Nikki Haley, eat your heart out, Palestinians will prevail!

By Mahmoud el-Yousseph

The US ambassador to the UN is remoted controlled by Tel Aviv whether he/she is Nikki Haley, Heather Nauert or anyone else.

In her speech prior to the last UN vote this year, outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley failed to explain to Americans the standard she used to define Hamas a terrorist organization but not the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). Perhaps more to the point, If Americans have the right to fight for their freedom and independence from a brutal foreign military occupation, why then condemn Palestinians when they aspire for the very same freedoms? 

Haley wanted to serve her Master in Tel Aviv for the last time by passing the anti-Palestinian Resolution in the UN Assembly where Israel has been condemned more than 400 times against the US wishes. Poor Haley wanted to prove her importance as the UN Ambassador but Trump has replaced her by nominating a very immature and unqualified FOX TV reporter Heather Nauert. By this time, Haley should have known that like her, Miss Nauert will also be remote controlled from the White House.

It is time for Haley and Israel to accept that as an occupied people, Palestinians have a right to resist – in every way possible. Resistance against the occupation is not a crime! It is a duty! Under UNGA Resolution 37/43 Palestinians have the right to resist a foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle.

The US-sponsored draft resolution that would have condemned Hamas at the UN General Assembly was defeated. The resolution got 87 votes in favour and 57 against, with 33 abstentions, meaning it fell short of the required two-thirds majority needed to pass. Haley even referred to Arab envoys as “my Arab brothers and sisters” in a desperate attempt to gain their support. However, Arab delegations were adamant to vote ” no” even if Nikki Haley changes her adopted name again to Nadia HayLee. All Arab nations including the one that have diplomatic relation with Israel voted against the resolution, which is a welcome move of rare Arab unity.

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, welcomed the resolution’s defeat. President Abbas said: “The Palestinian presidency will not allow for the condemnation of the national Palestinian struggle.” The Kuwaiti envoy, speaking on behalf of the Arab bloc, expressed concern that the US draft resolution depicts Israel as the victim and Palestinians as the aggressors. The vote was a personal defeat for Haley. She is leaving her post at the end of the year after acting as second Israeli ambassador to the UN.

The vote was a severe blow to the misguided US policy in the Middle East. Haley has repeatedly threatened any country voting against US foreign policy, stating that the administration will “take names.” The reason the US resorting to “blackmail diplomacy” in this case is: 1) it was attempting to score a brownie point with AIPAC for 2020 US presidential election, and 2) it knows well that any US presidential candidate have to be koshered and get AIPAC stamp of approval. 3) presidential candidates must show that they put the interests of Israel ahead of their own country.

Nikki Haley can cry me a river, but Palestinians will never bow their heads or bend their knees to get their freedom except to God.

(Source / 16.12.2018)

While Israel kills, the US condemns Hamas

Jihad Al-Khazen

Israeli occupation has been killing Palestinians, wounding them and driving them out of their lands, while the international community and mainly the US hail it and condemn the Palestinians.

Last week, the United States submitted a resolution to the UN General Assembly condemning Hamas for attacking Israel. The resolution was supported by 87 countries but opposed by 57, with more than 30 abstentions, and so was not adopted because it did not get the two-thirds majority required.

“The United Nations has never once passed a resolution condemning Hamas,” complained the outgoing US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. “Never. Over 700 resolutions condemning Israel and not one single resolution condemning Hamas. That, more than anything else, is a condemnation of the United Nations itself.”

The failure of the US resolution against Hamas happened on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November. This is an annual commemoration based on UN Resolution 188 adopted by the General Assembly in 1977.

For what it’s worth, I condemn Nikki Haley, and welcome her departure from the UN at the end of the year, not least because she has acted more like an ambassador for Israel with her blind support for the Zionist state. Perhaps she is looking now for a position in US politics.

I have said it before and I will say it again: I have never supported Hamas and I do not support it now. However, when comparing Hamas with the Netanyahu government, I find that the former is a national liberation movement that makes mistakes, while the latter is a coalition which encompasses the racist far-right and practices state terrorism very deliberately.

Netanyahu himself faces the possibility of being tried for bribery and fraud on the recommendation of the Israeli police. It is claimed that his recent aggressive militarism has been designed to divert attention away from this embarrassing situation.

