Israeli forces carry out massive house demolition in WB

This house demolition resulted in displacement of over than 50 Palestinians

Israeli occupation forces started on Tuesday morning massive demolition of Palestinian homes, agricultural installations West Bank city of Al-Khalil.

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli occupation forces started on Tuesday morning massive demolition of Palestinian homes, agricultural installations West Bank city of Al-Khalil.

Palestinian sources said that the Israeli occupation is carrying out the demolition in a number of neighborhoods in the village of Musafer Yatta in the south of Al-Khalil.

According to Safa news agency, the Israeli forces started demolition the neighourhoods including houses, barrens, greenhouses, etc…

Safa said that the Israeli bulldozers continued the demolition until the time of reporting this story (8am Palestine time).

Demolition of these houses, official Palestinian sources said, led to the displacement of more than 50 Palestinian citizens.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his government to accelerate the demolition of the Palestinian homes belonging to the Palestinians who had been killed by the Israeli forces during this Intifada.

(Source /02.02.2016)

Israeli forces kill Palestinian youth near Tulkarem

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier south of Tulkarem.Palestinian medical sources identified the teenager as 19-year-old Ahmad Hassan Tuba from the village of Kafr Jammal near Tulkarem.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces found Tuba near the illegal settlement of Salit, south of Tulkarem, adding that Tuba “drew a knife and attempted to stab” an Israeli soldier.Israeli forces shot at Tuba, who died on the scene. The spokesperson said none of the Israeli soldiers were injured.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.On Sunday, a suspected Palestinian stabbed and lightly injured a 17-year-old Israeli near occupied East Jerusalem’s Damascus gate. A 16-year-old Palestinian turned himself into Israeli authorities in connection with the attack a day later.

(Source / 02.02.2016)

How the Islamic State is still seeping through Syria-Turkey border

A soldier walks near the wall put up by Turkish authorities on the Syrian-Turkish border in the western countryside of Ras al-Ain, Jan. 29, 2016

Whenever there is major terror attack like the ones we saw at Suruc, Diyarbakir and Ankara, we start debating about the ease with which the Islamic State crosses borders and then we forget about it. The 98-kilometer (61-mile) stretch of border that has the only two openings between IS and the rest of the world, the Jarablus and Al Rai crossings across from Turkey’s Gaziantep and Kilis, has been the main point of contention between Turkey and the United States. During the recent visit of Vice President Joe Biden to Istanbul, recovering Jarablus from IS was again on the agenda. Turkey has declared the movement of Kurds west of the Euphrates River and their attempt to form a Kurdish corridor a red line.

The roads from Kilis to Jarablus and Al Rai have been the scenes of some strange events over the past few years. The government, under pressure to control the militants’ border access, has been erecting walls at key crossing points. The measures have caused some reduction in this traffic, but not stopped it entirely.

Although everyone looks at Jarablus, the town of Elbeyli in Kilis province facing Al Rai is still the main point of crossings by militants. Daily logs by the Turkish Armed Forces are full of apprehensions of people trying to sneak over the border. According to Turkish intelligence reports, in 2015, Turkish security forces apprehended 961 IS members from 57 countries.

A perusal of the logs shows that most were caught crossing from Syria to Turkey and that many of them had their wives and children with them. Here are just a few examples of attempted crossings by suspected IS militants from Syria to Turkey:

  • On Jan. 27, 43 people with 22 children were caught trying to enter Turkey illegally from Syria.
  • On Jan. 24, two people were caught with two children at Kilis attempting to cross.
  • On Jan. 23, 23 people were caught at Elbeyli accompanied by 21 children.
  • On Jan. 22, six people were caught trying to illegally enter Turkey at Elbeyli accompanied by eight children.

Reading the logs, one gets the impression that the border is sealed against illegal crossings. If you ask the Ankara government, no other country does as much to combat IS as Turkey. The reality is that the border is not sealed, nor is it truly open.

