Palestinian wounded in Israeli police assault outside Aqsa Mosque

Attack outside Al Aqsa

An Israeli police officer physically assaulted and badly wounded a Palestinian citizen on Thursday morning outside the Aqsa Mosque compound before rounding him up.

The victim, Nidam Abu Ramuz, said that he was standing as usual at al-Asbat Gate in the morning because the Israeli police do not allow him and many others to enter the Mosque during the presence of Jewish settlers inside.

Abu Ramuz told Quds Press that an Israeli policeman checked his ID and insulted him with no reason before the situation turned into a verbal altercation between him and the officer.

He added that the same policeman subdued him and took him to a police station in al-Asbat area where he embarked on brutally beating him on his head and face before an Israeli police patrol showed up and transferred him as he was bleeding to another police station in western Jerusalem and then to Hadassah hospital.

According to Quds Press, the police will interrogate Abu Ramuz on Friday in al-Qishla police station.

(Source / 31.08.2018)

PLO Report: 19 Palestinians Killed by Israelis in August

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Israeli occupation forces killed a total of 19 Palestinians, including four children, during August of 2018, according to a report by Abdullah Horani Center of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

The center said, according to WAFA, that of those 19 Palestinians, 17 were killed by Israeli forces during the Great March of Return protests at Gaza’s border, or in airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Another Palestinian was killed in the occupied West Bank, and the last was a Palestinian citizen of Israel.

According to the report, Israel is currently withholding the bodies of 28 slain Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in violation of international humanitarian law.

(Source / 31.08.2018)

Hundreds of Palestinians Injured in West Bank and Gaza

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180 Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition and tear gas inhalation during confrontations with Israeli forces, on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of participants wounded with live bullets, in Gaza’s Great March of Return, including a paramedic who was shot in the chest, to the east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, reached 180, .

The Ministry announced that volunteer paramedic Shurooq Abu Musameh was seriously wounded in the chest by direct gunfire.

Local sources said that a number of journalists and paramedics were wounded by Israeli forces on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip while covering the Great March.

According to medical sources, Mohammed Abu Sultan a cameraman was shot in the foot during his coverage of confrontations in
Eastern Rafah,  south of the Gaza Strip; journalist Mohammed Zo’rob inhaled gas East of Khan Yunis.

In the West Bank, a number of Palestinians were injured during weekly nonviolent marches condemning Israeli  settlement policies.

Israeli forces cracked down on a nonviolent protest near the village of Ras Karkar, northwest of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, according to local PNN sources.

Eye witnesses said that Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated rounds and teargas canisters to disperse protesters who were performing Friday prayers on a land outside the village, which Israeli occupation authorities are planning to confiscate, in order to build a settlement.

Medical sources additionally reported that several cases of suffocation from teargas inhalation occurred among the protesters.

In another Israeli violation, a Palestinian child was injured on Friday, when he was hit by the shrapnel of a stun grenade fired by Israeli soldiers at Palestinian protesters in the village of Ni’iln, west of Ramallah.

Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades at demonstrators who were protesting near the village, against Israeli settlements and the apartheid wall, injuring an 12-year-old with the shrapnel of a stun grenade.

More than 171 Palestinians have been killed and 17,500 others injured since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests on March 30. The protests call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.

Israeli Soldiers Assault A Handcuffed Man In Jerusalem

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Israeli soldiers attacked and injured, Thursday, a Palestinian man after cuffing and detaining him near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Nitham Abu Ramouz, 37, was detained by the soldiers near the Gate of the Tribes as he was heading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

He was cuffed and blindfolded before the soldiers assaulted him, especially on his face and head, while moving him al-Qashla nearby detention and interrogation center.

The assault left the Palestinian bleeding from the face and head, and the Police later decided to move him to Hadassah hospital, after he suffered cuts and bruises, especially around his left eye, and received eight stitches.

Hours later, Abu Ramouz was released after being ordered to return, Friday, for interrogation.

(Source / 31.08.2018)

IOF attacked Al-Awda camp east of Khan Younis

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday morning, live rounds at the Great Return Camp, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed on military towers near the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, fired many live rounds at the Palestinians, and added that the attacks did not lead to casualties.

The attack comes ahead of the Great Return March processions, which will be held today for the 23rd consecutive week since the nonviolent protests started on Palestinian Land Day, March 30th, 2018.

