Palestinians struggle to recover from Qabatiya blockade

Residents of the West Bank town say they are being collectively punished for the actions of a few.

Fayida Zakarna, the mother of a Palestinian teenager who committed an attack against Israeli forces, said her son was not political [Abed al-Qaisi/Al Jazeera]

Fayida Zakarna, the mother of a Palestinian teenager who committed an attack against Israeli forces, said her son was not political

Qabatiya, occupied West Bank – After Israeli forces lifted their siege of Qabatiya earlier this month, the West Bank town came back to life.

Families roamed the streets on their way to dinner at relatives’ homes, while men lounged around in large groups at open-air cafes, smoking shisha and drinking spiced Arabic coffee. The streets bustled with laughing children and shouting fruit-sellers.

Residents say that Qabatiya, which is home to about 25,000 people, is usually a quiet, simple place to live. Today, the only signs of this month’s blockade are the large patches of dark earth smeared across the roads leading into Qabatiya, left over from the dirt mounds used by Israeli forces to block the entrances.

Strawberry seller Abudullah Nasaar was out of work for three days during the closure

During the blockade, which lasted for three days, Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition at protesters, who threw rocks and Molotov cocktails.


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The unrest began on February 3, when three young men from Qabatiya sneaked into Israel and shot dead a 19-year-old border police officer in occupied East Jerusalem. Another Israeli officer was seriously injured during the attack, and all three Palestinians – Ahmad Zakarna, 19, Muhammad Kamil, 19, and Najeh Abu al-Roub, 22 – were shot dead by Israeli forces.

The incident was part of a broader upheaval that broke out last October, in which more than 170 Palestinians were shot dead and at least 27 Israelis killed. After the incident, Qabatiya was completely locked down, and no one was permitted to enter or leave. Israeli forces closed all seven roads leading into the town.

Residents told Al Jazeera that during the blockade, violent clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces continued day and night for three days, until the roads were opened and Israeli forces evacuated the area.

Abudullah Nasaar, a 24-year-old strawberry seller who works in Qabatiya, said he was unable to work during the blockade. “I was happy to hear that the blockade lasted for only three days, instead of the month we were first told,” Nasaar said.

We stick together… and if they destroy our home, my community will continue to support us.

Fayida Zakarna, Palestinian citizen from Qabatiya

“I passed the village once during the closure. As we drove by, we could see black plumes of smoke rising at different points all around the village. It was weird: Qabatiya is such a busy, wonderful, bright place, but during the closure all my friends here said no one was on the streets but boys clashing with the Israelis.”

After the blockade was lifted, Israeli authorities revoked Qabatiya residents’ permission to work in Israel.

Muhannad Zakarna, 42 – who is not related to Ahmed Zakarna, one of the attackers – said he had not been allowed to enter Israel to go to his construction job since the deadly attack.

“By the time they opened the entrances and it was possible to go to work, people started saying we wouldn’t be allowed through the checkpoint, but I was not sure if it was true at first,” he told Al Jazeera. “So I went to the checkpoint anyway to try to go to work, and they weren’t even waiting for us to get to the front. The Israelis said on a loudspeaker that anyone from Qabatiya needed to leave.”

Zakarna said that he had not contacted his boss, because after a week of missed work he was certain he had no chance of keeping his job. “I don’t think the Israelis care: We are completely expendable. Only a small percentage of Palestinians are allowed work permits, but there are thousands of people standing behind each guy who does have one waiting to replace him.”

A spokesperson for Israel’s Civil Administration confirmed that Qabatiya residents were currently barred from working in Israel, without providing details as to how long the measure would continue.


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“It’s a bad decision on Israel’s part,” Zakarna said. “If people don’t have work, then the unrest is only going to strengthen and things will get worse for them. But us, we can handle it – this is life under occupation.”

Fayida Zakarna, the mother of one of the young men who committed the February 3 attack, said her son was not political. He took part in clashes, like most teenagers in the occupied West Bank, but was not affiliated with a political party, and was mostly interested in saving money to build a home so he could prepare for marriage, his mother said.

She said she had no idea that her son was planning anything. Nevertheless, Israeli forces have taken measurements and photos of her home, informing residents that the family homes of all three attackers will be demolished.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem considers such punitive demolitions a clear form of collective punishment, and has referred to the practice as “organised barbarity”.

Israel carried out punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes from 1967 until 2005, when the practice was discontinued because of its perceived ineffectiveness as a deterrent. According to B’Tselem, Israel’s defence minister at the time discontinued the practice on the recommendation of a military commission that found no proof it was effective. Instead, the commission concluded that such demolitions could actually encourage more attacks.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently reinstated the policy of punitive demolitions after an increase in Palestinian attacks on Israelis. Since October, B’Tselem hasdocumented more than two dozen punitive home demolitions, which have left dozens of people homeless.

Although her home may be destroyed, Fayida Zakarna said Palestinians were never homeless because they can lean on one another.

“My family and the other families are being held responsible for something we had no control over, but if they destroy our house God will look after us, so we are not worried about a demolition,” she said.

“We stick together. Even through all this, my community supports us – and if they destroy our home, my community will continue to support us.”

(Source / 22.02.2016)

Israeli Soldiers Kidnap 21 Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, overnight and on earlier Monday, 21 Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank. One Jordanian was taken prisoner after crossing the border near Bisan.

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The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers invaded the town of al-Jiftlik, in Jericho district and kidnapped five Palestinians, identified as Khaled Abdul-Aziz al-Atawna, 22, Omar Suleiman Abi Rezeq, 26, Yasser Ismael Abu Hatab, 22, Mustafa Khalil Abu Salim, 30, and his brother Hamza, 21.

The PPS added that the soldiers also invaded various areas in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, searched many homes, and kidnapped eight Palestinians, identified as Monjed Majed Sharif, 21, Odai Mamoun Sharabati, 21, Mohammad Ahmad ‘Aadi, 57, Nour Abdul-Hafith Reb’ey, 21, Abdul-Rahman Ramadan, 18, Khairi Abu Hadeed, Tamer Kamel Masharqa, and Monther Mahmoud al-Heeh, 21.

In the Salfit district, the soldiers searched homes and kidnapped Ehab Hassan, 17, after ransacking his home, while resident Emad Zoheir Sobeh, 32, was kidnapped the Qalqilia, in the northern part of the West Bank, and Mohammad Abdul-Latif Deeriyya, 18, was kidnapped from his home in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem.

