Rights of Palestinian Israeli citizens…

By Jamal Kanj    Jamal Kanj

January 31, 2016

Palestinian civic organisations inside Israel have declared January 30 the Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Israeli citizens.

Israel was established in 1948 on the ruins of more than 500 native towns and villages and the forceful displacement of approximately 780,000 Palestinians. Only 153,000 Palestinians remained under what became Israel. Of which, approximately 25 per cent became refugees in their own country when their homes were destroyed and their land was expropriated by the new state.

Palestinians who continued to live in what became Israel were governed until 1966 by martial laws under appointed Jewish military governor. Unlike Jews, Palestinians couldn’t travel inside Israel without special military permit, lived under the threat of curfew, administrative detention and expulsions. Israel expropriated their land allegedly for military use before they were turned over for the exclusive civilian use of Jewish citizens.

No wonder in 1948, Palestinians owned 80pc of the land. Following the establishment of Israel, their land had shrunk to less than 3.5pc. The same laws were used extensively in the West Bank to confiscate Palestinian land, which were later handed to Israeli settlers to build “Jewish only” colonies.

Israel has two systems: One for its Jewish citizens and another for Palestinian non-Jewish citizens.  In education, a 2001 report by Human Rights Watch described Israeli run Palestinian schools “a world apart from government-run Jewish schools.” A Committee on Arab Education inside Israel found in 2005 that Israel spent an average of $192 a year on Palestinian students compared with $1,100 for Jewish students.

These discriminatory policies translated to great economic disparity between Jews and non-Jews. As a result, they are under-represented in civil service, high technology and financial sectors while over-represented in meagrely paid low-skilled trades. For example, out of 150,000 employees in the high-tech sector, only 460 are Palestinians.

Palestinian Israeli citizens represent 20pc of the population. They, however, account for more than 50pc of the impoverished families in Israel. In fact, out of the 40 Israel communities with the highest unemployment rates, 36 are Palestinian towns.

Discrimination in health care at an early age is equally striking. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in December 2014,  infant mortality rate among Palestinians is more than double the rate of Jewish babies -2.5 for Jewish babies and 6.3 for Palestinians.

On the housing front, discrimination is more blatant. Since 1948, Israel has established more than 1,000 new Jewish cities and towns on the land expropriated from it original Palestinian owners. On the other hand, Israel did not build one single new (non-Jewish) Palestinian community despite the fact that their population grew 10-fold.

Israel building policies choke Palestinian communities by restricting construction permits and demolishing homes of Palestinians as in the case of December 15, 2015 in the town of Tamra. Currently, there are active official orders to demolish 50,000 homes purportedly built without government permits.

Another salient case of Israeli discrimination against non-Jewish Israeli citizens is the Prawer-Begin plan to depopulate 35 unrecognised Palestinian Bedouin communities in the Negev desert. In one instance, Israel demolished and Palestinians rebuilt the village of Al Araqeeb 93 times in the last five years.

The Prawer-Begin plan is part of a larger racist strategy aimed to increase the sparse Jewish population in the Negev desert by building 22 new Jewish communities. This is while eradicating Palestinian villages that predated the establishment of the state Israel.

In the face of the unmitigated wave of additional formalised discrimination by the current ultra-right-wing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinians inside Israel are bringing their grievance to the attention of the international community. Israel can’t continue to use the Jewish victims of the Holocaust to justify its racist and malevolent policies against non-Jewish citizens of Israel.
* Mr Kanj (www.jamalkanj.com) writes regular newspaper column and publishes on several websites on Arab world issues. He is the author of “Children of Catastrophe,” Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. A version of this article was first published by the Gulf Daily News newspaper.

PFLP urges escalating campaign to support hunger striker Mohammed al-Qeeq

qeeqThe Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urged an escalation in the support campaign for hunger-striking imprisoned Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq, on hunger strike for over 65 days, noting that his health had deteriorated dangerously while the occupation refuses to release him.

The PFLP urged all Palestinian bodies, official and popular, to act on this issue, and for human rights organizations and institutions to raise his case in all international forums and expose the occupation’s policies against the prisoners, particularly highlighting the transfer of prisoners, isolation, administrative detention, ill prisoners and child prisoners as issues that should be raised before international courts.

