IOA banned travel of 40 Palestinians in West Bank last week

40 Palestijnen geweigerd te reizen

The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) banned over the past week the travel of 40 Palestinians via al-Karama crossing, the only pathway that connects Palestinians in the West Bank to the outside world through Jordan.

Palestinian police in Ramallah said, in a press statement on Saturday, that 40 Palestinians were prevented from leaving the West Bank from the al-Karama border crossing for unknown security reasons.

The police pointed out that some 31,000 Palestinians passed through the crossing last week. The police, however, arrested 34 Palestinians at the same border crossing.

(Source / 11.03.2017)

Solidarity events with Gaza in Tunisia, Nigeria


The global campaign to break the siege on Gaza organized a sit-in in the Tunisian city of Jedlian in solidarity with Palestinian children in the besieged Gaza Strip and in protest at Gaza siege in light of the deterioration of humanitarian conditions.

The solidarity sit-in was attended by dozens of Tunisian children who expressed their refusal of the continuation of the Israeli blockade which has been imposed on the coastal enclave for ten years in a row. The Tunisian participants condemned the international silence towards the suffering of the children in Gaza.

The campaign executive official Abdul Kareem al-Waslati underlined that supporting Palestine and the Palestinian people as well as defending their steadfastness and defending the Aqsa Mosque are duties on Muslims and Arabs.

In a similar context, the campaign team in Nigeria gathered dozens of signatures on the international electronic petition calling for lifting the siege on Gaza.

(Source / 11.03.2017)

IOF arrests Palestinian man after alleged stabbing attempt

al-Khalil mogelijke steekpartij

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) announced on Saturday evening the arrest of a Palestinian young man in al-Khalil after an alleged stabbing attempt.

Israeli 0404 website revealed that the IOF soldiers rounded up a Palestinian youth at a military barrier in al-Khalil for the claim of knife possession for the intention of carrying out an anti-occupation stabbing attack.

(Source / 11.03.2017)

PA police detain 34 Palestinians at Allenby Bridge crossing over the week

Allenby Bridge crossing

JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian police over the past week detained 34 Palestinians wanted by the Palestinian Authority (PA) or otherwise banned from travel at the Allenby Bridge crossing between the occupied West Bank and Jordan, according to a statement released Saturday by the public relations and media department of the Palestinian police.

The statement added that some 16,099 Palestinians and visitors left the West Bank into Jordan through the crossing, while 15,445 arrived from Jordan.
Also during the week, coordination was made for 15 sick Palestinians on both sides of the crossing to pass though with Palestinian ambulances.
The statement added that 40 travelers were turned away from the Israeli side of the crossing during the week for alleged security reasons.
Israeli forces routinely detain Palestinians at the crossing, as Palestinians must cross the border to access the Amman International Airport in order to travel abroad.
(Source / 11.03.2017)

Palestinian shot in the head by Israeli forces in ‘serious but stable’ condition

Muhammad Hammad

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian who was injured in the head with a live bullet on Friday during clashes in the village of Silwad in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah was reported to be in serious, but stable condition, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) on Saturday.

The injured Palestinian was identified by PPS as 19-year-old Jihad Muhammad Hammad.
A PPS lawyer who had visited Hammad at Israel’s Hadassa Ein Karem hospital on Saturday said that the teenager had undergone surgery. He added that while Hammad was in stable condition, he remained unconscious.
Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians, including minors, during clashes.
(Source / 11.03.2017)

Clashes erupt after Israeli storming of Birzeit

Birzeit clashes

Clashes erupted on Saturday evening between Palestinian youths and Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) after the latter stormed Birzeit town north of Ramallah.

Local sources revealed that an Israeli military force, in eleven vehicles, raided the town and stationed in the cemetery. Meanwhile, an Israeli army chopper was hovering over the area and the northern towns.

Palestinian youths confronted the IOF troops and threw stones at Israeli soldiers who fired rubber and tear gas grenades at Palestinians before retreating. No injuries or arrests were reported.

The sources revealed that Israeli forces carried out excavation works at the graveyard and took out some bags from the ground.