Since then, the army killed 171 Palestinians, including medics, journalists, women and children, and injured at least 18300 others, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 31.08.2018)

Myanmar used weapons made in Israel to slaughter Rohingya Muslims

PALESTINOW.COM — “Israeli weapons are used in the ethnic and religious cleansing carried out by the Myanmar army against the Rohingya minority, resulting in the persecution of 700,000 Muslims who were slaughtered and expelled from their country, ”said Israeli writer and journalist Tsur Shezaf in an article published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

Shezaf asserted that “Israel contributed to the grievances of Rohingya Muslims through its refusal to abide by the UN international boycott resolutions to prevent supplying Myanmar with arms.”

He also noted that Israel continues, through its army, security services and military industries, sending various weapons to the Armed Forces of Myanmar, including military technology.

Shezaf added that “Israel and Myanmar have longstanding historical ties, and it is not reasonable that we repeat today the same mistakes that we made in South Africa, during the apartheid regime, with Myanmar which is committing ethnic cleansing crimes. Currently, Israel is contributing to a new tragedy.”

He confirmed that “Israel’s continued support for Myanmar’s actions, through sending arms and military supplies despite the mass killings, property destruction and rapes committed by the Army. This is an unjustifiable imbecility. This will result in the creation of new refugee camps around Myanmar, specifically in Bangladesh, and from there more armed groups will surface.

Shezaf also noted that “the Rohingyas are subjected to systematic deportation and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmarese and Buddhists in the western side of Myanmar. They are forced to stay in refugee camps set up by Bangladesh on small areas, sheltering one million women, toddlers, men, elders and infants.”

He pointed out that some Rohingya women are still having babies as a result of rapes committed by the Myanmar army, police and Buddhist monks.

Shezaf concluded: “Millions live amidst poor environmental circumstances, where they cannot have a minimum of decent living conditions.  Today, after Rohingyas’ lives became almost impossible, the UN woke up and officially declared that Myanmar, including the army, the police as well as the Buddhist establishment and even the Prime Minister and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are all responsible for killing an entire population.”

(Source / 31.08.2018)

Ex-Jordan MP: Abbas lost his legitimacy

Former Jordanian lawmaker Hind Al-Fayez

Former Jordanian lawmaker Hind Al-Fayez

Former Jordanian lawmaker Hind Al-Fayez said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has lost his legitimacy and everyone can assert that he is not working to benefit Palestinians.

Al-Fayez told that the Palestinian Authority, which refuses to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip, confirms that it does not represent the Palestinians and that it is administered by Israel.

“While Gaza is suffering from siege and hardship and its people live in the largest prison in the world, Abbas imposes more sanctions on it. Does he care about the homeland or the people’s interest?” she asked.

“Mahmoud Abbas and his sons, who have billions of dollars in international banks, does he care about Gaza, the homeland or the people?” Al-Fayez added, stressing on the importance of the Great Marches of Return and breaking the siege on the Gaza Strip.

Read: Palestine and Palestinians should not be defined by Mahmoud Abbas

“The Palestinian child in Gaza uses paper and stone against the occupation, while the authority can only arrest resistance and partake in security coordination with the occupation,” she added.

Al-Fayez said the marches have strengthened Gaza’s position and – for the first time in the history of Arab-Israeli relations – there is a strong Arab party and that party is Gaza.

(Source / 31.08.2018)

Israel threatens to use nuclear weapons to ‘wipe out’ its enemies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany on 18 February, 2018 [Andreas Gerbert/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Standing next to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “wipe out” his enemies. In a speech that many will see as the Jewish state breaking its long silence over the possession of nuclear weapons, the Likud leader warned that it has the means to destroy its enemies.

“Those who threaten to wipe us out put themselves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal,” he said on Wednesday during a ceremony to rename the complex, near the desert town of Dimona. The site has long been suspected to be the location where Israel has been developing nuclear weapons.

Iran hit back by describing Netanyahu as a “warmonger”.  The threat “atomic annihilation” against the Islamic Republic was denounced as “beyond shameless in the gall”.

Read: Iran resumes talks with Russia to build new nuclear power plant

“Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account.

Javad Zarif


Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory. Beyond shameless in the gall.