The Front also commended the PFLP comrades in prison who launched a strike in support of Al-Qeeq and isolated comrade Bilal Kayed, urging all to keep the issue of prisoners in the forefront of the struggle, who stand on the front line of confrontation with the occupation.

Comrade Jamil Mizher, leader of the PFLP’s branch in Gaza and member of the Political Bureau, said that a victory for Al-Qeeq is necessary, calling for all action to protect his life and demand his release. He further noted that the occupation threat to the life of Al-Qeeq will only increase the determination of the Palestinian people to confront the crimes of the occupation and pursue the path of resistance.

Furthermore, Mizher noted that it is no surprise that the so-called Supreme Court of the Zionist entity refused to order Al-Qeeq’s release, saying that this is exactly what is to be expected from this illegitimate court that is a full part of the occupation against our people, which legitimizes the torture, abuse and imprisonment of Palestinians.

(Source / 31.01.2016)

Israeli soldiers detain young Palestinian in disputed circumstances

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers detained a young Palestinian man near the Gush Etzion intersection south of Bethlehem on Sunday afternoon, sources said.Israeli media said a Palestinian had been detained by Israeli forces at the junction on Sunday, although they gave contradictory reports on the circumstances in which he was apprehended.Israeli online news site Ynet reported that a Palestinian tried to escape from Israeli forces but was detained, and later confessed to having intended to carry out a stabbing attack.However, a witness who requested anonymity told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers stopped a Palestinian vehicle at the junction and forced a young man to step out of the car at gunpoint.“They then took him at gunpoint to an open area, where he was forced to take off his clothes and lie on the ground before they violently beat him,” the witness said.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into the reports.Since a wave of unrest began in occupied East Jerusalem in October and spread across the West Bank and Israel, more than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers, and over 20 Israelis have died in attacks, most of which were stabbings.On Sunday, a suspected Palestinian stabbed and lightly injured a 17-year-old Israeli near occupied East Jerusalem’s Damascus gate. The attacker fled the scene, with Israeli forces detaining at least two Palestinian youth after the incident.On Monday, a 16-year-old Palestinian turned himself into Israeli authorities in connection with the attack, Israeli media reported.

(Source / 31.01.2016)

Clashes break out near Ramallah as Israeli checkpoint leaves hundreds stranded

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out on Sunday afternoon between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in the village of Jabaa near Ramallah City in the West Bank after a checkpoint was closed, keeping hundreds of cars stranded.Witnesses said that that the Jabaa checkpoint, located at one of the main entrances to Ramallah, had been closed by Israeli forces for over three hours, holding hundreds of cars in traffic.Clashes broke out when Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at several vehicles which tried to take alternate dirt roads through the village to reach the southern West Bank.Israeli forces raided Jabaa to chase after vehicles, and locals responded by throwing rocks. Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets and seized the keys to several cars.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an there were “violent riots” near Jabaa on Sunday, and that Israeli forces had detained one Palestinian who allegedly drew out a knife. She added that she could not confirm whether there had been further arrests.Locals distributed water to stranded motorists and offered them refuge in their homes.Israeli forces shut down most of Ramallah district’s roads on Sunday after a Palestinian Authority staff sergeant shot and injured three Israeli soldiers at an Israeli military checkpoint near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.Amjad Jaser Sukkar, 34, was shot and killed on the scene.The Palestinian Authority military liaison director in the Ramallah and al-Bireh governorate, Nadir Hijja, told Ma’an that people with IDs indicating they were from Ramallah would be allowed to enter the city, but not to leave it.
Conversely, Hijja said Palestinians from other areas would not be allowed to enter Ramallah, but could leave the city. He added that this policy was to be applied for an indeterminate amount of time.Since a wave of unrest began in occupied East Jerusalem in October and spread across the West Bank and Israel, more than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers, and over 20 Israelis have died in attacks, most of which were stabbings.The rise in tensions has been accompanied by a growing number of checkpoints and blocked roads in the occupied West Bank, despite a statement in January by Israeli army Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, who said that “it would be a bitter mistake to impose curfews and closures” on Palestinian communities, adding that such moves would “work against Israeli interests.”
(Source / 31.01.2016)