In addition, several army vehicles invaded the al-Jiftlik town, north of Jericho, searched homes and kidnapped Khaled Abdul-Aziz al-‘Atawna, 22, Omar Suleiman Abi Rezeq, 26, Yasser Ismael Abu Hatab, 22, and two brothers, identified as Hamza, 21, and Mustafa Khalil Abu Salim, 30.

In related news, the army detained a Jordanian man after crossing the border fence near Bisan city, Israeli Channel 10 said.

It added that the man was unarmed, and was moved to an interrogation center and that Israel will likely transfer him back to Jordan, after concluding a security background check.

(Source / 22.02.2016)

Israeli minister calls on “displacing attackers’ families to Gaza or Syria”

Transporation Minister Yisrael Katz and PM Benjamin Netanyahu during rally in November (Haaretz)

Transporation Minister Yisrael Katz and PM Benjamin Netanyahu during rally in November

The Israeli Transportation minister, Yisrael Katz, on Sunday has called on Israeli authorities to displace the families of “Palestinian attackers” to Gaza or Syria.

According to the leading Hebrew newspaper Ynet, Katz said that this move of displacing the Palestinian families will deter the Palestinian minors from carrying any attempts to attack Israelis, since demolitions were not enough to stop them.

To his part, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his support to Katz, however said that the Judiciary system would not allow it, because it is considered as collective punishment, which is illegal in the international law.

However, Netanyahu promised Katz to run a discussion on the issue in the Cabinet.

And in another similar stand, the right-wing extremist minister of Education, Naftali Bennett, said on Sunday during the cabinet meeting that Palestinian parents “do not prevent their sons from “stabbing Israelis” since they “get financial compensation from the Palestinian Authority” when their child is killed.

According to Haaretz, these statements have shocked the ministers who were attending the meeting, making them “twist in their chairs.”

Back in November, Bennett  had said that “[Israelis] should have killed more [Arabs],” in response to the Arab MK, Hanin Zoabi’s condemnations of Israel boasting about killing innocent civilians.

At that time, Bennett immediately accused Zoabi of lying, then said that “anyone who lifts a hand against Israel must die.”

The Israeli rhetoric against Palestinians has been lately growing on an alarming rate, starting with the complete denial of civil rights for Palestinians, then the denial of a Palestinian nation, to the denial of Israeli occupation; a rhetoric which has escalated illegal Israeli demolitions and settlement expansion on Palestinian land.

Katz statements come as a result of a violence that sparked last October, following numerous Israeli violations of this kind against Palestinians.

Since then, some 180 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed.

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Israeli MK claims: “There is no Palestine and therefore no occupation”

(Source / 22.02.2016)

A Palestinian injured in Israeli gunfire attack east of Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)–  A Palestinian young man was injured Monday evening in an Israeli gunfire attack on the eastern borders of Gaza Strip, medical sources reported. Spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry affirmed that a Palestinian was injured after being hit in his foot with a live bullet east of Gaza.  The injured was then taken to al-Shifa Hospital for treatment. Israeli forces usually carry out gunfire attacks and incursions into the eastern borders of Gaza Strip in total violation of the ceasefire agreement that ended Israel’s 2014 summer aggression on the besieged Strip.

(Source / 22.02.2016)

Why BDS is the right way to combat Israeli apartheid

Apartheid South Africa fell apart only when the economic cost of maintaining apartheid became too great a cost to bear

From 1967 to 1987, the period between Israel’s annexation of the occupied territories and the First Intifada; from Oslo Accords 1 in 1993 to Oslo Accords 2 in 1995; the Second Intifada of 2000-2005 to Operation Protective Edge in 2014; and with many other pivotal dates in between, it is almost impossible to recall a conflict that is more defined by yearly markers than the one that pits Israeli colonialism against Palestinian resistance.

And given the already tumultuous events of the current year, 2016 is shaping up to be one of reckoning for Israel’s occupation and apartheid of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and its blockade of Gaza.

In the ’70s and ’80s, Palestinian national resistance movements sought to overthrow their occupier by means of violence, but neither hijackings, car bombs nor shootings would dislodge Israel’s militarised presence. In the ’90s, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat negotiated a peace agreement brokered by US President Bill Clinton – otherwise known as the Oslo Accords.

Palestine recognised Israel’s right to exist and renounced the use of terrorism – while Israel agreed to Palestinian autonomy in both the West Bank and Gaza. But due to Arafat’s weak hand, for Palestine neither possesses a military nor the backing of a superpower, the agreement failed to articulate a sovereign Palestinian state, and it didn’t demand a stop to Israel’s settlements.

It seems to matter not whether the Palestinians seek violence, peace, negotiations or protest – Israel’s occupation only expands and becomes more brutal. At the time of Oslo (1993), there were roughly 250,000 Jewish settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Today there are nearly 750,000 and counting.

The failure of the West to put a halt to settlement expansion has produced countless waves of Palestinian resistance over the course of the past two decades. Israel has skillfully used this violence as an excuse to impose even more draconian measures on the Palestinians – with the “separation barrier” promising to cage two million Palestinians living in the West Bank the same way Israel has caged 1.8 million of their fellow stateless citizens living in Gaza.

Israel is injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into further colonising the West Bank, and having endured failed intifadas and broken promises, it’s clear Palestinians can do nothing to make Israel comply with international law.

Enter BDS

Thus the importance the boycott, divest, sanction movement – otherwise known as BDS – in bringing Israel into complicity with the Geneva Convention, multiple UN Resolutions, and basic human rights.

Launched in 2005, Israel dismissed the BDS movement as little more than something US college kids do to rack up credits for their international law or liberal arts undergrad programmes.

Fast-forward 10 years to 2016, and Israel is no longer taking the BDS movement lightly. In fact, Israel has waged a full-scale propaganda and legal battle to not only break the back of pro-boycott activists, but also to criminalise the movement itself.

Pro-Israel billionaires and the Israel lobby have poured millions of dollars into the effort to negate the pressure BDS is exerting on Israel’s apartheid and occupation. This money flows to the usual line up of popular talking heads that can be counted on to parrot Israeli hasbara. The now-disgraced Maajid Nawaz recently penned an op-ed on how “BDS will do nothing to build peace and much to bolster Bibi Netanyahu.” While Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born cheerleader for Western colonialism, accused BDS of being “anti-Semitic”.