Meanwhile, Palestinian resistance to Israeli rights violations in the Gaza Strip has been ongoing since the Great March of Return protests started on the nominal border with Israel on 30 March. Israeli soldiers have killed more than 200 unarmed men, women and children in the intervening period — they killed 50 on 14 May alone — and wounded more than 18,000 others. The snipers were given a green light by their officers to kill and maim young Palestinians. Israel and its supporters then have the gall to wonder why the Palestinians fire rockets into the occupation state in response.

Indeed, thousands of Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s military offensives in 2008/9, 2012 and 2014. More than 2,200 were killed in the latter, including some 550 children. Nikki Haley did not mention these victims of Israeli apartheid; instead, she advocated for an Israeli soldier who was wounded while killing Palestinians on the border.

Egypt intervened to prepare a truce between the Palestinians and Israel; it is holding, but is under threat. Qatar is helping the people of Gaza with money, which is also good, but the resistance must continue and should not stop until an independent Palestinian state is established on more than a quarter of occupied Palestine. That is what the 25-year-old “peace process” is supposed to have achieved, but the land available for such a state has been eroded day by day as Israel continues to build and expand its illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

The majority of the nations of the world, as we saw in the UN General Assembly a few days ago, support the right of the Palestinians to have their own state, and have issued resolutions that advocate for their human and legal rights and condemn Israel for denying these. The most important UN resolution in this respect was adopted in 2012 when the General Assembly accepted Palestine as an observer member state.

In the meantime, US President Donald Trump considers the terrorist Netanyahu and his government to be America’s favourite ally and is preparing a plan — the “deal of the century” — which I believe is being drafted by Netanyahu and his advisers solely for the benefit of Israel. The Palestinians, it seems, will not be given any option but to accept it. That is hardly likely, but this is not going to stop Trump and his virulently pro-Israel son-in-law, Jared Kushner. While Israel kills Palestinians with impunity, the US condemns Hamas and other resistance groups engaged in the struggle for their legitimate rights to be implemented. Does anyone wonder why Washington is no longer regarded as an honest broker in all of this?

(Source / 16.12.2018)

Israel destroys house of Palestinian charged with killing soldier

IDF demolishes the home of Abu Hamid, a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli soldier, Ramallah, December 15, 2018 (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

IDF demolishes the home of Abu Hamid, a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli soldier, Ramallah, December 15, 2018

Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the military and witnesses said.

Israel says Islam Abu Humaid, 32, threw a 40 pound (18 kg) marble plate from a rooftop, killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky, 20, during a May arrest raid in El Amari refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Israeli forces arrived at the El Amari camp before dawn on Saturday, sealed off the four-storey Abu Humaid house and destroyed it, the military said in a statement.

The Abu Humaid family home has been destroyed before and rebuilt. Two other Abu Humaid sons are in Israeli custody, charged with the killings of five Israelis, and another two face lengthy incarceration for serious security offences.

A sixth Abu Humaid son was killed by Israeli forces in 1994 after himself being involved in a deadly ambush against an Israeli intelligence officer in the West Bank.

According to the indictment against him, Islam Abu Humaid told interrogators that he wanted to avenge the injury of one of his brothers in a previous Israeli army raid.

“What can we do? This is an enemy who thinks that by doing such actions they will terrorise us and make us fear them,” said Islam’s mother, Latifa Abu Humaid.

“On the contrary, our animosity becomes stronger, and with it our perseverance and strength.”

شاهد..لحظة تفجير منزل أم ناصر أبو حميد والدة ستة أسرى وشهيد..

— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) December 15, 2018

Israeli rights groups have criticised family-home demolitions of Palestinian attackers as acts of vengeance and collective punishment.

Israel’s Supreme Court has largely upheld the demolition policy. Israeli officials have termed it both punitive and a deterrence to potential attackers.

“The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will continue operating in order to thwart terror and maintain security in the area,” the military said.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the demolition.

Tensions flared this week in the West Bank with a string of Palestinian attacks that killed an Israeli baby and two Israeli soldiers and Israeli forces shot dead four suspected Palestinian assailants.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that in response to the attacks, slated demolitions would be sped up.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2014.

