Settlers level lands in Deir Ballout in Salfit

SALFIT, (PIC)– Israeli settlers leveled Palestinian lands in Deir Ballout town to the west of Salfit to expand Leshem settlement built in 2013.

Researcher Khaled Maali said that the Israeli property directorate confiscated 30 dunums of Palestinian lands in Deir Estia and Jeansafout towns in Wade Qana near Salfit after the issuance of confiscation notices for 2000 dunums in the area a month ago.

Maali said the Israeli Occupation Authority is seeking to take control of Wade Qana from all directions by surrounding it with eight settlements.
(Source / 13.12.2015)

Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat from prison: We are struggling for democracy, liberation and justice for all

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The following statement by Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Leftist political party, was issued marking the 48th anniversary of the PFLP’s founding, on December 11, 1967, from his cell in Ramon prison where he is imprisoned by the Zionist occupation. It is reprinted here from the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat:

To the masses of our people, to the comrades,

On this occasion, we salute the great 48th anniversary of our Front. And Palestine is rising in intifada and revolution, with martyrs who have sworn to defeat the occupation and pave the way of the people toward real national self-determination, liberation and return, who are determined that Jerusalem will not be stolen from our people. The leaders and militants of our people and our youth and all of our forces are behind this escalating intifada, toward independence and self-determination over our land, rejecting all attempts to stop and deflect this movement from its natural course and from the objectives sought by the uprising of the youth.

This intifada is continuing steadily despite the enormous sacriices and despite attempts by the occupation to stop it with its flagrant crimes and settler terror.

I salute the young men and women, all the young Palestinians, who are rising with stones, Molotov cocktails, knives and guns, and the mothers and systers of the martyrs and the prisoners who are models of strength and resilience, ululating when confronted with the death of their children, who have shown epic steadfastness and sacrifice in their suffering. All of the Zionist occupation state’s repression, bloodshed and attempts to break the will of the people have fallen in the wake of their steadfastness.

I salute all of our struggling people in the trenches of resistance and intifada, confronting the occupier, seeking to build a national future and a political, cultural and human vision, and all those who struggle internationally, for a society that rejects racism and oppression in all of its forms and instead envisions popular relations based on equality, love, cooperation and mutual support.

I would also like to especially greet the comrades as they light the 48th torch, for the anniversary of our Front, the Popular Front, which was based on struggle and sacrifice, and still struggles and sacrifices. And which continues to march, carrying high the banner of the struggle, and the banner of the martyrs and prisoners, generation after generation.

Every greeting to our Palestinian masses in the occupied homeland of 1948, who are fighting the Zionist actions against them and the ongoing attempts to expel them from our ancestral homeland; all salutes to our people in exile and diaspora, and in the camps, who have confirmed that the suffering of forced deportation from our homeland and the pain of oppression and displacement has only made them more determined to end that suffering through victory, and to struggle alongside their people inside Palestine to accumulate the achievements of the struggle, and lead the way on the road to return, the fundamental core of our Palestinian national liberation movement.

To the masses of our people who push forward the flame of the intifada…The intifada has embodied the natural state of our people and their true path, emerging in response to suffering created by heinous crimes, repression and racism, attacking their national identity, their right to self-determination, and a decent life. Accordingly, and in response to calls to bring an end to this intifada, or to domesticate and transform it into a tactical move for manipulation in negotiations, or from true popular resistance to “peaceful resistance,” we affirm the content of our liberation project, that is democratic and human. Our intifada and resistance against this occupation is a continuous strategic struggle in order to achieve the goals and dreams of our people: to full independence and self-determination on the entire land of Palestine, which includes the establishment of a truly democratic state of Palestine, anti-racist, rejecting all forms of discrimination and oppression, and ending the anti-colonial conflict through uprooting the Zionist project from the land of Palestine and therefore, end the basis of oppression and hatred among the population of Palestine, and establishing a democratic political system that respects all individual and collective rights, all cultural, religious and national rights, and equality of opportunity and of rights on the basis of the collective and individual right to freedom of expression and the rights of the individual. This state of Palestine constitutes the product of a comprehensive democratic process involving all inhabitants of Palestine.

