Palestinian killed near Israeli settlement in West Bank

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Thursday morning after allegedly stabbing and wounding two Israeli guards at an industrial park outside Ariel settlement, the largest Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

Mohammad Abdul Halim Zahran

Mohammad Abdul-Halim Zahran

The guards, one male and one female, both 24 years old, were allegedly lightly wounded. When emergency crews from the Israeli ambulance service Magen David Adom arrived on the scene, they were able to walk themselves to the ambulance.

The Palestinian who was killed has been identified as Mohammad Abdul-Halim Zahran, 22, from Kar ad-Deek town, west of Salfit.

The incident took place around 9 am at Barkan Junction, near the West side of Ariel, at the entrance to an Industrial Park

The two soldiers were taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, according to Magen David Adom.

The Palestinian who was shot was not treated by medical personnel, and was not taken to the hospital. His body was taken by Israeli authorities to an unknown destination.

According to a 2013 report by the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, around half of the 20,000 workers at the 120 factories located in the Barkan Industrial Park were Palestinian.

These factories are part of the economic boycott against Israeli settlement products, which was called for by hundreds of Palestinian civil society groups in 2005.

The Barkan Industrial Park has not been a site of violence by Palestinians against Israelis in the past.

Many Palestinians living in the area nearby have traced the high rate of cancer to runoff and emissions from the industrial park, which are directed toward Palestinian areas so they will not be regulated by Israeli authorities.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reports that approximately 70 per cent of people with cancer in the Salfit district are from areas near Barkan industrial zone and the sewage flow that comes from the zone.

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Israeli soldiers on the scene of the shooting of a Palestinian

(Source / 24.12.2015)

13 shot by Israeli forces, Hebron school tear gassed

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Thirteen Palestinians were shot by Israeli forces on Wednesday in areas around Ramallah while a Hebron-area girls school was tear gassed, locals and medics said.Nine Palestinians were shot when Israeli forces raided the village of al-Mughayyir east of Ramallah. Clashes broke out between youths and the forces, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas.The injured were transferred to a hospital in the nearby Turmus Ayya village for medical treatment.Locals told Ma’an that the forces stormed the home of Ahmad Jaber Abu Alia and also smashed windows of a car belonging to Abdullah Asad abu Alia during the raid.Meanwhile in Hizma, west of Ramallah, four teenage students were shot and injured with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets.The mayor of Hizma, Mowafak al-Khatib, told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers opened fire on students in the village at 9:30 a.m., injuring the four in their lower extremities, and detaining one.Al-Khatib added that Israeli forces have been stationed at all three village entrances for at least five consecutive weeks, often preventing residents from entering or exiting.Separately, in the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron, Israeli forces fired tear gas bombs onto the premises of the Zahrat al-Madaim School, causing schoolgirls to suffer from tear gas inhalation, locals said.Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers attacked the school after detaining two residents from the village.Hassan Abu Hashem, 42, and Thaer Abd al-Qader Khader Abu Hashem, 26, were detained after forces assaulted and pepper-sprayed them.A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance rushed to the school giving first aid to students, Awad said, adding that the school day was suspended following the incident.Youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers deployed at the northern entrance of Beit Ummar during the incursion, Awad said.An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on any of Wednesday’s incidents.
(Source / 24.12.2015)

Arab MPs, Turkish parliamentarians meet over pro-Palestine support

ANKARA, (PIC)– Head of Parliamentarians for Jerusalem (PFJ), Sheikh Hamid Bin Abdullah al-Ahmar, met Speaker of the Turkish Parliament Ismail Kahraman at the headquarters of Turkey’s Parliament in Ankara over support for the Palestinian cause.

PFJ executive board members Sayed Abu Musameh (Palestine), Adel Rashed (Egypt), and Jarullah Bashir (Algeria) along with PFJ executive director Osama Awni also attended the meeting.

Both parties stressed the importance of the Palestinian cause and called for the need to pool resources to boost pro-Palestine support.

At the outset of the meeting, Sheikh al-Ahmar congratulated Kahraman for his latest victory in parliamentary elections and acclaimed Turkey’s support for the Palestinian cause and the nation’s issues.

He further called for propping up serious work in favor of the Palestinian cause and suggested the formation of a Palestine Committee in the Turkish Parliament.

