Media campaign to end the siege on Gaza

Gaza Siege is a Crime

Gaza Siege is a Crime

A media campaign was launched on Saturday to shed light on the tragic humanitarian situation in the besieged Gaza Strip.

As the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip enters its 12th year, the Media Committee of the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad launched the “Media Week of the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza” under the hashtags #GazaSiegeCrime and  #ﺣﺼﺎر_ﻏﺰة_ﺟﺮﯾﻤﺔ in Arabic.

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The 12 years of blockade on Gaza is continuing worsening the humanitarian situation, targeting 2 million Palestinians.
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“We are aiming to highlight the human suffering of more than two million Palestinians living in the besieged Gaza Strip,” Ayah Kayed, one of the campaign organisers, told MEMO. The campaign, which is set to run until 27 October, also aims to mobilise the Arab and international public opinion of solidarity with Gaza and work to lift the siege, according to a statement by the Media Committee of the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad.

Israel imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007, severely restricting the movement of people and goods in and out of the enclave.

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, had said in a statement in August that the Gaza Strip is “on the verge of total collapse”. A 2015 UN report warned that the Gaza Strip may become “unliveable by 2020, if present trends continue”.

“We call on activists and institutions supporting the Palestinian cause to join our efforts and to contribute to conveying the voice of the Palestinian people to the world by exposing the practices of the occupation which violate the most basic rights recognised by international laws,” Kayed added.

Photo exhibition highlights Israel’s violations against journalists in Gaza

(Source / 22.10.2018)

Israel soldiers accused of stealing, sexual assault at West Bank checkpoint

Israeli forces shot a Palestinian woman at Qalandia checkpoint [ Issam Rimawi/Anadolu]

Israeli forces at Qalandia checkpoint

Two Israeli soldiers have been indicted for stealing money from Palestinians and sexually assaulting female tourists at Qalandia checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

Indictments were filed against the pair – who belong to the Israeli Military Police’s Border Crossings Unit – yesterday at Israel’s Jaffa Military Court. The court heard that the soldiers stole money from Palestinians during security checks at the Qalandia checkpoint, located between Jerusalem and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

In addition, according to the indictment, the pair asked female tourists to remove their shirts during a security check on two separate occasions, the Times of Israel (ToI) reported. ToI added that the soldiers ordered the women to remove their clothes despite the fact that “there was no clear security need to do so and in violation of standing orders at the crossing that prohibit male guards from strip-searching female civilians”.

The indictment heard that, between March and September 2018, the Israeli soldiers in question intentionally conspired to steal money from Palestinians travelling through the checkpoint. The pair is said to have taken joint shifts on a relatively-isolated part of the checkpoint, where they targeted middle-aged Palestinian women by sending their luggage through the X-ray machine – itself against regulations – then inspecting any luggage found to contain money.

READ: Israel policewoman ‘shot Palestinian for fun’, court hears

Jaffa’s Military Court charged the soldiers with “looting, attempted looting, indecent assault, and improper use of authority”. The court also “ascribed to the soldiers a racist motive, saying the two believed that ‘since Palestinians are hurting Jews, it is legitimate to take their property’”.

The incident is not an isolated occurrence. In September, two Israeli border police officers were accused of stealing almost 20,000 shekels ($5,600) from Palestinians over the course of two months. One of the soldiers was found guilty of robbing Palestinians at gunpoint, leading him to be charged with six counts of robbery – including armed robbery – and taking advantage of his position. His accomplice was charged with three counts of robbery.

It is also not the first time Israeli soldiers have been accused of sexual harassment and assault. In April it emerged that Ahed Tamimi – the then 16-year-old Palestinian arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier who trespassed on her family’s land – was subject to sexual harassment during her interrogation. Tamimi’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, filed a number of official complaints against the interrogators, arguing that one of the interrogators questioned Ahed in an inappropriate way for a female minor, which amounted to sexual harassment. A video of the interrogation also emerged, in which the Israeli interrogator can be heard telling Ahed: “You have eyes like an angel.”

READ: Palestinian prisoner begins hunger strike against administrative detention

According to the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association – known as Addameer – Israel routinely undertakes strip searches and body searches of women prisoners which “violates its obligations under both international human rights and humanitarian law, including the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.” Addameer adds that “Article 3(1)(c) of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) forbids ‘outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment’” which includes sexual violence.

