Israel MK calls for 1 Palestinian to be killed for each rocket fired

Bezalel Smotrich, Extremist Israeli Jewish MK [File photo]

Bezalel Smotrich, an extremist Israeli Jewish MK

Right-wing Israeli National Union Member of the Knesset Bezalel Smotrich yesterday called for killing a Palestinian in return for every rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, Quds Net reported.

On Twitter, Bezalel wrote: “From a tactical view, the battle in Gaza must end after killed 700 terrorists  -one terrorist for each rocket.”

Smotrich refers to the number of Palestinian rockets allegedly launched at Israel from Gaza.

The minister, who is looking to become the country’s next justice ministry, head the National Union party which made an alliance with the Jewish Home and Jewish Power (Otzma Yehudit) parties to run under the Union of Right Wing Parties alliance in Israel’s elections last month. The alliance has since joined the coalition government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is serving his fifth term in office.

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Poor living conditions in Gaza fuelling violence, says Israel’s military

Gaza after Israeli strikes on 5 May, 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Gaza after Israeli strikes on 5 May, 2019

n a rare display of public disagreement, Israel’s military appeared to point the finger of blame at the country’s policy towards Gaza over the latest escalation of violence in the besieged enclave.

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, the military said the country needed to make changes to its strategic policy to improve living conditions in the Gaza Strip if it did not want another flareup of violence in coming weeks, the Times of Israel reported.

The Israeli newspaper pointed out that the army has been pushing for measures to make the lives of Palestinians in the Strip more bearable. However the political leadership is said to be more hesitant, fearing, what it described as “being portrayed as giving in to terror, especially with Hamas holding Israeli captives and the remains of soldiers”.

Israel blamed Hamas and Islamic Jihad for this round of violence which resulted in the death of 27 Palestinians and 156 wounded. Thirteen schools were also severely damaged in an offensive by Israel’s air force.

READ: Israel told military to end Gaza attacks before Eurovision

Officials of the Islamist party however, according to the Washington Post, said that they escalated the violence to push Israel to stick to the terms it had agreed after another such flare-up in March, when rocket fire had caused Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. Hamas accused Israel of reneging on the deal to allow in cash assistance of $30 million a month from Qatar, expand fishing rights and ease the restrictions on imports and exports that have choked Gaza’s economy.

A New York Times report which claimed that “Gaza Militants Fire 250 Rockets, and Israel Responds With Airstrikes” admitted in paragraph 14 that the violence was related to Israel’s killing of four Palestinians. The Post article came under sharp criticism for what critics have described as an attempt to “obfuscate” Israel’s role in the escalation of violence.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib denounced the Post headline in a tweet saying: “When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and [familie]”

When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 5, 2019

(Source / 07.05.2019)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Ten Palestinians, Including A Young Woman, In The West Bank”

07 May 1:46 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, 10 Palestinians, including a young woman, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.

The PPS said the soldiers abducted Fatima Yahia Suleiman, 19, from Beit Safafa, south of occupied East Jerusalem, after storming her home and searched it.

It added that the soldiers also abducted a young man, identified as Ali Sufian, from the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem.

In Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Ali Fawzi Abdul-Rahma, from his home, after the army invaded it, and fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at Palestinians protesting the invasion.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched a few homes, and abducted Ala’ Mohammad at-Teety and Bara’ Hasan Hreinat.

In Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Monir Mashal, 25, in addition to four political prisoners, identified as Odai Amir Abu Haniyya, 28, Ja’far Abdul-Karim Salim, 24, Mohammad Nidal Mashal, 24, and Luay Anwar Mashal, 26.

The soldiers also abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Salim Ahmad Walad Ali, from Sanur town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

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(Source / 07.05.2019)

PCHR: “Israeli Forces Violate the Gaza Strip forTwo Consecutive Days Killing 23 Palestinians”

07 May 10:25 AM

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR: )Israeli Forces Violate the Gaza Strip forTwo Consecutive Days Killing 23 Palestinians; 14 of them were Civilians, Including 3 Women and 3 Children; Resumption of Extra-judicial Executions Policy, Heavily Targeting Residential Buildings and Causing Fear Among Civilians

Hours before the announcement of a mutual ceasefire between Palestinian armed groups and Israel, the Israeli forces intensified their aggression against the Gaza Strip at a high rate for 2 consecutive days during which the Israeli forces carried out intensive bombardment through their warplanes and artillery shells in land and sea, targeting more multi-story buildings and houses in a clear violation against Palestinian civilians.