He further pushed for increasing the number of Turkey’s membership in the Parliamentarians for Jerusalem to activate support for the Palestinian cause and Occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 24.12.2015)

Why Israel Desperately Needs Palestine : Economic-Political-Psychological Analysis

By Parul Verma

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The Palestinians have become a test and trial  population who are being subjected to the testing of heinous weapons being produced by Israel. The psychological camouflage  that is sustaining this laboratory testing on Palestinians is the “ existential threat card” being played by Israel (all for profitable measures)

Israel’s military occupation and confiscation of privately owned lands in the West Bank is extremely oppressive, with Palestinians having minimal basic rights of movement and speech to begin with.  Thousands of Palestinian men, women, and children are held in Israeli prisons with physical abuse and torture as a accustomed routine.  Palestinian borders are controlled by Israeli forces. Periodically men, women, and children are strip searched.  women in labour are prevented from reaching hospitals (at times resulting in death), food and medicine are blocked from entering Gaza, producing an inevitable  humanitarian crisis. Israeli forces invade , injure, detain minors, kidnap, and shoot if resistance  is witnessed. Now, one would believe that the sole aim of the Israeli  regime is to annihilate Palestinians (via the channels of ethnic cleansing) and build the country for Jews on the Palestinian land. This belief is crumbled into pieces once the economic-psychological duet analysis of the Israel –Palestine conflict is examined.

Contrary to the popular belief that Israel  wants to execute the Palestinians shatters down once the psychological understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict is analysed. By the end of the article, you would understand  the political psyche with which Israel operates. Throughout the article, I shall engage in the economic profitable strands of the conflict. How Palestinians sustains the economy of Israel ? Why Israel needs the Israel-Palestine  conflict to be sustained rather than be terminated at a mutual agreement? How is Israel-Palestine  conflict too profitable to be resolved?

For Hamza: Arms Sanctions against Israel’s Everyday Terrorism

Hamza Almadani, whose home, while he and his family slept, was hit with an illegal white phosphorus missile fired by Israeli military

The Palestinians have become a test and trial  population who are being subjected to the testing of heinous weapons being produced by Israel. The psychological camouflage  that is sustaining this laboratory testing on Palestinians is the “ existential threat card” being played by Israel(all for profitable measures).

Israel is drowning in poverty

Israel has the second-highest poverty rate within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),while Mexico leading  the list. More than 1.7 million people living in Israel (22 percent of the population) lives in poverty, the National Insurance Institute said in its annual report(2014). The report, based on data gathered by the Central Bureau of Statistics, found that in 2014  1,709,300 people, including 444,900 families and 776,500 children, lived below the poverty line, representing an increase over the year before. The percentage of families living in poverty rose from 18.6% in 2013 to 18.8% in 2014, while poverty among children increased from 30.8% in 2013 to 31% in 2014.

Israel ranks fourth in child poverty in the developed world, a UNICEF report claims (2014) . Child poverty in Israel has increased from 35.1 to 35.6 percent, placing it behind Greece (40.5 percent), Latvia (38.2 percent), and Spain (36.3 percent), which warned that “the longer these children remain trapped in the cycle of poverty, the harder it will be for them to escape.”  Haaretz reported, while fourth in child poverty, Israel had the highest rate of young adults who are not in education, employment or training, with 30.7 percent.

“Even when unemployment or inactivity decreases, that does not mean that young people are finding stable, reasonably paid jobs. The number of 15-to-24-year-olds in part-time work or who are underemployed has tripled on average in countries more exposed to the recession,” the report said.

The economic  crisis in Israel does not end here, rather begins with these figures. Boycott Divestment and Sanction( BDS) , a non-violent movement is gaining its strength  around the world.  This  nonviolent movement for the  justice in Israel/Palestine has grown more momentum than Israel could have imagined. Considering the figures, Israel’s concern over BDS is genuine. Israeli financial newspaper reported ,estimating that BDS could cost Israel’s economy $1.4billlion a year. The estimate included  exports from the West Bank settlements (occupied territories) and with  the EU’s decision to label the occupied territory products by the Israel ( not part of the BDS movement) , The Rand Corporation  estimates that the loss  could be more than three times higher: $47bn over 10 years.