Anti-Houthi Yemen coalition forms team to assess rules of engagement

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Smoke rises after coalition airstrikes hit a site in Sanaa, Yemen, on Saturday

RIYADH: The Saudi-led Arab coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen announced Sunday the creation of an independent commission of inquiry to examine charges of possible abuses against civilians in the conflict.
In a brief statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the coalition said it formed “an independent team of experts in international humanitarian law and weapons to assess the incidents and investigate the rules of engagement.”
The coalition said the objective was to “develop a clear and comprehensive report on each incident with the conclusions, lessons learned, recommendations and measures that should be taken” to spare civilians.
A panel of United Nations experts in a report obtained by AFP on Tuesday said the coalition has carried out 119 sorties that violated humanitarian law, and it called for an international commission of inquiry.
The coalition command said it regrets civilian deaths in the country, but asserted that these were “unintended,” and was investigating the matter and improving its targeting mechanisms.
Yemen descended into chaos when Iran-backed Houthi militias and loyalists of former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh fought the UN-recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, prompting neighboring Gulf and other Arab countries to intervene.
More than 5,800 people have since been killed and 27,000 wounded, according to UN figures.
About 60 percent of all civilian deaths and injuries were caused by air-launched explosives, the report said.

(Source / 31.01.2016)

Occupation arrested million Palestinians since 1967

More than seven thousands of them are currently inside Israeli jails, including 57 females experiencing sexual harassment

Israeli occupation authorities have arrested million Palestinians since 1967, including several served more than three decades behind bars, statement said on Sunday.

“Unlike prisoners in other places, the Palestinian prisoners endure unbearable conditions inside the Israeli jails,” Qaraqe concluded his statement

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli occupation authorities have arrested million Palestinians since 1967, including several served more than three decades behind bars, statement said on Sunday.

“A million Palestinian have experienced imprisonment inside Israeli occupation jails since 1967,” Chief of the PLO’s Prisoners’ Committee Issa Qaraqe said in the statement.

More than seven thousands of them are currently inside Israeli jails, including 57 females experiencing sexual harassment.

According to Qaraqe, 38 prisoners have been behind bars for more than 20 years. “Some of them are suffering from serious diseases,” he said.

“Unlike prisoners in other places, the Palestinian prisoners endure unbearable conditions inside the Israeli jails,” Qaraqe concluded his statement.

(Source / 31.01.2016)

Israeli gov’t to vote on Judaization project near al-Aqsa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation government is set to vote on Sunday on a proposed bill to expand the Buraq Wall Square. According to the Israeli Nrg news site the government is expected to vote on a bill for a set of construction and reconstruction projects at the Buraq Square.  The 35-million-shekel cost for erecting the new prayer space will be paid by the Prime Minister’s Office and the ministries of Diaspora Affairs and Tourism and Finance. No Israeli rabbi will be consulted for approval over such a projected bid, the same source added. The project makes part of new Israeli Judaization projects across the holy occupied city of Jerusalem and Muslims’ the holy al-Aqsa Mosque so as to wipe out the city’s Islamic identity. Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on early Sunday morning prevented the reconstruction committee at the Endowment Department from renovating a terrace near the Silsila Gate at al-Aqsa Mosque. Director of the al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar Kiswani, slammed the Israeli occupation for meddling in the affairs of the Endowment Department, saying such misdemeanors aim at holding sway over the Mosque. Eyewitnesses said the IOF cordoned off the reconstruction scene and prevented the staff from carrying out their work, forcing them out of the area. The IOF also cracked down on the Muslim worshipers at al-Aqsa and provocatively took pictures of them. The occupation troops further seized the IDs of Muslim women and youths at the main entrances to al-Aqsa.

(Source / 31.01.2016)

Zionists gun down Palestinian who resisted occupation

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Arab Israeli Knesset member Ahmad Tibi (C) takes part in a protest with Arab Israelis against the demolition of Arab homes in the Arab Israeli town of Taybeh, outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem, on Sunday

Ramallah: A Palestinian opened fire at a checkpoint near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Sunday, wounding three Israelis before being shot dead, officials said, the latest in four months of violence.
An attempted car-ramming also occurred later in the day at a military checkpoint in the West Bank north of Jerusalem, with the attacker shot and taken to hospital for treatment, Israel’s military said. No Israelis were reported wounded.
The Israeli army said the shooting attack took place near the Beit El settlement, close to Ramallah. Israeli medics said two of the three wounded had serious injuries.
“A gunman opened fire near Beit El, north of Jerusalem,” the Israeli military said. “Forces at the scene responded to the attack and shot the assailant, resulting in his death. Three Israelis were wounded and are being evacuated for emergency medical treatment in hospital.