This intifada puts before the Palestinian monopolistic leadership a way out from confusion, stagnation and reliance on the illusions of negotiations and political settlement managed by the U.S. State Department. Understandings which still perceive the U.S. government as a partner and friend of the Palestinian people, and which attempt to either suppress the struggle of our people or use it to gain an advantage in this context, are vacuous and irrelevant in the face of the Palestinian blood in the streets of Jerusalem, of our homeland.

The continued political division and attempts to deal with the reconciliation efforts through mere words and not a serious action is an insult to our people, who look to turn the page on this period. Reality has confirmed that such is not possible without undertaking a serious and bold critical review of the political path and line of our people and of the Palestinian national movement, and working to rebuild its base, drawing lessons from the mistakes and working wholeheartedly to support the popular intifada, with full confidence in the ability of our people and their capabilities to defeat aggression and achieve victory over the Zionist project.

Without the unification of the energies of our people, parties and institutions in the service of the goals of the intifada, the goals of the Palestinian revolution, we will remain always prone to cooling-off, to suppression, and to negative developments. There is an objective link between the continuation and escalation of the intifada and the internal Palestinian situation, its internal stability and rejection of division and exclusivity, and building a firm base of national unity.

The Palestinian people are determined to continue the intifada for all of the national rights of our people. This position is naturally consistent with the struggle of all progressive global forces confronting global imperial arrogance and struggling for independence, self-determination and liberation, for social justice, equality and socialism, based on a fair distribution of the wealth and human principles of peace, rejection of war, imperialism and all forms of oppression and exploitation, principles to which the Popular Front is committed in its political strategy.

In conclusion, I confirm to the masses of the Palestinian people, the Arab nation, and the world, that the PFLP will always remain faithful to the principles, values and national vision and objectives embodied by the leaders of our party, led by the founder, Dr. George Habash, the martyr Abu Ali Mustafa, Ghassan Kanafani, Wadie Haddad, Guevara Gaza, Abu Maher al-Yamani, Ribhi Haddad, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh and all of the martyrs, from the first martyr of the Front, Khaled Abu Aisha, until the last martyr of the Front fallen in the field of struggle.

Long live the 48th anniversary of the launch of this struggling front – forward the intifada, resistance and unity to defeat the colonial Zionist entity.

General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat
Ramon Prison

(Source / 13.12.2015)

Settlers storm private Palestinian land near Nablus

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli military forces on Sunday began refurbishments on a historic home located on Palestinian land near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said.A PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Ma’an that settlers from a number of illegal settlements in the area arrived to the property, “claiming the property belonged to them.”The historic home was located in al-Masudiyya on privately-owned Palestinian on the outskirts of the village of Burqa, north of Nablus.The PA had previously built a recreational park for children in the same area after Israeli authorities evacuated an illegal settlement outpost located on the land, which Israeli settlers have raided several times before, Daghlas added.No further information was given regarding what kind of refurbishments the settlers carried out on the property.Israeli settlers frequently enter Palestinian-owned areas under the armed protection of Israeli forces, often carrying out attacks on Palestinian communities and their property.While Israeli settlers regularly carry out attacks on Palestinian locals, attacks increased throughout the occupied West Bank between Israeli settlers and Palestinians since two settlers were shot dead by Palestinian gunmen on Oct. 1.Several attacks took place throughout October and November on Palestinians during the olive harvest, with settlers preventing farmers from harvesting their olive trees.Well over 500,000 Israeli settlers live illegally in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in contravention of international law, at the expense of local Palestinians.Riyad Mansour, the permanent observer for Palestine to the UN, asked the UN Security Council in October to intervene in order to stop aggression by settlers, including the implementation of a measure to disarm settlers.

(Source / 13.12.2015)

Israeli forces close Palestinian city for third day

Israeli forces gather at the Einav checkpoint, east of Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, where a young Palestinian woman was shot dead on December 1, 2015. (AFP photo)

Israeli forces gather at the Einav checkpoint, east of Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, where a young Palestinian woman was shot dead on December 1, 2015

Israeli forces have maintained a complete closure of the occupied northwestern West Bank city of Tulkarm for the third consecutive day.