The head of the Israel four leading weapon manufacturing  company  showed major concern stating that the defence industry in Israel is in the midst of a major crisis : military exports have dropped from $7.5 billion in 2012, to $6.5 billion in 2013, and further to $5.5 billion in 2014. This year it is expected to exports to total $4-4.5 billion. A complete boycott of Israel by the European Union would cause the country to lose some 88 billion shekels ($23.3 billion) of exports, a cut of 40.4 billion shekels from gross domestic product and shall cost some 36,500 jobs, the Finance Ministry said in a report obtained by the Marker.( source : electronicintifada.com )

The danger of this economic crisis lays in future where  a sharp devaluation of the shekel and  would be observed. Increased debt levels in the private and public sectors with a reduction in investments and a substantial increase in unemployment is expected. According to a report in Arutz Sheva, Israel’s Finance Ministry is now warning that the country will go bankrupt over the next few decades

…By 2059 the Haredi population is projected to jump from 11.1% today to a full 26.6% [i.e., more than double in size], while the Arab population is expected to grow from 20.9% to 23.1%. Partially as a result of the shifting populations, the annual gap between government spending and government revenues will reach 0.8 percentage points, equalling roughly 9 billion shekels ($2.3 billion), and as a result Israel’s debt will start to hike. While Israel’s national debt has been shrinking and is now at 67% of the GDP, that trend will reverse around 2030 according to the projection, and by 2059 it will reach 88% – still a far cry from economically floundering states such as Greece, which is at 175%.However, Finance Ministry economist Assaf Geva found that if Israel doesn’t succeed in raising the retirement age of men and women to 69, the 0.8-point gap could actually be as high as 2.4 points equalling 25 billion (almost $6.5 billion) by 2059, raising Israel’s debt-to-GDP up to 135%…

How Israel misuses Palestinians in escaping its crippling economy

As the crisis revolving  around Israel’s economy increases, Palestine becomes a source for escaping or rather a catalyst in stabilising Israel’s deteriorating economy. The aim is to profit from the illegal occupation, and the psychological warfare becomes an passively active ingredient to reach the end. As stated before, one should realise that Contrary to the popular belief, Israel does not want to annihilate the population of Palestine, rather it  wants to use the psychological  warfare techniques like collective punishment, detention of the minor, confiscate the land, raid etc to terminate the resistance (thereby creating a psychological  fear of resisting) and at the same time use the politics of instigation  to ignite the Palestinians via physical and psychological  torture and humiliation to continue the resistance , as it becomes the means to the profitable  end for the Israel government. ( source: Politics of Instigation by Parul verma )

Israeli aerial and ground forces used white phosphorus bombs to pound several residential areas across the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli aerial and ground forces used white phosphorus bombs to pound several residential areas across the besieged Gaza Strip

Palestinians have become the test and trial population( combat proven )

Since 2000, Israel has had military operation lasting a few weeks every few years: Defensive Shield (in the West Bank) in 2002; the Second Lebanon War in 2006; Cast Lead in 2008-09; and Pillar of Defence in 2012, Protective Edge (2014). In almost every case, new military technology or weapons were used – which had a profitable effect on Israel weaponary manufacturing department. In 2002, weaponary exports were worth $2 billion which  grew to $3.4 billion in 2006, and were $6 billion in 2012. In 2013, the three largest defence contractors all showed increases in sales: Elbit had annual revenues of $3 billion; IAI $2.65 billion; and Rafael $2 billion.

Elbit is Israel’s largest publicly traded arms and security company. Based in Haifa, it has  international reach, infact 75% of its market is outside Israel. It’s main manufacturing products are Drones, display and weapons systems for Apache helicopters, rockets and guidance systems, fuel tanks for F-16s, unpiloted boats, systems for civil aviation etc. The company has military contracts with governments in the US, UK and Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. According to the Corporatewatch.org,  85% of drones used by the Israeli military are manufactured by Elbit. Elbit’s armed drones are used by the Israeli army in daily surveillance and attacks in Gaza. In effect, Elbit markets its equipment on the fact that it has been battle tested on the bodies of people in Gaza. For example, the Elbit website advertises that the Hermes 450 drone is the “backbone of Israel’s UAS fleet and is combat proven”.  Iron Dome has been a star sale after the recent offensive Protective Edge operation in 2014 as well in 2012 . It is considered to have a 90 percent success  rate in intercepting rockets being fired from Hamas. Infact Bahrain and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which includes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait are in negotiations to buy the Israeli-developed Iron Dome anti-missile system to defend against “a growing arsenal of Iranian missiles”. The deal would profit Israel worth  billions of dollars. Khalid bin Mohammed al Khalifa, Bahrain’s foreign minister said on the visit to London: “The Israelis have their small Iron Dome. We’ll have a much bigger one in the GCC.”