(Source / 31.01.2016)

Where is the West’s compassion & condemnation following terror attacks in Middle East?

Lebanese forensic police investigate the site of a twin bombing attack that rocked a busy shopping street in the area of Burj al-Barajneh, a Beirut stronghold of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah, the day after the attack on November 13, 2015. © AFP
Facebook users were not instructed to do so, but may nonetheless wish to change their profile pictures in solidarity with the families and friends of victims of recent terrorist attacks.

A great many of the victims were aspiring university students, others were school teachers, children, infants, parents, and elderly. Their bodies were torn apart in the acts of violence, many unidentifiable.

Most of these innocent victims will go unnamed, their murders obfuscated, or largely unnoticed, in Western media.

Consider the following cycle of carnage:

On November 12, 2015, a double suicide bomb ripped through the Bourj al-Barajneh neighbourhood of southern Beirut, killing 45 and injuring 200 more, many critically so. The terrorists attacked just before 6 pm, on a narrow and crowded residential and commercial street, ensuring maximum loss of life. More would have been murdered had not a local man, Adel Termos, tackled an approaching suicide bomber. Termos lost his life in the blast, but saved countless others with his act of courage.

Site of the December 12 terrorist car bomb explosion in al-Zahra'a, Homs. © Eva Bartlett

On December 12, 2015, terrorists car-bombed, then suicide-bombed, the al-Zahra’a neighborhood of Homs, Syria, killing at least 16 civilians and injuring over 50, according to initial reports from Syrian State media (later updates noted 20 dead and over 100 injured). The deaths and destruction from the initial car-bombing—near the Ahli Hospital—was made worse since the terrorists set off their bomb next to a natural gas delivery truck. Later, a terrorist returned to the scene and detonated his explosive vest among rescuers who had come to help the injured.

This pattern repeated itself on December 28, 2015, in al-Zahra’a, where a car bomb followed by a suicide bomb, killed up to 30 civilians, and injured over 100, according to Syrian state media initial reports. Again, on January 26, terrorists car and suicide bombed al-Zahra’a, killing at least 24 and injuring over 100, many critically-so, according to Syrian state media.

The al-Zahra’a district of Homs had been terror-bombed many times prior to the December 12 attacks, as have other areas of Homs, including the Ekrama district, which suffered a school bombing on October 1, 2014. There, terrorists car and suicide-bombed next to the school, killed 45 people, mostly children and women, according to al-Masdar News. Video footage showed terrified, maimed and dead children being carried away from the school.

Zein Abudllah, 8, injured by shrapnel to his face in the December 12 terorist car bombing.  © Eva Bartlett

The terror attacks are not limited to Homs. Over the past 5 years of this foreign war on Syria, Western-backed militants have committed such acts of terrorism all over Syria. On December 30, 2015, members of Da’esh (ISIS) triple-bombed Qamishli, north-eastern Syria, remote-detonating explosives in three restaurants, killing at least 16 civilians. On January 24, 2016 Da’esh again terror-bombed the city, killing at least three people.

The list of terror attacks in Syria, and neighbouring Lebanon and Iraq, is an endless and long list. Yet, while the vast majority of the victims are civilians, their deaths do not merit the same front-page coverage as similar acts do in the West; the terror attacks do not merit the same statements of condemnation and outpouring of sorrow issued by Western leaders when terrorism strikes elsewhere.

Immense Suffering in Beirut and Homs

I paid a visit to Bourj al-Barajneh and al-Zahara, in November and December 2015, respectively. I witnessed firsthand their narrow roads with their destroyed buildings and homes, which emanated an immense suffering that most Western media glossed over.

The Bourj al-Barajneh tragedy occurred one day before the November 13 attacks in Paris, yet the latter attack on the French capital would make headlines for weeks following; Facebook users changed their profile photos to images of the French flag; world leaders – who were largely silent on Beirut’s tragedy the day prior, as well as the repeated terror attacks in Syria – convened in Paris to march in solidarity with the victims.

