Ex-Israel intel officers justify Mossad role against BDS

Protesters gathered in front of the Israeli Embassy in central London, in support of Gaza's anniversary march of the 'Great March of Return', in London, UK on March 30, 2018 [Palestinian Forum in Britain]

Protesters gathered in front of the Israeli Embassy in central London, in support of Gaza’s anniversary march of the ‘Great March of Return’, in London, UK on 30 March 2018

Former Israeli intelligence officers and government officials have justified the reported involvement of Mossad in efforts to combat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Speaking to the Jerusalem Post, “some called BDS a real potential threat to the security of Israel” affirming that “the country must do its best to combat it”, and that “it was a good idea to utilize the agency to perform surveillance and sabotage some BDS activities”.

One such former official, ex-national security council chief and Major-General Yaakov Amidror, told the Jerusalem Post that “all – and I mean all – that Israel can do to fight BDS needs to be praised and acted on”.

“It is legitimate for the state to rally all means to stop a movement which is trying to go after the legitimacy of Israel,” he added.

READ: Israel forced closure of 30 BDS fundraising accounts

Other officials “note[d] the that Mossad’s mandate includes ‘special operations’ that might not be thought of as conventional intelligence work,” the paper continued.

“Thus, they said, the Mossad should be employed in the struggle against BDS, providing the operations are legal and discrete.”

The former officials added “it would be preferable that the Mossad – with its discrete skills in spy craft – carry out the assignments rather than another less experienced agency which might leave ‘fingerprints’.”

“The Mossad knows best how to carry out activities which leave people guessing about whether anything was actually done and who acted, they said,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

“Less experienced operatives from different agencies could even harm the Mossad’s reputation if their actions were clumsily revealed, they said.”

READ: Israel’s anti-BDS tactics mirror White South Africa’s defence of apartheid

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Israel carries out large-scale demolition campaign north of Jerusalem

An Israeli excavator demolishes a Palestinian building for allegedly being unauthorised in East Jerusalem on 1 May 2018

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday carried out a wide-scale demolition campaign against Palestinian facilities in the Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, Quds Press reported.

According to the news site, the Israeli occupation demolished the Palestinian facilities, most of them commercial shops closest to the illegal Israeli checkpoint at the entrance of the camp.

The facilities were demolished, Quds Press reported, under the pretext that they were built without the impossible to obtain building licenses.

The Palestinian Authority’s foreign ministry condemned the demolitions and accused the Israeli occupation of targeting the livelihood of the Palestinians, calling for the international community to stop “these Israeli crimes”.

READ: Israel demolishes Palestinian home in the West Bank

ZERO building permits were issued by Israel in 2015 !

Israel tightens #Palestinian construction in Area C – #OccupiedPalestine

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Gaza’s health ministry warns of ‘unprecedented’ deteriorated situation

A Palestinian family waits for medical help inside an ambulance outside a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza strip on 5 May, 2019 [ANAS BABA/AFP/Getty]

A Palestinian family waits for medical help inside an ambulance outside a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza strip on 5 May, 2019

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza yesterday warned of a deterioration in conditions in its hospitals due to the “unprecedented” lack of medicines, Shehab.ps reported.

In a statement, the ministry said that “patients in Gaza hospitals are experiencing unprecedented bad conditions due to the severe lack of medicines resulted of the Israeli siege.”

Fifty-two per cent of  basic medicines and medical supplies have now run out in the Strip, the statement said, adding that this “undermines” the ministry’s ability to offer its services.

The Ministry of Health in Ramallah has not dispatched any shipment of medicines or medical supplies to the Gaza hospitals and has reduced the number of patient transfers to the Israeli hospitals without offering alternatives, the statement continued.

READ: Israel bans Palestinians from fishing off Gaza coast 

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Army Abducts Three Waqf Employees In Jerusalem

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Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, three employees of the Palestinian Waqf and Islamic Endowment, including the head of Construction Committee, in Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, the WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported.

The soldiers abducted the head of the Construction Committee of the Waqf Department, Engineer Bassam Hallaq, in addition to the department’s employee Mohammad al-Hadra.

In addition, the head of the media department of Waqf committee in occupied Jerusalem, Firas ad-Dibis, said the soldiers later abducted Engineer Taha Oweida, who works at the construction committee.

It is worth mentioning that al-Hallaq and al-Hadra were taken prisoner while truing to fix the pedestrian walkways leading to the al-Aqsa near Bab al-Qattanin (The Cotton Merchants’ Gate).

Video By WAFA

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Melhem: ‘Israeli attack on PA security HQ is a dangerous escalation’

13 JUN2:36 AM

Palestinian Government Spokesman, Ibrahim Melhem said that the attack on the Palestinian Preventive Security headquarters, in the city of Nablus, represents a dangerous escalation aimed at undermining the most important pillars of the establishment of a Palestinian state, and endangering internal security.