As a result, hundreds of families became homeless and 2 million Palestinians suffered fear and terror. Moreover, the Israeli forces continued using the extrajudicial executions policy, which has been going on in the last years. Focusing on targeting residential buildings and houses on the second day of the offensive, the Israeli forces has began  their aggression with what they ended their aggression in 2014 in which they randomly destroyed dozens of residential buildings on the head of their inhabitants.

Following the press release issued by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) on Saturday, 04 May 2019 and according to fieldworkers’ documenting the incidents of the second day, the Israeli forces’ bombardment resulted at the killing of 23 Palestinians. Fourteen of them were civilians; including 3 women and 3 children. Some of those killed inside their houses were from the same family. Moreover, 44 others were injured. Thus, the total number of killed Palestinians has risen to 23, including 3 women, one of them was pregnant, and 3 children, including a baby girl.

The airstrikes targeted 20 residential houses, a residential building and a mosque; 3 workshops, 20 targeting of empty lands, cars, motorbikes, resorts, and other public and private property in addition to training sites and border control points belonging to Palestinian armed groups. In addition to the artillery shelling that took place in various areas of the eastern Gaza Strip.

For the first time since 2014, the Israeli forces committed a  new crime of the extra-judicial execution, killing of Ahmed al-Khudari after targeting his car in the center of Gaza City.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 14:45 on Saturday, 05 May 2019, the Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a car driven by Hamed Ahmed Abdul Khudarial-Tuffah neighborhood in Gaza City, killing him. Was driving his car in the vicinity of al-Sedrah area in al-Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

At approximately 22:10 on Saturday evening, 04 May 2019, Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of civilians, who were in the vicinity of the American School former site, west of Beit Lahia, killing Khalid Mohammed Selmi Abu Qaliq (24), from the city, after he was hit with shrapnel throughout his body. Moreover, another civilan was seriously injured.

At approximately 17:35 on Sunday evening, the Israeli forces fired an artillery sheel at a house belonging to Abdul Rahim Mustafa al-Madhoun (60), south of the American School, west of Beit Lahia. As a result,  the house was destroyed  and 4 civilians were killed, including a woman,  and 9 were injured.

Those killed civilians, including Abdul Rahim, were identified as: Abdul Rahim’s son Abdullah Abdul Rahim Mustafa al-Madhooun (21), Fadi Ragheb Yusuf Badran (33), Amani ‘Etfat Sha;ban al-Madhoun (36), who was pregnant at her ninth month. Furthermore, 9 civilians were injured, including 6 children. Doctors classified the injureies of 2 of them as serious.

At approximately 17:45, the Israeli warplenes launched 2 missiles at the ground floor and first floor in Zu’rob’s Building near al-Shuhada’a Square (al-Nejmah), in the center of Rafah. As a result, 3 civlians were killed namely: ‘Ali Ahmed Abdul Jawad (51), who was in al-Awa’el Educational Center, Mousa Husein Lafi Mo’amer (35) and Hani Hamdan Abu Sha’ar (37), who were at al-Fakher Cofe. Moreover, 4 civilians, including a child were sustained various wounds.

At approximately 19:50, the Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the fifth floor in Building no. (12) at Sheikh Zayed Buildings, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, 6 civilians were killed namely: Ahmed Ramadan Rajab al-Ghazali (30), his wife Eman Abdullah Mousa al-Ghazali (29), their child Maria (5 months), Abdul Rahman Talal Abu al-Jedyan (12), his parents Tala ‘Atiyah Abu al-Jedyan (48) and Raghdah Mohammed Abu al-Jedyan (46), whse dead bodies were recovered todays morning from under the rubble. Moreover, 9 civilians living in the same building sustained minor and moderate injurues.

The ongoing Israeli offensive disrupted all schools and universities, preventing tens thousands of students from heading to their schools and universities. Moreover, several Governmental and non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) were disrupted as well. Thus, obstructing the Palestinian civilians’ lives and businesses and undermining their basic rights.

Furthermore, Israeli forces issued a decision to close all crossings from and to Israel, stop the entry and exit of goods, prevent the movement of members, including patients, as well as prevent the entry of fuel into the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 07.05.2019)

Israel damaged 13 Palestinian schools in two days in Gaza

The occupation also completely destroyed 130 residential apartments, caused partial damage to 700 others

Israeli occupation damaged 13 Palestinian school in its massive offensive on the Gaza Strip during the weekend, Palestinians education ministry said on Monday.

“Some 13 Palestinian schools in Gaza were severely damaged in the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, windows and doors of these schools were damaged and the walls cracked.

