IOF confiscates $20,000, arrests woman in Sorif town

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) confiscated $20,000 and arrested a Palestinian woman after storming her house at a late hour after Monday’s midnight in Sorif town in al-Khalil.

Ahmad al-Qadi, resident of Sorif, said the IOF soldiers broke into his house after midnight and arrested his wife Abeer al-Qadi, 42, after searching and wreaking havoc in the house and stealing 65,000 shekels which equal 20,000 dollars. The confiscation of money was not reported, he highlighted.

He pointed out that the Israeli forces destroyed the house properties and broke its doors before arresting his wife and confiscating the money.

Earlier on Monday, Israeli troops raided the town and arrested two Palestinian youngsters and transferred them to Etzion detention center. Two other men from the Old City and Beit Awwa town in al-Khalil were arrested as well.
(Source / 17.11.2015)

Health Ministry: “89 Palestinians Killed, 10.000 Injured Since October 1”

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that, following the death of a Mohammad Monir Hasan Saleh, 24, 24, from Ramallah, the number of Palestinians, killed by Israeli fire since October 1st, has arrived to 89, including 18 children and four women, and that 10.000 Palestinians have been injured.

Mohammad Saleh

Mohammad Monir Hasan Saleh

In a press release, the Health Ministry stated that the soldiers shot and killed, on Tuesday, Mohammad Monir Hasan Saleh, 24 years of age, from ‘Aroura village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and injured at least two others.

It said that the number of Palestinians, killed by Israeli fire since October 1, has arrived to 89, including 18 in the Gaza Strip and one in the Negev, and that among the slain Palestinians are eighteen women and four children (including a mother and her baby in Gaza.)

The Ministry stated that more 10.000 Palestinians have been injured in the same period in different parts of occupied Palestine.

“On average, the army kills two Palestinians and injures around 217 every day,” it said.

In its report, the Ministry said that at least 1450 Palestinians have been shot with live Israeli army fire, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, since October 1.

1065 were shot with rubber-coated metal bullets, and have all been hospitalized, while more than 1100 Palestinians, who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, received treatment by medics without the need for hospitalization.

6500 Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, 255 suffered fractures and bruises after being assaulted by Israeli soldiers and paramilitary settlers, and more than 25 suffered burns due to Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The number of Palestinians shot with live Israeli army fire in the West Bank is at least 1010, in addition to 950 who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets. In Gaza, 440 were shot with live rounds and 115 with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Names Of The 89 Palestinians Killed By Israeli Fire Since October 1st

The Following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and one in the Negev, in the period between Thursday October 1st and the end of Tuesday November 17th, 2015, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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’ir – 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, Tal Romeida, 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, Tal Romeida, 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
60. Tharwat Ibrahim Salman Sha’rawi, 73, shot dead by the army in Hebron.
61. Salman Aqel Mohammad Shahin, 22, Nablus.
62. Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi, 24. Qalqilia. Carried suicide note and knife, but did not attempt to attack anyone.
63. Mohammad Abed Nimir, 37, Jerusalem.
64. Sadeq Ziyad Gharbiyya, 16, Jenin.
65. Abdullah Azzam Shalalda, 26, Hebron.
66.
Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Shalalda, 22, Sa’ir, Hebron.
67. Hasan Jihad al-Baw, 22, Halhoul, Hebron.
68. Lafi Yousef Awad, 22, Budrus, Ramallah.
69. Laith Ashraf Manasra, 25, Qalandia
70. Ahmad Sobhi Abu al-‘Aish, 30, Qalandia.
71. Mohammad Monir Hasan Saleh, 24, Aroura – Ramallah.

Gaza Strip:

72. Shadi Hussam Doula, 20.
73. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman al-Harbawi, 20.
74. Abed al-Wahidi, 20.
75. Mohammad Hisham al-Roqab, 15.
76. Adnan Mousa Abu ‘Oleyyan, 22.
77. Ziad Nabil Sharaf, 20.
78. Jihad al-‘Obeid, 22.
79. Marwan Hisham Barbakh, 13.
80. Khalil Omar Othman, 15.
81. Nour Rasmie Hassan, 30. Killed along with her child in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
82. Rahaf Yahya Hassan, two years old. Killed along with her mother in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
83. Yahya Abdel-Qader Farahat, 23.
84. Shawqie Jamal Jaber Obeid, 37.
85. Mahmoud Hatem Hameeda, 22. Northern Gaza.
86. Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27, al-Boreij.
87. Yihya Hashem Kreira.
88. Khalil Hassan Abu Obeid, 25. Khan Younis. Died from wounds sustained in protest earlier in the week.
89. Salama Mousa Abu Jame’, 23, Khan Younis.