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Let me tell you the ground reality . The Palestinians have become a test and trial population who are being subjected to the testing of heinous weapons  being produced by Israel. The psychological camouflage  that is sustaining this laboratory testing on Palestinians is the “ existential threat card” being played by Israel. To protect their existence from a home made cheap rockets from Hamas, Israel is deploying its Iron Dome testing on Palestinians.

The local defense industries provide jobs (directly and indirectly) for some 150,000 people in Israel. Haaretz reported that the ministry refuses to reveal the overall figures on Israeli arms exports, but some of the data was revealed last year, after a human-rights activist filed a suit(in 2013) . It transpired that $3.83 billion-worth of deals were signed in 2012 with Asian countries; $1.73 billion with European nations; $1.1 billion with Canada and the United States; $604 million with Latin America; and $107 million in Africa. Israel admitted to sales with only five countries – the United States, Spain, Britain, South Korea and Kenya – but Haaretz has found there were deals with at least 33 more countries, including many in the Third World.

Israel is stealing natural gas worth billions from the Gaza Strip and West Bank

The Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem are rich in oil, gas a shale oil resources, al-Haq claims in its 2015 report, Annexing Energy. If these resources were to be developed, Palestine would be economically self-sufficient and would be free from dependence on international community aids. A large concentration of natural gas was found off the Gaza shoreline. According to the estimation of the British Gas group, the natural reservoir of the Gaza shore is estimated at 1.5 trillion cubic meters, at a net worth of around $4 billion US dollars. British Gas group ,according to the agreement with the Palestinian authorities in 1999 were given the right to dig there and sell the gas .The British company had already set up two gas wells called Gaza Marine 1 and Gaza Marine 2.

However, Israeli regime would intercept anything and everything that becomes the catalyst  for economic growth for the Palestinians. Some believe that the various offensive operations that has lead to the massacred of Palestinians have nothing to do with self defence, but is actually all about the natural gas buried beneath the Palestinian land.

Operation Cast Lead began in June 2008, at the exact same time that Israel contacted BG to discuss critical negotiations around Gaza’s natural gas. Israeli Defense minister  Moshe Yaalon mentioned, “Israel needs additional natural gas sources”. But purchasing gas from the Palestinians, he claimed, would be “tantamount to Israel’s bankrolling” .His statement below clearly connects the links between Israel’s military operations and Palestine’s oil and gas reserves:

“British Gas is supposed to be the crown jewel of the Palestinian economy, and provide part of the solution to Israel’s pressing energy needs. The British energy giant, now called the “BG Group,” and its local partners – the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas and the private, Palestinian-owned Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) – are currently involved in advanced negotiations to sell to Israel massive amounts of natural gas – reserves of nearly 1.4 trillion cubic feet – that BG first discovered in 2000 off the Gaza coast. The market value of the gas has been estimated at $4 billion. Therefore, sale of the gas to Israel would mean a billion-dollar windfall for the PA and, potentially, for the Palestinian people. Unfortunately, British assessments, including those of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, that Gaza gas can be a key driver of an economically more viable Palestinian state, are misguided. Proceeds of a Palestinian gas sale to Israel would likely not trickle down to help an impoverished Palestinian public. For Israel, the need for BG’s gas may have already taken a toll. It is possible that the prospect of an Israeli gas purchase may have played a role in influencing the Olmert cabinet to avoid ordering a major IDF ground operation in Gaza …Clearly, Israel needs additional natural gas sources, while the Palestinian people sorely need new sources of revenue. However, with Gaza currently a radical Islamic stronghold, and the West Bank in danger of becoming the next one, Israel’s funneling a billion dollars into local or international bank accounts on behalf of the Palestinian Authority would be tantamount to Israel’s bankrolling terror against itself. Therefore, an urgent review is required of the far-reaching security implications of an Israeli decision to purchase Gaza gas.”

