinians have grown up and must attempt to survive.

Describing this new generation of Palestinians to me recently, human rights activist and co-founder of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement Omar Barghouti explained, “The current shaking off of Israel’s chains, almost entirely led by groups of very young men and women, has its roots in decades of popular Palestinian resistance to Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. Its immediate objective is putting a stop to Israel’s crusade to take over what is left of occupied Jerusalem, especially the Old City and its holy sites. A new generation of Palestinians is not just carrying on the struggle for self-determination and liberation of the land; it is crucially decolonizing minds as well, expressing an inextinguishable aspiration for freedom, justice and dignity.”

What is causing the current protests in the occupied territories?

Amany Khalifa, organizer with Grassroots Jerusalem based in occupied Jerusalem: “Oppression, occupation, lack of Palestinian leadership and a myth from the international community called ‘development and economic growth.’ Palestinians do not have faith in outside help anymore. They have been left by themselves to face all the policies that have been implemented by the occupation authorities with support from the international community as well as the Palestinian Authority. It is interesting to see the range of ages going out protesting in the street. We refer to this generation as the ‘Oslo generation’ since all of them were born in the 1990s and have lived their whole lives under the Oslo Accords. This generation in particular is saying, enough, we are not willing to accept this reality anymore.”

Issa Amro, human rights activist with Youth Against Settlements in Hebron in the occupied West Bank: “Violence and provocations by settlers who are invading the Dome of the Rock [Noble Sanctuary mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem], occupation forces’ violence against Palestinian women in Jerusalem, checkpoints, and no vision for peace from a right-wing Israeli government, which continues to build more and more settlements.”

Lara Aburamadan, photographer and journalist based in Gaza City, in occupied Gaza: “These protests are a result of the occupation’s actions and humiliations towards people in Jerusalem and other parts of Palestine, including Gaza. Gazan youths are suffering terribly from the bad conditions they’re forced to live under. They’re unemployed, stuck in Gaza and unable to travel, and many of them have lost family members and had their homes destroyed by Israeli attacks. They think that they have nothing more to lose.”

Minem Marouf, human rights activist and Palestinian citizen of Israel who lives in Haifa: “On the wider scope, five decades of brutal military occupation. I will leave the legal and political terminology and describe it the way I have witnessed it: Nonstop, systematic land theft, and humiliation of the indigenous Palestinian population through denial of self-expression and self-determination. Where there is occupation and infringement of human rights and dignity, there will always be resistance, be it violent or peaceful. The only difference this time is that it comes after six years of an extreme right-wing rule in Israel. One that is dominated by leaders of criminal settler groups. This is translated in the accelerated building of illegal settlements, increased settler violence against Palestinians and extreme incitement against non-Jews by Israeli political and religious leaders. The latter reflects the fact that public expressions of hate towards Palestinians, African asylum seekers and ‘leftist’ critics of the state policies have become mainstream in Israel (social media is saturated with examples). The Palestinian kids who have taken to the streets in protest of this life of dire oppression have never experienced a different reality.”

How would you describe what it is like living under Israeli military occupation and/or as a Palestinian citizen of Israel?

Issa Amro: “Occupation means inequality, violence, oppression, intimidation and no future. It is an apartheid system with discrimination, humiliation, injustice and racism. You don’t have any rights. You never feel safe. I am restricted in everything. You feel sometimes that your life is not important and very cheap. It is a very bad feeling.”

Mariam Barghouti, Palestinian blogger and student pursuing a degree in English literature and linguistics at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank: “To live under occupation is to have your entire existence denied, like a slow asphyxiation under the pretext of ‘self-defense.’ From the checkpoints, to the night raids and unlawful arrests Israel has been trying to assert its power on the Palestinian people in order to suppress any form of resistance to its occupation. It’s a very harsh reality masked under illegitimate laws in order to justify [human rights] violations towards Palestinians”

(Source / 06.11.2015)

Syrian Democratic Forces Advance With US Cover

Several major developments happened last month in the Syrian Civil War. While the nascent Russian intervention in support of the Assad regime got most of the media attention, a similarly significant development was happening in North-East Syria. Here, in the Kurdish YPG-controlled area of Rojava, a new coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces — called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — was announced.

This coalition is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious group made up of the Kurdish YPG/J, the Syriac Christian MFS, and Muslim Arab groups under the banner of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), including Euphrates Volcano and Jaish Al-Thuwar. The Syrian Democratic Forces, as suggested by their name, are committed to a “democratic, inclusive and self-governing Syria”.

While many of these groups have cooperated in the past, the formation of this new entity has been likely brought about by US influence. Wary of Turkish concerns of Kurdish expansion in Northern Syria, the SDF put a new face on any further anti-ISIS advances and gives the US more freedom in its support for these groups. Indeed not long after the announcement of the formation of the SDF, the US announced that it would send up to 50 Special Forces to this region to support the SDF, which is the first official American deployment of ground troops in Syria.