Selim Bayturkmen, who publishes a local newspaper in Kilis, told Al-Monitor that there are fewer crossings than before, although entries via the villages of Cildiroba and Besiriye continue.

To prevent border incursions, concrete blocks 3.6 meters high, 2.5 meters wide (roughly 12 by 8 feet) and weighing 8 tons are being installed along the border. The first phase of this plan will cover the 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch between Elbeyli and Kilis.

A local source involved in transportation in Elbeyli told Al-Monitor, “There aren’t all that many measures the government is boasting about. Up until six months ago, 2,000-3,000 people used to cross the border daily in both directions. It was a beehive of activity with buses and minibuses forming long lines. Those vehicles are engaged only in bringing people from the Kilis bus terminal to Elbeyli to sneak into Syria. A ditch was dug and a wall is going up. Crossings have declined, but not ended. They take place mainly in the evenings, particularly from the villages of Arpakesmez, Akinci and Inanli. I can’t give you an exact figure but we have daily traffic of 200 to 400 people.”

The man, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, then explained why illegal crossings have not ended despite all the talk of measures, saying, “Smugglers make deals with soldiers. They buy them with money. Sometimes soldiers open fire; people get killed. For example, a deal may be made with a noncommissioned officer but soldiers don’t know about it and open fire.”

He went on, “For the crossings to stop for good, the state must want it that way. I don’t think the government really wants to stop it. The border has always been there. Before, there was no ditch, no walls and no soldiers but nobody violated the border in those days. We have fields near the border. We used to come and go freely. Now we are afraid to go to our fields even in daylight because of this illegal activity. If the state really wants it, nobody can cross illegally. Otherwise, walls won’t stop it.

“Controls on roads are insufficient. At Kilis, there are two checkpoints that operate at certain hours. But there are scores of other roads you can use to get out of Kilis. Sometimes, because of complaints, the police show up and check identities for 10 to 15 minutes and leave. There is no serious control.

“Human traffickers are not under pressure. I haven’t heard of anyone detained for smuggling people. There is much money in this business. Smugglers have houses right on the border. They charge $100 to $300 per person to cross over. At nights they pay a noncommissioned officer $2,000 to $2,500 to look the other way for 15 minutes. Imagine how much money they must be making. All the border villages got involved in this business and many people have become rich.”

IS controls the Syrian village of Havar, which faces Turkey’s Akinci, a known crossing point. Ighde in Syria, facing Turkey’s Arpakesmez, is controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra.

IS documents obtained by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units provide details of the traffic that took place between Turkey and Tell Abyad, which was retaken by the Kurds in June. Some of the documents, passenger manifests for buses going back and forth, are stamped by the “IS Migration Committee,” which regulated that traffic.

Mahmut Togrul, a Peoples’ Democratic Party deputy from Gaziantep, said those organizing the border crossings actually reside in refugee camps in Turkey, and that officials know all about them but don’t interfere. Togrul told Al-Monitor, “We were visiting the Oncupinar border crossing in July. We saw a man in military uniform, with long beard and hair. He had three telephones and was speaking constantly on them. I learned that he actually lives in our refugee camps. I informed the deputy governor of Kilis. He said to me, ‘We cannot lock them up in camps and keep an eye on them constantly.’ This senior local administration official practically admitted knowing all about illegal crossings.”

Togrul emphasized that despite some efforts, illegal crossings go on. “Traffic definitely continues. This is the only exit of IS to the outside world. They are seriously organized in Gaziantep. If you catch one, there are many others. You may say that for IS, Gaziantep is their human resources center.”

Reminded that the Turkish Armed Forces’ website reporting the daily capture of IS militants gives the impression that there is no tolerance whatsoever at the border, Togrul replied, “Do you know how long they are detained? We are told they are apprehended, but most of them are quickly released. Their organization in Gaziantep is not a secret. They operate in broad daylight. Many nongovernmental organizations in side streets are actually IS fronts. [The Justice and Development Party’s] struggle against IS is not sincere. The local administration is not honest either. They don’t consider IS militants terrorists. Also, this human trafficking has become a lucrative source of income for our border villagers. We know that in the 98-kilometer gap they provide crossing services for IS and earn big-time money.”