The statement also said that the shrapnel of the Israeli rockets and debris of the buildings and places targeted by the Israeli occupation directly hit the classrooms.

The ministry expressed its “strong condemnation” regarding the Israeli attacks on Gaza that damaged basic infrastructure in all fields, stressing this is a violation of the international laws and conventions.

Deputy Education Minister in Gaza Ziyad Thabet called for the international community to stand up for its responsibilities and stop Israeli practices and hold it accountable for its violations.

In the two-day offensive, the Israeli occupation killed 27 Palestinians and wounded 156 others. It also completely destroyed 130 residential apartments and caused partial damage to 700 others.

(Source / 07.05.2019)

‘Now, we will be alone’: In Gaza, Ramadan begins with day of mourning

Families in Gaza Strip mourn their loved-ones, killed in recent Israeli army bombardment of besieged territory

By Motasem A Dalloul

Palestinians prepared themselves to celebrate the start of the holy month of Ramadan, but Israel pounded them with heavy attacks that turned tens of them orphans or homeless.

Like many others in Gaza, the al-Madhoun, Abul-Jidyan and al-Ghazali families hoped they would be safe in their own homes.

But that hope was shattered over the weekend, when a barrage of Israeli bombs fell on Palestinians across the besieged coastal territory.

“On Friday, [my daughter Iman] called me on the phone and invited me to have Iftar with her and her husband and little Maria on the first day of Ramadan [to break the fast],” said 56-year-old Siham Hassouna.

“She died and I lost everything,” Hassouna told Middle East Eye.

Iman, 30, her four-month-old daughter Maria, and her husband Ahmad al-Ghazali, 31, were killed on Sunday in their apartment in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.

They are among at least 25 Palestinians, including two pregnant women, who were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Palestinian territory over the weekend.

Hassouna said her daughter had already bought clothes for her infant daughter to celebrate Eid, the holiday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Sunday evening.

But the four month old won’t have a chance to wear them.

“Who will wear the beautiful clothes [now]? No one. May God burn the hearts of those who burn our hearts,” Hassouna said.

Widespread destruction

The violence started on Friday when the Israeli military and the militant group Islamic Jihad traded fire after the former killed four Palestinians in Gaza.

Over the next two days, hundreds of rockets were launched into Israel from Gaza, while the Israeli military pounded the besieged enclave with air strikes and artillery.

Four Israelis also were killed by rockets fired from Gaza.

While the violence threatened to spill over into an all-out war, a ceasefire was reached early Monday between Israel and Palestinian factions.

Palestinians across Gaza say they have, once again, been left to pick up the pieces.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Labour and Housing in Gaza, at least 130 apartments were completely destroyed, while 700 others were partially damaged in the deadly onslaught.

Salim al-Hindi, a father of four, told MEE that his apartment was destroyed, rendering him homeless. “Losing a house is similar to losing a soul,” he said.

Al-Hindi said he’s facing the difficult challenge of finding a place for him and his family to live. Right now, they’re staying with relatives.

“I am unemployed and I have no money to rent a new, comfortable home,” he said.

“I am still living with my relatives, but until when? Very soon, they will ask me to leave. Even if they did not, I must leave because me and my family are being hosted in one room.”

Families in mourning

Like the al-Ghazalis and many other families in Gaza, Hani Abu Sha’ar’s family is spending the first days of Ramadan in mourning.

The 37 year old was killed when an Israeli air missile struck his family’s home in Rafah, in southern Gaza.

Before he died, Abu Sha’ar had asked his wife, Ibtisam, to prepare the popular dish of mlokhiya, to break the fast on the first night of Ramadan.

“He went shopping on Saturday afternoon. He bought everything we needed for Ramadan. That night, we sat and shared a happy time together without our kids. The next day, he died,” recalled Ibtisam, 33.

She told MEE she couldn’t imagine what Ramadan will be like without her husband.

He usually woke her and his three siblings up to share a pre-dawn meal, known as Suhoor, every day during the holy month, Ibtisam said.

“But now, we will be alone,” she said, solemnly. “Who will take his place?”

(Source / 07.05.2019)

Israel’s Eurovision flop

By Asa Winstanley

The Eurovision song contest is set to take place in Israel later this month.

The Israeli government is treating the event as a major propaganda opportunity, with full support from the state, backed by more than $30 million in government financing.

It’s even decreed the effort a “national project”.

But recent Israeli reports suggest that, despite all these efforts, the event could end up as a total flop, with negative future consequences for the prospects of Israel’s efforts to influence global public opinion in its favour.