(Source / 17.11.2015)

Soldiers Kidnap 10 Children, 2 Journalists And A Young Man, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers, and undercover units, have kidnapped on Tuesday ten Palestinian children, between the ages of 9 and 13, in addition to two journalists and a young man, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Jeruzalem ontvoerde kinderen

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), in occupied Jerusalem, has reported that the soldiers kidnapped the following children:

1. Islam Khamis Shweiki, 9.
2. Nabil Mazin al-Khatib, 9.
3. Ibrahim Bassam Edrees, 11.
4. Majd Majdi Abu ‘Asab, 12.
5. Nabil Rami Kamel Ghazala, 12.
6. Adham Fayez ‘Obeidat, 13.
7. Tamer Khalifa al-Maghrabi, 12.
8. Yazan Anwar Salfiti, 12.
9. Mohammad Mohannad Odah, 13.
10. Mohammad Jabr Rajabi, 14.

Some of the children were taken prisoner by undercover soldiers, who invaded the Schools Street in Ras al-‘Amoud in Silwan, and fired rounds of live ammunition, before chasing several students heading to school.

Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud managed to visit the kidnapped children in the Police Station in Jabal al-Mokabber, and said that they were been beaten by the undercover soldiers, and were held in an illegal colony in Ras al-‘Amoud for several hours without access to food or water.

The soldiers later moved the children to an interrogation center, where they remained without food or water, and were beaten again.

Mahmoud said that some of the kidnapped children were walking to school when the soldiers chased them, and pushed them onto the ground before berating them up, cuffing and blindfolding them.

Nabil Mazin al-Khatib, 9, was kidnapped after the soldiers invaded his home and searched it. The soldiers claimed he hurled stones on a settler’s car.

Three of the kidnapped children, (Tamer Khalifa al-Maghrabi, Yazan Anwar Salfiti, from at-Tour, and Mohammad Mohannad Odah, from Silwan) were kidnapped in the interrogation facility in Jabal al-Mokabber; the soldiers earlier stormed their homes and summoned them for interrogation.

In related news, the District Court in Jerusalem ordered Ahmad Nidal Abu Ebeitan, 12 years of age, under further interrogation. He was kidnapped from after the soldiers invaded his home in the at-Tour town, on Monday.

Also on Tuesday, the soldiers kidnapped two photojournalists, identified as Mustafa al-Khatib and Eyad at-Tawil, and a young man identified as Bashar Abu Shamsiyya, in Jerusalem’s Old City, and took them to an interrogation center.

(Source / 17.11.2015)

Israeli forces raid Nablus school, demand removal of Arafat posters

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided al-Lubban High School for Girls in southern Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank twice on Tuesday and ordered the school to remove pictures of Yasser Arafat hung up inside the premises, a local monitor said.Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern occupied West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the school at 8 a.m. Tuesday and accused the school administration of inciting violence for having put up posters of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on the school’s walls.Israeli forces demanded the administration take down the pictures and left the school.Later that day, Israeli forces returned around 12 p.m. for the same reason, and demanded the posters be taken down.Sources told Ma’an that the Palestinian liaison office with Israel filed an official complaint to the Israeli liaison office regarding the “provocative act.”Despite leaving the school, dozens of Israeli soldiers remained outside the premises for some time.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces also raided the nearby village of Osarin and threatened widespread arrests if youths from the area continued to throw Molotov cocktails at Israeli settler vehicles.

The forces distributed flyers saying that 10 firebombs had been thrown from a nearby main road in the previous week.
(Source / 17.11.2015)

Israeli ban on Islamic party marks a ‘dangerous turning point’

Palestinian leaders in Israel warn that Netanyahu is exploiting Paris attacks to ‘shut door’ to minority’s political activity

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, gestures outside a Jerusalem court

Nazareth, Israel – The decision by the Israeli government on Tuesday to outlaw the country’s main Islamic Movement marks a dangerous turning point in Israel’s relations with its large Palestinian minority, Palestinian leaders in Israel have warned.

The decision effectively drives underground a religious, political and social movement representing the views of a sizeable portion of Israel’s 1.6 million Palestinian citizens, comprising a fifth of the population.

Jamal Zahalka was among the Palestinian members of the Israeli parliament who called the move a “declaration of war” against the country’s Palestinian minority.

“It is an attack not just on the northern Islamic Movement but on our entire community,” he told Middle East Eye.

He and other community leaders noted that the Islamic Movement has not used or called for violence. He said the ban was driven solely by the agenda of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli right.