(Source / 02.02.2016)

The settlement that killed the Palestinian state

The Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim would continue to forever separate a great number of Palestinians from Jerusalem

Last week UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem an “affront” to not only the international community but also to Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution.

What does this mean for those who pay scant attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Not much.

Not much because typically most casual observers of the conflict, particularly in the West, are befuddled by pro-Israel propaganda (hasbara) that, by design, is meant to mislead and confuse, and there’s hardly a more misleading word in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lexicon than the word “settlements”.

A settlement sounds quaint, folksy and homely. It conjures images of rustic rural homesteads set among pastoral fields. I have found that almost without exception, those who have not visited the West Bank or East Jerusalem imagine an Israeli settlement to be what in reality is an Israeli outpost, i.e. a handful of brick and mortar homes accompanied by a dozen or so trailers.

It is from these outposts that settlements are born – many of which go on to become the size of large towns or even small cities.

To understand the size and scope of one such outpost come settlement – Maale Adumim – is to understand why and how Israel has essentially made a viable Palestinian state – or two states – impossible.

Located four miles to the east of Jerusalem along Highway 1 – which connects Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley – Maale Adumin traces the ridgeline that runs from East Jerusalem to Jericho.

Eight years after Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the Six-Day War, a mere 23 Jewish families established Maale Adumim as an outpost in 1975, with the Israeli government granting the outpost official settlement status two years later. Today the population of Maale Adumim exceeds 40,000 Jewish residents, and the settlement occupies nearly 19 square miles.

Moments after taking the Highway 1 Maale Adumim off-ramp, you arrive at the settlement’s state-of-the-art militarised checkpoint, but it’s not the heavily armed security guards that attract your attention, but rather a water park that is located immediately inside the settlement perimeter wall – one that features paddle boats, cafes and sun decks – drawing a stunning contrast between the impoverished Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem located just up the hill, and the poverty found down just down the hill in the West Bank city of Jericho.

The long sweeping incline driveway takes you the mid-point of the ridge, where a roundabout offers you the options of turning left, right, or back out again. The left turn takes you to a large-scale shopping mall that includes a number of US franchise outlets including ACE Hardware and Body Shop. A right turn takes you past a number of schools and a city-sized police station.

Clearly, Maale Adumim is not your grandfather’s settlement. It’s Israel’s 21st Century version of a sprawling housing development familiar to anyone from Southern California – with palm tree-lined roads and cul-de-sacs, wide footpaths, parks and identical tract homes constructed of Jerusalem stone and red tiles.

For Israel, Maale Adumim is more than a large-scale property development, it’s a fortress – serving as “high ground” protection for Jerusalem, creating “defensible borders,” notes Padraig O’Malley in The Two State Delusion: Israel and Palestine – a Tale of Two Narratives, and Israel is not done fortifying Maale Adumim, as plans to construct an even larger-scale residential complex, which would effectively connect Maale Adumim with Jerusalem, are already underway.

Such plans are in line with the long standing “Allon Plan,” which calls for Israel to “retain the Jordan Valley and eastern slopes of the mountain ridge running through the West Bank, in order to protect against an Arab attack from the east”.

The security wall that runs around Maale Adumim, and current and future neighbouring settlements penetrates nearly 10 miles east of the 1967 border – incorporating 35 miles of Palestinian land.

From an Israel point-of-view, and in regards to any peace deal, Maale Adumim is non-negotiable. Not before. Not now. Not ever – a position that has been made clear by every Israeli Prime Minister from Yitzhak Rabin to Benjamin Netanyahu. “Jerusalem and outlying areas cannot be defined by us as a political issue or a security issue,” Rabin stated in 1992.  “United Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty will remain our capital forever.”

It’s impossible to imagine any Israeli government conceding this strategic piece of seized land, along with evacuating 40,000 upwardly mobile middle-class settlers, and the thousands of others nearby.