But not content to depend upon propaganda mouthpieces alone, the Israel lobby is investing much treasure into buying votes and legislation in parliaments and congresses all across the Western world. The US state of Illinois recently passed an anti-BDS bill, which has made it illegal for the state to invest in companies that have boycotted Israel. The Washington Post points out that there is a “wave” of anti-BDS bills sweeping the country.

The United Kingdom plans to make it illegal for “local councils, public bodies, and even some university student unions to refuse to buy goods and services from companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products, or Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.”

BDS activism criminalised

In a report titled “The Palestine Exception to Free Speech,” the group Palestine Legal identified hundreds of instances where the Israel lobby has suppressed Palestinian rights advocacy in the United States – citing cases where activists have been smeared as “anti-Semitic”; where students have been suspended or expelled for nothing more than promoting Palestinian sovereignty or even flying a Palestinian flag.

The report documents how pro-Israel campus groups and alumni “have intensified their efforts to stifle criticism of Israeli government policies”. The report goes on to explain, “Rather than engage such criticism on its merits, these groups leverage their significant resources and lobbying power to pressure universities, government actors, and other institutions to censor or punish advocacy in support of Palestinian rights.”

Israel’s efforts to criminalise activism against Israeli occupation is a desperate, almost last-ditch effort to stave off world opinion that is quickly shifting in favour of the Palestinians.

Old enough to remember the final years of white rule in apartheid South Africa, it’s evident there are an increasing number of parallels one can draw between the eventual collapse of the National Party in the late 1980s and the mounting international pressure on the Zionist expansionist project today.

“Israel’s crimes are infinitely worse than apartheid South Africa,” declared a former UN special rapporteur on Palestine, John Dugard, in a recent interview. While former UK parliamentarian George Galloway warned the BBC that Israel’s days as an illegal occupier are “numbered”.

These voices are added to the names of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian solidarity activists all across Europe and the United States, as well as the many more attached to the boycott Israel movement (BDS).

Apartheid South Africa fell apart only when the economic cost of maintaining apartheid became too great a cost to bear. With shifting public opinion and the success of BDS inflicting a cost on Israel’s occupation, 2016 is certainly proving to be an existential struggle for apartheid Israel.

The world is now faced with a stark choice: either uphold demands for Israel to comply with international law, or be a party to Israel’s apartheid and occupation.

It’s likely 2016 will go a long way to determining which path the world will follow.

(Source / 22.02.2016)

Palestinian night watchmen stand guard in PA’s absence

A Palestinian man looks at graffiti scrawled in Hebrew at the entrance to a mosque in the Salfit district on Jan. 15, 2014

QUSRA (Ma’an) — Every night watchman knows there is a chance they could be killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers, Walid said. The remark brought little reaction from the four men sitting on couches next to him: they had been over this before.They are residents of Qusra, a village in the northern occupied West Bank. The Israeli military, stationed just kilometers away, has for decades facilitated the wishes of the settler movement, whose illegal and often violent presence in the village has removed any sense of security felt by its Palestinian residents.Walid works in the Palestinian security sector, but the position is rendered useless once he enters his hometown, designated Area B where security affairs lie entirely under Israeli military control.The lives of Walid and the men in the room with him embody the failure of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to provide security to Palestinians: they are among the watchmen of Qusra’s night patrol.Autonomous from the government and unarmed, the group formed an organized system of self-protection against settler attacks that Israeli authorities are complicit with and the PA has no jurisdiction to prevent.They mark one of nearly 90 Palestinian villages in the West Bank currently implementing nightly patrols.The formation of now long-running night guard systems in villages and towns across the West Bank marks the inability of the PA to provide security to Palestinians, that analysts say the PA from its inception was never intended to give.

The illegal settlement outpost of Esh Kodesh lies to the south of Qusra

Addressing the threatA village of some 5,000 people, Qusra lies around five kilometers from the town of Duma, whose name gained international fame after Jewish extremists carried out an arson attack on a Palestinian home that killed an 18-month-old and his parents last summer.Driving into Qusra from the north, Palestinian residents skirt around the illegal settlement of Magdolim. To the south lies the Esh Kodesh outpost.“When they came, they started expanding little by little, closer to the village,” one of the guards, Muataz, explained. Around five years ago farmers began waking up in the morning to find their fields damaged and livestock stolen.“The people of Esh Kodesh, they don’t just steal our land; they attack farmers, attack families, burn land, steel sheep, and cut olive trees,” Muataz said.Established in 2000 and never officially recognized by the Israeli government, Esh Kodesh is reported to be home to several ultranationalist Israelis who have made a name for themselves through their oft-violent attempts to displace Palestinians living next to them.A handful of Esh Kodesh residents have been tried and charged in Israeli courts for so-called “price tag attacks,” but Qusra residents said the settlers carry out attacks freely and without prosecution, often in the presence of armed Israeli forces stationed in the area for the settlers’ protection.Residents told Ma’an that filing complaints following attacks can lead to punitive reprisals from Israeli authorities, including the revocation of work permits into Israel or increased military presence.Qusra residents eventually proposed organizing a night patrol in 2011, the same year that settlers set the village mosque on fire following Israel’s demolition of a number of structures in nearby illegal outposts.

A view from the main watchman’s building overlooking Palestinian agricultural land in Qusra’s southern outskirts, bordered by the illegal Esh Kodesh outpost

Forming patrolsA small concrete building fortified with metal bars for protection now lies atop a hill overlooking agricultural land and roads skirting across the southern end of the village below Esh Kodesh.Every night of the week, a guard stations himself inside, waiting for calls and observing the village outskirts for activity.“It’s a connected system,” Samir, one of the younger men of the patrol explained. “One guard stays in the center while others get in their cars and start moving around the parameters of the village.”“All of this happens with the help of the neighbors. If they see Israeli settlers on the land, they call the guards, who call the central mosque, which alerts residents that settlers are there. Residents then will go out to the land, men and women,” Samir said.Qusra made international news in 2014 after the patrol alerted the village of settlers attempting an attack in nearby fields, in what was reported to be a response to the Israeli military’s demolition of a Esh Kodesh agricultural plot earlier in the day.Residents rushed to the area and captured the settlers, holding them in a farmhouse until Israeli forces arrived.Watchmen by night, farmers and workers by day, the group of men said their system of protection has likely prevented a number of attacks. But residents are still scared, and unable to turn to the PA for support.