( Moshe Yaalon, Does the Prospective Purchase of British Gas from Gaza Threaten Israel’s National Security?, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 19, 2007) 

The Middle East Monitor reported September 4, 2014 that a Memorandum of Understanding ”is due to be signed between Israel and Jordan in the reservoir of Leviathan to export Israeli natural gas to Jordan during the next 15 years with a total value of $15 billion”. (Jordan to buy $15bn of Israeli gas, Middle East Monitor, September 4, 2014.)

Why Israel Desperately Needs Palestine : Economic-Political-Psychological Analysis

Chossudovsky, a Canadian economist, estimated that the amount of gas in Palestine is much more, adding that it could make the future Palestinian state as rich as Kuwait. He further stated, “… from a legal standpoint, the gas reserves belong to Palestine.” adding that “the death of Yasser Arafat, the election of the Hamas government and the ruin of the Palestinian National Authority have enabled Israel to establish de facto control over Gaza’s offshore gas reserves”.

What is utmost important here is the reflection of the most obvious agenda of crippling any catalyst that would initiate the economic growth of Palestinian. The existence of the Israel-Palestine conflict is a necessity for Israel to raise the profitable monetary bars, making the Palestinian population the test and trial experimental group, on whom the catastrophic weapons died are tested periodically(physically) and the implementation  of apartheid system shatters the collective identity(psychologically ).

(Source / 24.12.2015)

Israeli troops kill Palestinian with more than 30 bullets after car accident near Israeli settlement

In the third fatal shooting of a Palestinian on Thursday morning, Israeli troops shot and wounded a young Palestinian near the Jaba’ military roadblock after a car accident. The roadblock is located near the Israeli settlement of Geva Binyamin in the occupied West Bank.

Wisam Abu Ghweila

Wisam Abu Ghweila, killed near Jaba’ on Thursday

The slain Palestinian has been identified as Wisam Abu Ghweila, from the Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem.

According to Israeli sources, Abu Ghweila drove his car too close to the roadblock. They claimed that he hit soldiers with his car, and one soldier reported being mildly injured.

Instead of addressing the situation as if it were an accident, Israeli troops immediately began to empty their guns at the suspect, wounding him severely.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired more than thirty live rounds at the Palestinian car, which was driven by a young Palestinian man.

Israeli medics arrived at the scene of the incident, and provided medical aid to the mildly wounded soldier, before moving him to an Israeli hospital. They did not provide medical aid for Anu Ghweila.

The Jaba’ military roadblock links between the central West Bank district of Ramallah and various Palestinian areas in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian is the third to be killed by Israeli military fire on Thursday; on Thursday morning, the soldiers killed Eyad Jamal Ed’eis, 26, from Yatta town, south of Hebron, and Mohammad Abdul-Halim Zahran, 22, from Kafr ad-Deek town, west of Salfit.

Geva Benyamin was the site of a controversy in 2014 when Israeli authorities decided to expropriate several acres of Palestinian farmland and buildings in order to construct a bypass road for settlers to relieve traffic congestion on Jewish-only road #437.

At that time, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that Dror Etkes, a researcher into settlement activity, said the new road was paved on an illegal thoroughfare that the settlement built illegally in 2002-2003 to expand Geva Binyamin’s boundaries.

The land for the road and settlement were illegally seized by the Israeli military and handed over to Israeli settlers. The land was owned by residents of the Palestinian village of Jaba’.

(Source / 24.12.2015)

Arab League censures Turkey for military build-up in Iraq

The picture shows a general view of the Arab League foreign ministers attending an emergency meeting in Cairo, Egypt, December 24, 2015. ©AFP

The picture shows a general view of the Arab League foreign ministers attending an emergency meeting in Cairo, Egypt, December 24, 2015

The Arab League has denounced the recent deployment of Turkish troops to northern Iraq as a violation of international law as tensions escalate between Baghdad and Ankara.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby made the remarks at the start of an emergency meeting of the 22-nation bloc’s foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo on Thursday.

“The Turkish military incursion into Iraq is a clear violation of international law and Iraqi sovereignty,” Elaraby said.