PNN reports that Melhem, in a statement on Tuesday, said the seriousness of this attack is doubled as it comes after the invitation the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said that Israel should “at least” annex parts of the West Bank to it.

“The government strongly condemns this attack and commends the courage of security members of the Preventive Security Forces in their response to the attack,” Melhem added.

For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said that the provocative assault was an extension of the open war launched by the Israeli occupation authorities, against the Palestinian people, cities, villages, towns and camps with the aim of perpetuating the occupation and settlements. It also considered the attack as a was a way create a state of chaos in order to pass the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

On Tuesday, early morning, a group of Israeli soldiers surrounded the building and blockaded it while opening fire from three sides before they withdrew from the area. In the overnight attack, one Palestinian security guard was wounded in the hand.

“This is not the first time and will not be the last that the occupation army harms our people, but the dangerous part in this incident is that a Palestinian military headquarters was targeted,”  Governor of Nablus Ibrahim Ramadan said.

The Israeli military, on the other hand, claimed that the overnight attack was a case of apparent mistaken identity, and Israeli media has reported on the incident as being a “firefight” despite Palestinian sources saying there was no retaliatory fire exchanged.

06/11/19 Israeli Soldiers Surround A Palestinian Security Center In Nablus, Shoot One Officer

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Female Palestinian Journalist Jailed for ‘Incitement’

13 JUN2:53 AM

An Israeli court, on Monday, sentenced a Palestinian journalist with 13-month jail term, on incitement charges, according to Palestinian sources.

Lama Khater, 42, was also fined 5,000 shekel (around £1,400), the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement.

Khater was arrested by Israeli forces last year during a raid on her home in the West Bank city of Hebron, Al Ray further reports.

She was accused of incitement, through her writings, and membership in a banned organization.

An activist and a mother of five, Khater is a writer for several Palestinian publications.

She is expected to be released from prison in August.

According to Palestinian figures, more than 5,700 Palestinians are currently being held in detention facilities throughout Israel.

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Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Father, His Wife And Son, In Bethlehem

13 JUN7:23 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, a Palestinian father, along with his wife and their son, from their home in ‘Aida refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Mousa Zreina, his wife Laila, and their son Mousa, after storming and ransacking their home.

It is worth mentioning that, three days ago, the soldiers demolished sheds, including a residential shed, owned by the abducted father, in Bir Una area, west of Beit Jala city, west of Bethlehem.

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Gaza (QNN) – Israeli warplanes bombed early this morning agricultural areas in the north and south of the Gaza Strip causing damage but no human injuries.

Fighter jets launched two missiles at an agricultural land east of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip causing two deep holes in the ground, and another missile at land southeast of Gaza City in the north of the Gaza Strip also causing damage to property but no injuries.

Israeli artillery also fired two shells at farming area east of Khan Younis, also in the south of the Gaza Strip, without causing any injury.

The attacks came after Israel claimed a projectile was launched from Gaza early this morning at Israel, which was intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome system.

Israeli authorities had earlier prevented Palestinian fishermen from entering the Gaza sea until further notice as a collective punishment against the two-million plus Gaza population for the alleged launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza into southern Israeli towns.

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Israel closes sea for Gaza fishermen

Gaza has been under 12-year-old Israeli blockade

The Israeli occupation army imposed a naval siege on the Gaza Strip which will last “until further notice,” a statement by the Israeli occupation army said on Wednesday evening.

This move comes after Israeli occupation authorities further restricted the Gaza fishing zone to six nautical miles on Tuesday. Israeli authorities had reduced the fishing zone from 15 to ten nautical miles last week.

Gaza Strip has been enduring a 12-year-old blockade and its two-million residents are suffering from their basic necessities such as water, electricity and the right to freedom of movement.

According to a PLO report, 27 Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza in May alone, including a paramedic, four women and four children.


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Israel Warplanes Attacked Gaza Last Night

Israeli warplanes bombs in the Gaza Strip - (Photo File)

Israeli warplanes bombs in the Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes bombed two targets in the Gaza Strip and southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, claiming that a missile had been fired at the Eshkol Regional Council.

Local sources said that the Israeli aircraft fired two missiles on agricultural land in Al Rayyan area east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The sources added that IOF also targeted empty agricultural land in al-Souda area, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City. 

According to the local radio Al-Aqsa, no casualties were reported in the two areas. 

This came after the claim of the Israeli occupation army, that a rocket was launched from Gaza tonight. In a statement, IOF claimed that “the sirens sounded in the Regional Council Eshkol, was identified one rocket fired from the Gaza Strip was intercepted from the iron dome.”

Israel continues to attack Gaza Strip since it has imposed the unethical siege on the enclave in 2007.

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