From a Palestinian point-of-view, Maale Adumim is nonnegotiable, too.

No Palestinian delegation would ever cede claims to the land the settlement occupies, for doing so would deal a deathblow to the reality of a contiguous Palestinian state. Ceding Maale Adumim would continue to forever separate a great number of Palestinians from Jerusalem.

It would also deliver an almost “fatal blow” to the economic viability of a Palestinian state.

“Look, Jerusalem is not a holy place for us [Palestinians] only,” Abu Ala, the former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, told then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Annapolis.

“Jerusalem is also the most important resource for our economy. We call it our petrol. If Jerusalem is open to the east, I expect no less than 1.5 million tourists to come to East Jerusalem each year. Now, all of them will come through Israel [by way of Highway 1] and will not spend one shekel for a bottle of Coca-Cola in the Palestinian areas, and then they will leave. Without Maale Adumim, no Palestinian state will be viable.”

As you can see, Maale Adumim makes a mockery of the word “settlement”. Not only does the “settlement” defy the implication of the word’s meaning, it also demonstrates how newly constructed settlements are used by Israel to secure more Palestinian land, and how these settlements, by design, make both a viable Palestinian state and a two-state solution near impossible.

(Source / 02.02.2016)

Agha Condemns Russia’s Brutal Bombing of Northern Aleppo

Agha urged the international community and the United Nations to take measures in order to deter Russia and the Assad regime from committing further crimes against the Syrian people. “These barbaric attacks make one wonder if they are designed to put pressure on the opposition’s negotiating delegation or to scoff at the political process currently underway in Geneva and the international community that sponsors it?” Agha said.

“We came to Geneva to prove to the world that we are serious about finding a political solution at a time when the Assad regime, Russia and Iran escalate attacks on the Syrian people. We came to Geneva to ensure sieges on small towns are lifted, but today the Assad regime is about to encircle Aleppo, a historic city with a pre-war population of five million people; the majority of whom are now displaced,” Agha added.

Agha called upon the international community to assume its responsibility towards the protection of civilians in Syria, especially after the opposition responded positively to the Geneva conference. “The international community should give our children a chance to live and should say enough with Assad’s killings of the Syrian people.”

Agha went on to say that the Assad regime is primarily responsible for the emergence of terrorism in the region, stressing that the Syrian people are not terrorists and that what is happening in Syria is a revolution against a brutal regime.

The Russian air force has recently stepped up airstrikes on rebel-held areas in northern Rural Aleppo, the most recent of which hit the town of Anadan. Nearly 16 civilians, many of them women and children, were killed and dozens more were wounded in the ongoing airstrikes on the town today. Three more were killed in Russian air raids on the town of Kafr Hamra in northern rural Aleppo.
(Source: Syrian Coalition / 02.02.2016)



Amnesty International has called on the Israeli occupation to “end ill-treatment of hunger striking Palestinian detainee” who has been on hunger strike for more than two months.

“The Israeli authorities must immediately cease all non-consensual medical treatment and other punitive measures against Palestinian journalist Mohamed Al-Qeeq, who has been held without charge or trial for two months and on hunger strike since 25 November,”Amnesty International said.

It added: “The authorities have undertaken a number of measures aimed at pressuring him to end the hunger strike, some of which violate the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment”

Amnesty International pointed out that “Al-Qeeq has been on a hunger strike, refusing everything but water, in order to protest the torture or other ill-treatment to which he says he was subjected in Israeli custody, and to demand his release from detention he believes is motivated by his work as a journalist.”

Regarding the health condition of the hunger-striker, Amnesty International said: “Al-Qeeq’s health is now in serious danger.”

Therefore, it said: “The Israeli authorities should release him unless he is charged with an internationally recognisable criminal offence and tried in proceedings adhering to international standards.”

It continued: “They should also conduct independent investigations into his complaints of torture or other ill-treatment and prosecute those responsible if sufficient admissible evidence is found.”