Since Israel won the competition last year (in questionable circumstances), Eurovision Tel Aviv has been targetted by a major BDS movement campaign. The Palestinian-led global grassroots initiative has made massive waves.

Hundreds of notable cultural figures around the world have called for the event to be boycotted, including 140 leading international musicians, film-makers and other artists.

In January, the indie rock band Wolf Alice, actor Maxine Peake and legendary musician Peter Gabriel very publicly endorsed the boycott campaign.

“Eurovision may be light entertainment, but it is not exempt from human rights considerations,” they wrote in a letter to the Guardian, saying that any “claim to celebrate diversity and inclusion must ring hollow” in these circumstances.

More recently Palestinian campaigners have called specifically on Hatari (the Icelandic entrant to the competition) to pull out of the event in Tel Aviv.

The band is on record as having supported Palestinian human rights, and it was reported at one stage that the Israeli government was considering banning the band from entering the country.

It is rumoured the band may make some sort of statement on stage, although that now seems unlikely, given the Israeli government’s threats.

But PACBI, the Palestinian group which advocated for cultural and academic boycott of Israel, stated that “artists who insist on crossing the Palestinian boycott picket line, playing Tel Aviv in defiance of our calls, cannot offset the harm they do to our human rights struggle by ‘balancing’ their complicit act with some project with Palestinians.”

Despite all of Israel’s propaganda efforts, it is starting to look like the event could be an embarrassing failure.

recent article in Globes (essentially Israel’s imitation of the Financial Times) reported that an expected tourism boom fuelled by Eurovision had utterly failed to materialise.

As well as hotel prices being essentially back to normal for the time of year, “many tickets to the performances are still unsold,” the paper reported.

These performances with many unsold tickets include, “the finals, two semifinals and the rehearsals for each of these performances.”

“The situation in Israel is not normal,” William Lee Adams, a Eurovision blogger and fan, told the Jerusalem Post.

“I’ve never seen a situation where there are so many unsold seats this close to the show. Tickets to the live shows typically sell out immly after each wave of tickets is released,” he said.

Could all this be a sign that the publicity around the boycott of Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv is having a concrete economic effect? Is BDS beginning to bite?

It’s perhaps too soon to say for sure. According to the Globes piece, one factor causing the slower than usual ticket sales is that they have a higher-than-usual cost compared to previous Eurovision events in other countries.

But it seems likely that the fairly widely reported, and attention-grabbing BDS campaign against Eurovision in Tel Aviv is at least one factor causing woes for the ticket sellers.

Even the Guardian letter this week, by pro-Israel celebrities against the boycott (which was in fact organised by a front group for a pro-Israel lobby organisation) paradoxically created publicity for the boycott campaign for people who may not have been aware of its existence.

As PACBI put it in a recent Tweet, “No one wants to party with apartheid”.

It said that “Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is set to be a flop for Israel’s complicit tourism sector.”

Israel needs to get the message: its problem is not bad public relations. The global public by and large actually understands pretty well that Israel’s real problem is the way it mistreats the indigenous people of the land – the Palestinians.

More distractions, white washes and “national projects” won’t fix this. Only the end of occupation and apartheid and the return of refugees will do that.

(Source / 07.05.2019)

Zo eindig je de vastende dag!

De sunnah is om het vasten direct te verbreken zodra de zon is ondergegaan en de tijd van het magreb-gebed is binnengetreden. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: 

“Het gaat goed met de mensen zolang zij haast maken bij het verbreken van het vasten.”

Die goedheid is er omdat zij de sunnah van hun profeet vrede zij met hem volgen door het vasten direct te verbreken. 

Een andere sunnah is om het vasten te verbreken met dadels en als die niet aanwezig zijn, dan met water:

Anas, metgezel van de profeet, overlevert dat de profeet vrede zij met hem zijn vasten verbrak vóór dat hij magreb bad met rotab (dadels die nog wat rauw zijn). Als die er niet waren dan met gewone dadels, en als die er niet waren, nam hij wat slokjes water. [Abu Dawoed]

Het is ook veel beter voor de maag om met dadels te beginnen, te rusten en dan later verder te gaan met ander eten.

In een authentieke overlevering zegt de profeet vrede zij met hem: 

“Voor de vastende zijn er twee vreugdes; een vreugde wanneer hij zijn vasten verbreekt en een vreugde wanneer hij zijn Heer ontmoet.” [Bukhari]

De eerste vreugde is omdat de vastende blij is dat hij de vastende dag heeft afgerond en weer mag eten. De tweede vreugde is wanneer hij zijn Heer ontmoet en ziet wat zijn beloning is. Moge Allah ons die tweede vreugde schenken net zoals Hij ons de eerste vreugde schenkt.