The center of the village of Qusra, located in the occupied West Bank’s Nablus district

PA ‘can’t help’Ghassan Daghlas , a PA official who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, estimates 89 West Bank villages regularly implement self-organized night patrol systems.According to Daghlas, none of the patrols use arms — Israeli military law that governs the West Bank prohibits Palestinians from owning arms, while Israeli settlers tote them freely — and most function similarly to Qusra, comprised of a communication chain among residents, linking to the loudspeakers of the village mosque in the event of emergency.Daghlas told Ma’an that Israeli forces occasionally prevent settler attacks, but for the most part Palestinian villagers are left to fend for themselves.“The people of the village probably have more of an effect against the settlers than any authority, Palestinian or Israeli,” Muataz said. “[The PA security forces] have zero effect over what’s happening with the settlers.”“When clashes happen with settlers,” Walid jumped in, “people might call the [PA] police, but police aren’t allowed to move from village to village unless they call the Israeli office for coordination, which of course isn’t going to give them permission to move to protect Palestinians from settlers.”“[The PA] can give economic help to the village, but not security. They give trees for free to the farmers, or equipment. This is all they can do,” Walid added.“We really don’t have a full power government,” Said, another member of the night guard, said from the couch, leaning forward.“The PA can’t do what they want to do. … It’s not that they don’t want to help. They can’t.“People in this village and in all of Palestine know that the PA can’t do this. They know that the Israeli soldiers try to make its power even smaller. Like I told you, it’s hard. All of the people know it’s hard for the PA to do anything. The PA’s main role is only to organize civilian life. They can’t do anything against Israeli settlers, or soldiers.”’Dressing up domination’Said’s statement — “we don’t really have a full power government” — would be considered a bleak understatement for many analysts and critics of the PA today.The most recent wave of unrest that spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October ushered along with it a tide of renewed criticism of the PA and its security forces, which many see asworking in line with Israel’s interests rather than those of the Palestinian people.For Alaa Tartir, director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, the PA security apparatus was slated from the outset to serve Israeli security while being unable to protect its own people.Initially established through the Oslo Accords, Tartir told Ma’an that the agreements were not about peace, but rather consisted of security arrangements between a powerful body and a powerless one.“From its inception, the PA was inherently designed — and its doctrine was dictated — to mainly address Israeli security needs, the security of Israel as a state, and the security of the Israeli people including those who live in occupied territories.“The whole Oslo paradigm was framed within an ‘Israeli security first’ approach that forced the occupied to commit to conditions of securing the occupier. This is an expected output for skewed security arrangements that fail to address imbalances of power,” Tartir explained.“Therefore, as other scholars have also argued, it is not difficult to predict the outcome of the [security] cooperation between an elephant and a fly: dressing up domination as cooperation.”Over 20 years since Oslo, PA security forces still have no jurisdiction over Area B or C — over 80 percent of the West Bank — and continue to appease Israel’s security demands among its own population, Tartir said.“The PA, as a political organ, is not and will not be able to meet the security needs of the Palestinian people, actually the contrary, especially with the increasing authoritarian trends in its character and practices.“The inherent limitations of the Oslo Accords and the subsequent structure and mandate of the PA need to be fundamentally altered if the security of Palestine and the Palestinian people is of concern.”Until then, Palestinians like those in Qusra will continue to be left without any governmental body to provide them security, forced to fend for themselves.

(Source / 22.02.2016)

List of 181 Palestinians & 21 Israelis Killed Since October 1st

The following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between October 1st, 2015 and February 21st, 2016, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Protest Qalandia