893 cases of #SexualHarassment in Israeli army last year


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(Source / 22.10.2018)

Photo exhibition highlights Israel’s violations against journalists in Gaza

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate has condemned Israel’s shooting of photojournalist during the Great March of Return

A photo exhibition documenting the Israeli occupation’s violations of journalists has been launched in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Journalists Ashraf Abu Amra and Attiyah Darwish launched the initiative was held in a number of venues to showcase the plights of journalists and photographers who cover the “Great March of Return” protests along the Gaza-Israel barrier since it was launched in March.

READ: Israel wounds 130 Palestinian protesters in Gaza

Abu Amra said the event was a result of the hard work and efforts of photographers who had covered the protests in the field and are neutral parties in such events.

But these pictures, he continued, are now troubling the occupation and embarrassing it on a world stage as unarmed Palestinians are killed by Israeli sniper fire while demonstrating.

205 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces as they took part in the #GreatMarchOfReturn between 30 March to 4 October 2018


Infographic by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Israeli occupation forces have killed two Palestinian journalists and wounded 254 in Gaza, and arrested 82 in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, a report by the Journalist Support Committee (JSC) revealed in September.

Journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein were killed while covering the “Great March of Return” protests in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 22.10.2018)

Israel cancels work permits for family of murdered Palestinian Al-Rabi

47-year-old Aisha Muhammad Talal Al-Rabi was killed after illegal Israeli settlers attacked her and her husband with stones in the West Bank [Ethan Anderson/Twitter]

47-year-old Aisha Muhammad Talal Al-Rabi was killed after illegal Israeli settlers attacked her and her husband with stones in the West Bank

Israel has cancelled work permits for the relatives of Aisha Al-Rabi, the Palestinian mother who was stoned to death by illegal Israeli settlers last week.

Yaqoub Al-Rabi, the husband of 47-year-old Aisha Muhammad Talal Al-Rabi, and her brothers were “surprised to find out that they were punished for the settlers’ murder of Aisha by revoking their work permit, even though they were victims of the attack,” Wafa reported.

Aisha was killed last week after illegal Israeli settlers attacked the couple’s car while they were driving near Tapuah Junction (Za’atara), south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Their car was hit by stones, leading Yaqoub to lose control of the vehicle. In the midst of the assault, Aisha was struck with a large rock on the right side of her head, causing her to lose consciousness. Though Yaqoub tried to drive Aisha to hospital, she was declared dead on arrival.

While US envoy Jason Greenblatt issued a rare condemnation of the attack, Israel’s Tourism Minister Yariv Levin derided Aisha’s death as nothing more than a “scrap of an incident”. Levin told Israel’s Army Radio: “It is impossible to not be aggravated by the hypocrisy of that kind of people [left-wing organisations], that finds sufficient the scrap of an incident that hasn’t even been checked, and they already know that the Jewish side is guilty.”

READ: Israel demolishes 9 Palestinian structures in West Bank

An investigation into the attack was launched by Israel’s security agency Shin Bet – the same agency that today cancelled Yaqoub and his brother-in-laws’ work permits. That Shin Bet was involved in the investigation into Aisha’s murder was interpreted by Israeli commentators as evidence that the attack was being treated as an “act of terror carried out by area settlers”. However, Shin Bet has yet to make any arrests, instead saying it is “continuing the investigation”.

Though Shin Bet claims the cancellation of the Al-Rabis’ work permits is temporary, the move will be interpreted as evidence of the double-standard with which such incidents are handled. In 2015 Israel introduced a new law allowing up to 20 years’ imprisonment for Palestinians accused of throwing rocks at a vehicle with the intent of causing bodily harm, or ten years if intent was not proven.

Israel regularly arrests Palestinian children for allegedly throwing stones. According to B’Tselem, “from the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2010, at least 835 Palestinian minors were arrested and tried in military courts in the West Bank on charges of stone throwing”. Defense for Children International (DCI) Palestine adds that “each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The most common charge is stone throwing”.

