Israeli warplanes drop bombs over Gaza, #GazaUnderAttack

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation jets launched raids on the Gaza Strip included Mwaqaa resistance.

Occupation forces launched a raid on the site of the 17th-west of Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, resulting in flames in place.

This was followed by targeting the station to send off the “Karni” crossing, east of Gaza City by a missile from warship fighter than destroying it.

The second Hebrew channel, announced Wednesday evening, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no casualties.

Warning sirens did not ring out in the surrounding settlements in Gaza by means of occupation media.

The sector witnessed at the beginning of February, an Israeli raids and artillery bombardment on the positions of the Palestinian resistance after the launch of a rocket at Ashkelon Coast. (SHEHAB NEWS)

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Gaza military court orders 10 PA intelligence officials to turn themselves in

Gaza militaire hof

GAZA (Ma’an) — A Gaza military court gave 10 officials affiliated to Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence services ten days to turn themselves in to authorities in the blockaded coastal enclave on Tuesday.

In a statement made public on Thursday, the court said that if the officials did not turn themselves in within that time frame, they would be considered fugitives and tried in absentia, and that any civilians who knew of the wanted men’s whereabouts but did not report them to Gaza security forces would be charged with misprision.
The statement identified six of the wanted officials as PA intelligence majors Sami Nasman, Jamal Hassouna, Shabaan Abdullah al-Gharbawi, Sabri al-Mazen Askari, Muhammad Sami Abd al-Aziz al-Bardini, and Ibrahim Abu Taha Askari.
The court did not specify what the ten officials were wanted for.
The Fatah-dominated PA and Hamas, the de facto ruling party in Gaza, have been embroiled in conflict since Hamas’ election victory in 2006 elections in the Gaza Strip, which erupted into a violent conflict between the two movements as both attempted to consolidate control over the territory.
Tensions have remained steady as the PA last month decided to hold local elections in the occupied West Bank on May 13 as scheduled, while excluding the Gaza Strip from taking part after Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement rejected holding elections without first achieving political reconciliation across the occupied Palestinian territory.
Despite numerous attempts at reconciling the groups, Palestinian leadership has repeatedly failed to follow through on promises of reconciliation, as both movements have frequently blamed each other for numerous political failures.
Officials from the Fatah-led PA have criticized Hamas for creating a shadow government in the Gaza Strip and blocking efforts to reach political unity.
Hamas has in turn accused the PA of executing a plan to “eradicate” the movement from the West Bank, accusing Fatah of “escalating security collaboration” with the Israeli authorities through politically motivated arrests and “adopting a revolving door policy” funneling Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons.
(Source / 16.03.2017)

Two Jews savagely beat Arab taxi driver in Israel

It very clear that the attack was a hate crime

Two Jewish men savagely hit on Thursday at dawn Arab taxi driver with glass bottles, leaving him with severe face and head injuries.

“Before getting into the taxi, the Jews made sure he was speaking Arabic. They got to one destination and then asked to go to another destination, knowing it was a dark place near Kiryat HaYovel”

Two Jewish men savagely hit on Thursday at dawn Arab taxi driver with glass bottles, leaving him with severe face and head injuries.

Fadi Abed, 41, is the taxi driver. He told his friends that the two Jews checked his identity and became sure he is Arabic before entering his cab.

Later on, he said, they intentionally asked him to go to a dark area of Jerusalem’s Kiryat HaYovel Settlement and savagely beat him.

According to the Israeli police, the two Jews aged 20 and 23. The police claimed that they were under the influence of alcohol.

Rani Abed, brother of the taxi drivers, said about the incident: “He picked up two young men from Jerusalem and took them from place to place.”

He continued: “There was no conversation during the drive. Before getting into the taxi, they made sure he was speaking Arabic. They got to one destination and then asked to go to another destination, knowing it was a dark place near Kiryat HaYovel.”

Then, he continued: “When they got to the place, they pulled out two bottles for no reason and without any provocation hit Fadi in the head with them. He suffered serious bruising.”

Rani along many Arabs were furious with the claims of the Israeli police about the incident as the police claimed they were under influence of alcohol.

But Rami insisted: “They meant to do this from the beginning as they checked he was an Arab.”

(Source / 16.03.2017)

‘France used force to prevent Ennahda from ruling Tunisia’

Participants during the 10th general assembly of Ennahda Party at Olypmic Hall in Rades, Tunisia on May 20, 2016.