(Source / 16.12.2018)

Palestine: Two schools evacuated as Israeli gunman open fires outside

Palestinian Bedouin school children walk in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli occupied West Bank on 16 September, 2018 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

Palestinian Bedouin school children walk in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli occupied West Bank on 16 September, 2018

An Israeli settler opened fire on Sunday outside two schools in the West Bank, as other settlers rampaged through the street under the protection of Israeli forces, reports Wafa News Agency. The schools are at the entrance to the village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, to the south of Nablus in the West Bank.

The shooting terrified the students and teachers of the two schools, and were forced to leave the schools to a safe haven.

Ibrahim Emran, the principal at one of the schools, told Wafa that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar attacked the school under the protection of the Israeli military, and that one of the settlers shot a bullet in the air to terrify the students. Emran said the school was forced to evacuate its students to keep them safe.

He added that the settlers also attacked civilian homes near the school, while soldiers fired rubber-coated bullets and gas bombs, prompting clashes between soldiers and local citizens.

Israeli sources claimed that the firing came in a response to a stoning attack on settlers’ vehicles passing at route 60, just near the entrance to the village where the schools are located.

(Source / 16.12.2018)

Reports Regions Topics Archives Audio reports ISM Report: Child Abductions by Israeli Forces in Hebron, 4-11 Dec 2018 (VIDEO)

16 Dec 7:32 AM

7 children were abducted on 3 different days in the Qeitun and Salaymeh neighbourhoods of al Khalil (Hebron) so far in December. ISM activists were present on these 3 occasions and this report contains video footage from all 3 incidents.

Location: Qeitun / Salaymeh neighbourhoods.

The area where these abductions occurred are in the centre of Hebron a short distance to the south to the Ibrahimi Mosque. Here, the two roads to Tareq Ibn Ziad shopping area are blocked by Qeitun Checkpoint and Salaymeh Checkpoint. Qeitun checkpoint is also know as Abu Rish Checkpoint. Salaymeh is also commonly called Checkpoint 160. To make matters confusing there are also other names and Palestinian and Israeli authorities have different numbering systems for them. For simplicities sake I call the checkpoints and the neighbourhoods to the south of them as “Qeitun” and “Salamyeh”

The town roads running south form the checkpoints are in a narrow part of the valley with one block (about 200m) between them. So the area is very small with steep hills ascending on either side.


4 December, 2018

There were two incidents on the 4th December, on the parallel streets leading from the checkpoints of Salaymeh (checkpoint 160) and Qeitun (Abu Rish).

Abductions by Israeli occupation soldiers by Salaymeh checkpoint:

  • Soldiers had entered the neighbourhood through Salaymeh checkpoint. One group stayed on the street and the other entered behind houses into back gardens from where they moved close to the school.
  • A small group of boys gathered by the school driveway after school.
  • International activists were present and observing the situation from within 5 metres.
  • No stones were thrown by any of the boys.
  • The soldiers on the street maintained the children’s attention while the other group entered the back of a garage between the school driveway and a neighbouring house.
  • The soldiers ran from the garage where they are hiding and ambushed the boys who were standing about 3 metres away.
  • Activists intervened challenging the soldiers about their actions and asking what the boys had done. 1 child managed to escape. but two were abducted and taken to Salayme checkpoint.


Abduction by Israeli occupation soldiers by Qeitun checkpoint:

  • Concurrent to the abduction at Salaymeh, Israel Border police entered the Qeitun neighbourhood.
  • They established up a “checkpoint” approximately 200 metres outside the “Alhajryt” Boys School checking IDs and body searching a Palestinian against the fence.
  • They then moved back towards Salaymeh before pushing down the street to capture someone. The only boy in the vicinity was standing outside the Alhajryt School with one of his teachers.
  • Again activists were close by when the ambush occurred. The child did nothing to justify his abduction.
  • The boy’s teacher refused to leave him and they were escorted together to the Qeitun checkpoint.
  • The following video documents this abduction:

5 December, 2018

Three Abductions at Qeitun

  • Border Police entered the area outside Quetun checkpoint, clearing the area of traffic.
  • Two of them took position at the intersection closest to the checkpoint. Once again this seemed to be to hold the children attention.
  • Another group of Border Police ambushed a group of children form behind in coordination with the first group who ran down the street. The second group seems to have set their ambush by entering through buildings from above the street.
  • The boys were taken to the Qeitun checkpoint.
  • The following videos shows the boys being taken away:

11 December, 2018

Abduction at Qeitun

  • Border police entered the Qeitun neighbourhood through a gate next to al Faihaa School and opposite the “bus checkpoint” by the Ibrahimi Mosque.
  • They proceeded through the olive trees to a factory building in the centre of the block and hid there for more than 30 minutes until the school children finished school.
  • After an unsuccessful attempt at emerging onto the street without being spotted near to Qeitun checkpoint they came out onto the cross street between Salaymeh and Qeitun.
  • They tried an initial sprint to the intersection but there were no children there.
  • They then wandered aimlessly around but were unable to provoke anyone to throw stones at them.
  • A man was randomly stopped, taken from his car, ID checked and body searched.
  • They then returned to the intersection with road from Qeitun checkpoint and managed to provoke a few small stones to be thrown.
  • The commander then ordered two of the soldiers to sprint down the road in another attempt to capture someone.
  • The only boy they could find was a 10 year old standing outside a shop holding the hand of his 4 year old brother. They were surrounded by adults.
  • Activists were on the street on both sides of the shop and witnessed no stones being thrown.
  • Activists tried to intervene and repeatedly asked for a reason for the boy’s abduction but were ignored as the boy was forcefully taken.
  • He can be heard calling, “Achi! Achi! [My brother. My brother!] as he is taken away. Leaving his younger brother without a family member.
  • The Border Police escorted the boy to he police station by the Ibrahimi Mosque via the same route they entered the neighbourhood through the gardens olive groves.
  • See the following video:


All four incidents on these three days, 4th, 5th, and 11th December 2018 have several things in common:

  • The Israeli Border Police and the Israeli occupation soldiers all acted with the intent of abducting Palestinian school children.
  • Once they had succeeded they left the area immediately showing that this was their objective from the beginning.
  • The presence and behaviour of the soldiers and Border Police was provocative and invited an excuse for abduction.
  • None of the children abducted on these days was throwing stones. Nor was there any significant unrest or stone-throwing on any of these 3 days.
  • International activists were close at hand on each occasion abductions occurred.
  • One boy was 14 but the rest were younger.
  •  The children were never accompanied by a parent of family member and no attempt was made to locate one.


  • The abduction of innocent children especially in these circumstances is violations of natural justice, humanitarian and international law.
  • If the intent of these abductions was intended to be one of deterrence then it can only be construed as a form of collective punishment or psychological intimidation in order to subdue any form of resistance to Israeli occupation.
  • If this was a civil matter the Palestinian authorities would work with the children as in any other country deal with such issues.
  • The root of the problem is the occupation itself. The systematic oppression of the Palestinian people whom the children are part of is the problem that needs to be addressed.
  • The abductions yet are another aspect of this systematic oppression that perpetuates itself as long as the occupation continues.
  • The injustices of these arbitrary abductions only reinforces the resolve of Palestinians to resist the occupation and fuels reactions from the Palestinian youth who endure such things.

(Source / 16.12.2018)

Soldiers Abduct Three Children In Hebron

16 Dec 11:27 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, three Palestinian children from their homes in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers invaded and violently searched homes in the refugee camp, and interrogated many Palestinians, while inspecting their ID cards, before abducting three children, 13 to 16 years of age.

They have been identified as Mohammad Nasser Mahfouth, Jubraiel al-Badawi and Qussai Khader Badawi.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded many neighborhoods in Hebron city, in addition to Yatta town, south of Hebron, and Halhoul town, north of the city.

During the invasions, the soldiers searched the homes of Ibrahim Najjar, from Yatta, Yousef al-Baba, from Halhoul, and Wisam at-Teety in the al-Arroub refugee camp.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks in various parts of Hebron governorate, especially main roads leading to towns and refugee camps, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In addition, the soldiers abducted seven Palestinians, including a blind man, from several villages and towns, in Ramallah governorate, in central West Bank.

(Source / 16.12.2018)

Israeli Forces Abduct Palestinian Groom, 20 Guests

16 Dec 7:43 AM

Israeli forces abducted a former Palestinian detainee, predawn Saturday, after ambushing him in occupied East Jerusalem, in the central West Bank.

Sources told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli forces ambushed former prisoner Rami al-Fakhouri in the Wadi al-Juz neighborhood of the city, and that both Israeli soldiers and intelligence forces were deployed in the neighborhood for more than an hour-and-a-half before seizing al-Fakhouri.

