Israel arrested 337,000 Palestinians since 1987

Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian boy who was demonstrating against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 20 December 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian boy who was demonstrating against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 20 December 2017

Israel has arrested 337,000 Palestinians since the start of the First Intifada in 8 December 1987, the Palestine Prisoners’ Centre for Studies said yesterday.

In spite of the arrests, the centre’s spokesperson Riyadh Al-Ashqar said, the occupation has failed to achieve its goals of suppressing the Palestinian resistance and its efforts to liberate Palestine.

Israel has arrests Palestinians on an almost daily basis, he added.

According to the report, occupation forces arrested 210,000 Palestinians between 1987 and 1994, when the Palestinian Authority was established.

Israel built and opened a number of prisons in order to administer the detentions. The most famous is Al-Naqab Prisoner, which is located in the middle of the desert and which hosted tens of thousands of the Palestinian detainees.

READ: Israeli forces injure 33 Palestinian protesters 

Between 1994 and 2000, the Israeli occupation arrested 10,000 Palestinians, 97,000 others were detained between 2000 and 2015. Since 2015 until today, Israeli occupation forces have arrested 20,000 Palestinians.

The report reiterated that detainees’ medical needs are ignored and as a result they suffer negligence and abuse in Israeli jails.

Al-Ashqar said that there are 27 Palestinians prisoners inside the Israeli jail who have been serving sentences since before the creation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994.

They are, he said, the prisoners who Israel refused to release prior to the anticipated resumption of peace talks in 2014, meaning negotiations never got underway.

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Christian groups invested $65 million to Israeli settlements

A general view taken on January 26, 2017 from the Palestinian West Bank village of Burin, shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Har Brakha

Evangelical Christian groups have invested up to $65 million in projects in the “Biblical Heartland” over the past decade, however, that doesn’t include services they provide free of charge, such as volunteer laborers, according to a Haaretz investigation, Maan News Agencyreports.

Haaretz news outlet reported that about 1,700 volunteers were sent by Christian Evangelical groups to the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Brakha, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

Sources pointed out that the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs allocated $16,000 annually to one of the evangelical associations for the production of media campaigns for Israel and settlements abroad.

READ: Israel to build 2,300 ultra-Orthodox houses on site of Deir Yassin massacre 

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In Palestine, it’s freedom for all or freedom for none

Palestinians shout slogans as they gather to protest the US-sponsored draft resolution condemning Palestinian resistance group Hamas in General Assembly of the United Nations meeting in Gaza City, Gaza on December 06, 2018

By Dr Daud Abdullah

The Trump administration’s failure to secure a UN resolution condemning Hamas and other resistance factions was welcomed by Palestinians as a moral and political victory. They should not, however, be carried away by euphoria because the resolution received a high level of support.

Eighty-seven countries voted in favour of the resolution while 57 opposed it and 33 abstained; 23 others absented themselves. In the end, it fell short of the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass.

By entertaining a resolution that goes against its core principles the UN, it seems, sunk to a new low. The scandal appeared more grotesque because the vote was carried out just four days before the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which recognises the inherent right of every individual to life, liberty and security.

It insists, moreover, that the attainment of these rights is essential for justice and peace in our world. And, where these rights are not protected by the rule of law, people may be forced to resort to resistance against tyranny and oppression.

This is precisely what is at stake here in Palestine. A people have been subjected to decades of military occupation that denies their freedom, exposes them to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and holds their women and children in detention without charge or trial.

Read: What’s next after trying to blame the victim in the General Assembly?

No wonder it has been said that their condition today is worse than it has ever been. Palestinians have no control over their economy and they cannot move freely within their own land without the permission of settlers. They cannot trade with the outside world because the occupier maintains control over their borders.

Any people subjected to such inhumanity would naturally resist. Their right to do so is legitimate and inalienable. What the Trump administration and Israel demanded from the UNGA last week was the dissolution of this right, which it previously adopted through Resolution 2787 (XXVI) in December 1971. It confirmed the legality of a people’s struggle for self-determination and liberation from colonial and foreign domination.

For this reason, Palestinians of every political persuasion opposed the US resolution. Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki summed up the national sentiment when he said: “If Hamas, which carries out resistance, is defined as a terrorist organisation, then the entire Palestinian people are carrying out terror… because Hamas and the rest of the Palestinians are national liberation movements fighting against the Israeli occupation.”