“Netanyahu is a leader who needs to create enemies,” Zahalka said. “The recent US deal with Iran deprived him of his main bogeyman. The PA is helping him with security in the West Bank. Gaza is quiet. So he makes an enemy of the country’s Palestinian citizens.

“In the elections [in March] he began his ugly incitement by saying we were coming out to vote ‘in droves’. Now he has the Islamic Movement in his sights. But he won’t stop with this.”

Netanyahu first mooted plans two years ago to shut down the northern wing of the Islamic Movement, led by Sheikh Raed Salah.

However, fear of international condemnation, as well as advice from his intelligence services that such a step could not be justified on security grounds, appeared to stay his hand.

Declared ‘illegal organisation’

Asad Ghanem, a politics professor at Haifa University, said Netanyahu had moved now to exploit the attacks in Paris last Friday, which were claimed by Islamic State (IS) and left 129 dead.

“He is making an entirely false comparison between the Islamic Movement and the most violent armed Islamic groups so that he can persuade the Europeans that this is connected to their fight against terror,” he told MEE.

Declaring the northern Islamic Movement an “illegal organisation”, Netanyahu said it “denies [Israel’s] right to exist and calls for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in its place.”

Early on Tuesday morning, police raided the movement’s head offices in Umm al-Fahm, as well as dozens of Islamic charities and welfare associations in communities such as Nazareth, Jaffa, Kfar Kana, Turan, Beersheva and Rahat.

Some 17 related organisations were also served with orders shutting them down. The group’s leaders were called in for questioning. Computers and documents were seized and the organisations’ bank accounts frozen.

Ghanem said the move would signal to Palestinian citizens that the “door is closed to them when it comes to participating in the democratic process”.

He added: “As well as being politically dangerous, this will also be seen as an assault on Islamic belief. The movement funds and organises student associations that teach the Koran. They will now be treated as illegal.”

Ghanem said nothing about the Islamic Movement had changed in the past decade. “The only thing that changed is the political extremism of Netanyahu and his government.”

Draconian measure

Adalah, a legal group for Palestinians in Israel, said the order from the defence minister, Moshe Yaalon, was based on emergency regulations from the British Mandate period.

The decision threatens with arrest and imprisonment anyone who continues to be involved with the organisation or offers it services.

Adalah called it “an aggressive, draconian measure” that would “suppress a political movement that represents a large part of the Palestinian public in Israel”.

Salah denounced the ban, saying his movement would continue to defend Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City from what he termed Israeli threats.

For more than a decade Salah has clashed with Israeli officials by leading a campaign under the slogan “Al-Aqsa is in danger”, warning that Israel is seeking to erode Islamic sovereignty over the mosque area.

In September the government banned the Murabitoun, Muslim students organised by the Islamic Movement in the al-Aqsa compound. They had regularly clashed with Jewish extremists allowed into the area in ever-increasing numbers by the Israeli authorities.

Netanyahu and other ministers have accused Salah of incitement and blamed him for the wave of Palestinian protests and so-called “lone-wolf” attacks, many of them stabbings, of the past few weeks.

Salah said: “I will take every possible legitimate step, in Israel and internationally, to remove the measures taken against the movement.”

Welfare services threatened

The Islamic Movement was founded in the 1970s as both a political party and a provider of religious and welfare services. It split into two factions in the mid-1990s, with Salah’s so-called northern group refusing to participate in parliamentary elections.

The organisation runs kindergartens, health clinics, mosques, a newspaper and a sports league.

It is also a key member of the Follow-Up Committee, the Palestinian minority’s only representative national body. Mohammed Barakeh, the committee’s head, said the Islamic Movement would continue to participate in defiance of the ban.

Only a fortnight ago, the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported that a year-long investigation by Israel’s domestic intelligence service, the Shin Bet, had been unable to find security grounds for closing the organisation.

Two unnamed government ministers told the paper that Yoram Cohen, head of the Shin Bet, had told the security cabinet he objected to any move to criminalise the movement’s more than 10,000 members. It would do “more harm than good”, he reportedly told them.

Ghanem said the Shin Bet’s view was based on an assessment that allowing the Islamic Movement to operate “ensured its political activities were more open and more mainstream, and would avoid it being forced underground.

“The fact that Netanyahu has taken the opposite view tells us this is a political decision, not a security one.”

Both Zahalka and Ghanem said they feared that Netanyahu would next target Zahalka’s democratic nationalist party, Balad. Last month the Israeli prime minister accused the Balad party of conspiring with Hamas and Islamic State.

Terror link claims

The government immediately launched a media campaign implying that Salah’s movement had colluded with “terrorism” against Israel.

A document issued by Netanyahu’s office stated that the group was “a sister-movement of the Hamas terrorist organization. These organizations are secretly and actively cooperating with one another.”