Al-Fakhouri was married to the daughter of a slain Palestinian, Musbah Abu Sbeih, whose body is still withheld by the Israeli authorities, three weeks ago.

Israeli forces detained al-Fakhouri, his father and more than 22 Palestinian youth who had attended the wedding, summoning others for interrogation, on charges of “taking part in a wedding during which flags of the Hamas movement were waved and terrorists were hailed.”

The wedding party had taken place in the al-Eizariya town, east of Jerusalem.

An Israeli TV channel broadcast footage of al-Fakhouri’s wedding party, directly incitement against him and the guests of his wedding.

The TV channel also referred to an attack that Abu Sbeih, the bride’s father, had carried out in Jerusalem City, and in which he was killed by Israeli forces.

The detainees’ lawyer, Khalid Zabarqa, said that several of the detainees were released, while the detention of others was extended.

The video below was published by the Israeli police, showing the detention raid:

(Source / 16.12.2018)

West Bank Witnesses Worst Escalation in This Year, Israeli Forces Kill 4 Palestinian Civilians within Only 48 Hours; Two of Them Were Extra-Judicially Executed

16 Dec 2:54 AM

Ref: 133/2018 – Date: 15 December 2018 – Time: 13:00 GMT: The West Bank is witnessing the worst and most violent escalation by the Israeli forces and settlers in this year.

Only within 48 hours, the Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including an elderly and 2 extra-judicially killed, and wounded dozens due to use of armed force against the peaceful demonstrators.

The Palestinian cities have witnessed large-scale incursions; mostly in the cities of Ramallah and al-Bireh, and a strangulating closure on both cities.

Meanwhile, the Israeli settlers have escalated their attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property in light of the Israeli military and political leaders’ calls for incitement against the Palestinians.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) emphasizes that the Israeli forces continue to pursue the policy of Extra-judicial executions that have publicly carried out for the first time in the so-called “Bus 300” operation on 10 April 1984 when 4 Palestinians were killed.

Thus, PCHR condemns in strongest terms this escalation and holds the Israeli forces responsible for it and its repercussions.  PCHR also calls upon the international community to assume its legal and moral responsibilities, to intervene effectively to stop the Israeli forces’ crimes against the Palestinians and their property and to work on providing protection for them.

According to PCHR’s investigation, those crimes were as follows:

  • At approximately 19:30 on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, a group from the Israeli “Yamam Unit”, which is known for carrying out extra-judicial killings while undercover like the “Mistarivim” Unit in the Israeli Forces and is dressed like Palestinian civilians, infiltrated into Serda village, north of Ramallah. The Yamam members used a white Mercedes Bus and intercepted a car driven by Saleh ‘Omer al-Barghouthi (29) who was on his way back from Ramallah to Cooper village, north of the city, where he lived.  They opened fire at the front side of the car and then stepped out of their bus to surround Saleh’s car, forcing him to get off.  They then blindfolded him and handcuffed him, taking him to their bus and then to an unknown destination.  According to an eyewitness’s account, Saleh was not wounded at the moment of his arrest and other eyewitnesses said that they did not see any blood inside his car that was later confiscated by the Israeli forces.  At approximately 00:30, The Israeli Shin Bet security service and the Israeli media announced the death of Barghouti, raising doubts about killing him after his arrest.
  • At approximately 01:30 on Thursday, 13 December 2018, large numbers of Israeli forces moved into ‘Askar al-Jadid refugee camp, northeast of Nablus, and stationed in the vicinity of a building belonging to Hussein Mohammed Bushkar.  Many of them topped the roofs of the nearby buildings and surrounded the 3-storey building.  Following that, heavy explosions and shooting were heard in the area.  At approximately 03:30, the Israeli soldiers took out a dead body from the second floor in the building , where there was an empty apartment, on a litter covered with a dark color cover.  The Israeli forces later declared that they managed to kill Ashraf Walid Soliman Na’alwah (23) from Shwikah Suburb in Tulkarm.  Na’alwah had been chased by the Israeli forces since 07 October 2018 on grounds of being accused of carrying out a shooting attack in Burkan Industrial Area, west of Salfit, and killing at the time 2 settlers and wounded a third one.  Eyewitnesses said that they did not hear any sound indicating occurrence of an exchange of fire in the building.
  • At approximately 17:30 on the abovementioned day, Hamdan Tawfiq al-‘Aardah (60), who was from ‘Arabah village, south of Jenin, and lived in al-Bireh, was driving his black Ford Jeep in al-Bireh Industrial area, back home from his work.  Meanwhile, Israeli forces were stationed there in their military vehicles.  When his car approached the Israeli vehicles, one of the soldiers opened fire at him, wounding him with 2 bullets to the head.  The Israeli soldiers prevented the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) staff that was in the area from aiding him and then arrested Hamdan to take him to an Israeli Hospital.  At approximately 19:30, the Israeli forces declared his death and Israeli media published on its websites claims that Hamdan attempted to carry put a run-over attack.
  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 14 December 2018, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and stationed next to al-Jalazone High School for Boys that belongs to UNRWA and is established at the main entrance of the camp.  Dozens of Palestinian young men gathered to throw stones, empty bottles and Molotov cocktails at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired a barrage of live and rubber-coated metal bullets in addition to teargas canisters and sound bombs at the young men.  At approximately 16:20, Israeli soldiers surprisingly moved forward and heavily and randomly opened fire at the demonstrators from a distance of 50 meters. As a result, Mahmoud Yousif Nakhlah (18) was hit with a bullet that penetrated his abdomen and fell on the ground while bleeding.  He was then taken by a PRCS ambulance to Palestine Medical Complex in the City and was in very critical condition.  He was immediately admitted to the Operating Room for surgery, and at approximately 17:30, his death was declared.  It should be noted that Mahmoud is the only son of his family comprised of his father and mother.