This latest attempt by the US to criminalise Palestinian resistance and legitimise Israel’s occupation must serve as a grim reminder of the threats posed to universally recognised individual and collective rights.  The weekly attacks on peaceful marchers in Gaza demanding their right to return is a glaring example. Even the individual right to boycott Israel has become endangered by US attempts to criminalise it.

In reality, there are certain rights that are absolute and inalienable. They are upheld and protected not because of the generosity of any country or government, but rather because of the human condition of the people they refer to. Therefore, instead of pandering to US prejudice, countries dedicated to the ideals of freedom and peace are obliged to give all their political, moral and material assistance to people struggling for freedom, including the Palestinians.

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Since 1948, human rights have been enshrined in international conventions and treaties to save mankind from the scourge of war. Countries that do not recognise these rights remain condemned by the UN (Res. No. 3214). They are, in fact, obliged by numerous resolutions to avoid all actions that could constitute recognition of Israel’s illegal occupation.

It is clear from the policies of the current US administration that it has no qualms in disregarding international law or eroding Palestinian rights. The move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, its avowed rejection of the Palestinian right of return and support for Jewish settlements in the occupied Arab territories (including the Syrian Golan Heights) are all examples of this dangerous trajectory.

Ultimately, human rights must only be defined by absolute principles and not according to the identity of the victims and perpetrators. This 70th anniversary of the UDHR offers a welcome opportunity to renew support for a free and independent Palestine. The late African-American leader Rev Martin Luther King warned of the consequences of not doing so; no one is free until we are all free.

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Palestinian Man Seriously Injured After Being Rammed By A Colonists’ Car

09 DEC11:44 PM

Palestinian medical sources have reported that a man was injured, on Sunday evening, after an Israeli colonialist settler rammed a man him with his car near the entrance of Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the man, identified as Yousef Nafe’, is more than sixty years of age.

WAFA cameraman, Hotheifa Srour, said that Nafe’, from Ni’lin, was rushed to an Israeli hospital, after suffering very serious wounds.

There have been dozens of incidents where Palestinians,including children, have been killed or seriously injured after being rammed by colonialist settlers’ cars, and in mostcases, the drivers fled the scene.

In one of the incidents, a child identified as Enas Shawkat Dar Khalil, 5, was killed in October 2014, after a colonialist settler rammed her with his car,and fled the scene.

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UNOCHA Report: 33 Palestinian-owned Structures Seized or Demolished in Area C and East Jerusalem

10 DEC6:15 AM

A recent report issued, by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on the latest developments in Palestinian territories, published on December 6.

According to the report, demonstrations in the context of the ‘Great March of Return’ continued for the 36th successive week, resulting in the injury of 272 Palestinians by Israeli forces, with no fatalities reported. Among the total number of injuries, 79 occurred during marches to protest restrictions on fishing areas in the northern Beit Lahia area.

On at least 31 occasions outside of the above-mentioned demonstrations, Israeli forces opened fire, inside the Access Restricted Areas (ARA), on land and at sea, in Gaza, injuring one child who approached the perimeter fence, the report stated, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.

Three fishermen were detained, while the livelihoods of Palestinian farmers and fishermen were disrupted. On two occasions, Israeli forces carried out leveling and excavation activities along the perimeter fence inside Gaza.

On 26 November, a 32-year-old Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces, after he reportedly drove his vehicle into a group of soldiers stationed on the main road near Beit Ummar village, in Hebron, injuring three of them; his body has been withheld by the Israeli authorities, the report added.

According to Palestinian eye witnesses, the incident appeared to be a car accident; Israeli media sources indicated that it was a deliberate attack. Since the beginning of 2018, thirteen Palestinians have been killed during attacks, or alleged attacks, against Israelis in the West Bank.

During the period, 41 Palestinians, including eight children, were injured by Israeli forces during multiple protests and confrontations in the West Bank. Of the total, 34 injuries were recorded in protests near Huwwara checkpoint (Nablus), in protest of Israel’s detention of the Palestinian Authority’s Governor of Jerusalem, and in the context of the weekly protest against access restrictions and settlement expansion in Kafr Qaddoum (Qalqilia).

