Israeli settlers attack Palestinian ambulance in al-Khalil

Ambulance al-Khalil

Fanatic Israeli settlers on Saturday morning attacked an ambulance  of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Tal Rumeida neighborhood in al-Khalil.

Activist Mohammed al-Zaghir told the PIC reporter that the ambulance arrived in Tal Rumeida to transfer a Palestinian citizen suffering a serious health condition to the hospital.

He added that when the ambulance reached al-Shuhadaa street the settlers hurled stones at the vehicle smashing its windows.

Israeli settlers routinely carry out attacks on Palestinian citizens and their property in the Old City of al-Khalil. These attacks are aimed at cracking down on the Palestinians and pushing them to leave the area.

(Source / 18.11.2018)

IOA bans travel of 25 West Bank Palestinians

25 bans travel

The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) last week prevented 25 West Bank Palestinians from travelling abroad via al-Karama crossing, the only outlet connecting the West Bank with the outside world through Jordan.

The Palestinian police said in a press statement on Sunday that the passengers were denied travel for “security reasons” which the IOA refused to reveal.

According to the police statement, about 32,000 passengers were able to pass through al-Karama crossing in both directions during the same period.

Israel established al-Karama crossing (Allenby) in 1967 following its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip basically for the travel of West Bank Palestinians.

Another crossing was built for commercial purposes called Sheikh Hussein bridge but it later started to be used for the travel of Israelis, foreign tourists and Palestinians of the 1948 occupied territories who have Israeli IDs.

(Source / 18.11.2018)

IOF kidnaps son of MP Mahmoud Khatib in Bethlehem

Dawoud Khatib

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday kidnapped the son of Palestinian lawmaker Mahmoud Khatib from his home in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

MP Khatib told a reporter for  the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli soldiers stormed and ransacked his house in the camp and kidnapped his eldest son, Dawoud.

The Israeli occupation authority released Dawoud a few months ago after keeping him in detention for about one year.

(Source / 18.11.2018)

Israel delivers demolition notice to Palestinian home in Hebron

Demolition notice Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities delivered demolition notices to one Palestinian-owned home in the Masafer Yatta area, in the south Hebron hills, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, on Sunday.

Rateb al-Jbour, Coordinator of a local settlement against the Israeli separation wall, said that Israeli authorities delivered a demolition notice to Muhammad Yousef Abu Fanous’s home.
Al-Jbour added that the notice was delivered under the pretext of being built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.
Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C — the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control — are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory issued a report that the month of July recorded the highest number of Palestinian structures Israel has demolished or seized (54), and of Palestinian civilians displaced (97) in the occupied territories, since January 2017.The report said that the cumulative number of structures targeted so far in 2018 (251) has remained below the figure in the equivalent period of 2017 (286). All of the demolitions carried out during July 2018 took place under the pretext of lack of building permits.
(Source / 18.11.2018)

Germany: All Refugees Should Go Home Except Palestinians

It German activist Lejeune wondered why the Palestinians are not told that their country is their future.

An ad was posted in metro stations in Germany calling for refugees from all nationalities to voluntarily go home except the Palestinians.

This add is directed to the refugees, who fled the persecution in their home countries to Germany. It told them that their future is in their homelands.

However, it did not advise the Palestinian refugees, who were persecuted, their fathers were killed or expelled by the Zionist gangs.

A flag for many countries, whose citizens live in German, were painted on the add, but the Palestinian flag was absent.

“Today, I saw this ad in a Berlin metro station,” German activist Martin Lejeune, who posted a picture for himself with the ad as a background, wrote on Facebook.

“I welcome everyone to Germany. You are my guest,” he added.

“Among all nations, the Palestinians have a Right to Return (Haq Al-Awda) but of all flags just the Palestinian flag is absent,” he wrote and asked this question: “What do you think about it?”

Double standards

Lejeune’s friends gave different answers about his question. Sahin Selami wrote: “That is Germany’s double standards.”

Meanwhile, Sarah El-Sayed described what is being posted on the ad as a “typical European ideology.”

Yunus Uslu wrote: “We can see. Israel has a big power in Germany.”

As-Salam Alaykum.

Today I saw this ad in a #Berlin metro station.

I welcome everyone to #Germany. You are my guest.

Meer weergeven

(Source / 18.11.2018)

Palestine forum: We must fight normalisation with Israel

Workshops, panel discussions and awards ceremonies were held in the Turkey’s Istanbul to launch the Palestine Media Forum’s three-day event

Some 800 international journalists and students came together in Istanbul, Turkey, today to take part in the first day of a media training and awareness programme to create awareness of the Palestinian cause in the news.

Participants, who came from across the world, took part in workshops, discussions and panel talks as part of the Palestine International Forum’s Tawasol 3 programme entitled “Palestine addressing the world“.

Workshops covered a number of topics including “What mechanisms can help develop the media discourse on Palestine?”, “Strategies to confront the discriminatory discourse of Israel” and “Addressing normalisation in the Arab world”.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was honoured at the event on a panel in which he was due to take part on the topic of “Developing the global media discourse on Palestine”. Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, senior Saudi officials are thought to be behind the premeditated attack.

Gulf citizens renew calls for anti-normalisation with Israel

Speaking on the panel, Chief Editor of the Anadolu Agency Metin Mutanoglu encouraged attendees that the Palestinian cause was now getting in to the news. “The Palestinian cause, as a humanitarian cause, has excelled in getting global attention.”