While strongly condemning these crimes, which further prove the Israeli forces continue to commit crimes against Palestinian civilians in disregard for their lives, PCHR calls upon the international community to take immediate and effective action to stop the Israeli crimes and escalating violations  and to work on providing protection for Palestinians.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions.

(Source / 16.12.2018)

Army To Demolish A Palestinian Home Of A Detainee From Yatta

16 Dec 2:28 PM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and handed a family of a detainee, accused of killing an armed settler, a military order for the demolition of their home.

The demolition order was signed and approved by the “Central Command” of the Israeli army, targeting the family home of Khalil Yousef Jabarin, 17, located on the third floor of a three-story building.

The family was also informed it has until January 2nd, 2019, to appeal against the demolition order before Israeli military courts.

The Palestinian is accused of killing an armed Israeli settler, identified as Ari Fuld, 40, at the entrance of a mall near Gush Etzion colony, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Home demolition policy, enacted by Israel against the Palestinians is an illegal act of collective punishment, targeting entire families, in direct violation of International Law.

While Israel demolished the homes of Palestinians accused or convicted of killing Israelis, including soldiers and settlers, it does not close or demolish the homes of Israelis involved in fatal attacks against the Palestinians.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem), said that the punitive demolition of Palestinian homes inflicts suffering of entire families, including women, children and the elderly, even though they are not involved in offenses against Israelis.

It added that, while Israel claims its home demolition policy is meant as “deterrence,” the actual result on the ground has never been proven.

B’Tselem also said that this policy constituted deliberate harm on innocent civilians, and added that even if the demolitions had the claimed deterrence impact, it remains unlawful.

(Source / 16.12.2018)

Israeli Court Sentences Mother of A Palestinian, Killed By The Army, To Eleven Months, For “Incitement”

16 Dec 12:48 PM

An Israeli court sentenced, on Sunday morning, the mother of a Palestinian, who was killed by the army last year, to eleven months in prison for what the military prosecution described as “incitement on social media.”

Attorney Mohammad Mahmoud of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, said the court sentenced Susan Abu Ghannam to eleven months in prison, for posting statements on Facebook, after the death of her son.

The court deemed the posts as incitement, and passed its sentence on the woman, from at-Tur neighborhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old City.

She was taken prisoner last August, after dozens of soldiers and officers invaded her home, and conducted violent searches, leading to damage.

It is worth mentioning that Suzan’s son, Mohammad Hasan Abu Ghannam, 20, was killed on by Israeli soldiers, July 21, 2017, during protests that took place after the army invaded at-Tour neighborhood, in East Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said that the soldiers surrounded the Palestinian after shooting him, and that he bled to death when the army prevented Palestinian medics from approaching him.

(Source / 16.12.2018)