The closure entered its third day on Saturday, with an Israeli military spokesperson saying that all movement in or out of the city has been banned “except for humanitarian cases,” Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

Israeli forces raided the Tulkarm governorate on December 9, claiming that they were searching for a person whom they accused of wounding Shaul Nir, a former member of the Jewish Underground terror organization, and his wife in a drive-by shooting in the area.

Shaul Nir, a former member of the Israeli terrorist organization Jewish Underground

The Israeli forces reportedly closed entrances leading in and out of the city with cement blocks and mounds of earth by December 10.

Surrounding areas including Tulkarm’s eastern entrance near Noor Shams refugee camp, the entrances of Kafa and Dhinnaba villages, as well as the main road between the villages of Shufa and Ezbet Shufa were also blocked.

The closure came a month after the Israeli regime allowed the military to close Palestinian villages in the West Bank while searching for what it called “suspected terrorists,” without first getting the approval of Tel Aviv.

The city of Tulkarm houses more than 50,000 Palestinians while the continued closure is likely to affect the movement of the nearly 200,000 residents of the Tulkarm governorate.

The terror group to which Shaul Nir belonged carried out a series of assaults, including car bomb attacks, against Palestinian officials, and its highest profile plot was to destroy the Dome of the Rock in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Nir, together with three other members of the terrorist group, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1983 shooting attack on the Islamic College in al-Khalil (Hebron) and attempted assassinations. His sentences were controversially commuted three times by then Israeli President Chaim Herzog, and he was released after serving less than seven years.

Tensions between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are showing no sign of abatement. The wave of unrest was triggered by Israel’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Palestinians gesture toward Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarm

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers, who frequently storm the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

Nearly 120 Palestinians and about 20 Israelis have been killed in the recent wave of clashes between Palestinians and Israelis since the start of October.

(Source / 13.12.2015)

16-year-old Palestinian shot after alleged stab attempt in Hebron

Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a 16-year-old Palestinian after an alleged stabbing attempt in Hebron on Dec. 13, 2015

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after an alleged stabbing attempt, locals and the Israeli army said.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “a Palestinian armed with knife attempted to stab a pedestrian in Hebron, when forces on site responded to the threat and shot the assailant.”The Palestinian was evacuated by an Israeli ambulance to Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Karem in West Jerusalem, the spokesperson added.Local sources in Hebron identified the teenage girl as 16-year-old Lama Munthir Hafith al-Bakri.The attack reportedly took place near the western entrance of the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement, which lies northwest of Hebron’s Old City.According to Israeli media, the teenager attempted to stab an Israeli settler near the Givat Ramot neighborhood of the illegal settlement before being shot near a car repair shop in the area.The alleged attack attempt is the latest to take place in the occupied Palestinian territory, where an escalation of violence that kicked off in October has continued full-fledged into December.Hebron’s Old City, nearby where Sunday’s incident took place, was designated a “closed military zone” last month in the wake of attacks in the area.Palestinians living in the Hebron area have since come under severe restrictions on movement, arrest raids, and invasive security checks by Israeli forces.The recent violence has left at least 118 Palestinians killed by Israeli military and settlers and 19 Israelis killed in attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals.
Over 30 Palestinians killed have been from the Hebron area, where a Palestinian family on Fridayburied its second child to be killed by Israeli forces in the last two months.
Uday Irsheid, 24, was shot in the chest by Israeli military forces during clashes just weeks after his 17-year-old sister Dania was shot dead after police said they “saw a knife in her hand” at a military checkpoint in Hebron’s Old City.The circumstances of several deaths since Oct. 1 have been widely disputed by critics who say that Israel has implemented a “shoot-to-kill” policy against Palestinians.The Executive Director of Israeli rights group B’Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, said last week that the policy is being used against Palestinians who have already been “neutralized” during attacks.El-Ad said in a statement that Israeli soldiers and police officers effectively became “judge, jury and executioner” after the policy was encouraged by senior Israeli politicians and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.PLO Central Council member Muhammad Eshteyyah in a press conference last week said that 85 percent of Palestinian deaths to take place since Oct. 1 could have been prevented if the “shoot-to-kill” policy was not implemented.
(Source / 13.12.2015)

Dheisheh refugee camp welcomes freed Palestinian prisoner, journalist Nidal Abu Aker

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Nidal Abu Aker, formerly imprisoned Palestinian journalist, organizer and leader of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Dheisheh refugee camp was released from Israeli prison last night, 10 December. Abu Aker had been held under administrative detention; with his comrades Ghassan Zawahreh, Shadi Ma’ali, Munir Abu Sharar and Badr al-Ruzza, he launched the “Battle of Breaking the Chains”, a 40-day hunger strike in protest of the policy of imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial.

