Palestinian young man sent to Israeli jail over Facebook likes

To jail over Facebook likes

The Israeli occupation authorities sentenced a Palestinian young man to a six-month administrative prison-term over incitement allegations.

30-year-old Khaled Faraj was sentenced administratively to six months in an Israeli jail on charges of incitement on Facebook.

On Sunday, Israel’s Ofer court ruled for releasing Faraj on a bail of 4,000 shekels.

The jury refuted the arguments put forth by the military prosecution and charged Faraj with making many “incitement likes”, estimated by the court at some 22 likes, on Facebook.

(Source / 08.02.2018)

Arrests, home break-ins reported in predawn sweep by Israeli army

Pre dawn sweep Nablus

A number of Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in abduction weeps rocking West Bank provinces at predawn Thursday.

The IOF stormed Nablus province at the crack of dawn and kidnapped two Palestinians—15-year-old Mohamed Daraghma and 24-year-old Sarhan Daraghma.

Overnight, youngster Abdul Salam Dawabsha, from Nablus’s southern town of Duma, was kidnapped by the IOF at the Jaba’ checkpoint.

At the same time, heavily-armed Israeli patrols rolled into Jenin’s towns of Berkin and Wadi Berkin, before they kidnapped four Palestinians, among them relatives of slain Ahmed Jarrar.

The occupation forces further ransacked homes belonging to the Jarrar family using sniffer dogs. Sounds of explosions and heavy gunfire were detected all the way through the assault.

The Israeli military also sealed off Jenin’s western entrance, blocking Palestinians’ access out of and into the area.

Meanwhile, three Palestinians were kidnapped by the IOF from Tulkarem province.

The campaign culminated in the abduction of two Palestinians from Ramallah province, in the central occupied West Bank, and two others from al-Khalil, to the south.

(Source / 08.02.2018)

Iran rules out new Israel war on Gaza

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasimi [File photo]

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasim

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasimi yesterday ruled out a new Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip due to the “developing capabilities of the resistance”, the Safa News Agency reported.

Qasimi said the resistance would not allow the Zionist entity to launch a new Israeli offensive in the region.

“Zionist entity has been working hard to weaken the Islamic states and the resistance in the region,” he said, noting that it “will not hesitate to launch a war against the resistance and the region if it is sure that it is guaranteed victory.”

He stressed that the “development of resistance, as well as the circumstances in the region” push Israel to avoid launching a new war.

“I don’t see a new Israeli offensive on Gaza due to the developing capabilities of the resistance,” he said, stressing that if this happened, the Israeli occupation would lose it.

Reports of such an event are a king of psychological war, he explained.

READ: Israel targets Gaza area just reconstructed after 2014 war

(Source / 08.02.2018)

Israel army sends reinforcements to Nablus region

Israeli security forces in Nablus, West Bank

The Israeli army is sending reinforcements to the Nablus region of the occupied West Bank today, reported Ynet.

The move comes as Israeli occupation forces continue the search for Abed Al-Karim Adel Assi, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship who killed an Israeli settler on Monday.

According to the report, “several of the army’s regular service regiments will be taken off their training and drill duties and moved to the region to bolster forces already on the ground”, following senior military officials’ evaluation of the situation on the ground.

The paper adds that “the forces will be deployed and will operate in the coming days in territorial brigades in the Samaria [northern West Bank] region where friction hotspots proliferate.”

Reports: PA helping Israel trace perpetrators of Nablus attack

(Source / 08.02.2018)

Knesset hears calls for Palestinian bodies to be thrown into the sea

Committee chair MK Yoav Kisch

The Knesset Internal Affairs Committee yesterday discussed the policy of refusing to return the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to their families for burial.

Israeli authorities have repeatedly withheld bodies of alleged Palestinian assailants, part of a range of collective punishment measures that also include home demolition.

During the committee hearing, the parents of an Israeli soldier killed in occupied East Jerusalem in January 2017 said that “instead of debating whether or not to hold a body, there is one solution – to leave it in Israel permanently or to throw it into the sea”.

Committee chair MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) said: “These terrorists who try to inflict harm, they should be terminated on the spot”, adding: “We cannot deal with terrorists as though we are in Switzerland.”