Another seven injuries occurred during confrontations which erupted following two search and arrest operations, out of a total of 176 such operations carried out during the reporting period. Of all the injuries, 16 were caused by rubber-coated metal bullets, and 21 as a result of tear-gas inhalation or direct hits by tear gas canisters, which required medical treatment.

Citing the lack of building permits, the report said Israeli authorities demolished or seized 33 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C and East Jerusalem, including two structures which were provided as humanitarian assistance. As a result, 16 people, including six children, were displaced and 226 persons were affected. Twenty-four of the targeted structures were in East Jerusalem and nine were in Area C.

The largest incident took place in the Shu’fat refugee camp of East Jerusalem, where 19 structures were demolished, affecting the livelihood of 179 people, on the grounds of lacking building permits in an area designated for a road.

In the Jabal al Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities demolished an apartment built on the rooftop of a residential structure, displacing a family of four.

In Area C, two of the structures demolished were donor-funded water tanks, provided as humanitarian assistance in response to a previous demolition in the community of Suba (Hebron). Also in Area C, another three residential structures were demolished, displacing thirteen people.

On 28 November, the Gaza wastewater treatment plant resumed partial operation, after a complete disconnection of water supply to a number of neighborhoods, due to damage sustained during an Israeli airstrike on 12 November.

According to the report, Gaza municipal personnel managed to repair some of the damage and to resume water supply to hundreds of affected households.

Since early November, power supply has increased to at least eleven hours per day, due to funding by the Government of Qatar, for fueling the power plant, improving the delivery of basic services, including sanitation facilities.

At least eleven attacks, by Israeli settlers, resulting in Palestinian property damage were reported.

Around 85 Palestinian-owned trees were vandalized by Israeli settlers in Turmus’ayya village (Ramallah), according to village council sources. In another five incidents, in Al Mughayyir (Ramallah), Al Jab’a (Bethlehem), Beit Iksa (Jerusalem) and Asira al Qibliya and Huwwara (both in Nablus) villages, Israeli settlers punctured the tires of 52 vehicles and sprayed offensive graffiti on some of the vehicles and on the wall of a school, in addition to a mosque and several houses.

Israeli settlers and other Israeli groups entered various religious sites in the West Bank, triggering altercations and violent confrontations with Palestinians, which ended with no injuries.

The affected sites included Al-Aqsa Mosque, in East Jerusalem, and a shrine in Sabastia village (Nablus).

According to the report, settler violence and vandalism have been on the rise since the beginning of 2018, with a weekly average of five attacks, resulting in injuries or property damage, compared with an average of three in 2017 and two in 2016.

The Egyptian-controlled Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt was opened in both directions throughout the reporting period, excepting five days. A total of 1,280 people entered Gaza and 2,611 exited.

The crossing has been almost continuously open, five days a week, since 12 May 2018.

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Senior Israeli Lawmaker: “The Israeli army has enough bullets for every Palestinian.”

10 DEC6:55 AM

Chairman for the Defense Committee of the Israeli Parliament of the Knesset, Avi Dichter, recently made an underhanded remark expressing favor for killing all Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

As he was commenting on the protests of the Great March of Return, taking place along the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip, he said: “The Israeli army has enough bullets for every Palestinian.”

Dichter is a senior member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling right-wing Likud Party.

A former director of Shin Bet internal security service and Minister of Internal Security, Dichter said that the Israeli army is prepared to use all means, including lethal force to deter the Palestinians protesters.

Since March 31, thousands of peaceful Palestinian protesters have been staging protests along the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip, calling for lifting the 12-year-old Israeli siege and reinforcing the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan repeatedly referred to the protesters killed in Gaza as “Nazis,” saying that there were no demonstrations, just “Nazi anger.”

He later added, according to Days of Palestine: “The number [of peaceful Palestinian protesters] killed does not mean anything because they are just Nazis, anyhow.”

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Israeli Soldiers Dismantle Small School Near Hebron

10 DEC12:28 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the Tahadi 13 smalls school, near the entrance of the Sammoa’ town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and dismantled it.

The schools, which provides education to boys and girls, from kindergarten up to the sixth grade.

The cost of building the school arrived to 40.000 Euros, and provided education to 35 children from Seemia and Deir Shams villages.

It consisted of several tens, desks and chairs, provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education, and local donors.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers dismantled and demolished the school several times before, including last Wednesday, and the soldiers confiscated all of its properties.