Participants during the 10th general assembly of Ennahda Party at Olypmic Hall in Rades, Tunisia on May 20, 2016

A member of the Political Bureau of Moroccan Authenticity and Modernity  Party, Abdul Latif Wehbe, has accused France of meddling in the Tunisian affairs and using “force and violence” to prevent the Ennahda movement from leading the government.

Wehbe, who resigned last week as head of his party, said: “France has intervened through force and violence to prevent Tunisia’s Ennahda movement from continuing in office, after it reached it through elections.”

“France was not interested in any Islamic-oriented government in the region, and tried to prevent it,” he said.

Why is France’s colonial chapter in Algeria anything but history ?

However, Wehbe added that France allowed Morocco to have an Islamic oriented-government because “Morocco knows how to manage its problems”.

The Moroccan MP’s remarks coincide with Tunisian media reports about the possible involvement of France in the “assassination” of opposition leaders, Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, after French President Francois Hollande admitted to giving orders to carry out assassinations “in favour of France” abroad in his book “A President Should Not Say That: Secrets of Five Years in Office”.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Palestinian woman’s detention extended for 11 days, denied access to lawyer

Batool Ramahi

An Israeli occupation court convening in the Moskobiyeh interrogation center in Jerusalem ordered young Palestinian woman Batool Ramahi to 11 more days of detention, forbidding her from receiving a visit from a lawyer until 16 March.

Ramahi, 24, was arrested from her home in the village of Surda near Ramallah in a pre-dawn military raid on Sunday, 12 March.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Legislative Council member Samira Halaiqa was brought before an Israeli military court on Sunday, 12 March, where her detention was extended, and was scheduled to be returned to military court on Monday, 13 March.

Halaiqa’s arrest brought the total number of imprisoned PLC members to 10 and prompted protest in Gaza by PLC leaders affiliated with her Change and Reform bloc, associated with Hamas.

A Palestinian girl, Sondos Joulani, 17, was among 21 Palestinians seized by Israeli occupation forces on Sunday night, 12 March and Monday morning, 13 march. She was one of 11 people arrested in Jerusalem, including Karim Abu Tayeh, Ayman Abu Tayeh, Uday Abu Tayeh, Mohammed Abu Hammam, Mahmoud Abu Nabi, Hatem Shweiki, Wael Qarout, Wael Abu Ramouz, 15-year-old Musleh Naser Shehadeh, and Mahmoud Matar, the father of Ibrahim Matar, killed on Monday morning by Israeli forces.

Four more Palestinians from the town of Jiftlik were seized, including Ibrahim Abu Salem Dalakh, Mohammed Abu Gheith Dalakh, Nawaf al-Jahalin and Yasser Abu Hatab. In al-Khalil, three people were arrested, including Rabie Jawad Zaaqiq, Malik al-Jabari, and Salim Mahmoud Tarayreh, 48, the father of Issa Tarayreh, who was 16 years old in September 2016 when he was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces.

Tareq Maher Zakarneh was seized in Qabatiya, Mohammed Ghazi Suleiman Abu Jaber in Tulkarem and Jumaa el-Desoki in Jalazone refugee camp.

Since International Women’s Day, an average of one Palestinian woman has been arrested by Israeli forces daily, including Joulani, Halaiqa, Ramahi, Souad Shyoukhi – whose brother was killed by occupation forces – and novelist Khalida Ghosheh, currently released on bail after being arrested and interrogated about her forthcoming novel, “The Jackal’s Trap,” looking at Palestinian collaborators with Israel.

(Source / 16.03.2017)


Health Ministry in Gaza warns of fuel shortage in two months

Ashraf al-Qudra

Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza warned on Thursday of a new fuel shortage in its facilities in two months. It appealed to donor international and Arab institutions for urgent intervention in order to guarantee enough fuel amounts at hospitals and primary health centers.

The spokesman of the Ministry, Ashraf al-Qudra, told the PIC reporter that his ministry complains of continuous shortage in fuel supplies for power generators.

The Palestinian official said that the Ministry consumes 450,000 liters of fuel every month distributed over 13 hospitals including 3 grand medical compounds that use too much fuel when power cut offs exceed 8 hours a day.

The besieged Gaza Strip experiences every now and then a power crisis that leave it with only 6 to 8 hours daily of power connection.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

35 Israeli settlers, fanatic MK break into Muslims’ 3rd holiest site

Moshe Feiglin

A horde of 35 Israeli settlers, escorted by fanatic MK Moshe Feiglin stormed on Thursday morning the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, in Occupied Jerusalem, via the Maghareba Gate.