Palestinians protest near Qalandia

1. Mohannad Halabi, 19, al-Biereh – Ramallah. Shot after allegedly grabbing gun and killing two Israelis. 10/3
2. Fadi Alloun, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses and video. 10/4
3. Amjad Hatem al-Jundi, 17, Hebron.
4. Thaer Abu Ghazala, 19, Jerusalem.
5. Abdul-Rahma Obeidallah, 11, Bethlehem.
6. Hotheifa Suleiman, 18, Tulkarem.
7. Wisam Jamal Faraj, 20, Jerusalem. Shot by an exploding bullet during protest. 10/8
8. Fares Mohammad al-Ja’bari, 19, Hebron. Killed near Kiryat Arba settlement, Israeli army claimed that Al Ja’bari tried to stab a soldier and take control of his gun. Palestinian eyewitness assured media that the youth carried no knife.
9. Ahmad Jamal Salah, 20, Jerusalem.
10. Ishaq Badran, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses. 10/10
11. Mohammad Said Ali, 19, Jerusalem.
12. Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Awad, 28, Hebron. Shot at protest by rubber-coated steel bullet in his forehead. 10/11
13. Ahmad Abdullah Sharaka, 13, Al Jalazoun Refugee camp-Ramallah.
14. Mostafa Al Khateeb, 18, Sur-Baher – Jerusalem.
15. Hassan Khalid Manassra, 15, Jerusalem.
16. Mohammad Nathmie Shamasna, 22, Qotna – Jerusalem. 10/12
17. Baha’ Elian, 22, Jabal Al Mokaber-Jerusalem. Allegedly killed 3 Israelis on bus. 10/13
18. Mutaz Ibrahim Zawahra, 27, Bethlehem. Hit with a live bullet in the chest during a demonstration.
19.
Ala’ Abu Jammal, 33, Jerusalem. Shot after stabbing and killing Israeli Rabbi in West Jerusalem. 10/13
20. Bassem Bassam Sidr, 17, Hebron. Killed in Jerusalem after Israeli shouted that he ‘had a knife’ – but no knife was present. 10/14
21. Ahmad Abu Sh’aban, 23, Jerusalem. 10/14
22. Riyadh Ibraheem Dar-Yousif, 46, Al Janyia village Ramallah (Killed while harvesting olives)
23. Fadi Al-Darbi , 30, Jenin – died in Israeli detention camp. 10/14
24. Eyad Khalil Al Awawdah, Hebron.
25. Ihab Hannani, 19, Nablus.
26. Fadel al-Qawasmi, 18, Hebron. Shot by paramilitary settler, Israeli soldier caught on film planting knife near his body.
27. Mo’taz Ahmad ‘Oweisat, 16, Jerusalem. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
28. Bayan Abdul-Wahab al-‘Oseyli, 16, Hebron. Military claimed she ‘had a knife’, but video evidence contradicts that claim. 10/17
29. Tariq Ziad an-Natsha, 22, Hebron. 10/17
30. Omar Mohammad al-Faqeeh, 22, Qalandia. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
31. Mohannad al-‘Oqabi, 21, Negev. Allegedly killed soldier in bus station in Beer Sheba.
32. Hoda Mohammad Darweesh, 65, Jerusalem.
33. Hamza Mousa Al Amllah, 25, from Hebron, killed near Gush Etzion settlement. 10/20
34. Odai Hashem al-Masalma, 24, Beit ‘Awwa town near Hebron. 10/20
35. Hussam Isma’el Al Ja’bari, 18, Hebron. 10/21
36. Bashaar Nidal Al Ja’bari, 15, Hebron.
37. Hashem al-‘Azza, 54, Hebron. Died of tear gas inhalation. 10/21
38. Moa’taz Attalah Qassem, 22, Eezariyya town near Jerusalem. 10/21
39. Mahmoud Khalid Eghneimat, 20, Hebron.
40. Ahmad Mohammad Said Kamil, 16, Jenin. 10/23
41. Dania Jihad Irshied, 17, Hebron. 10/25
42.
Sa’id Mohamed Yousif Al-Atrash, 20, Hebron.
43. Raed Sakit Abed Al Raheem Thalji Jaradat, 22, Sa’ir – Hebron.
44. Eyad Rouhi Ihjazi Jaradat, 19, Sa’er – Hebron.
45. Ezzeddin Nadi Sha’ban Abu Shakhdam, 17, Hebron. Shot by Israeli military after allegedly wounding soldier, then left to bleed to death.
46. Shadi Nabil Dweik, 22, Hebron. Shot by Israeli military after allegedly wounding the same soldier, then left to bleed to death.
47. Homam Adnan Sa’id, 23, Tal Romeida, Hebron. Shot by Israeli soldiers claiming ‘he had a knife’, but eyewitnesses report seeing soldiers throwing a knife next to his dead body. 10/27
48. Islam Rafiq Obeid, 23, Tal Romeida, Hebron. 10/28
49. Nadim Eshqeirat, 52, Jerusalem. 10/29 – Died when Israeli soldiers delayed his ambulance.
50. Mahdi Mohammad Ramadan al-Mohtasib, 23, Hebron. 10/29
51. Farouq Abdul-Qader Seder, 19, Hebron. 10/29
52. Qassem Saba’na, 20, shot on motorcycle near Zaatara checkpoint. 10/30
53. Ahmad Hamada Qneibi, 23, Jerusalem. Soldiers claimed ‘he had a knife’.
54. Ramadan Mohammad Faisal Thawabta, 8 month old baby, Bethlehem. Died of tear gas inhalation.
55. Mahmoud Talal Abdul-Karim Nazzal, 18, al-Jalama checkpoint near Jenin. Israeli troops claim ‘he had a knife’, but eyewitnesses contradict that claim. 10/31
56. Fadi Hassan al-Froukh, 27. Beit Einoun, east of Hebron. 11/1.
57. Ahmad Awad Abu ar-Rob, 16, Jenin.
58. Samir Ibrahim Skafi, 23, Hebron. Shot by Israeli soldiers after his car hit a soldier who was on the street – it is unknown if he hit the soldier intentionally or accidentally. 11/4
59. Malek Talal Sharif, 25, Hebron, shot dead after the army claimed he attempted to stab a settler. 11/5
60. Tharwat Ibrahim Salman Sha’rawi, 73, shot dead by the army in Hebron.
61. Salman Aqel Mohammad Shahin, 22, Nablus.
62. Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi, 24. Qalqilia. Carried suicide note and knife, but did not attempt to attack anyone.
63. Mohammad Abed Nimir, 37, Jerusalem.
64. Sadeq Ziyad Gharbiyya, 16, Jenin.
65. Abdullah Azzam Shalalda, 26, Hebron.
66.
Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Shalalda, 22, Sa’ir, Hebron.
67. Hasan Jihad al-Baw, 22, Halhoul, Hebron.
68. Lafi Yousef Awad, 22, Budrus, Ramallah.
69. Laith Ashraf Manasra, 25, Qalandia
70. Ahmad Sobhi Abu al-‘Aish, 30, Qalandia.
71. Mohammad Monir Hasan Saleh, 24, Aroura – Ramallah.
72. Shadi Zohdi Arafa, 28, Hebron.
73. Mahmoud Sa’id ‘Oleyyan, 22, Ramallah.
74. Ashraqat Taha Qatanany, 16, Nablus. Rammed by car & shot under questionable claim that “she had a knife”.
75.Shadi Mohammad Mahmoud Khseib from al-Bireh. Shot by Israeli settler after car accident.
76.Issa Thawabta, 34, Gush Etzion. Shot after allegedly stabbing Israeli. 11/22
76. Hadeel Wajeeh ‘Awwad, 16, Jerusalem. Shot to death after allegedly stabbing and wounding elderly Palestinian man. 11/23