Zawahreh, freed one week earlier, is the brother of Muataz Zawahreh, killed by Israeli occupation forces as he protested outside the camp in October. He joined the crowds of Palestinians welcoming Nidal Abu Aker home and free. Before attending a packed popular welcoming rally, where he gave a speech, Abu Aker visited the mother of slain Palestinian Malek Shahin, killed by occupation forces just days before when they invaded the camp in “arrest raids.” Shahin was a comrade of the Zawahreh brothers and Abu Aker in the revolutionary leftist Palestinian political party, the PFLP.

Abu Aker’s son, Mohammed, 20, was not present at the rally to welcome his father home because he is currently arrested by Israeli occupation forces, just weeks ago.

Why Is US-Led Coalition Against Daesh Falling Apart at the Seams?

This US Air Forces Central Command file photo released by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) shows a formation of US Navy F-18E Super Hornets in flight after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq, on September 23, 2014

Washington’s policy in Syria and Iraq is bound to fail, US author Peter Van Buren believes; the 24-year veteran of the State Department calls attention to the fact that the US-led coalition has nearly fallen apart at the seams since no one wants to fight America’s wars for American goals.

Washington’s bankrupt foreign policy of “other-than-American boots on the ground” in Syria has borne its fruit: the much-talked-about US-led anti-Daesh coalition is falling apart at the seams, US author and the State Department veteran Peter Van Buren points out.

“The idea of seeing other-than-American boots on the ground, like Washington’s recently deep-sixed scheme to create some ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels out of whole cloth, is attractive on paper. Let someone else fight America’s wars for American goals. Put an Arab face on the conflict, or if not that at least a Kurdish one (since, though they may not be Arabs, they’re close enough in an American calculus),” Van Buren writes in his recent article for TomDispatch.com.

Alas, this policy is unrealistic, the former US official underscores.The US coalition has brought together ill-assorted allies: the Turks, the Kurds, the Shiites and Saudi Wahhabi Sunnis. Needless to say, each party involved in the coalition is pursuing its own political goals in the Middle East, instead of eliminating Daesh insurgents.

The US author continues that it is believed in Washington that “the Arabs” (a handful of Persian Gulf states and Jordan) “should logically be demanding the chance to be deeply engaged in the fight.”

The situation on the ground proves otherwise.

The coalition’s headliner, the United States, has carried out almost 90 percent of the airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. And it is hardly surprising. While Washington is waging war in Iraq and Syria, Saudi Arabia along with the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar have got bogged down in Yemen.

One of the members of the military protecting a demonstration against candidates for a national unity government proposed by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, is pictured in Benghazi, Libya October 23, 2015.
Libyan Saga: UAE and Qatar Fighting for Gaddafi’s Legacy

Van Buren draws attention to the fact that Gulf monarchs regard Daesh as a “devil not so black, as it is painted”: the emergence of Shiite Iraq prompts far more concerns in Riyadh and Doha than radical Sunni Islamists in Syria do.

It is also no secret that some generous Gulf sponsors have long been funding Sunni extremists in the region.

Remarkably, back in 2009 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote in a classified message (now leaked by WikiLeaks) that Saudi donors are the “most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” Van Buren underscores.

Much in the same vein Ankara is turning a blind eye to the flow of arms and would-be Daesh fighters in Syria through the Turkish-Syrian border. While terrorists are gaining ground in Syria and Iraq, the Turkish leadership is benefitting from oil smuggling from Daesh-controlled territories.

Furthermore, the Turks have even gone so far as to invade northern Iraq.

It seems that Washington is not bothered by Turkey’s maneuvers. It took Ankara’s side after the Turkish F-16 shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber in the Syrian skies. The White House also remains mute on Ankara’s repeated bombing of the Kurds in Syria.