The Israeli occupation military arrested Al-Qeeq from his home in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on 21 November 2015, and initially took him to a detention centre in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El.

Then, he was transferred to a detention centre in Jerusalem, and then the Kishon (Jalameh) detention centre, near Haifa.

Source: Days of Palestine 

Editors Note:

Please participate in solidarity with a Twitter Storm campaign to free Mohamed Al-Qeeq this Wednesday, February 3rd at 7pm Palestine time. #FreeAlQeeq


(Source / 02.020.2016)

Death Penalty: A State of Assassins !!

By: Sami, the bedouin


There’s a worldwide debate over the “legality” of Death Penalty, Execution or Capital Punishment as it is referred to in the different legal systems. There are people and organizations who support capital punishment and even with increasing its rates and the legislation that widens its range alleging that it deters and reduce capital crimes within the society. However, others, people and organizations are against it and fighting and campaigning to stop it as an inhuman way of punishing individuals for committing crimes and offenses that the whole society is responsible for.

You cant justify killing for killing, nor eye-for-eye policy, otherwise you would have a whole dead or blind society. China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the US are the largest killers in the world in which a whole society is standing up to kill an individual for committing a crime that he is partially responsible for, while actually the whole society is the murderer !!!

No one is born criminal or killer, but the social conditions are the main factor of criminality, and the social conditions are provided and shaped by the society and government !!

However, we are not to discuss the official and judicial death penalty, but extrajudicial assassination, the Death Squads !!

“israel” is out of this debate, simply because it is so “democratic” and never committed such a punishment but once in 1962 against Eichmann, the Nazi. The human blood and life for “israel” is so precious, specially the jewish one as it never executed anyone from the “chosen people”, the beloved sons of God !!!

Can you believe this? I don’t, simply because I have witnessed the mass-killing Israelexecuting the whole people of Palestine. Inside “israel” the conditions are perfect for the jew “citizen” but in the occupied Territories, it is hell for the occupied natives !!! “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” David Ben-Gurion (the father of “israel”), May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.


The zionist systematic assassination policy is very well known. “israel” has been using Death Squads even before it was established and once it was terrorist groups of Lehi,Irgun, and Stern, even a long time before they (the zionist terrorists) assassinated the Swedish noble and diplomat Bernadette . It’s a Zionist systematic policy that was established on the Rabbinic genocidal mentality, and the assassins mostly become the top leaders (war criminals) of “israel” like BeginShamir, Sharon, Barak,Livni, Bennett, Shaked and the list is endless.

they are fed hatred by their Talmud teachings:

‘Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.’ (Samuel, 15:3)

Zionist leaders

Barak’s role in the assassination of Abu Jihad makes it clear that all wings of the Israeli Zionist establishment, the so-called doves as well as the open supporters of Israeli expansionism, are tied to the policies of state murder and mass terror. It substantiates the fact that the present recourse to political assassinations is part of a strategy to destroy the Palestinian national movement that has the support of the Labor Party leadership as well as Likhud.

A terrorist state (any terrorist state like “israel”) can allege that it doesn’t apply Death Penalty within its borders, and even that its “legal” system doesn’t have such a penalty, but on the ground they practice it openly and widely to annihilate the indigenous occupied people. Since it was established, “isreal” has never committed Death penalty but once, however they (the Zionists) are applying a systematic and deliberate murder of a whole people politically by eliminating its political and social elite. When its murderers reach to the top of the Government like Shamir and the current offense minister Barak (who slain three Palestinian leaders in Beirut with his bare hands), then the whole government is murderous!!

It [the assassination policy] began with the (Jewish National Fund) JNF Arab village inventory that was a blueprint completed by the late 1930s that included the topographic location of each village with detailed information including husbandry, cultivated land, number of trees, quality of fruit, average amount of land per family, number of cars, shop owners, Palestinian clans and their political affiliation, descriptions of village mosques and names of their imams, civil servants and more. The final inventory update was finished in 1947 with lists of “wanted” persons in each village targeted in 1948 for search-and-arrest operations with those seized summarily shot on the spot in cold blood.
The idea was simple – kill the leaders and anyone thought to be a threat the British hadn’t already eliminated quelling the 1936-39 uprising. It created a power vacuum neutralizing any effective opposition to Zionists’ plans.