77. Ahmad Jamal Taha, 16, Ramallah. Shot to death after allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler at a gas station. 11/23
78. Alaa Khalil Sabah Hashah, 16, Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus. Shot to death with more than 10 bullets, Israeli troops claimed ‘he had a knife’ but eyewitnesses contradicted that claim. 11/23
79. Mohammad Ismael Shobaki, 19, south of Hebron. Shot multiple times after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier. 11/25
80. Ibrahim Abdul-Halim Daoud, 16, died of wounds sustained two weeks earlier when he was shot in the heart by Israeli soldiers while at a protest. 11/25
81. Yahya Yosri Taha, 21, Qotna, near Ramallah. Shot by live rounds from Israeli forces at demonstration. 11/26
82. Samer Hasan Seriesi, 51, Za’atara checkpoint. Shot by Israeli soldiers and left to bleed to death as Israeli medics joked and laughed nearby. 11/26
83. Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, 19, al-Aroub refugee camp. Killed by Israeli forces during a protest. 11/26
84. Fadi Mohammad Mahmoud Khseib, 25, Jerusalem. Killed by armed paramilitary settler after car accident.
85. Omar Arafat Za’aqeeq, Beit Ummar, killed by Israeli soldiers after car accident. 11/27
86. Baseem Abdul-Rahman Mustafa Salah, 38, killed by Israeli police after allegedly stabbing and wounding Israeli police officer. 11/29
87. Ayman Samih al-‘Abbasi, 17, from Silwan village, killed when he was participating in a demonstration organized in Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood. 11/29
88. Ma’moun al-Khatib, 16, from al-Dohah village, west of Bethlehem. Killed after alleged stabbing attempt. 12/1
89. Maram Hasounah, 20, from Nablus who arrived at a checkpoint holding an axe and hitting the watchtower with it. Shot by multiple soldiers and killed. 12/1
90. Mazin Hasan Ureiba, 37, Palestinian police officer from Abu Dis, killed near Hizma checkpoint after allegedly shooting and wounding Israeli soldier. 12/3
91. ‘Ezz al-Deen Rayeq ‘Abdullah Raddad, 21, shot and killed in al-Masrara area of Jerusalem after allegedly stabbing an Israeli police officer. 12/3
92. Taher Faisal Abdul Men’em Fanoun, 21, killed at checkpoint near Hebron. 12/3
93. Mostafa Fadel Abdul Men’em Fanoun, 16, killed at checkpoint near Hebron in same incident (cousin of Taher). 12/3
94. Abdul Rahman Wajih Ibrahim Abdul Majid, 27. Killed at entrance to Aboud village when he pushed back against a soldier who had slapped him in the face. He was shot multiple times by three soldiers. 12/3
95. Anas Bassam Abdul Rahim Hammad, 21. Killed near Silwan village after car accident in which the vehicle he was driving struck Israeli soldiers.
96. ‘Amer Yaser Iskafi, killed by numerous gunshots by Israeli soldiers north of Jerusalem.
97.
Ehab Fathi Miswada, 21, Hebron. Shot to death after allegedly stabbing and wounding Israeli man. Was left to bleed to death by Israeli medical crews. 12/7
98. Malek Shahin, 18, Deheishe camp in Bethlehem. Shot in the head with exploding bullet during demonstration against invading Israeli forces.
99. Abdul Rahman Yosri Zakaria Miswada, 21, killed near center of Hebron after allegedly wounding Israeli. 12/9
100. Omar ‘Issa Hroub, 56, from Deir Samit village, southwest of Hebron. Killed while driving his car on Sa’ir road. 12/11
101. ‘Oday Irshaid, 24, from al-Salam Street in Hebron. Hit by two bullets from to his chest and neck while participating in a protest (his younger sister Dania was killed on 10/25). 12/11
102. Ahmad Jahahja, 21, killed in Qalandia 12/11
103. Hekmat Hamdan, also killed in Qalandia 12/11
104. Samah ‘Abdel Mo’men ‘Abdullah, 18, from Amoriah village, southeast of Nablus, succumbed of wounds sustained on 23 November at Huwwara checkpoint, when she was shot with a bullet to the head. 12/16
105. Abdullah Hussein Ahmad Nasasra, 15, from Beit Forik town, east of Nablus. 12/17
106. Mohammad Abdul-Rahman Ayyad, 21, shot while driving his car near Silwad. 12/18
107. Nash’at ‘Asfour, 33 – shot by an exploding bullet during Israeli military invasion of his village, Sinjel. 12/18
108. Issa Assaf, 21 – shot after allegedly stabbing and killing Israeli man near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. 12/23
109. Anan Abu Habsa, 20 – shot during the same incident, after allegedly stabbing and killing Israeli man near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. 12/23
110. Wisam Abu Ghweila, shot by more than 30 bullets after a car accident. 12/24
111. Eyad Jamal Ed’eis, 26, killed during an Israeli invasion of Hebron. 12/24
112. Mohammad Abdul-Halim Zahran, 22, killed after allegedly stabbing and lightly wounding two security guards at an Israeli settlement. 12/24
113. Bilal Zayed, 22. Shot in the head during Israeli invasion of Qalandia refugee camp. 12/24
114. Mahdiyya Mohammad Ibrahim Hammad, 38, mother of four shot near Silwad when Israeli troops claimed ‘she tried to ram them’ with her car – even though she was 30 meters away. 12/25
115. Mos’ab al-Ghazali, 26 – killed in Jerusalem after Israeli claim of ‘attempted stabbing’ 12/26
116. Maher al-Jabi, 54, Shot by Israeli soldiers while driving near Huwwara 12/26.
117. Mohammad Saba’ana, 23. Shot to death on the main road to Nablus, near Huwwara checkpoint. Israeli troops claimed he ‘had a knife’. 12/27
118. Nour al-Deen Saba’ana, 17, Shot to death on the main road to Nablus, near Huwwara checkpoint in same incident. From Qabatya village, southeast of Jenin. 12/27
119. Hassan Ali Hassan Bozor, 22. Killed at Huwwara checkpoint by Israeli soldiers while driving his car. 12/31
120. Shadi Ghbeish, 38. Died of wounds sustained several weeks prior when Israeli soldiers beat him severely at al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.
121. Ahmad Kawazbah, 18, from Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. Shot with multiple rounds near Etzion settlement bloc after alleged attempt to stab soldier. 1/5/16