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​”As with so many situations in the region, the details are murky, but the bottom line is the same: the Turks’ aims are their own and they are likely to contribute little either to regional stability or American war aims,” the former US official remarks.

According to Van Buren, the Kurdish peshmerga also cannot be considered as a force capable of protecting American interests on the ground in Syria.

“Not only will the Kurds not fight America’s battles in parts of the region, no matter how we arm and advise them, but it seems unlikely that, once in control of extended swaths of northern Iraq and parts of Syria, they will simply abandon their designs on territory that is now a part of Turkey,” he stresses.

The Kurds may eradicate Daesh but only within the boundaries of a “future Kurdistan,” not in the heartlands of Syria and Iraq.

As for the Iraqi Shiite militias, which are “quietly seen by some in Washington” as an anti-Daesh force, they have currently announced their protest against any further deployment of the US military personnel in Iraq. The truth of the matter is that the Shiite militias do not trust Washington.

Van Buren quotes the militias’ spokesperson who stated: “We will chase and fight any American force deployed in Iraq. We fought them before and we are ready to resume fighting.”

Since the US-led coalition by no means is a monolith force, the results of its year-long campaign in the region are poor.

“The stark reality is that no one there — not the Gulf states, not the Kurds, not the Turks, not the Sunnis, nor even the Shia — is fighting for Iraq and Syria as the US remembers them,” Van Buren notes.

“Washington’s policy in Syria and Iraq is bound to fail, no matter who does the fighting,” the States Department veteran concludes.

(Source / 13.12.2015)

Gaza elders demand Egypt open Rafah Crossing

GAZA, (PIC) — Palestinian elders gathered Sunday before the Egyptian Representation Office in Gaza demanding Egypt open Rafah Crossing. The elders appealed on behalf of the students, patients and holders of non-Palestinian residencies.

Gaza is Egypt’s shield

“We demand our brothers in Egypt open Rafah Crossing, Gaza’s sole access to the outside world,” Tayseer Ata’oot, one of the seniors, said.

Ata’oot confirmed that Palestinians and Egyptians are one hand to restore the Palestinian rights and to liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque. According to him, Gaza is the first defence line for Egypt.

He pointed out that the continuous closure of the Crossing aggravates the suffering of Palestinian patients and students. Ata’oot called upon the Egyptian people to mobilize and unite to open the Crossing.

A call to end injustice

Moin Abu Okal, the Chairman of the Coordinating Bureau of the Popular Committees, condemned the months-long Egyptian closures of Rafah Crossing. He insisted that this increases the Palestinian pain, especially as most of those trying to travel have humanitarian causes.

Representative of the Palestine Scholars Association, Rafiq Shabit, called upon the Egyptian government to play a role in soothing the Palestinian suffering.

“The Gaza Strip is undergoing oppression, and Egypt can help ease the pain by opening Rafah Crossing, particularly since the Palestinian travellers are mostly patients, students and holders of other residencies,” he clarified.

The Egyptian authorities have closed Rafah Crossing for more than 310 days so far 2015, making it the worst year for Palestinian travellers.

(Source / 13.12.2015)

Teenage Palestinian girl shot after alleged attack

Condition of the 16-year-old unclear after she was shot in the West Bank after trying to stab Israelis, police say.

Since October 1, at least 119 Palestinians and 22 Israelis have been killed in near daily violence [Majdi Mohammed/AP]

Since October 1, at least 119 Palestinians and 22 Israelis have been killed in near daily violence

A teenage Palestinian girl who allegedly attempted to stab Israelis in the West Bank was shot on Sunday, Israeli police said.

Lama al-Bakri, 16, attempted the stabbing attack near the southern West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arab before being shot, the police and army said. Her condition was unknown.

“A stabbing attempt was thwarted,” the Israeli army said in a statement, without providing her medical status.

A spokeswoman for the Hadassah hospital said al-Bakri was transferred to a Jerusalem health facility, but she had no information on the girl’s condition.

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Tensions have been high between several hundred Israeli settlers – who live in the heart of Hebron under heavy military guard – and Palestinian residents in the West Bank.

Israeli officer questioned for shooting Palestinian youth

Israeli authorities on Sunday said they have opened an investigation into the actions of a police officer who fatally shot a 16-year-old Palestinian girl during a stabbing attack in Jerusalem last month.