 Hundreds of our leader, intellectuals, professors, students, prisoners, women, writers, thinkers, politicians, novelists, researchers, mayors, teachers, peace activists… have been deliberately assassinated by the terrorist state of “israel”. Over the past 100 years, the zionists have been targeting our elite to eliminate any possibility to have a healthy society and leadership, they are annihilating our people.

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners were assassinated inside the prison after being caught and investigated like [Akkawi], others were released and shoot dead in the street a few days after being released. Hundreds of our leaders were assassinated in their offices, cars, homes or the street by the “israeli” assassination units that are ruling the Zionist state. Hundreds of writers, young peace activists, women were deliberately assassinated in their homes or in the street !!!

For the israeli terrorists, there are many different reasons to assassinate. Sometimes they murder a peace activist for his/her ability to convinces the Israelis and international peace activists to act, for his ability to cluster more peace activists [Abu-Rahmeh]. Sometimes a mayor is killed for being a leading national figure that unites Muslims and Christianstogether [Khalaf] the christian mayor of Ramallah. Sometimes when his impartial plan that is about to reach to a peaceful settlement [Bernadotte]. Sometimes students are killed because they are so popular in defending their cause specially those studying in the European Universities [al-Khederi]. Sometimes a leader is assassinated because he so influential in the International politics [Abu-Iyad]. Sometimes, a women is slain simply because her ability to organize and lead [Muna Dahi]. Sometimes a juvenile student is targeted for his a ability to move his fellow students to demonstrate [hundreds]. Sometimes a prisoner is assassinated for his ability to educated other prisoners [Ibrahim alraai]. Sometimes a writer is killed because he is internationally quoted for his authentic writings [Kanafani].  Sometime they assassinate Arab scientist to abort their efforts [Almashad] for developing the Arab society. Sometimes they even slaughter European scientist who are about to reveal the zionist sabotage plots [Bonomo & Ferez]. Sometimes, simply because he doesn’t look good in the zionst eyes…. Shall we go on and name thousands of simple unknown martyrs who were targeted deliberately and shoot from “zero distance מדווח אפס”? if to use the zionist terminology after committing a successful assassination?This policy has been followed all the time even by the zionist terrorists before establishing “israel”, and it was so clear when it was approved by the Knesset in 2000 during the second Intifada where hundreds were deliberately assassinated by the special “israeli” undercover units in a few months…. And still this systematic killing is going on !!!

In an article titled, “The israeli Terrorist State and its Mossad Assassins,” the late professor Israel Shahak, a Holocaust survivor, and chairman of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights from 1970 until 1990, famously wrote: “There is nothing new in the fact that Israel is a terrorist state, which, almost from its inception, has used its intelligence service (the Mossad) to assassinate people on foreign soil with any violence or terror it considers necessary for its ends.”

So, “israel” never assassinated but Eichmann? I can believe this only if I am crazy or fool, or drunk maybe !!!

It is not necessary to have a “legal” system to legalize Death Penalty, but you can simply do it widely and systematically while alleging of being a so “Human” occupation and the “only democratic oasis” in the Middle East !!!

(Source / 02.02.2016)

Saudi Arabia overturns execution, sentences Palestinian poet to prison, 800 lashes