122. Ahmed Salem Abdul Majid Kawazbah, 19, from Sa’ir village, killed near Gush Etzion. 1/7
123. Alaa Abed Mohammad Kawazbah, 19,from Sa’ir village, killed near Gush Etzion in same incident.
124. Mohammad Zeyad Kawazbah, 18, from Sa’ir village, killed near Gush Etzion in same incident (all three were relatives).
125. Khalil Mohammad Shalaldah, 16, killed at Beit Eynoun checkpoint, east of Hebron – brother of Mahmoud Mohammad Shalalda , who was killed by the Israeli army on November 13, 2015. 1/7
126. Ali Abu Mariam (Ali Mohammad Hajj Mohammad), 26 from al-Jadeeda village near Jenin, a third year student at al-Quds Open University, killed at al-Hamrah checkpoint, southeast of Tubas, when Israeli soldiers were searching cars and made a claim of an ‘attempt to stab’ them, but provided no evidence of that claim. 1/9
127. Sa’id Jawdat Abu al-Wafa, 38, from al-Zawiya village, south of Jenin, killed in same incident at al-Hamrah checkpoint. 1/9
128. Srour Ahmad Ibrahim Abu Srour, 19, a student at al-Quds Open University, from Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. Killed in clashes in Beit Jala while returning home from university. 1/12
129. Adnan Ayed Hamed al-Halayqa, 17, from al-Shyoukh village, east of Hebron, killed at Beit Eynoun checkpoint east of Hebron – Israel claims ‘attempted stabbing’ of soldier but no soldier was injured. 1/12
130. Mohammad Ahmad Kawazbah, 23, from Sa’ir village, killed in same incident at Beit Eynoun checkpoint. 1/12
131. Haitham Mahmoud Abdul-Jaleel Yassin, 36, Aseera ash-Shemaliyya town, Nablus. 1/14
132. Moayyad Awni Jabarin, 20, Sa’ir, Hebron. 1/14
133. Wisam Marwan Qasrawi, 21, from Masliya village, southeast of Jenin. Qasarwah stepped out of a taxi after crossing a checkpoint, allegedly threw a knife at the Israeli soldiers from a far distance, but it did not hit anybody. As a result, Israeli soldiers stationed in the watchtower established at the checkpoint shot him dead with 10 bullets. 1/16
134. Khalil Mousa Amar, 19. Killed in ‘ramming attack’ by settler while he was riding his bike. 1/18
135. Roqayya Eid Abu Eid, 13. Killed by an armed guard of Anatot Israeli colony. Israeli officials claimed “she had a knife”, but her family contradicted that claim. 1/24
136. Mohammad Nabil Halabiyya, 16. Killed near Abu Dis when an explosive he was carrying detonated prematurely. 1/24
137. Ibrahim Osama Yousef ‘Allan, 23. Shot to death by Israeli soldiers along with another Palestinian after he was accused of stabbing to death an Israeli woman in Holon settlement. 1/25
138. Hussein Mohammad Abu Ghosh , 17. Killed in same incident. 1/25
139. Amjad Sokkari Abu Omar, 35. Killed at Beit El checkpoint after he allegedly opened fire at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint and wounded 3 of them. 1/31
140. Ahmad Toba, 19. Killed by Israeli forces while attempting to sneak from his home in Kufor Jamal village, south of Tulkarem, into Israel in pursuit of work. 2/1
141. Ahmad Awad Abu al-Rob , 21. Was killed, along with two others accused of killing an Israeli police officer, Hadar Cohen, and wounded another, during an armed attack near Damascus Gate, in East Jerusalem’s Old City. 2/3
142. Mohammad Kamil, 20. Killed in same incident. 2/3
143. Ahmad Zakarna, 22. Killed in same incident. 2/3
144. Haitham Ismael Mohammad al-Baw, 14. Was killed by Israeli army fire after he, and another Palestinian, allegedly “attempted to throw Molotov cocktails” at a military roadblock. 2/5
145. Omar Yousef Madhi Jawabra, 15. Israeli soldiers invaded al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and shot him with a live round that penetrated his heart and exited from the left side. 2/10
146. Kilzar Mohammad al-Oweiwi, 18. Israeli soldiers shot her three times, including one bullet that passed through her lung and lodged in her neck. She was denied medical treatment by the soldiers who surrounded her as she bled to death. The army claims she attempted to stab a soldier. 2/13
147. Naim Ahmad Yousef Safi, 17. Israeli soldiers shot him as he was trying to cross a military roadblock near al-Khass and an-No’man villages. The soldiers accused him of “attempting to stab a soldier.” 2/14
148. Nihad Raed Mohammad Wakid, 15. Israeli soldiers shot and killed him and another 15-year old near the Annexation Wall section west of Jenin. The soldiers prevented local medics from approaching the two wounded children, and left them bleeding on the ground for two hours. 2/14
149. Fuad Marwan Khaled Wakid, 15. Killed in the same incident. 2/14
150. Mansour Yasser Shawamra, 20. Was killed, along with another 20-year old, after exchanging fire with Israeli soldiers and officers near the light-rail station, in Bab al-‘Amoud area, in Jerusalem. 2/14
151. Omar Mohammad Amro, 20. Killed in same incident. 2/14
152. Mohammad Ziad Abu Khalaf, 20. The Israeli army shot him allegedly after he attempted to stab police officers, mildly wounding two before he was shot dead. He was first shot with two live rounds, followed by dozens more shots after he was already injured and bleeding on the ground. 2/19
153. Khaled Tareq Yousef Taqatqa , 21. From Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem. Was killed by Israeli army fire after the soldiers invaded the town. Medics said the young man was left bleeding on the ground, after the soldiers prevented them from approaching him. 2/19
154. Aabed Abdullah Hamed, 20. From Silwad town, east of Ramallah. Was killed after Israeli soldiers invaded the town, and shot him, allegedly after he tried ram them with his car. 2/19
155. Qussai Thiab Abu ar-Rob, 17. Killed by Israeli soldiers who accused him of having a knife in his hand. Eyewitnesses contradicted the soldiers’ account. He was the cousin ofAhmad Awad Abu ar-Rob, 16, who was killed in November. 2/21