In a statement, the Justice Ministry said it was looking into whether the officer used excessive force while stopping a stabbing attack by two teenage Palestinian girls.

In the November 23 incident, the 16-year-old girl, along with a 14-year-old accomplice, stabbed and wounded a 70-year-old man with scissors before they were shot by the officer.

The ministry said the attorney general had requested the investigation into claims that the officer shot the girl after she had already been restrained. During questioning, the officer said he believed the girl still posed a threat, the statement said.

The incident was filmed by a security camera and the footage was released to the media. The younger girl was wounded.

Since October 1, 119 Palestinians, 22 Israelis, an American, and an Eritrean have been killed in the violence.

The latest violence began with a dispute over access to the site of the al-Aqsa mosque – sacred to both Jews and Muslims – but has since escalated into what many fear may become another full-blown Palestinian uprising.

Palestinians are frustrated by Israel’s 48-year occupation and with peace talks going nowhere.

(Source / 13.12.2015)

Hares Boys – 5 Palestinian teens – sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and high fines for nonexistent “crime”

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is re-publishing here the statement of the Free the Hares Boys Campaign on the sentencing and imprisonment of five Palestinian teens, from the village of Hares. These five young men, Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf and Tamer Souf, were accused of throwing stones near their village and causing a settler’s car accident with a truck. The claim of stone throwing did not even arise until days after the accident, and became an occasion for Israeli occupation forces terrorizing the village, rounding up teen boys and torturing five into false confessions. We urge all to join in actions called by the Free the Hares Boys Campaign and draw attention to these five Palestinian youth and the massive injustice against them:

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Five Palestinian Teens Blackmailed Into Accepting 15 Years Prison Term and Exorbitant ‘Fines’ for a Crime That Never Happened

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by Free The Hares Boys campaign

12 December 2015

It is with great sadness and anger that we hereby inform you of the outcome of the Hares Boys case: the five teenagers are being sentenced to 15 years in prison and are to pay a total of NIS 150,000 (~US $39,000 or €35,000) to the Israeli authorities. Failure to provide the exorbitant sum would, it is implied, result in more years of prison added to the boys’ sentences.

Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf, and Tamer Souf have been kept in prison for 2 years and 8 months and are now being sentenced for a crime that never happened.

The five teenagers (16-17 years old at the time) from the village of Hares (Salfit governorate, West Bank, occupied Palestine) were kidnapped from their homes by the Israeli army in March 2013. The teens were accused of throwing stones at illegal settler cars, one of which drove under a truck that was parked along Route 5 near the village of Hares. The driver’s children were injured during the accident and one of them died two years later after pneumonia complications. The boys denied throwing stones but were forced to sign ‘confessions’ following torturous interrogations at the hands of Israeli secret services. There was never any evidence of the boys’ guilt but it is sadly a reality in the Israeli military court system that does not comply with due process and convicts Palestinians at a 99.7% rate.

After almost 3 years of routine hearings at Israeli military courts, where the boys were initially accused of ‘attempted murder’, they were told on 26 November 2015 that they are now being charged with manslaughter and are being sentenced to prison terms of 15 years, provided their families pay ‘fines’ of NIS 30,000 [US $7,750 or € 7,100] each by the deadline of 28 January 2016. Failure to pay the amount requested by the Israeli military court would, it is understood, result in each boy’s sentence being prolonged, possibly to at least 25 years in prison.

There is no other way to describe this situation the five teens and their families have endured other than as criminal activity on behalf of the Israeli system of ‘justice’. Pressing the families to agree to a court ‘deal’ and threatening them with harsher sentences if they don’t accept is nothing less than extortion. Demanding that families pay large sums of money as a ‘fine’ or a ‘compensation’ to the occupying power is nothing less than a demand for ransom.

On behalf of the Free the Hares Boys campaign we condemn such acts of injustice committed by the Israeli military court.

We invite local and international human rights organizations, the world’s democratic government institutions and people of conscience to stand up to this injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation and to demand justice for the Hares Boys. Please consider contacting your country’s diplomatic representatives in Tel Aviv or occupied Jerusalem; the Israeli Ministry of Justice; your local politicians; asking them to intervene and condemn such injustice and disrespect for the rule of law. Organize events in your community to highlight the Hares Boys case and the situation of hundreds of other Palestinian children who are being kept in occupation prisons.