He continued: “What the United States did with [Osama] Bin Laden is a great example of a country that fights back.”

Read: Knesset approves bill to reduce chance of ceding part of Jerusalem to Palestinians

The debate attracted cross-party support for the policy of withholding Palestinian bodies. MK Akram Hasoon (Kulanu) claimed that the funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces “make 10,000 people anti-Israeli”, adding:

We should not return bodies. We should demolish homes.

MK Anat Berko (Likud), meanwhile, told the committee: “Terrorists who murder us deserve a donkey’s burial, at night, when no one can see.”

MK Mickey Levy (Yesh Atid), a former commander of the Jerusalem District Police, told the Knesset meeting: “I used to return bodies after a year, in the middle of the night, and I deployed 700 officers so that no one other than close relatives would leave the house.”

(Source / 08.02.2018)

A sliver of truth amidst UN manipulation of Palestinian rights

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres talks at a press conference in Beit Lahia, Gaza on 30 August 2017

By Ramona Wadi

As always, UN officials take pride in pontificating about Palestine. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proved to be no exception, faithfully pursuing the same agenda which resulted in Palestinians becoming a marginalised subject of discussion. Israel may complain of rhetorical visibility allocated to Palestine at the UN, however, it is this tactic which allows Israeli violations to continue unhindered.

International committees, agencies, meetings and resolutions have placed an irreparable burden upon Palestinians, resulting in extreme political isolation. Sometimes, this isolation is publicly voiced, albeit without the desire to allow Palestinians to reclaim their rights to territory and return.

In his address to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Guterres spoke a sliver of truth: “As we all know, the question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of United Nations and is one of the longest unresolved issues on our agenda.” Lest a sliver of false hope is ignited, Guterres reiterated that there is no “plan B” to the two-state compromise. His ending remarks comprise of: “A two-state solution is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and secure a sustainable solution to the conflict.”

From father to son: How the Palestinian struggle is passed from one generation to the next

Besides the tedious regurgitation of the usual summary which even refrains from attributing colonial expansion directly to Israel, anyone reading or listening to Guterres’ address would have benefited from an acknowledgement that the colonisation of Palestine was aided by collusion and incompetence on behalf of the organisation claiming to protect human rights. It is unacceptable that the UN maintains its façade of responsibility for human rights when it thrives upon allowing its influential members to break international law with impunity.

The constant appropriation of Palestinian voices through international institutions has not ceased. It is following the designated trajectory set in the early years of the UN, as Guterres has pointed out in his generalised statements. Placing his statement within context, one such example of Palestinian absence can be found in the intervention by the Guatemalan Ambassador to the UN in 1947 when the Partition Plan which paved the way for the colonisation of historic Palestine was being debated. The words uttered by Jose Garcia Granados: “An ignorant majority should not be allowed to impose its will. A million progressive human beings should not be the plaything of a few ringleaders supported by millions of human beings of less advanced ideas,” summarise the UN’s perpetual attitude towards oppressed populations.

Decades later, the colonisers, supported by the UN, have flaunted their purported superiority by massacres, displacement and dispossession of Palestinians while the organisation exploits every life lost through aggression committed by Israel, to create a spectacle out of the colonised. It is puerile to assume that just because the UN regularly debates Palestine; it is a proponent of Palestinian rights.

Palestinian absence has become a requirement in discourse regarding Palestine. Guterres could have substituted his entire speech by publicly asserting that every international action, rhetorical or otherwise, constitutes a collaborative approach towards colonising more Palestinian territory. The UN is well aware of the fact that absence is not equivalent to meaningless. Pursuing such duplicity at the expense of Palestinian lives makes an update on the UN’s motives a prerequisite.

(Source / 08.02.2018)

World Health: 54 Patients Died Awaiting Security Approval for Medical Referrals Out of Gaza

07 FEB
10:01 PM

World Health Organizations (WHO) has released its monthly report for December of 2017, which revealed the following, according to the PNN:  

– 2017 the lowest rate for approvals since WHO began active monitoring in 2008: 54% of patient applications to exit Gaza via Erez were successful. There has been a continuous decline in approval rates since 2012, when approximately 93% of patient applications were successful.

