3 Palestinians & 1 Israeli Killed Sunday; 94 Palestinians Killed since 10/1 (List)

Three Palestinians, including a 16-year old girl, were shot and killed by Israelis on Sunday. All three were accused of ‘having a knife’, but in two of the three killings, eyewitnesses contradicted the Israeli military’s account that the person killed ‘had a knife’.

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Israeli soldiers in West Bank

In the third incident, an Israeli settler was stabbed multiple times and killedbefore the alleged assailant was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers stationed at the Gush Etzion military camp south of Bethlehem. The full list of the 94 Palestinians and 16 Israelis killed since October 1st is below.

In the latest numbers on injuries, from this past Friday, November 20th, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported that more than 10,000 Palestinians were injured since October 1st, including at least 1458 who were shot with live army fire, and 1070 shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
The Ministry also said that 300 Palestinians suffered fractures and bruises after being assaulted by Israeli soldiers and paramilitary settlers in the West Bank, in addition to 26 Palestinians who suffered burns due to Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades, while 6400 Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Names Of The 94 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, including one in the Negev, in the period between Thursday October 1st and the end of Tuesday November 19th, 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.
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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.
72. Shadi Zohdi Arafa, 28, Hebron.
73. Mahmoud Sa’id ‘Oleyyan, 22, Ramallah.
74. Ashraqat Taha Qatanany, 16, Nablus. Rammed by car & shot under questionable claim that “she had a knife”.
75.Shadi Mohammad Mahmoud Khseib from al-Bireh. Shot by Israeli settler after car accident.
76.Issa Thawabta, 34, Gush Etzion. Shot after allegedly stabbing Israeli.

Gaza Strip:

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

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, had his weapon grabbed and turned against him by an Israeli resident.
9. 11/13 – Rabbi Yaakov Litman, killed in shooting attack on car south of Hebron.
10. 11/13 – Litman’s son Netanel, 19, killed in shooting attack on car south of Hebron.
11. 11/19 – Reuven Aviram, 51, killed in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
12. 11/19 – Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, 32 killed in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
13. 11/19 – Yaakov Don, 49, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
14. 11/19 – Ezra Schwartz, 18, a U.S. national, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
15. 11/19 – Shadi Arafa, 24, of Hebron, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
16. 11/23 Hadar Buchris, 21, killed in stabbing attack near Gush Etzion settlement

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

(Source / 23.11.2015)

Night Raids Continue in Al Khalil (Hebron)

On Tuesday, 17th November, several groups of soldiers raided houses in the Wadi al-Hurriya neighborhood of al-Khalil, an H1 district legally outside of Israeli control.

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From 7.30pm, Israeli forces were present in the area, divided into groups of 7-12 soldiers and entering every house and business on designated streets. At some of the residences they entered by force, violently smashing through doors.

They checked every I.D card of the residents and also, according to soldiers who confronted the ISM volunteers, searched for weapons. Later in the night they informed the volunteers that they were looking for weapons and collecting data in order to prevent potential stabbings: “yes, some people are scared. But some people have reason to be scared.”

Each group of soldiers patrolled different streets and dark alleys, checking each house and entering with backpacks, mapping equipment, bullet-proof vests, and cocked machine guns. On entering houses, 2-3 soldiers remained outside to “secure” the entrance, periodically pointing guns at passers-by and preventing vehicle and pedestrian passage through the streets.

The raids lasted until at least 12.30am, after which one unit was witnessed occupying the second floor of a Palestinian house – the other half of which was inhabited by a Palestinian family – and could be heard setting up sleeping equipment. According to the soldiers questioned on site: “no, we are not inside a Palestinian house, they are not living in this house.”

The residence is located within 500 meters of an army base and checkpoint bordering the H2 restricted area of al-Khalil. It was reported later from residents who were in contact with ISM that furniture and property was damaged on the night. This is typical of night raids on Palestinian houses, and in other incidences money and other property has also been stolen. While these raids have been used extensively in the al-Khalil district in recent weeks as part of a tactic of intimidation, it is unclear as to whether the policy of raiding the H1 district and squatting family homes will continue.

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A net installed in the Old City to prevent garbage dropped by Israeli settlers into a Palestinian area

(Source / 23.11.2015)

Settlers attack Palestinian school with stones

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A group of Israeli settlers attacked Monday morning a Palestinian primary school with stones near Kiryat Arba settlement south of al-Khalil.

The school Headmaster Hisham Qawasmi told a PIC reporter that settlers from the nearby Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba stoned the school, pointing out that several military checkpoints were erected in the surrounding areas.