Do not stay silent in the face of what is not right.

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Cinco adolescentes palestinos están siendo chantajeados para aceptar 15 años de prisión y ‘multas’ exorbitantes por un crimen que nunca ocurrió

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
de la Campaña por la Libertad de los Chicos de Hares
12 de diciembre de 2015

Con gran tristeza e indignación queremos informarles sobre el resultado del caso de los Chicos de Hares: los cinco adolescentes están siendo condenados a 15 años de prisión y tienen que pagar un total de 150.000 shekels (US$ 39.000 o € 35.000) a las autoridades israelíes. Si no se entrega esta suma exorbitante, se les ha dado a entender que serán condenados a un período significativamente más largo de prisión.

Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf y Tamer Souf están en prisión desde hace 2 años y 8 meses, y ahora están siendo condenados por un crimen que nunca ocurrió. Los cinco adolescentes de la aldea de Hares (distrito de Salfit, Cisjordania, Palestina ocupada) fueron secuestrados de sus hogares por el ejército israelí en marzo de 2013, cuando tenían 16 y 17 años de edad. Los chicos fueron acusados ​​sin pruebas de arrojar piedras a vehículos de colonos ilegales, uno de los cuales chocó contra un camión que estaba estacionado en la Ruta 5, cerca de Hares. Las hijas de la conductora del coche resultaron heridas en el accidente, y una de ellas murió dos años más tarde a causa de complicaciones derivadas de una neumonía. Los chicos negaron haber tirado piedras, pero fueron obligados a firmar “confesiones” después de largos interrogatorios y torturas a manos de los servicios secretos israelíes. Nunca se obtuvo prueba alguna de su culpabilidad, pero lamentablemente eso es una realidad habitual en el sistema de tribunales militares israelíes, que no cumplen con las garantías del debido proceso y tienen una tasa de condena de los palestinos del 99,7%.

Después de casi 3 años de audiencias de rutina en los tribunales militares israelíes, donde los chicos fueron inicialmente acusados de “tentativa de homicidio”, el 26 de noviembre de 2015 se les informó que ahora están siendo acusados de homicidio no intencional y serán condenados a una pena de prisión de 15 años, siempre que sus familias paguen la penalización de 30.000 shekels (US$ 7.750 o € 7.100) cada una antes de la fecha límite del 28 de enero de 2016. Se les ha dado a entender que si no pagan en ese plazo la cantidad exigida por el tribunal militar israelí, la sentencia de cada chico se extendería, posiblemente, a por lo menos 25 años de prisión.

No hay otra forma de describir esta situación que los cinco adolescentes y sus familias están sufriendo que de actividad criminal por parte del sistema israelí de ‘justicia’. Presionar a las familias a que acepten un ‘acuerdo’ y amenazarlas con penas más severas si no lo hacen no es otra cosa que extorsión. Exigir que las familias paguen grandes sumas de dinero como ‘sanción económica’ o ‘compensación’ a la potencia ocupante no es otra cosa que una exigencia de rescate.

En nombre de la campaña por la Libertad de los Chicos de Hares condenamos tales actos de injusticia cometidos por el tribunal militar israelí.

Exhortamos a las organizaciones locales, nacionales e internacionales de derechos humanos, a las instituciones y gobiernos democráticos del mundo y a todas las personas de conciencia a protestar ante esta injusticia infligida al pueblo palestino por la ocupación israelí, y a exigir justicia para los Chicos de Hares. Les pedimos que contacten a sus políticos locales, a los representantes diplomáticos de sus países en Tel Aviv o Jerusalén ocupada, a los organismos internacionales, al Ministerio de Justicia de Israel, pidiéndoles que intervengan y condenen semejante injusticia y falta de respeto al estado de derecho.

Les pedimos que organicen eventos en sus comunidades para dar visibilidad al caso de los Chicos de Hares y denunciar la situación de cientos de otros niños palestinos que están en las cárceles de la ocupación. No guardemos silencio frente a lo que no es correcto.

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(Source / 13.12.2015)