Palestinian child narrates horrifying experience of 10-hour detention by Israeli forces

Palestinian child arrested by Israeli forces [File photo]

Palestinian child arrested by Israeli forces

On 11 August, a 15-year-old Palestinian youth from Beit Ummar was abducted by Israeli soldiers at 4:30pm on land belonging to the village close to the settlement of Karmi Zur.

The boy was released without charge 10 hours later. Here he is telling what happened to him:

“I was on village land opposite to the settlement of Karmi Zur with my friends at around 4:30 pm. There were no clashes with Israeli soldiers at the time. Two soldiers suddenly appeared behind us. I was terrified when I saw them but I did not to run away. The soldiers immediately stopped us.

“The soldiers started to question me in Hebrew and some Arabic but I did not understand what they were saying. The soldiers then checked my hands and took my mobile phone. Then they led me on foot towards the settlement.

“At the gate of the settlement, the soldiers tied my hands to the front with one plastic tie. The tie was tight and painful. They also blindfolded me. Then they took me to the back of a jeep where I sat on a seat. They made one of my friends sit on my lap.

“We remained inside the jeep for about 30 minutes. A soldier asked me whether everything was ok and I told him everything was fine.”

Read: Palestinian child describes details of torture and mistreatment during his arrest

The boy continued: “After about 30 minutes, the jeep drove towards a nearby military base. We remained inside the jeep once we arrived at the base. About 15 minutes later the jeep drove to the police station in Etzion settlement.

“At Etzion, I was taken to a courtyard where I sat on the ground. A soldier asked me what I was doing near the settlement and whether we had intended to set fire to tyres. I told him we were not doing anything wrong. Then he told me they were waiting for the interrogator to arrive in order to question us.

“I was kept at Etzion for about two hours. During this time, I asked to drink and to use the toilet and the soldiers allowed me to pee in the courtyard while tied and blindfolded.

“After about two hours, some soldiers took me to a jeep and I sat on a seat. The jeep drove for about 30 minutes and then stopped at a hilly area where I was taken out of the jeep and the soldiers made me sit on some rocks for about 10 minutes.

“Then, I was put in a shipping container which had one metal bed. A soldier was there to guard me and my friend. Every now and then a soldier walked in and verbally abused me. He told me I was a ‘fucker son of a whore.’”


“By this time, the blindfold was causing me pain. I asked them to remove it to allow me to use the toilet but they refused. I asked for water and they brought me some. Then the soldier fell asleep and I was able to sleep too.”

The boy said: “Later on, another soldier threatened to lock me up in prison if I did not tell him what I was doing in the area near the settlement. I told him I was not doing anything wrong.

“Then, I was taken back to a jeep which drove to the entrance my village. The soldiers removed the tie and the blindfold and released me. It was around 3am.”

(Source / 10.10.2017)

Algeria prevents candidates from separatist movements from running for municipal elections

Image of a voting booth in Algeria [Flickr]

Image of a voting booth in Algeria

The Algerian authorities are reported to have denied potential candidates from running for the municipal elections, scheduled for 23 November, on suspicions of belonging to two separatist movements.

Media sources said the the local administrations in Tizi Ouzou, Bejaia and Ghardaia have removed the candidates believed to belong to the movement for the independence of the Kabylie region (MAK), led by Ferhat Mhenni who lives in exile in France and the movement for the autonomy in Ghardaia province led by Fekhar Kamal.

In the Kabylie region, the local administration is reported to have rejected the nomination of about 30 people because they belong to MAK, which the regime views as threat to the country’s stability and security.

Read: Algeria’s largest Islamist party insists on taking part in elections

(Source / 10.10.2017)

The next war will be waged against Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, says Lieberman

Image of Israeli Defence Minster Avigdor Lieberman on 12 April 2017 [PakCricket/Twitter]

Image of Israeli Defence Minster Avigdor Lieberman on 12 April 2017

Israel’s Defence Minister has said that the next war waged on Israel’s northern front will not only be against Hezbollah in Lebanon, but also Syria, and hostilities will also include the Gaza Strip. Avigdor Lieberman made his comments in a speech to army officers at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv on Monday on the eve of the Yom Kippur holiday.