The school, that has more than 340 students, is frequently subjected to similar attacks and violent raids at the hands of Israeli settlers and soldiers, he added.

A similar attack was reported in Nablus when a group of settlers stoned a secondary school in Burin town south of the city.

Nearly 20 Israeli settlers stoned Sunday afternoon the school in an attempt to break into it.

The school was evacuated following the settlers’ attack.

Israeli forces rushed to the area and heavily fired tear gas bombs towards the students.

Israeli settlers have escalated their attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem over the past two months, amid growing tension and ongoing clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers.

In this regard, the Israeli Human Rights Center B’Tselem said that “Palestinians are left unprotected not due to any lack of legal means, but because the authorities employ an unofficial yet longstanding policy of leniency and lack of law enforcement on violent settlers.”

(Source / 23.11.2015)

3 More Palestinian Teens Dead after Alleged Stabbing Incidents

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager on Monday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at the Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, Israel’s army said.

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An Israeli army spokesperson said that as the Palestinian approached the checkpoint, he “drew a knife and attempted to attack a soldier.”

She said that the soldier “responded to the immediate danger” and opened fire on the Palestinian, “resulting in his death.”

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the alleged attacker to Ma’an News Agency as Alaa Khalil Sabah Hashah, 16.

A Palestinian woman identified as Samah Abd al-Mumen Ahmad from Ammuriya village was shot in the head in the crossfire, witnesses said.

A bus driver, Adham al-Sharfa, stated: “I saw what happened with my own eyes as Israeli soldiers opened fire at a youth for attempting to stab an Israeli soldier and then several Israeli soldiers arrived and shot the youth more than 10 times and he fell to the ground.”

Palestinian security sources said Samah was shot in the head while sitting inside her car near where the incident occurred.

Her injuries were reported as critical. No Israelis were reported injured during the incident.

Huwwara checkpoint lies just south of Nablus on a major thoroughfare for both Palestinians as well as Israelis living in illegal settlements in the northern occupied West Bank.

On Sunday, an Israeli settler ran over a 16-year-old girl at Huwwara checkpoint before getting out of his car and shooting her dead, saying that he believed she was about to carry out a stabbing attack at the checkpoint.

The settler was later identified by Israeli media as Gershon Mesika, the former head of the Samaria Regional Council, which represents Israel’s illegal settlements in the northern West Bank.

Later on Sunday, Israeli forces imposed a curfew on Huwwara village after a Palestinian threw a Molotov cocktail at a settler’s vehicle passing through the village, Israel’s army said.

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Also on Monday, Palestinian man was shot dead after stabbing and killing an Israeli settler on Route 443 west of Ramallah, Israel’s army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that a “Palestinian murdered an Israeli and wounded another in a stabbing attack” with the injured victim evacuated for treatment.

Israeli forces responded on site to the incident and shot dead the Palestinian attacker, the spokesperson added.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the suspect as Ahmad Jamal Taha, 16, from the Qutna village near Ramallah.

The attack took place at a gas station along Route 443 west of Ramallah, with the Magen David Adom ambulance service treating the wounded at the scene.

The latest incident brings the total death toll on Monday to three Palestinians and one Israeli after a 16-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead in Jerusalem earlier in the day, after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack near the Mahane Yehuda market.

Israeli media initially reported that two Israelis were wounded in the alleged attack, although a spokesperson for Hadassah hospital later confirmed that one of those injured was a 70-year-old Palestinian resident of Bethlehem, who had a light stabbing wound in his back.

The other was a 27-year-old Israeli security guard who was shot in the hand by friendly fire. An Israeli security guard, who had been driving near the Mahane Yehuda market on Jaffa Street, got out of his car when he saw the two girls and quickly shot dead 16-year-old Hadeel Wajih Awwad and severely wounded her cousin, 14-year-old Norhan Awwad.

Video footage showed both girls running at the security officer, apparently waving scissors, before the security guard and another Israeli managed to knock the girls to the ground. Once on the ground, the security guard ran forward and shot each of them several times.

Editor’s note: In recent months, a bizarre number of such incidents have been documented. Although many reports would seem genuine at first glance, discrepancies in details and outright admission of mistaken intent has caused many to question their authenticity.

(Source / 23.11.2015)

Surrounded by war, Yemen’s students suffer

A man looks at a school destroyed by an airstrike as he flees his home in Sanaa, April 28, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — The war in Yemen is taking a huge psychological and material toll on young students as their schools are being intentionally targeted, officials say.

Education officials there estimate the war has destroyed more than 1,300 schools, required hundreds of others to be converted into shelters and created a black market for, of all things, school supplies.