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Saudi court overturned the death sentence for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh on Tuesday, his lawyer announced in a statement the same day.Fayadh was sentenced to the death penalty in November for “apostasy” and allegedly emitting “blasphemous statements” in some of his poetry.The poet’s sentence has been changed to eight years in prison and 800 lashes by the general court of the city of Abha in southwestern Saudi Arabia.Fayadh’s lawyer, Abd al-Rahman al-Laham, hailed the downgraded sentence, while maintaining that Fayadh was innocent on all charges.Under the new sentence, Fayadh would be subjected to 16 sessions of 50 lashes each, al-Laham said.The lawyer added that he would appeal in the coming days.In May, the general court of Abha sentenced had Fayadh to four years in prison and 800 lashes, but the prosecution, which had called for the death sentence, had successfully appealed. The downgraded sentence effectively adds four more years in prison to the original sentence.Fayadh has denied all charges against him, saying that another man made false accusations to the country’s religious police following a personal dispute.Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice arrested Fayadh in January 2014 for poetry he had published in 2008.Fayadh had previously been arrested in 2013 after a complaint was filed against him alleging that he spread “misleading ideas.” However, he had quickly been released due to lack of evidence.In November, Human Rights Watch slammed the death sentence handed down to Fayadh, calling it “yet another indictment of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.”According to the organization, Saudi Arabia executed 158 people in 2015, the highest number of executions in the Wahhabi kingdom in 20 years.
(Source / 02.02.2016)

Israeli forces wound, arrest 2, abduct third in Nablus

Israeli undercover forces broke into a shop and abducted a Palestinian teen

Israeli undercover force wounded on Wednesday morning two Palestinians and arrested them, abducted a teen in West Bank city of Nablus.

When the two men arrived an Israeli military checkpoint, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at them, wounded them and also arrested them

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli undercover force wounded on Wednesday morning two Palestinians and arrested them, abducted a teen in West Bank city of Nablus.

Palestinian sources said that Israeli undercover forces abducted a Palestinian teen from the town of Koblan, near the city of Nablus. The teen was later on identified as Abdu-Latif Hassan.

According to the sources, the Israeli undercover forces broke into the shop of the third teen, abducted him and confiscated cameras and electronic devices. Then, they withdrew in a civil car quickly.

The sources said that the brother of the abducted teen Samer Hassan and the lawyer Yousef Shahroj chased the undercover forces.

When the two men arrived an Israeli military checkpoint, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at them, wounded them and also arrested them.

(Source / 02.02.2016)

Palestinian civil society leader Eteraf Rimawi’s administrative detention extended for fifth time

The administrative detention of Palestinian civil society leader Eteraf Bajes Hajjaj Rimawi was extended by occupation forces for an additional four months on 1 February 2016, with a new Israeli military order. Rimawi, Executive Director of Bisan Center for Research and Development, has been imprisoned since 15 September 2014; his administrative detention has been extended five times, all without charge or trial.

Eteraf stated in his hearing that, “the intelligence did not interrogate me. They only asked me one question that I couldn’t really understand. A short while later, a six-month administrative detention order was issued against me. This detention affects me, my family and work heavily.”

He was arrested five times previously – held for two months in 1995, for over a year in 1996, and in 2000 and 2003 he spent 6 months and 4 months, respectively, in administrative detention without charge or trial. In 2008, once again he was held in administrative detention for over a year before his release on October 7, 2009. Rimawi was born on April 30, 1976, is the father of three children, and lives in Ramallah. He has boycotted the military courts since 27 October 2014 and refuses to appear before them in protest of the policy of administrative detention.

Rimawi’s case was highlighted in a recent European Union statement of “concern” over administrative detention, in which over 670 Palestinians are currently held, alongside those of Palestinian circus school teacher Mohammed Abu Sakha and hunger-striking journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq.

Solidarité Socialiste, a Belgian organization that partners with Bisan on projects in Palestine, also issued a statement condemning the detention of Eteraf Rimawi, noting that this arrest is an attack on Palestinian civil society and its support for the Palestinian people, and calling for international action.

In addition to Rimawi, former Palestinian Minister of Local Government Issa al-Jabari was also ordered to four months administrative detention without charge or trial; al-Jabari was last released after 14 months of administrative detention in April 2015. Hani Shalash of al-Khalil was also ordered to four months administrative detention without charge or trial, the sixth time his detention has been renewed; while Hashem Mahmoud Azzam from Bethlehem’s detention was renewed for the third time for six months.

(Source / 02.02.2016)