35 Israeli settlers, escorted by policemen and the fanatic Israeli MK Feiglin, broke into al-Aqsa place of worship as part of the daily morning break-in shift carried out starting at 7 a.m.

Israeli cops locked the Maghareba Gate shortly after the break in and cordoned off the plazas of the site.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces have been banning a group of Muslim women from entering al-Aqsa to perform their prayers.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Israeli court passes two life sentences against prisoner Amayreh

Mohammad Amayreh

Israeli Haaretz newspaper disclosed that an Israeli military court on Wednesday passed two life sentences in addition to a payment of a quarter of a million shekels as a compensation against prisoner Mohammad Amayreh.

The 38-year-old Palestinian captive Amayreh, from Doura town in al-Khalil, was charged with driving the car which was used in an anti-occupation shooting attack resulting in the death of the headmaster of a Jewish religious school, Michael Mark, last July.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Timeline: International attempts to boycott BDS


  • 1990 – Yusuf Islam turned away from Israel along with his eight-year-old son
  • 13 January 2000 – Yusuf Islam deported from Israel for allegedly backing a militant Islamic group
  • 30 December 2001 – Israeli forces prevented 300 international peace activists from entering Hebron
  • 2 April 2002 – Australian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) volunteer Kate Edwards sustained internal injuries from rounds fired by Israeli forces at a protest in Beit Jala. Edwards later succumbed to her injuries
  • 22 November 2002 – UNRWA relief project manager Iain Hook shot and killed at a protest in Jenin
  • 22 November 2002 – Irish ISM volunteer shot and injured by Israeli forces in Jenin
  • 2003 – French Lellouche law introduced which is later used to convict BDS activists. A person calling for a boycott in France can be fined up to €45,000 ($47,850) and jailed for up to a year
  • 16 March 2003 – Rachel Corrie crushed under a bulldozer in Rafah during the Second Intifada
  • 5 April 2003 – British photography student and volunteer for ISM Tom Hurndall is shot in the head by an Israeli sniper and left clinically brain dead
  • 5 April 2003 – Israeli forces shoot ISM volunteer Brian Avery in the face, seriously disfiguring him
  • 1 December 2003 – Stefan Christoff, member of ISM and media activist, barred from entering Israel after being deemed a ‘security threat’
  • 13 January 2004 – Tom Hurndall dies
  • 11 August 2005 – Israeli ex-solider who killed Tom Hurndall jailed for eight years


  • December 2007 – The Cour de Cassation in France officially ruled that boycotting Israeli companies in France is illegal and criminal
  • May 2008 – Former US President Jimmy Carter’s request to visit Hamas in the Gaza Strip is denied
  • 23 May 2008 – Norman Finkelstein barred from entering Israel
  • 24 October 2008 – Yusuf Islam uninvited to a peace conference in Tel Aviv
Yusuf Islam

Yusuf Islam

  • 14 December 2008 – Then UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk is denied entry to Israel
  • 13 March 2009 – American demonstrator Tristan Anderson critically wounded after being shot by Israeli forces with a tear gas canister near Nil’in. In hospital he underwent brain surgery and had to have a portion of his front lobe and fragments of shattered bones removed
  • 26 September 2009 – French activists accused of taking part in a demonstration at a Carrefour shop in Illzach, near Mulhouse, calling for a boycott of Israel
  • December 2009 – Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened the third conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, which focused efforts on fighting BDS and Palestinian activism
  • 3 April 2010 – Israel bans Apple’s iPad on the grounds it is too powerful. The ban is later lifted
  • 24 April 2010 – Maltese activist Bianca Zammit shot in the thigh by Israeli forces during a demonstration in Gaza
  • 16 May 2010 – Noam Chomsky denied entry into Israel on his way to lecture at Palestinian university Bir Zeit. Interrogators told the professor he had written things the Israeli government did not like
  • 31 May 2010 – American journalist Emily Henochowicz lost her left eye after being struck by a tear gas canister whilst protesting near Qalandiya checkpoint