“The next war in the north will not only be the Lebanese front, but rather a united front made up of Syria and Lebanon,” Lieberman explained. “The Lebanese army has lost its independence and has become an integral part of Hezbollah.” He added that Israel will not have a war on a single front. “The next war will be fought on both fronts [north and south].” This, obviously, implies that Gaza will again be a target for an Israeli military offensive.

“We are trying our best to prevent the next war,” claimed the extreme right-wing minister, “but in this ‘new’ Middle East, it is no longer predicted that war is unlikely, like in the past.” Such predictions, he suggested, do not reflect the sensitive reality in the region; war may occur from one moment to the next, or overnight.

Read: This is the last chance to help Gaza

“Everything suggests that we must plan for a serious ground invasion, and there is no invasion without strong fire. Our tanks must provide such strong fire, just as the air defence must prevent great losses for Israel.”

The minister concluded that Israel must prepare for any potential scenario, as the new reality holds challenges for everyone.

(Source / 10.10.2017)

PA blocks protest against cybercrime law

Hacker on a computer [File photo]

Hacker on a computer

Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces prohibited a protest staged today against the controversial cybercrime law from reaching the Prime Minister’s office in Ramallah.

Dozens of journalists and activists participated in the protest against the law, which was called for by the National Coordinating Committee for the Defence of Public Freedom. The march started outside the Legislative Council in Ramallah and headed for the prime minister’s headquarters.

The protest was accompanied by a heavy security presence. Palestinian police officers and riot police prevented protesters from reaching the prime minister’s headquarters. Protesters carried signs calling for respect for freedom of speech and the abolishment of the cybercrime law.

Read: Amnesty slams charges brought against human rights defender by Palestinian Authority

The National Coordinating Committee for the Defence of Public freedom issued a statement calling for the reunification of judicial systems in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip by establishing a single higher transitional justice committee that consists of experts known for their neutrality, transparency, and qualification.

The committee also called for rebuilding and restructuring a constitutional court that meets international standards and applies Palestinian laws. It also urged the judiciary to stop issuing legislation that deepens divisions between them.

(Source / 10.10.2017)

Israeli forces detain Palestinian woman and child in West Bank raids

Arrested again Palestinians

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians, including a minor and a woman, from different areas across the occupied West Bank during overnight search and detention raids between Monday and Tuesday.The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained Khadija Rabie, 30, from her home in the town of Yatta and 14-year-old Abd al-Aziz Shaaban al-Hindi from his family home in the town of Beit Ummar.Just north of Hebron in the Bethlehem district, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Hafeth Jibrin was detained from the district.

In the northern West Bank, Yazan Iyad Abu Aisha was detained from Tulkarem and Ahmad Azmi Mansour from Nablus, according to PPS.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into reports.
Israeli forces detained 431 Palestinians over the course of the month of September, including 98 children, 11 women, and three journalists, according to a joint report released Sunday by Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Adameer, PPS, and the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights.
The majority, 133, were detained in the Jerusalem district, while 60 were detained from the Hebron district, 45 from the Nablus district, 40 from the Ramallah district, 38 from the Jenin district, 28 from the Bethlehem district, 15 from the Tubas district, 10 from the Salfit district, nine from the Tulkaram district, seven from the Jericho district, and six from the Gaza Strip.
The report documented that the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails reached 6,300 prisoners, including 57 female prisoners, 10 underage girls, approximately 300 children, and 450 administrative detainees — prisoners detained without charge or trial. In the month of September, the occupation authorities issued 68 administrative detention orders, 24 of which were new orders.
“The four organizations strongly condemn Israel’s gross and systematic violations of international law, and its disregard for the rights of Palestinian detainees. We also condemn the continuing occupation authorities’ disregard of the legal guarantees provided by international legal regulations,” the report said.
(Source / 10.10.2017)

Moroccan MP to Former Israeli Defense Minister: “War Criminal, Leave Our Country”

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Moroccan lawmakers protested yesterday, against the presence of an Israeli delegation at a conference organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), at the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat.

The parliamentarians called it “a provocation against the Moroccan people.”