(Source / 11.03.2017)

Israel collects millions of dollars from Palestinians in Jerusalem annually

A Palestinian family gather to drink tea near their caves using as a home after their sheds were demolished by Israeli bulldozers on 3rd January, on the grounds that their scrap metal sheds were unlicensed, in Harbetu Tana village of Nablus, West Bank on February 27, 2017. Most of the Palestinian families forced to move into caves and try to live in hard conditions and primitively [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

A Palestinian family gather to drink tea near their caves using as a home after their sheds were demolished by Israeli bulldozers on 3rd January, on the grounds that their scrap metal sheds were unlicensed, in Harbetu Tana village of Nablus, West Bank on February 27, 2017. Most of the Palestinian families forced to move into caves and try to live in hard conditions and primitively

Israeli occupation authorities continue collecting money from Palestinians in East Jerusalem while they continue demolishing their houses and banning them from building new ones or expanding existing homes, Quds Press reported on Friday.

Speaking to Quds Press, Palestinian economic expert Mohamed Qirsh said that the Israeli municipal authorities in Jerusalem collected $22 million yearly from the Palestinians.

The Israeli authorities collects the money in the form of taxes and fines under the pretext of “unlicensed” building of homes by Palestinians.

He also that the Israelis had recently approved the budget for the holy city, noting that the budget excluded the planning and development of Palestinian neighbourhoods in the city.

Read: Israeli plan aims to accelerate demolition of Arab homes

The expert also said that the budget of the Israeli municipality included funding for building new homes in the Al-Sawahra neighbourhood in the east of the occupied part of the city.

Qirsh said that these Israeli moves are part of a direct plan aiming to evacuate Palestinians from the heart of the city. “This is part of the announced plans of the Israeli government,” he told Quds Press.

With the Palestinians forced out of other neighbourhoods and gathered into the Al-Sawahra district, it would be very easy for the Israeli occupation to isolate them, he explained. “This way, Israel will have achieved its goal, which is evacuating the city from its indigenous residents,” he concluded.

(Source / 11.03.2017)

Futile options and PA complicity in Israeli colonialism

Palestinian students from Birzeit University, gathered near Beit Al Israeli settlement, sling stones to Israeli security forces as a response to their intervention during a protest demanding release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons, in Ramallah, West Bank on 1 March 2017 [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian students from Birzeit University, gathered near Beit Al Israeli settlement, sling stones to Israeli security forces as a response to their intervention during a protest demanding release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons, in Ramallah, West Bank on 1 March 2017

Two recent reports in the Times of Israel can be read as confirmation that US President Donald Trump’s policy towards Palestine may be perceived as more belligerent than that of Barack Obama. However, if proof was ever needed of the seamless manner in which an incoming president emulates and continues the destruction of Palestine through colonisation, one need not look any further.

During a press conference on Tuesday, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner stated that the Trump administration is holding discussions with Israel about settlement expansion to see “how exactly they would look,” adding a reminder that during last month’s joint press conference, Trump asked Netanyahu to hold back on further construction.

Putting aside the ambiguous statement in which Trump appeared to be veering away from the two-state paradigm, there is little difference in diplomacy regarding the issue. An unnamed US administration official quoted in Israeli media described Trump as “committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians on a comprehensive peace deal that will allow both sides to live in the peace and security they deserve.”

In other news, on Tuesday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley met with Palestinian counterpart Riyad Mansour. She tweeted the outcome of the meetings, which was a rehash of previous impositions on Palestinians, namely “the need for the Palestinian Authority to stop its incitement to violence” and again seeking to dissuade the PA from “looking at the UN to deliver results.”  To summarise, the US is seeking the path of direct negotiations with Israel to support “a true peace process.”

Read: US delegation in Israel to discuss relocation of embassy to Jerusalem

Rather than oppose the evident coercion in Haley’s demands, Mansour imparted an appreciative tone, discussing the meeting as a time during which the US Ambassador to the UN “raised the desire to see the two parties engaging in negotiations.”

A more revealing statement by Haley reported in the Times of Israel read: “We absolutely support a two-state solution, but we are thinking out of the box as well.” The statement is reminiscent of Trump’s earlier, widely disseminated remark. The difference lies in the context of recent developments, or rather, reiterations.