  • 11 July 2011 – Israeli Knesset passes a law to make it a civil offence to call publicly for a boycott of the State of Israel. A 2015 ruling on the law upheld most provisions
  • 14 April 2012 – 200 activists on a silent protest on bicycle, foot and bus, were stopped by Israeli forces near Highway 90 and asked not to continue for their own safety. Four activists sustained face and back injuries
  • 18 July 2014 – French authorities ban pro-Palestinian groups fromholding a rally in Paris planned for that coming Saturday against thewar in Gaza
  • 22 April 2015 – The Tennessee General Assembly pass a resolution condemning BDS
  • 4 June 2015 – South Carolina’s state legislature passes legislation banning the state from entering into contracts with companies that participate in certain kinds of boycotts
  • 22 June 2015 – New York State Assembly passes resolution denouncing BDS
  • 23 June 2015 – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner becomes the first state leader to sign the first anti-BDS legislation, considered the first state-based concrete action against BDS. It targets taxpayer funded public pension funds that invest in companies that have adopted a BDS stance towards Israel
  • 3 October 2015 – The UK Conservative party press release announces government’s intention to introduce ‘new rules to stop politically-motivated boycott and divestment campaigns by town halls against UK defence companies and against Israel’
File photo from the UK, where the supermarket giant, Tesco, is seen specifying Israeli settlements as a source for a pack of dates

File photo from the UK, where the supermarket giant, Tesco, is seen specifying Israeli settlements as a source for a pack of dates

  • 20 October 2015 – France’s court of appeals confirms rulings that people promoting a boycott against Israel are guilty of inciting hate or discrimination
  • 9 December 2015 – Four activists who support BDS tried in a court in Toulouse, France, under a month-old precedent that rendered the movement illegal
  • 30 December 2015 – California-Israel Commerce Protection Act passes; it requires the State of California and all public entities to divest from companies that participate in boycotts against Israel

2016- present

  • 20 January 2016 – New York State Senate approves bill prohibiting the state and state entities from doing business with companies that support the BDS movement
  • 16 February 2016 – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signs law SJR-6 states the BDS movement in Alabama is ‘harmful to the state’s relationships with Alabama’s Jewish citizens’, and unequivocally denounces and rejects BDS
  • 24 February 2016 – The Iowa House of Representatives votes to block the state from investing in companies that support BDS
  • 26 February 2016 – Colorado House of Representatives passes law HB-16-284 to add all companies that participate in BDS to a list of restricted companies, sends notices to them to stop supporting BDS within 180 days and if they don’t, to divest from that company
  • 1 March 2016 – Indiana State Senate approves bill HB-1378 requiring mandatory state divestment from any company that participates in BDS
  • 10 March 2016 – Florida’s Governor Rick Scott signed SB-86 calling for the repeal of US customs and border protection’s requirements that West Bank products are not marked ‘Made in Israel’
  • 10 March 2016 – Florida House of Representatives passes HB-527 to create a list of companies that engage in boycotts of Israel and instructing government entities to divest from them
  • 10 March 2016 – Both Virginia House of Delegates passed identical resolutions condemning BDS as ‘inherently antiethical’ and damaging for peace, equality and human rights
  • 18 March 2016 – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed law HB-2617 which prohibits state investment in companies that participate in BDS
  • 26 April 2016 – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed bill SB-327 which prohibits the state from entering into contracts or agreements with companies involved in BDS
  • 27 April 2016 – Iowa State Senate approves SF-2281 making it illegal for a public entity in Iowa to invest or enter into a contract worth over $1,000 with a company that boycotts Israel
  • 10 May 2016 – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signs bill SB81 preventing Alabama government entities from contracting with companies engaged in Israeli boycotts
  • 5 June 2016 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issues executive order requiring state agencies to divest from organisations and companies that participate in Israeli boycotts stating: ‘If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you’
Protestors outside John Lewis, protesting against the sales of 'Soda Stream' a product from an Illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank

Protestors outside John Lewis, protesting against the sales of ‘Soda Stream’ a product from an Illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank

  • 11 July 2016 – Israel passes the controversial ‘NGO transparency law’ which critics have said is a blow to groups who target human rights groups critical of Israeli government policy
  • 16 August 2016 – New Jersey Governor Christ Christie signs law S-1923 requiring state public worker pension funds to divest from companies that boycott Israel
  • 16 October 2016 – Cross-party committee of the UK House of Commons writes an open letter to President of the NUS Malia Bouattia to issue a full and formal apology to Jewish students accusing her of racism, anti-Semitism and of referring to Birmingham University as a ‘Zionist outpost’
  • 4 November 2016 – Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania signed HB2107 prohibiting the government of Pennsylvania from contracting with any entity that engages in BDS activity
  • 1 December 2016 – The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed a resolution that ‘calls on the legislature to stand against any movement that promotes hate, prejudice and racism’ and reject the differential treatment of Israel by the BDS movement
  • 12 December 2016 – UK government announces it will formally adopt a definition of what constitutes anti-Semitism, which will include criticism of Israel.
  • 19 December 2016 – Ohio Governor John Kasich signed bill HB-476 to ban agents from entering into or renewing contracts with companies that don’t contractually declare they are not boycotting or disinvesting from Israel
  • 10 January 2017 – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signs bills HB-5821 and 5822 to ensure that Michigan state agencies don’t enter into contracts with people unless the contract says they are not involved in a boycott with a ‘strategic partner’
  • 12 January 2017 – Israeli parliamentary committee advances a draft new law that allows the Interior Minister to ban anyone who supports BDS
  • 24 January 2017 – French BDS activist appeared in court in Metz because an Israeli pharmaceutical company TEVA blames BDS for encouraging French pharmacists not to sell their medicine
  • 24 February 2017 – Israel denies a work permit for Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch, Omar Shakir, on the grounds that the organisation engaged in ‘politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda’
  • 3 March 2017 – Senior officer in Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) censured for his role in the scandal to oust NUS President Malia Bouattia
Image of NUS President Malia Bouattia [Friends of Al Aqsa/Facebook]

Image of NUS President Malia Bouattia

  • 4 March 2017 – WUK, a cultural institution in Vienna, barred BDS Austria from holding an event during Israel Apartheid Week
  • 7 March 2017 – Israel’s parliament approved new law banning anyone found to support the BDS movement
  • 8 March 2017 – Swiss parliament passes a law to prevent the state financing any organisation which supports racism, anti-Semitism or BDS
  • 8 March 2017 – Israeli activist and author Jeff Harper detained by Israeli police in the illegal Ma’aleh Adumim settlement for suspected incitement. Police said they acted on a complaint he had ‘materials related to BDS’ in his possession
  • 10 March 2017 – Arcotel Kaisserwasser cancels a talk by lawyer and consultant for the human rights group Al-Haq Salma Karmi-Ayyoub after allegations of anti-Semitism
  • 12 March 2017 – Former chairman of BDS Hugh Lanning denied entry into Israel
  • 14 March 2016 – South African human rights activist, Mpho Masemola, is held for nine hours at the King Hussein Bridge between Jordan and Israel before he is sent back to Amman. He was on his way to speak at a conference on Palestinian prisoners.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Milk used in medical treatment in short supply in Gaza

Formula milk. [file photo]

Formula milk. [file photo]

Special milk substitute powder essential for the treatment and well-being of patients suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU) is in dangerously short supply in the besieged Gaza Strip, Quds Press has reported.

Almost 300 Palestinians in the enclave are known to suffer from the rare genetic condition that causes an amino acid called phenylalanine to build up in the body.

According to a spokesman for the Association of the Families of PKU Patients, Musallam Al-Najjar, the lives of the children with PKU in Gaza are at serious risk due to the restrictions imposed on the import of the milk for the past five months.

The milk substitute is the sole treatment and food for PKU patients.

The lack of this milk causes a lot of disorder in the life of the PKU patients and could lead to a permanent disability… We are facing a serious crisis.

Al-Najjar called on the World Health Organisation and other groups to do their best to bring this milk to Gaza in order to help PKU patients.

The acute shortage was confirmed by the Director of the Pharmaceutical Department in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Muneer Al-Borsh. He pointed out that there is a serious shortage of all medicines on the essential drugs list in Gaza, 30 per cent of which are no longer available.

Only 40% of Gaza’s destroyed homes during Israel 2014 war have been rebuilt

“What’s more,” added Al-Borsh, “the ministry’s ability to run medical facilities in Gaza suffers from a shortage of 45 per cent of the disposables which are needed for operations, operating theatres and intensive care units to be fully safe and effective.”

GAZA CITY, GAZA – FEBRUARY 12: A Bedouin man is seen near their makeshift huts -without water and basic living necessities, at Gaza Valley in Gaza City, Gaza on February 12, 2017. After becoming homeless, many Bedouins try to continue their lives under hard conditions

(Source / 16.03.2017)