The public security minister, Gilad Erdan, went further, saying: “The Islamic Movement, Hamas, ISIS [Islamic State], and the other terror organizations have a common ideological platform that leads to terror attacks in the world and the wave of terror attacks in Israel.”

Ghanem said it was preposterous to claim that the Islamic Movement shared common ground with Islamic State.

He also observed that, while the Islamic Movement and Hamas shared a political and religious ideology, Salah’s group forswore violence and militant activity in pursuit of its aims.

Zeki Aghbaria, a spokesman for the northern Islamic Movement, called the government’s characterisation of the organisation, as “political incitement”.

“Today I suddenly found I had become a criminal,” he told MEE. “That means they just criminalised any support for the defence of al-Aqsa, or for the Palestinian people under occupation, or for equal rights for Palestinian citizens in Israel, or for welfare provision for students and the handicapped.”

The decision effectively puts the Islamic Movement on an equal footing with the Kach movement, a Jewish extremist group banned in the 1990s after one of its members, Baruch Goldstein, gunned down 29 worshippers at the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron.

Kach members, who still have strong representation in some West Bank settlements, call for violence against Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories and demand their expulsion.

‘Anti-democratic persecution’

Ayman Odeh, leader of Joint List faction of all the Palestinian parties in the parliament, said of the move against the Islamic Movement: “This is indisputably a case of political, anti-democratic persecution that is part of the de-legitimization campaign waged by Netanyahu’s government against the country’s Arab citizens.”

However, the decision won overwhelming support from Israeli Jewish parties, including the main centre-left opposition party, Zionist Union.

The timing of Netanyahu’s announcement takes advantage of the growing climate against Islamic political activism at the local, regional and international levels.

Given the mood in Europe and the United States after the Paris attacks, Netanyahu can probably count on the international community not studying too closely the comparisons between the Islamic Movement, Hamas and Islamic State.

Regionally, meanwhile, the Islamic Movement is at its weakest. Its sister organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been outlawed in neighbouring Egypt, while Cairo has joined Israel in isolating Hamas in Gaza.

And locally, the Israeli Jewish public wants someone to blame after weeks of Palestinian attacks, including stabbings, in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israel.

Intelligence services have admitted they have little idea how to deal with the so-called “lone wolves”, individual Palestinians not affiliated with any political faction, behind most of the attacks.

Zahalka said Netanyahu wanted a scapegoat and had found a convenient one in Salah. In statements on Tuesday, Netanyahu blamed the weeks of unrest on what he called “incitement” by the Islamic Movement about the status quo at al-Aqsa.

Haifa University sociologist Sammy Smooha told reporters his polls suggested that 42 per cent of Palestinian citizens identified with the Islamic Movement.

Salah is due to start an 11-month prison term next week after an Israeli court found him guilty of incitement over a sermon he delivered in Jerusalem in 2007. It is the latest of several jail terms he has served.

(Source / 17.11.2015)

Palestinian killed in gunfight with Israeli forces near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Nablus on June 18, 2014

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in armed clashes north of Ramallah on Tuesday evening, with two others injured during an exchange of fire.Israel’s army said that shots were fired at an Israeli military patrol near Ramallah, with soldiers returning fire and shooting an assailant.Three armed Palestinians had reportedly exited a vehicle near an Israeli military patrol and opened fire at soldiers near Turmus Ayya, north of Ramallah.Two Palestinians were injured in the gun battle and detained by Israeli forces.Israeli soldiers prevented a Red Crescent ambulance from reaching the scene of the incident, a Ma’an reporter said, with the main Ramallah-Nablus road closed by Israel’s military.
The victim, identified by the Palestinian Ministry of Health as Muhammad Munir Hassan Saleh, 24, from Arura village, was reportedly left on the ground for over an hour without being treated by medics.
Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun bomb grenades at local Palestinians who attempted to reach him.
(Source / 17.11.2015)

A young Palestinian feminist responds to Hillary Clinton’s recent comments on Israel

The presidential candidate has reaffirmed her support for Israel, but one Palestinian feminist is asking her not to forget Palestinian women. (AFP/File)

The presidential candidate has reaffirmed her support for Israel, but one Palestinian feminist is asking her not to forget Palestinian women

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton wrote an article in online news site Forward reaffirming her support for Israel in the run up to the 2016 US Presidential Elections and her bid for the Democrat party nomination.

In it, she describes her love for the nation and its people, and condemns the attacks carried out by Palestinians against Israeli civilians.

Plenty have responded to Clinton’s comments, but one Palestinian feminist made headlines in the US with an open letter which highlights Clinton’s hypocrisy in advocating women’s rights while supporting the Israeli occupation.