Western media’s coverage of the Beirut attack was loaded with sectarian lexicon, essentially relegating those murdered civilians as belonging to a “Hezbollah stronghold” or a “Shia neighborhood,” which to Western readers obscures the fact that – while indeed proudly supportive of Hezbollah – these are everyday humans who have been targeted by terrorism.

The Shia/Sunni Lebanese area is also home to many Christian and Palestinian residents. Visiting in the evening, as when the November 12 attacks occurred, I saw heavy pedestrian, motorcycle and automobile traffic along the narrow streets and lanes that host a number of shops and stalls.

Homes opposite the terrorist car bombing blast in al-Zahra'a, Homs © Eva Bartlett

At the site of the second explosion, residents had erected a memorial and large poster of Adel Termos, the young man who gave his own life to prevent further loss of lives. On the school door opposite, a photo of a Rawan Awad, a young teacher who was killed in the attacks. A local woman pointed to second-story windows, telling me, “the blood reached the windows up there, flesh, too. The blast was huge.” It was said to be the biggest explosion in Beirut for years.

Along the memorial were photos of other victims of these terror attacks: elderly, children, young men and women, victims of Western-backed terror and Western hypocrisy. Their lives didn’t merit worldwide sorrow and solidarity.

Je Suis… Blind and Deaf

The sting that the Lebanese people felt when the world’s attention was focused on Paris, the day after the massacre in Beirut, is a sting that Syrians have known deeply over the past five years.

Take the example of Homs’ al-Zahra’a. Any Western media reporting that does cover the repeated terrorist bombings of the neighborhood does so in sectarian and biased lexicon.

The neighbourhood is described as: “an Alawite” area; a “government-held” area (AP).

But it is not described in terms of its reality, a district comprising a majority of Alawis, but also significant numbers of Christians, Sunnis, and Shia, many of whom are Internally Displaced Syrians who have moved to this “government held”area after fleeing the terrorists’ violence in their own home areas of Aleppo, Idlib, and elsehwere.

The depiction of al-Zahra’a merely as “an Alawite” district is in line with the NATO alliance’s sectarian project, a sectarianism which the vast majority of Syrians continue to refuse. Depicting al-Zahra’a merely as a “government held”area feeds into the Western narrative of obfuscating on the vast amount of support for the Syrian president, and further confuses readers as to the civilian suffering at each terrorist attack in al-Zahra’a.

This human suffering I saw on a December 15, 2015 visit to the neighbourhood, meeting with family members of the dead.

On the second story of what was the shell of his home, teenager Yousef Abdullah walked me through the ruins of the three story home housing two families, outside of which the car bombing had occurred just days prior. It was he who carried out the body of his 17 year old cousin, Caroline, crushed under rubble on the ground level.

The small clothing shop on ground level belonged to Anaya Abbas, a 50, killed in the bombing. Her son, Alaa al-Hamwi, had only days prior returned to see his family. One of the Syrian soldiers defending the Kuweires airbase against terrorist attacks, the al-Hamwi family suffered doubly, from worry over their long absent son, and now from the murder of Anaya Abbas.

Visiting al-Zahra’a one sees a vividly different face, a tormented face, than that which the corporate media allows. Many human stories abound, if journalists care to convey them. The sad hypocrisy is that when terrorist attacks occur on Western soil, these human stories are conveyed, ad naseum.

Commerical and residential streets in the Bourj al-Barajneh area of Beirut which was double terror bombed November 12. © Eva Bartlett

UN Selective on Terrorism

Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has repeatedly issued letters to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) requesting that such acts of terrorism in Syria be officially condemned, and that action be taken against those states supporting, financing, and enabling terrorism in Syria, namely Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The letters specify that the terrorism being committed in Syria is not only by Da’esh (ISIS) but also by other terrorist groups, including “Jebhat al-Nusra, Jaish al-Islam, al-Jabha al-Islamiya, Jaish al-Fateh, Ahrar al-Cham,” and the so-called “Free Syrian Army”.

These letters are routinely ignored by UNSC and the Secretary-General, although they are based on the tenants of UN resolutions pertaining to terrorism.