READ: Israel settlers destroy hundreds of trees in Palestinian villages

Meanwhile, settler violence against Palestinians frequently goes unpunished. According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAoPt), “Israeli settler violence against Palestinians has been on the rise since the beginning of 2017”. Between January and April 2018, OCHAoPt documented 84 incidents of Israeli settler violence against Palestinians, of which 25 per cent involved stone throwing at Palestinian homes and vehicles.

Poverty rate hits 80% in #Gaza

MEMO Infographic by QUAD Business House

(Source / 22.10.2018)

Netanyahu accepted alternative plan for Khan Al-Ahmar

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Facebook]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has agreed to relocate the Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar hundred of metres from its currently location in return for its recognition, a lawyer representing the Palestinian Bedouins has said.

Arab48 reported Tawfiq Jabareen saying that Netanyahu’s office initiated the negotiations and introduced a suggestion that included recognising the village and giving licences to all of its buildings and facilities.

READ: Netanyahu says West Bank Bedouin village eviction delay not indefinite

“Proposals introduced to Netanyahu’s office received initial approval,” noting that these proposals were based on the alternatives introduced to the Supreme Court in July. The court turned down the proposals and decided that the village must be demolished.

The new proposals include a detailed plan for Al-Khan Al-Ahmar based on the Jordanian law of planning and construction, as well as Israeli recognition of the village after it is relocated.

During the negotiations, Jabareen said, several proposals were discussed but this one, which had been rejected by the Israeli planning and construction committee, was approved.

(Source / 22.10.2018)

Palestinians in Israel come out in support of Al-Araqeeb

Palestinians come together to protest against the demolition of Al-Araqeeb

Scores of Palestinians, including officials, demonstrated yesterday in support of the Palestinian village of Al-Araqeeb which has been demolished by occupation forces more than 130 times, Arab48 reported.

The Negev village of Al-Araqeeb was first razed in 2010 and has been demolished 134 times since under pretexts that it was built without the needed licenses. The last demolition was carried out earlier this month.

The demonstrations came as part of the weekly popular activities being organised in support of the village, which Israel is planning to remove in order to make way for the expansion of its illegal settlements.

READ: Israel demolishes Al-Araqeeb for 132nd time, arrests residents

Protesters gathered in support of 70-year-old Sheikh Sayyah Al-Turi who was handed a ten month jail term in August and fined 36,000 shekels ($9,100) by the Israeli Magistrate’s Court in Beer Sheva. The court found him guilty in 18 cases filed in November 2013, including trespassing on state property, in reference to land where the village is built.

Representatives of Palestinian communities and MKs took part in the demonstration, including Arab Members of the Knesset Haneen Zoabi, Talab Abu-Arrar, Jumaa Zabarqeh and Jamal Zahalka.

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“Israel plans the ethnic cleansing of all Palestinians, not just some of them,” Zoabi said during the demonstration. “Resistance is the drug of victory for Khan Al-Ahmar and it will be the same for our people in the Negev,” she added.

“Israel made it clear that it is a colonial project and there are no borders that stop its ethnic cleansing and uprooting of indigenous inhabitants,” she continued, stressing: “We must surprise it with our persistence and we must prove that we are ready to go to battle in defence of our rights.”

#Bedouins in Al-Araqeeb (#Negev) are being ordered to pay for the Israeli-enforced demolitions of the village since 2010

MEMO Infographic by QUAD Business House


(Source / 22.10.2018)

Israel arrests Palestinian officials suspected of abduction

Israel Police officers [file photo] [Mark Probst/Wikimedia]

Israel Police officers

Israel has arrested two officials from the Palestinian Authority over suspicions they helped abduct a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, their lawyers said on Sunday, Reuters reports.

The two men taken into custody by Israel were Adnan Gheith, who holds the largely ceremonial post of Palestinian-appointed governor of Jerusalem, and Jihad Al-Faqeeh, the head of Palestinian intelligence in the city.

They are suspected of having assisted in abducting a resident of Jerusalem two weeks ago, who has since been held by the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, their lawyers said. Both men deny the charges, they said.

Israeli police said only that the two have been remanded until Tuesday.