Gaza Strip:

156. Shadi Hussam Doula, 20. 10/9. Killed when Israeli troops opened live gunfire at Palestinian protesters in al Faraheen area east of Khan Younis city in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Six Palestinians were killed in Gaza on the same day.
157. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman al-Harbawi, 20. 10/9
158. Abed al-Wahidi, 20. 10/9
159. Mohammad Hisham al-Raqab, 15. 10/09.
160. Adnan Mousa Abu ‘Oleyyan, 22. 10/9
161. Ziad Nabil Sharaf, 20. 10/9
162. Jihad Zayed Salem Obeid, 22. Deir al-Balah. 10/10
163. Marwan Hisham Barbakh, 13. 10/10. Died of serious wounds suffered a day earlier when the Israeli forces killed six Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip, and injured dozens.
164.
Khalil Omar Othman, 15. 10/10
165. Nour Rasmie Hassan, 30. Killed along with her child in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
166. Rahaf Yahya Hassan, two years old. Killed along with her mother in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
167. Yahya Abdel-Qader Farhat, 23. Killed during protest at the border with Israel. 10/16
168. Shawqie Jamal Jaber Obeid, 37. Died of wounds sustained the previous week during protest. 10/16
169. Mahmoud Hatem Hmeid, 22. Northern Gaza, killed during protest at border. 10/16
170. Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27, al-Boreij. 10/20
171. Yihya Hashem Kreira, 20. Died of wounds sustained the previous week during protest at Nahal Oz. 10/23
172. Khalil Hassan Abu Obeid, 25. Khan Younis. Died from wounds sustained in protest earlier in the week. 10/24
173. Salama Mousa Abu Jame’, 23, Khan Younis.
174. Sami Shawqi Madhi, 41, killed during protest at al-Bureij camp. 12/11
175. Mahmoud Mohammad al-‘Agha, 20, killed during protest in Khan Younis. 12/18
176. Hani Rafiq Wahdan, 22, al-Shejaiyya, eastern Gaza, killed by Israeli forces during protest. 12/25
177. Abdul-Rahman al-Mobasher – died in tunnel collapse in Gaza. 12/28
178. Yousef Abu Sbeikha al-Boheiri, 48 – al-Boreij Camp – died after Israeli forces shot him two days before, while he was working on his farmland. 12/28
179. Mousa Z’eiter, 23, Jabalia refugee camp, northern Gaza. 1/13
180. Mohammad Abu Zayed, 19, killed during Israeli invasion of al-Boreij refugee camp in Gaza. 1/15
181. Mohammad Majdi Qaita, 26, killed in Khan Younis during protest in which Palestinians tried to dismantle part of the Israeli Wall. 1/15

Non-Palestinian killed by Israeli mob:
Eritrean asylum-seeker Haftom Zarhum killed in Beer Sheva bus station by angry mob who mistook him for a Palestinian- 10/18

Names of known Israeli casualties during the same time period:

1 & 2. 10/1 – Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, both aged around 30 years old, killed in drive-by shooting near Itamar settlement.
3. 10/3 – Nahmia Lavi, 41 – Rabbi for Israeli military. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate when he tried to shoot the attacker but had his weapon taken.
4. 10/3 – Aaron Bennet, 24. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate.
5. 10/13 – Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60. Stabbed on street in West Jerusalem.
6. 10/13 – Haviv Haim, 78, bus shooting in Jerusalem
7. 10/13 – Alon Andrei Govberg, 51, same bus shooting in Jerusalem.
8. 10/13 – Richard Lakin, 76, same bus shooting in East Jerusalem (died of wounds several days after the attack)
9. 10/18 – Omri Levy, 19, Israeli soldier with the Golani Brigade, had his weapon grabbed and turned against him by an Israeli resident.
10. 11/13 – Rabbi Yaakov Litman, killed in shooting attack on car south of Hebron.
11. 11/13 – Litman’s son Netanel, 19, killed in shooting attack on car south of Hebron.
12. 11/19 – Reuven Aviram, 51, killed in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
13. 11/19 – Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, 32 killed in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
14. 11/19 – Yaakov Don, 49, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
15. 11/19 – Ezra Schwartz, 18, a U.S. national, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
16. 11/19 – Shadi Arafa, 24, of Hebron, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
17. 11/23 Hadar Buchris, 21, killed in stabbing attack near Gush Etzion settlement
18. 11/23 Ziv Mizrahi, 18, Soldier. Killed at gas station near illegal West Bank settlement.
19. 12/23 Mordechai Birmacher, stabbed to death near Damascus Gate.
20. 1/25/16. Shlomit Krigman, 24, stabbed on 1/25/16 in the Israeli colonial settlement ‘Holon’.
21. 2/3/16 Hadar Cohen – stabbed in Jerusalem.

An additional 2 Israelis that were initially claimed to have been killed in attacks were actually killed in car accidents.
Also, during the police intervention in the 12/23 stabbing near Damascus Gate, Ofer Ben-Ari, 46, was accidentally shot and killed by Israeli police.

(Source / 22.02.2016)

Israel Opens Dams, Floods Agricultural Lands And Homes In Gaza

Large areas of Palestinians lands, and several homes, in the al-Meghraqa and Gaza Valley areas, in central Gaza, have been completely flooded after Israel opened its dams towards Gaza.

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The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the army deliberately opened the dams, that were overloaded with rainwater, and flooded large areas in Gaza, drowning agricultural lands, and some homes, causing significant property damage.

Israel repeatedly opens its dams towards the besieged Gaza Strip during winter time, especially following heavy rain, inflicting serious losses and destruction in various areas of the coastal region, in addition to many injuries.

(Source / 22.02.2016)

Syrian Opposition Provisionally Agrees to Temporary Truce

Riad Hijab, head of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) on Saturday said the committee had agreed to the “possibility” of a temporary truce, provided there were guarantees Assad’s allies including Russia would implement the ceasefire, life sieges, release detainees and allow aid deliveries across the country.

The opposition’s chief negotiator Mohammad Alloush said that the truce is temporary and is not planned.

Alloush also said that ISIS had surrendered 25 villages east of Aleppo to the Assad regime two days ago. He added that ISIS is reportedly planning to give up Raqqa, its major stronghold in Syria, to the Assad regime.

Russia’s state news agency Sputnik quoted a source in the Syrian opposition’s delegation to Geneva as saying that US-Russian talks held on Saturday resulted in an agreement on a cessation of hostilities in Syria. The source added that the ceasefire would come into force a week after the announcement.

(Source: Agencies / 22.02.2016)

Assad calls Syria parliamentary election for April

Syria's President Bashar Assad. © SANA

The parliamentary elections in Syria will be held on April 13, 2016, said a statement issued by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syria holds a general election every four years, with the previous vote taking place in 2012.

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The announcement comes hours after Russia and the US issued a joint statement on cessation of hostilities in this country, announcing February 27 as the starting date for the ceasefire.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the truce will not include terror groups, such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) or Jabhat al-Nusra.

Putin called on Assad’s government and the opposition to support the action plan agreed by Moscow and Washington.

The Syrian parliament or People’s Council has 250 members elected for a four year term in 15 multi-seat constituencies.

The majority in the parliament is currently held by the government coalition, with opposition Popular Front for Change and Liberation and independent MPs jointly having 82 seats.

(Source / 22.02.2016)