The head of the Ministry of Education, southern Hebron office, Khaled Abu Sharar, visited the school, and told WAFA Palestinian News Agency that took the tents, desks, chairs and other properties, before dismantling it.

Abu Sharar visited the school, and told WAFA that the ministry and locals are rebuilding the school, despite Israel’s constant violations, destruction and the ongoing attempts to force the Palestinian out, managed to install three tents at dawn, to ensure the continuation of the educational process.

“Israel is waging this vicious campaign against the school; this is a cowardice act that target basic rights of the locals,especially the children,” he added, “The soldiers stole the tents, furniture and construction materials, which were placed there until the new school is rebuilt once again, and posted a note on the rubble, threatening more destruction if the school is rebuilt.”

The official also stated that the Education Ministry will not just step aside and watch the constant Israeli violations against the school and the basic human rights of the students, and added that every child has the right to attend a school in their communities. 


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Israeli occupation arrests Basil al-Araj’s brother, continues to persecute his comrades

On Monday, 10 December, Israeli occupation forces seized Saeed al-Araj, the brother of slain Palestinian youth activist Basil al-Araj, from his home in Al-Walaja village. This arrest came only days after Haitham Siyajand Seif al-Idrissi, two Palestinian youth activists who have been repeatedly pursued by Israeli occupation forces since they were initially imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority with al-Araj, had their imprisonment without charge or trial confirmed by an Israeli military court. 

The two were held under harsh interrogation for 44 days at the Moskobiyeh interrogation center, during which Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reported that they were subject to torture and ill treatment, including sleep deprivation, lengthy interrogation sessions, the use of stress positions and threats against themselves and their families. In addition, occupation forces seized Haitham’s mother and brought her to the interrogation center in order to put further pressure and attempt to extract confessions from him. 

Haitham Siyaj and Seif al-Idrissi 

Failing to do so despite these tactics, the occupation military commander over the West Bank ordered Haitham Siyaj to six months in administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial, on 21 October. On 24 October, Seif al-Idrissi received the same detention order, and they have been held without charge or trial since that time. The military court confirmed both of their administrative detention orders on 4 December.

Both al-Idrissi and Siyaj have been detained on multiple occasions. Neither has been charged or tried; instead they have been ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial. Administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable, and Palestinians have spent years at a time jailed under these orders, which are used especially against leading activists and political figures like Palestinian legislator and feminist Khalida Jarrar.

  Basil al-Araj

Basil al-Araj was assassinated by Israeli occupation forces on 6 March 2017 after being pursued for monthsby these occupation soldiers. He was known as a youth leader and intellectual who wrote prolifically about the Palestinian cause, participating in protests, demonstrations and transnational mobilizations for boycott and against Israeli apartheid. In April 2016, al-Araj and five other Palestinian youth, including Siyaj and al-Idrissi as well as Mohammed al-Salameen, Mohammed Harb and Ali Dar al-Sheikh, were seized by Palestinian Authority forces in what was then hailed as a victory for security coordination between the PA and Israel.

During their time in PA prison, they were subjected to torture and ill-treatment and launched a hunger strikeafter almost six months held behind bars. They were detained without charge for most of that time. Shortly after their release, four of the youth – Siyaj, al-Idrissi, Harb and al-Salameen – were seized by Israeli occupation forces and ordered to administrative detention. Throughout this time, al-Araj remained outside their grasp, although armed occupation forces repeatedly invaded his family home in the pre-dawn hours.

Photo: New York protest demands justice for Basil al-Araj 

When occupation forces attacked the apartment where al-Araj was staying in El-Bireh, he resisted their attack for two hours and refused to turn himself over to them. He was shot by at least 10 bullets, in his heart, back, chest, rib cage, abdomen, liver and spleen. Thousands of Palestinians marched in his funeral, and Palestinians and solidarity activists around the world organized protests to demand an end to PA security coordination with Israel. Outrage against the PA only deepened when the five surviving youth – and even al-Araj – were charged with dubious political charges in PA courts while being held in administrative detention, charges that were eventually dropped after mass protests.

Since that time, the al-Araj family and Basil’s comrades have been repeatedly subject to persecution and attacks by occupation forces; these administrative detention orders and the arrest of Said al-Araj are part and parcel of these same repressive tactics.

(Source / 10.12.2018)