Zarif also commented on Israel’s nuclear programme saying: “As the world marks Int’l Day against Nuclear Tests, let’s remember that only nuclear bombs in our region belong to Israel and the US; the former a habitual aggressor & the latter the sole user of nukes. Let’s also remember that Iran has called for Nuclear Weapon Free Zone since 1974.”

Israel has never acknowledged possessing nuclear weapons, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity”. Foreign reports have put the size of Israel’s nuclear arsenal in the dozens to hundreds of weapons.

Read: Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake over nuclear talks

Earlier this month a science journal published by Princeton University’s Science and Global Security journal claimed that Israel conducted illegal nuclear test in contravention of international law.

Netanyahu’s remarks came as Israel lobbies world powers to follow the US in exiting a 2015 international deal with Iran that capped the Islamic Republic’s nuclear capabilities.

(Source / 31.08.2018)

Israel knocks hole through Jerusalem’s Old City wall

Israel knocks a hole into the Old City walls of occupied Jerusalem to create a new 'gate' near the ancient Damascus Gate [Twitter]

Construction workers knock a hole into the Old City walls of occupied Jerusalem to create a new ‘gate’ near the ancient Damascus Gate

Israel yesterday carved a hole into the Old City walls of occupied Jerusalem to create a new “gate” near the ancient Damascus Gate (Bab Al-Amoud).

The news came from Palestinian sources inside the city which said that for several days the Jerusalem Municipality has been making changes to an inner courtyard of the Christian Quarter, Quds Press reported. The new “gate” is thought to lead to Christian homes inside the Old City, but the reasons for its construction are unclear.

The community leader, Basem Saeed Wajih, told Quds Press that “we have not been informed of any changes or new alleys or roads in the Christian Quarter by the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality.”

READ: Israel officer faces 22 days in jail for breaking Italian man’s camera

Israel regularly acts with impunity against Jerusalem’s infrastructure. Yesterday, Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian printing press in the city’s Silwan neighbourhood, just outside the Mughrabi Gate. Israeli forces subsequently detained and assaulted the Palestinian inhabitants who filmed the incident. A Jerusalemite whose family members were detained said that “they [Israeli forces] just used an unbelievable amount of violence, they had army forces and didn’t notify us [of the demolition] at all.”

Earlier this week, Israel also razed Palestinian land in Jerusalem’s Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood, despite not having a court order to do so. Hashem Badr, a member of a local committee, said that Israeli bulldozers entered the neighbourhood and began to raze the land and uproot several trees under the protection of Israeli occupation forces. Badr stressed that the Custodian of Absentees’ Property, the department responsible for the razing, attempted to claim ownership of the property and carry out the seizure of the land without an official court order.

Jerusalem has been under Israeli occupation since the Six Day War of 1967. Following the war of 1948, which saw the creation of the State of Israel and the Palestinian Nakba, Jerusalem was divided into two with the East (including the Old City) falling under Jordanian control and the West under Israeli control. The city is now administered by Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality, which is seen by Jerusalemite Palestinians as an illegitimate institution and often boycotted in municipal elections.

READ: Israel lawmakers express support for remorseless Hebron shooter Elor Azaria

(Source / 31.08.2018)

Lieberman: Israel will ‘pay the price’ for overthrowing Hamas

Israeli Defence Minster Avigdor Lieberman [file photo]

Israeli Defence Minster Avigdor Lieberman

The possibility of launching another military assault against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, would result in Israel “paying the price” and taking control of the Strip, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, warned yesterday.

“There are two options: The IDF [Israel army] can overthrow Hamas in Gaza, which means paying the price of taking control over the Strip, or it can lead Gaza’s residents to overthrow Hamas themselves,” Lieberman told the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, stressing that “the second option guarantees much more stability.”

Questioned about the possibility of Hamas winning future Palestinian elections, Lieberman said: “You are completely wrong.”

“As far as I know, there is no chance of Hamas winning free elections in Gaza,” he stressed.

Bennet: ‘Lieberman chose to surrender’ to Hamas

In 2006, Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections which were held in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Fatah-run Palestinian Authority based in occupied Ramallah refused to hand over power to Hamas creating a rift which is ongoing.

Israel place the Gaza Strip under an air, sea and land blockade following the election, controlling Palestinians’ access to basic amenities and causing the unemployment rate to rise as a result of the limited resources.

(Source / 31.08.2018)