It its latest letters, following the January 24, 2016 terror-bombings in al-Zahra’a, the Ministry noted the significance of their timing with respect to the upcoming Geneva talks.

Following the December 12, 2015 attacks, the Syrian Ministry sent their standard letters, requesting condemnation of the terrorism. The request was supported by Russia, with their own draft statement, which was rejected at the UNSC.

In the Face of Terror… You’re on Your Own

When the majority of the above-listed terror bombings have been claimed by Da’esh (ISIS), whom the West claims to be fighting, the glaring lack of condemnation of the Homs bombings, and the once-off condemnation of the Beirut bombings, reveals again the blatant hypocrisy of Western leaders.

In his November 13, 2015 address, President Obama, unsurprisingly, made no mention of either Beirut or Syria’s suffering under western-backed terrorists. Instead he called the Paris situation “heartbreaking” and uttered: “…we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.”

Not to be outdone, Vice President Biden offered his “deepest condolences” and called the attacks “heartbreaking” “outrageous” and “tragic” and vowed, “We will look out for one another. We will stand together. We will never bow. We will never break. …We will respond. We will overcome. We will endure.”

In his November 21, 2015 address, Biden, in his opening remarks did actually mention the name “Beirut”, and commented, “in the face of terror we stand as one.” Yet, his address focused primarily on Paris—the “simple human acts”carried out by Parisians post Paris attack—and made no other mention of Beirut, nor the “simple human acts” carried out there. Like Beirut residents rushing to donate blood, post-attacks, for example.

Rather than addressing Beirut’s humanity, or even deigning to mention terror attacks carried out on Syrians throughout Syria, Biden used the rest of his address to talk about Syrian refugees and the “rigorous screening”, “fingerprinting” and background checks refugees go through to enter the US. In other words, he used his platform to negate true suffering in Syria, and instead subtly indoctrinate his audience into equating Syrians with terrorism.

Obama issued a proclamation “Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Paris” on November 15, 2015, ordering the US flag to be flown “at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts,”… and so on.

In a search of the Whitehouse.gov website, using key terms like: “Bourj Barajneh”, “Burj al-Barajneh”, “Beirut”, “Zahra”,“Zahraa”, “Homs” + bombing, I came up with just one match, aside from the above-mentioned November 21VP Biden’s uttering of the name “Beirut” before his ode to Paris. The entry was a Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price, on the day of the Bourj al-Barajneh attacks. Neither Obama, nor Biden, deigned to personally make this statement.

One paragraph, the statement “condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrific terrorist attacks in Beirut, Lebanon that killed dozens and wounded hundreds more. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and other loved ones of those killed and injured in this violence. The United States will stand firm with the Government of Lebanon as it works to bring those responsible for this attack to justice….”

Compare the fiery rhetoric in the Paris statements with this meek Beirut statement. Little sorrow was expressed, nor unwavering solidarity, nor “fighting against extremism.”

Such is Western hypocrisy towards those murdered by Western-supported death squads.

(Source / 31.01.2016)

IOF warns West Bank villagers: “We will destroy your village next Monday”

Israeli occupation forces destroy Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli occupation forces destroy Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank

The Palestinian village Ein al-Rashrash has been given an ultimatum from the Israeli occupation authorities, as these on Thursday decided that the village has to be destroyed.

According to the news agency Days of Palestine the residents of the village located near Nablus where given until next Monday, the 1st of February, to move out of their homes.

Israeli occupation authorities claim that the village lies in the range of fire of an Israeli military base. An Israeli government official warned them that “They have to evacuate their homes and leave the village very soon.”

Reportedly, Atef Daghlas, an anti-settlement activist, said:

“The Israeli occupation authorities officially informed the residents of the village to leave their homes as it will destroy the village on next Monday.”

The village with its 85 Palestinian inhabitants, who have lived there for decades, will therefore be homeless as from Monday.

“This is a humanitarian massacre carried out by the Israeli occupation against a complete Palestinian village which residents inherited from their grandfathers,” Daghlas said.

Concluding his speech to Days of Palestine, Daghlas called on the human rights groups and international community to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to prevent it from destroying the village and expelling its indigenous residents.

(Source / 31.01.2016)