– 54 patients died while awaiting security approval for referrals out of Gaza: Approximately 85% of the patients who died while awaiting security permits had been referred for cancer investigations or treatment.

– In December, 48% of patients unsuccessful in obtaining security permits from Israeli authorities: From 2,170 patient applications 52.4% were approved; 2.6% denied; and 45.0% delayed, receiving no definitive response from Israeli authorities by the date of hospital appointment.

– Three in five patient companions unsuccessful in obtaining permits to travel out of Gaza: There were 2,507 permit applications for patient companions submitted to Israeli authorities in December. 40.5%were approved, 3.6% were denied and 55.9% were delayed, still pending by the date of the patient’s hospital appointment.

– Security interrogation of patients: 11 patients (7 males; 4 females) were requested for interrogation by Israeli General Security Services at Erez during December. Five were approved permits to travel for health care.

– Financial coverage for health care: 1,784 requests for financial coverage for Gaza patients were approved by the Services Purchasing Unit of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in December 2017.   

– Limited access to Egypt: Rafah terminal was open for four days in both directions. 183 patients exited Gaza to seek medical care. No medical aid and no medical delegates entered Gaza via Rafah during the month. 

(Source / 08.02.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Palestinian Lands In Southern Gaza

08 FEB
8:54 AM

Several armored Israeli army vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian farmlands and bulldozed sections close to the border fence, while firing live rounds, east of the al-Qarara town, northeast of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources in Khan Younis said the tanks, and bulldozers, came from military bases across the border fence, and advanced 150 meters into the agricultural lands.

The soldiers bulldozed sections of the invaded Palestinian lands, close to the border fence, and placed sand hills while firing live rounds to keep the Palestinians out of their lands.

Media sources said one of the armored bulldozers flipped over, during the invasion.

Such invasions into Palestinian lands in the border areas, north and east of the Gaza Strip, are carried out frequently, and the Palestinians are forced out of their lands until the army leaves.

(Source / 08.02.2018)

Army Attacks School Children And Teachers In Hebron, Injure Many

08 FEB
10:29 AM

Israeli soldiers attacked, on Thursday morning, dozens of schoolchildren and teachers, in the southern area of Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank, causing scores to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Ammar Jaber, the principal of al-Hajiriya School, said the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs into the schools in the area, and around them, causing dozens of children, teachers and workers to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

He added that many of the wounded Palestinians were also rushed to hospitals for further treatment.

Jaber also said that all schools in the area had to shut down for the day, to avoid further Israeli escalation, and violations.

Furthermore, the soldiers surrounded Qortoba School, in the Shuhada Street, and prevented the teachers and students from reaching it.

The soldiers closed the area, and the electronic gates around them, and refused to allow the students and teachers through for about an hour, until the Red Cross and the Palestinian District Coordination office intervened.







(Source / 08.02.2018)

Israel Still Holding Corpses of 260 Palestinians In “Numbers Graveyards”, 19 In Morgues

08 FEB
11:17 AM

The head of Jerusalem Legal Aid Center, Issam al-‘Arouri, has reported that Israel is still holding captive in the “Numbers Graveyards,” the remains of 260 Palestinians who were killed in previous years, while 19 others, who were killed since 2016, are still in Israeli Morgues.

Speaking to Palestine Radio on Thursday morning, al-‘Arouri said that Israel has been practicing this illegal measure for dozens of years, way before its government “legalized it” lately, in order to punish the families of the slain Palestinians, who remain unable to burry their loved ones, or even see their corpses.

“Israel, and its legal system, are violating various international laws, and imposing further suffering on the families of the slain Palestinians,” he said, “The so-called legal system in Israel has recently decided to give it courts a period of six months to ‘justify’ holding the remains for extended periods.”

He also said that Israel seems to be the only country in the world that is using the corpses as a bargaining chip, and as a punishment against the families, and added that Tel Aviv sometimes justifies its illegal actions by claiming that the burial ceremonies would lead to more violence.

It is worth mentioning that whenever the Israeli army releases the remains of Palestinians who were killed after reportedly attacking or killing Israelis, it places strict preconditions, such as having the burial ceremonies held late at night, with a limited the number of participants to include only direct family members, and sometimes not even all of them are allowed to attend.

(Source / 08.02.2018)