“You are a war criminal and you have to leave Morocco,” said Abdel Haq Hissan, a Democratic Confederation of Labour (CDT) MP, addressing former Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz in the conference hall.

“You are a criminal against humanity,” he continued, according to Al Ray. “You killed children and innocent people, you have to leave the parliament, and we reject your attendance as well as the delegation accompanying you.”

The Moroccan parliamentarians raised the Palestinian flag and banners inside the conference hall, calling for the expulsion of the delegation.

On Saturday, three parliamentary blocs in the House of Advisors rejected the presence of the Israeli delegation.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Moroccan Workers Union, the largest union in the country and the CDT said in a joint statement that they “received with great dismay” the news that Peretz was there.

PAM and the WTO are organizing a two day conference on facilitating trade and investment in the region.

(Source / 10.10.2017)

IOF arrests Palestinian woman in al-Khalil, man in Jenin

Arrest of woman Yatta

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Monday evening a Palestinian woman after breaking into her house Yatta town, south of al-Khalil.

The PIC field reporter affirmed that IOF soldiers stormed Yatta town and broke into the family house of Khadija Jibril Rabei, 30, before arresting her.

A large amount of money estimated at 30,000 shekels were stolen during the raid, our correspondent pointed out.

Rabei was then taken to unknown detention center.

Meanwhile, IOF detained a young man from Kafreit town, southwest of Jenin.

(Source / 10.10.2017)

Resheq: Hamas keen on making national reconciliation come true

Ezzet Resheq

Hamas political bureau member Ezzet Resheq stressed his group’s deep commitment to boost national reconciliation.

As talks between Hamas and Fatah have been under full swing in Cairo, Resheq said: “We are gathering today in Cairo hoping to draw up a road map to guide all the Palestinians through the reconciliation road and onboard a ship traveling toward a shared destination: liberation and return to our motherland.”

“In partnership with our brothers and sisters, we will make our people’s dream come true. Consensus and unity are our strategic choice to make steps forward in the anti-occupation struggle and restore our infringed rights,” added Resheq.

A round of reconciliation talks between the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements has kicked off in Cairo so as to seek ways to implement reconciliation agreements on the ground.

(Source / 10.10.2017)

24 Palestinians Killed in Syria last month

Palestinians killed in Syria

The Action Group for the Palestinians in Syria (AGPS) said on Tuesday that 24 Palestinian refugees were killed in Syria during September due to the civil war that has been ongoing since 2011.

A report published by the AGPS pointed out that 43 victims were documented in the same period last year.

The report showed that seven refugees were killed in Raqqa, five in Al-Shoula area, while five others were killed in other unknown places. Two other refugees were found dead in Yarmouk refugee camp, while two others died in the Hama suburbs. Two more people were killed in Yelda and one person in Jobar.

The AGPS is a London-based group that was founded in 2012 through a collective initiative by Palestinian and Arab figures.

The group follows up and documents the violations against the Palestinians of Syria, according to its official website.

According to UN estimates, 450,000 Palestinian refugees still live in Syria, 95% of whom are in dire need of urgent assistance.

(Source / 10.10.2017)

New British Envoy Visits Syrian Coalition to Discuss Mechanisms to Activate Political Process

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif on Tuesday met with the UK Special Representative for Syria Martin Longden and discussed with him the latest political and field developments, especially the situation in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

The meeting was attended by the Coalition’s vice-presidents and members of the political committee. This is the first meeting with Longden who has recently succeeded Gareth Bayley as the UK envoy to Syria.

The two sides discussed the developments of the political process and the Riyadh opposition conference due to be held later this month. They stressed need to activate and revive the political process in order to reach a just political solution in accordance with international resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.

The two sides also emphasized continued coordination in order to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity through supporting their demands for the establishment of a pluralistic democratic state without Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

Seif stressed the important role of the United Kingdom in pushing the political process forward as he underscored that any solution cannot be achieved as long as Assad and his clique survive in power.

For his part, the British envoy reaffirmed his country’s continued support for the Syrian opposition at the international level and for the rights of the Syrian people. Longden expressed regret for the daily massacres being committed against Syrian civilians.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 10.10.2017)