“The UN stood helpless as schools are targeted by all parties to the Yemeni conflict,” Paolo Lembo, UN resident coordinator in Yemen, said in October. “We cannot compel any of the parties to refrain from targeting schools, as imposing such a condition upon them by force is extremely difficult.”

The war has taken a terrible toll in Yemen as Houthi rebels loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and backed by Iran battle troops loyal to UN-recognized President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The Hadi troops are backed by a Saudi-led coalition of Arab troops.

The fighting, which began in late March, has damaged all levels of the education sector. The children of Yemen, numbering in the millions, are being deprived of their basic right to an education. They are suffering great mental anguish as the fighting continues unabated, accompanied by airstrikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition.

“The repercussions of the aggression waged by the Saudi-led coalition are grave, particularly upon the education sector, leading to the abrogation of given childhood rights,” Deputy Minister of Education Abdullah al-Hamidi told Al-Monitor, adding that damage inflicted on the vital sector is massive. “Hundreds of schools [have been] destroyed, while the remaining standing few were converted to shelters for refugees fleeing a number of Yemeni cities.”

He noted that “6½ million children have been affected by this war.”

Moreover, Hamidi explained that the ministry is “unable to furnish educational material due to a lack of paper used to print textbooks and the impossibility of importing such paper as a result of the siege imposed by the aggressors against our country.”

In a phenomenon seldom seen anywhere else in the world, many Yemenis are being driven to purchase their educational essentials on the black market that has emerged in the capital of Sanaa and other provincial centers. The market is driven by demand and a lack of official action against the trade of educational material.

Yet, Hamidi said there are reasons to be optimistic. Parents seem determined to uphold educational standards by encouraging their children to attend schools. Also, ministry representatives who have visited many schools in Sanaa said primary and secondary students expressed their desire to continue their studies despite the raging war.

Salem Mughallis, Education Office general director in Aden, described the specific situation in that city.

“Armed confrontations taking place in the city between government forces and the Houthis have caused extensive damage to educational infrastructure, with 148 schools destroyed and some converted to refugee centers.”

He added, “The education sector suffered greatly in the city due to the violence of the confrontations there. Many students lost their families and are in a dire psychological state. We have also lost teachers and students who have gone off to fight.”

Mughallis explained that, for various reasons, Aden has yet to begin its school year officially, despite the ministry in Sanaa announcing otherwise. Aden’s refusal to adhere to the ministry’s set schedule could reflect the fact that, because of all the fighting, Aden has become the de facto capital of the country.

Yet, Mughallis said there is still a glimmer of hope that the education sector will regain some normalcy through the humanitarian efforts of the United Arab Emirates’ Red Crescent to rebuild what was destroyed by war. So far, 54 schools have been rebuilt, and the Emirati organization has vowed to restore all Aden’s schools.

“The city’s local inhabitants are eager to see their children return to school,” he noted.

But, he added, “There are still hurdles standing in the way of education returning to normal.” Among those challenges, Mughallis said, is the need to relocate the families forced to live in the schools when their homes were lost to war.

Like others, Mughallis emphasized that the damages of war are not limited to material losses, but extend to the psychological impact on students and teachers alike.

In that regard, Sanaa schoolteacher Abed Abdelghani told Al-Monitor, “Many families were forced to leave their homes in Sanaa and move to other areas in search of security. As a result, refugee students were compelled to adapt to new realities in the areas to which they fled. Students, predominantly children ages 7 to 10, are the segment of society most affected by this war.”

Abdelghani stressed “the urgent need for Yemen to psychologically rehabilitate its students, thus allowing them to return to school. Some have lost their fathers or other family members in addition to the [other] psychological traumas that they have endured due to the indiscriminate shelling of heavily populated areas.”

(Source / 23.11.2015)

Israeli jets strike Gaza in response to rocket fire

The Israeli Air Force has launched airstrikes targeting a “Hamas post” in the Gaza Strip in retaliation to a rocket that was launched at southern Israel earlier in the day.

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According to reports, Israeli jets targeted a training camp of Hamas’ armed wing in central Gaza, apparently blaming the group for the rocket that landed in southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council on Monday morning.

The projectile exploded in unpopulated area, causing no injuries or damage. Alert sirens were not activated, but security forces reportedly swept the area to find the remnants of the rocket.

(Source / 23.11.2015)

Israel draft law allows jail for Palestinians aged 12

Proposed law would lower age of detention from 14 to 12 for “nationalistic-motivated” violent crimes, including murder.