Layali Awwad is a freshman at Kenyon College in Ohio and hopes to pursue a career in human rights advocacy. Her letter, published in the Huffington Post this month, might be considered her first step into the field.

Awwad’s letter calls Clinton out for not mentioning Palestinian women’s struggle against the Israeli occupation of their land. She praises the presidential candidate for inspiring women and girls worldwide but adds that she hopes Palestinian women are not forgotten.

Here are some of the highlights from the letter. Or you can see the full version here.

“As a young Palestinian girl growing up in a patriarchal society, your speeches about women’s rights inspired me to imagine a world where gender equality could exist.”

“I was surprised to read your article in The Forward. I was surprised because when you chose to speak about my homeland, not once did you mention Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinian women and children.”

“Did you know that half of Palestinians are women and girls? Did you know that like our brothers, we also live under military occupation, and that Israeli settlers steal our land?”

“Did you know that pregnant women rushing to the hospital have been stopped at checkpoints and have given birth there?”

“Secretary Clinton, you have been an inspiration for women and girls around the world. My own dream is to become a human rights and peace activist, but your article left me deeply frustrated. I know you can be better. Please do not forget us again.”

(Source / 17.11.2015)

US approves billion dollar sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will replenish arms stores emptied by their intervention in Yemen

Saudi Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman meeting with Saudi air forces officers

The US government has approved a request from Saudi Arabia to buy more than 19,000 bombs and smart bombs for its air force, the State Department said on Monday.

Congress will have to green light the deal, but the $1.29 billion dollar sale is likely to go through, and will replenish Saudi stores used up in their war on Yemen.

The Saudi-led operation against the Houthi militia in Yemen has proved controversial, amid frequent reports of civilian casualties on the ground.

But Washington has stood by its ally, which is also a player in the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group further north in Iraq and Syria.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the Saudi air force’s arsenal is low “due to the high operational tempo in multiple counter-terrorism operations.”

The order includes 5,200 Paveway II laser-guided bombs in their GBU-10 and GBU-12 variants, along with 1,100 of the more modern, longer range GBU-24 Paveway III.

There are 12,000 general purpose bombs weighing between 500 and 2,000 pounds and 1,500 devastating 2,000-pound “bunker busters,” the BLU-109 penetrator.

These are designed to smash hardened concrete structures.

In addition to the bombs themselves, the Saudis will receive thousands of “tail kits” to convert dumb munitions into satellite-guided smart bombs.

“The proposed sale augments Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet current and future threats from potential adversaries during combat operations,” the DSCA said, “providing these defence articles supports Saudi Arabian defence missions and promotes stability in the region.”

(Source / 17.11.2015)

‘Most dangerous’ Israeli spy arrested in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian Security Forces in Gaza arrested “one of the most dangerous collaborators with Israel,” a person that security sources said has been working with an Israeli security agency since 2004 before being arrested in mid 2015.

The sources pointed out that the man has been working with five Israeli officers linked to Israel’s Shin Bet Security Agency.

The unidentified man was one of the most “active” members providing information about Palestinian resistance to Israel during its 2008, 2012, and 2014 wars on Gaza.

He also took part in several operations that led to the assassination of nearly ten high-ranking resistance officials during Israeli military attacks on the coastal enclave, and aided Israel in locating the resistance arms caches and tunnels.

The man was also responsible for locating dozens of homes, mosques, and police stations targeted during Israel’s devastating military offensive last summer, and gave information to Israel about the general opinion of Palestinian people towards Gaza siege, Shalit Swap Deal, and Israel’s three aggressions on the Strip.

(Source / 17.11.2015)

88 Palestinians killed since October 1

At least 88 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the Jerusalem Intifada on October 1 including 18 children and four women, medical sources revealed.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that 69 Palestinians were shot and killed in occupied West Bank, while 18 others were killed during Gaza clashes whereas one youth was killed in the Negev.

More than 1422 Palestinians have sustained live gunshot wounds during West Bank and Gaza clashes, while 2150 suffered rubber bullet injures. More than 6300 tear gas inhalation cases were reported.

The Ministry pointed out that 255 Palestinians suffered different fractures and bruises after being brutally attacked by Israeli forces and settlers.

In the West Bank, 983 Palestinians were shot by live rounds, while at least 938 others were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets.

In Gaza Strip, 439 Palestinians were shot with live rounds, while 115 suffered rubber bullet injuries.

The Health Ministry said that 416 Palestinian children were among the injured persons including 226 injured with live ammunition and 128 injured with rubber bullets.

(Source / 17.11.2015)