Een ander gegeven wat de gelovige verheuging brengt, is dat Allah met elke iftaar gelovigen van het Vuur bevrijdt (iftaar is de maaltijd waarmee het vasten wordt verbroken). De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: 

“Allah bevrijdt ten tijde van elke iftaar (gelovigen van het Vuur). [ibn Maajah]

Degene die Allah van het Vuur bevrijdt, zal dit nooit betreden. Moge Allah ons tot één van hen doen behoren.

Anderen voorzien van iftaar
Ook is het sterk aanbevolen om de vastende te voorzien van eten waarmee hij zijn vasten verbreekt. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:

Wie een vastende te eten geeft, hem komt dezelfde beloning toe als deze vastende (die te eten is gegeven) … [Tirmidhi]

Ontneem jezelf deze grote beloning niet door jouw huisdeur gesloten te houden voor familie, vrienden en met name: onze bekeerde broeders en zusters. Dit is de maand van vrijgevigheid en samenhorigheid!

Beste broeders en zusters
Gedenk wanneer je het vasten verbreekt en jij het water door je aderen voelt stromen, Allah’s gunst op jou. Een glas water dat totaal geen waarde heeft in onze ogen, maar in werkelijkheid heel veel waard is.

De bekende kalief Haaroen ar-Rachied stond aan het hoofd van het islamitische kalifaat eeuwen geleden. Zijn heerschappij reikte van het westen tot het oosten.

Op een dag was deze machtige en rijke kalief omringd door geleerden, en hij hield ervan om geadviseerd te worden. 

De kalief had een glas water in zijn hand en net toen hij wilde drinken, zei een van de geleerden tegen hem: 

“Momentje O leider der gelovigen, stel dat u hevige dorst heeft en dit glas water u wordt ontnomen, met hoeveel van uw bezittingen zou u het glas water kopen?”

Na even nadenken antwoordde de kalief: “Met de helft van al mijn bezittingen.”

Hierop zei de geleerde: “Gaat u gang”, waarop de kalief het glas leegdronk.

Vervolgens vroeg de geleerde: “Stel dat dit glas water wat u heeft gedronken uw lichaam niet wil verlaten, hoeveel van uw heerschappij en bezittingen zou u afstaan om dit water er weer uit te krijgen?”

Na even nadenken antwoordde hij: “Met al mijn bezittingen.”

Hierop zei de geleerde: “O leider der gelovigen, uw gehele rijkdom is niet meer waard dan een glas water!”

Hierop moest de kalief huilen.

Ten tijde van de iftaar nemen we plaats aan een tafel bedekt met al datgene wat ons hart begeert. Dat glas water zien we niet eens staan. Zo gaan we om met de meeste gunsten van Allah. We genieten ervan zonder stil te staan bij Degene die ons ervan voorziet, laat staan dat we Hem dankbaar zijn.

Al gelijk na het nuttigen van een uitgebreide iftaar zijn velen van onze broeders en zusters Allah ondankbaar en ongehoorzaam door het magreb-gebed te verzuimen.

Weet dat er een dag zal komen waarop we zullen worden gevraagd over de genietingen en of wij Allah daar dankbaar voor waren. Allah zegt:

“Jullie zullen die dag (Dag des Oordeels) ondervraagd worden over de genietingen.” [102:8]

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IOF kills Palestinian worker from Tulkarem

TULKAREM, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli police forces on Monday killed a Palestinian worker in the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories.

Local sources said that Amjad Qallaq, 30, a resident of Attil town in Tulkarem, was shot dead during police chase in Qalansuwa city.

Qallaq, an ex-prisoner working in Qalansuwa in the 1948 occupied Palestine, was chased by the Israeli police who claimed that he was driving an unlicensed vehicle.

Only a month ago, a Palestinian youth from the West Bank working in the 1948 occupied territories died in similar circumstances.

(Source / 07.05.2019)

Zionist army shot Palestinian youth in northern Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM —Palestinian youth was wounded by Israeli troops in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun on Tuesday.

The Israeli occupation forces positioned at the military observation towers on the border strip north of Beit Hanoun fired at a number of Palestinian civilians. One of them was wounded by a bullet. He was taken to an Indonesian hospital in the nearby town of Beit Lahiya for treatment.

It should be noted that the Israeli occupation forces deliberately shoot at any citizen approaching the border strip north and east of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 07.05.2019)