READ: Israel arrests two Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast

The Palestinian Authority condemned what it said was an “abduction” of the two Palestinian officials, but it did not comment on the specifics of the charges.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called in a statement for the release of the two officials.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem after its capture in the 1967 war and regards the entire city as its capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

According to a report on Israel’s Reshet 13 television, the Palestinian resident of Jerusalem abducted two weeks ago has both an Israeli identity card and US citizenship.

He was wanted by the Palestinian Authority, the report said, for helping sell property in Jerusalem’s old city to Jewish buyers.

Asked about the report, a US embassy spokesperson said: “We are aware of reports that a US citizen has been detained by the Palestinian Authority. When a US citizen is incarcerated or detained overseas, the Department of State works to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”

The spokesperson declined to elaborate, citing privacy issues.

(Source / 22.10.2018)

IOF shot four Palestinian youths in Gaza night protests

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — At least four youths were injured on Sunday evening when the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at the Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return’s night protests at the border east of Gaza.

The PIC reporter said that four Palestinian youths were injured by live ammunition and teargas canisters east of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the middle area of the Gaza Strip.

According to the Palestinian reporters in the Gaza Strip, dozens of Palestinian youths marched late on Sunday along the borderline east of Gaza, burned car tires, launched fireworks and fire balloons over the fence, and sang national songs.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting in the Great March of Return on a daily basis since 30 March. The border demonstrations are mainly aimed at shedding light on the Palestinian refugees’ right of return and pressuring Israel to lift the decade-long blockade.

Since the protests started 217 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army and over 22,000 injured.

(Source / 22.10.2018)

Adnan Faces Serious Complications As He Continues Hunger Strike

22 OCT
2:12 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that detainee Khader Adnan, who has been holding a hunger strike for fifty consecutive days, is facing serious health complications.

The head of the Legal unit of the PPS, attorney Jawad Boulos, said Adnan suffered a very serious weight loss, and is facing constant fatigue, vomiting blood, in addition to having problems in his left eye.

Boulos managed to visit Adnan, Monday, at the Ramla prison, and said the detainee informed him that he is still refusing medical checkups, vitamins and boosters, adding that his strike continues until he is freed again.

Adnan told Boulos that Israel has stripped him of his freedom, yet again, under vague and unrealistic allegations, and added that he is being held under dire conditions in al-Jalama prison.

Adnan also said that the prison administration held him in solitary confinement for seventeen consecutive days in a very small cell, with a broken toilet seat, and filled with bugs and insects.

It is worth mentioning that, in the period between 2012 and this year, 2018, Adnan held three hunger strike demanding an end to his arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.

In 2012, Adnan held a hunger strike for 66 days, and in 2015, he went on strike for 54 days.

Adnan, 40, from the northern West Bank governorate of Jenin, spent at least 8.5 years in Israeli prisons, after he was abducted and detained by the soldiers eleven times.

He is a married father of seven children, the oldest, Ma’ali, is ten years of age, and the youngest, Mariam, is only 18 months.

(Source / 22.10.2018)

Jordan to Cancel Israeli Annexes from 1994 Peace Treaty

22 OCT
3:30 AM

Jordanian King Abdullah II informed Israel, on Sunday, that he will not renew two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, with regard to territory leased to Israel.

The territories in question are al-Baqura and al-Ghamr, which are also known as Naharyaim and Zofar in the Hebrew language.

King Abdullah II posted a tweet on his Twitter account, which read “Baqura and Ghamr areas have always been our top priority and our decision is to end Article 2 of Annexes I (b) of the Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty emanating from our keenness to take whatever is necessary for Jordan and Jordanians.”

Israel leased the land for 25 years upon the signing of the peace treaty, and the deadline for renewing leases of the treaty is this upcoming Thursday, according to Ma’an.

Due to the deadline for renewal approaching, King Abdullah II has faced ongoing pressure from the Jordanian parliament not to renew the leases and to return the territory to full Jordanian sovereignty.
It is noteworthy that 87 lawmakers have also signed a petition regarding the issue.

Last week, mass demonstrations took place in Amman, as well as social media campaigns demanding that Jordan reclaim sovereignty over Baqura and Ghamr, with slogans such as “The people want national honor” and “The story is about national sovereignty.”

Several demonstrators also demanded Jordan to cancel the entire peace treaty with Israel.

(Source / 22.10.2018)