Ahmed Manasrah, a 13-year-old Palestinian child, was reportedly beaten by Israeli interrogators [Reuters]

Ahmed Manasrah, a 13-year-old Palestinian child, was reportedly beaten by Israeli interrogators

An Israeli ministerial committee has approved a law sharply criticised by human rights groups as it would allow the imprisonment of Palestinian children as young as 12.

Authorised by Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, the bill could enable Israel to impose jail terms for children aged 12 years or above, who are found guilty of “nationalistic-motivated” violent offences – including murder, attempted murder and manslaughter.

The bill still needs to be passed by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, in order to become a law.

According to rights groups, the proposed law will in effect impact Palestinian children in occupied East Jerusalem and those who carry Israeli citizenship and live in cities, towns and villages across the country.

Until now, Palestinian children in East Jerusalem cannot be imprisoned unless they are 14 or older.

“Israel’s [civilian] penal laws are becoming more and more similar to military laws in the occupied West Bank,” Rafat Sub Laban, advocacy unit coordinator at the Addameer Prisoner Support Network, told Al Jazeera.

While Israel has placed occupied East Jerusalem under its civilian law, the rest of the occupied West Bank is under military rule.

Israeli military courts are already able to try and imprison Palestinian children 12 years and older in the West Bank, as long as they do not carry Israeli-issued Jerusalem residency permits.


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Anat Berko, an Israeli legislator from the hardline right-wing Likud party, introduced the bill.

On Sunday, she told the committee that “Palestinians recruit minors while knowing that Israeli law does not have a real response” to Palestinian children accused of nationalist-motivated offences, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, a member of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, announced her support for the bill in a statement on Sunday.

Shaked said that there were “many cases where serious crimes, including murder, attempted murder, and manslaughter were carried out by minors under 14”.

Israeli forces or settlers have killed 94 Palestinians during the ongoing violence since October 1, including 21 children

Israel’s signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty makes it bound to respect international law, explained Brad Parker, a lawyer at Defence for Children International (DCI) – Palestine.

“This bill is an apparent response to criminal attacks that have allegedly been carried out by young Palestinians and is a clear attempt to criminalise and punish the alleged attackers,” Parker told Al Jazeera.

“But this proposed bill appears to prioritise the criminalisation and punishment of children in complete disregard of international law.

“As violence has escalated in the past few months, we see policies and practices that contravene international law being codified by the Israeli government.”

In a measure that harshly impacts children, the Knesset recently approved a three-year minimum sentence  for Palestinian Jerusalemites convicted of throwing stones.


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Since the outset of 2014, Parker said that Israeli forces have “increasingly use[d] excessive force against Palestinian children, including live ammunition and physical violence during arrests”.

A July 2015 DCI-Palestine report found that least 53 percent of Palestinian children in East Jerusalem arrested by Israeli forces are subjected to violence, while 86 percent are coerced into signing confessions in Hebrew, a language they do not know.

The new bill also comes on the heels of uproar in Israel over Ahmed Manasrah, a 13-year-old Palestinian who was critically injured after being shot while allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli in Jerusalem last month.

His 15-year-old cousin Hassan was shot dead during the incident.

A video of Ahmed being interrogated by Israeli police later emerged on the internet, depicting the interrogators questioning him in an ostensibly threatening manner. One officer tells the child to “shut up” and that he “will show you… if you don’t answer”.

The boy’s lawyer and family deny that he was trying to stab an Israeli at the time he was shot. His next hearing in a Jerusalem court will come on November 26.

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Recent months have seen anger boil over into unrest as Palestinians protest Israel’s ongoing occupation in Palestinian communities inside Israel and across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Amid growing tensions, Israeli forces arrested 1,197 Palestinians – including 177 children – in October alone, according to the Ramallah-based human rights group Al-Haq.

Last month, Israel opened a new interrogation and detention centre for Palestinian children in the Jabal al-Mukaber neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.

“Arrests are being used by Israeli occupation forces as a punitive measure” to retaliate against Palestinians for protesting Israeli policy, said Addameer’s Sub Laban.

At least 320 of the 6,700 Palestinians currently in Israeli lockup are children, asdocumented by Addameer.

Since October 1, Israeli forces or settlers have killed 94 Palestinians, including unarmed protesters, bystanders and alleged attackers. Meanwhile, 16 Israelis were killed by Palestinian attackers.

At least 21 of the Palestinians killed during that period were minors, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health.

(Source / 23.11.2015)

New Israeli Demand: “Close your Facebook or you can’t travel!”

Israeli occupation authorities have asked a number of Palestinians to close their Facebook accounts, in order to be allowed to travel via Erez crossing.