On December 4, Turkey deployed some 150 soldiers, equipped with heavy weapons and backed by 20 to 25 tanks, to the outskirts of the city of Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s Nineveh Province. Ankara claimed the deployment was part of a mission to train and equip Peshmerga forces in the fight against the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.

Baghdad, however, strongly condemned the presence of the Turkish battalion on the Iraqi territory, branding the uncoordinated act as a violation of Iraq’s national sovereignty.

Iraq officially filed a complaint with the United Nations Security Council, calling on the international body to ensure an immediate pullout of the Turkish forces from the Arab state.

On December 19, Turkey announced that it had begun withdrawing troops following an appeal by US President Barack Obama.

In a phone conversation the day earlier, Obama urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pull out troops in a bid to de-escalate tensions and respect Iraq’s integrity as a sovereign nation.

However, reports emerged saying that Turkey was moving its troops to another base inside Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

At Thursday’s Arab League meeting, which was called by Baghdad, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Turkey has insisted on “using the term ‘redeployment’.”

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (L) attends an emergency meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo, Egypt, December 24, 2015

“They (the troops) would be relocated from one Iraqi area to another Iraqi area. Sovereignty is sovereignty, and the territories are one,” he added.

Baghdad tried to preserve its diplomatic ties with Ankara, but the Turkish government has not fulfilled its pledges concerning the pullout of its soldiers from the Iraqi soil, the top Iraqi diplomat said.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh began its march through the territory in June 2014.

Iraqi army soldiers and Popular Mobilization Units have been engaged in joint operations to take back the militant-held regions.

(Source / 24.12.2015)

Qalandiya refugee camp residents bury Palestinian killed in clashes

Funeral procession in Qalandiya refugee camp for Muhammad al-Kasbah, 17, killed during clashes in July 2015

QALANDIYA (Ma’an) — Thousand of Palestinians on Thursday marched in a funeral procession for a Palestinian shot dead hours earlier during clashes with Israeli military forces in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah.Twenty three-year-old Bilal Zayed was one of four Palestinians to be killed Thursday. Three others were shot after carrying out separate attacks on Israeli military in the occupied West Bank that left three injured.Locals told Ma’an that Zayed’s body was taken from the Palestine Medical Complex to the entrance of the refugee camp, where the body was carried by mourners to the Zayed family home.Qalandiya residents performed funeral prayers before burying his body in the refugee camp cemetery.The 23-year-old was shot with a live bullet in the chest when residents clashed with Israeli military forces attempting to raid the camp.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that forces opened fire when they were “assaulted by a violent mob” that included gunmen and Palestinians throwing explosive devices, Molotov cocktails, and stones.Zayed was the fourth Palestinian from the camp to be killed by Israeli forces in the last 24 hours.The forces entered Qalandiya hours after camp resident Wisam Abu Ghwaila, 22, ran his vehicle into Israeli soldiers posted near the Geva Benyamin settlement east of Al-Ram.Ghwaila was shot and killed on scene by Israeli soldiers, one of whom an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an was “very lightly injured.”Two Palestinians from the Qalandiya refugee camp were shot dead on Wednesday after killing one Israeli and injuring another in a stab attack in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Another Israeli was also killed when Israeli border guards opened fire on the attackers.Tensions between residents of the Qalandiya refugee camp and Israeli military forces sparked in recent weeks, with frequent clashes breaking out between armed residents — believed to be affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades — and the forces.Two Palestinians were killed on Dec. 18 after attempted to run over soldiers during a predawn military raid in the camp.Two others were shot one month prior when clashes broke out after Israeli authorities demolished the home of an alleged Palestinian attacker inside of the camp.One week after the demolition, an Israeli security guard killed a 14-year-old resident of the camp after she and her 16-year-old cousin carried out a stab attack with scissors in West Jerusalem. Israeli authorities held the teen’s body for nearly a month before returning it to her family.

(Source / 24.12.2015)

Syrian Coalition: Crimes Carried out by Assad and Russia Big Obstacle to Geneva Talks

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee convened earlier today to discuss the course of the Riyadh conference and the recently adopted UN Security Council resolution 2254.