Advance on Al-Hawl

The reason that the US has invested into the creation of and support for the SDF is to aid it in its fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). Effectively blocked by Turkey from attacking ISIS in the town of Jarablus west of Kobane, the SDF has instead turned its attention towards the town of Al-Hawl in the far east of Syria. Over the last few days this medium-sized town has become the objective and the first real test for this new grouping.

Al-Hawl itself sits astride a major roadway connecting ISIS holdings in Syria, including its self-declared capital Ar-Raqqa, with its areas in northern Iraq. As such, capturing this town would be a significant victory in the fight against ISIS. The position of this town and its surroundings can be seen on the map below:

Canton map

Fighting has been ongoing now for several days. While the town itself has not been captured, the US has announced preliminary success for the operation, taking over 250 square kilometers of ISIS-controlled countryside.

“It was a fairly straightforward, conventional offensive operation, where we estimated … several hundred enemy [fighters] were located in that vicinity. There was a substantial friendly force — well over 1,000 participated in the offensive part of this operation. And they were able to very deliberately execute the plan that they had made themselves,” said US Army Colonel Steve Warren in a statement to the White House press.

The US also confirmed that fighters in this operation were backed by significant US air assets. These assets include A-10 Warthog ground-attack aircraft and an AC-130H Spectre gunship, both of which carry heavy on-board cannons, as well as bombs and other munitions.

An AC-130 gunship supported SDF operations against ISIS.

An AC-130 gunship supported SDF operations against ISIS

Additionally, the US confirmed that these operations were also at least partially supplied by an earlier material airdrop, which was announced last month.

“The Syrian Arab Coalition, or SAC, was able to conduct the assault as part of the Syrian Defense Force, he added, “because we supplied the vetted … SAC with [50 tons of] ammunition on Oct. 12. This is important because [Hawl] is predominantly an Arab area and the SAC is the Arab component of the SDF,”Warren stated.

“We believe that the … 200-plus kilometers of ground that the Syrian-Arab coalition has managed to take, to some extent validates this program. … So I think you will see continued resupply of these forces [to] … reinforce the successes we’ve already seen.”

YPG role in offensive

One question remains regarding the ongoing offensive against Al-Hawl: to what extent is the YPG/J  playing in these operations? While the US is talking up the role of Syrian Arab fighters in this offensive, videos of these operations have shown a large number of Kurdish fighters also taking part. It is likely that the YPG will continue to benefit from the sharing of munitions supplied by further US airdrops in Rojava as well.

The participation of the YPG as part of the SDF is indeed predictable. The group represents the strongest and most numerous military grouping in North-Eastern Syria, and it has years of experience fighting against ISIS. Furthermore, its fighters have worked in close coordination with US airstrikes during the Battle of Kobane, as well as the Tel Abyad offensive.

The US also likely knows (and has no problem with) the involvement of the YPG in these operations. This being said, the Obama Administration relies at least partially on the use of the Turkish Incirlik airbase for its anti-ISIS sorties. Should the US talk up its support for Kurdish groups with ties to the PKK, Turkey would be put in a difficult position and may rescind US use of the base. Furthermore, it would drive a political wedge between the two countries, further complicating a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict.

Barring any major change to the situation on the ground, we can expect continuing advances by the SDF around Al-Hawl, backed up by continuing US air support. Should this operation prove fully successful, it could provide a model for a future US strategy in the fight against ISIS.

(Source / 06.11.2015)



Oslo – November 6, 2015


Friday morning at 7.30 AM activists from BDS Norway staged an Intifada against Nammo Raufoss AS in eastern Norway. In a symbolic demonstration, the activists protested against the Norwegian direct and indirect arms trade with Israel. The direct action was broadcast live from Tv2 Nyhetskanalen, a national news-channel. The protest will be followed up by a petition to the government, demanding an end to all arms trade with Israel.

In the Israeli arsenal, there are also weapons and ammunition or weapons components produced by Nammo AS or Nammo Talley, subsidiary of Nammo AS in the United States. Israeli forces have killed thousands of Palestinian civilians in the recent decade, many of them by using weapons with Norwegian components. Thus, the Norwegian weapons becomes part of Israel’s violation of international law, the oppression of the Palestinians and the Israeli occupation of Palestine (West Bank and Gaza).

– We demand an end to all Norwegian arms trade with Israel!

Although there are Norwegian laws prohibiting direct arms sales to Israel, Norwegian weapons are sold from the Nammo Group through its subsidiary in the United States, Nammo Talley. We believe that Norway under no circumstances should contribute to the illegal occupation of Palestine. We demand that no Norwegian-produced weapons or weapons components end up in Israel. The Nammo Group is a state-owned company. Therefore, this is a Norwegian political responsibility.

BDS Norway also took action against Nammo AS in August 2014. We will continue our demonstrations until Norwegian authorities change both practice and legislation so that the arms trade and collaboration with Israel ceases.

Our action is part of the international BDS campaign (Boycott, disinvestment and sanctions) against Israel. It will continue until the Palestinians have their own state and all Palestinians have achieved recognition of their fundamental rights.

See what BDS Norway has done until now:

Nikos Tavridis-Hansen, Spokesperson
Phone: +47 97 15 93 63

(Source / 06.11.2015)