Researcher in Media Issues Omar Abu Arqoub said Israel’s efforts to increase normalisation across the Arab world is an effort to separate the Palestinians from their brothers in the Middle East to isolate the cause. It also makes people doubt the narratives they hear and question if perhaps the Israeli story is the real one.

In covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Abu Arqoub continued, journalists should be specific and clear to say “Israeli occupation soldier kills Palestinian” and not simply report that “Palestinian killed” to ensure the audience is kept aware of who atrocities are committed by.

Chief Editor of the Anadolu Agency Metin Mutanoglu at the Palestine Media Forum on 18 November 2018 [Jehan Alfarra/Middle East Monitor]

“Since the occupation began to disseminate its narrative in Arabic it removed the barriers between you and it, you have become the barrier to stop the occupation from affecting you,” he warned.

“There are those who say it’s important to listen to both sides however even in international law there are those that take priority, having both discourses isn’t always necessary,” Abu Arqoub stressed in released to media groups’ claims that they must give the occupation equal airtime as they do to the plight of Palestinians.

“I don’t understand why media are so cautious when they use the word ‘zionists’,” political commentator Malik Ayub Sumbal said, adding: “do they not know that Palestine is occupied?”

The day ended with three awards being given to creative projects on the topic of Palestine. Four-hundred entries were submitted for the first Creative Media Awards which were named after slain Palestinian artist Naji Al-Ali. The ten shortlisted works included games, feature films and short films of only one minute.

A game called “War Shadows” won the Bronze Award, while slain Palestinian photojournalist Yaser Murtaja‘s “Between two border crossings”  received the Silver Award as the crowd rose and paid their respects to him with a standing ovation. Murtaja was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces in the besieged Gaza Strip as he was filming the “Great March of Return” on 6 April.

The Gold Award was handed to Dima Abu Ghosh’s film “Imwes: Retrieving memories”.

(Source / 18.11.2018)

Army Opens Fire At Farmers And Shepherds, In Gaza

18 NOV
10:00 AM

Israeli soldiers opened fire, Sunday, at many Palestinian farmers and shepherds, in several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers, working on their own lands, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

They added that the attack took place on lands, near the perimeter fence, in Abasan al-Kabeera town, east of Khan Younis.

The sources added that the soldiers also fired many live rounds at farmers, workers and shepherds, east of Juhr ad-Deek area, in Gaza city.

The attacks forced the Palestinians to leave their lands in fear of further Israeli escalation, but did not lead to casualties.

(Source / 18.11.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Palestinian And International Journalists Near Jerusalem

18 NOV
2:08 AM

Israeli soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force, Saturday, against dozens of Palestinian and international journalists during a nonviolent procession near Qalqilia Terminal, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

The soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the journalists, and dozens of residents, while holding a nonviolent procession, demanding an end to the Israeli violations against the journalists and media outlets.

The procession was held by Palestinian, Arab and international journalists, who were standing at least 150 meters away from Qalandia terminal.

The soldiers started firing many gas bombs at them, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 18.11.2018)

Illegal Israeli Colonists Attack A Palestinian Ambulance In Hebron

18 NOV
9:21 AM

A group of extremist illegal Israeli colonists attacked, Sunday, a Palestinian ambulance while rushing to a patient in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, causing damage.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has reported that it received a call from a family of a patient in Tal Romeida neighborhood, in Hebron city, and headed towards the Shuhada Street, after coordinating the ambulance’s passage through the closed Shuhada Street.

It added that, once the ambulance reached the Shuhada Street, the illegal settlers started throwing stones at it, and obstructed the road, although it was sounding its siren and trying to reach the patient.

Eid Abu Monshar, a medic with the PRCS, said the Israeli assailants saw the ambulance rushing to the patient, yet, started throwing stones at it.

Mohammad Zghayyar, a spokesperson with the Youth Coalition against Settlements in Hebron, said that the coalition activists, along with internationals, witnessed at least fifteen illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacking the ambulance and closing the road.

He added that coalition members started filming the attacked, before the soldiers assaulted them and forced them away.

(Source / 18.11.2018)

UN Special Rapporteurs Give Israel 60 Days to Respond to ‘Deep Concerns’ Regarding Jewish Nation-State Law


17 NOV
7:03 PM

Four Special Rapporteurs express ‘deep concern’ that Nation-State Law is ‘discriminatory in nature and in practice against non-Jewish citizens and other minorities and does not apply the principle of equality between citizens, which is one of the key principles for democratic political systems.’

Following a special request for action issued by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, four United Nations special rapporteurs have given Israel a 60-day deadline to respond to their grave concerns regarding the Jewish Nation-State Law, adopted by the Knesset on 19 July, 2018.

The 60-day period began on 2 November, 2018, when UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on minority issues Fernand de Varennes, and Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance E. Tendayi Achiume sent a communique to Israeli authorities expressing their deep concerns regarding the impact of the new law.

In their letter, the special rapporteurs expressed “deep concern” that the Israeli Basic Law appears “to be discriminatory in nature and in practice against non-Jewish citizens and other minorities and does not apply the principle of equality between citizens, which is one of the key principles for democratic political systems.”

Click here for info about the Jewish Nation-State Law.

07/23/18 TRNN Analysis: Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law

(Source / 18.11.2018)