Secretary of the political committee Anas al-Abdah said that massacres against civilians committed by Assad and Russia on a daily basis, including today’s massacre in the town of Hammoriya in rural Damascus, constitute a big obstacle to reaching a political solution in Syria. These acts prove that alleged commitment by Assad and his allies to the principle of negotiating a political solution is just a political maneuver designed to gain more time in power.

Earlier today, over 15 civilians were killed and many more wounded in airstrikes on Hammoriya. Activists said that many civilians remained buried under the rubble.

The political committee calls on the UN Security Council to take immediate action in order to deter Assad and Russia from targeting Syrian civilians. An Amnesty International report yesterday said that Russia’s targeting of civilians in Syria may amount to war crimes.

The committee underlines that negotiations in Geneva cannot be successful whilst massacres are committed on a daily basis against men women and children in Syria; massacres carried out by Assad assisted by the Russians whose aggression in Syria has not drawn a single condemnation by the United Nations.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 24.12.2015)

First Jewish-only road in Israel

While 'Jewish-only' roads already exist in the occupied West Bank, this would be the first such road in Israel [file photo]

While ‘Jewish-only’ roads already exist in the occupied West Bank, this would be the first such road in Israel [file photo]

The Israeli Misgav Regional Council has proposed a new Jewish-only road connecting two Israeli Jewish settlements built in the 1980s in the Galilee Heights to the south of the Arab neighbourhood of Maj Al-Koroom, Quds Press reported yesterday.

The Arab Centre for Alternative Planning (ACAP) warned the Israeli authorities against approving this road, describing it the “first segregationally-based road in Israel.”

ACAP’s Director Hanna Sweed said that Misgav has been insisting on not connecting this road to the northern side – which would link it with a number of Arab villages – for the last 30 years.

Speaking to Quds Press, Sweed said that the new proposal offered to the Israeli authorities specifies the fact that the road is to be used only by Jews.

“The new proposal includes banning the Palestinians from using the road, which briefs distances between Arab villages and Acre,” Sweed said.

Sweed added that this is proposal has “dirty” intentions to construct Jewish-only roads in Israel similar to those that already exist in the occupied West Bank.

“This project reveals [Israel’s] apartheid policies which give Jews preference over Israeli Arab residents,” Sweed said, stressing that they would strive to undermine the proposal.

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(Source / 24.12.2015)

Israeli Medic: “We Don’t Provide Treatment To Wounded Palestinians”

An Israeli medic said on his Twitter page Thursday that field medical crews do not provide treatment to what he called “terrorists”, and stated that, in Hebron, he provided treatment to wounded Israelis “but I did not provide any treatment to the terrorist although he suffered more serious wounds.”

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Text of tweet from Israeli medic (image from Twitter)

The medic said he wanted to be clear in his message when he said, “To all who ask, when I got to the scene today in Jaffa Gate, I helped the wounded [Israelis], but not the hateful terrorist, although he suffered more critical wounds.”

In another Tweet, the Israeli medics said, “When you go to the site of a stabbing attack, and you realize that the victim suffered a serious injury, and the terrorist was shot and also suffered a serious injury, who do you help? Now you answer me.”

There have been many reports, some captured on video, showing Israeli medics ignoring wounded Palestinians, and leaving them to bleed to death, in direct violation of International Law.

Many Israeli medics also carry automatic machine guns despite the fact that whenever they operate in the occupied territories many fully armed soldiers always accompany them.

Palestinian medics said in response to the news that such a statement by a medic, a person who vows to help any person who needs help, regardless of his faith, race, tone of skin or any other aspect, validates various reports regarding wounded Palestinians who bled to death while Israeli medics refrained from providing them with the urgently needed medical treatment.

Nearly a month ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his office, accused the Palestinian Red Crescent of refusing to provide medical aid to wounded Israelis and soldiers, but after his claimed were refuted, he rescinded his accusations. Nearly two weeks ago, Palestinian news agencies published a video of Red Crescent medics rescuing a wounded Israeli soldier.

In October, when questioned about what appeared to be a practice of treating wounded Israelis first while ignoring Palestinians, the head of Magen David Adom said that the medics are not given instructions from above to do that. But he said they would continue to use different-colored body bags for Israeli and Palestinians who are killed, saying, “We need to distinguish between terrorists and Jews, and so we decided to put terrorists in black bags to distinguish.”

(Source / 24.12.2015)