During the previous negotiations in the time of Obama’s presidency, PA President Mahmoud Abbas was also instructed to refrain from using the available international platforms. The PA only availed itself of the option when all bargaining attempts were disregarded, thus placing itself into a more inferior position due to allowing further destructive action to take place against Palestine.

Following a series of brief, symbolic, purported victories, the latest being UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which departed from the colonial narrative, Israel retaliated with increasing aggression, demolitions and plans for expansion. This is not the first time that Israel retaliated through colonial appropriation; Israel necessitates this form of violence to sustain itself. The recent violations were dissociated from the previous aggressions through the distraction provided by Trump.

It is time to place less emphasis on Trump as political comic relief and instead invest more effort in exposing the entire cycle of complicity. Mansour has once again assured the US of PA acquiescence, despite refraining from explicit commitment to engage in peace talks. Yet, the Paris initiative is already an indication of the PA’s political agenda. As for seeking legitimacy through the UN, the PA does so through a corrupted stance. If the PA was capable of using the UN as a platform from which it articulates true Palestinian demands, there is a possibility that less harm would have been inflicted upon people and territory, for the simple reason that raising Palestinian narratives and memory is essential in order to sustain a favourable political process.

The PA has obviously refused to consider such an amendment to its diplomatic engagement and it is ridiculous to entertain the notion that it ever will. If the PA accepts direct negotiations with Israel, Palestine will increase its losses. Resorting to the UN is the equation of a corrupted entity resorting to another corrupt institution, resulting in additional fragmentation which in turn sustains impunity. The reported details constitute a form of alienation through which endless discussions pitting futile possibilities against each other ensue, even as Palestinians are forced, through these dominant political trends, to become observers of their own disintegration, facilitated by all diplomatic actors supported, in one way or another, by the PA.

(Source / 11.03.2017)

Marwa: Assad Regime Seeking to Evade Political Transition

Member of the Syrian Coalition Hisham Marwa said the Assad regime is seeking to circumvent the issue of political transition after it grudgingly agreed to discuss it in the latest round of negotiations in Geneva.

The Assad regime has not yet proved it is willing to engage seriously in the political process as it is seeking to evade obligations set out in the international resolutions, particularly UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254, Marwa added.

Marwa cited remarks by the Assad regime’s chief negotiator Bashar Jaafari that there will be no point in discussing political transition unless “serious action is taken to combat terrorism.”

The military escalation by the Assad regime and the Iranian-backed militias against civilians reflects the regime’s true intentions, Marwa said. He pointed out that the Assad regime’s continues with is policies aimed at forcing civilians out of their homes to change the demographic landscape in key areas across Syria.

In a press statement released earlier on Saturday, the UN Security Council strongly backed UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura’s efforts to facilitate a settlement of the six-year war based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué by key nations that laid out a roadmap to peace starting with a political transition.

The Council urged parties to the conflict to resume negotiations as soon as possible and without preconditions.

De Mistura on Wednesday announced the fifth round of talks in Geneva will start on March 23.

Marwa has ruled out that the next round will lead to positive results due to the lack of international pressure on the Assad regime and a clear American position or role in the whole process of negotiations.

Marwa expressed hope that the Trump administration will announce a plan outlining the US’s position on a solution to the conflict including decisive action to reach a settlement.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 11.03.2017)

Report: Israel continues systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory


  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in al-Bireh.
  • 5 civilians, including a child and journalist, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • An Israeli drone targeted a military observation point belonging to Hamas Movement and completely destroyed it.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the border areas in the Gaza Strip.
  • Two Palestinian civilians were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea.
  • Israeli forces conducted 62 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and four limited ones were conducted in the central and southern Gaza Strip.
  • 4577 civilians, including 2 children and 2 PLC Members, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 10 of them, including a child, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Two events to celebrate the International Women’s Day were cancelled in Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • Two houses were demolished in Khelet al-‘Idah neighbourhood, south of Hebron.
  • Israeli settlers uprooted and damaged 22 olive seedlings while they sprayed with toxic herbicides 3 dunums planted with grain, south of Hebron.
  • Israeli settlers attacked a farmer and his wife, northeast of Qalqilya.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 5 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints.


Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (02 – 08 March 2017).


During the reporting period, Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian civilian in al-Shorfah neighbourhood in al-Bireh.  Meanwhile, the Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinian civilians, including a child and journalist.  Four of them, including the journalist, were wounded in the West Bank while the 3 others, including the child, were wounded in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas in addition to targeting an observation point belonging to Hamas.

In the West Bank, On 06 March 2017, Israeli forces killed Basel Mahmoud Ibrahim al-A’raj (33) from al-Waljah village, west of Bethlehem, and living in al-Shorfah neighbourhood in al-Bireh.  The Israeli media claimed that al-A’raj opened fire at the Israeli soldiers, who raided his house, so the latter opened fire at him.  As a result, he was immediately killed and his body was taken to an unknown destination.  The Israeli forces also claim that al-A’raj had been wanted for them for months. While carrying out the operation, the Israeli forces wounded 2 Palestinian civilians who gathered in the area to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers.

On 03 March 2017, Journalist Ahmed Shawar (30) was hit with a metal bullet to the forehead and an 18-year-old young man was hit with a metal bullet as well in the left knee while the former covering the weekly Kafr Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilya, and the latter participating in the protest.

In the Gaza Strip, On 03 March 2017, two Palestinian civilians were wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the coastal fence, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at them.  The two civilians were walking in the area and then approached the border fence.  One of them sustained serious wounds while the other sustained moderate wounds.

On the same day, a Palestinian child was wounded while participating in a protest organized near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.  He sustained moderate wounds.

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, on 05 March 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and chased them.  However, neither casualties nor damages to the boats were reported.  The shooting recurred at approximately 07:00 on Sunday, 03 March 2017, and at approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 08 March 2017.

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 02 March 2017, Israeli forces stationed in the military watchtowers along the northern borders sporadically opened fire at the border area opposite to the Agriculture School, east of al-Burah area.  Meanwhile, the Israeli force fired 4 artillery shells at an observation point belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, north of Beit Lahia.  As a result, the site sustained material damages.

On 06 March 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed in the military watch tower opened fire at the Palestinian farmers, east of Gaza Valley village, east of Deit al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.  However, no casualties were reported.

In the context of airstrikes, on 02 March 2017, an Israeli drone launched one missile at an observation point belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.  As a result, it was completely destroyed, but no casualties were repoted.


During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 62 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 57 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children. Ten of them, including a child, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.  Six others, including a child, were arrested in a protest organized against the killing of Basel al-A’raj in the vicinity of ‘Ofer Prison, west of Ramallah.  Among those arrested were also two Members representing Hamas in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) identified as Khaled Tafesh al-Zoweib (53) and Anwar Zaboun (48).

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces conducted 4 limited incursions into the central and southern Gaza Strip. On 02 March 2017, 4 Israeli bulldozers moved into the eastern side of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.  They levelled lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  On 05 March 2017, Israeli forces moved into the eastern side of al-

Fokhari village, southeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  On 06 March, Israeli forces moved into Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.  On 07 March 2017, Israeli forces moved into the northern Gaza Strip and levelled lands as well.

Settlement Activities and settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:

On 06 March 2017, Israeli forces destroyed a house belonging to Taghrid Abu Mayalah in Khelet al-‘Eidah neighbourhood, south of Hebron.  The under-construction house is established on an area of 120 square meters.  On the same day, Israeli forces handed Hasan Shehdah ‘Amr a notice to stop construction works in his house in Beit Marsan village, west of Dura.

In the same context, On 04 March 2017, a group of settlers uprooted 15 olive seedlings and sprayed 7 others and 3 dunums planted with grain with toxic herbicides.  Those seedlings and dunums belong to al-Herini family near “Havat Ma’aoun” settlement established on Palestinian lands confiscated from Yata, south of Hebron.

On 06 March 2017, a group of settlers attacked farmer ‘Abdullah Salman (53) and his wife Mariam Salman (53) while ploughing their land near “Havad Jel’ad” settlement established on Far’eta village, northeast of Qalqilya.

Restrictions on movement:

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

(Source / 11.03.2017)