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Head of the studies and documentations unit at the Detainees’ Commission,Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, noted that Israeli occupation authorities now follow new methods of extorting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

He explained that authorities demanded that Palestinians not criticize Israel on their Facebook accounts, or to completely close them, in order to obtain permission to travel via Erez crossing.

He said that the most affected people are the official figures, adding that they may arrest and/or cancel permission to travel.

Erez crossing, controlled by Israel, is the only crossing via which Palestinians in Gaza can travel to the occupied West Bank or Jordan, Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports.

Most of the travelers are medical patients.

Ferwana considers this a new form of blackmail which contradicts international regulations, pointing to other cases in which Israeli forces arrested youths in the West Bank for their activities on Facebook.

He said that Israeli occupation authorities arrested 50 Palestinians from Gaza, while they were seeking to travel via Erez crossing, since the beginning of this year.

(Source / 23.11.2015)

Three Palestinian teens murdered in 10 hours

All of the three are between 14 and 16 year old

Israeli occupation forces shot, killed three Palestinian teens on Monday in West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli media published a video, claiming that Awawdeh approached the Israeli attempting to stab him, but it is clear from the video that she did not hold anything in her hand

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli occupation forces shot, killed three Palestinian teens on Monday in West Bank and Jerusalem.

In the afternoon, the 16-year-old Palestinian boy Alaa Hashash was approaching the Israeli military checkpoint at the entrance of the West Bank city of Huwwarah, when an Israeli occupation soldier shot and killed him.

Following the killing, the Israeli occupation army said that the Palestinian teen was planning to stab an Israeli soldier.

Earlier than this killing, an Israeli occupation soldiers shot the Palestinian girl Samah Ahmad, 15, from the village of Ammuriyeh.

A Palestinian eyewitness said that he saw the young Palestinian girl when she at first shot in the head by an Israeli soldier.

“Then, a couple of other Israeli soldiers approached the girl and shot her with more than ten bullets from a zero distance,” he added. This means that she was intentionally executed.

Palestinian security sources stressed that the Palestinian girl was shot while she was inside a Palestinian car.

In the early morning, the time when school students go to their schools, a group of undercover Israeli troops harassed the 15-year old Palestinian female school student Hadeel Awawdeh in the city of Jerusalem.

The girl raised her hand towards one of the Israelis, followed him and attempted to hit him. He raised his pistol and shot her, while other members of the group shot Awawdeh’s 14-year old cousin, causing her serious injuries.

Israeli media published a video, claiming that Awawdeh approached the Israeli attempting to stab him, but it is clear from the video that she did not hold anything in her hand.

(Source / 23.11.2015)

President Khoja Lauds Deir Ezzor Sacrifices, Urges Nusra to Dissociate from Al-Qaeda

President Khoja said that instead of targeting ISIS headquarters, the Russian aggression has targeted civilians in Deir Ezzor who have made immense sacrifices on road to freedom. The Russian air strikes on Deir Ezzor have caused dozens of civilian casualties, including women and children.

At a press conference held earlier today, President Khoja extended condolences to the families of the victims in all Syrian cities, including Deir Ezzor, Dara’a, Aleppo and Damascus.

He explained that Russia has recently stepped up air raids on rural Latakia, Aleppo, Dara’a and Douma. 2,977 civilians have been killed across Syria since the Russian aggression began 53 days ago. 550 of these were killed in Russian air strikes that have reached up to 2,943 so far. Three schools, 14 hospitals, a pharmaceutical plant and food factory were targeted by the Russian air force.

President Khoja added that barely 6% of the overall Russian air strikes on Syria have targeted ISIS, warning that the refugee crisis will worsen if the Russian aggression continues.

Khoja calls on Al-Nusra Front to dissociate itself from Al-Qaeda, especially Al-Qaeda’s adoption of the bombings in Mali at a time terrorist attacks have rocked Turkey, France, and Lebanon. He also urges all Syrian rebel factions to adopt the national path that the revolution states, stressing that the Free Syrian Army rejects terrorism in all its types.

President Khoja reaffirms the Syrian Coalition’s commitment to a political solution in accordance with the Geneva I Communique, emphasizing that any political solution in Syria cannot include Bashar al-Assad and his ruling elite.

Khoja said that the Syrian Coalition is invited to attend the upcoming Riyadh conference, commending the role played by Saudi Arabia to realize the Syrian people’s demands. He added that the Syrian Coalition seeks to make the conference successful and will reach out to the rest of the revolution institutions and civil society organizations.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 23.11.2015)